Tool-assisted movies (100)

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Published on 11/14/2020
Arumana no Kiseki is an FDS-only platformer with an interesting grappling hook mechanic. Perhaps not surprisingly for a rather complicated mechanic like this one, it can be abused heavily to clip through walls and most of several levels.
This run is an update of the predecessor movie that aiqiyou improved by 00:21.03 seconds through heavier optimization and better planning.

Published on 9/29/2018
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Japanese title: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuuin (ドラキュラII 呪いの封印) is the story of Simon's horrible weekend without sleep. Two years after defeating Dracula, the hero is physically weakened by Dracula's curse. He must gather Dracula's remains and incinerate them at the ruins of Castlevania in order to end the curse.
Through a death warp only present in the FDS version, Fortranm and Burb defeat Dracula in record time. Please read the authors' comments for more details.
We also have a run of the NES version (which doesn't perform the death warp) right here.

Published on 11/7/2009
Eggerland is a predecessor of the NES Adventures of Lolo games, and in certain ways, it has much more features than Adventures of Lolo 1.
This movie abuses a couple of the game bugs in a surprising way.
Note that this is a Famicom Disk System game. Read What is FDS for more information.
Also note that this movie is about 42 seconds longer than the previous movie. This is due to the inaccurate (shorter) FDS load times emulated by Famtasia.

Published on 2/20/2020
Esper Dream is an action RPG for the Famicom Disk System. It stars a boy with extrasensory perception (ESP) who has been transported into a book and must save the world inside by rescuing a mayor's daughter and collecting two special items. In addition to his ESP powers, he can use projectile weapons on his quest.
This run completes the game in record time by manipulating enemy position in battles, using the weapons and ESP powers strategically, and getting a large number of esper points (EP)--necessary for using the ESP powers--via an underflow glitch.

Published on 7/24/2010
Otocky was created by Toshio Iwai in 1987 and was only released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. It is best described as a musical side-scrolling shoot 'em up where the primary weapon is a ball which, when fired in one of eight directions, plays different musical notes on the primary instrument quantized to the beat of the background music.
Needless to say, when such a weapon is put into the hands of a tool-assisted speedrunner, you might just find yourself humming along to the end result.
This run was console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (with 1 frame per latch poll).

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.3

Published on 10/23/2009
This game is Super Mario Bros., the original, but on the Famicom Disk System. It is much similar to the ROM version of the game, except for one minor difference that is demonstrated here.
The -1 stage is completely different. In the NES and Unisystem versions, the -1 stage repeats infinitely and cannot be completed, but in FDS, it can be completed, and then come -2 and -3.
The -3 stage in FDS is a castle level, and completing it ends the game, even though it says "princess is in another castle". The princess is not seen in the ending, but she is sighted twice in the -1 stage, as shown in this movie.
This movie is 84 frames faster than the previous one due to the use of a "cheap trick".
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Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Published on 3/11/2017
Mario has eaten too many poisonous mushrooms and as a result, decided to go on a furious killing spree. In this berserker state he has also gained the new secret ability to walk through walls at will.
Wondering how some tricks work? Information is available at Super Mario Bros. Tricks page.
This movie is 27 frames faster than the previous version due to new improvements in 1-2 and 8-4.
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This is the real Super Mario Bros 2. It was never officially released in the USA and Europe. It was later ported to SNES, and released as "Lost Levels" on Super Mario All-stars, which we have a warpless Mario run of.
FDS means Famicom Disk System. It was a Japanese disk-unit version of the NES.

Published on 1/25/2023
Super Mario Bros. 2 is the infamous sequel to Super Mario Bros. that was released only in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. Considered too difficult and too similar to the original game, it was skipped over for localization in favor of making Doki Doki Panic into the actual Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES. This game would later be remade in Super Mario All-Stars as Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels.
HappyLee and chatterbox collaborate to beat the special Worlds A through D in record time, which are only accessible after beating the main game eight times in a row. Saving 34 frames off the the previous publication.

Published on 6/13/2015
The second quest of The Legend of Zelda is what you get by having completed the game once. It is more difficult than the first quest. In this movie, the authors enter ZELDA as the player's name to start the 2nd quest without having to complete the game first.
The authors in this run also enter some of their own code, and don't really complete the game a second time either – yet somehow do. See the authors' notes for more details.

Published on 6/7/2021
The Mysterious Murasame Castle, also known as its original Japanese release title Nazo no Murasamejou, is a Famicom Disk System game developed by Nintendo EAD and published in 1986, only two months after The Legend of Zelda which it bears some similarities to. The story takes place in Edo period Japan. The titular Murasame Castle is taken over by a mysterious alien creature, who extends its power to four other neighboring castles. The daimyō lords of each castle are each given an evil sphere of power, and they use this power to summon armies of ninja and monsters to terrorize the nearby villages. Shōgun Tokugawa Ietsuna sends out samurai apprentice Takamaru to investigate the castles, defeat each castle lord along the way, and stop the aliens.
J.Y and BakaLuLu defeats said alien creature and restores peace to the region in record time, saving 00:05.31 seconds from the previous movie in the process!

Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as there's a high amount of flashing visuals after defeating the final boss fight which can become uncomfortable to watch.

Published on 3/13/2018
10-Yard Fight (10ヤードファイト) is a 1983 American football arcade game that was developed and published in Japan by Irem and published in the United States by Taito and in Europe by Electrocoin.
While the USA release plays just like real American football, the Japanese version, used in this run, has a completely different goal. This version is high score based; more like the arcade release. Score increases with progress down the field, touchdowns, kicked PATs, and remaining time on the clock when the touchdown is scored. Another major difference is no option to select difficulty at the beginning: the game moves through the 4 difficulties as its normal progression to the hardest level (Super Bowl).

Published on 8/9/2008
8 Eyes (1990) is a Castlevania clone that was made by Thinking Rabbit, the originators of Sokoban. But, unlike Castlevania, this game is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which eight nuclear explosions almost destroyed Earth. The game features two characters—the human Orin and his falcon Cutrus—in either 1- or 2-player mode. Cutrus can attack enemies, hit switches, collect items, and generally do all sorts of useful things.
The game allows the player to recover the eight jewels in any order. The player can save time in the boss fights by choosing the optimal sequence.

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8 Eyes

Emulator Replay:
FCEU 0.98.16

Published on 9/28/2014
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (1989) is a popular, whimsical game in which a shapeshifting blob (named Blobert) from the planet Blobolonia teams up with an Earth boy to overcome obstacles on both planets and to defeat Blobolonia's evil emperor.
This movie is 00:22.60 seconds faster than the previous one thanks to a couple of route changes and some new tricks.
You can see this movie played back on an actual NES here! Now with an awesome input display to boot!

Published on 4/22/2012
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares. In this game, the teenager(s) must stay awake and combat Freddy's various forms while collecting his scattered bones so that they can be incinerated.
This movie is 01:05.87 faster than the previous version by Randil. This is accomplished by using 2 players, which allows for faster bone collection without losing time thanks to the excessive lag created by using 4 players (Displayed in the 4 Player run). For more details, please see the author's notes.

Published on 6/29/2012
A Week of Garfield is a 1989 Famicom exclusive based on the comic strip character Garfield. In the game you play through levels which take place on each day of the week on your search to find Odie.
This game is surprisingly hard. Playing the game without dying (which results in a game over since you only have one life), let alone not losing any health, is extremely challenging. At times the screen is nearly filled with enemies and requires frame specific movement to avoid taking damage.
But don't worry, goofydylan8 manages to make this game look like a piece of cake and beat the console world record by 4 minutes.

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Published on 12/8/2012
Abadox is a futuristic sidescrolling shooter developed by Natsume. A gigantic alien organism known as Parasitis has eaten the planet Abadox and everyone on it, including the planet's princess. With time running out, the galactic military sends their best fighter inside the alien to save her before she is digested.
In this run, NecroVMX provides plenty of entertainment during the autoscrolling sections while taking out the level-end bosses surprisingly quickly.

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Published on 7/16/2021
Even the worst video games ever made can make for a good TAS.
This movie speedily plays through "The Cheetahmen", game #52 of a compilation of horrid games called Action 52. While the game is pretty horrible in general, it has a rather catchy BGM.
EZGames69 and Samsara improve the previous movie by 44.76 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and using a warp in the 5th level to spawn the last boss early in a glitched up level.
There are also two published runs of the unreleased sequel, Cheetahmen II. One plays through all the levels, whilst the other starts from level 5 from power-on, due to abusing the fact that some games do not initialize their states before reading them.

Published on 10/8/2020
Dragons of Flame is the sequel that was promised in the credits of the infamous AD&D: Heroes of the Lance. While the game was better received than its predecessor, it was still limited to a Famicom release on Nintendo systems.
The game follows the party from Heroes of the Lance after they recovered the discs of Mishakal, until they slay the 'Dragon Highlord of the North', Lord Verminaard. The gameplay can best be described as a poor man's version of Zelda II for the NES.

Published on 8/1/2020
Heroes of the Lance is based on the first Dragonlance campaign and novel. The party journeys through the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, face the ancient dragon Khisanth and retrieve the Disks of Mishakal. The interface is setup as a side scroller and only one member of the party is controlled at once.
Arc and ktwo improve the previous movie by 16.33 seconds, thanks to a newly found trick, where jumping into an exit can save up to 35 frames per screen.

Published on 5/31/2021
The Adventure Island game series is known for its extreme straightforwardness. Regardless, the games are pretty fast-paced so if you have some free time on your hands, shut down your brain and watch this carefree TAS.
This is a 50 frame improvement to the previous movie of this game.

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Published on 8/25/2011
Uses warps
Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Published on 2/14/2017
This is the fourth in a series of Hudson's Adventure Island games. It was only released in Japan as Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima 4. Unlike the first three games in the series, the gameplay behaves more like Metroid, where you explore the world freely, you collect items (and dinosaur helpers) to gain new abilities, and the ending is triggered by defeating all the bosses. Also, there is no timer, and the hero can survive more than one hit, using fruits to replenish his health.
This is an improvement of 1047 frames over the previous run of this game. For more details, read the submission comments.

Published on 4/2/2018
In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is, until the Evil Witch Doctor decides to capture Princess Leilani and hold her as his own. Now Higgins must rise to the task of saving her!
The most obvious way to save time in this game is to pick up as little fruit as possible and be close to dying from starvation when the level ends so the score-countdown will take less time.
This movie beats the previous record by 01:12.16 minutes thanks to a bunch of new time saving techniques found in this game since 2006.

Published on 9/3/2018
Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom takes place in a Disneyland-esque amusement park, where Goofy has left the golden key needed to start the parade in the castle. However, six silver keys are needed to open the castle gate. Mickey wonders if you can find them scattered around the magic kingdom, the parade can't go on without them!
link_7777 collects the 6 silver keys and opens the castle gate in record time.

Published on 3/25/2020
Adventures of Lolo (1989) was the first game of the Eggerland series that received a Western release. Interestingly, the series was developed by HAL Laboratory, who also created the Kirby series, and Eggerland protagonists Lolo and Lala make cameo appearances in Kirby games as Lololo and Lalala.
The goal of the game is to collect all of the hearts in every stage and then get the ball from the chest to open the door to the next room. Though it may seem simplistic, it remains a truly well-made puzzle. Finding optimal solutions to most of the rooms has proven to be a very nontrivial task, and every once in a while a new improvement is found.
This run improves the previous record by 00:00.27 seconds.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 6/11/2017

Published on 7/22/2018
Adventures of Lolo 2 is the second game in the popular Lolo-series.
This run aims to beat every room as fast as possible, often by strategies the game developers had not intended, including glitch abuse.
This is an improvement of 16.05 seconds over the previous movie, thanks to better optimisation.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 4/30/2020
Adventures of Lolo 3 is the final installment of the block pushing puzzle series for the NES. There are 100 levels this time and several bosses.
This is an improvement to the published run of a little more then 14 steps (or about 4 seconds).

Published on 3/19/2021
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a platform game very loosely based on the classic American novel. Tom has fallen asleep in class and you must help him navigate through his dream and defeat dangerous monsters on his way to save Becky from Injun Joe.
Lobsterzelda improves the previous TAS by 9.11 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and improved lag reduction.

Published on 11/22/2012
Air Fortress is a combination game: one half side scrolling shooter, and one half platformer. Since the shooter is an auto-scroller, the author elects to kill all enemies and collect all powerups in those stages, which is not that easy. In the platform stages, pure speed is the goal. More details are available in the author's comments.

Published on 3/22/2018
Aladdin (阿拉丁 in Chinese) is a port of the SNES version of the game of the same name, made by Hummer Team in 1995. The game is one of the more well known pirate ports, because it is very faithful to the original game and because it is a bootleg of very high quality, unlike other bootleg ports from more powerful platforms.

Published on 7/6/2017
Alfred Chicken is a platforming game created by Twilight Games and released on various consoles, including the NES, in 1993. You play as the titular character Alfred, who must find his way through various levels in order to rescue those kidnapped by meka-chickens.
link_7777 makes his way through the game and rescues everyone in record time.

Published on 7/16/2021
Alien 3 on the NES is similar to Probe Software's adaptations of the film on other systems. While using the same overall game concept as the Sega and Commodore versions, the NES title has unique levels.
The player controls Ripley through a number of platform levels. She must not only defend herself against hordes of aliens and find the exit, but also save a number of prisoners, all within a tight time limit of only minutes per level.
J.Y uses the new door clip glitch to improve the previous run by Randil by impressive 06:28.61 minutes.

Published on 3/13/2020
Alter Ego is an NES homebrew port of a ZX Spectrum puzzle game of the same name. You control a character who can switch places with his shadow a limited number of times in each stage. The goal is to collect all the items without touching any enemies. To further complicate matters, the blue-outlined items can only be collected by the shadow, whereas the pink-outlined items can only be collected by the main player.
This hardly stops aiqiyou, though, who barely avoids death in a number of puzzles and finishes in record time, while also improving the previous movie by 00:05.44 seconds.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.

Published on 7/22/2022
Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition is an official NES demake of the PC game Alwa's Awakening that was co-developed by the developers of the original game. While Alwa's Awakening was a throwback to the 8-bit era of video games with its retro-esque gameplay and graphics, the NES version is a full-on port to an 8-bit video game console. And unlike most demakes, this version retains most of the levels of the PC version along with adding exclusive content.
Darkman425 forgoes the use of screen wrapping and out of bounds glitches in this run that would save over 20 minutes of game time in favor of playing the the game mostly inbounds. Other glitches are still used to save time along with soft resets. You can read the author's notes for more details.

Published on 9/12/2022
Alwa's Awakening: The 8-Bit Edition is an official NES demake of the PC game Alwa's Awakening that was co-developed by the developers of the original game. While Alwa's Awakening was a throwback to the 8-bit era of video games with its retro-esque gameplay and graphics, the NES version is a full-on port to an 8-bit video game console. And unlike most demakes, this version retains most of the levels of the PC version along with adding exclusive content.
aiqiyou and J.Y save about 12 seconds over the previous run though better overall optimization and better routing in the glitched areas. We also have a run that forgoes the uses of the out-of-bounds glitches in favor of mostly playing the game as it was intended.

Published on 11/22/2011
Amagon the Marine has crash-landed on a mysterious island in the South Pacific and must get to the rescue boat. In his way lie wild animals, dinosaurs, and aliens, all of which are likely to be endangered or extinct after their encounter with this gun-wielding man who can double his muscle mass to punch them into oblivion.
This is an improvement of nearly 26 seconds over the previous run by Tailz due to increased use of the Megagon form, lag reduction, improved boss fights, and a time-saving death in level 5-1.

Published on 11/25/2012
American Gladiators is a game based on the popular TV game show of the same name. Players get to test their speed, skill and strength against a trained team of ten "Gladiators", five male and five female.
In this run, X2poet plays through all seven events, using tool-assisted precision and some glitches to finish the game in just under 17 and a half minutes.

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Published on 5/1/2020
Angry Birds is a series of games in which players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs. This NES version, as opposed to the version developed by Nice Code, is a bootleg made by an unknown developer. This one is notable for having all of the music and background noise and most of the sound effects stored as DPCM samples.
ThunderAxe31 plays through all of the levels in record time.

Published on 4/30/2020
Angry Birds is a series of games in which players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs. This NES version is a bootleg made by the Chinese company Nice Code, and was included on some portable Famicom clones. It is not related to the other NES port made by an unknown developer.
In this run, ThunderAxe31 eliminates the pigs as quickly as possible while also maximizing the score.

Published on 5/7/2022
Archon: The Light and the Dark is Battle Chess to the extreme. Instead of just capturing the opponent's piece upon confrontation, the two pieces are placed in a "combat arena" in which they must fight to the death. The game is won when either all of the opponent's pieces are defeated or all five Magic Squares are held at once.
ShesChardcore uses the latter to complete the game and does it 9.12 seconds faster by skipping a fight done in the previous run. For more details, you can read the submission notes here.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 11/2/2007
This run exploits a programming error that allows the author to start playing from level 23. If you notice that there's nothing meaningful going on in the first minute of the movie, this is normal: the actual gameplay takes place only after triggering the "game over" screen.
See the author's comments for more information on this glitch.
This improves the author's previous movie by about 5 seconds.

Published on 6/22/2014
Armadillo (アルマジロ) is a game released only in Japan about the titular young cowboy from Texas, who is in love with Sheryl, the cutest girl of the state. However, an evil organization kidnaps his sweetheart. The matters become even more complicated when the famous Billy The Shell also embarks on a quest to save Sheryl. Will Armadillo be able to rescue the girl and to defeat his enemies?
The starting gameplay consists of moving Armadillo around an area map composed of squares. Some of them are empty, while others represent locations. Once you enter a location, you find yourself on a platform level, that often contains several sub-levels. There are sometimes branching ways on the area map, and you are not obliged to access all the locations to clear an area. On the platform levels, Armadillo can either walk and jump in his normal form (dies from single enemy hit), or turn into a ball, which is invulnerable to enemies' attacks, but is hard to control: the ball follows realistic physics, bounces of walls, and takes time to stop rolling. During the game, Armadillo will also be able to find upgrades that will allow him to take an animal's form for a short time.

Published on 12/25/2016
Astro Robo Sasa is a fast-paced game that was only released in Japan. You are a robot boy named Sasa, who can only move around with the recoil from his plasma gun. You must collect or destroy all energy packs in order to clear each stage, though many must be collected as you have limited energy.
In this run, TaoTao controls two players: Sasa and his girlfriend Nana. By splitting up the work and using some wall zipping, he beats the game in a little under 5 minutes.

Published on 4/13/2022
Astyanax (1990) is the story of a studly 16-year-old boy named Astyanax who is summoned to the world of Remlia in order to save the enchantress Princess Rosebud from the evil wizard Blackhorn, who wants to rule the world.
It is a somewhat clumsy game. For one, Astyanax is twice as big as he appears, and so he is easily hit unless one plays carefully. The controls are also very bad. The sum of these factors is that it's a difficult game to play, but that's part of what makes this movie interesting—especially for those who have played this game.
This is an improvement of 00:08.14 seconds from the previous movie mostly from improved boss fights near the beginning of the game.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/23/2010
The story of Asterix takes place in the year 50 BCE. All of Gaul has been occupied by the Romans except for a little village. Asterix and his Gallic companions live in that village, fighting the Romans. In this game, Julius Caesar has snatched Obelix, Asterix's best friend, and is about to feed him to lions! But before anyone can even blink, Asterix comes, kicks Julius' ass, and comes to the rescue of his friend!
This game is based on one of the most successful French comic book series of the same name. It has been successful since 1959, with more than 325 million comics sold worldwide.
By Toutatis! A bit more than a week after the latest published movie, it already got improved by 21 seconds!

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Published on 11/10/2022
Athletic World is an NES game that was designed to use the Power Pad accessory. Using the Power Pad, the game simulates sports minigames such as hurdles, rafting, and navigating through tunnels excavated by ancient civilizations.
ShesChardcore and feos take advantage of TAS's inhumanly fast inputs to make the athlete in the game run faster than anyone in the world and complete every minigame in record time.
Athletic World

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 5/11/2015
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 00:03.00 seconds over the previous run through further optimizations by exposure.

Published on 1/21/2017
In this game based on the cartoon of the same name, young Chad Finletter is on a quest to stop the evil Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen from unleashing his Doomsday Tomato on the world. As the rest of the townsfolk are too afraid of the mutant vegetables coming out of the sewers to do anything, Chad is the only one who can save the day.
It's a simple platform game where most of the enemies can be defeated by jumping on them. There are also several bosses Chad must face, including the Doomsday Tomato itself.
This run improves TASeditor's previous work by 00:06.16 seconds, mainly due to better speed cycling and luck manipulation.

Published on 12/19/2022
Back to the Future is a 1989 video game based on the iconic film of the same name. The game is loosely based on the events that take place in the film, such as Marty McFly skating all over Hill Valley to collect clocks (with the ability to teleport somehow), play a game of Tapper, avoid his mother's love, play some tunes, and finally drive back to 1985 with the power of lightning.
adelikat runs through the entirety of 1955 and returns back to the future in record time.
Back to the Future

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 11/25/2012
Back to the Future Part II & III is a side-scrolling platform/puzzle game produced by Beam Software and distributed by LJN, based on the second and third movies of the Back to the Future trilogy.
This run by GlitchMan completes this long game in the fastest time possible.

Published on 1/22/2009
"The President has been kidnapped by ninjas! Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President?"
The answer is a resounding "yes", though we're not sure if Karnov counts as a ninja or not.
In this run, Kirkq utilizes obscure and unusual jump patterns to move quickly. During the game's lengthy scrolling sections, optimization shifts more toward entertainment.

Published on 10/2/2022
Balloon Fight is a classic NES game first released in 1984 and programmed by the late Satoru Iwata. It was first released in arcades and was later ported to the NES. The NES version came with a new mode called Balloon Trip and had some drastic level changes.
aiqiyou and J.Y control the two characters to pop the balloons of the enemies in less than 2 minutes and 27 seconds.
You can watch this run being played back on a real console.
2 Players
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/24/2022
Banana Nana is a homebrew game made for Ludum Dare 32 in 2015. The player is tasked to find three bananas whilst dodging and defeating the enemies that may be on the path.
ShesChardcore, however, abuses a glitch where you can warp to an adjacent screen without needing to traverse the current screen in order to reach the end in record time. More details about the glitch can be found in the author's notes.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 10/22/2011
Bananan Ouji no Daibouken is a platform game only released in Japan and Germany (where it is known as Banana Prince).
One day in the Banana nation, the Banana Prince is conversing with the Dragonmaster when the evil Paprika Dragon flies in and steals the big banana, the symbol of the nation's wealth. While the Dragonmaster is at a loss as to what to do, the Prince decides to bring back the nation's most beloved possession to the people.
The author, khv-user, runs, jumps, and climbs his way to the Paprika Dragon and brings back the banana in only nine and a half minutes.

Published on 10/14/2015
After having read a book about mermaids Barbie falls asleep thinking about the busy day to come: Going to the mall to pick up a new outfit, Lunch at the soda shop, swimming at the beach, and meeting Ken at the party. In this game you lead Barbie through her busy day, collecting pieces of her enchanted ball gown ensemble along the way, in an attempt to make her dreams come true. Collect them all and she is off to the Fantasy Ball with Ken!

Published on 8/4/2020
Baseball is a simplistic recreation of America's pastime designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. One of the earliest NES games, it was instrumental to the success of the system in the North American market.
In this run, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 in just over eight minutes. All batters are retired with just one pitch each, save for the Dodgers scoring one run in the bottom of the second.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 2/10/2023
The hero of Gotham City goes against the villain of Gotham City. His fists are more powerful than any weapon in the world, but he rarely kills anyone. It's not like his enemies can hurt him anyway. After all, he's the hero, and heroes are supposed to be invincible.
DreamYao improves the previous movie by 43 frames, thanks to better boss strategies.
Enjoy the movie, and the excellent soundtrack and graphics of this game.

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Published on 4/3/2008
Batman: Return of the Joker (1991) is the sequel to the first Batman game for the NES. Being one of the later NES titles, it shows surprisingly good and fluid visuals, fullsize art, and decent sound — all without slowdown issues!
The gameplay has undergone some changes compared to its predecessor. A welcome addition to it is a slide movement, similar to the one in the Mega Man series. A not-so-welcome addition is that half the stages are autoscrolling, and there are no close combat weapons now.

Published on 12/12/2022
Battle Chess is a chess game for the NES with a few neat gimmicks. In addition to standard 2D depictions of chess pieces you get to play with, you also have "3D" pieces that walk and interact with other pieces like they're real people. You also have animations for when pieces overtake and destroy other pieces. There are also features to aid in gameplay such as letting the game suggest moves to you if you're stuck and being able to take back moves and play again.
adelikat decides to play the game using 3D pieces on the hardest difficulty. Moves have to be considered not just to minimize CPU thinking time, but also to take the lengthy "3D" animations into account and minimize those as well. To make things quicker, a glitch was performed that allows for two moves to be played in a row when doing a take back during a CPU's turn.
Battle Chess

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 3/12/2023
Battle Chess is a chess game for the NES with a few neat gimmicks. In addition to standard 2D depictions of chess pieces you get to play with, you also have "3D" pieces that walk and interact with other pieces like they're real people. You also have animations for when pieces overtake and destroy other pieces. There are also features to aid in gameplay such as letting the game suggest moves to you if you're stuck and being able to take back moves and play again.

Published on 8/8/2008
Super Spy Hunter (1992) was originally released in Japan under the name Battle Formula (バトルフォーミュラ). The game has "become" a sequel to Spy Hunter, the arcade classic from 1983, already after its initial release — when the developer purchased the license from Midway.
Since the main character drives a wheeled vehicle, this game shows to be the rare kind of a variable scrolling speed shooter, where you can slow the car down if you can't keep up with the action (which obviously never happens in a TAS). The core gameplay holds true to its spiritual predecessor, but this time it's spiced up with stage bosses and various sorts of powerups.
This movie is a 1 minute 14 second improvement over the previous one thanks to increased precision, lag reduction, and better boss fighting.

Published on 2/29/2020
Battle Kid 2: Mountain of Torment is the sequel to Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril and was released in 2012. Inspired from I Wanna Be The Guy and other classic platformers, this game follows the same format of having a large map in Metroidvania style where one has a large map to freely explore and must venture to various parts of it. You always die in one hit (3 hits for easy difficulty), but there are unlimited lives and a password system that allows you to continue where you left off. In total, there are over 650 rooms, 25 enemy types, 13 boss battles, 42 music tracks, and more bonus features this time around.
This time around, Timmy ventures through a mountain base (hence the subtitle "Mountain of Torment") to thwart the villains' plans once more.
This is an improvement of 29.60 seconds compared to the predecessor movie

Published on 4/24/2011
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010! Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit. While it's not unfair (as opposed to I Wanna Be the Guy), it's still really hard.
Aglar collects every item and key before going to the last area, and takes the right path to get to the best ending, all of this on the hardest difficulty possible and without taking any damage!

Published on 12/30/2019
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010. Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit.
Actually... not anymore! This run exploits a glitch involving pausing that makes the player invulnerable to everything, allowing the author to skip items they would normally need.

Published on 6/30/2022
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010! Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit. While it's not unfair (as opposed to I Wanna Be the Guy), it's still really hard.
In this run, Aglar and Fortranm use a password provided by the game once it is beaten to access the secret level named "Petunia X" (slightly modified and renamed "Golden Fort" in the Japanese release) and beat it as fast as they can.

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Published on 8/3/2022
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010! Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit. While it's not unfair (as opposed to I Wanna Be the Guy), it's still really hard.
In this run, Fortranm plays the secret level originally created for ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2010 and beats it in record time.

Published on 8/3/2022
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril may look old, but it's actually released in 2010! Mainly inspired by the PC game I Wanna Be the Guy, this game is classic platforming action, where anything can kill the player in one single hit. While it's not unfair (as opposed to I Wanna Be the Guy), it's still really hard.
In this run, Fortranm plays yet another special stage that utilizes a new game mechanic that was introduced in version 2.0 of the game, lifts, and completes it in record time.

Published on 11/27/2022
Battleship is an NES adaptation of the board game of the same name. As with the board game, your goal is to sink your opponent's battleships by correctly guessing the locations of where they are and launching attacks at those locations. You don't know where your opponent's ships are from the start and neither does your opponent for your ships, but with proper guesswork, you can tell where they are soon enough. The NES version adds additional features such as special weapons that can hit more than once per turn.
ShesChardcore completes all 40 levels in this run as fast as possible, manipulating the AI as intended for the most favorable outcomes.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 10/13/2017
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up game known for its extreme difficulty spread over 16 difficult levels. The mechanics in the game also change drastically from level to level, making the game one of the hardest and most varied for the NES.
In this game, the second most diabolical evil genius in the universe, The Dark Queen, has kidnapped Princess Angelica and Pimple - a battletoad. Rash and Zitz must save them by traveling through the most insane multilevel set of plans ever designed. This includes falling down huge shafts, racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speeds, riding on snakes through a massive maze of spikes, passing through a killer ventilation system, navigating through a missile defense system, climbing a never ending revolving tower, and much much more. Along the way, the Battletoads must also face off against an evil army of robots, genetically engineered rodents, and The Dark Queen herself.
In order to make the game a bit easier, its creators embedded some secret warp zones to skip a few early levels in their entirety. But that simply wasn't good enough for MESHUGGAH, feos & Koh1fds; they decided to travel directly to level 3, where they invent their own warp and skip right to the grand finale. They took a glitch found in this TAS and exploited it even further, to the point where the Dark Queen just gives up and returns Angelica and Pimple, going off to hatch an even more evil plan for next time. The glitch is done by breaking the game execution and sending it right to the game ending.
This run conquers the predecessor movie by 00:00.85 seconds by using a more accurate core and a newly discovered void jump trick.

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Published on 12/11/2016
Beauty and the Beast is a typical side-scrolling platform game based on the Disney movie of the same name. The player takes on the role of Beast. As Beast the player can walk around, jump and hit enemies with his fists. Beast can also climb against walls.
The levels feature various power-ups that can be collected (such as hearts which earn the player extra life and a magnifying glass which shows the player an upcoming piece of the level) which can be and on the way the player must watch out for pit traps and various enemies.
In this run, DrD2k9 runs, climbs, and jumps his way throughout the castle in order to win the heart of Belle.

Published on 7/2/2019
Based on the 1988 Michael Keaton movie, Beetlejuice follows the rough storyline of the movie. A ghoul named Beetlejuice is hired by a recently deceased couple to scare away the new occupants of their old home. The game is a side scrolling action game where the lead character can run, jump, and stomp his way through the house while collecting "scare points" to help in his ultimate goal. The house is equipped with all manner of traps including incinerating lasers, and even the torches hurt.
ktwo improved the predecessor movie by 00:07.47 seconds.

Published on 10/3/2016
Bible Adventures is a collection of three platformer games in one. Each game is (very loosely) based on a story from the Bible. Gameplay itself has very little biblical connection.
  • Noah's Ark - Noah collects animals and food in preparation for the flood.
  • Baby Moses - Moses' mother must carry baby Moses past Egyptian guards, spiders, and birds to reach a safe place to put him in the Nile.
  • David & Goliath - David must first gather sheep that have wandered off, then he can go to battle against Goliath.

Published on 9/3/2016
Bible Buffet: a turn-based board game with action stages and bible quizzes. In it, you spin a spinner and move the number of spaces it says.
When you land on your spot, if it is just a regular spot, you play an action game for points, weapons, hearts, etc. If it has a red circle, you spin again. If the space you land on has a red circle connected to another red circle by dashes, you move forward or backwards to the second circle. If the space has a red circle with a question mark in it, you take a pop quiz of three trivia questions then get to select either a key, a heart or move ahead one, two, three or four spaces.
When you spin, if you get the book instead of a number, you get a pop quiz of three questions. If you get the happy face, something good happens like move ahead ten spaces, get a key, get a heart, etc. If you get the sad face, something bad happens like lose your turn, move back 1 space and lose your turn, and so on.
Invariel and Spikestuff reach the end of the board in record time.

Published on 5/6/2011
Bio Force Ape was a game developed by SETA set to be released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. After SETA folded, a prototype cart was picked up by Lost Levels, who then released it to the public. In this prototype, you take control of a genetically altered super chimpanzee with pro wrestling-style moves and guide him through a hi-tech maze to rescue his adopted family. Why wasn't this released again?
In this run, the author, RT-55J, tries to complete the game in the fastest in-game time. To do this, he uses many exploits that might have been removed if this game was actually released. For more details, as always, please see the author's notes.

Published on 3/11/2021
Bio Hazard is an unlicensed demake of Resident Evil for the NES by Waixing. Its Mandarin name is 生化危机 Bio Hazard, where "生化危机" means "Resident Evil." The game's physics and aesthetics are based off of the GB game Resident Evil Gaiden.
Like the 3D game it is based on, this game requires the player to navigate a zombie-infested mansion while managing inventory space, ammunition, and puzzle items. Unlike the original Resident Evil however, shooting zombies is accomplished via a mini-game where a moving reticle must be stopped when in range of a target. Also unlike the original game, ammunition does not stack, and items are not droppable.
Spikestuff and Samsara take a pacifist-leaning approach to conflict and complete the game in record time through careful planning and routing.
Bio Hazard

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.5.2

Published on 8/13/2014
Bionic Commando (1988) is a platform game with a hero who can't jump, but can quickly latch onto objects with his bionic arm. The name of the original (Japanese) version of the game literally translates to The Resurrection of Hitler: Top Secret. Nintendo censored the Nazi references for the North American version.
Unlike our any% run of this game, this run collects every non-respawning object. This includes completing every action stage (but not the neutral zones), obtaining every gun, and exposing the secret enemy truck routes to get the helmet item.

Published on 5/2/2022
Blackjack is an unlicensed card game made by American Video Entertainment. The rules are simple: the dealer gives you and themselves two cards each. You both then have to get a number of cards so that the sum of the cards' values is as close to 21 as possible without going over. Getting exactly 21 is known as a Blackjack, which gives you an automatic win. If you go over, you lose. Otherwise, whoever is closest to 21 wins the bet.
In this run, ShesChardcore manages to break the bank (get all the money from the dealer's table) with a single doubled down hand of Blackjack in record time.

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Single level
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/6/2009
Blaster Master is a fairly long game involving a random hero that jumps down a hole after his mutant frog, finds a tank, and proceeds to blow up a few bosses and rescue said frog. It's complicated.
In this movie the hero gets bored with the tank early on, skips the bosses and mostly decides to just go straight to the final boss and blow him up. The frog is saved and dissected, and Biology 101 is passed. Hooray!
This movie plays on the European version of the game, which includes a few bugs such as stopping movement by pausing and allowing double (and more) jumping. A changed zip mechanism is also in the European version which allows warping through things you really shouldn't be able to warp through.
This publication beats the previous movie by 9 seconds.
If you would like to see more of the game, we also have a warpless Blaster Master movie here that plays on the US version.

Published on 1/18/2013
Jason's pet frog escaped and got into some radioactive material underground. Naturally, there's a tank handy and Jason's first reaction is to go after his frog.
BrotherMojo improves the previous movie by 02:43.86 using better routes and more glitches. More information in Submission notes
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

Published on 3/10/2023
Blob Land is a simple homebrew NES platformer that was made for #1JAM Uno game jam. You play as a blob whose goal is to get to the portal on the other side. Enemies and colored blocks are in your way, but thankfully you can jump and consume potions that can allow you to pass through those colored blocks or even stand on top of them.
In this run, LogansGamingRoom beats this game in record time without resorting to the level skip function.
You can play the game here.
Blob Land

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.6.4

Published on 1/10/2023
BlobQuest is a homebrew platformer for the NES. The premise involves the player character being turned into a blob by an evil wizard. You must now find the eight mystic rubies in order to return back to normal. Along the way, you can find special powerups for your blob form that allow you to traverse the hazardous world.
MarioAtWork, Samsara, ThunderAxe31, and Alyosha collaborate to complete the game in record time, making liberal use of a zipping glitch in the second half of the run.
You can get the game here.

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Published on 10/2/2022
Bob-omb Mario is a Super Mario Bros. romhack where Mario can acquire the ability to throw Bob-ombs to destroy blocks that even he can't destroy as Big Mario. In doing this, NesDraug, the creator of the romhack, created puzzle levels that would normally be impossible without using lots of glitches and are intended to be solved with the Bob-omb powerup. In addition, Mario can run faster and jumping on enemies now causes him to jump much higher.
In this run, HappyLee eschews the use of the Bob-omb powerup in favor of glitching his way through the game, casually clipping through walls and ceilings, and doing it in record time.
Bob-omb Mario

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Published on 11/4/2018
Bonk's Adventure is a simplified port of the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 game of the same name to the NES. It features Bonk adventuring to save Princess Za from the evil King Drool. This version of the game has some different stage layouts and some changed mechanics from its PCE counterpart.
Memory defeats King Drool in record time.
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Published on 1/18/2012
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a platformer based on the famous 1897 book of the same name. Count Dracula has cast his hypnotic spell on the lovely Mina Murray. To save her from eternity as a vampiress, you take control of Jonathan Harker as you ram through hordes of enemies, bombard bosses with stones, with ghosts?
This run by Randil is an improvement of 59 seconds over Shiru's rejected submission by taking more damage and using better strategies for the boss fights. See the author's notes for more details.

Published on 10/6/2022
Break Time: The National Pool Tour is a billiards game for NES that was released exclusively in North America. The physics are wonky, aiming may not be what you want it to be, and a lot of the game is filled with unskippable sequences, but at least it has a Campaign mode where you tour the country and try to win the national pool championship.
ShesChardcore decides to play the game regardless of all of its flaws and beats it in record time.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 2/17/2015
BreakThru is a short, fast-paced game developed by Data East. It was released to arcades in 1986 and later ported to a few home consoles. You are the driver of a blue dune buggy, and your mission is to recover a stolen fighter plane, which lies behind 5 enemy lines that you must "break thru".
MESHUGGAH improves the previous movie by roughly 1.5 seconds, thanks to better optimisation. He strikes even more fear into the hearts of his enemies than before by tearing across the landscape and shooting everything in his path.

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Published on 2/4/2010
In Bubble Bobble, two magical, bubble-blowing dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) fight through an evil, deep forest in order to rescue their kidnapped dinosaur friends.
This movie features one... no, wait, six players controlling two characters simultaneously while smashing the previous time by 2 minutes and 41 seconds. However, this publication chooses to use warps.

Published on 11/12/2007
A rare instance of a Japanese-made NES game based on a U.S.-originated comic book, Bucky O'Hare (1992) provides a player with a good combination of platforming action similar to Mega Man, an interesting plot, and convincing production values. You can play as one of the five unique characters, which you are free to select at any time, after saving them from the clutches of the Toad Empire. Each character has special abilities required to take advantage of in order to pass through the game's numerous variably designed stages, ranging from single-screen puzzle rooms to autoscrolling shoot-'em-ups.
Interesting fact about this game is that Konami used to implement unconventional ways of piracy protection, in this particular case by making each hit or an otherwise harmful collision in the game result in an instant death if you play it illegitimately. Apparently, this was how a large amount of people were used to playing it in pre-emulation era, without ever finding out Konami's little sabotage.
This movie by AnS is set up in a fashion that imitates this handicap by playing the game in hard mode (accessing it through a password), where every hit results in death. Other than that, it also improves the previous movie by 2 minutes 48.7 seconds, using several major glitches and a lot of small tricks explained in great detail in the author's comments.

Published on 12/31/2019
BurgerTime is a port of the classic 1982 arcade game developed by Data East. In this game you control Peter Pepper and try to walk over the burger ingredients to make burgers in each of 6 stages while avoiding the clutches of your enemies.
Unlike other arcade ports to the NES, BurgerTime features a kill screen and the objective of this TAS is to reach this kill screen as fast as possible.
You can watch a TAS of the Intellivision port of BurgerTime here.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.3.2

Published on 6/23/2012
Created by an Asian pirate developer, Koko Adventure was released in Korea in 1993. The game was planned to be released unlicensed in America as Buzz and Waldog, but was cancelled before it could hit store shelves.
The game's pirate origins are obviously visible - many of the graphics are ripped from popular games like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog, and the sound effects are borrowed from Tiny Toon Adventures.
This is the author's second submission of this game, and improves on the previous one by skipping intermission screens faster.

Published on 2/16/2022
Böbl is a homebrew NES game developed by Morphcat Games for the NESdev Compo 2019. It is a nonlinear, metroidvania-lite platformer. You play as a little bubble, explore a collection of interconnected rooms, collect power ups to improve your movement and find rubber ducks to add to your collection.
EZGames69 and ikuyo navigate through the area and reach the end in record time.
Watch this run being played back on a real NES here.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.7

Published on 2/13/2023
Caesars Palace is a licensed tie-in to the Caesars Palace brand of casinos for the NES. In the game, you get to play a number of gambling games in the titular Caesars Palace: Roulette, Video Poker, Slots, Blackjack, and the Big Wheel. Leave the casino with enough money gained from your playthroughs and you get a car based on what you have.
TaoTao saves 3.8 seconds over the previous run by using the Slots instead of the Big Wheel to get $140,000 more quickly. Time was spent playing Video Poker in order to set up the RNG for Slots. For more details, you can read the author's notes.

Published on 12/5/2012
California Games is an NES port of the popular 80's Arcade game. This game contains six Californian sports to partake in: Half Pipe, Foot Bag (Hacky Sack), Surfing, Skating, BMX and Disc Throw.
In this run, Luke demonstrates superhuman play in each of the sports. For more information, see the author's comments.
California Games

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Published on 5/23/2015
Captain America and the Avengers is a game developed and released by Data East in 1991. It features the Marvel Comics characters The Avengers in a side-scrolling action platform to defeat the evil Red Skull.
In this run, Xipo takes a full advantage of a forward slide and all types of Captain's shield attacks, he even swims on the acid in it! Though he ignores the power-up system, because collecting the poles he would lose more time than could be gained by more powerful attacks.
This run is 00:10.45 seconds faster than Xipo's previous movie due to skipping two "Red Alert" screens.

Published on 2/16/2023
Castelian is a puzzle platformer in which the basic goal is to ascend towers from the base to the apex. Poro, your frog-like character, is tasked with demolishing these towers by planting a bomb at each tower's top after finding the right route up the tower.
The game was also released on other systems as Nebulus, Kyoro-chan Land, Subline, and Tower Toppler. Nebulus is the original name of the game when it was first developed for the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. Kyoro-chan Land is a licensed reskin starring Kyoro-chan, a mascot for a Japanese chocolate brand named ChocoBall, with Kyoro-chan replacing Poro and ChocoBalls replacing jewels.
ktwo uses the Japanese version of the game as with his previous run and improves on it by 1.36 seconds through better lag management.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/22/2010
In this game, the hero—Duke Geraden—travels to Darklarza Castle in order to rescue Princess Amoreena from the Dragon Master. Castle of Dragon has all the elements of a bad game: it's clumsy, it looks and sounds horrible, and it has been made almost impossible to beat by implementing a lot of random factors into it.
This run improves the previous movie by over 30 seconds.
We also have a movie of the arcade version.

Published on 5/23/2017
If science fiction is to be believed, the ultimate evolution for biological beings is to discard the physical body and become an entity of pure energy. For video game characters, it seems to be the ability to zip through walls. In this latest TAS by zggzdydp, Simon Belmont joins the league of characters possessing this ability.
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is the story of Simon's horrible weekend without sleep. Two years after defeating Dracula, the hero is physically weakened by Dracula's curse. He must gather Dracula's remains and incinerate them at the ruins of Castlevania in order to end the curse.
This movie is 85 seconds faster than the previous effort by the same author. We recommend to read his comments for explanations on how this improvement was achieved.

Published on 11/7/2022
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).
Unlike the other branches of Castlevania III, this run uses a stairs glitch in Block 4 to climb directly to Dracula and skip most of the game. Only the USA version allows this glitch to work, so it was used instead of the Japanese version, which has superior sound quality.
In this run, scrimpeh beats the predecessor movie by 00:11.18 seconds through new tricks and better strategies.

Published on 1/22/2021
Chack'n Pop is the classic predecessor of the very popular Bubble Bobble series. Originally an arcade game, it features a small yellow creature named Chack'n who can walk on the floor and ceiling, climb steps, and throw hand grenades. Avoiding Monstas, Chack'n must free hearts from their cages using grenades to destroy solid walls and get to the top of the screen.
klmz improves the previous movie by 12.8 seconds, thanks to abusing death, but also making use of the invincibility power-up.

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