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Osman is a arcade game in the spirit of Strider. It's a very obscure and underrated arcade game, which didn't see much of the light of day, thanks to various issues with the hardware... and the fact that the game is unforgivingly hard. The game never once lets you breathe, and in unassisted play, there are a lot of things to manage at the same time. This, along with the 3 health you start out with, can make clearing with just a single credit a nightmare.
The game mostly revolves along Osman and his power: he has the power to make clones of himself when he attacks that stay for a varying amount of time and reproduce the attack he just did.

All 3 encodes have the author's commentary available in the form of subtitles.
Published on 3/5/2016
Game:
Osman

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FBA-rr v0.0.7

Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games was and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes all the standard levels of the full game, which consists of six episodes. We also have a run of the three bonus episodes by the same authors.
You can also watch runs from one of the authors, Ilari, that completed the two Christmas episodes of this game.

Commentary subtitles and WebM encodes are available on the archive.org page for this run.
Published on 7/19/2014

Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games was and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes all the extra episodes (A-C). There is also a run of the original game available.

Commentary subtitles and WebM encodes are available on the archive.org page for this run.
Published on 7/19/2014

The Adventures of Captain Comic: Episode 1 - Planet of Death was one of the first console-style side-scrolling platform (shareware) games for PCs. Though it was developed as an experiment to test the viability of real arcade games on standard IBM-compatible PCs, Captain Comic gained fame as one of the best shareware games ever made, later serving as the inspiration for Commander Keen and even getting an unlicensed port to the NES.
To complete the game, players must collect three treasures that were stolen from the planet Omsoc: rare gems, a sack of rare coins, and a jeweled crown. David Fifield and Kabuto collect the three treasures as quickly as may be technically possible, thanks to accomplishing the routing of the run using computer optimization. To learn more about the algorithms and optimization work that went into this run, read the authors' submission notes.

The encodes of this movie have the authors' commentary embedded as subtitles. Additionally, there is a 21-part series of live coding videos that documents the creation of this TAS. Check out a TAS of the unlicensed NES port here.
Published on 12/4/2020

Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles is the first spin-off game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, and is a prequel to the first game. Altaïr is tasked with finding The Chalice, an artifact that is said to be able to unite all factions and end the Crusades.
Unlike the main games in the franchise, Altaïr's Chronicles is not an open-world game but rather a hybrid action-platformer - some sections play similarly to games in the Prince of Persia series where the player must do careful platforming and deal with traps and hazards, while other sections are more like the main games and feature fighting, stealth, and assassinations.
xy2_ abuses several out-of-bounds glitches to end levels extremely quickly, and wields the particularly mighty Wooden Crate to dispatch foes in record time.

The author's commentary is included in all encodes of this movie.
Published on 8/24/2021

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is the first 3D handheld Kingdom Hearts game, released in North America in 2009. It follows Roxas during his time working for Organization XIII.
In this run, arandomgameTASer runs through the game's missions very quickly, utilizing extensive route planning and tricks throughout.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.
Published on 9/1/2015

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a remake of the mobile game Kingdom Hearts coded, released in North America in 2011. It is notable for combining many elements from previous handheld games in the Kingdom Hearts series, in particular 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep.
In this run, watch as arandomgameTASer dodges, lunges, and yells his way through the game's various Disney inspired levels, abusing a surprising number of bugs and tricks along the way. Let's hope Sora finds a good masseuse.

All encodes of this run come with the author's lengthy commentary. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.
Published on 10/8/2014

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Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in 2005.
The game follows Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as they travel through time in order to rescue Princess Peach from the Shroobs.

The author provides two audio commentaries, one with Anwonu and GhostKing and another one where the author goes more in-depth.
Published on 10/14/2017

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in 2005.
The game follows Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as they travel through time in order to rescue Princess Peach from the Shroobs.
This improves the previous run by 1:27:58.28 thanks to a a few major glitches such as entering the Shroob Castle early.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 9/19/2018

Pokémon: Pearl Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.
In this run, MKDasher beats the game fast using luck manipulation and a major glitch that loads the overworld map incorrectly, allowing him to venture outside the level boundaries. For more information, see the author's comments.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author.

Note: Due to an emulation error, there are moments of flickering black pixels across the ground.
Published on 7/14/2015

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It is the direct sequel of The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass.
Karaage completed every dungeon in less than four hours.
There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring Japanese commentary by the author.

Note: Due to poor emulation there are instances of incorrect shadows throughout most of this game.
Published on 7/1/2020

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Last Action Hero is a platform game based on the film of the same name. Action hero Jack Slater must make his way through each stage while collecting movie tickets and beating up any bad guys who stand in his way.
The game includes two driving stages in which tickets are found floating above the road and by ramming enemy cars. A speed booster can also be picked up to allow Jack to finish the stage faster.
In this run, TehBerral utilizes Jack's powerful roundhouse kick as well as some luck manipulation to beat the game in eleven and a half minutes.

The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 9/16/2014
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.7.4

Pokémon: Blue and Red Version are part of the first generation of the Pokémon franchise. They were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in North America in 1998. They feature a 10-year old boy who ventures around the Kanto region and aim to become the Pokémon champion. During his journey, he encounters various monsters, which he can catch to use for battles, or just to fill up his Pokédex.
In this run, MrWint fills the Pokédex without resorting to any glitches and obtains the diploma in both games in less than four hours. Note that Mew isn't caught here; this is because it can only be obtained through either an event or glitches.

The official encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles. In addition, the downloadable encodes feature additional audio tracks: The first (default) track features audio from both games, while the second and third tracks feature audio from Blue and Red, respectively.
There's also an alternate encode provided by the author which features a detailed overlay.
Published on 5/6/2016

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Pokémon is a phenomenon that made itself very famous in a short time a few years ago. Pokémon Blue is part of the first generation of the games of that series that were made.
Up until this day, thousands of Pokémon fans have analyzed the games, finding out the exact formulae of how each battle situation in these games works out, how experience and levels and everything works, and what are the most effective ways to battle.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author on real hardware.
Published on 8/7/2019

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Pokémon is a phenomenon that made itself very famous in a short time a few years ago. Pokémon Blue is part of the first generation of the games of that series that were made.
Up until this day, thousands of Pokémon fans have analyzed the games, finding out the exact formulae of how each battle situation in these games works out, how experience and levels and everything works, and what are the most effective ways to battle.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author on real hardware.
Published on 4/17/2020

Pokémon: Red Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the game can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and it can be completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.
Published on 5/29/2021

Alien Hominid is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with heavy references to the Metal Slug series of games - from the hand-drawn graphics, huge explosions, right down to the ability to eviscerate FBI Agents when you get up close to them. The graphics are by featured artist Dan Paladin. Your goal, is quite simply, to get to the end of the stage, and die as little as possible. Which is made difficult due to the fact that any bullet is an instant kill.
You control some sort of yellow alien with a gun. For whatever reason, he also has very Earth-like grenades with Earth-like explosions. He collides with some sort of satellite around Earth and crash-lands right in front of the FBI, who then runs off with his spacecraft and somehow forgets that bright yellow alien thing in clear sight. If you're looking for story, this isn't the game, as it just gives an excuse why you're doing these things.
This TAS improves the one provided by the winner team at Dream Team Contest 3 by 00:41.22 seconds.

This movie has a lua script that contains the Author's chatty commentary, and the encode of it can be seen on YouTube here.
Published on 2/20/2013
Game:
Alien Hominid

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Version:
VBA v23 svn270

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is an isometric platformer released by Rare in 2003. It is an "interquel" to the original two N64 games, taking place while Gruntilda is trapped under the boulder in Spiral Mountain. Klungo creates a Mecha-Grunty suit for Grunty's soul to control, and she kidnaps Kazooie, travelling back in time 20 years (somehow) to keep Banjo and Kazooie from ever meeting! Mumbo sends Banjo back in time as well (somehow) to rescue his friend and destroy Mecha-Grunty, with the help of Bottles's ancestor, Bozzeye.
g0goTBC collects all jiggies, notes, jinjos, moves, Mumbo tokens and honeycombs in less than an hour.

There is also an alternate Twitch stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 9/10/2019

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is an isometric platformer released by Rare in 2003. It is an "interquel" to the original two N64 games, taking place while Gruntilda is trapped under the boulder in Spiral Mountain. Klungo creates a Mecha-Grunty suit for Grunty's soul to control, and she kidnaps Kazooie, travelling back in time 20 years (somehow) to keep Banjo and Kazooie from ever meeting! Mumbo sends Banjo back in time as well (somehow) to rescue his friend and destroy Mecha-Grunty, with the help of Bottles's ancestor, Bozzeye.
The author collects the 50 Jiggies necessary to open the barrier to Winkybunion Tower and defeat Mecha-Grunty.

There is also an alternate Twitch stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 4/17/2021

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is an isometric platformer released by Rare in 2003. It is an "interquel" to the original two N64 games, taking place while Gruntilda is trapped under the boulder in Spiral Mountain. Klungo creates a Mecha-Grunty suit for Grunty's soul to control, and she kidnaps Kazooie, travelling back in time 20 years (somehow) to keep Banjo and Kazooie from ever meeting! Mumbo sends Banjo back in time as well (somehow) to rescue his friend and destroy Mecha-Grunty, with the help of Bottles's ancestor, Bozzeye.
Using a trick that allows Banjo to gain insane speeds, the author is able to clip through the wall that leads to the final area, to defeat Mecha-Grunty in record time.
If you want to watch a TAS of this game that doesn't skip all the levels, you can watch the "No Levels Early" TAS here.

There is also an alternate Twitch stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 10/2/2021

Digimon Ruby (also known as Digimon Rury, as it is written on its box-art) is a bootleg role-playing game developed by Taiwanese bootleg game developer Vast Fame, released circa 2003. As with other Vast Fame games, it is best known for its rather spotty grasp of the English language.

The YouTube encode includes commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 6/30/2020

DK: King of Swing is a Donkey Kong spinoff game developed by Paon and published by Nintendo in 2005 for the Game Boy Advance. The Kongs are planning a competition to see who's the best in the jungle! Just before it begins, K. Rool steals all the medals for the tournament! DK must hunt down K. Rool and get back those stolen medals for the tournament!
The complete definition of the '200%+" goal is defined in the submission text.

Note: this run has been commentated by its author, you can watch here.
Published on 3/13/2020

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'Golden Sun' is the first installment in the 'Golden Sun' series, developed by Camelot Software Planning. The game is notable for certain distinctive game elements, such as the use of special "Djinn" that empower the player and can be used against enemies.
In this run, Fx uses luck manipulation and the retreat glitch to beat the game in under 3 hours. This movie is a 14:34.76 minute improvement over the predecessor run.
The author also provided voice commentary to the run that can be watched on YouTube or Twitch.
Published on 2/17/2019

'Golden Sun' is the first installment in the 'Golden Sun' series, developed by Camelot Software Planning. The game is notable for certain distinctive game elements, such as the use of special "Djinn" that empower the player and can be used against enemies.
This movie is a 08:34.29 minute improvement over the previous record.
The author also provided voice commentary to the run that can be watched on YouTube.
Published on 3/18/2021

As one of the many video game adaptations of the Harry Potter series, this adventure game for the GBA sticks fairly closely to the plot of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone as Harry attends his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Despite the large number of adaptations out there, at the start of 2015 this is only the first Harry Potter game to receive a movie on TASVideos.
This game has gameplay and mechanics that differ from the Harry Potter games on any other console, and was notorious for its infuriating pit and platform puzzles, but in this movie it is hard to tell what all the fuss was about. With precise spell usage, a little enemy manipulation, and the aid of some prefects who clearly need an eye-test, the game is completed in a little under an hour.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 2/5/2015

Samus's first adventure is retold in Metroid: Zero Mission with extra storyline, extra items and on a system with a better graphics processor. This run completes the game with 100% item collection, at least as far as the end-of-game display is concerned.
This run is an improvement over Dragonfangs's previous work. It saves about 4 seconds of In-Game time, but uses a new route that removes lots of door transitions, saving about 20 seconds of real time. The previous run used VisualBoyAdvance that runs this game inaccurately fast compared to BizHawk (mGBA core) used here, which is why the movie time appears longer.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author as well as members of the speedrunning community.
Published on 7/24/2019

Shaman King: Master of Spirits is a Metroidvania styled game developed and published by Konami, it is the first game of the Shaman King series.
The game stars Yoh Asakura, a young Shaman who hopes to win the Shaman Tournament, where the winner will be crowned the Shaman King and have the power to change the world. On his journey, Yoh and his friends find a man named Magister, who plans to resurrect an evil demon king known as Mephias. Yoh and his friends must put a stop to Mephias's plans.
xy2_ beats the game in record time.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/21/2021

Shining Soul II is the last 'Shining' title to reach American shores, and the author's 5th 'Shining' TAS on the site. Unlike some previous games in the series, this game and its prequel play more like traditional Action-RPGs. This game, like its prequel, allows the player to pick a character type. In this run, the character chosen was a ninja, for his ability to use speed magic.
The author uses a glitch to dupe power wines and bombs, the former massively increasing his attack strength, and the latter making the run look more like Bomberman than a 'Shining' game!
This run is 17:58.75 faster than his previous Shining Soul II publication due to some very impressive manipulation to slaughter bosses in mere seconds. It is recommended that you read the authors comments for more information about the run and the game.

There is also a humorous commentary (dead link) by the author and a couple of guests.
Published on 9/20/2010

The Minish Cap is an addition to The Legend of Zelda series that sees our hero fight Ganondorf Vaati, retrieve and power up the Master Sword Picori Sword to once again save the land of Hyrule and rescue Princess Zelda.
This run by Tompa and quo improves upon the previous run by over 8 minutes thanks to much better optimization, new glitches, and a switch to the Japanese version of the game.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the authors.
Published on 10/2/2016

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Pokémon: Yellow Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the games can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.
In contrast, this run by TiKevin83 refrains from using any memory corrupting glitches and beats the game in a little over an hour and half. The Pokédoll trick is used to skip a dungeon in the game, but that is considered a minor developer oversight and does not corrupt the memory.

The author provided video commentary for this movie that can be viewed here.

This movie has been adjusted to synchronize on the real console, as well as on the 2.3 release of Bizhawk. The resynced movie is linked alongside the main one, and is called tikevin83-pokemonyellow-consoleverified. The author provided a commentary video for this resync that can be seen here. For more information, see the canceled submission, whose movie was added in this publication.
Published on 3/31/2018

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Pokémon: Yellow Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the game can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time using save data corruption (as evidenced by this run), but this run avoids such techniques in favor of activating an entirely different glitch.

Published on 12/31/2018


Pokémon: Yellow Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the games can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.
In contrast, this run by TiKevin83 refrains from using any memory corrupting glitches and beats the game in a little over an hour and half. The Pokédoll trick is used to skip a dungeon in the game, but that is considered a minor developer oversight and does not corrupt the memory.

The author provided video commentary for this movie being played back on console that can be viewed here.
Published on 1/21/2021

Shantae is an obscure Game Boy Color game released over a year after the Game Boy Advance came out. Because of this, it was released in extremely small quantities. It is notable for its impressive animation and scope.
In this run, watch as arandomgameTASer abuses booty dancing and many programming oversights to beat this game in a little over an hour.

You can read the author's commentary in the YouTube stream.
Published on 9/11/2014

Shantae is an obscure Game Boy Color game released over a year after the Game Boy Advance came out. Because of this, it was released in extremely small quantities. It is notable for its impressive animation and scope.
In this run, arandomgameTASer goes for 100% completion, which includes getting all upgrades, all magic dances and at least one of each usable item. The run also collects the Tinkerbat form which is only accessible if the game is played on a Game Boy Advance.
Additionally, this run is over 20 minutes faster then the previous run, thanks to a plethora of new glitches, tricks, and route optimizations. More information is provided in the author's comments
We also have a run that just completes the game as quickly as possible.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 11/12/2016

Luigi wins a mansion in a contest and his brother, Mario, goes missing there. It is your goal to search the haunted mansion to figure out where he is. Your weapons to protect you are a flashlight and the Poltergust 3000, a ghost vacuum. Capturing ghosts and collecting keys helps you progress in your quest to find Mario.
The author, Malleoz, forgoes out-of-bounds glitches that are present in this movie and plays through the game in a regular way in record time.
The author also provides an alternate encode with commentary which can be viewed here.

This run plays the Hidden Mansion, a mode unlocked after beating the game once that increases the power of the Poltergust and allows skipping some cutscenes, to make the run more entertaining. We do not normally accept runs that start from dirty SRAM; see the rules for more details.
Published on 3/1/2016

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars to save her and open the Thousand-Year Door to collect the treasure.
In this run, Malleoz improves the previous movie by 36 minutes and 42.483 seconds with new glitches, notably Ultra Hammer Early, and various route changes. For more details, we recommend reading the author's comments.

The author's commentary is available as soft subtitles in all encodes.
Published on 2/15/2015

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars to save her and open the Thousand-Year Door to collect the treasure.
Malleoz improved his previous TAS by 1:02:37.17 with several new skips, including the long sought-after Palace Skip. We suggest reading the author's comments for more information.

The YouTube encode includes commentary as soft subtitles.
Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube which also features a detailed overlay.
Published on 9/8/2016

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars and open the Thousand-Year Door to save her and collect the treasure.
Using new glitches to skip the Blimp Ticket, Zess T.'s contact lens, and part of the Shadow Queen sequence, Malleoz improves his previous TAS by nearly sixteen minutes.

Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube which also features a detailed overlay.
Published on 12/8/2019

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars and open the Thousand-Year Door to save her and collect the treasure.
This latest TAS by Malleoz features a never-before-seen strategy for Teleporter Room Early, as well as a couple more glitches exclusive to the US version of the game. This necessitated the change from the Japanese version used in the previous run. In the end, nearly fourteen minutes were saved.
Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube with a detailed overlay or on Twitch.
Published on 10/26/2020

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Ubisoft Montreal. It was released in December, 2005 in North America for the Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, and the Nintendo GameCube. The Two Thrones marked the third and final chapter for The Sands of Time saga, until the release of prequel The Forgotten Sands.
The game combines exploration and combat. Both elements make use of the Prince's acrobatic capability and agility. Throughout much of the game, the player must attempt to traverse the palace by running across walls, ascending or descending chasms by jumping back and forth between walls, avoiding traps, climbing structures and jumping from platform to platform, making other types of well-timed leaps, solving puzzles and using discovered objects to progress.
The author has provided the video commentary for this TAS.
Published on 5/13/2020

Resident Evil 4 features a completely new story and an innovative "over-the-shoulder" third person perspective that replaces the fixed camera system of the previous three Resident Evil games.
Special agent Leon Kennedy is on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the daughter of the U.S. President, from a sinister cult in a remote rural part of Europe. Leon must fight hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters on his way to save her.
This run was done on the Japanese version, Biohazard 4, and finishes with an in-game time of 1:35:14.

All encodes include commentary from the author in the form of subtitles.
Published on 7/3/2013
Game:
Resident Evil 4

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 3.0-389

Spider-Man is based on the 2002 movie of the same name, featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.
The game is a beat-em-up that expands the plot of the film, featuring villains that didn't make it into the movie. The player navigates the game by web slinging, zipping, and crawling along walls, only stopping long enough to beat up baddies and collect upgrades.
Natetheman223 employs laser-accurate web skills and a trick that lets Spiderman pass through solid walls with the help of unwitting mooks to complete the game in record time.
See also the author's 100% run and Green Goblin playthrough.

The author has provided audio commentary on this run, which can be seen here.
Published on 6/1/2021
Game:
Spider-Man

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 5.0

Just like its predecessor, Spider-Man 2 is based on the 2004 movie of the same name, featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius. It was the first open-world superhero game, and had brand new physics-based web swinging.
The game expands the plot of the film, where the player web-slings and crawls through a virtual New York. Hero points advance the plot and can be collected by doing good deeds and beating up bad guys.
Natetheman223 web-slings through the game as fast as only a spider can, collecting just enough hero points to complete the story and dispatching villains at record speeds. Natetheman223 improves on his previous run by 2:37.28 minutes via numerous improvements to the entire run, including but not limited to frame-perfect Spidey Reflexes, placing civilians on theater lamps, and taking no damage.

The author has provided voice commentary for this movie.
Published on 9/23/2021
Game:
Spider-Man 2

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 5.0-10497

Spyro: A Hero's Tail (developed by Eurocom) is the fifth main-line game in the Spyro franchise, and this time around there's a new villain named Red, a former Dragon Elder who threatens to take over the world.
Over the past games in the series Ebbe has grown tired of having to collect countless items to even get a chance at kicking the bad guys' butts. Using a variety of tricks like infinite jumping, clipping through geometry, swimming through the air, and many more (see the author's detailed submission notes), Ebbe skips all of the nonsense and confronts Red and his henchmen right away, saving the world in record time.

An encode with audio commentary by the author can be watched here. An encode with all of the cutscenes removed can be viewed here.
Note that there are some emulation problems for this game that result in some scenes (particularly the minecart section) becoming overly bloomed and blurred.
Published on 10/20/2021

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. fighting game series is rather different from your typical fighting game. Instead of wearing your opponent's health down to 0, you must knock him or her out of the battlefield. Damage counts upwards, with knockback from attacks that hit you becoming more severe as your damage increases. Fighting controls are also simplified, making it very easy for even your non-gaming friends to pick up and play.
Super Smash Bros. Melee offers fighters from the wealth of Nintendo characters like Mario, Bowser, different Pokémon, Link, and Kirby. They can either fight through the single-player modes like Classic, Adventure, and Event Mode, or they battle it out against other characters in a four-player frenzy.
Additional characters and stages are unlocked as hidden objectives are met, and coins rewarded for playing in all modes can be spent on a capsule toy machine. The toys in the machine represent games from Nintendo's entire video game history, and each can be viewed in 3D with a brief description.
This time, PracticalTAS plays through the All-Star Mode (which gets unlocked after unlocking every character) as Luigi, whilst not dealing any damage to the opponents in the process.
An encode with the author's commentary is available right here.
Published on 7/4/2021

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the 13th game in the Zelda franchise, released for both the Nintendo GameCube and Wii, with an HD port later released on the WiiU.
The world of Hyrule has fallen under the twilight, and after Link gets transformed into a wolf, he meets up with a strange imp named Midna. Together, they team up to defeat the twilight and save the kingdom.
gymnast86 saves the kingdom of Hyrule in record time.

Note #1: There is an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author, Pheenoh and Dragonbane0.
Note #2: There are also lossless encodes and encodes at additional resolutions available in the discussion thread.
Published on 12/30/2018

Aero the Acrobat 2 is the sequel to Aero the Acrobat. This game abandons the quest-based gameplay of the first game and instead goes for straight platformer levels. They also added a few new moves to Aero's arsenal.
According to the story, after Aero defeated Ektor the evil industrialist clown in the previous game, he decides to wander around Ektor's evil museum. Meanwhile Zero the Kamikaze squirrel rescues Ektor using his flying machine. While wandering the museum, Aero happens across a strange portal, which pulls him toward a far away past. Turns out the portal was a trap set by Ektor.

Each encode, as well as the movie file itself, contains the author's commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 8/9/2018

Batman is a game that closely follows the plot of the Tim Burton movie of the same name. In it, you follow Batman from the beginning of the movie through the birth and the death of the Joker.
Of course the movie doesn't involve Batman going through walls or dying to achieve his objective quicker.
arkiandruski improves his previous movie by 24.32 seconds, thanks to better optimisation. Please read the author's comments for more details. Also, the movie file features commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 11/22/2020

Bonanza Bros. (1991) is a shooter-platform game that was first released in the arcades and then ported to the Sega Genesis, and can be played in a cooperative 2 player mode.
The plot involves the Bonanza Brothers: Robo and Mobo, who resemble the Blues Brothers, but are thieves who steal many treasures from banks, mansions and casinos.
This is an improvement of 00:29.10 seconds when comparing to level improvements as well as some better optimization and abandoning your brother to the police.

The author's created witty commentary provided in the movie file in place of the brothers talking over one another in who's the perfectionist.
Published on 10/3/2018

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Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis, but, ironically, was commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which can be combined in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages. The author takes special care to showcase all the moves the game is capable of, using every possible attack and having lots of fun playing around in autoscrolling sections.
This movie is 3 minutes longer than the previous one due to playing on hardest difficulty and using both Gunstars at the same time. See the author's comments for more details.
The encodes for this movie are also slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.

arkiandruski has provided an audio commentary for this movie, available here. He watches his run's encode and speaks along, play back your own copy as you listen to him.
Published on 8/18/2007

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Jewel Master chronicles the untold story of, well, the Jewel Master and his battle against evil. He has at his disposal magical rings that can be worn in different combinations and grant him extra powers.
arkiandruski improves his previous TAS by 20.51 seconds, mainly thanks to better optimisation.

The encodes provide commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 8/25/2018

Jewel Master chronicles the untold story of, well, the Jewel Master and his battle against evil. He has at his disposal magical rings that can be worn in different combinations and grant him extra powers.
arkiandruski and ajfirecracker improve the previous TAS by 00:05.04 seconds.

The encodes provide commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 8/31/2019

Langrisser 2 (ラングリッサー2) is the acclaimed sequel to Warsong, never finding its way to an official release in English.
You are placed into the role of Elwin (descendent of Garrett/Redin), a wandering Swordsman who stops to rest from his journey at a small, obscure village. He soon finds himself, however, in a sudden conflict between an elite detachment of the Rayguard Empire and a peculiar young woman whom they are attempting to abduct. In desperation, her childhood friend Hein rushes toward Elwin and urgently pleads him to help fight off and thwart the Empire's plans. So much for rest...
Who is this young woman? Why is a major military power intent on capturing her? And what's this have to do with a legendary holy blade?
In ars4326's run, cunning strategy combines with heavy luck manipulation to produce a speedrun that completes all of the game's accessible stages (27 normal and 3 'hidden') in just under 2 hours. Virtually no level-grinding is found in this action-packed playthrough as Elwin & Co. seek to stop an Emperor's plans of uniting the continent with the power of an ancient demon sword!

The movie file and the primary downloadable (HQ) encode have the author's commentary as subtitles.
Published on 11/27/2014

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In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star saga, our protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil. Such a quest would normally take at least ten hours, but with copious amounts of luck manipulation, it can be reduced to just under an hour and a half.
This is an improvement of 7 minutes and 15 seconds over the previously published run. A large part of this improvement is due to a new strategy involving a rollover glitch which boosts Chaz's strength. This glitch requires Chaz to have a low level, so Janus gets Chaz killed in many battles to avoid leveling him up.

As a bonus, FreshFeeling has provided an audio commentary which explains many of the strategies and provides some interesting trivia.
Published on 3/14/2010
Game:
Phantasy Star IV

Genres:
RPG
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
GENS

Quackshot is an Indiana-Jones-inspired game that finds Donald Duck liberally belly-sliding and plunger-shooting his way to an ancient treasure. It is one of the few non-Capcom Disney games.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author.
Published on 2/7/2017

At a time when computer games were being blamed for violence, bad language, epilepsy and everything else the ‘moral majority’ needed a scapegoat for, LJN gave us this game, based on the toy line of the same name. You play a crash test dummy, trying to progress through levels filled with hazards such as cars and fireballs, while trying to preserve your limbs, within the time limits. The story of the game is that the evil Junkman (another crash test dummy) is trying to unlock the secrets of his his advanced T9000 torso, and you have to stop him.

The movie file, as well as all the encodes, have the authors' commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/13/2018
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-2.2.2

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In this traditional strategy RPG, every stage normally has to be approached carefully and with a full stock of troops. All of that was cast aside in ars4326's run, where extreme luck manipulation became the driving force in obtaining victory after unlikely victory. Garett's team operated as a virtual skeleton crew as only the bare minimum of resources were deployed in his struggle against the Dalsis Empire and a foreboding, ancient evil.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/16/2013
Game:
Warsong

Genres:
RPG
Strategy
Emulator Version:
Gens11svn304

In X-Men 2: Clone Wars, the alien race Phalanx invades the earth and the X-Men and some X-Women try to stop them.
You get to choose which X-Man to play in every stage. Most of the time Nightcrawler is used because he has the highest movement speed. Second in command is Wolverine because he has the second highest speed and also deals a ton of damage.
The game is unique in the regard that it starts as soon as you power on your console. No SEGA logo, no title screen, no character select. Normally the game pseudorandomly gives you Beast, but changing the types of controllers (3- or 6-button) and pressing normally impossible button combinations (up+down) throws off the start-up timing enough that the fastest character can be gotten.
This movie is 02:49.43 minutes shorter than the previous publication thanks to a variety of new tricks explained in the authors' comments. The comments include a live commentary on the tricks and making of the movie.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.
Published on 6/21/2021
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.4.0

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Wendy Witchcart is an old human witch who rides around in a specialized rail cart on an island that she claims as her own, and is the main villain who turns the islanders into crystals. Miles "Tails" Prower, better known as Sonic the Hedgehog's sidekick, is afraid of seeing a world filled with the witch's rails and decides to stop her on his own.
While Sonic collects rings to protect himself, Tails carries a special ring that he can throw like a boomerang or grab things with. Since collected crystals cost time on the score tally screen, the author simply ignores them all.

There is an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author via annotations.
Published on 10/27/2009

The Game Gear Shinobi is the first of the two Shinobi games released for the Sega Game Gear. The level design structure starts off with a non-linear stage select, players must rescue all 4 ninja pals and use their combined strength to get through the City of Fear.
Greenalink collects all life expansions in the game to upgrade the character, and as a result you get to see some interesting damage abuse strategies in the later levels that cut down a decent amount of time.

The author has provided textual commentary that can be seen as soft subtitles in the encodes and in the movie file.
Published on 2/24/2019
Game:
The GG Shinobi

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.3.1

This is it, Madeline. Just breathe. You can do this.
Celeste is a platform game released in 2018 and developed by independent game studio Matt Makes Games, who also developed TowerFall Ascension. It features Madeline, a young girl who sets on a journey to reach the summit of the titular mountain. Can she survive the many dangers that await her on her ascent?
This time, EuniverseCat, fishmcmuffins, keylie, dahlukeh and Lanvilla collect all 175 red strawberries, the moon berry, all 24 crystal hearts, all B-Side cassette tapes as well as completing every chapter (which also includes the B- and C-Sides as well as the recently released Farewell chapter) in a record in-game time of 1:16:51.335.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by EuniverseCat, fishmcmuffins and Chaikitty, a speedrunner of the game.
Published on 12/25/2019

FTL: Faster Than Light is all about planning ahead. Though it features many different weapons and ship systems, it's up to the player to come up with tactics that will use such upgrades effectively rather than just getting bigger guns and fighting bigger enemies. It is necessary to learn which tactics work in order to survive long enough to reach the Federation forces and help them defeat the Rebels.
keylie warps around to reach and destroy the Rebel flagship in record time.
The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 7/21/2020

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie shovels his way through the Shovel of Hope campaign (which stars the titular character, Shovel Knight) and defeats the Enchantress in record time.
This is the first ever publication using libTAS, which lets people TAS games that were released on Linux. It's basically the Linux counterpart of Hourglass.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/8/2018

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie bursts his way through the Plague of Shadows campaign (which stars Plague Knight) and defeats the Plague of Shadows and the Corrupted Essence in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/13/2018
Game:
Shovel Knight

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
libTAS v1.3.1

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie slashes his way through the Specter of Torment campaign (which stars Specter Knight) and defeats Nightmare Reize in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/20/2018
Game:
Shovel Knight

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
libTAS v1.3.1

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie shoulder bashes his way through the recently released King of Cards campaign (which stars King Knight) and defeats the Grand Trimvirate in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 5/27/2020
Game:
Shovel Knight

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
libTAS v1.3.5

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a Metroidvania-styled game released in 2017 by Image & Form, where an underground mine is explored by digging and collecting resources. As opposed to its predecessor SteamWorld Dig, the levels are not procedurally generated, except for the location of resources.
This TAS by keylie finishes the game as fast as possible by skipping upgrades and manipulating the level layout.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 11/24/2018

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Banjo-Kazooie stars the bear-bird team of Banjo and Kazooie, who are searching for Jiggies, or Jigsaw puzzle pieces, to unlock doors and save Banjo's sister from a rhyming witch. Even though Banjo's name is first, Kazooie ends up doing most of the heavy lifting as new skills are developed.
In this run, Sami O. collects all 100 Jiggies hidden throughout the game and finishes it with an in-game time of 2:00:28.

Honey and Birdies and Bears, oh my! Comicalflop has provided an interesting commentary on the run. It might help explain some of the tricks and make the movie more enjoyable to watch.
There is also a 640x480 high-quality encode available (1696MB)
Published on 4/17/2009

Donkey Kong 64 is similar to Rareware's other Nintendo 64 platformer series, Banjo-Kazooie, but stars Donkey Kong and his friends from the Donkey Kong Country games. Several new features have been added to the game, like 3D graphics and the ability to change between different characters with different weapons and abilities.
The "no levels early" category restricts the player from utilizing glitches to enter levels or lobbies (level hubs) earlier than intended, but does not restrict the player from using glitches everywhere else. Thus this category allows for a highly-glitched run where most of the game is still played rather than skipped.
theballaam96 breaks nearly every facet of this game in the name of speed. Level geometry is casually ignored, a mockery is made of physics, and even the main menu is abused to achieve invincibility. The author's submission notes are very detailed and outline the many exploits used to blaze through this category in record time.

Audio commentary for this run can be found here.
Published on 8/28/2021

Paper Mario, first released in Japan in August of 2000, is a role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach and stolen the Star Rod, which allows him to grant himself any wish. To counteract the power of the Star Rod, Mario must locate the seven Star Spirits, who can combine their power to stop Bowser's evil plans.
Numerous tricks and glitches allow a tool-assisted speedrun to skip large portions of the game and beat it impressively quickly. See the author's comments for more on this.
For more tool-assisted Paper Mario action, check out the run of The Thousand-Year Door by the same author.

Downloadable encodes include the author's commentary as soft subtitles and also an additional audio commentary with the encodes. There is also a live commentary by the author and iateyourpie. A second YouTube stream is available with an informative overlay.
Published on 3/29/2015

Paper Mario, first released in Japan in August of 2000, is a role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach and stolen the Star Rod, which allows him to grant himself any wish. To counteract the power of the Star Rod, Mario must locate the seven Star Spirits, who can combine their power to stop Bowser's evil plans.
Malleoz aims to collect all the star spirit cards by heavily manipulating luck and impressively abusing programming errors and loading zones, making this run a whirlwind of entertainment and speed. For a detailed explanation of the tricks used in this run, see the author's submission notes.
You can also see this game beaten by the same author in the fastest time possible here.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.

There is also live commentary by the author and Stryder7x available, and a second YouTube stream with an informative overlay.
Published on 8/29/2017

In Space Station Silicon Valley you play as Evo, a robot who has been sent to investigate a mysterious space station. Along the way, Evo loses his robot body and must inhabit the corpses of dead robot animals to survive. As you carry through the game you secure the space station and rebuild Evo's body.
The game features a variety of animals with unique abilities that must be used correctly to complete objectives within each level. Because no two animals are the same, many skips and glitches are only useful in one or two stages, so expect to see a wide variety of gameplay.
Here, mcill improves the previous movie by 05:51.72 minutes, primarily through improved movement and new strategies such as moving around during cutscenes. One major change is a New Animal Cutscene route, which performs levels out of order to allow skipping a cutscene.

There is an featuring audio commentary by the author.
There are also encodes of higher resolutions in the discussion thread.
Published on 8/6/2019
Emulator Version:
bizhawk 2.3

Now this is podracing!
Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a racing game based on the podracing scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Watch as Zinfidel completes all seven tracks of the Galactic Circuit in record breaking times.

SWE1:R has major emulation problems and this movie will not sync without very specific computer hardware. The 'Audio Throttle' setting in BizHawk should be switched on in order to play this movie without audio skipping.
The encodes of this run include the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/6/2021

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In the revolutionary 3D debut for the Legend of Zelda series, Link must travel around the colourful land of Hyrule and awaken six Sages in order to save it from the evil Ganondorf.
This movie uses a variety of sequence breaks and shortcuts to complete the game using a minimal number of inventory and quest items. Even the most experienced OoT players are sure to find surprise in what is skippable in this game.
NOTE: There is a short delay in the game every time the pause menu is entered. The delay is a known bug in the emulation and can't be avoided.

JXQ has provided some interesting commentary on the movie, which might make it more entertaining. This movie is the "granddaddy" of all commentaries.
Published on 8/8/2006

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. According to the author, This run aims to complete all dungeons/temples/Ganon trials as quickly as possible.
As such, it is a slight deviation from the usual "complete the game as fast as possible without any regard to the plot" theme. Slight, because it still does things in the wrong order. This movie contains several new glitches that are not used in the aims-for-fastest-time TAS that we have on this site.

The second downloadable modern and compatability encodes contain pre-muxed audio commentary by Comicalflop and MiraiGen. Select an audio track in your media player to choose which you are listening to. The audio commentary can be downloaded stand-alone as well - get Comicalflop's commentary here (mirror), and MiraiGen's here (mirror).
As a bonus, a special high-quality cel-shaded video is provided for your viewing pleasure in mkv format. If you encounter problems viewing it, please check the Downloads page.
Published on 11/29/2008

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Atlantis no Nazo (アトランチスの謎) is a game where an explorer is trying to save his friend and must find his way through a maze of rooms. In this case, levels.
This is an improvement of a couple centiseconds over the previous run, by optimizing the pause trick introduced in the latter.

Author commentaries are available through the run in the form of subtitles. They can be enabled or disabled in the YouTube stream.
Published on 7/8/2011

Conquest of the Crystal Palace is the story of a boy and his dog who overthrow an evil rock (or is it a brain?). It offers some cool mechanics like being able to use the dog as a platform and have it attack enemies for you.
In this run arkiandruski improves the predecessor movie by 00:24.86 seconds. A large part of the improvement comes from a faster 2nd stage boss fight, but there are minor movement optimizations throughout.

The movie file, as well as all the encodes, have the author's commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 5/27/2018
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.2.2

Crystalis is an awesome action rpg by SNK. What little plot there is involves the world ending on October 1, 1997. Naturally, after that the world became full of mutants and monsters. Technology regresses and people can use magic. There is an evil empire trying to revive the ancient technology, specifically the obligatory tower floating in the sky. The hero pops out of some sort of stasis chamber and proceeds to topple the empire and take down the tower with the help of some wise men and a friendly dolphin. There's a heroine named Mesia, but she only shows up a few times, most of which are skipped in this run.
This beats the previous run by almost 12 minutes. As with that run, the second-controller cheats are off-limits (the fm2 only has data for controller 1). Other than that, no holds are barred. Many new glitches are used. For a complete list, see the game resources page. Movement is faster by abusing the no-subpixel engine. Much effort went into lag reduction, especially in certain areas. However, the vast majority of the time savings is due to better experience management.

We recommend watching the movie on an emulator and using the author's LUA script. There's quite a bit of useful information.
Published on 3/20/2012

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Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.
This new version by adelikat is 14 seconds faster than his previous effort. Most of the improvement came from a new shortcut in level 6.
If you're more a fan of runs where one macho man defeats an entire gang alone, there is also a one-player run available.
The author has used a built in subtitle feature of FCEUX to include some commentary on the movie. An AVI that includes these subtitles has been added.

The downloadable FCEUX movie includes commentary from the author.
Published on 4/19/2009

Dragon Warrior is an epic RPG series which now spans 11 games across many systems. The second game greatly expands on the first to include a party of three heroes (all descendents of Erdrick and the hero of DW1) and battles that may include many enemies.
The world is much bigger and there are many big dungeons to explore as well. Luckily there are new abilities and items to make this easier. Enemies can randomly drop items when defeated and there is a lottery which is the precursor to the casinos which appear in each later DW game.
TheAxeMan improves the previous TAS by 1 minute and 52.5 seconds, thanks to new glitches and better optimisation. Please read the author's comments and the commentary subtitles in the encodes for more details.

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 10/4/2020

The last in the original Dragon Warrior storyline, this one follows "the Hero", who is tasked with saving the world from the archfiend Baramos. After cobbling together a group of people to take with him, the Hero must travel the world to find a way to Baramos's lair.
Or at least, that was what was supposed to happen. Thanks to a glitch involving a party of dead characters, vaxherd manages to manipulate his inventory and warp list to not only have extremely rare pieces of equipment from nothing, but also warps directly to where Baramos is located in a fraction of the time it would take normally.
In addition to this, vaxherd also uses a glitch involving resets and character names to manipulate the RNG and encounter formula at certain points, thereby beating the previous run by over seven minutes.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/6/2016

This movie plays Excitebike really fast with an improvement of over a second compared to the previous movie by JXQ.
Times for each track are:
  • 0 = 36.19 (0.35 improved)
  • 1 = 37.84 (0.40 -"-)
  • 2 = 38.67 (0.19 -"-)
  • 3 = 41.96 (0.02 -"-)
  • 4 = 41.00 (0.02 -"-)
  • 5 = 31.34 (0.40 -"-)
Cumulative in-game savings: 1.38s
Main improvements come from taking ramps faster and a unique trick in which the author goes slower to get a better time. Look for further info in the author's comments.
The encode for this movie features commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
This movie also has two Atlas Map encodes, one of Track 1, and one of Track 2, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 8/31/2009

The original Final Fantasy follows four heroes who are trying to restore the four orbs which have been contaminated and ultimately defeat Chaos.
Unfortunately only one of the warriors is actually a hero; the rest are sissies who die early on during the quests. Strange as this may sound, much time is saved by doing so since fewer commands need to be entered every time the player runs from a random encounter.
On TASVideos, perfect runs are continually improved, often through very unexpected changes. This run by TheAxeMan improves the old TAS by 00:09.10 seconds by getting lower stats and spending more time at inns and item shops.
For those who think they have a better sense of humor than the author, he has provided Python scripts which allow you to recreate the entire run with your own choices for character names substituted for his. Available as a Windows standalone program or as source.

The downloadable videos and the YouTube stream contain soft subtitles with commentary from TheAxeMan.
Published on 7/20/2012

Final Fantasy II is the original Japanese sequel to Final Fantasy. It is not to be confused with Final Fantasy IV for the SNES, which was renamed "Final Fantasy II" in North America.
The game introduces chocobos and an activity-based progression system, in which the characters' statistics increase depending on how they are used or acquired.
This movie by naruko improves the previous movie by 02:53.50 minutes thanks to new routing. For more details, we recommend reading the author's comments.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring Japanese commentary by the author.
Published on 9/23/2021

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Final Fantasy III for NES was released only in Japan.
In this movie, the author enlists the help of Missingno utilizes some creative glitches to breeze through the game. Reading the author's comments and our game resources page before watching it is highly recommended.

Commentary on this run can be found in the soft subtitles of the encodes.
Published on 2/5/2011

Gauntlet is a Dungeons & Dragons simulator of sorts. You choose a class of Warrior, Valkyrie, Wizard or Elf to navigate the Gauntlet, collect treasure, slay wicked monsters, and save your beloved peasant hometown.
Walkthroughs for this game estimate a completion time of several hours when playing normally. Here, we see the game completed in only 12 minutes! Usually clues have to be collected to discover the password to the last dungeon, but this is selected at the game's beginning, so the clues are unnecessary in a TAS. There is also some collision detection abuse and lots of luck manipulation.
This version takes a better path, manipulates fights more, and abuses luck to get the password with shortest input time.

Downloadable encodes include the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 6/8/2015

James Bond Jr. is a 1991 video game developed by Eurocom. The world’s greatest scientists have mysteriously disappeared! Intelligence reports indicate that James Bond Junior's old enemy, SCUM Lord, has imprisoned them on his island fortress in the Caribbean. Without hesitation, Junior heads out on four dangerous missions to save the scientists and thwart SCUM Lord’s plans!
Here, our brave hero ignores normal elevators, uses all available items and manages their amounts very precisely, and generally abuses his lifebar.
We also have a run of the SNES version.

This movie features the new .FM3 format, intended to be watched in TASEditor, where detailed comments on the run are visible. You can play around with branches included in the movie as well. See the author's explanation on how to use this feature.
Published on 12/13/2012

Kaizo Mario Bros. 3 is a ROM hack created by the late Obitus1 designed to challenge the most skilled Super Mario Bros. 3 players, just like the Kaizo Mario World games are designed to challenge the most skilled SMW players (we have a published run of the third iteration right here).
Naturally, Lord Tom forgoes most of the challenges proposed in this hack and showcases some interesting strategies for beating the 22 levels in record time.

The official encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/11/2016

Kamen no Ninja: Akakage, or "Masked Ninja: Akakage", is a Famicom-exclusive video game based on the 1987 anime series of the same name (which itself is a remake of the 1967 Akakage tokusatsu). While the game mainly features the Red Shadow, Akakage, you can also freely switch to Aokage (a young boy) and Shirokage (an old man).
This run by mtvf1 mostly uses Akakage for his superior arsenal of weapons, but switches to Aokage at a few points when the young ninja can move faster.

There is some commentary by the author in the emulator movie file and in the primary (HQ) encode.
Published on 1/10/2014
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

For the fans of the Castlevania series ― here's a TAS of a Castlevania game that is hmm.. much much more aimed toward children than the darker-themed games. The game was only released in Japan.
This is a 50+ second improvement over the previous movie by Phil and Genisto.

Commentary from adelikat and DarkKobold are available in the downloadable encodes and in closed captions on the YouTube link.
Published on 8/9/2009

'Lagrange Point' (ラグランジュポイント), is a very late (as in, released in 1991) Japanese-only RPG produced for the NES. This game is notable because Konami teamed up with readers of Family Computer Magazine (ファミリーコンピュータマガジン) to form a group, called 芸夢工房 (geimukoubou, art dream workshop), in order to make this game. The readers were permitted to design the characters, monsters, events, message-texts, music, the title-screen, and such. With enhanced sound for the NES due to Konami's VRC7 sound generator Integrated Circuit, the game is considered a masterpiece to many Japanese people.
The story is about a pilot, Jin (also known as Gin), who is exploring a biohazard outbreak at a space colony, linked to the disappearance of Dr. Stolte. He arrives, only for the spaceship to be attacked. The effect of the outbreak soon becomes clear.
More information on the game can be found on the Japanese Wikipedia (machine translation).

This run of a Japanese-only RPG with an unofficial translation by Aeon Genesis (the run won't sync in it) features commentary in the form of Advanced SubStation Alpha soft subtitles created by FractalFusion and the author, neo_omegon. If you use MPlayer to view the MKV, add the -ass option to the commandline to view the subtitles with their proper layout.
Published on 8/20/2010

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Magician is an adventure game featuring a hero simply named 'Paul'. Paul is a mage with a bottomless stomach, constantly a scratch away from starvation and death.
FatRatKnight gets around his insane hunger pains and cruises his way to the best ending possible with only one playthrough of the game primarily thanks to the UNKNOWN spell. Normally this has a high chance of killing Paul in some of the most gruesome or comical ways possible, but instead it is manipulated to heal him.
Reading the author's comments is recommended.

Enable subtitles in the mkv, since it contains additional commentaries.
Published on 5/17/2009

Meet Paul -- A guy who starves to death five minutes after a grand meal. He also feels experienced from doing trivial things like entering a store or delivering mail.
While many heroes would depend on hours of fighting for experience, Paul instead gets his experience from those trivial things in order to defeat Abadon in a timely manner. Best ending requires all such trivial tasks done, ensuring you see Paul gaining experience from delivering a letter or talking to a tree.
Along the way, there are vicious enemies who beat up Paul. Being in a hurry, Paul doesn't stop for them, preferring to use the UNKNOWN spell to patch himself up. Normally this has a high chance of killing Paul in some of the most gruesome or comical ways possible, but instead it is manipulated to heal him.
This beats the authors previous run by a little over 38 seconds, primarily due to a new route.
Reading the author's comments is recommended.

This movie features commentary by the author, which has been added to the encode in the form of soft subtitles. If watching embedded stream via Archive.org, you can press the nearly invisible commentary button on the top right corner to see the commentary.
Published on 2/2/2010

Mega Man 2 is a game that hardly needs any introduction. This movie plays Rockman 2, the Japanese version, which is essentially Mega Man 2 in difficult mode.
warmCabin completes the games without any zips in record time. Please read the submision comments for more details.
The second YouTube stream features an input display.
The author streamed his TAS with live commentary, which can be viewed here.

You can watch this run being played back on a console.
Published on 10/28/2019

Metroid completed using just one item: the morphing ball.
Uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on second controller) to save time in backtracking.
This is an improvement of 36.7 seconds over the previously published run, thanks to a new route and general optimization.

This movie features commentary by the author, which has been added to the encode in the form of soft subtitles. They can be seen when watching the embedded stream via Archive.org.

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 1/19/2010

Might and Magic, released in 1986, was the first installment in the series that would later evolve into a whole fictional universe, encompassing both the actual M&M games and a multitude of subseries and spin-offs made in their own genres, including King's Bounty, Heroes of Might & Magic, and others.
Normally, this game is rather long. This movie by Dammit skips most of it by using a glitch that allows the player to get all the important items in a matter of a few minutes.

We strongly recommend reading the author's comments for further details and explanations. The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as subtitles.
Published on 5/13/2007
Game:
Might and Magic

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
FCEU0.98

Ninja Gaiden involves an ultra superior ninja, capable of defying the laws of physics by climbing through walls, making dogs explode with his sword, and all while beating bad guys in record time.
After a whole decade, this collaborative run improves the previous movie by 75 frames.

Scumtron's commentary are available in all encodes as soft subtitles, as well as in the .fm2 movie file, which also includes TAS notes.
Watch this movie being played back on a real console.
Published on 9/17/2016
Game:
Ninja Gaiden

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Nobunaga's Ambition (信長の野望) is a turn-based strategy role-playing simulation video game. One of the first games in its genre, it was first released in March 1983 by the Japanese video game developer Koei.
Here CogneatoSwitch strategizes and luck manipulates around many obstacles, beating an hours long game in 12 minutes.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 9/11/2015
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.10.0

Pocket Monsters: White Jade Version is a bootleg game which backports Pokémon Gold/Silver onto the NES.

The encodes of this run include the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/12/2020

Rad is a slang term, short for radical. This movie shows what radical sports is when applied to car driving on NES.
Curiously, the game Rad Racer was made by Square, which is probably best known for its Final Fantasy game series. Quite a different game, this here...
If you decide to play this game, we recommend the Power Glove. It's so bad.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 5/15/2015
Game:
Rad Racer

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

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Shadowgate is a storybook game in which you wake up in front of a big castle and must make your way through it solving a variety of puzzles.
This run created by Randil is 00:41.85 seconds faster than the previous run of the game. For more details about the improvements done in this run, you can read the author's comments.

Author commentaries are available through the run in the form of subtitles. They can be enabled or disabled in the YouTube stream.
Published on 8/14/2011

Solar Jetman is a space adventure game where the main excitement comes from the physics of the game. In the game, you explore planets with a small module you fly around, towing fuel tanks and other artifacts back to the mother ship, often from planets with a ridiculous level of gravity and narrow hazardous caverns. Anyone who has played this game surely knows how difficult it can be, while being entertaining for hours after hours.
No passwords were used in this movie, although a few warps were used to skip stages.
This movie features many changes compared to the previous author's movie, leading to an improvement of about 7 minutes. There's a new warp in the very beginning. A different module is purchased, which lets the player tow wormholes closer to the fuel items you have to collect and allows for some new physics abuse. Some different items are used, such as anti-gravity items. For more details, see the submission comments.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

There is some commentary by the author in the emulator movie file and in the primary (HQ) encode.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 2/12/2014

Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach once again, but this time, Mario is tired of jumping around the kingdom to save her. So he instead takes a route that's a bit easier on his legs.
In this movie, the aim is to complete the game with the fewest A button presses possible. This movie uses more creative tricks and exploits than what you'd see in other movies for this game. A more in-depth explanation can be found in the authors' comments.
The total amount of A button presses done in this movie is 62, you can turn on Closed Captions in the youtube video to view a button counter.

You can watch Kosmic give an in-depth look of the run here as well as watching the premiere of the TAS here.
If you prefer console verification with no commentary, click here to watch that.
Published on 5/3/2021

Published on 3/1/2011

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Super Mario Bros 3 completed fast ― without using the magic whistles.
Although this movie doesn't use the magic whistles, it does skip stages, and actually skips them quite a lot, with the aid of various items such as the hammers.
This is an improvement of about 24.2 seconds over the previous movie.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

The YouTube stream for that movie has authors' commentary as subtitles.
Published on 6/27/2010

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Super Mario Bros 3 is a very famous game for the NES. There are normally two main ways to beat it: the quick way using warp whistles to skip worlds, and the longer way which goes through all the worlds. However, thanks to some esoteric memory corruption involving glitched pipe travel, it's possible to jump right into the princess's room in under three minutes! Bowser is never seen in this run at all.
This run gets to World 7-1 as quickly as possible to perform the glitch, and some unusual moves are done with enemy spawns and positions to get the glitch to work. See the authors' comments for some more details.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Watch this run on a real NES.
Published on 4/29/2014

Technically an improvement of one of the oldest runs on the site, this TAS aims to complete all levels and overworld enemy battles as fast as possible.
The run features tricks and strategies not seen in the current warpless run, and is worth checking out even if you're already familiar with that run.

Downloadable encodes include the author's commentary as soft subtitles. These can also been seen in the fm2 file, and in this encode on Tompa's personal Youtube channel.
And if watching this TAS on an emulator isn't satisfying enough, why not see it played back on a real console!
Published on 5/4/2015

Super Mario Bros 3 completed fast ― without using the magic whistles.
Although this movie doesn't use the magic whistles, it does skip stages, and actually skips them quite a lot, with the aid of various items such as the hammers.
This is an improvement of about 44.5 seconds over the previous movie.

All encodes of this run come with the author's lengthy commentary. Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on Twitch.
Published on 12/21/2015

Super Mario Bros 3 is a very famous and popular game for the NES. There are normally two main ways to beat it: the quick way using warp whistles to skip worlds, and the longer way which goes through all the worlds.
Lord Tom goes the same route as the game end glitch run. However, he achieves total control of the game, pushing the run to a whole new level. He gives himself new powers, like the speed booster and the suit-swap, to name a few. Read the author's comments for more details.
This run was shown at Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 during the TAS block:


Note: The official encodes for this run include commentary from the author. The second YouTube stream also features input display.
Published on 1/13/2016

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Ever since Morimoto published his legendary movie in mid-2003, the players at TASVideos have repeatedly made it faster and faster and even faster! Of course, there doesn't ever seem to be a stop for when it is fastest.
This movie is 00:00.67 seconds faster than the previous movie. Most of the improvement comes from a new strategy in 8-Fortress as well as manipulating the score for lag reduction. For more details, see the run's comments.
You can see this run played on an NES right here.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 11/1/2018

Ever since Morimoto published his legendary movie in mid-2003, the players at TASVideos have repeatedly made it faster and faster and even faster! Of course, there doesn't ever seem to be a stop for when it is fastest.
This movie is 00:00.60 seconds faster than the previous movie. Most of the improvement comes from Bowser's Castle, where the authors didn't have to lose time in order to get a favourable Bowser pattern. For more details, see the run's comments.
You can see this run played on an NES right here.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/16/2019

Tetris 2 is more similar to Dr. Mario than the original Tetris in that the goal is to match the colors of the descending tetrominoes with pre-positioned blocks on the play field. When three or more blocks of the same color line up, they are eliminated. When three or more blocks are lined up with the special flashing blocks, all blocks of that color are eliminated at once.
nymx took to creating a Tetris 2-solving, multi-instanced bot program to solve the game as efficiently and quickly as possible. Do see the author's submission notes to learn more about the creation of this TAS, which took over two years to complete.

A documentary about this TAS can be viewed here. A supercut of this TAS without the scoring segments can be viewed here.
Published on 11/8/2021
Game:
Tetris 2

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.5.2

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is a frustrating action puzzler. In it, you take control of Bugs as he collects carrots while avoiding enemies such as Sylvester the Cat, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, and Wile E. Coyote. Equipped with nothing but an occasional boxing glove which he can throw and some invincibility potions, Bugs must eat his way through 60 levels without getting trapped by a mob of Looney Tunes.
In this run, the author, Brandon, exploits the game's AI, which is anything but intelligent. Only one of these enemies follows actual movement, while the others will track your input, even if the input changes nothing. As such, the author is able to often render the enemies useless, allowing him to take the most optimal path. When he can't do this, he tries to find the best possible workaround, often pausing for the exact amount of time to make it past a baddie. As a secondary goal, Brandon also attempts to maximize the score without losing time. For more details, as always, please see the author's notes, and also make sure to watch the captions provided in the encodes.
The author has also created a run of this game's "Special Levels".

This run has two YouTube streams. The first contains no input display while the second one does. This was included as the luck manipulation is heavily based on input and it's hard to follow the run otherwise.
All encodes also have the author's commentary in the form of subtitles.
Published on 5/31/2011
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.4a

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is a frustrating action puzzler. In it, you take control of Bugs as he collects carrots while avoiding enemies such as Sylvester the Cat, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, and Wile E. Coyote.
This game features 4 "Special Levels" which can be accessed either by the "No Carrot Signs" found in several levels or by a password. In this run, the author, Brandon, completes these difficult levels with absolutely no help from the boxing gloves and potions featured in the main game. All he has to work with is precise movement and luck manipulation, and although this, coupled with the numerous enemies, make these levels far less trivial than the main ones, the completion time is still relatively small. Much of the length of this movie is a result of the unavoidable and abnormally long tube scenes in S4 and S1. For more details, as always, please see the author's notes, and also make sure to watch the captions provided in the encodes.
The author has also created a run of the main game.

This run has two YouTube streams. The first contains no input display while the second one does. This was included as the luck manipulation is heavily based on input and it's hard to follow the run otherwise.
All encodes also have the author's commentary in the form of subtitles.
Published on 7/21/2011

The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説) is an adventure game that needs no introduction to most NES players. It is a large game that normally takes days to beat, but at TASVideos, we often reduce games to the minimum time necessary in order to complete them. It's a secret to everybody.
This is the seventh iteration of this TAS, 20.6 seconds faster than the previous run. The improvements are largely due to better luck manipulation and some major route changes that lead to Link staying away from gambling. For more details, read the submission comments or the author's subtitles on the encodes.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
This run was console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (with 1 frame per latch poll).
Published on 10/9/2016

Of all the challenging ways to play Legend of Zelda that people have attempted on a NES console, one of the most famous is the "swordless" challenge. In this challenge, the player must beat all of the game, up until the final boss Ganon, without using a sword. It is not possible to damage Ganon without a sword however, so many swordless runs reach Ganon's room to die there.
In order to actually complete the game, Lord Tom does pick up a sword and kills Ganon. However, the sword is only obtained shortly before attempting the final level, and even then, the sword is not used until absolutely necessary. In the meantime, sit back and watch a run which relies heavily on luck manipulation and effective bomb usage to beat the game very quickly. For more details, see the author's comments.
This is a 34-second improvement over the previous movie by Baxter.
View this movie played back on a real NES right here.

The official encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 12/24/2016

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods (Mandarin: 塞尔达传说-三神之力) is an NES demake of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by bootleg game developer Mars Production. The gameplay and layout of the game is very similar to A Link to the Past, albeit constrained by the hardware it was developed for: some dungeons from the original game are entirely absent, the graphics are simplified, and the music consists of original tracks that include some Chinese folk songs and classical music. Another interesting difference in this demake is that Link collects coins instead of rupees.
crazyjesse completes the game in record time by exploiting a few glitches related to the Pegasus Boots to make Link move really, really fast, all the time. The author even manipulates which music tracks play throughout the run so that the least laggy music is selected.
A note about the Moldorm fight in this movie: the game crashes on a real console whenever Moldorm is hit by anything other than a dash attack, but curiously this does not happen when emulated. In the interest of console accuracy for the movie, the author chooses to complete the fight as it would need to be if it were being played on a console, rather than a possibly more optimal but emulator-only method.

Live commentary for this run can be viewed on Twitch.
Published on 1/15/2021

Ultima: Exodus is a NES port of the third game in the Ultima RPG series. First released in 1983, the game set many standards for the genre.
At TASVideos, that also includes being beatable very quickly through glitching and luck manipulation.

The author has provided a running commentary, available in all of the encodes and streams as togglable subtitles, so you can tell what's going on.
You can also watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 6/15/2012

Following the defeat of the evil triad in the previous three Ultima games, the world of Sosaria changed beyond recognition: continents rose and sank, and new cities were built, heralding the advent of a different civilization. Unified by the reign of the benevolent monarch Lord British, the new world was renamed Britannia. Lord British wished to base people's well-being on the ethical principles of Truth, Love, and Courage, proclaiming the Eight Virtues (Honesty, Compassion, Valor, Justice, Sacrifice, Honor, Spirituality, and Humility) as the ideal everyone should strive for. The person who could accomplish full understanding and realization of these virtues would serve as a spiritual leader and a moral example for the inhabitants of Britannia; he alone would be able to obtain holy artifacts, descend into the Stygian Abyss, and access the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom. This person is the Avatar.
Note: The second YouTube stream has the dungeons lighted up.

The fm2 file has the author's commentary embedded, and the downloadable encode files have them as soft subtitles.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 3/18/2015

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Vice: Project Doom stars Detective Quinn Hart of the VICE squad as he attempts to track down his missing partner and leads on a new type of drug. It is a fast-paced game that blends standard platforming with racing sequences and some rail shooter scenes.
This run is 26 seconds faster than the previous run from 2004, and features commentary from the author in the form of soft subtitles.

The Youtube encode features Author's comments through soft subtitles, they are also included in FM2.
Published on 2/22/2010

Literally translated, the name of this game means "demon travel journal".
It tells a story about a boy, Tarosuke, who seeks to meet Buddha, who will decide about Tarosuke's next life.
In order to meet Buddha, Tarosuke has to do lots of good deeds which earn him "piousness".
This movie is ~80 seconds faster than the previous movie by Morimoto, which was the oldest non-obsoleted movie on this site at the time, being almost 4 years old.

Because there is a lot of interesting dialog in this movie, but all in Japanese, the YouTube and downloadable encodes have English subtitles for all in-game dialog text, as well as some explanations. It should help understanding the game events as well as enjoying its weird sense of fun.
Published on 6/19/2007
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
FCEU0.98

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Legend of Zelda II glitched heavily.
Most of this run features Link racing across Hyrule so fast that the screen can't keep up, inexplicably warping between places that shouldn't be connected, and collecting just three items, one spell, and one sword technique needed to beat the final palace.
Dark Link, the final boss, takes the same amount of damage no matter what level attack you have. This is especially convenient for the author because he reaches Dark Link without ever leveling, or, indeed, even killing another monster.
This is a 29-second improvement to the author's previous movie due to a different route choice and better manipulation optimization. See the author's comments for details.

There is also additional audio commentary by the author available here.
Published on 3/24/2008

Dungeon Explorer is based off of Gauntlet, but adds a plot, bosses, magic spells and RPG elements. Notably, it also one-ups Gauntlet by allowing for five players.
The author races through the dungeons with all five players, making short work of bosses. The five characters were selected for their high starting agility, and include a fighter (blue), a warlock (purple), an elf (green), a bard (orange), and a thief (red).
Also, the only exit that matters is the last one used by a player, and the author uses this extensively to use the fastest character, the thief, to run when an earlier exit is available for the other characters to use.

A technical commentary with extra features by the author is available here.
Published on 10/16/2010

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Animorphs: Shattered Reality is what's considered as a poorly created video game based on the Scholastic Series written by K. A. Applegate.
Visser Three attempts to create a device that is designed to wipe out the Animorphs life using the Continuum Crystal. However the device failed and the crystal has vanished leaving behind a shattered reality. This reality is where Visser Three has almost completed his world domination.
Watch as Fizztastic morphs and fights their way through to stop Visser Three and restore the reality to what it once was in record time.

The movie file as well as all the encodes have the author's commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 7/10/2018

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Animorphs: Shattered Reality is what's considered as a poorly created video game based on the Scholastic Series written by K. A. Applegate.
Visser Three attempts to create a device that is designed to wipe out the Animorphs life using the Continuum Crystal. However the device failed and the crystal has vanished leaving behind a shattered reality. This reality is where Visser Three has almost completed his world domination.
Watch as Fizztastic morphs and fights their way through to stop Visser Three and restore the reality to what it once was in record time.

The YouTube encode includes commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 3/22/2019

Animorphs: Shattered Reality is what's considered as a poorly created video game based on the Scholastic Series written by K. A. Applegate.
Visser Three attempts to create a device that is designed to wipe out the Animorphs life using the Continuum Crystal. However the device failed and the crystal has vanished leaving behind a shattered reality. This reality is where Visser Three has almost completed his world domination.
Watch as Fizztastic morphs and fights their way through to stop Visser Three and restore the reality to what it once was in record time.

The YouTube encode includes commentary in the form of soft subtitles.
Published on 3/26/2020

Armored Core sees the player take on the role of a Raven: A mercenary who customizes and pilots a giant mecha (an Armored Core) to complete missions for powerful corporations in a dystopian future.
In this run, Zinfidel completes the game in record time by taking the corporations' money, failing to do nearly anything they ask, and using glitches to quickly destroy the super AI that has been pulling their strings the entire time. Details are in the submission notes.

The encodes of this run include the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/21/2020
Game:
Armored Core

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4

Castlevania Chronicles is a PSX remake of the Japan-only X68000 game Akumajō Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ), which is a remake of the first Castlevania. In this game, Simon Belmont is out to defeat the evil Count Dracula.
While this movie by strizer86, done on Original Mode, appears to be slower than the previous movie, it is in fact faster by about 35 seconds if emulation and mode differences (mainly timer countdown) are not accounted for, thanks to the damage boosts that are possible on Original Mode. Please read the author's comments for more details.
An encode with commentary by the author is available right here.
Published on 2/18/2021

Not only was Castlevania: Symphony of the Night the first installment of the Castlevania series on PSX but also the first PSX game to have a published run here.
Not satisfied with just going on a death spree to Dracula, Alucard decides to steal every single one of his father's heirlooms, while also killing his prized collection of monsters. Luckily he has the handy ability of phasing through walls whenever he needs to.
A run that beats the game through save data corruption is available here, along with one that avoids data corruption. If you prefer the main character to have muscular bare arms and to pray to the rain gods to defeat bosses, you may enjoy the Richter version. If you want to see a run on Replay mode that can skip many cutscenes, see this run. We also have a run of the Saturn version using Maria. We even have a run where Alucard avoids killing everything except Dracula.
Due to the lengthy amount of time needed to obtain the best ending in the previous run, this run was deemed significantly more entertaining, and thus obsoletes it.

Note: Due to an emulation error, the audio in the ending FMV sequence doesn't play.

Author's commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube
Published on 8/10/2014

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Crash Bandicoot: Warped is the third game of the Crash Bandicoot series developed by Naughty Dog. The story takes place immediately after the events of the previous game. It features similar gameplay to the first two games in the series.
This run from The8bitbeast improves upon the previous publication by a full 10 minutes, thanks to the use of a newly discovered zip glitch, allowing Crash to move as fast as Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as improving the usage of the item glitch used in the previous publication.
We recommend reading the author's comments for information about this run.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles and also an additional audio commentary track.
Published on 2/25/2017

Crash Bandicoot: Warped is the third game of the Crash Bandicoot series developed by Naughty Dog. The story takes place immediately after the events of the previous game. It features similar gameplay to the first two games in the series.
We recommend reading the author's comments for information about this run.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 12/25/2017

Crash Team Racing is the fourth and last Crash Bandicoot entry developed by Naughty Dog. The game opens with Nitros Oxide wanting to turn the planet Earth into a Galactic Parking Lot. It's up to the battle of the fastest character to save the planet from the clutches of Oxide.
Reading the submission text for more information on the methods and glitches used is heavily recommended.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author which also features a detailed overlay.
Published on 8/1/2020

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This is the much-anticipated tool-assisted speedrun of the ninth installment in the Final Fantasy series (and the last to be made for the PSX). With its many references to the older games, it's a trip down memory lane for those familiar with the series.
This run completes the famous Excalibur II quest, which requires the player to get to the end of the game in under 12 hours, with over 4 hours and 40 minutes to spare. For more details on the low completion time and the extensive route planning put into this run, we recommend reading the author's comments.
Both the MKVs and YouTube encodes have explanatory subtitles to read while watching.

Note: Due to an emulation error, some areas have rather loud background sound effects (like Alexandria during Vivi's first appearance).

There are two YouTube streams available for this movie. The first is a four-part playlist offering HD video, and the second is all in one stream in 480p.
Published on 5/1/2012

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This is the much-anticipated tool-assisted speedrun of the ninth installment in the Final Fantasy series, and the last in the series to be made for the PSX. With its many references to the older games, it's a trip down memory lane for those familiar with the series.
For more details on the low completion time and the extensive route planning put into this run, we recommend reading the author's comments as well as the author's commentary outlining the run.
Although it appears slower than the previous movie by almost 30 minutes, this is due mostly to longer loading times, the result of using a more accurate emulator. The author improves on their previous movie by roughly 10 minutes, when emulation differences are accounted for, thanks to newer tricks and optimizations.

The second YouTube link leads to a playlist of the TAS which is segmented to the game's respective disks.
Published on 11/10/2018
Game:
Final Fantasy IX

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 1.11.9

Capcom decided to make some easy money, so they recycled parts of Mega Man X5, threw in overly difficult trial-and-error gameplay, made almost everything an obstacle course, and called it Mega Man X6.
Rolanmen1 completes all stages as X and Zero using the same controller inputs across both. This goes to show that the two characters do in fact play similarly. It should be noted that a patch is needed to be able to play as Zero from the beginning; this is normally not allowed. Please refer to the rules for more details.

An alternate encode featuring an input display and audio commentary by the author is available right here.
Published on 8/20/2021

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Metal Gear Solid was one of the original breakthrough titles in the stealth gaming genre. It follows Solid Snake, a soldier who is infiltrating a nuclear weapons facility on a remote Alaskan island codenamed Shadow Moses Island. Snake must rescue two hostages from the terrorist organization FOXHOUND and stop them from launching a nuclear strike on the United States.
In this run, theenglishman abuses walk-through-walls and weapon glitches to save over 26 minutes from his previous run. Reading the submission comments is recommended.

Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube.
Published on 4/19/2013

Metal Gear Solid was one of the original breakthrough titles in the stealth gaming genre. It follows Solid Snake, a soldier who is infiltrating a nuclear weapons facility on a remote Alaskan island in the Fox Archipelago, codenamed Shadow Moses. Snake must rescue two hostages from FOX-HOUND, a high-tech special forces unit gone rogue, and then stop FOX-HOUND from launching a nuclear warhead.
Changes from the original release of Metal Gear Solid include
  • Addition of first-person view.
  • A level of difficulty for newcomers.
  • Improved artificial intelligence for some enemies (including bosses) on higher difficulty settings.
  • An "Alternate Round" for each difficulty, with different enemy placements.
  • 300 VR Training missions on a separate disc.
In this run, theenglishman's goal is to beat all the bosses in the game; this results in the run actually playing far more of Disc 1 than our currently published any% run, which skips literally every boss on that disc. Don't go thinking this is a low-glitch run, though!

The downloadable encodes feature vocal commentary by the author and magnum66. It is also available on YouTube.
Published on 6/23/2016

Metal Gear Solid was one of the original breakthrough titles in the stealth gaming genre. It follows Solid Snake, a soldier who is infiltrating a nuclear weapons facility on a remote Alaskan island in the Fox Archipelago, codenamed Shadow Moses. Snake must rescue two hostages from FOX-HOUND, a high-tech special forces unit gone rogue, and then stop FOX-HOUND from launching a nuclear warhead.
Changes from the original release of Metal Gear Solid include
  • Addition of first-person view.
  • A level of difficulty for newcomers.
  • Improved artificial intelligence for some enemies (including bosses) on higher difficulty settings.
  • An "Alternate Round" for each difficulty, with different enemy placements.
  • 300 VR Training missions on a separate disc.
Integral was planned for use in this branch from the start, because of a lengthy Liquid Snake monologue you can skip in Integral but not in the original version, as well as the added precision of analog controls; however, old PSX emulators could not play Integral. With the switch to the higher-accuracy PSXHawk, theenglishman was able to TAS this version, playing on Extreme difficulty in the Normal Round, and achieving the rank of "BIG BOSS" for his performance.
The raw improvement over the predecessor movie is around 3 minutes, but the improvement in gameplay is actually much more than that; the raw time is inflated slightly compared to the predecessor movie because of the switch to PSXHawk, which results in slightly longer (but more accurate) loading times on everything from transitions between rooms, to playing cutscenes and CODEC conversations.

The author's detailed commentary is available in the movie file and all encodes in the form of subtitles.
Published on 7/1/2016

Spyro: Year of the Dragon is the third installment in the Spyro series and the last Spyro game to be released for the PlayStation, in addition to being the last one created by its original creators.
After many technical issues, this first ever completed TAS of Spyro: Year of the Dragon finishes the game with 100% (in-game 117%) game completion, over an hour faster than any normal speedrun. This is done through carefully planned routes, precisely executed glitches and highly optimized movement.

Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube.
Published on 11/7/2014

Spyro: Year of the Dragon is the third installment in the Spyro series and the last Spyro game to be released for the PlayStation, in addition to being the last one created by its original creators.
Reading the submission text for more information on the methods and glitches used is heavily recommended.

Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on YouTube it features further details post commentary for additional information.
Published on 12/20/2019

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Tekken Force, a paramilitary organization protecting the Mishima karate fighters, is nearly obliterated by the mighty Ogre. Heihachi Mishima's only hope is his grandson Jin Kazama, who lives with his mother Jun, unaware of his legacy. When the Ogre attacks his home and presumably kills his mother, Jin seeks out his grandfather and learns the martial arts of the family. On his nineteenth birthday, Heihachi announces the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3, hoping that Jin will use the opportunity take out the meddlesome Ogre.
Tekken 3, like its predecessors, is a versus fighting game. New features include prominently featured side-stepping, allowing characters to retreat into the background and back during fights, more combo throws, fifteen more characters, and reduced jumping capabilities to allow for more realistic combat. Also included are two minigames: Tekken Force, a beat-em-up stage that unlocks a new character, and Tekken Ball, a beach volleyball variant where characters are hurt by the ball.
While this movie by Spikestuff seems slower than their previous TAS, it is in fact faster by 0.03 seconds in in-game time. This is because the game improperly lags during the True Ogre fight in the emulator used in the previous publication (PSXjin). This run was done on BizHawk's PSXHawk core called Octoshock, which doesn't have the aforementioned issue. Not much has changed otherwise.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 9/4/2015

Tekken Force, a paramilitary organization protecting the Mishima karate fighters, is nearly obliterated by the mighty Ogre. Heihachi Mishima's only hope is his grandson Jin Kazama, who lives with his mother Jun, unaware of his legacy. When the Ogre attacks his home and presumably kills his mother, Jin seeks out his grandfather and learns the martial arts of the family. On his nineteenth birthday, Heihachi announces the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3, hoping that Jin will use the opportunity take out the meddlesome Ogre.
Tekken 3, like its predecessors, is a versus fighting game. New features include prominently featured side-stepping, allowing characters to retreat into the background and back during fights, more combo throws, fifteen more characters, and reduced jumping capabilities to allow for more realistic combat. Also included are two minigames: Tekken Force, a beat-em-up stage that unlocks a new character, and Tekken Ball, a beach volleyball variant where characters are hurt by the ball.
Spikestuff improves their previous movie by 8.23 seconds in real time, thanks to performing less pause buffering and using Double Suicide to improve the manipulation. The total in-game time of 8'80 remains unchanged.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/18/2020

X-COM: UFO Defense is a revolutionary turn-based strategy game in which the player is given the role of the commander of humanity's last hope against the alien invasion. However, this alien menace must not only be fought with bravery and tactics on the battlefield, but also with study of captured alien technology and maintenance of a proper budget.
This TAS by willbobsled manages to beat the game in under 15 minutes by only partaking in 3 missions and with careful planning and luck manipulation.

You can read the author's commentary in the YouTube stream by enabling closed captions.
Published on 12/10/2019

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the Sega Saturn is a port of the popular PSX game of the same name. This version features the console-exclusive character Maria, who easily blazes through the castle, proving that she's not just another damsel in distress. EZGames69 uses a combination of magic powers, kicks, glitches and luck manipulation to free the world, yet again, from Dracula's minions.
EZGames69 improved the previous movie with better optimization. The movie time appears longer due to including the BIOS sequence and generally more accurate Saturn emulation in BizHawk. Actual game-play improvements are detailed in this video.
For more glitching and monster killing, we also have Alucard and Richter's movies, both done on the PlayStation version.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author.
Published on 6/29/2019

The Sonic games for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear are much less well known than their Genesis/Mega Drive counterparts and have a reputation for being quite challenging, especially in handheld form. You'd never know this from the speed Sonic blazes through the game here.
Unlike later 8-bit Sonic games, there are significant differences in levels between the SMS version and the Game Gear version. The SMS version was primarily used, due to much shorter score screens.
Thanks to better strategies, The8bitbeast improved his predecessor movie by 36.43 seconds. It only appears to be a 26.08 second improvement, but the timing of the previous TAS did not include the BIOS, which loses 10.35 seconds.
Note: this run have been commentated by its author, you can watch it here.
Published on 2/18/2019

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Ys: The Vanished Omens is the first in a long series of role-playing games. Young swordsman Adol Christin has arrived in the town of Minea, only to find that a great evil is sweeping the land. He must seek out the six books of Ys and use the knowledge they contain to defeat the evil forces.
But after our hero visits a nearby shop, the shopkeeper decides he likes him and gives him his personal copies of all the books of Ys to complete his quest.

The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 1/18/2015

ActRaiser (1990) is a critically acclaimed SNES game which combines two major gameplay phases: a god simulator and an action platformer. You play the role of God "the Master", who awakens from his slumber only to find that the human civilization is completely wrecked, and hordes of demons are roaming free. The Master has three roles: to open new locations for humans to inhabit, to deal with the catastrophes happening there, which usually have something to do with grotesque monsters, as represented in side-scrolling action stages, and to help develop human civilization anew by controlling it during the overhead phases through a bow-wielding cupid who also repels mischievous demons, as presented in the form of an overhead simulation.
This is an improvement of 14:11.48 over the original run of this game from 2004.

Commentary from the authors is available as subtitles in the MKV and YouTube video, or through this script if watching in the emulator.
Published on 3/1/2011
Game:
ActRaiser

Genres:
Platform
Strategy
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
Snes9x

Alien 3 for the SNES is a game loosely based on the movie of the same name. The game consists of six stages, and in each, you are given a series of missions to complete that include rescuing prisoners; repairing pipes, fuses, and junction boxes; welding doors shut; and destroying alien eggs, as well as the mother alien. Once you have accomplished all missions in a stage, you move on to the next stage where you will receive new mission objectives. Missions are outlined via a terminal, and a series of blueprints help you navigate your way through the complex.
nymx completes the game in record time.
Published on 3/20/2021
Game:
Alien 3

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
lsnes

You control Varik, who fell down into the ruins when Alexis chased him down and accidentally blew a hole in the ground. Now it's up to you to get Varik back out, with no shortage of monsters along the way. You're not alone - There are many others who have also fallen, and are willing to sell items that may help you.
The game is in a top-down view, monsters move about in real time, and the game certainly has RPG elements in that you level up from defeating these monsters. You have three stats that increase separately from level, gaining strength by physically attacking, knowledge by hitting with attack spells, and magic endurance by being hit with magic. The controls are difficult to figure out, with one aspect being the same button that brings up your shield will also attack if you're standing in front of a monster, but once you figure it out, it's not that bad. To reach the end, you travel through over 40 zones, each bearing their various challenges with monsters or traps, and the occasional puzzle.

The movie file and downloadable encodes have subtitles with author's commentary.
Published on 5/2/2015
Game:
Brandish

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
lsnes delta18 epsilon2

There was once a prosperous kingdom, a peaceful kingdom, ruled by a wise old king, where all peopled lived happily together, protected by the power of a magical crystal. But one day, several dark clouds appeared over the kingdom and poured down a devastating rain. And then one of the clouds turned into a demon, and, reaching its hands to the treasure room in the palace, took the crystal away. The demon lord, still in a form of a menacing dark cloud, started spawning monsters and sending them to attack the now helpless kingdom. The king called to the heavens for help. Eight magical weapons fell on the ground, and eight warriors rose to protect their country. Your task now is to cleanse the land of the monsters and to defeat the evil demon lord.
Crystal Beans from Dungeon Explorer is an action RPG based on fighting and dungeon crawling, developed by Birthday and published by Hudson, which was released in Japan in 1995.

Note: The author provided a video commentary for this TAS.
Published on 12/15/2018
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.3

Toy Story is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Travellers Tales and published by Disney Interactive Studios in 1995 for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Game Boy, and Microsoft Windows. It is based on the film of the same name, and follows the same plot. The game features innovative graphics for its time, including a level inspired by games like Doom and Wolfenstein.
EZGames69 beats the game in record time.
If you want to see the Genesis version of this game, click here.

Note: this run has been commentated on by the author, you can watch the commentary on YouTube or Twitch.
Published on 4/14/2018
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.2.2

This run of Donkey Kong Country aims for 101% completion.
The author of this run discovered several new time-saving techniques. Some of them are small enough to go unnoticed, and others are jawdroppingly huge. The total improvement over the previous run is a tremendous 6 minutes 6.93 seconds this time around.
The in-game time of this run is about 33 minutes 10 seconds. For a detailed analysis of new techniques as well as comments about individual levels, read the author's comments.
If you desire more rolling primates, we recommend watching the any% movie.

The author, Tompa, also provided audio commentary of his TAS along with Pichi, which is available right here.
Published on 6/6/2017

This is the fifth game of the series originally known as Dragon Warrior in the US; it remained untranslated until a port to the DS was released in 2008, where it received the name Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. It tracks the life of our hero, the son of Papas, over a large span of time from his adventurous childhood through tragic adolescence and a joyful marriage as he and his family fight to defeat evil.
You may be interested in watching earlier games in the series.

As the game text is in Japanese, the encodes feature translation in the form of subtitles courtesy of the author. A YouTube stream featuring more detailed information and commentary, also by the author, can be found here.
Published on 2/4/2012

In E.V.O. you play as a creature who evolves by eating his opponents. Just like real life!
We recommend reading the author's notes. They are rather voluminous and contain a great deal of good information.

The author's commentary is available as soft-subs in all of the encodes for this movie. A Lua subtitle script is also available in this run's forum thread with the same commentary from the author.
Published on 10/26/2009

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Earthbound is a great RPG, designed by Shigesato Itoi in 1994-1995, and is also known by the name Mother 2.
It is best described as "random", in a good way. The game has a great emphasis on a humor, and indeed many things in the game are almost caricatured, from subplots to characters. It also has a versatile soundtrack.
Although this being a speedrun (tool-assisted at that), most of the plot of the game is intact, making this movie very entertaining to watch even as a TAS.
Details about each scene and decision in this movie can be read in the authors' comments.
This movie does not use a death as a shortcut. Although that was a conscious decision by the authors, what it actually means was bent to the extreme.
  • The main protagonist, Ness, suffers a mortal blow once. Due to how the game works, he did not die.
  • A teddy bear was disintegrated in a battle. Although a party member, it was an inanimate object, and cannot be counted as "death".
  • Near the end of the movie, a death-like event is part of the game plot.

NapstrPSX made an audio commentary for this TAS.
Published on 7/23/2006
Game:
EarthBound

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
Snes9x 1.43

F-Zero is a futuristic racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the SNES in 1990.
The game is normally played with through one of three leagues, known as Knight, Queen, and King leagues. This TAS features the first league. We also have a Queen League run.

The author provided a video commentary that was streamed on Twitch.
Published on 7/25/2017
Game:
F-Zero

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
lsnes rr2-b23

F-Zero is a futuristic racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the SNES in 1990.
The game is normally played by selecting one of three leagues, known as Knight, Queen, and King leagues. This TAS plays through the second league. We also have a Knight League run.

The author provided a video commentary that was streamed on Twitch.
Published on 9/12/2017
Game:
F-Zero

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
lsnes rr2-b23

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Final Fantasy VI (renamed to Final Fantasy III in North-American publication) is arguably the most famous RPG on the SNES console.
This run, using the 1.0 version of the ROM, beats the game nearly an hour faster than the other run of FFVI on TASVideos by using a well-known glitch with Relm's sketch ability. This glitch allows partial overwriting of memory, allowing the use of items and spells that could not otherwise be used. For more details, we recommend reading the authors' detailed comments.

The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as subtitles as well as the YouTube stream.
Published on 12/5/2014

Final Fantasy VI (renamed to Final Fantasy III in North-American publication) is arguably the most famous RPG on the SNES console.
This run by Keylie, eddie, pirohiko and Kadmony improves on the previous movie by 08:21.29.
For more details, we recommend reading the authors' detailed comments.

The second YouTube stream cuts almost all the game overs out, only leaving the first and the last one.
Downloadable encodes have the authors' commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/29/2017

Kirby's Dream Land 3 is the fifth platformer video game starring Kirby. Specifically, it is the third game under the Kirby's Dream Land name. Although the first two games were largely unrelated, Dream Land 3 features many returning characters from Dream Land 2. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards serves as the sequel to this game.
After the events of Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby and Gooey are on a fishing trip, when all of a sudden, Dark Matter appears and shatters the planet's rings. He then proceeds to possess various Dream-Landers, including King Dedede. Kirby and Gooey team up with Rick, Coo, and Kine, as well as new characters Pitch, ChuChu, and Nago, in order to stop Dark Matter.
WaddleDX collects all the Heart Stars, fights the true final boss, and achieves the best ending in record time.

Note: There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring Japanese commentary by the author.
Published on 8/6/2018

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Krusty's Fun House is a video game based on the cartoon series The Simpsons. It was developed by Fox Williams for the British software house Audiogenic, and released in 1992 for the Amiga, NES, IBM PC, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy, Super NES and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The 16-bit versions on the Super NES and the Mega Drive/Genesis were entitled Krusty's Super Fun House.
The player directs small rats to an extermination area through complicated maze-like levels. The player controls Krusty the Clown, who must create a path for the rats to follow and guide them towards an extermination device.
nymx uses a few tricks to manipulate blocks and beat the game in record time.

Note: This run has been commentated on by the author and some RTA runners, you can watch it here.
Published on 4/6/2018

Krusty's Fun House is a video game based on the cartoon series The Simpsons. It was developed by Fox Williams for the British software house Audiogenic, and released in 1992 for the Amiga, NES, IBM PC, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy, Super NES and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The 16-bit versions on the Super NES and the Mega Drive/Genesis were entitled Krusty's Super Fun House.
The player directs small rats to an extermination area through complicated maze-like levels. The player controls Krusty the Clown, who must create a path for the rats to follow and guide them towards an extermination device.
This is an improvement of 03:16.4 minutes over the previous publication.

Note: This run has been commentated on by the author and some RTA runners, you can watch it here.
Published on 1/15/2019

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Lufia 2 is an adventure RPG prequel to Lufia 1. In this installment, Maxim and his cohorts set out to take down the evil Sinistrals.
Normally, the game sports a large amount of puzzles, yet a shockingly low amount of battles. In this movie, however, ventuz abuses the "Lv.0 glitch" (read the submission comments for more details), which lets one access limited event triggers in memory. This allows him to reach the ending in 4 minutes and 11.77 seconds.

Note: The encodes provide commentary and explanations by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/8/2015

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Lufia 2 is an adventure RPG prequel to Lufia 1. In this installment, Maxim and his cohorts set out to take down the evil Sinistrals.
Normally, the game sports a large amount of puzzles, yet a shockingly low amount of battles. In this movie, however, JeedUnit abuses the Lv.0 glitch (read the submission comments for more details), which lets one access limited event triggers in memory, to skip most of these puzzles in the name of speed.
JeedUnit also improves the previous run by almost a minute and a half through a new route and improved RNG manipulation.

Note: The downloadable encodes provide commentary and explanations by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 5/27/2015

Metal Max Returns is the remake of the NES game Metal Max. It features better graphics and sound, revised areas, references to Metal Max 2, and slightly decreased difficulty.
Because of the requirements for completion in this game, this movie is quite different from the original Metal Max (which was TASed by the same author, suwei). For a list of the differences and more information, see the author's notes.

The YouTube encode contains commentary from the author in the form of captions.
Published on 1/19/2013
Game:
Metal Max Returns

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.3.0

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Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Daibouken (or "Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland") is a Japan-exclusive Mickey game, but with a completely unique graphical and gameplay style compared to other Mickey games on the SNES. This one has balloons, and a propulsion mechanic similar to the likes of Sparkster and Twinbee.
In this run, arandomgameTASer maneuvers through the game briskly, taking careful measures to get as much speed as possible from gas balloons. Oh, and water. Lots and lots of water.

The downloadable lsnes movie includes commentary from the author.
Published on 3/17/2015

Nangoku Shōnen Papuwa-kun (南国少年パプワくん, lit. Southern Boy Papuwa) is a brawler-platforming game for the Super Famicom that is based on the anime of the same name. In the game, players take control of Shintaro as he races across an island, trying to figure out where all of the monsters are coming from. Shintaro has various martial arts the player can use to fight enemies, such as dive kicks, a quick punch, and even a ki-wave. The players defeat enemies with these moves while platforming, dealing with bosses periodically.
Vaan666 slides and dive kicks their way across the island in record time.

An encode with the author's commentary can be found here.
An encode with all of the game's cutscenes removed (significantly speeding up the run) can be found here.
Published on 7/16/2021
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.6.2

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Q*bert 3 is the next puzzle game in this long running series starring Q*bert, Coily and the rest of the bad guys.
Q*bert's objective is to jump around the board changing the color (paint) of each of the blocks into the final color, while multiple enemies chase him and sometimes adversely change the block colors themselves.
In this run, nymx improves the predecessor movie by 08:55.17 minutes.

The author provided a video commentary that was streamed on Twitch.
Published on 12/16/2017

Q*bert 3 is the next puzzle game in this long running series starring Q*bert, Coily and the rest of the bad guys.
Q*bert's objective is to jump around the board changing the color (paint) of each of the blocks into the final color, while multiple enemies chase him and sometimes adversely change the block colors themselves.
In this run, nymx further improves the previous movie by 01:15.83 minutes through a variety of optimizations.

Audio commentary for this run is available via Twitch stream.
Published on 11/14/2020
Game:
Q*bert 3

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
lsnes rr2-B23

X-Bert is a special challenge mode in Q*bert 3, accessed by inputting BYYYBYYY in the options menu. It presents the player with the 20 hardest levels the game has to offer immediately after starting a game.
nymx makes quick work of each level, and finishes X-Bert mode in record time.

Audio commentary for this run is available via Twitch stream.
Published on 11/15/2020

A Secret of Mana TAS has finally come to TASVideos!
Secret of Mana is a widely popular action RPG published by Square. It is internationally regarded as the first game of the Mana series, though the Japanese title is Seiken Densetsu 2, so it is the sequel of Final Fantasy Adventure. It utilizes real-time battles like many other action RPGs while including some unique features such as the Ring Command and multiplayer action.
Touch-me beats the game very quickly, using three players simultaneously and a whole host of glitches. For instance, many bosses can be hit for 999 instant damage using a charge counter glitch, and certain plot points are skipped. See the submission comments for more details.

There also is a YouTube encode that contains commentary from the author in the form of hard subtitles.
Published on 11/13/2011

Soul Blazer is an RPG made by Enix considered to be somewhat related to its predecessor: ActRaiser. The main character is an angel sent to destroy invading monsters and release the captured souls of innocent people.
In this series, every action in monster lairs directly affects non-combat areas, and vice versa. That being said, much planning was needed for this run.
The ending is very long and requires user input, so the movie's length is about 13 minutes longer than what might be considered beating the game. Regardless, this run is an improvement of 17 minutes over the prior run thanks to new strategies and a swap to the Japanese version.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/12/2016

¡Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! A super fast hero and ethnic stereotyping, what more can you ask for in a TAS?
Unlike the any% run, here Speedy Gonzales spends some extra time to rescue all kidnapped mice, getting the alternate ending.

The movie file, YouTube, and downloadable encodes contain a subtitle commentary track.
Published on 7/14/2013

Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge is an action platformer starring the iconic Marvel characters Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Gambit. After the X-Men get kidnapped by Arcade, Spider-Man must deactivate bombs, infiltrate the abandoned building where they were taken, and confront Arcade. From there, Arcade puts each hero to the test as they navigate through his bizarre "Murderworld" until Spider-Man can finally confront the madman head-on.
This infamous game was made by LJN, and although it might be better than many others from that label, it still has serious gameplay flaws that make it frustrating, let alone incredibly difficult. However, it works great for a TAS. Using careful precision and many exploits, the team of jaysmad and Brandon make it through this "Juggernaut" in less than 24 minutes. Please see the authors' notes for a detailed breakdown of the levels, a couple of glitches that were unused in the run, and a video of a camera hack for the Black Queen fight that mostly happened off-screen.
Please also check out the run for Wolverine, which is a NES game, also made by LJN, where most of Wolverine's gameplay came from.

YouTube stream and downloadable encodes have subtitles.
Published on 2/11/2012
Emulator Version:
Snes9x rerecording 1.51 v7 svn147

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This is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 3 present in Super Mario All-Stars. Aside from musical and graphical improvements, it also provides a save feature.
Maru defeats Bowser in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 12/28/2018
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2

This is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 3 present in Super Mario All-Stars. Aside from musical and graphical improvements, it also provides a save feature.
Maru defeats Bowser in record time and improves the previous run by 00:00.27 seconds.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 3/10/2019
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2.2

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This is the 12th published movie of Super Mario World that beats the game by clearing 11 of the 96 exits, the shortest route intended by the game developers. This movie's faster by 00:02.75 seconds, clocking at less than 10 minutes. As in the previous publication, Mario still dies in the process.
A few new tricks were found:
  • Stunning a fish;
  • Lateral corner clip;
  • Downward corner boost.
We recommend reading the authors' comments for more details.

The encodes feature commentary by the authors as soft subtitles.
This run was played back on a real SNES console, watch the verification here!
Published on 12/9/2015

The Addams Family is a game from Ocean Software released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. It also has a simplified NES port under the name Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. In this game, it's implied that family members have been captured and are being held hostage by enemies, it's up to Gomez to save them all.
The three authors defeat all the bosses, collecting all health upgrades and saving every family member in record time, which makes for a very creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky run.

This run has commentary provided by the authors. They are embedded in the torrents and in the YouTube video.
If you want to see this game beaten in the fastest way, see the any% run.
Published on 10/31/2018
Game:
The Addams Family

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Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2.1

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third game of its series. It began development in 1988 as a NES title but was ultimately moved to the SNES, being released in Japan on 21 November 1991, exactly 1 year after the console. It set new standards for the system and was among the first games to use 1MB of memory. The game is widely regarded as one of the best video games, both of its era and of all time. A Link to the Past spawned two official manga, a Satellaview spinoff, a GBA port, a 3DS remake, a popular randomizer, and rereleases on the SNES Classic and Wii Virtual Console. Nearly 30 years later, it remains one of the most popular speedrun games.
fmp and Yuzuhara_3 complete the inventory of items and defeat Ganon in record time. For more details, please read the authors' comments.
The second set of encodes feature a minimap at the right side, showing the player's position on the map and the camera's position.

The author provided video commentary for this movie that can be seen here.
Published on 12/30/2018

Trials of Mana is a RPG about your typical ragtag group of young adventurers that totally lack any survival instinct; at least that'd explain why they never bother to get any protective gear. Our three chosen champions of goodness are tasked with rescuing the eight elemental spirits from the clutches of evil and using their power to save the world. Though it turns out that nobody is able to count as we find in fact nine spirits...
Long referred to as "Seiken Densetsu 3" by fans, the game was finally given an official title in June 2019.
We recommend reading the author's notes; they contain a lot of very good information.

The provided MP4s and YouTube stream feature subtitles, allowing those of us who don't speak Japanese to figure out what's going on.
Published on 12/22/2011

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Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom is an RPG from the well-known Wizardry series of games. Normally, these games are very long. However, in keeping with the TASVideos tradition of making long RPG runs short, this run reaches the ending in a little over a minute through extensive glitching of the inventory. See the author's comments for more information.
For more Wizardry runs, see the first game, the second game, and the third game.

The primary encode for this run has subtitles from the author. If you want even more information available when the run is playing, see the author's own encode with subtitles, memory watch and map on YouTube.
Published on 3/17/2014

Kirby's Return to Dreamland is the 12th platforming installment in the series, and the first traditional Kirby platformer released in a decade after Kirby 64. The starship Lor Starcutter crash-lands on planet Popstar, and the extraterrestrial captain Magolor promises Kirby and friends a trip to his homeworld if they will help him find the scattered pieces of his ship in order to rebuild it. Like many Kirby antagonists before him, Magolor's true motives turn out to be nefarious, resulting in the Kirby gang once again fighting to save their galaxy.
Kirby's Return to Dreamland plays like a traditional Kirby game, seeing Kirby platforming through the game's 8 levels and inhaling foes to gain their powers. Elomavi flies through the game at incredible speed using the Wing copy ability's various fast-moving special moves (especially Condor Head). There is also a lot of flapping involved.
The author's commentary for the run is available in all of the encodes of the movie.
Published on 10/31/2020

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Braid is a famous indie platform game with some unique puzzlework. It was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade before being ported to other platforms. A major feature of the game is the player's unlimited ability to reverse time and "rewind" actions, even after dying. The game itself was intended to be an artful deconstruction of traditional video game concepts.
Many tricks are used to complete the speedrun mode in an astounding 20:11.17 according to the internal timer; see the author's comments for more information.

If you understand French pretty well, you may be interested in watching the special episode of Speed Game, featuring commentary from Coeurdevandale and the author of this TAS, keylie. The tricks used are also explained there.
Published on 6/7/2013
Game:
Braid

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Platform
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
Hourglass-r81

Cave Story (2004) is a famous freeware indie game notable for being made entirely by one person, Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya.
Watch as nitsuja completely destroys this difficult game with amazingly precise movement. This playthrough saves Curly and finishes with the best ending after beating Ballos.
The program used to make this run, Hourglass, was also developed by nitsuja—with the creation of this run in mind. As such, it is our first published run of a Windows game.

Downloadable encodes and the YouTube encode include commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 11/12/2011


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