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Spider-Man: Web of Fire, one of the last games to be released on the ill-fated 32X, follows our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man's battle with the evil forces of the neo-Nazi organization H.Y.D.R.A.
This is an improvement of 24.58 seconds over the previous run due primarily to a new glitch allowing Spidey to pass through walls.
Published on 7/6/2011

Adventure is a first-party game released in 1979 for the Atari 2600. The goal of the game is to find the enchanted chalice and return it to the gold castle while avoiding the three dragons guarding it. It was the first action-adventure game, and also the first game to have an inventory, a continue system, and a widely-known Easter egg.
Katistrofic2 improves the previous TAS by 3.86 seconds, thanks to better optimization.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 12/26/2021
Game:
Adventure

Genres:
Adventure
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.6.3

Dragster, released in 1980 for the Atari 2600, is the first video game developed by Activision. It was programmed by David Crane, who later wrote Pitfall! The object of the game is to either beat the player's opponent across the screen, or to race against the clock for best time, depending on the settings used.
The game is well known as having the first console speedrun with the world record of 5.51 by Todd Rogers in 1982 according to Twin Galaxies. This record is known as the oldest, unbeaten world record in all of speedrunning.
MrWint & Omnigamer decided to try and match the elusive 5.51, and disassembled the entire game looking for how the 5.51 was achieved. After conducting their research, they found that the long sought 5.51 was outright impossible to achieve within the internal conditions of the game. After lots of flamewars, the now infamous Todd Rogers's record has been taken down, leading to his ban from Twin Galaxies.
This run achieves the fastest possible time of 5.57 on player two while also maximizing the distance, with player one completing the track in the lowest amount of input frames. It also improves the predecessor movie by 0.10 seconds, which translates to 0.01 seconds if you discard emulation differences. The improvement comes from the fact that the game processes the second player first, so he's the one taking the lead this time.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 3/30/2018

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).
Published on 7/24/2010

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".
Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 10/23/2009

This is a TAS of the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, a.k.a. 'The Lost Levels', using 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.
This is an 110 frame improvement over the previous movie by Phil.

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Published on 12/13/2012

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.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.

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 3/11/2017
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

In this port of an arcade game, the eponymous avenging spirit has been summoned by his girlfriend's father to rescue her from a crime syndicate holding her hostage.
As a ghost, the protagonist has the ability to possess enemies with a selection of different abilities, but that's rarely seen in this run.
In order to pull off the rescue, three keys are needed; these are retrieved in this run so as to obtain the best possible ending.
EZGames69 and WarHippy improve the previous TAS by 1612 frames (if emulation differences are not accounted for), thanks to better strategies and optimization.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.
Published on 12/6/2020
Game:
Avenging Spirit

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.5.2

Batman returns to stop the Joker's latest insane criminal plot once again, 3.54 seconds faster than the last time! (See this submission's movie discussion for more explanation, though, of why the final time appears to be slower in this movie.)
This game is one of those grappling hook games, with which Batman can just swing through areas quickly. Different strategies for level 2 and a more optimized fight with the Joker contribute to this submission's improvement.

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 11/3/2020

Battletoads is a classic video game by Rare for the NES, but different versions of the game were also made for many other systems, such as the Genesis and the Game Boy. All of these games are known for their comical animation style (such as gigantic fists and boots when the toads attack) and their high difficulty, essentially requiring the player to memorize the upcoming dangers to react fast enough to survive.
In this version, the player plays as the Battletoad Zitz on a quest to rescue the other two Toads, Rash and Pimple, from the Dark Queen. This game has only 9 stages, as opposed to 12 in the NES version. However, unlike the NES version of the game, there are no warps, and there is no two-player option. There are also fewer time-saving glitches. That doesn't stop Lobsterzelda, though, from beating up tons of enemies and completing the game very quickly.
In this run, Lobsterzelda improves the predecessor movie by 1:09.37 minutes by using a new skip and tighter optimization.
For more Battletoads madness, you can also see our movies of the NES version.

You can watch the console-verification of this movie here.
Published on 2/15/2020
Game:
Battletoads

Genres:
Fighting
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk V. 2.3.3

Black Castle is a homebrew game by User0x7f inspired by Castlevania and Fortress of Fear. There are 4 weapons for the player to use to fight through 4 levels of sidescroller platforming, each ending with a boss fight.
CasualPokePlayer uses the mace weapon and a bit of lag reduction to clear the castle's 4 levels in record time.

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 6/5/2021
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.5.1

Boomer must traverse the 8-story Tower of Zoozoon to defeat the dark lord Zoozoon himself. By digging, trapping enemies, and finding useful items such as keys and roller skates, he can regain control of ASMIK World from the clutches of the evil Zoozoon.
This is an improvement of 49.65 seconds compared to the previous publication thanks to better optimization.

This TAS has been console verified, you can watch the playback here
Published on 9/7/2021
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Catrap is a platform/puzzle game where a boy and girl work through a series of 100 puzzles. This breaks a curse and returns them to human form. Completing each level involves climbing ladders and moving blocks so that each enemy can be defeated. A rewind function is present for trail+error attempts to get to the solutions. But that feature isn't needed here.
This run makes clever use of the switch mechanics. Switch can't be used immediately after defeating an enemy, so other actions are performed while the enemy falls off the screen. Attacking from the ladder is slightly faster, the author uses this and other similar tricks to help save time.
This is an improvement of 2:23.31 minutes if BIOS time is factored out.

You can watch this TAS being played on real hardware here
Published on 5/30/2021
Game:
Catrap

Genres:
Platform
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.1

Daedalian Opus is an early puzzle game for the Game Boy where the player must solve jigsaw puzzles with pentominoes (5-block shapes instead of the familiar 4-block tetromino). The player is awarded new pieces to use periodically to help with the more complex later levels.
Jigwally solves this game's puzzles with custom software that employs the Dancing Links algorithm to find exact covers (solutions) for each jigsaw. The author analyzed and chose the overall fastest solution for each puzzle, and completed the game in record time.

This run can be seen played back on a real Game Boy Player here!
Published on 7/28/2021
Game:
Daedalian Opus

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.1

Daiku no Gen-san: Robot Teikoku no Yabou is a Gameboy platformer with some very impressive graphics and a variety of gameplay mechanics. This time around, the titular character, Gen, has to save his girlfriend from a vile robot army.
Alyosha defeats said army in record time.

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Published on 2/11/2021

This version of Donkey Kong (informally known as Donkey Kong '94, due to its 1994 release date) follows the same premise as the original game from the 1980s, in that Mario is tasked with rescuing Pauline from the eponymous Donkey Kong. Besides adding over 90 additional stages to the original 4 stages, this release also introduces many new game-play mechanics which both help and hinder Mario from reaching his goal. Some of these new elements are patterned off concepts from other Mario games including Donkey Kong Jr., SMB, SMB 2 (USA), and SMB 3.
DrD2k9 throws barrels at DK and rescues Pauline in record time.

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Published on 8/2/2020

Gargoyle's Quest is another platform game made by Capcom, where you play as Firebrand, a gargoyle predestined to become the Red Blaze and take down King Breager.
This run beats the branch without zipping by 5:48.46 minutes.

This movie can be watched running on real console hardware here.
Published on 10/23/2020

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company is the sequel to Hammerin' Harry. This episode has Harry fighting more than just workers. He has to defeat an army of ghosts in a series of environments, including a construction site, a sewer, an airship, a jungle, and finally, the headquarters where he meets the evil ghost building machine.
Alyosha defeats said machine in record time.

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Published on 2/7/2021

Kirby is a little round thing, and like Sonic, makes for an excellent pinball. Kirby must navigate through three boards to defeat his usual foes by knocking into them repeatedly, with the help of traditional pinball flippers.
This movie skips most of the normal pinball aspects of the game and goes right to the bosses. Clever luck manipulation is used to position them perfectly for optimal damage from Kirby.

A resync of this movie has been console verified using GBI.
Published on 6/26/2008
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
VBA

Kwirk the Chilled Tomato was exploring with his girlfriend when she suddenly disappeared! To find her, Kwirk must travel through puzzles consisting of turnstiles, pushable blocks, and pits which must be filled before crossing. Sometimes his friends are available to lend a hand.
This movie completes all 30 levels of the "Going Up?" mode.
This improved version beats the predecessor movie by 11 steps.

A basic resync of the TAS for loading times has been console verified
Published on 2/7/2020
Game:
Kwirk

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.3.3

This time Wily is back, or actually forwards – in time that is; where he plans to destroy the future and bring back technology to destroy the past. Join Mega Man as he too travels to the future to prevent Wily and face his greatest enemy yet.
This run has fewer major glitches than some other Mega Man runs on this site, but it still has the same classic action, and it pulls off some very unlikely maneuvers that are enjoyable to watch.
Tremane & Noxxa beat the previous record by 16.96 seconds, mostly due to improved RNG and strategy changes.

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Published on 12/15/2018

This game, also known as Rockman World (ロックマンワールド), is the first of a GB series of Mega Man games.
The Game Boy series is a little different from the NES series in that there are only four Robot Masters to fight at the start. Those four are borrowed from the NES game of the same number, while four more Robot Masters from the next NES game guard Dr. Wily’s fortress. Game Boy Wily also likes to have a backup fortress in space after his first one is beaten. Another recurring concept in the Game Boy games is a ninth robot boss unique to the game who gives you a new weapon that is usually the only weapon effective against the final boss.
The authors, Tremane and Noxxa, improved the previous movie by 1.59 seconds (disregarding the GBC bootup), thanks to better optimisation and lag reduction.
See this movie played on a console via Game Boy Interface.
Published on 5/2/2020

Mickey's Dangerous Chase is a simple platformer for the GameBoy. You can play as either Mickey or Minnie and the goal is to get back a present that Pete stole. The character can walk, jump, and pickup blocks and throw them. It heavily resembles Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers for the NES except with some autoscrollers with vehicles.
This run is 174 frames faster than the previous movie. The time appears longer due to more accurate loading emulation.
Published on 6/13/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

Mouse Trap Hotel is a Game Boy game developed by Imagineering (Who are known for the fantastic title: Bart vs. the Space Mutants) and published by Electro Brain/Milton Bradley in 1992.
The story's premise follows a mouse named Maxie who's visiting a hotel to meet up with his girlfriend. There's one small catch. The hotel is littered with mouse traps.

With some basic edits, this movie has been resynced in GBC-in-GBA mode and played back on real console: watch the video here.
Published on 11/12/2020
Game:
Mouse Trap Hotel

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

The barechested alien crushing ultra macho hero is back, and he's portable this time!
This Contra game combines elements from the original Contra and Super C while adding some elements into one action packed game. Watch our hero cruise through 5 levels of steadily increasing difficulty yet still crushing those aliens in record time.
This movie is a 12 second improvement over the previous movie. Improvements come from use of the homing gun and from a bug that allows horizontal screen wrapping.

A resync of the TAS has been console verified
Published on 5/19/2007
Game:
Operation C

Genres:
Platform
Shooter
Emulator Version:
VBA

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

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Published on 8/14/2021

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

Prehistorik Man (not to be confused with the game of the same name on the SNES, which is the sequel) was a platform game for the Game Boy, made by Titus Interactive. This game is actually a port of Prehistorik 2, which was made for MS-DOS and Amstrad CPC. Even with the major cuts out from the original PC game, Prehistorik Man seems to still be a rather faithful port, and pulled off some very interesting technical feats for the Game Boy.
CasualPokePlayer and WarHippy complete the game in record time.
See this run played back on the Game Boy Player (using Game Boy Interface) here.
Published on 2/3/2021

Solomon’s Club is a puzzle platform game with an old clumsy magician who has the power of creating and destroying platforms. And through that power, he saves the world. It is also the Game Boy port of the NES game "Solomon's Key".
ninespaces completes all puzzles in record time.

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Published on 7/6/2021
Tags:
Best ending
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Aside from Tetris, Super Mario Land is probably the most well-known cartridge for the original Game Boy. It features a marked departure from traditional Mario enemies and themes, including Sphinxes, seahorses, fists emerging from pipes, Egyptian-themed levels, Chinese-themed levels and UFO-themed levels.
This publication improves on the previous one by 4.33 seconds from a new trick that allows Mario to warp around the screen on auto-scrolling levels as well as a new strategy used to end the mandatory bonus game after each world quicker.
If you enjoyed this movie, be sure to see hard mode.

A resync of the TAS has been console verified
Published on 8/19/2012
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
VBA

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan is the Turtles' first Game Boy game and is based on the 1987 animated TV series. The Turtles must battle against Krang and Shredder, and save April O'Neil while they're at it.
The game is a platformer with a neat player death mechanic where the player takes control of a new Turtle each time they lose a life, and can regain Turtles (lives) by collecting pizza.
Alyosha speeds up the Turtles' mission by mitigating as much of the game's copious lag as possible.

This run can be seen played back on real console hardware here.
Published on 11/1/2021

The Bouncing Ball is a homebrew Gameboy game made by HuCABBAGE for the 4th annual GBJam (2015).
In this neat little platformer with no music, thus only sound effects, you are in control of a little ball, which is constantly bouncing around. Your goal is to bounce through all the 50 unique levels by collecting every heart you can find on your way.
The authors improve the previous movie by 3.04 seconds.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.
Published on 12/5/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

The Final Fantasy Legend, also known as Makai Toushi SaGa in Japan, is a Game Boy RPG. It is the first entry in the long running SaGa series and has a lot of strange and esoteric mechanics. You can form a team of up to four party members consisting of humans, mutants, and monsters. Each character type get stronger by wildly different means.
Darkman425 completes the game in record time by getting the 4 spheres and defeating Ashura and the Creator. Please read the author's comments for more details.
We also have a movie that uses a warp glitch that skips the vast majority of the game.
You can watch this movie being played back on real console here.
Published on 12/25/2021

The Humans is a kind of a crossbreed between Lemmings and The Lost Vikings. Its gameplay consists of manipulating a number of humans with unique abilities to overcome obstacles (such as dinosaurs or Neanderthals) in order to bring a human to an exit point.
artbreeder employs a number of glitches, particularly one that allows humans to pass through solid walls, to complete the game's hard difficulty mode in record time.

You can watch the console verification of this movie here. For more Humans action, check out the run of the Genesis version.
Published on 12/22/2020
Game:
The Humans

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.5.2

Trip World (1992) is an aptly named game developed by Sunsoft, a video game company you might know from titles like Gimmick!, Ufouria and Journey to Silius.
It follows a rabbit-like creature called Yacopu on his quest to retrieve the Maita Flower and return peace to the hearts of the people. Along the way he gains abilities like turning into a ball and a big, scary Godzilla-like rabbit.
MUGG's latest improvement is now about 30 seconds faster than the previous version, thanks to new glitches, new routes and better optimization.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.
Published on 9/28/2015
Game:
Trip World

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
VBA v24 svn391

Tsuri Sensei is a River King-styled fishing game in which the player competes in a tournament to catch the biggest fish and score the most points.
CasualPokePlayer wins the fishing tournament in record time by buying the most expensive bait and catching the winning fish in a single attempt.

This movie can be watched running on real console hardware here.
Published on 10/26/2021
Game:
Tsuri Sensei

Genres:
RPG
Sport
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.6.3

Zen: Intergalactic Ninja is a game made by Konami in 1992 for the Game Boy. In it, the titular character has to stop the main villain, Lord Contaminous from harming the Earth's ecological environment.
EZGames69 defeats Lord Contaminous and saves the planet in record time.
We also have a TAS of the NES version.

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 5/5/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.1

This movie of Sonic Advance is unique as a speedrun in one aspect: Sonic moves so fast that the "camera" of the game cannot even follow him. Therefore, he is rarely seen in the movie.
On the rare occasions we get to watch Sonic, we get to enjoy seeing him moving through walls, charging up for another dash, or making short work of bosses.
Besides the super fast speed itself, the speed also provides Sonic an ability (glitch) to pass through platforms and walls under certain conditions.
While this movie appears to be around 3 seconds slower than the previous movie, it is in fact faster. This is due to more accurate emulation and also including the GBA boot sequence.
This movie has been console verified and played back on real hardware by Extrems (and was previously verified by endrift).
Published on 6/4/2017

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It is an enhanced remake of the Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Mario Bros. 3, and is based on the remake found in Super Mario All-Stars for the Super NES.
It contains several enhancements, including the addition of Mario and Luigi's voices by Charles Martinet, a multiplayer mode based on the original arcade game Mario Bros and the ability to scan e-Cards, utilizing two Game Boy Advances, the e-Reader, and a copy of Super Mario Advance 4. Once a card is scanned, it adds certain content to the game.
EZGames69 and GoddessMaria use warp whistles to beat the game in record time.

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Published on 7/22/2020
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

007: The World is Not Enough is based off of the 1999 James Bond film of the same name. In it, Pierce Brosnan's Bond must investigate the murder of a British oil tycoon and attacks on his new pipeline, which leads to a larger sinister plot requiring gunplay and frequent flier miles to diffuse.
The GBC port is most well known for appearing in GBC emulator issue trackers for its non-standard use of the window. It also pans the music to the left ear and the sound effects to the right ear for some reason.
Alyosha completes the game in record time.
See this movie played back on a real console right here.
Published on 9/26/2021
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren GB2: Sabaku no Majou, translated as Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Demon Castle of the Desert, is a roguelike game developed and published by Chunsoft, released only in Japan in 2001. The game follows Shiren the Wanderer, and his talking weasel Koppa.
This movie has been replayed on console.
Published on 3/20/2021

It's Hamtaro time! Boss has a big secret in store for the Ham-Hams, but he's gotta find them first! The guy's got too much on his hands already, so he sends the loveable Carrot-headed Hamtaro out on the search for the Ham-Hams. The thing is... Hamtaro's gotta learn some hip Ham-chat if he wants everyone to listen to him. So as he ventures on in the game, he becomes the street-wise hipster, learning Ham-chat and getting into tons of adventures... and trouble!

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 8/8/2020
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.4.2

Keitai Denjū Telefang (携帯電獣テレファング) is a series of video games produced by Natsume and published by Smilesoft. The games are monster-battling games, where the player contacts various creatures using a cell phone-like device called a D-Shot in order to get them to battle the foes he or she will encounter. The name of the series derives from Keitai, which is Japanese for "cell phone," since phoning creatures is an integral part of the game, and "fang," to symbolize the various beasts involved.
jlun2, MisterChess and CasualPokePlayer improve the previous movie by 1 minute and 56.52 seconds, thanks to a game breaking glitch that triggers the credits really early. Please read the authors' comments for more details. Of note the previous publication relied on an emulator bug for it to work, whereas this one has been console-verified and a video of it can be viewed right here.
Published on 4/18/2021

In this special episode of Looney Tunes, Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Porky, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, and the Road Runner decide to rip off popular games such as Atomic Runner, Sonic the Hedgehog & Gradius. They do this by going through this Sunsoft classic as fast as possible so that they don't die from all of the ripoffs.
This has led to even stranger results than the other run, clearing five and a half minutes thanks to a glitch that allows for skipping several levels.

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Published on 5/25/2010

Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy, also known as Bugs Bunny & Lola Bunny: Operation Carrot Patch in Europe, is a 1998 action platformer developed by VD-dev and published by Infogrames. Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, Taz, Marvin the Martian, and Elmer Fudd have stolen all of Bugs and Lola's carrots and hid them in the nearby studio. Bugs and Lola must head through five different studio sets in order to get them all back!
Winslinator improves upon the previous publication by 36 frames thanks to a new optimization in Taz's Zoo Scene 2.

You can watch the console-verification of this movie here.
Published on 1/18/2021

Lucky Luke is a game based on a famous comic series created by Belgian cartoonist Maurice De Bevere. The gun-slinging Dalton brothers have escaped from jail again and are up to no good, and it's up to the titular cowboy to catch the criminals and lock them back up.
While the author, TheKDX7, finishes the platforming stages as fast as possible, he also adds in some entertainment to the long autoscrollers to make them more interesting.
This is an improvement of 7.38 seconds over the previous movie if emulation differences are not accounted for. There is also a run by the same author which achieves 100% completion.

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Published on 4/9/2021

Mega Man Xtreme is a port of the popular Mega Man X series to the Game Boy Color. It adapts the Mavericks and their stages from that series and wraps it into gameplay more suited for the portable console.
Here, FractalFusion & Alyosha speed through the game and exploit glitches to create a movie worthy of what we have come to expect from Mega Man at TASVideos.
This movie is about 7 seconds faster than the previous record by FractalFusion. It appears longer due to significantly more accurate emulation of the loading times in this run.
This movie is played from a save that has unlocked "Extreme mode", which allows you to play all of the levels in one game. Runs that start from a savestate are not normally allowed; see the Movie Rules for more on this.

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Published on 2/9/2020

Mega Man Xtreme 2, like its predecessor game Mega Man Xtreme, pretty much copies content and bosses from the main line of Mega Man X games. However, Xtreme 2 gets ideas and designs from a much wider range of games, ranging all the way from Mega Man X to Mega Man X5. For instance, there is a Parts system allowing upgrades to your characters. However, there is also an original story (though it's still as silly as many Mega Man storylines), along with some new stage designs and bosses.
Noxxa and Alyosha improve the previous run by about 2 seconds if emulation differences are not accounted for, thanks to using Zero throughout the entire game instead of splitting between X and Zero.

This run starts from a save file in order to unlock "Extreme Mode", which allows visiting all of the game's stages and battles in one run. Runs that start from SRAM are not normally allowed; see the Movie Rules for more on this.
Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as there's a high amount of flashing visuals during boss fights that can become uncomfortable to watch.

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Published on 5/8/2021

Men in Black: The Series is a GBC game based on the animated series, which was based on the movie, which was based on the original comics. In it, you play as rookie agent J as he goes up against an alien invasion to save Earth and rescue K.
TehBerral abuses a wall-jumping glitch to make short work of this very derivative game. Furthermore, Alyosha noticed and corrected a mistake that saved an additional 7 frames while working to console-verify the TAS this run obsoletes, yielding an improvement over the previous movie of 0.09 seconds.

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Published on 9/8/2020

Oddworld Adventures 2 plays very similarly to other Oddworld games. Abe's job is to free his fellow Mudokons who are being used as slave labor to dig up the bones of their ancestors. The Glukkons use the bones to make Soul Storm Brew. Abe's vocabulary is limited to "Hello", "Follow me" "Wait" and "Work". He must use these commands to direct slave Mudokons to their freedom. When enough slaves in a level have been saved, you go on to the next level to do it all again.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 8/20/2014
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.7.2

Pokémon Card GB2: GR-dan Sanjou! is the Japan-only sequel to Pokémon Trading Card Game. Team Great Rocket has stolen TCG Island's Pokémon cards and kidnapped the Club Masters, and you must travel to GR Island to put an end to their evil plans, by defeating them in Pokémon card duels.

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Published on 3/4/2020

MrWint's Pokemon Crystal Glitchless TAS completes the Johto League including 8 badges and the Elite Four, then obtains the 8 Kanto badges before defeating Blue and Red for the final credits roll. This is done without any use of the typical memory corrupting glitches seen in Pokemon Gen 1 and 2 TASes.

The TAS instead uses luck manipulation to avoid encounters and spinning trainers, breeze through battles, and obtain Raikou as early as possible with optimal stats. Despite the run's length and complexity, console verification of the TAS was possible due to MrWint's own work emulating Crystal's Real Time Clock.
Published on 8/10/2019

Pokémon: Gold, Silver and Crystal from the second generation of Pokémon, after Red Version and Blue Version. New features include full color, a new region called Johto, and 100 all new Pokémon.
In this run, CasualPokePlayer improves on the previous movie by exploiting a point in Gold. For more information, see the author's comments.
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Published on 6/5/2021

Pokémon Gold and Silver form the second generation of Pokémon, after Pokémon Red and Blue. The main differences between the generations is that the game is now in full color, and that there are 251 Pokémon instead of 151.
CasualPokePlayer employs a staggering amount of luck manipulation and extremely careful routing (accomplished using the RouteTwo program) in order to improve upon the previous movie by 35.50 seconds. Only a few Pokémon are collected in this run, but all gym badges are acquired before defeating the protagonist of the previous generation of Pokémon games.

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Published on 8/3/2021

Published on 5/21/2020

Pokémon Trading Card Game is the video game incarnation of the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game (Pokémon TCG). It features digital versions of the first three sets of real-life trading cards, along with exclusive cards that are not available outside of the game. Normal gameplay involves finding and battling other trainers and Masters, eventually becoming the Champion and earning the Legendary Cards.
However, gifvex instead decided to glitch out the first battle and confuse the game into reading deck contents as code. This allows gifvex to reach the game's credits in just under 3 minutes. For more information, see the authors' comments.
We also have a similarly short run of the sequel, Pokémon TCG2.

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Published on 6/26/2020

Published on 2/15/2019

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

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Published on 1/21/2021

Based on the Spirou comic, this 2-D platformer for the Game Boy Color has the hero foiling an invasion led by the evil gynoid Cyanida.
ViGadeomes and zoboner complete the task in record time by using precise movement and a number of glitches. See their comments for details.

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Published on 11/27/2019

In this game featuring the famous SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob stumbles upon a legendary statue that opens the way to the Dutchman’s Underworld. SpongeBob must unlock the statue and defeat the Flying Dutchman to get the Golden Spatula and become the Master Fry Cook.
Here, CoolKirby improves on the previous co-authored run by 6.04 seconds through slightly different routes, a couple of new tricks, and better optimization. For more information, see the author's comments.

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Published on 1/19/2014

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999) is the Game Boy Color version of the original Super Mario Bros. In addition to the standard game, it features some new unlockable modes, such as a challenge mode and "You vs. Boo", where Mario must race Boo through several levels which have been modified to make them more interesting in a race.
In this movie, got4n and TehSeven complete the You vs. Boo mode, beating Boo in all eight levels, and over half a second faster than the previous run.
Note: Although this run appears to be longer than the previous movie, that run's time was calculated with an incorrect frame rate. This run is indeed faster.

This run starts from a save file that has beaten the game and collected 100,000 points in challenge mode to unlock the "You vs. Boo" mode. Runs that start from SRAM are not normally allowed; see the Movie Rules for more on this.

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Published on 9/2/2013

Mario is back to the Game Boy, but this time in color.
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is a remake of Super Mario Bros. with some new game modes, including a challenge mode where coins and time remaining are crucial to gaining the target score, and a race mode where Mario competes against Boo to reach each level's finish first.
This run completes the Original mode, and 33 frames faster (ignoring lag frame differences due to different emulators) than the previous version. While this mode looks like a direct port of the NES game, there are different physics and glitches, making optimizing Deluxe a very different task.
There is also a run of the You vs. Boo mode by got4n and the author of this TAS.

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Published on 3/18/2015
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.8.3

The Emperor's New Groove is the companion game for the Disney movie of the same name. The game takes place after Emperor Kuzco has been turned into a llama, and your goal is to guide llama-Kuzco back to his palace in order to change him back to a human. Although this is a relatively simple platformer, Kuzco's llama form requires careful attention to fully optimize movement speed.
This run beats the previous one by over 51 seconds.

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Published on 8/25/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is an updated version of an older GB game which adds color, an additional dungeon, various other minor features, and a lot of bug fixes. Link, after rescuing Hyrule (again?), sets off on a journey and subsequently shipwrecks on the mysterious Koholint Island, which has been overtaken by evil monsters which he must defeat in order to find a way back home.

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Published on 8/11/2019

Proving yet again the lengths a TAS can go in destroying a game, this run features a warping glitch that allows for severe sequence breaking. The final boss is reached within a handful of minutes and defeated with minimal weaponry.
TwistedTammer improves the previous run by 26.00 seconds.
There is a movie of this game that does not use the warp glitch.

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Published on 12/21/2019

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is the time-themed counterpart to Oracle of Seasons. In it, the Oracle of Ages, Nayru, is possessed by Veran, Sorceress of Shadows. Link must travel throughout Labrynna's past and present to collect the 8 Essences of Time, power up the Harp of Ages, and defeat Veran.

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Published on 4/21/2016

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is a Game Boy Color game that carries over much of the graphics from Link's Awakening. Surprisingly, much of the game engine is completely different and developed by Capcom. In it, the Oracle of Seasons, Din, is kidnapped by Onox, General of Darkness. Link must travel throughout both Holdrum and Subrosia to collect the 8 Essences of Nature, power up the Rod of Seasons, and defeat Onox.
This game has been attempted by various authors over the past 5 years. Finally, SwordlessLink, along with Tompa, who joined the project after dungeon 4, beat this legendary game in 1:25:57.21 primarily through the use of pitwalking, Pegasus Seeds, and enemy manipulation. Please see the authors' notes for more details.

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Published on 2/1/2012

Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood is an adventure game developed by NewKidCo and published by NewKidCo and Disney Interactive. It was released in North America in April 2000 for the Game Boy Color.
The game follows Winnie the Pooh as he interacts with other characters in the wood. Most of the game uses a board game structure, where the player rolls a dice and draws cards to move around on the map in an attempt to explore the wood. The game is aimed at a younger demographic and was designed to be simple. It was the first Winnie the Pooh game to be released on a video game console.
In this movie, Winslinator achieves "100% Knowledge", equivalent to 100% completion of the game, in record time.

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Published on 1/19/2021

Here's another run-of-the-mill platformer, released concurrently for the Amiga and Genesis/Mega Drive. Bubba, a delivery man for the local zoo, is abducted one day by aliens; accompanied by the appropriately-named sentient stick Stix they must try to find a way back home. As this run demonstrates, this takes a lot less time than you might expect.
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Published on 2/10/2010

Ecco the Dolphin is a game where you control a fast, but hard to maneuver dolphin who travels into hostile environment to save the other dolphins after a freak waterspout storm.
This run improves the previous one through better execution, a new route and new glitches. As in the previous run, damage is avoided, as it almost always slows Ecco down. At the same time, a major new glitch allowing Ecco to go through nearly any wall was not used because the frequency of its use would make the run very repetitive.

NOTE: The sound issues are a result of inaccurate emulation.
Published on 7/3/2014

Madou Monogatari (魔導物語) is an RPG best described as 'strange'. The game has overly cute design and the battles are probably a little different than you would expect. The story revolves around a girl who is on a quest to pass her final exam in a magic school.
A defining moment is one of the cutscenes, where a slime is encountered and suddenly defeated by a strange girl bursting through a brick wall. Then, an equally strange armored knight drops in from the ceiling and the two of them proceed to ignore you and chase each other away.
The fast completion time is achieved mostly by using a random-effect spell, which has a small chance of producing a devastating elephant stomp (yeah, really). Naturally, in a TAS, the "small chance" gets a new meaning.
Published on 7/3/2009

The Genesis remake of Marble Madness is not directly comparable to the original. In addition to having much worse audio quality, the rules on where (and what) the marble can go (and do) are relaxed, allowing for many shortcuts not possible on the NES.
This improvement by SprintGod is 10 seconds faster than adelikat's previous version.
Published on 8/11/2007

Published on 1/2/2011

A typical streetfighting game which spawned the popular Streets of Rage trilogy. This game is rumored to have used the same engine as Golden Axe, which is why the A button summons magic (sort of) to damage all enemies on screen, instead of doing some sort of roundhouse, like almost all other beat'em ups.
Completed on the hardest difficulty.
Compared to the previous movie, this is over 10 minutes faster. Primarily due to the use of 2-players and a glitch that skips most of the last level.
Details can be found in the authors' comments.
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Published on 2/19/2008

A short TAS featuring an absurdly fast character with bad sound effects in a broken game. This version is over 2 minutes faster than the previous version due to a warp glitch. This glitch allows the player to start a level at the same X and Y coordinates as the player had when the previous level ended.

Note: The audio issues are a result of Gens's inaccurate audio emulation.
Published on 8/27/2011

Mario Kart 64 is the first 3D game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1996 by Nintendo. Widely regarded as classic, it still retains a following to this day.
A run 7 years in the making, this Mario Kart 64 TAS features weatherton completing all 4 Grand Prix Cups in under 21 minutes. Due to the nature of the game, knowledge of the internal code allows for heavy RNG manipulation, getting even the most unlikely items on the first try. This and the incredible movement precision are used to create crazy shortcuts, often completing laps in mere seconds.
The submission text contains highly detailed information about the strategies of every track, the RNG manipulation and a lot of other information about the run.

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At AGDQ 2014, the Mushroom Cup of this run was presented on console, and at AGDQ 2016, the Star Cup was presented.
Published on 10/24/2016

Published on 6/22/2012

In a shocking twist of events, Bowser kidnaps Peach inside her own castle. Mario shows up and rains on Bowser's parade by collecting all 120 stars and winning in record time.
Numerous bugs are exploited in order to speed up Mario's progress and the physics engine is abused to its fullest.
This is an improvement of 9:04.16 over the previous movie by Rikku.
If you prefer to see the game beaten in the fastest time, then watch the "0 Stars" run.
If you're looking for a TAS on the Nintendo DS remake, you can watch it here.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.
Published on 12/13/2012

At first there were 70 stars, because Bowser demanded it. Then there were 16 stars, because MIPS the Rabbit demanded it. Then there was 1 star, because Bowser's Sub demanded it. Then there were no stars, but 2 keys, because the door leading to the castle basement demanded it. Now there is 1 key because the viewers are impatient and demanded the game be quicker.
As with many other runs on this site, the goal of pure speed has resulted in the complete breaking of the game. Very little of the game's normal play remains. If you'd like to see more of what Super Mario 64 has to offer, see the "70 Stars, no BLJ" run or the "120 Stars" run.
This appears to be an improvement by 2.31 seconds, however if we account for emulation differences between Mupen and BizHawk, the improvement is closer to 4.90 seconds. Please read the submission notes for more information on the improvements.
Super Mario 64 has a history of publications on this site. If you wish to see how it unfolded since the beginning, see the page SM64TASHistory.
If you're looking for a TAS on the Nintendo DS remake, you can watch it here.

Since this movie was made using Mupen, with the m64 file converted to the bk2 format, you can download the original m64 file here. Timing for the m64 file is around 04:16.4.
Full list of authors for this movie: Tyler Kehne, MKDasher, sonicpacker, Snark, SilentSlayers, Gaehne D, Eru, ToT, Plush, sm64expert, dar gos, Superdavo0001, IsaacA & Dabs.
Published on 7/21/2021
Game:
Super Mario 64

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
Mupen lua 64 1.0.8/BizHawk 2.6.2
Additional Downloads:
(Mupen movie file)

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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Published on 8/9/2008
Game:
8 Eyes

Genres:
Platform
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
FCEU0.98

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 22.59 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 9/28/2014
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

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 6/29/2012

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 12/8/2012
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

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 5/31/2021
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.3.0

Published on 8/25/2011

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 0.26 seconds.
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Published on 3/25/2020
Game:
Adventures of Lolo

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

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.
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Published on 7/22/2018
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

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 5.44 seconds.

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Published on 3/13/2020
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Arkanoid (1987) strongly resembles the arcade game Breakout (1976). In Arkanoid, the paddle is actually a spaceship, and the bricks are space walls. The goal of the game is to break through the space walls and defeat the villainous Doh in order to escape from the space labyrinth.
Chef Stef improves the previous TAS by 1 minute and 15.62 seconds, thanks to much better optimisation in many stages. Please read the author's comments for more details.
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Published on 4/17/2019

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.
Weegeechan controls the two characters to pop the balloons of the enemies in less than 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
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Published on 9/4/2015
Game:
Balloon Fight

Genres:
Action
Platform
Tags:
2 Players
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 1.11.1

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.
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Published on 8/4/2020
Game:
Baseball

Genres:
Sport
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4.2

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 3 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and better strategies.
Enjoy the movie, and the excellent soundtrack and graphics of this game.

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Published on 1/24/2021
Game:
Batman

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3.3256

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 0.84 seconds by using a more accurate core and a newly discovered void jump trick.

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Published on 10/13/2017

Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up known for its graphics and extreme difficulty. The story is that the sexy Dark Queen who wants to rule the universe has kidnapped Princess Angelica and a toad named Pimple. Two other toads, Rash and Zitz, attempt to rescue them and defeat the Dark Queen.
This run has two players and does not use warps.
As always, a bug on level 11 prevents player 2 from moving, so he gets a game over for that level. Player 1 plays level 11 alone and player 2 comes back for level 12. This is a bug in Battletoads itself.
Lobsterzelda improves the previous movie by 11.09 seconds.
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Published on 8/18/2020

Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up known for its graphics and extreme difficulty. The story is that the sexy Dark Queen who wants to rule the universe has kidnapped Princess Angelica and a toad named Pimple. Two other toads, Rash and Zitz, attempt to rescue them and defeat the Dark Queen.
Maybe you thought Battletoads was a game full of amphibians, but it is actually full of bugs. Those beta testers really should have spent a little more time on this game...
In this run, Lobsterzelda improves the previous movie by 4.13 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and recently found tricks. Please read the author's comments for more details.
To see the game broken even further with the use of memory corruption, watch this run.
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Published on 8/25/2020

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.
This is an improvement of 56.28 seconds over the previous movie, mainly thanks to a new trick in Area 12 where if damage is taken from an enemy at the same frame one would normally take damage from a barrier, one'd pass through the barrier, assuming the player's position is correct.
For more swinging goodness, check out these runs of the Game Boy and arcade versions. There is also an "all items" run which completes the optional stages as well.
Using a resync to a more accurate emulator, this run can be seen played back on console.
Published on 1/21/2018
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2.1

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 11/4/2018
Game:
Bonk's Adventure

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.2.2

This run illustrates very well the advantage of using two-player mode. Much faster than the single-player version, Chip and Dale carry each other, throw each other, abuse balloons and zip as they once again go after Fat Cat.
The improvement by dragonxyk comes now with Chip and Dale zipping on each other.
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Published on 6/17/2008

Chip 'n Dale - Rescue Rangers is based on the animated TV series. In this ridiculously easy and straightforward game, the Rangers look for their neighbor's kitty and end up fighting against their old nemesis, Fat Cat.
Aglar improved Genisto's movie by 1.81 seconds, by using different routes and by improving the zip method. You can check out the author's comments to learn more about the improvements.

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Published on 6/6/2011

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is quite an improvement over the original Chip 'n Dale in terms of graphics and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, the original game's solid controls haven't been changed. The plot of this game is that Fat Cat has stolen the Pharaoh's Urn and wants to use its power (for evil purposes, of course).
This run only uses Chip. It's an improvement of 1:19.40 over the previous "1 player" publication, through careful optimization, some new tricks and manipulating the bosses.
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Published on 5/20/2012

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is quite an improvement over the original Chip 'n Dale in terms of graphics and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, the original game's solid controls haven't been changed. The plot of this game is that Fat Cat has stolen the Pharaoh's Urn and wants to use its power (for evil purposes, of course).
fcxiaopengyou & dragonxyk improved the previous run by 58.62 seconds via new glitches, lag reduction, and enemy manipulation. See here for a run with just Chip.
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Published on 4/16/2019

Clash at Demonhead is a complex game to say the least. There are over 40 levels in the game, and they are all connected to each other. In the network of levels, the player must control Billy "Big Bang" Blitz to find 6 medallions and then rescue the kidnapped professor. This is no simple task. To make things even harder for a (tool-assisted) speedrunner, there are items available that greatly increase the player's speed, but in return cost money. This means that the route and strategy must be carefully planned.
This movie certainly does not lack speed or complexity, and is especially entertaining if you have played the game and know how hard it is. In this run, Randil improves the previous movie by over 4 minutes primarily thanks to a new trick that allows you to use the Power Boots for twice as long. As a result, he doesn't need to shop as much, allowing him to forgo the detour to Route 22 in order to exchange his gold for money.

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Published on 7/1/2012

Cocoron is a game for the Famicom released exclusively in Japan in 1991. The game lets the player create customizable characters to play with, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The first half of the game can be played in any order featuring unique entrance and exit sections.
klmz, using three characters he created, completes the game in record time.
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Published on 9/11/2018
Game:
Cocoron

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Darkwing Duck (1992) is a platformer somewhat similar to Mega Man in gameplay and difficulty. The arrow gun allows the player to climb up walls and use creative shortcuts so that the absolute shortest route can be taken. In case you are wondering why the character keeps on jumping so much, it is because he has to wait a short amount of time before being able to walk. With constant jumping these stops can be avoided.
This movie is a joint venture between AnS and Randil to improve the previous run by Walker Boh, resulting in 35.7 seconds saved through means of extensive optimization, luck manipulation and lag removal. We recommend reading the authors' comments for more details.
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Published on 8/24/2007

The city of St. Canard is plagued by an unseen crime wave. The intelligence agency S.H.U.S.H. suspects that the shady organization F.O.W.L. and their valued operative Steelbeak are its causes. The caped superhero Darkwing has made quite some enemies in the criminal circles thanks to his past heroic deeds, and now the entire city has to pay for that. Naturally, the valiant duck is determined to travel through the dangerous streets of St. Canard, defeat his foes, and foil Steelbeak's plans.
Darkwing Duck is a side-scrolling platform game featuring the titular character from the Disney television series. The gameplay is similar to Duck Tales, also resembling Mega Man games in many ways. Darkwing's default weapon is a gas gun; special adapters that modify its functions can be collected during exploration. By using his cape, Darkwing is able to deflect some of the enemy projectiles. Weapons can be changed via a sub-screen.
For a "pacifist" type of completion, this run avoids killing enemies (they might also have dropped health refills, so health management is mandatory), and to offer maximum variety in addition to the any% version, doesn't use the subweapons (yet to save a single enemy's life, a single arrow is used). It offers some fresh action and manipulation on bosses, but can't be done entirely along with pacifist, so feos has to use a single arrow to save a single enemy's life.
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Published on 6/3/2015

The Dizzy series of computer games was one of the most successful computer game brands of the late eighties. They were all based around a central figure, an intelligent egg-like creature called Dizzy.
Dizzy the Adventurer is an enhanced NES port of the sixth game in the series, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, completed fast by the use of creative routes and of course, maximum speed.
There is also a run of the second game in the series, Treasure Island Dizzy.

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Published on 6/30/2007
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
FCEU0.98

Donkey Kong is a classic game that has been challenged plenty of times at this site, by many players. This competitive spirit has made for some "perfect" runs. Yet each time someone manages to squeeze just a bit more out of it.
This latest completion by Phil beats the previous movie by 11 frames by carefully optimizing Jumpman's movement pattern.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

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Published on 9/18/2009
Game:
Donkey Kong

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.1

Set in a post-apocalyptic New York, Double Dragon is the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers trained in the fighting style of Sou-Setsu-Ken. Together, they manage a small martial arts training school, teaching their students in self-defense. One day, Billy's girlfriend, Marian, is kidnapped off the street by the "Black Warriors", a savage street gang led by a man named Willy. The Black Warriors demand the Lee brothers disclose their martial arts secrets in exchange for Marian's freedom. The Lee brothers set out on a rescue mission to crush the Black Warriors and save Marian.
Released on many systems, this game was so popular that they even released it for cellular phones and made a board game. Even a Hollywood movie has been made.
Alyosha improves the previous publication by 7.19 seconds, thanks to a completely different experience route in order to get the elbow attack earlier in Mission 4.

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Published on 9/3/2016

Double Dragon 2 is a beat'em-up game starring Billy (or Bimmy, depending on the game version) and Jimmy Lee in a quest to get revenge on a gang for killing Billy's girlfriend. Their journey starts on city streets, but it eventually goes to a variety of places like a helicopter, a dark forest, a haunted mansion, and a final fight bordering on the supernatural. You must play the hardest difficulty, Supreme Master, in order to reach the true final boss.
One interesting feature of the game is that some very powerful moves can only be used from a crouching position, usually after landing from a jump or getting up from a knockdown. This is why you see the player jump so frequently.
This run by xipo plays the game with only 1 player. It is slower than the two-player run largely because it can't use tricks like the two players hitting each other with flying knees. However, there are still some interesting tricks and strategies in this movie well worth watching.
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Published on 11/11/2013

Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.
This new version by xipo is 18.51 seconds faster than the previous effort by adelikat. Most of the improvement came from better application of glitches.
If you're more a fan of runs where one macho man defeats an entire gang alone, there is also a one-player run available.

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Published on 6/1/2014

Tired of being mocked by the viruses, Dr. Mario switched to his "fast-acting" and "extra strength" medication. The viruses never knew what hit them.
poco_cpp, inari80000 and tas_suki improve the previous TAS by 37.76 seconds, thanks to better virus layouts and improved strategies.
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Published on 10/29/2019

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

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Published on 10/4/2020

Driar is a homebrew game created in 2012 by David Eriksson and Stefen Adolfsson. It is notable for being an homage to classic NES games with no modern influences whatsoever. No score, no save points, no passwords, no timers, no plot, no hub-world; just a series of single screen levels for you to carefully complete, in order, or until your 10 lives are used up.
In this run, MESHUGGAH moves the eponymous dinosaur through all 38 levels and beats the game in record time.

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Published on 3/19/2013
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

Duck Tales is a classic game in which Scrooge has to collect treasures from all over the world. Some of the levels are not completely straightforward, and collecting items is sometimes necessary before proceeding. His cane also doubles as an almighty pogo stick that can be used in various ways, which makes jumping a lot more fun.
This is the sixth TAS of Duck Tales. Minor improvements and refined strategies here and there contributed around an additional half second of improvement.
This is a 0.58 second improvement over the previous movie due to general optimizations including lag reduction and subpixel optimization.
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Published on 8/15/2013
Game:
DuckTales

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

Scrooge McDuck is advanced in years, he travels around the lake with Niagara on one side and Scotland on another, and beats money out of half-transparent bosses. He hides in the sand and rides the vertex, gets lightning strikes and beats liquid D-1000 robot with his little toe. He also jumps on his pogo stick like he has dementia. Or maybe all that is just a fancy of his senile mind?
The authors, feos and MESHUGGAH, complete the game 3.66 seconds faster than the previous movie by adelikat by minimizing lag, general optimization and some new tricks.
This movie does not get the best (100%) ending, but also does not get the worst (no money).
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Published on 7/19/2013

EarthBound Beginnings is the first game in the Mother/EarthBound series, known simply as Mother in Japan. It was localized for a 1990 US release, but wasn't released outside Japan until 2015. During that time, the original localized title, "EarthBound", was used for the English release of Mother 2.
Long referred to as "EarthBound Zero" by fans, the game was finally given an official title for its Wii U eShop release.
This movie is done on the US prototype, which does not have the "bread crumbs" glitch used in our other movie of the game. It does, however, have a run button, which means this movie may seem faster at times, even though it's a lot longer.

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Published on 6/17/2009

This is the Japanese version of EarthBound Beginnings (also known as Mother). As the first version of the game, it has a number of useful glitches. This run abuses the way the game handles the "Bread crumbs" item to warp off the edge of reality and casually walk straight into the final boss's lair 7.93 seconds faster than the previous run.
We also have a more normal run of the localized version, which doesn't include this glitch.

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Published on 7/8/2019

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

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Published on 8/31/2009

Fantasy Zone is a short, colorful arcade port which somewhat uniquely is a shooter that does not autoscroll! Since there are no levels to scroll through, the boss battles start when eight of the enemy bases have been destroyed.
In this run, The8bitbeast saved 9.35 seconds over the previous movie by using different weapons and optimizing the shopping portions of the game. The submission notes explain the improvements in greater detail.

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Published on 3/5/2020
Game:
Fantasy Zone

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.3.2

Fester's Quest, developed by Sunsoft, is based on the 1960s television series The Addams Family. While out one night enjoying a quiet evening of "moonbathing", Fester witnesses an alien invasion occur against the city. Armed with his blunderbuss, Fester vows to stop this invasion by finding and defeating the 5 alien bosses (hidden in office buildings) before tracking down the UFO.
In ars4326's run, Uncle Fester briskly paces through the game's overworld and sewers, picking up a few sub-weapons from fellow Addams Family members along the way. Doing so allows quick destruction of the alien bosses guarding the clues to the UFO's whereabouts (as well as the final boss).
A time-saving glitch allowing instant wins on all of the game's bosses was forewent also, due to the author's preference not to use it.

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Published on 9/9/2015

The world is veiled in darkness. Winds don't blow, the seas are stormy, and the earth rots. All people can hope for is that the ancient prophecy will be finally fulfilled. "When the world is veiled in darkness, four warriors will come..." And indeed, they come - the four characters you have previously chosen. Their first quest is to free a princess from the evil knight Garland, and then the real journey begins.
... or that was the intention, anyway. Instead, the heroes walk up and down a castle staircase 32 times in a row and the universe, mysteriously satisfied with their short journey, ends the game. The authors of this TAS improve on the predecessor movie by a whopping 5:21.77 minutes by avoiding the need for a boss fight entirely.

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Published on 6/8/2021

Galf is a homebrew NES title from 2017. It originated as a mini-game featured in Golf Story for Nintendo Switch, where the player can play a retro style golf game. A limited release of Galf for NES was released by Limited Run Games, around the same time Golf Story had a physical release.
The game has 9 holes in total, with one of those holes being exclusive to the NES version. The Gameplay is similar to NES Golf with the only different being no view of the golfer themself.
Watch as Wipeoutjack7 soars through each course in record time!

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Published on 5/2/2021
Game:
Galf

Genres:
Sport
Unofficial game
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-2.5.2

Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) begins with a normal scene: a half-naked knight is on a date in a graveyard with a princess. Suddenly, a demon appears and abducts the princess! The knight quickly suits up and makes rapid progres (sic) through the demon world in an attempt to rescue his royal girlfriend.
DreamYao manages to improve the previous run by 3.1 seconds, thanks to better optimization.
In Japan, this game is known as 魔界村 (Makaimura or "Demon World Village").

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Published on 6/11/2021
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

A short Japanese game about a small green toy who can summon stars to help him defeat monsters and to use them as platforms to reach high places and travel fast.
In this movie, the authors collect all of the items to enter the secret 7th level after the boss at the end of the 6th level, and do so 2 minutes and 15 seconds faster than the previous movie.
The game cartridge of Gimmick! contains a special microchip, FME7, which extends the number of sound channels in the game from 5 to 8, creating a more melodic soundtrack than in most other NES games.
This movie has an Atlas Map encode of Level 6, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.
If you like this, be sure to check out the other run of this game, which skips the secret items.

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Published on 6/12/2010

Gimmick! (1992) is another gem from Sunsoft, the company that brought us Ufouria and Journey to Silius. It was only released in Japan and Scandinavian countries, but eventually achieved something of a cult status thanks to its refined gameplay, as well as exceptional music and graphic design.
The plot follows a green toy on a quest to rescue a little girl from the clutch of other toys, who were rightfully upset at her forsaking them in favor of our protagonist. What these other toys can't do, however, is conjure stars to use them both as projectiles and very effective transportation devices!
This venture between Aglar, Hotarubi and Samsara improves the previous movie by 46.87 seconds thanks to a new zipping glitch that skips most of Stage 5 and a new clip that skips most of Stage 6. This run doesn't collect the special items required to access the 7th level, and thus gets a bad ending. However, we have another run that attains the best ending for your viewing pleasure!
This run has been console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (3.5 ms timing window).
Published on 7/6/2016

In this run, adelikat picks up maximum speed upgrades and has fun with perfect reflexes, much like the previous movie. That is certainly something nice to do, because the game scrolls automatically and the player cannot affect the speed. However, the point of this movie is not just to beat this game as fast as possible, but rather to do all kinds of unpredictable and awe-inspiring things rarely seen in any TAS — without losing time. See for yourself.
This is probably one of the best illustrations on how to create art out of a simplistic and otherwise uninteresting game to watch.
What is also different about this movie is an extra warp which significantly shortens the game, and the use of a new tool (input macro) as described in the submission text. Bots are occasionally used to generate pseudorandom input while still avoiding death.
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Published on 11/2/2006

Hammerin' Harry is a pretty simple platformer. Armed with a big hammer, you make your way through 5 levels, and the first 3 levels have bonus levels as well. At the end of each level there is a boss, and in some levels, there are also mini-bosses. In short, this game is a "normal" platformer, you won't have a hard time figuring out what's going on.
Bloopiero improves on the previous movie by 12.91 thanks to many new tricks and skips, boss fights done in half the time, and major lag reduction.

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Published on 3/14/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.3.2

Notable for once being one of the hardest Super Mario Bros. hacks ever made, Hard Relay Mario (2004) is more like a puzzle game with its cryptic and difficult level layouts.
In this run, made over the course of two and a half years, watch as HappyLee abuses the game engine to its fullest, finishing the game in the time it would normally take to get past the first few obstacles.
To see the game as it was meant to be played, you can also watch HappyLee beat the original game in his "warps" and "warpless" runs.
Note: Due to how similar Air 2 is to this game, this game obsoletes it as it is overall more entertaining to watch.
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Published on 7/1/2014
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

Hokuto no Ken 3: Shinseiki Souzou: Seiken Retsuden (北斗の拳3 新世紀創造 凄拳列伝) is the third Hokuto no Ken game released by Toei for the Famicom. Unlike previous installments, which are beat-em-ups, it is an RPG which focuses on the beginning of the manga up until the Asura arc.
AmaizumiUni, however, skips basically all of the story by exploiting a glitch.

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Published on 11/6/2021

Hydlide is an old and somewhat notorious game, mostly because it has very strange gameplay mechanics. For the first part of the game, walking consumes health, and the character must stop every now and then to regain it.
This is one of the few games (the only one?) where the level grinding sequences are actually entertaining, while the boss fights aren't. Hitting a boss decreases your own health as well as the boss's, after which there is much waiting for more health until you can hit him again.
This is an improvement of 3:54.79 over the previous TAS, due to overall better levelling strategy and route planning.
There is also a submitted TAS that uses codes and removes the need to level grind or wait for health.
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Published on 10/11/2014
Game:
Hydlide

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

In Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road, a mysterious storm appears and Paul and Vince are hurtled thousands of years into the future. They are met by an alien creature who says that the villain Zang Zip has taken over the land.
ktwo improves the previous record by 0.69 seconds.

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Published on 11/18/2020

A boy named Satoshi suffers from a unique type of color blindness — he can only see in black and white. However, he also has a special ability to turn solid objects intangible and vice versa! But despite the amazing power he holds, Satoshi only wants to see like a normal boy. He seeks out an answer to his vision problem in a mystical manor called the Denine Devil Mansion, where he meets a scientist who offers him a game. If Satoshi wins, he might gain the ability to see in color. With that goal in mind, Satoshi accepts the offer and begins the Inversion game.
In each level, Satoshi must collect all of the keys to open the door to the next map. He can use his special ability to change the solidity of all objects in the level and reveal solutions to the game's many puzzles. Springs, moving platforms, vertical conveyor belts and levers can also be used to his advantage.
In this run, MESHUGGAH & jhztfs use a few tricks and a lot of precise movement to help Satoshi beat the game in record time. This run is 5.94 seconds faster than the previous version by MESHUGGAH.

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Published on 7/27/2016
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Inversion is a homebrew game created by Lucas "Dizzy9" Kur. The goal of the game is to collect all of the keys from each map to open a door leading to the next level. The game also features a more challenging level set called the "Extra World", accessible by entering a password.
Here, MESHUGGAH and jhztfs play through the Extra World, using a few tricks and glitches as well as precision to beat this mode as quickly as possible. This run is faster than MESHUGGAH's previous version by 1.43 second.
We also have a run of Inversion's main mode.

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Published on 7/27/2016
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

The valiant knight Kuros, who has now grown eyeballs on the outside of his helmet, must again fight off the evil wizard Malkil. This task is accomplished mainly by finding an artifact in every level, giving it to a corresponding oversized animal to get into the level boss' lair, and promptly beating him up with a level-specific attack spell. However, this run manages to use a glitch to keep the attack spell for several levels instead of losing it at the level's end.
This is an improvement of 1 minute and 14.41 seconds over the previous TAS, thanks to much better optimization. The final boss fight was especially improved thanks to a frame war between several of the authors.
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Published on 2/1/2015

A fast-paced action platformer from Sunsoft with similarities to both Mega Man and Blaster Master. What could go wrong with a mix like that?
This movie shaves a cool 39.85 seconds of input time over the previously published run.

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Published on 4/24/2017
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

In this game, also known as The NewZealand Story, you control a kiwi bird and rescue other kiwi birds trapped within the level. There are numerous warps, used to cut this game many minutes short of its expected completion time.
The ceiling and wall physics are very similar to Bubble Bobble, which means some of them can be passed through when you wouldn't expect it. In addition to this, there is a glitch that sends you through the floor, saving a lot of time in the final stages.

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Published on 4/18/2021

Put on a lizard and go for an adventure!
Choose your lizard carefully. You can find six different ones scattered across the land, each with its own special ability.
You'll need these abilities as you make your difficult journey through many dangerous places. Carefully hop your way to the top of an active volcano. Surf down a surging river. Swim an underwater lake. Ascend a snowy mountaintop. What kind of strange creatures will you meet? Can you unravel the mysteries of Lizard?
juef improves his previous TAS by 35.84 seconds, thanks to a new route.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

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Published on 2/10/2019
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Marble Madness is an isometric game similar in its style to Snake Rattle 'n Roll. The objective in these two games is quite different, though. In this game, the player must roll a marble from one point to another. This is, of course, not as easy as it sounds, and certainly not as easy as it looks in this movie.
This run is 0.94 seconds faster than the previous record.
A second encode is available using a camera hack to focus on the marble, which subtly alters the gameplay.

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Published on 12/7/2020

Mario's Time Machine! is an NES game developed by Radical Entertainment and published by The Software Toolworks in 1994. In it, Mario has to retrieve the items stolen by Bowser and restore them to the respective time periods and save Yoshi.
EZGames69 saves Yoshi in record time.

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Published on 8/8/2021
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Mega Man is the first game in the famous series that now comprises games on many different systems as well as several television shows and comic books.
While the other run of this game uses lots of tricks to reach the ending impressively quickly, pirohiko and FinalFighter decided it just wasn't fast enough. In this run, they manipulate an object to appear which allows them to execute arbitrary code and warp to the credits, all using only controller input. For an advanced explanation of how it works, check out the submission text.
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Published on 5/21/2014

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

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Published on 10/28/2019

Mega Man 3 (USAのロックマン3) is the first game in the Mega Man / Rockman series to introduce sliding (though the ability to charge the Mega Buster would have to wait until game 4). It also introduced Rush the robotic dog, who provides the abilities of Rush Coil, Rush Marine, and Rush Jet. Furthermore, after you beat the 8 robot masters, the game makes you revisit modified versions of four stages to fight the Doc Robots, who imitate the robot masters from Mega Man 2. This set a precedent in the Mega Man series to have additional stages between the main robot masters and Dr. Wily's fortress.
This run completes the game about 20.61 seconds faster than the previous movie thanks to a new route, more glitches, and better optimization.
This run was console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (with a window mode of 3.5 ms).
Published on 8/7/2013

Metal Force is an unlicensed game developed by Open Corp. (who also made Buzz and Waldog) and released in 1994 in South Korea. It is of surprisingly solid quality for an unlicensed title. It controls similarly to classic Mega Man games, except you have two different weapons which you can switch between and upgrade by collecting powerups from enemies. Aside from that, it is a linear adventure comprised of 7 missions, with a boss battle at the end of each. The stages of each mission are quite expansive and packed with enemies and obstacles.
This game was run as part of TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 5, and this TAS was built on a combination of multiple submissions of said contest - hence the high number of authors.
In this TAS, the authors make expansive use of the weapons and the various boosts in order to beat the game in 13 minutes and 9.6 seconds.
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Published on 2/23/2015

This is a full completion of Metroid, meaning that all items (100%) were collected.
This is a 8 minute 16 second improvement over the previous movie by Zoizite. Much of the improvement comes from using the Up+A restart sequence, though many new shortcuts and optimizations also save time.
This movie has now been console verified. Watch this run being played on a real NES console.
Published on 7/5/2009

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

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

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Published on 1/19/2010

Metroid completed as fast as possible without holding back, and without concern for the game's sanity.
The8bitbeast improves the previous publication by 21.94 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and new tricks. Please read the author's comments for more details.
The run uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on the second controller) to save time in backtracking.
See Metroid Tricks for more information about the door glitch as well as other tips and tricks.
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Published on 4/2/2018

At first glance, Mickey Mousecapade may seem like a simple game. However, it's actually fairly challenging. You guide Mickey and Minnie through five levels, presumably to save Alice from the Alice in Wonderland stories. (The plot doesn't get much explanation.)
This movie by Alyosha improves the previous run by 6.37 seconds, largely due to route changes in Stages 1 and 5.

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Published on 11/5/2015
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Mighty Final Fight is modeled after its arcade cousin Final Fight but features more cartoon-like graphics and lacks multiplayer.
This time, Guy takes on the many enemies that plague Metro City. In addition, he doesn't take any damage, nor does he die. This TAS improves the previous publication that used Haggar by 1 minute and 0.47 seconds.
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Published on 10/26/2017
Emulator Version:
FCEUX2.2.3

The objective is not to beat your opponent... but to humiliate him by winning as fast as possible.
Clock Times:
 Glass Joe       0:42.00    Von Kaiser      0:35.61
 Piston Honda    0:36.97
 
 Don Flamenco    0:14.97    King Hippo      0:37.61
 Great Tiger     0:47.48    Bald Bull       0:52.82
 
 Piston Honda II 0:39.97    Soda Popinski   0:43.48
 Bald Bull II    1:08.48    Don Flamenco II 0:58.00
 Mr. Sandman     2:16.48    Super Macho Man 0:43.25
 
 Mike Tyson      1:58.61
This movie, the 8th publication for this game, improves three fights, totaling a 3.77 second clock time improvement and 97 frames of real time improvement.
No clock stopping glitch in this run, though we have a submission that does exploit this glitch.
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Published on 7/5/2020

While the CPUs were distracted, FractalFusion changed the dice on them and then left the board for a few minutes. When he came back, all the CPUs were crying. The fraud squad is still investigating.
This movie aims to defeat 4 CPU controlled players, ceasing to press buttons on the controller after as little time as possible. Luck is manipulated for the first 1:08, and then the CPUs are left to lose by themselves without requiring any further actions by the player.

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Published on 11/21/2006
Game:
Monopoly

Genres:
Board
Emulator Version:
FCEU0.98

This movie aims for the fastest time to get the CPU player bankrupt, and abuses luck to its fullest to make that happen. adelikat utilizes trades, a glitch, and a new innovation he discovered to bankrupt the CPU. This is the first Monopoly submission that does not depend on "stacking the deck" on the community chest or chance cards.
From power-on to bankruptcy, this movie is 12.74 seconds faster than the previous record. It is also 27 frames faster in terms of input.

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Published on 1/31/2020
Game:
Monopoly

Genres:
Board
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.3.2

Multidude is a homebrew puzzle game released on NES in 2014. There are 20 levels in this game. The goal in each level is to control and take each robot to an activated exit that hasn't been occupied by other robots.

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Published on 7/19/2020
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Nightshade's story begins with the murder of Metro City's hero, Vortex, at the hands of the crime lord Sutekh. Filling the need for a new superhero is Nightshade — a guy in a trench coat! Guide Nightshade through Metro City as he builds popularity and fights rats, gentlemen, female ninjas, and most importantly museum statues.
This run by MESHUGGAH speeds through the game as fast as Nightshade is able to, ignoring lesser goals such as finding the museum items, saving a kitten, or checking out the women's dressing room. It is 22.31 seconds faster than the previous version by Maximus.

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Published on 11/4/2013
Game:
Nightshade

Genres:
Adventure
Fighting
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

"It was the best dinner ever!"
Nim & Nom is an NES homebrew game released in 2018, about lizards with an eating disorder. In this run, kaizoman666 goes through the game's 2-player co-op mode.

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Published on 3/15/2019
Tags:
2 Players
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.2.2

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

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

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos story takes place one year later after the first title. Watch as Ryu defies the laws of physics by climbing through walls.
This movie is a 10 frame improvement of its predecessor from better optimizations of the stage 2 boss and the 2nd phase of the final boss.

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Published on 5/12/2021

The least-subtle ninja in history is back for a third entry in one of the hardest video game series ever.
Here, Rum improves upon Scumtron's previous movie by 2.09 seconds through better optimization.
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Published on 1/5/2014

North & South is a humorous, cartoony kind of game about an incredibly bloody war. In it, you move army units around on a board until you approach your opponent, at which point a battle occurs.
This team effort improves the predecessor movie by MESHUGGAH alone by 16.37 seconds.

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Published on 12/24/2017
Game:
North & South

Genres:
Action
Strategy
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Nuts & Milk is a platform game deriving influences from a number of famous Nintendo games, including Kirby (puffy pink blob as a protagonist), Mario Bros. (green and red fireballs), Donkey Kong Jr. (spring platforms, jumping from ladder to ladder and fruits) and Wrecking Crew (barrels).
This improvement of 15.22 seconds over the previous published movie collects all the fruit in all stages, including the bonus round (the latter of which triggers the 'PERFECT' ending).

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Published on 6/10/2011

This is the NES version of the first game in the popular Prince of Persia series. The hero must escape out of the palace dungeons in order to defeat Jaffar and save the princess from certain death.
Challenger saved 10.13 seconds over the previous run via better movement, some faster fights, and a trick that allows the hero to start moving more quickly after obtaining the sword. The detailed list of improvements is in the submission notes.
We also have runs of the SNES, Genesis, Sega CD, and TurboGrafx-CD ports, as well as a run that just completes the SNES training levels.

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Published on 4/10/2020
Game:
Prince of Persia

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2.1

Pwn Adventure Z is a Zelda-like game featuring zombies, originally created for a "capture the flag" hacking competition. As such, it contains various intentional glitches and intentionally unfixed glitches that can be exploited for a fast completion.
This movie ignores all the intended glitches in favor of using save corruption to go out of bounds and defeat a duplicate copy of the final boss, thus skipping basically all the intended and intentionally-glitched gameplay of the game.
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Published on 2/9/2016

R.B.I. Baseball is a baseball video game developed by Namco and published by Tengen. It was the first game to feature the names of real baseball players from the 1986 and 1987 seasons, adding a dimension of strategy if you knew the sport and the players' strengths and weaknesses.
This playaround by adelikat shows off ridiculous plays, bizarre glitches, and other wild antics.
You can see this played on a real NES by clicking here.
Published on 5/31/2008
Game:
R.B.I. Baseball

Genres:
Sport
Emulator Version:
FCEU 0.98.16

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

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

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Published on 5/15/2015
Game:
Rad Racer

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

A terrorist group have overrun an embassy in Paris. The player takes control of a six-man GIGN team on a mission to free the hostages. In the first part of the game, you have to bring three men into position so they can snipe the building. The second part involves entering the building with the other three men to kill the terrorists and rescue the hostages.
The author, xipo, improves on the previous movie by 18.2 18.20 seconds.

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Published on 12/9/2019

Road fighter is racing game. Oddly enough, there are no explicit opponents, even if initially it may seem so.
In this run, mtvf1 destroys as many other vehicles as possbile, racking up quite an amount of destruction.
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Published on 1/1/2013
Game:
Road Fighter

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.5

In this game, two jovial brightly-colored soldiers infiltrate enemy forces. Everyone here runs around menacingly, and bullets are a bit slower than a housecat.
This run saves 20 frames over the previous one by stepping on a mine with the second player in the final stage.
Note: The name of this game is Rush’n Attack. The 'n does not stand alone as a contraction of and, unlike Ghosts ’n Goblins. Given the theme of the game, the pun on “Russian Attack” is quite obvious.
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Published on 9/28/2019
Game:
Rush'n Attack

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Rygar is an action game involving a hero with a shield as a weapon. Normally, the hero must obtain items, such as a grappling hook, to be able to explore the world of Garloz, and he must also defeat five bosses to gain access to the final area. However, these requirements can be circumvented with glitches. Indeed, this run kills no bosses except the final boss and does very little leveling.
In contrast to the any% run and the warpless run, which use the European version of Rygar, this movie uses the American version. The two ROM versions have some different glitches. For more details about the ROM choice, as well as some background explaining what in the world is going on here, see the movie comments as well as our Rygar tricks page.

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Published on 7/28/2010

Published on 3/27/2021
Game:
Saiyuuki World

Genres:
Adventure
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Sesame Street's Count von Count stars in this educational game where the point is to learn how to identify numbers. You can choose to either hop or run across the levels trying to collect as many examples of the number of the day required for that particular level. The number of the day is selected randomly by a spinning number wheel.
TASeditor hops around to get to the ending in 3 minutes and 8.57 seconds. 3 minutes. Ah, ah, ah.
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Published on 11/20/2015
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Silver Surfer is a shoot 'em up released in 1990. You take control of the Silver Surfer across various levels that alternate between a side-scrolling and an overhead perspective.
The game is infamous for its legendary difficulty. The Silver Surfer has an enormous hitbox and can only take one hit, and there are many enemies cluttering each of the levels. To make matters worse, touching any wall, no matter how softly, results in instant death.
Despite this, Skaad and HardCoreMangeur ride through the game without harming a single enemy (except for the bosses, which are destroyed to be able to progress). Listen for the great music by the Follin brothers!

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Published on 11/4/2012
Game:
Silver Surfer

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.4

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

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

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Published on 2/12/2014

Solitaire is a family of single-player card games. The particular form featured on the NES is called Klondike, and you can find it distributed with many desktop operating systems, such as Windows.
This run improves the previous one by completing 34 frames sooner.
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Published on 6/13/2021
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.6.1

Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos (1990) follows a wizard called Shadax on his quest to retrieve the eponymous staff in order to save a princess from being unjustly incarcerated. The game is essentially a huge isometric labyrinth filled with devious traps and oddball creatures to ensure especially frustrating peril in the absence of any kind of map to help the player. (Well, at least it was like that before the Internet era, but make no mistake: the game isn't by any means easy nowadays, either.) One of the most memorable aspects of the game is its jazzy musical theme filled with deep bass notes uncommon for the NES.
This movie is 1.18 seconds faster than its predecessor, thanks to better optimization and some new strategies.
We also have a 100% Solstice run.

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Published on 2/4/2013

Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos (1990) follows a wizard called Shadax on his quest to retrieve the eponymous staff in order to save a princess from being unjustly incarcerated. The game is essentially a huge isometric labyrinth filled with devious traps and oddball creatures to ensure especially frustrating peril in the absence of any kind of map to help the player. (Well, at least it was like that before the Internet era, but make no mistake: the game isn't by any means easy nowadays, either.) One of the most memorable aspects of the game is its jazzy musical theme filled with deep bass notes uncommon for the NES.
This is a 100% completion run of Solstice. Getting 100% means visiting every room and picking up all of the items. We also have an any% Solstice run.

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Published on 5/29/2013

The Sinister Six have rejoined in hopes of ruling the world (as usual), but Spider-Man has a lot of errands to do, so he decides to beat all of them in record time.
The mechanics of this game make it difficult to make a fast TAS. If Spider-Man stays in the air too long after a jump, he'll drop straight down, and his web-slinging is easily stopped by enemy projectiles. Despite these obstacles, mmbossman manages to improve the previous movie by over 35 seconds thanks to improved speed management and more efficient boss fights.
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Published on 8/24/2008

This is Super Bat Puncher. You take control of Captain Roast of the Bat Excommunication and Eradication Force (or BEEF), who travels to Planet BAT to punch some bats. You get a boxing glove for that which can also be used to boost yourself off of walls, inviting various speed tricks. You also get a little bird companion called Sir Loin who can be controlled by the second player. He's used occasionally in order to manipulate bats or kill out of the way enemies. Further details are outlined in the author's comments.
Super Bat Puncher is a homebrew game for the NES by Morphcat, with music composed by Dave Harris. This TAS aims to complete two loops of the demo version of the game, using a bonus item that can only be obtained after the game has been completed once.

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Published on 6/8/2018
Tags:
2 Players
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.1.0

Super Donkey Kong 2 is a pirated Famicom port of the SNES game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest published by NT in 1997.
The controls, graphics, and audio are similar to the SNES game, but downgraded to suit the NES hardware. The player can only control Diddy Kong alone, and due to the lack of Dixie Kong, a single hit from an enemy will result in death, much like in Super Donkey Kong '99. Several things from DKC2 are present in the game, including banana coins, crates, the K-O-N-G letters and the goal target at the end of the level which is also accompanied by Diddy's victory dance. Notably, there are only three levels in this game.
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Published on 12/19/2019
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.3.2

Here at TASVideos we make perfect movies... and then we beat them again — this time by 1 frame, which, considering the fiercely competitive history of this run, is actually significant.
And if watching this TAS on an emulator isn't satisfying enough, why not see it played back on a real console!
Note: Using RTA timing, this run clocks in at 4:54.03.
Published on 1/6/2011

Bowser has kidnapped the princess (again) and Mario must save the day. But this time through, he takes a stroll. Nothing bothers Mario as he walks through all the stages, sometimes backwards, on his way to save the princess.
This movie demonstrates that it's possible to complete every single stage without pressing the B button. Having been bothered by the lack of running and shooting in this game, the ending outright asks the player to press B.
This movie also improves the previous one by 9.31 seconds through new strategies and better optimization.
The authors have provided a comparison encode, which is available for download at Archive.org, and as a YouTube stream.
This run can be played back on a real NES console, watch that here!
Published on 8/25/2014

Once again, Bowser has kidnapped Peach, but this time Mario isn't trying to rescue her quite as urgently. Fed up with getting no reward for his endeavors beyond cake, Mario takes a leaf out of Wario's book and decides that while rescuing Peach, he might as well make as much money as he can.
In this movie, the aim is to complete the game while collecting as many coins as possible without dying, doing so as fast as possible. In fact, Mario collects 1431 coins in total, which is rather surprising as there are only 1225 distinct coins in the game!
If you enjoyed this TAS, be sure to check out this movie, in which Mario completes the game without pressing the B button.
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Published on 10/8/2015

This movie is a full warpless run-through by HappyLee and Mars608.
It is a 0.69 second improvement over the previous movie by MrWint by the time Mario touches the final goal on Stage 8-4. Most of the improvement comes from faster Stage 5-1 involving a Bullet Bill and faster Stage 6-2 involving a vine. For detailed information, you can read the authors' comments.
This movie has been replayed on an NES console. Watch the video of it here.
Published on 6/16/2018
Game:
Super Mario Bros.

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

Bowser has kidnapped Peach again, but this time, Mario's hoarding tendencies are kicking in. He's grabbing all of the items in the kingdom, even when he doesn't really need them.
In this movie, the aim is to complete the game while collecting every possible item without dying, doing so as fast as possible.
DaSmileKat manages to improve on the previous movie by 1.38 seconds through careful optimization of almost every level.

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Published on 10/25/2020

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

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

Published on 1/21/2011

Published on 3/1/2011

The concept for this run originated long ago because Princess was the only character not used in the normal run aiming for fastest overall time. (In fact, Princess is the only character not used in the fastest warpless run either.)
This movie improves the previous publication by 2.94 seconds, manly due to heavier optimization.

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Published on 2/23/2018

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

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

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


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

Ever since Morimoto published his legendary movie in mid-2003, the players at TASVideos have repeatedly made it faster and faster and even faster! Of course, there doesn't ever seem to be a stop for when it is fastest.
This movie is 0.59 seconds faster than the previous movie. Most of the improvement comes from Bowser's Castle, where the authors didn't have to lose time in order to get a favourable Bowser pattern. For more details, see the run's comments.
You can see this run played on an NES right here.

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

Super Mario Bros 3 is a very famous game for the NES. There are normally two main ways to beat it: the quick way using warp whistles to skip worlds, and the longer way which goes through all the worlds.
This run improves on the previous movie by 6 frames via exploiting a different bug in which very rapid input overwhelms the game's controller read routines, allowing the game to be completed directly from anywhere (in this case, the title screen). This was done on the Japanese version this time, which has certain functions in slightly different places in memory, allowing for an even faster completion.. Please read the author's comments for more details.
Published on 12/27/2021

While decidedly not the same game, the Super Mario Bros. games on the NES are similar enough in game mechanics and controls that all four of them can be played at once with the same input.
This second version of the quad-run utilizes the credits glitch found in the newest Super Mario Bros. 3 run. As such, the focus is now on finishing Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels as fast as possible, allowing Super Mario Bros. 3 to entertain while waiting for the other three games to progress. The run also features an ending that may surprise you.
If you like this movie, you may want to check out some other movies in which multiple games are played simultaneously with one controller.
This movie has been played back and verified on console during SGDQ 2016.
Published on 7/11/2014

U.S. Championship V'Ball, renamed Super Spike V'Ball for its NES conversion, is a lesser-known coin-op. It challenges players to bump, set, and spike their way to a beach volleyball championship. Teams of two travel the USA and the world, visiting venues like Chicago, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Australia. This game can be played by 1-4 players simultaneously, although on the NES a Satellite or Four Score device (and extra controllers) are required for three or four players.
In this run, DrD2k9 beats the hardest game mode, The World Cup Tournament, using 2 players at the same time.

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Published on 3/3/2018

Sweet Home is a survival horror RPG developed by Capcom for the Famicom. It is based on the Japanese horror film of the same name. The game is sometimes perceived as the original survival horror game, and was a prototype of the Resident Evil series.
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Published on 4/1/2013
Game:
Sweet Home

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Created by a Japanese comedian who hated video games, this game was meant to be near impossible to complete. Rumor has it that at one point the player must leave the controller untouched for 1 hour and fight a "final boss" with over a million hit-points. Although this isn't true, the game makes no sense, which is why it is so hard to beat.
The authors, illayaya and EZGames69, instead complete the game in a mere 4 minutes by simply walking off the edge of existence and magically ending at the final treasure room.
This movie is 2 frames faster than the previous record.
If you want to see more of the game, we also have a run that forgoes the warp glitch.
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Published on 10/15/2018

Tengen Tetris is a version of Tetris made by Atari, which pretty much follows the basic formula of stacking tetrominoes and completing lines. Even the theme music has a similar feel to the more familiar NES Tetris game by Nintendo.
This movie plays through just the final level, level 17, and clocks in at over one line per second. Notably, luck manipulation does not work the same way in this game as in other versions of Tetris, leading to quite different strategies.
Spikestuff improve the predecessor movie by 5.54 seconds.
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Published on 3/9/2020

Tengen Tetris is a version of Tetris made by Atari, which pretty much follows the basic formula of stacking tetrominoes and completing lines. One difference, however, is a Cooperative mode that allows two players to play on the same board simultaneously. The board is 12 tiles wide in this mode, rather than the usual 10 tiles.
In this run, the author controls both players and completes just the final level, level 17, as quickly as possible.
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Published on 4/14/2020
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.4

To the average player, Tetris is a fast-paced action/puzzle blend where reflexes become a huge factor as pieces pile up and speed increases dramatically. For one with perfect reflexes, however, it's no longer a challenge of 'where does the next piece go to make lines / avoid piling up?' so much as 'where can I put the next piece to make things look the most interesting?'.
This run exemplifies that philosophy, exploiting the ability to manipulate the next piece that appears to the fullest in the service of creating a pattern which would be nigh impossible to duplicate in real world conditions.
If you thought that TASing was only about speed, look no further than this example to prove otherwise.
Published on 4/9/2010

This movie aims for the fastest possible time to get a score of 999999 in this game. A surprising 17.53 seconds have been shaved off the previous movie through the discovery of a new glitch.
It warps directly to the 18th level and fills half of the field quickly to be able to operate short distances in the top part of the field. From there on, it only gets Tetrises (4-line clearings) until the score is maxed out.
A glitch involving pressing several directional buttons at once is used to manipulate luck for the next pieces. Flickering of the next piece block and piece in play results. Of course, the fun doesn't stop there, the L blocks also have their say in getting Tetrises.
For the record, this is the fastest speed the NES game is capable of. For more extreme Tetris fun, please see movies from Arika Online.
There's some really awesome stuff there. (Click to download - 14 MB)
Published on 8/9/2010

This movie completes the B-mode of Tetris at level 19-5. Its goal is to clear all blocks from the screen upon the final line cleared (known as a "Bravo" in some games). And of course it aims to do this as fast as possible.
This run is 1.89 seconds faster than its predecessor.
See this movie played back on a real NES right here.
Published on 6/14/2020
Game:
Tetris

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 2.4.1

The Adventures of Captain Comic is an unlicensed port of an MS-DOS game to the NES. It was created by Color Dreams, a company famous for bypassing the NES' lockout chip and producing poor quality unlicensed games. The story is that galactic hero Captain Comic must recover three treasures which have been stolen away and hidden on the remote planet of Tambi.
The author, Jules, picks up all three treasures and completes the game in only seven and a half minutes. This run is 32 frames faster than the previous run of this game by Randil.

A TAS of the original DOS version of this game can be found here.

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Published on 2/11/2016

Based on the popular Where's Waldo? series of books, the player's goal is to find both Waldo and a scroll to complete the stage before time runs out.
MESHUGGAH improves the previous movie by 0.56 seconds using better RNG manipulation and ending input earlier.

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Published on 2/21/2015
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

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.
This movie is 4 minutes and 13.6 seconds faster than the previous movie by Sleepz. The authors provide detailed explanations of the time savings in their submission text.
You can watch this run played back on a real NES console.
Published on 10/16/2008

The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説) is an adventure game that needs no introduction to most NES players.
This time, Link is not just satisfied with collecting the Triforce and saving the princess; he feels like getting through Hyrule with a lot of shiny artifacts and weapons, even if he never uses them after getting them. In this run, the player collects the best version of every object and status upgrade, including all the heart containers, every inventory item, the best sword, and both bomb upgrades. Link even buys the Bait an extra time more than required, so that the bait remains in his inventory at the end of the game. For more details about what constitutes a 100% run, see the submission comments.
We also have other runs for The Legend of Zelda: an any% run through the first quest, a 'swordless' first-quest run, and an any% run through the second quest.
Published on 1/5/2014

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

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

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

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

In this The Legend of Zelda hack, Link must save Hyrule (again), reclaiming the Triforce of Power from Thunderbird. Baxter does it masterfully, exploiting glitches from the original game to get the job done quickly. This movie completes both quests.

If you'd like to see a movie of the original unhacked The Legend of Zelda, we have that too, as well as a movie of the second quest and swordless challenge.
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Published on 7/4/2009

The Little Mermaid is a simple game based on the movie of the same name. You control the mermaid Ariel as she swims through several stages and beats up bosses by tossing fish encapsulated in bubbles.
In this run, Jigwally, improves upon the previous movie by 3.74 seconds.

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Published on 12/28/2018

Bart Simpson has discovered that mutants have a machine to enter ingredients which will allow them to conquer the Earth. Bart goes in search of these ingredients to hide them or to take them, avoiding disaster. His adventure will take him across an amusement park, the shopping mall, and the museum, to name a few.
This is a very hard game. Its controls are very poor, and the collision detection is very glitchy, making you fall through platforms to your death.
This movie beats the previous movie by 2 minutes and 20.9 seconds. Much of it comes from using a "bunny hop" trick.

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Published on 6/17/2010

The Wit.nes is an NES demake of the 2016 puzzle game "The Witness". The game features a various collection of grid puzzles, with each one unlocking a new puzzle or a new area on the map. Some puzzles will have different symbols that signify different ways a puzzle has to be solved, such as separating colored dots or drawing different shapes with each line.
Despite being fully playable and having the support of Jonathan Blow (the creator of the original game), The Wit.nes was only released as a demo and never saw further updates.
FractalFusion improves on the predecessor movie by 0.71 seconds via new routing and largely thanks to a new solution proposed by I have no name to one of the puzzles. In addition to a faster completion time, this run has a side-goal of making as many 90-degree turns as possible, which ended up being 315 (see the submission notes for more details).

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Published on 7/2/2021
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Town & Country Surf Designs is a manufacturer of surfboards based in Hawaii. The game features their mascot characters Joe Cool, Tiki Man, Kool Kat, and Thrilla Gorilla (who also appears in the sequel Thrilla's Sufari).
T&C Surf Designs features both skateboarding and surfing games. The skating section (called Street Skate Session) is a side scrolling action game where you need to navigate through an obstacle course within the given time limit. In the surfing section (called Big Wave Encounter) you need to surf a giant wave all the way to the beach.

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Published on 1/22/2017
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This movie of Track and Field plays with two players: One of them aims for a maximum score, and the other aims to demonstrate clumsiness, quirks and other humor.
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Published on 9/30/2007

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

The author has provided a running commentary, available in all of the encodes and streams as togglable subtitles, so you can tell what's going on.
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Published on 6/15/2012

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

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

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Published on 3/18/2015

Wally Bear needs to find all of his friends for a party at his uncle's house. While this sounds simple enough, it puts him in danger from dive-bombing pigeons, rabid bulldogs and anthropomorphic animals who want to get him hooked on drugs and into a gang. Worst of all: he's still got to beat his curfew!
The game is designed to teach kids the dangers of doing drugs, gang banging and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Most obstacles can be avoided, but Wally can also bop enemies on the head with his skateboard. There are seven levels to traverse and two power ups to find, all while racing against the clock to help out Wally's friends.
Yep2yel makes a mockery of the game's tricky platforming by bunny hopping through it and finishing in record time. This is an improvement of 1.63 seconds thanks to better optimization.

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Published on 8/28/2021
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This game is a platformer about a purple alien shape-shifter named Widget. Along with being able to turn into a few different animals to run faster or get through small passageways, he has the power to zip through walls, shoot at ridiculous rates, and find doors where there were no doors before!
..all the while, keeping that creepy, stupid grin on his face.
This is an improvement of 13.19 seconds over the author's previous run.
An in-depth explanation of the routes and glitches used in this movie can be found in the submission text.

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Published on 8/27/2008
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Widget

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Wizards & Warriors is a famous platform game with quirky physics where a mere bird can make a heavy iron-clad knight bounce several feet into the air.
This is a full completion of the game. We also have a run that beats the game as fast as possible using the "reuse levels" glitch.
This TAS is around 92 seconds faster than the previous version by Walker Boh due to better luck manipulation and new minor glitches.
This movie has an Atlas Map encode of the Castle Exterior stage, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

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Published on 7/29/2007

In this game, you're an armor-clad knight with a big sword. You collect gems to bribe a red knight, kill evil beasts and rescue several "distressed damsels".
This movie, an improvement of 76 seconds over the previous, takes advantage of a glitch that allows you to re-enter the first map and substitute the last few levels with the first levels. There is also a slightly longer movie that does not use this trick.

Do you want to see more adventures of the iron-clad hero of this game, Kuros?
Read the Knights of the Old Coding online comic. It's hilarious.

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Published on 9/10/2007

The third game in the Wizards & Warriors series. Having been tricked out of his victory in the previous game, Kuros once again returns to do battle on evil and pretend he will marry every princess he meets.
Most of the old run remains unchanged, however, a known improvement over the previous run was implemented as well as a small oversight fixed. Therefore, this is an improvement of 2.34 seconds over the previous run. (note: the actual improvement is just of over 30 frames (roughly half a second), but due to the different FPS used by FCEU and FCEUX, it passes off as more)
The ending of this game is still epilepsy-inducing.

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Published on 6/13/2015

In this game you are supposed to hunt down an evil crime syndicate (so what else is new?) by freeing kids from blocks of ice, and capturing the red guys to get clues. Unfortunately the ninja didn't have time for that, he just walks past all baddies and kills the bosses.
The syndicate turns out to be selling drugs, but the Black Manta sets them straight: Drugs kill you think you're cool but you're not. Yeah!
This version is 23.71 seconds faster than the previous version by adelikat. We recommend reading the author's comments for this movie.
This game has a crazy main music theme.
It has also been verified to play back on a real NES console.
Published on 4/12/2014

Yo! Noid is a game centered around a short man in a rabbit suit making his way through New York City to defeat an identical man in a different color rabbit suit for a pizza reward. The game was conceived as part of a 1980s advertising campaign for Domino's Pizza. As anyone who has played the game knows, the game is quite difficult, since the controls are sluggish, one hit kills you, and the pizza bonus games at the end can be difficult to win if you don't pick up enough useful powerups.
With some movement glitches, warps, and luck manipulation, nesrocks beats this game very quickly. Not only that, to make the run even harder and more impressive, he doesn't kill any enemies.
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Published on 7/5/2009
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Yo! Noid

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Here is a warpless run of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988), which introduced RPG elements and a side-scrolling view instead the traditional Zelda overhead view. An evil magician has cast a sleep spell on Princess Zelda. Link must place 6 crystals in palaces throughout Hyrule in order to release the binding force that protects the Triforce of Courage hidden in the Great Palace.
This movie is an improvement of 9.31 seconds compared to the previous run. Most of the new time saved is from getting almost impossible fairy spawns at overworld traps. Please read the authors' comments for details.
This movie avoids using the extremely gamebreaking hyperspeed and scroll-lock glitches seen in the warp glitch branch. This movie also avoids all of the minorly gamebreaking wrong warps in order to significantly increase the technical skill required to create the movie; we also have a movie which does use these "glitched warps," which allows a rather different route through the game.
This movie was a part of a two-hour Zelda II TAS showcase with audio commentary by Arc, Inzult, Jackimus, Mithical9, and Feasel.

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Published on 11/8/2016

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.
However, the game also has a large glitch which produces massive speed when both Left and Right are pressed at the same time; due to the use of this and other glitches, most of this run features Link racing across Hyrule so fast that the screen can't keep up, and inexplicably warping between places that shouldn't be connected. Only a few items and one spell are collected, and the only enemy ever fought is the final boss. Luckily, he takes the same amount of damage no matter what level attack you have.
In this run, EZGames69 improves on the previous efforts by 0.03 seconds (2 frames), thanks to an earlier first hit in fight against Dark Link.
We also have a run that completes the six palaces without using the Left + Right glitch to turn the game into a barely comprehensible mess (but does allow the use of glitched warps) and another run that disallows both the Left + Right glitch and the use of glitched warps.

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Published on 7/17/2020

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.
Arc and Inzult improve the previous movie by 3 minutes and 39.71 seconds, thanks to a newly discovered glitch. Read the authors' comments for details. For a "warpless" run, see [3254]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link "warpless" by Arc, FatRatKnight, Inzult, Rising Tempest in 45:26.04. For a run that abuses the warp glitch, see [4234]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link "warp glitch" by TASeditor, Arc, Inzult, EZGames69 in 05:31.89.

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Published on 12/29/2020

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is quite different from most of the early games in the Legend of Zelda series. It combines an overworld view with side-scrolling platform stages. In addition, the character can gain experience and levels, visit towns, and earn spells and items which are needed to proceed.
Instead of aiming purely for speed, Arc and Inzult take a more comfortable journey through Hyrule in this movie, collecting every item, visiting every palace, and more along the way. Don't confuse "comfortable" with "slow" however, as the authors' extensive understanding of the game (seriously, check out the submission notes!) helps Link finish his quest at top speed.
If you'd like to watch a movie focusing entirely on speed, check out the authors' any% run: [4367]NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link by Arc, Inzult in 34:58.74

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Published on 4/2/2021

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.

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Published on 1/12/2014

This is the 5th published movie in a category of impressively fast Super Mario World TASes. It beats the game by jumping to the credits from one of the two levels available from the start, Yoshi's Island 2. This happens because a glitch involving eating a Charging Chuck allows manipulating the code being executed by the game using only controller input.
This run is 0.13 seconds faster than the previous movie thanks to better movement and a more efficient payload. Reading the submission comments for more information is highly recommended.
For more movies like this, see this list of TASes that execute arbitrary code.

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Published on 7/4/2019

This is the 13th published movie of Super Mario World that beats the game by clearing 11 of the 96 exits, the shortest route intended by the game developers. It improves upon the previous run by 2.74 seconds. Mario still dies in the process. Improvements include:
  • Better block duplication in Yoshi's Island 3
  • Better P-switch use in Yoshi's Island 4
  • Lag reduction in many levels
We recommend reading the author's comments for more details.

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Published on 3/26/2020


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