Tool-assisted movies (39)

Published on 11/8/2011
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.
This run plays through the "Special Mode," which is a mode where the god simulators are removed and the levels become harder. The Japanese version is used for even higher difficulty.
If you enjoyed this movie, be sure to check out the run of the regular mode.

Published on 4/22/2017
The SNES version of Aladdin (1993) follows the plot of this Disney movie much more closely than its Genesis counterpart.
Contrary to this movie, jaysmad doesn't use the cape at all here, making some parts a bit trickier.

Published on 3/16/2013
From the opposite side of the usual formula of breaking a game to reach the credits as fast as possible, Saturn finishes Chrono Trigger in a single pass while trying to get as much done as possible without glitching the game out and spending too much time grinding. Consequently this video actually looks like an otherwise normal playthrough by an extremely skilled player.
This run aims for maximal completion within reasonable constraints that don't sacrifice entertainment too much. This includes:
  • All forms of Spekkio except the highest level (Pink Nu) are defeated
  • All Tabs (stat upgrade items) that do not respawn are collected
  • All characters' Techs are learned
  • All the sidequests mentioned by Gaspar are completed (to the point he no longer mentions them)
  • At least 1 of every equipable item is collected
It isn't technically possible to do everything possible in Chrono Trigger without New Game+ and resetting a few times, but this run aims to get most of it done.
Some very heavy experience grinding occurs between 2:16:45 and 2:26:18. Viewers may wish to skip through this segment of the video.

Published on 4/6/2012
The game of Clue has been attempted many times here at TASVideos. After years of research and planning, it's finally been honed down to a tidy 00:26.50 seconds. Whodunit? You'll have to watch to find out.

Published on 8/12/2013
Trying to strike a compromise with peace activists, the guy who destroys the world bare-chested has been ordered to stop an alien invasion while taking as few lives as possible. As such, this run completes Contra III: The Alien Wars while only destroying enemies and obstacles if they prevent advancement. This requires much more careful dodging than the other run that avoids the warp glitch does.
Our hero takes the dodging one step further by adding the limitation that he cannot shoot enemy projectiles. However, frustrated by the lack of carnage and by the political pressure, our hero lets off steam sometimes by shooting the scenery and doing entertaining dances and poses.
This run improves the previous publication by 00:25.41 seconds.

Published on 5/8/2019
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are on a quest to retrieve the former's banana horde from the Kremlings. But with less hurry than usual.
In this run, Tompa completes the game while avoiding the Y button that allows characters to run and to roll. Game mechanics such as grabbing a rope and getting shot out of a barrel are used to boost character speeds. See the author's comments for details.

Note: 5 presses of the Y button are required in one boss fight in order to pick up and throw barrels.

Published on 3/3/2020
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are on a quest to retrieve the former's banana horde from the Kremlings. They are doing it as quickly as possible, without bothering to enter all the bonus rooms.
This run is 00:25.39 seconds faster than the previous submission, mostly due to new routes using glitches in the levels Jungle Hijinx and Platform Perils. To understand what is going on in more detail, we suggest reading the submission notes.
If you desire more rolling primates, we recommend watching the 101% completion movie. We also have a walkathon that completes the game at a more leisurely pace.

Published on 6/7/2021
Donkey Kong Country 2: Unveiled is a rom hack of Donkey Kong Country 2 created by emptysys. It features various designed levels that increase the difficulty of the original game by adding new quirks, completely changing the experience of the original game.
chillex_drsado, SBDWolf & Snodeca beat the game in record time.

Published on 1/29/2022
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.
Unlike the previous "in bounds" movie, which aimed for a glitchless route, this TAS does incorporate some glitches while never using any that put the player out of bounds.

Published on 4/23/2022
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 all three leagues. Each race, aside from the final ones in each league, are finished after entering in 2nd place to skip the winning animation, because of this, there is an alternate encode provided that shows each race ending in 1st place, to achieve the fastest in game time.

A Twitch commentary stream, with nymx and Worsel, can be viewed via the following link:

Published on 7/26/2008
Final Fantasy IV (renamed to Final Fantasy II in North America) was a revolution to the RPG genre. It was the first to introduce the active battle system, along with many other elements.
This movie plays through the game in a mere 2 hours, 53 minutes and 14 seconds. It aims for real time, but has a secondary goal of lowest in-game time when that does not incur an expense in real time. The in-game completion time is 1:59:28.
The author also included many easter eggs, or surprise occurrences, throughout the movie. These have been detailed in the author's comments. We recommend reading the comments regarding this movie.
Note: This movie resets the game console a few times, first saving the game and then loading it, so to watch it on an emulator, you will need an emulator that supports recording the console resets.

This movie was made with the original English-language version. The downloadable encodes were encoded with the Action Replay code 0495DCFF, which keeps the music volume from decreasing while the game is paused. This greatly reduces the annoyance factor of constant pausing during battles, which is done to save time.

Published on 6/25/2010
Watch as two Final Fantasy games, V and VI (VI is also III in North-American publication), are beaten with one controller's input. Since FFVI takes longer to beat than FFV, the FFV run also beats a few optional bosses which are not fought in the single-game run of FFV. The two games finish at the same time.
Since FFV is only available in Japanese, FFVI is also played with the Japanese version. The (J) version of FFVI also has an equipment glitch which is not present in the (U) version. Otherwise, this run of FFVI is quite similar to our single-game FFVI movie.
For more details, we suggest you read the submission comments.
Note: The encodes are stacked horizontally, even though the screenshot is stacked vertically.

Published on 2/16/2013
Kaizo Mario (友人マリオ Yūjin Mario) is a Nicovideo phenomenon born from a person's desire to make his friend play his super-hard Mario hack and post the results on Nicovideo. By chance, this hack made its fame on Youtube when a team of Let's Play gamers obtained the hack and recorded a video of them playing it. The most well-known YouTube video in this series is the first part of ProtonJonSA's attempt of Special Stage 2 and his subsequent nervous breakdown.
Kaizo Mario World 3 (友人マリオ3 Yūjin Mario 3) is the third installment of the Kaizo Mario series. In addition to the video's popularity, the hack is well-done in comparison to the previous two.
Themes that are common to Kaizo hacks:
  • Extremely rigid windows of opportunity, with missed opportunities resulting in death.
  • Set-ups that demand the highest caliber of Super Mario World physics abuse.
  • Set-ups that require stunts that are tantamount to glitches.
  • Traps that cannot be foreseen without knowing that they exist, including but not limited to invisible blocks and being killed after apparently clearing a level.
In this run, ISM and Mister break the game completely with glitches, just as in the 96-exit TAS of Super Mario World. Said glitches involve making things appear out of nowhere, glitching through walls, and carrying Yoshi through to the next level, something not intended by the maker of this hack.

Published on 1/15/2007
Killer Instinct is a classic fighting game ported to the SNES from an arcade machine. It features an advanced combo system, rich pre-rendered graphics and nicely arranged music. However, the latter two were somewhat toned down in this version compared to the original.
In this movie, Spinal takes down his enemies by slicing them up, hitting them with their own abilities, and (gasp!) making them dance to music!

Published on 2/23/2011
Rockman & Forte (ロックマン&フォルテ), known as Mega Man & Bass in the western world, used to be the last game chronologically released for the original Rockman/Megaman series, until Rockman & Forte Mirai kara no Chōsensha (ロックマン&フォルテ 未来からの挑戦者) was released on the WonderSwan handheld system.
This game bears a striking resemblance to Mega Man 8, not only in style, but in excessive graphic detail. Similarly to Mega Man X4, the player has the option to choose one of two characters to play through. In this run, Forte is chosen.
sparky takes the game apart with some glitches that allow Forte to zip around in walls. This run is 00:59.83 seconds faster than the previous run, mostly due to new glitches. Read the author's comments for more details.
There are two more Rockman & Forte runs to watch on this site; featuring completion of the game with Rockman as fast as possible and collection of all CDs with him.

Published on 6/12/2012
Since moving to the SNES 16-bit land, Mega Man has taken the secret identity X, but everyone knows it's still him because he's the only blue robot who shoots three pellets at a time at other robots, steals their weapons, and zips through walls.
FractalFusion plays this game a bit differently than usual. He abuses a failed password in order to obtain all weapons before the intro stage; this also causes all 8 Mavericks to be flagged as beaten, so the run proceeds directly to the Sigma stages after the intro stage.
Because the failed password does not include X's armor upgrades and the Maverick stages are never entered, the dash boots (normally impossible to avoid) are never collected, meaning that Mega Man X spends the entire run walking through the stages; this provides more opportunities for entertainment than usual. For more information, read the author's comments.

Published on 8/5/2011
Metroid Super ZeroMission is a Super Metroid hack that is heavily based on the GBA game Metroid: Zero Mission, inspiring modifications of the game engine, graphics, and maps.
In this run, the author, cpadolf, improves on Hoandjzj's canceled run by over 4 minutes by using a new route and many new tricks and glitches. For more details, as always, please read the author's notes.

This run aims to reach the ending as fast as possible and so skips most of the items. If you're looking to watch a run that clears everything in the game, watch this run.

Published on 4/30/2013
Metroid Super ZeroMission is a Super Metroid hack that is heavily based on the GBA game Metroid: Zero Mission, inspiring modifications of the game engine, graphics, and maps.
In this run, the author, Hoandjzj, clears everything in the game. If you're looking for a run that simply aims for the end, watch this run.
This movie is 07:39.64 minutes faster than its predecessor due to a version change and better strategies.

Published on 12/23/2014
Here on TASVideos we have a rich history of movies of the games in the Mortal Kombat series, demonstrating the unique combos and glitches possible in each version. This video of MK3 for the SNES is no exception, as the author Dark Noob swaps between all the different characters to show off the wide variety of techniques, secrets, and humorous bugs that are possible.
Though he is technically the villain, you have to admire Shao Kahn's dedication to keeping up with the action in his role as announcer as the fights get more and more bizarre. At times even he seems confused as to what is going on.

Published on 8/3/2007
Like all of the Mortal Kombat games, MKII is about warriors fighting in a tournament for inspecific power and fame. Shang Tsung is chosen for his ability to transform into other characters.
This movie aims to demonstrate as many quirks and fatalities of the game as possible. Examples include two Shang Tsungs with a Raiden child, a headless Reptile eating Kitana's head and a bloody clone of Jax. The AI is also humiliated.
The author's comments page is a definitely recommended reading for this movie.
Note: The movie contains semi-realistic violence to be expected with the Mortal Kombat series.

Published on 4/19/2022
Warning: This game has sudden camera movements that may be hard to watch for those prone to motion sickness.

On the Ball (also known as Cameltry in Japan) is a labyrinth maze game in which you tilt the entire screen to navigate a marble to a goal. It is a port of an arcade game, where some of the notable differences include 70 extra mazes, as well as much faster tilting controls.
GarbiTheGlitcheress completes all mazes in the game without making use of an out of bounds glitch.
On the Ball
Emulator Replay:
Bizhawk 2.7.0

Published on 4/5/2022
Rampart is a tower defense video game from 1990, released on many plaforms including the SNES. Along with the 2/3 player battle modes, the SNES game also contained a more expansive single player campaign with just under 50 levels. The game follows a 3-phase system: battle → repair → place cannons → battle. Failing to build a wall around a castle results in losing a life, where destroying all enemy ships completes the level.
In this TAS, Natetheman223 aims to cover as much land as possible, while having fun by making some cool designs, and pretty much making a fool out of the enemy ships.

Emulator Replay:
Bizhawk 2.7

Published on 5/10/2013
In Riddick Bowe Boxing, localized as Chavez in Latin America, you can face off against a slew of imaginary fighters as well as Riddick Bowe himself. The game features both a career mode, where you rise through the ranks until you battle Bowe, and an exhibition mode where you can choose any two boxers to face off.
In this playaround, laranja chooses exhibition mode and picks the worst boxer to battle against Bowe. Normally, it would be nearly impossible for him to win. Using tool-assisted precision, not only does he beat Bowe, but he does it while landing every hit and taking no damage. In the process, he toys around with the champion until the match is over.

Published on 9/27/2015
Shapeshifting dogs. Evil robots. Alchemy. Cheesy B movie references. These are all par for the course in Secret of Evermore, a very loose "sequel" to Secret of Mana. The story follows a boy that is thrust into a virtual world and finds himself with no immediate means to escape. As the boy travels, the geography changes to reflect certain eras of real-life history, adding a unique aspect to the game.

Published on 11/13/2011
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 2/8/2015
This hack of Super Mario World, created with Lunar Magic, contains a Star World which contains themed levels that connect to various locations on the map. Like the original Super Mario World, these levels can be used as a makeshift warp zone. This movie demonstrates this path - navigating the Star World to charge straight to Bowser, leaving much of the game untouched.
This movie is 01:03.06 seconds faster than the previous movie. See authors' comments to see the new glitches.

Published on 6/7/2009
Arthur's fiancée is once again kidnapped by demons soon before their marriage. Once more Sir Arthur must brave the forces of the underworld in his skivvies. Watch as Ferret Warlord runs through this infamously hard game in record time!
Normally, to fight the final boss of the game, you must play through the game twice. To make the movie less repetitive, Ferret Warlord uses a code to start at the final bosses of the first playthrough. Furthermore, the player must have a special weapon in order to fight the final boss, and this weapon can only be found when the player has fully upgraded armor. Ferret Warlord obtains this weapon at the end of the first autoscrolling level.

Published on 12/25/2007
Taking a break from the usual goal of pure speed, Genisto instead decides to break Super Mario Bros. 3 from the Super Mario All-Stars pack. This run demonstrates programming errors, abuse of the game engine and commits suicide in ways most people have never even considered.
Mario plays through all 8 worlds in a fashion similar to a warpless run.

Published on 1/29/2021
The Lost Levels is a remake of the game released in Japan as Super Mario Bros 2. It introduces a number of new obstacles into the standard Super Mario Bros. formula, including poisonous mushrooms, wind, reverse warp zones, and of course many tricky jumps. It's difficult enough that Nintendo of America decided to completely re-theme a different game and release that as Super Mario Bros. 2 instead; The Lost Levels is the first time the Japanese sequel was released to the rest of the world.
This TAS uses Mario's brother Luigi. He jumps higher than Mario, but acts slower in many ways. However, the movie is in no way worse than the Mario version - some new creative solutions have been found.

Published on 6/17/2008
Super Mario Kart is the first in a popular series of games starring the Mario cast racing go-karts. This run aims to get record times in all tracks at 150cc difficulty. This is achieved mostly by jumping straight into walls, bottomless pits, and lava, among many other things. Mushrooms are also used frequently due to their mysteriously friction-free propulsion powers. A high amount of wall-bouncing is required.
This run is over a minute and a half faster than the previous published run, due to new exploits of the definition of a lap.

Published on 8/25/2011
Mario's doctor heard about the "Magic Mushrooms" which make Mario grow to twice his normal size and let him break bricks. Fearing for Mario's health, he orders Mario to avoid those nasty powerups.
This run aims to complete as many exits as possible without collecting any permanent powerups, including Mushrooms, Fire flowers, Feathers, Switch Palace blocks. Unable to fly, Mario is forced to confront most obstacles and overcome them in unique ways. Riding Yoshi is also banned. 86 out of the total 96 exits are completed.
In this run, the author, PangaeaPanga, saves 01:32.43 over the previous movie by using better paths, new tricks, and lag reduction. For a level by level analysis of the improvements, please see the author's notes.

Published on 1/12/2014
Masterjun builds upon his previous work at destroying Super Mario World by programming some simple games inside it, using only controller input!
A technical explanation is available on the submission page.
This movie famously premiered via playback on a real Super Nintendo, at Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, as part of the first TASVideos presentation at a Games Done Quick event, which are hosted by SpeedDemosArchive.

This video has articles featured in reputable news sources:

Published on 5/24/2022
WARNING: This video includes flashing lights that may trigger epilepsy. The heaviest spots are at the 43:24, 53:02, 57:49, 1:16:19, 1:37:36, and 2:09:15 marks of this TAS.

Super Mario World is one of the most popular SNES games of all time. Its relevance in today's gaming culture cannot be understated. From its colorful graphics, to its smooth and satisfying controls, to its memorable soundtrack, and to its many MANY glitches.
Over the years, Super Mario World has had a wide range of exploits in order to do some crazy stuff. However, many of the glitches don't save any time in a speedrun. This TAS by IgorOliveira666 aims to showcase as many glitches and exploits in this game as possible, without worrying about speed. Some glitches are so intense that they crash the game, necessitating a restart of the console.

Published on 9/28/2015
There are many hacks for Super Mario World, made with Lunar Magic, but few of them offer a whole new pleasurable game. The Second Reality Project is notable for being the first hack not made by the author of Lunar Magic that is still considered to be a decent game. The game spawned an Award-Winning series of hacks known for pushing Super Mario World to its limits, pulling in features from other games, and still adding on a few things of its own. This hack, The Second Reality Project Reloaded, is a remake of the original hack with all new graphics, custom music, and other great additions to help set the game apart.
This hack can be regarded as a true sequel to Super Mario World, picking up where it left off. Bowser has hatched a plan to rebuild his airships from Super Mario Bros. 3, and brings along his kids for support, hoping to use his newfound power and henchmen in the "Second Reality" to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom once and for all. Mario (and Luigi) must travel to the strange new Second Reality and face foes and puzzles they've never seen before. The game contains 8 classic worlds, as per the standard in previous games, as well as a special Bowser World, a Sonic World used as a short cut system similar to the Star World from Super Mario World, and one other...
This run improves the first TAS of this hack by almost 15 seconds.

Published on 12/2/2016
At the end of Metroid II: Return of Samus, there is but one Metroid left in the universe. Bad things happen, and Samus Aran must once again head for Planet Zebes to battle Mother Brain, Ridley, and the Space Pirates. (And a few other bosses too.)
This movie improves on both prior low% runs (one that collects the Ice Beam and one that collects the Speed Booster) by collecting the Speed Booster and using various Shinespark-related glitches to render the Gravity Suit unnecessary, pushing the total required number of items from 14 down to 13. The author's comments are very detailed, and well worth a read if you're curious about just how everything was done.
There are a number of other routes that can be taken while still getting 13 items, but all of those routes require a specific glitch when fighting Draygon which gives you a non-infinite but arbitrarily large amount of ammunition; the item route in this movie does not permit the use of this glitch. If you would like to see this glitch, it is featured in the following (now-obsoleted) iteration of the any% run.

Published on 8/9/2008
Super R•Type (1991) is the 4th game of the classic R•Type series of arcade shooters, whose distinct gameplay and level design inspired numerous developers to create clones and various look-alikes. However, this particular installment isn't considered canon—it is an SNES-exclusive mash-up of the first two R•Type games.
In a nutshell, the series' plot is about the evil Bydo empire, which is a highly developed alien lifeform with hivemind mentality—akin to the Borg or the Zerg. The player pilots a spacecraft on a mission to destroy the Bydo. The craft's most prominent weapon is the so-called force—a spherical pod which is, in fact, a living piece of Bydo flesh and an indestructible mineral at the same time! Conveniently, the pod can be attached to the player's craft to shield it from bullets, or launched at enemies to inflict large amounts of damage.
All R•Type games are known to be very unforgiving; they require the player to learn strict paths that revolve memorizing safe paths through stages and tactically using the force pod to quickly dispatch of enemies and protect the ship. The author of this TAS, however, throws all the strictness and tacticalness out the window to play around and just ram most of the enemies with the pod. (Try this in realtime if you want to know true frustration.)
Other than that, the movie uses a password to access the second loop's difficulty level (eloquently called "PRO") without having to beat the game twice. It still doesn't get the good ending, though.

Published on 9/20/2010
In this unforgiving RPG that is The 7th Saga, the player picks a character and goes on an epic quest to find the seven magical runes, since each of these runes contains a great power for the one who wields it.
kirkq and Nitrodon, the players who made this tool-assisted speedrun, chose Lux the Tetujin to complete this quest as fast as possible, forgoing a stat boosting glitch, and performing luck manipulation to defeat bosses at an impossibly low level!

Published on 7/16/2010
Normally, Top Gear 2 involves racing through many gruelling tracks across sixteen countries, gradually upgrading one's vehicle until it can become competitive in the top tiers.
Here a password glitch is used to skip directly to the final country without entering the password itself. Dooty also uses a stock vehicle that's substantially slower than the competition it faces - conditions in which any human player would find it impossible to win. Yet this is no obstacle for perfect reflexes and a great deal of luck.

Published on 10/21/2010
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is one of the most popular games in the Mortal Kombat series. It was released to arcades in 1995 as an update to Mortal Kombat 3 and was ported to the SNES the following year. It introduced several new characters and two new gameplay modes.
In this run, SDR plays the hidden tournament mode and humiliates the game by showing off a number of humorous tricks and glitches.

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