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  • Aims for fastest time.
  • Takes no damage (thus, saves all hostages)
Emulator used: VBA-rerecording-10
Description:
Joe Osugi is a ninja who's decided to become a detective to stop an evil terrorist organization and save the hostages they've taken. Apparently he's not a very good detective, because all he seems to do is fly around and kick everyone's asses with his amazing ninja skills. This game is really all about non-stop ninja action and acrobatics.
Joe has a ninja sword for slicing things, an infinite supply of shurikens/fireballs/lasers for blasting things, and a grappling hook used for swinging all over the place. There are lots of ways to move around - he can crawl, walk, slide-dash, ledge-climb, grapple-pull, grapple-swing, grapple-wall-kick, and grapple-jump. He can throw shurikens/magic in either direction even while swinging around, and swinging his sword in midair gives his jumps an inexplicable boost. He also gains ninja magic power from each enemy he kills, which can make him invincible or destroy all enemies onscreen if it's built up enough.
I end up using every single move and ability that Joe has (except for his detective binoculars) to get through the game as quickly as possible. The controls are very good and responsive, giving full access to Joe's arsenal of abilities, although it takes superhuman reflexes to put all of the moves (especially with the grappling hook) to their fullest use.
Despite how much power the game gives the player, this game is quite challenging, and not overly short either. Playing through it normally can take a several hours even for a skilled player, and getting through without any Game Overs (much less without taking damage) would be miraculous. Since this run is under 20 minutes, and doesn't really skip any part of the game... well, that means there's a lot of stuff going on very quickly here.
There are 15 main levels and 5 bosses. Each level is a bunch of large rooms connected by doors, many of which are locked and require a key of a certain color to open. The goal of each level is to rescue all of the hostages (usually by killing their captors when they let their guard down), find the red key, and exit through the red door. Shuriken powerups and ninja magic carry over between levels, but they reset after every boss. Each boss is crazy in its own unique way, but they all just need to be thoroughly beaten up.
This is an improvement of 4 minutes and 13 seconds on KaitouKid's run of Ninja Five-0. That was already action-packed, so I didn't think I would be able to improve on it so much. I should note that KaitouKid's run was very helpful for making this, especially with routes and basic strategies. The improvement comes partly from playing with greater precision (this game is NOT easy to play precisely, as evidenced by the number of rerecords per frame), and partly from better planning of when to use invincibility, but most of the improvement comes from a bunch of tricks and a few shortcuts I discovered:
  • A mid-air spinning sword slash (the strongest and fastest attack) usually causes a small delay after landing, but this delay can be cancelled by pressing the grapple button at the exact moment of landing if the slash was timed such that its animation will end before reaching the ground.
  • A mid-air spinning sword slash can also be instantly cancelled, even at the very start of the (damage) animation, by grabbing onto a ledge. When an enemy is standing on a ledge, this can be used to get in a powerful extra attack much faster than is usually possible.
  • Found that using the R button to retract the grappling hook moves you a LOT faster than normal control of the grappling hook, which leads to insanely high grapple-jumps when combined with frame-precise timing.
  • Jumping from a grappling hook resets the delay between shurikens you're allowed to fire, so the long delay between throwing two powerful laser shurikens can be eliminated by throwing the first one while on the grappling hook, then jumping off, then immediately throwing the second one. I use this most noticeably on the Airport dragon boss and the Airplane level.
  • Slide-dashing lets you move through enemies without taking damage if the dash doesn't start or end directly under any enemy.
  • Human enemies won't damage you if you pass through them exactly when they're playing a getting-hit animation (so throwing a shuriken lets me pass through some enemies while swinging). Also, large armored enemies sometimes won't damage you if you pass through part of them while damaging them with a spinning sword slash.
  • The high speed of a slide-dash is offset by a long-ish delay at the end of each dash, but that delay is entirely cancelled for a dash that goes off the edge of something, so I usually dash off of platforms for some free extra speed.
  • If an enemy is high enough off the ground, doing a high jump and shooting two laser shurikens per jump deals out damage very fast because each jump also resets the shuriken firing delay (and a laser shuriken does as much damage as a spinning sword slash). I use this to defeat the cave bat boss a lot faster than before.
  • In two of the cave missions, the level designers assumed that it was impossible to go straight up a narrow passageway, but I found in both cases that it's just barely possible to wedge yourself under the passage and grapple+wallkick+retract+jump to launch up just high enough to reach the ceiling with a second firing of the grappling hook. This let me skip part of a room in the first cave stage, and it made it possible to completely change the route in the second cave stage to minimize backtracking.
  • The final boss follows a set pattern of attacks with increasingly long periods of having to dodge fire while the boss is invincible in-between, but part of the pattern can be skipped by doing more damage than he's supposed to be able to take before teleporting out, so I'm able to skip the longest of his extremely long fullscreen attacks and kill him early.
(most of these are new, although some may have been known before but weren't used much)
Other notes:
  • The final room in Base 2 with all the ninjas is time-based until the one with the key spawns, that's why I fool around with those ninjas for so long before killing them.
  • If I turn on invincibility for apparently no reason, it's to avoid having the magic meter fill all the way up which would would force me to use the usually-time-wasting kill-everything magic attack before I'm able to use invincibility again.
  • This game apparently does not have any randomness at all to abuse.
  • This game is very well-programmed (and well-made in general). As for bugs, the only bug I found was a weird teleportation caused by getting hit in certain places in the Base levels, which I didn't include in the run because it teleported me backwards in the level in both cases, and I was aiming for no damage anyway.
  • Usually I don't go for no-damage runs, but taking damage is rather unhelpful in this game and often requires interesting/skillful things to avoid, so I made this run under the same set of rules as KaitouKid.
  • Making this run: I used frame advance for almost all of it. Some combinations of actions were too complicated to input like this initially, however, because of overlapping unknown timings of different buttons required, so for those actions I recorded short segments at 100% speed a few times, took the fastest resulting one, then re-entered that input somewhat optimized using frame advance. This run was definitely more challenging to make than any other ones I've made, 2-player ones included.
That's all - enjoy!

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This topic is for the purpose of discussing #809: nitsuja's GBA Ninja Five-0 in 18:06.90
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Natural yes. You blew my time outta the water and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm glad the game got a proper TAS. Commenting on the caves+ stuff here, since I've been commenting on the WIP in the GBA thread: Loved the yellow room ownage in 4-3. Haaaated that room. 'Course, I hated everything I needed to crawl in. Ugh. There's just no way to get in or out of a crawlspace ledge well. Much amusement on the vampire fight. Lasers suck, huh? They're pretty bad lasers, though, given how soon you can safely go through the dumb things. >>; MUCH more fun on the final boss. Especially dancing with the dragons. And I loved the zippo-climb to the detonator in the escape level. Thumbs up, chief. Kicked some ass.
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Faster than Kaitou's already good version and has a bunch of neat tricks too? Easyyes'd.
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Wow. Give this a star.
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*thinking of it as being Bionic Commando, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, and Ninja Gaiden all combined in one* wicked, and a star.
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One of the best movies I've seen recently. Yeah, give this a star.
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this poll is missing one item: "sure" XD gj nitsuja 5-0
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ventuz wrote:
*thinking of it as being Bionic Commando, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, and Ninja Gaiden all combined in one*
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker?? ... oh, actually, you're right, I'm surprised at how many similarities there are. Rooms to go in with hostages to rescue, a cave level with spiders, then a base level with lasers... Too bad this game's character doesn't dance or turn into a giant robot.
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Excellent movie. Action overload. Some much stuff happening so fast, this is an insane movie. One cannot get bored while watching this one. I especially liked the ninja roping, the first boss was very very nicely done. Good job, obvious yes.
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he doesnt turn into a coder.
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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. ---- [415] GBA Ninja Five-O by nitsuja in 18:06.90
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Anyone else think this is so cool matrix-style running that it could deserve a star?
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Anyone else think this is so cool matrix-style running that it could deserve a star?
Many seem to think so. Thus, it will happen.
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can someone please seed this? (if someone already is then please say so aswell)
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Can someone seed this?
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As always, just start downloading it, and don't disconnect immediately. Within a few minutes, some of the autoseeders should notice that there's this torrent having more downloaders than seeds, and pick up it for seeding. It also helps if you're not NAT-barricated and encumbered and/or throttled into oblivion by your ISP.
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Yep, I'm not blocked or use NAT. I properly port forward and stuff. I have the movie now so all is good :) A thanks to baxter.
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Could someone reseed this again? I've been trying to download for about 10 minutes (I know it's not THAT long) and the auto-seeders haven't caught on. I'll leave it up to attempt to download while I wait. Thanks in advance! EDIT: Regardless of whether or not it was an auto-seeder, I thank whoever it was.