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Also known as "Cat Mario", Syobon Action is an extremely difficult mario-clone platformer that usually takes many tries to complete. This run aims to do so in the fastest possible time.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: Hourglass - r81
  • Fastest Time For Real
  • No Deaths
  • Do not use select-state key (Number keys 1-4)

Comments

When you want to watch it in Hourglass, please set FPS to 30, System Time to 0, App Locale to Force Japanese locale.
If you couldn't run this movie or often crashed, please choose Disable DirectSound Creation to repair it. It may help solving this problem.
First of all, I would like to thank my friend Hu, who have provided me with many technical supports, so I can create this movie. Also, I would like to thank jlun2, because he came up with an important suggestion - the Lags in this game, which helped me saved more than 100 frames. Last, all my thanks go to the website and the warm-hearted staffs.
Secondly, the reason why I used the "4 stage" version instead of an extended one is because the "official" site only has this version. Also, a source claims that Syobon Action only has 4 stages, implying that the extended version is a fan-game.

Glitches/Tricks

Wall Jumping

With enough horizontal velocity, you can clip slightly into a wall if you turn around for ~1 frame. Then simply hold onto the jump button ("Z" or "UP") to jump again once inside the wall. (If you are lucky, you can jmup on the wall at full speed! )

Quick Turn

To turn quickly, bump into a wall for 1 frame then immediately turn around. It's faster than turning without bumping into a wall. Used once in stage 1 - 1.

Quick Decelerate

When you're on the ground and you are fast forward, don't hold onto any button for 1 frame, then you will slow down more quickly than hold onto the back button in the air. Used once in stage 1 - 2.

Stage by stage comments

1-1

The first stage of the game. I tried to speed up my cat, and it's a fully optimized run, so finally I saved 19 frames in this stage.

1-2

I managed to save 1 frame at the first screen but failed, then I watched Hu's previous run and luckily got the 1 frame. In the third screen I jumped first, then saved 6 frames.

1-3

The third stage takes place above ground. I tried to make less deceleration and kick the shell more accurately, in the end I saved 10 frames.

1-4

As the third stage, I tried to accelerate in this stage, finally I saved 12 frames.

Other comments

Possible Improvements

  • Speed/Pixel Management (Needs RAM Search & RAM Watch)

Actual Screenshot

Frame 1167

feos: The first submission by this author already got a great feedback (80%, 12/0/3) which can be conferred to this submission and result in a strong Moon candidate. This is a time and style improvement over the published movie by jlun2, so I'm obviously accepting it.

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This topic is for the purpose of discussing #3949: happy_mario, TEHH_083's Windows Syobon Action in 01:49.63
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ROM filename: Soybon Action (J).exe Seems legit.
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Normally i would say Yes, but thennI thought "its not the same hack" so ill stick with meh.
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NitroGenesis wrote:
ROM filename: Soybon Action (J).exe Seems legit.
I had better use the real ROM filename in Japanese. Actually this game has two version, one is Japanese, the other is British.
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He's referring to the fact that the rom has an .exe extension, which makes no sense.
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Vykan12 wrote:
He's referring to the fact that the rom has an .exe extension, which makes no sense.
Pardon my ignorance, but why is that strange for a Windows TAS?
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Vykan12 wrote:
He's referring to the fact that the rom has an .exe extension, which makes no sense.
I'm more referring to the fact that there's no way a PC game would be distributed like a GoodTools set.
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Normally i would say Yes, but thennI thought "its not the same hack" so ill stick with meh.
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even better? yes! yes!
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wh-what... isn't this the EXACT same as submission #3948?
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flezki wrote:
wh-what... isn't this the EXACT same as submission #3948?
There's a different filename and submission size. I suspect he uploaded something wrong the first time.
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The re-record count is lower, too.
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Hello gentlemen. I am trying to encode this movie, but the run is desyncing every time. jlun2's run works perfectly. If anyone who can get it to sync can upload their .ini file, that would be great.
YoungJ1997lol wrote:
Normally i would say Yes, but thennI thought "its not the same hack" so ill stick with meh.
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NitroGenesis wrote:
Hello gentlemen. I am trying to encode this movie, but the run is desyncing every time. jlun2's run works perfectly. If anyone who can get it to sync can upload their .ini file, that would be great.
First please check your system, if your system is Windows XP SP3? If you run this movie in Windows 7 the problem is inevitable. Thank you!
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Your answer's bang on. Thanks!
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Synced for me, the game is hard to play, too. And nice improvement, yes vote.
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NitroGenesis wrote:
Hello gentlemen. I am trying to encode this movie, but the run is desyncing every time. jlun2's run works perfectly. If anyone who can get it to sync can upload their .ini file, that would be great.
The rom is different. Please download the rom in my submission.
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happy_mario wrote:
NitroGenesis wrote:
Hello gentlemen. I am trying to encode this movie, but the run is desyncing every time. jlun2's run works perfectly. If anyone who can get it to sync can upload their .ini file, that would be great.
The rom is different. Please download the rom in my submission.
Why is it different? 0_o
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I renamed the file and the folder and got it running. Also, the best settings for this game and run must be these: Graphics: Surface Memory -> Let Game Choose Sound: Format -> 44100 Hz Runtime: Multithreading Mode -> Allow Will dump and check the audio sync now. EDIT: The audio again needed a 300ms manual shift backwards to sync perfectly. Link to video
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jlun2 wrote:
happy_mario wrote:
NitroGenesis wrote:
Hello gentlemen. I am trying to encode this movie, but the run is desyncing every time. jlun2's run works perfectly. If anyone who can get it to sync can upload their .ini file, that would be great.
The rom is different. Please download the rom in my submission.
Why is it different? 0_o
I just guess how to solve this problem.
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feos wrote:
I renamed the file and the folder and got it running. Also, the best settings for this game and run must be these: Graphics: Surface Memory -> Let Game Choose Sound: Format -> 44100 Hz Runtime: Multithreading Mode -> Allow Will dump and check the audio sync now. Link to video
Thank you very much! I managed to improve this movie's entertainment.
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happy_mario wrote:
I just guess how to solve this problem.
You don't have to, a dump was already sent to encoder.
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This movie has been published. The posts before this message apply to the submission, and posts after this message apply to the published movie. ---- [2370] Windows Syobon Action by happy_mario & TEHH_083 in 01:49.63
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Congrats on getting this moon'd! I never thought I'd see this day considering my run was initially rejected for bad game choice lol. But I have one question. Why is Happy_mario still a "newbie"? Or does he already have the "player" rank and it's just not showing for me? 0_o Oh, and I can't seem to find Happy_mario through the "Memberlist" for some reason. 0_o
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jlun2 wrote:
Congrats on getting this moon'd! I never thought I'd see this day considering my run was initially rejected for bad game choice lol. But I have one question. Why is Happy_mario still a "newbie"? Or does he already have the "player" rank and it's just not showing for me? 0_o Oh, and I can't seem to find Happy_mario through the "Memberlist" for some reason. 0_o
My uneducated guess would be because it's his first publication, and they haven't gotten around to upgrade him to player yet. As for why he's still a newbie, well he joined 17 days ago
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Member rank depends on how many comments the one has posted(see here). Bigger issue is that YouTube encode has a huge sound desync.
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Odongdong wrote:
Bigger issue is that YouTube encode has a huge sound desync.
Yeah, 0.3 seconds. Will fix that.