Submission #7263: DrD2k9's NES Pinball in 00:22.41

Console Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator BizHawk 2.6.2
Game Version unknown Frame Count 1347
ROM Filename Pinball (JU) [!].nes Frame Rate 60.0988138974405
Branch Rerecord Count 1221
Unknown Authors DrD2k9
Game Unknown Game
Submitted by DrD2k9 on 12/7/2021 4:58:02 PM

Submission Comments

Pinball

Game Description

Um...it's pinball.

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Why NES Pinball?

A little while ago, I had a curiosity to know how many of the the NES "Black Box" games had published TASes. I was a bit surprised to see how many didn't and decided that it'd be a worthwhile endeavor to try and work toward having published TASes of this collection of games. In addition to completing this sub-collection of NES games, it will also progress the TASMania project. I have begun TASes on a few of the currently un-published games.

Game Endpoint

The game's manual states that the game is 'winnable' by rescuing the maiden.

For me, if a game's stated win condition is met, the game is completed (even when play can continue thereafter). Thus, saving the maiden is all that is necessary to complete this game.

TAS Info/Process

  • Uses game mode B.
    • I initially started this TAS in mode B due to faster ball movement.
    • In addition to faster ball movement, it is also possible to launch the ball earlier in mode B; getting the whole process started faster.
    • After a while I considered the possibility that even with slower ball movement, it may be possible to complete the run faster in mode A and therefore tested various permutations in that mode. None of these were faster than my initial effort in mode B.
  • Process
    • Launch ball with a power that allowed for the fastest exit of the top main screen while still allowing the ball position to be manipulated using the flippers during descent to the lower screen.
    • Use the flippers on the upper screen to slap the ball down to the lower screen in a path that gets the ball to the Bonus Room chute as quickly as possible.
    • Save the maiden.
    • Input was ended as early as possible while still allowing the maiden to escape (then stupidly allow herself to become trapped again).
  • To continue to a Game Over screen, would require sacrificing of the 3 balls.

ThunderAxe31: Judging.
ThunderAxe31: Setting to Delayed, until we figure out if this submission is affected by the existence of a VS version of this game.
ThunderAxe31: Setting back to Judging Underway, as the it's now being actively worked on.

Last Edited by ThunderAxe31 on 1/3/2022 11:15:20 AM
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