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In this game, you are a stranger who has happened upon the reanimation of the Frankenstein monster. When fully charged, it will come to life and wreak havoc. You must stop this from happening by collecting large stones from the basement and building a structure over the monster to cut it off from the lightning.
The author, jlun2, runs around the castle in a mad rush to save the day and does so in less than three minutes.
Published on 1/25/2013
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.2.0

Galaga is the classic arcade shooter that takes place in space, and that's a sufficient enough description. We also have movies of the MSX version and SG1000 version.
Published on 1/23/2013
Game:
Galaga

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.0

Bay Route is a sidescrolling run 'n' gun game that is very similar to Contra. It was developed by Sega and Sunsoft and released to arcades in 1989. You control a commando named Tom as he runs across enemy territory to find and rescue some hostages.
The author, NitroGenesis, controls Tom as well as a second soldier to tear through more enemies in less time on his way to rescue the hostages.
Published on 3/1/2013

Street Fighter Zero 3 (ストリートファイターZERO3), more known like Alpha 3, was released in 1998.
SFZ/A3 is an evolution of the previous Zero series, and there was a huge improvement in the fight style, combos, animations/mode and with addition of fighters that were missing in Street Fighter Alpha or Zero.
Published on 2/25/2013

Jetpack is a platformer game (now freeware), featuring a man equipped with a jetpack which he uses for flying (if it has fuel, otherwise he can jump) and a phase shifter for temporarily getting rid of troublesome bricks. His goal is to collect all the green gems in 100 devilish stages and avoid hordes of enemies.
In this extremely carefully planned run, slamo completes the game in 32 minutes and 22 seconds with large heaps of luck manipulation and glitch abuse. A normal player would barely get through the first 10 levels in that amount of time.
Prepare to be blown away watching large complex levels completed in under 20 seconds on average. Enjoy seeing extremely tight movement with enemies all around without getting hit, or getting hit yet somehow managing to complete the level anyway. Be dazzled as a dozen teleporters are all simultaneously manipulated to keep enemies away from our hero. Be sure not to fall off your seat when you see Jetman passing through spikes unharmed or completing levels with just the right amount of fuel, and narrowly avoiding certain doom from becoming trapped in reappearing walls.
Practically every aspect of the game was carefully analyzed and thoroughly documented by our users, slamo, Svimmer, Ilari, Nach, creaothceann, and hegyak for the creation of this run. This includes full level maps, with secrets in plain view.

Since the action is so fast paced, there's an alternate YouTube encode at 43% speed, and alternate download encodes at 50% and 75% speeds. It is recommended to watch this run at a slower speed to fully appreciate the timing and many of the tricks performed.
Published on 10/27/2013

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.
Like its predecessor, after finishing the game, you can choose to ignore pretty-boy Soma Cruz and instead play as Julius Belmont. Unfortunately, it seems that Julius's skills have waned a bit since his last appearance. Yoko Belnades and Alucard easily pick up the slack, though... or they would, but this run skips Yoko.
Unlike our other Julius run for Dawn of Sorrow which goes through more of the game, this run manages to skip most of the game by using a zipping glitch to get into the Mine of Judgement early.
Published on 9/24/2013

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, the third game in the series for the DS, takes a different direction from its direct predecessors in that it is more of a stage-based game, similar to the earliest entries in the series, rather than the "Metroidvania"-style first established by Symphony of the Night.
This run plays as Shanoa, who uses her Glyphs and copious amounts of backdashing to seal away Dracula once again.
We also have a run that beats the game with Albus here.
Published on 12/28/2013

Polarium is a puzzle game developed by Mitchell Corporation. Players use a stylus to draw lines on the touch screen of the DS, flipping black and white tiles to clear puzzles. Among the various modes are Challenge, which is similar to Tetris, and Puzzle, where the player must figure out how to clear complex puzzles in one continuous stroke.
In this run, partyboy1a plays through Puzzle Mode, using precise stylus movement to clear all 100 puzzles in just under 7 minutes.
Published on 9/6/2013
Game:
Polarium

Genres:
Puzzle
Strategy
Emulator Version:
DeSmuME 0.9.9

Super Scribblenauts is the sequel to Scribblenauts, a puzzle game for the DS consisting of spawning any object from a database of thousands of possibilities (from "chair" to "God") to solve given situations. It is fundamentally the same game with two major novelties: the possibility to add adjectives (a color, a size, a state, etc.) to the objects we want to summon and the possibility to use the D-Pad to control Maxwell, the protagonist of both games, in addition to the touch screen, the only possible input method in the first installment.
This TAS completes the 10 main worlds of Super Scribblenauts. Speed is not the main goal; instead, the levels are completed in funny or unusual ways.
Published on 7/22/2013

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011 pits duelists against each other in epic battles both on the streets and on the duelist field. With over 4,200 cards, duel runner battles with up to 3 teammates, and worldwide tournaments through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, there's dozens of hours of fun packed into this game.
In this run, Hoandjzj uses strategy, planning and luck manipulation to win the World Racing Grand Prix in as few turns as possible.
Published on 8/30/2013

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R is a sidescrolling action game centered around the second story arc of the Sailor Moon anime and manga. You have your choice of character between Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus and Chibiusa to battle against the Black Moon Clan. The game has two modes, one containing the full story and the other focusing only on the platforming sections.
In this run, jlun2 chooses the platforming mode and jumps across the Sailor Moon world, finishing this relatively obscure game in a little over 6 minutes.
Published on 5/2/2013
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-1.4.1

Cosmo Tank is a space tank battle game. You're the commander of the tank 'Tiger a-1' and your mission is to fight on land and in space against the Master Insect and his minions. The game features both top-down levels and first person levels in which you can freely move around in all directions. Settings feature both open outdoor environments, caves and space. Slowly upgrade your cannon and armor as you progress for more firepower and the ability to sustain more hits.
Published on 1/2/2013
Game:
Cosmo Tank

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Version:
VBA

Jealous about the success of Donkey Kong Country for the fancy 16-bit system, Cranky arranges for King K Rool to once again steal Kong's Banana Hoard, this time on a 8-bit system. It's yet again up for Donkey and Diddy to get them back!
This run aims to find all the bonuses and does that with an in game time of 31:09.
Published on 6/22/2013

Skate or Die - Bad 'N Rad is the only game in the Skate or Die series to be developed by Konami instead of EA. In this game, our unnamed skateboarder shreds through a mix of sidescrolling and top-down levels. There are enemies and bosses after him, who he can attack by jumping in the air and bashing them with his skateboard.
JXQ proves he's both bad and rad as he rolls straight through the obstacles, precisely avoiding damage and making the game look easy.

Note: The encode is missing credits because the game crashes mid-credits.
Published on 2/3/2013
A/V files:
A/V file via Mirror
Emulator Version:
VBA-rr 19

Action Man: Robot Atak is an action game, developed by Magic Pockets and published by Atari, which was released in Europe in 2004.
Professor Moran is kidnapped by Dr. X, and it is up to the Action Force to bring him back. The playable characters of this game are Action Man himself, Red Wolf, and Flynt. Together, they beat up robots, punch dinosaurs, ride jet skis, and do other typical action-movie things along the way.
Published on 6/17/2013

Alien Hominid is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with heavy references to the Metal Slug series of games - from the hand-drawn graphics, huge explosions, right down to the ability to eviscerate FBI Agents when you get up close to them. The graphics are by featured artist Dan Paladin. Your goal, is quite simply, to get to the end of the stage, and die as little as possible. Which is made difficult due to the fact that any bullet is an instant kill.
You control some sort of yellow alien with a gun. For whatever reason, he also has very Earth-like grenades with Earth-like explosions. He collides with some sort of satellite around Earth and crash-lands right in front of the FBI, who then runs off with his spacecraft and somehow forgets that bright yellow alien thing in clear sight. If you're looking for story, this isn't the game, as it just gives an excuse why you're doing these things.
This TAS improves the one provided by the winner team at Dream Team Contest 3 by 00:41.22 seconds.

This movie has a lua script that contains the Author's chatty commentary, and the encode of it can be seen on YouTube here.
Published on 2/20/2013
Game:
Alien Hominid

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Version:
VBA v23 svn270

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to appear on the Game Boy Advance. Juste Belmont and his friend Maxim are drawn to the newly resurrected Dracula's Castle in order to save their mutual friend Lydie, although it remains to be seen who will be saving whom.
This run plays through the Boss Rush mode using Simon Belmont, the original hero of Castlevania. Simon is pretty slow, but he still powers through the bosses with massive amounts of cross abuse.
Published on 9/6/2013

Densetsu no Stafy, or The Legendary Starfy, is a platform game developed by TOSE and published by Nintendo. The story is that a cute little star named Starfy accidentally releases a powerful demon from a magic jar. The demon, Ogura, then takes over Starfy's home in the cloud-kingdom of Pufftop and causes a storm which knocks Starfy into the water below. With the help of some new water-abilities and new friends, Starfy journeys to return to Pufftop and seal Ogura away once again.
The author, jlun2, abuses a glitch that allows him to start playing from the middle of the attract mode demo and challenge the final boss much earlier than he's supposed to. In doing so, he improves his previous attempt by 00:04.74 seconds through better optimization.
Published on 1/25/2013

Dokapon Monster Hunter is a RPG with a combat system based on Rock Paper Scissors. This leads to massive luck abuse in a Tool Assisted run. The hero never takes any damage while eliminating every boss in a single round. More detailed notes are available in the author's comments.
Published on 1/3/2013
Game:
Dokapon Monster Hunter

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
VBA

Finding Nemo is a platform game based on the movie of the same name. It follows Marlin and Dory on their quest to find Nemo as well as Nemo on his journey to return to the ocean and find his dad.
The author, Odongdong, swims through this game speedily, using optimized movement and tricks involving pearls to complete this game in just under 18 minutes.
Published on 4/13/2013
Game:
Finding Nemo

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
VBA v24 svn422

Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi (ファイアーエムブレム封印の剣) is the 6th game in the Fire Emblem tactical series and the first on the Game Boy Advance console. Like other games in the series, it features a tactical combat system which can be heavily manipulated by a tool-assisted run.
A huge amount of route planning was required to ensure that this run is as fast as possible; detailed analyses of each chapter can be found in the authors' comments.
Published on 1/28/2013

An action platform game based on the Precure (Pretty Cure) anime, starring three girls who kick and punch their way to victory.
This TAS abuses the physics of this game to speed through the levels quickly. For more information, see the author's comments.
Published on 2/7/2013

Hikaru no Go was published serially in "Weekly Shonen Jump" for "NARUTO" and the same period. And the animated cartoon was produced as well as "NARUTO" by "Studio Pierrot". When the comic was serialized, "the game of Go" became a boom among children in Japan.
This movie is highly recommended for those who know the Go game, because it does play around with AI, making it do the most absurd moves possible, which still serves the main goal - speed.
Published on 1/27/2013
Game:
Hikaru no Go

Genres:
Strategy
Emulator Version:
VBA

Of all the games based on the movie Jurassic Park III, this one follows the plot most closely. Paleontologist Alan Grant has crash-landed on Isla Sorna and must now travel across eight levels full of dinosaurs to reach the rescue boat on the other side. Along the way, he can pick up items like the flare gun to blast his way through the dinosaurs in his path as well as some tough boss dinosaurs.
Published on 2/5/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA

The Mega Man Battle Network series envisions Mega Man and his friends and enemies as computer programs rather than robots. It also changes gameplay from platformer to RPG, with battle mechanics similar to collectible card games.
In the second game, Lan and Mega Man are fighting a terrorist organization called Gospel, but this TAS divulges little of the plot. The author, mtvf1, races through the game, avoiding unnecessary random battles and precisely manipulating battle chip winnings and order to quickly overcome all foes. He also improves his previous movie by 02:06.51 minutes.
We also have a run for the first game in the series.
Published on 2/18/2013

Metal Slug Advance is an action shooter game from the popular series Metal Slug. In it, you are a recruit for Peregrine Falcon, training on an unnamed island with limited equipment. All seems to be going as planned, but when General Morden's troops invade the island, capture many of your allies, and attempt to build a base, you must rise to the task of fending off the approaching army.
There are some key differences between Metal Slug Advance and other games of the Metal Slug series. In this game, you have a health meter, so damage boosts can be used to save time. There are also collectable cards which provide bonuses or upgrade the power of certain attacks.
In this run, the author, mtvf1, utilizes Tyra Elson to finish the game in just less than twelve minutes, 00:33.25 seconds faster than the previous movie by x2poet.
See also the runs of Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug 7. You can also see a 100% run of Advance that collects all the cards and completes all the stages.
Published on 2/22/2013

Metal Slug Advance is an action shooter game from the popular series Metal Slug. In it, you are a recruit for Peregrine Falcon, training on an unnamed island with limited equipment. All seems to be going as planned, but when General Morden's troops invade the island, captures many of your allies, and attempts to build a base, you must rise to the task of fending off the approaching army.
There are some key differences between Metal Slug Advance and other games of the Metal Slug series. In this game, you have a health meter, so damage boosts can be used to save time. Also, there are collectable cards which provide bonuses or upgrade power of certain attacks.
This run aims for 100% completion, which completes all stages and collects all the cards. This requires replaying many stages to accomplish different goals. There is also one death in the movie, because one card is obtained by dying. See the submission comments for more details.
You can also see runs of Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug 7. You can also watch an any% run which does not collect all the cards.

Besides the main YouTube encode featured here, there is an alternate one with a HUD that displays gameplay statistics such as enemy HP, number of cards obtained, and the protagonist's X and Y position.
Published on 7/23/2013

You probably know Nancy Drew. She's a popular fictional character who has a knack for solving (and attracting) all sorts of mysteries. Basically a Mary Sue, being rich, handsome, immensely talented and leading an exciting life.
As the game begins, she comes to a hotel owned by her friend's friend where accidents have been happening, and rumors even say that it's a ghost behind all the mayhem, perhaps exacting some sort of revenge from beyond the grave. But eventually we find out the problem is a much simpler and common one instead, human greed, and that there's really nothing supernatural going on in the hotel, with the exception of Nancy Drew herself, who knows solutions to puzzles without ever finding them and who causes other strange stuff to happen as well.
Published on 1/1/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA-RR v24 svn393

When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman's world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons - the source of light - and Rayman's friends. Without the light, evil creatures begin to roam, making the world unsafe for everyone. It's up to you, as Rayman, to free your friends and put an end to Mr. Dark's dastardly schemes!
Rayman Advance is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular Rayman, a big-nosed chap with no arms or legs. Rayman can jump and use his hair to hover for a short period of time. He can also attack by throwing his fists, or winding up his fists for a more powerful punch. He can occasionally find special powerups that grant him unlimited flying power, giving him the ability to navigate through tricky mazes.
Aside from the platforming action, the other notable feature of Rayman Advance is its large, detailed and vibrant graphics, which have helped it to stand out from most other similar games in the genre.
In this movie, got4n uses new skips and more optimization to improve his previous attempt by 05:13.34 minutes.

If you understand French pretty well, you can watch this episode of Speed Game. The author of this TAS is namely present.
Published on 6/9/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA-rr v23.6

In Sonic Pinball Party, developed by Sonic Team, Dr. Eggman has turned all the gamblers in Casinopolis into robots and also brainwashed Tails and Amy. Sonic must rescue the gamblers and his friends by winning the Egg Cup pinball tournament.
This game features pinball boards based off the Sega games Sonic Advance, Nights into Dreams, and Samba de Amigo.
Published on 1/8/2013
Game:
Sonic Pinball Party

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
vba-v24m-svn461

In SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis, based on the TV movie of the same name, SpongeBob and Patrick stumble upon the lost magical amulet that will take them to the legendary city of Atlantis. Hoping to uncover the treasures of Atlantis in order to fulfill their dream of finding the "World's Oldest Living Bubble," the two travel with Sandy, Squidward and Mr. Krabs (and stowaway Plankton) on a magical bus to explore the lost city.
This run by jlun2 plays through the game speedily while utilizing a few glitches, including clipping through walls and floors to skip parts of levels by going offscreen.
Published on 11/3/2013
Emulator Version:
vba-v24m-svn480

Super Mario Advance is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. together on one cartridge. It features all the running, jumping, and veggie-flinging from the original Super Mario Bros. 2, plus new enemies and bigger items (and some annoying voice clips). In the updated arcade classic Mario Bros., you can play alone or against another player as you bump off baddies and collect coins.
There's another very important difference between this version of Super Mario Bros. 2 and the NES version: when loading a savefile in this game, the player can travel back to any stage before the last one visited. This makes several new routes available through the game which involve warping forward and then going back to a previous stage with a different warp.
This run by mtvf1 plays through the Super Mario Bros. 2 mode with Princess Peach. Of course, at the speed mtvf1 runs and jumps across Subcon, you'd never guess she's the slowest character. For more information, including details about the chosen route, see the author's comments. If you want to see another run that plays with more characters, see this run.
Published on 10/23/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA-rr-v23.5-svn421

Super Mario Advance is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. together on one cartridge. It features all the running, jumping, and veggie-flinging from the original Super Mario Bros. 2, plus new enemies and bigger items (and some annoying voice clips). In the updated arcade classic Mario Bros., you can play alone or against another player as you bump off baddies and collect coins.
There's another very important difference between this version of Super Mario Bros. 2 and the NES version: when loading a savefile in this game, the player can travel back to any stage before the last one visited. This makes several new routes available through the game which involve warping forward and then going back to a previous stage with a different warp.
This run plays through the game as fast as possible, usually taking advantage of Toad's speed and Luigi's jumping. (In this version of the game, Toad does not get a speed boost from carrying enemies or items.) For a version that only uses Princess Peach, see this run.
Runs for the NES version and SNES version are available, as well.
Published on 11/13/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA-RR v24 svn422

Totally Spies! is a game based on the anime-influenced French cartoon of the same name. You control Sam, Clover, and Alex as they try to stop another criminal organization and rescue some hostages using a host of high-tech gadgets.
In this run, Qwerty speeds through this game, finishing it in a little over 27 minutes.
Published on 7/18/2013
Emulator Version:
VBA22

Winx Club is an action-adventure game based on the Italian cartoon series of the same name. The story is similar to that of Harry Potter, only this time the main character is a fairy. She gets to go to a fairy school in fairytale world called Magix where she has to find her true self. This game is similar to the Windows and Playstation 2 versions, except that instead of a 3D third person perspective it features a 2D top-down perspective of the game world.
In this run, Abahbob completes the game quickly by abusing an out-of-bounds glitch and a few other bugs to walk right across some of the levels.
Published on 10/25/2013
Game:
Winx Club

Genres:
Adventure
Emulator Version:
VBA-RR v24 svn480

Alex "Action Man" Mann makes a stop over onto the Game Boy Color where once again he must stop the world from falling into the clutches of the evil Dr. X. The player takes control of Action Man as he travels through seven different levels ranging from jungles to the Arctic, battling a sizable army of robots with a variety of weapons and battle suits in search of Base X and stopping Dr. X from launching a terrifying new weapon that could very well bring an end to the world.
The game is a standard side-scrolling action platformer where the player advances through the levels by shooting at enemies and jumping over obstacles. Along the way, Action Man can find new items and suits which allow him to discover alternate routes, new levels, and even more items.
In this TAS, Noxxa runs and jumps through the game, carefully choosing items and paths and using a few tricks to finish the game as fast as possible.
Published on 8/20/2013

Croc 2 is the sequel to the successful Croc: Legend of the Gobbos.
As expected, the Game Boy Color "port" doesn't play much like the PlayStation or PC versions, but it does provide some interesting gameplay. Look out for the large shortcuts made possible by breaking the game's physics engine.
Published on 4/7/2013
Game:
Croc 2

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
VBA-RR v24 svn422

Frogger 2 is a portable extension of the original Frogger. Once again, five frogs have wandered across the pond and Frogger has to rescue them. But this time around, our green hero has a lot more distance to cover. There are five large themed worlds he must hop through with dangerous new enemies like bees, rolling boulders and lava cauldrons.
The author, CoolKirby, races Frogger madly through the levels and rescues all of the babies in just under 10 minutes.
Published on 4/24/2013
Game:
Frogger 2

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.1

Aside from the logo and some of the fighters, Mortal Kombat 4 for Game Boy Color has nothing to do with the original MK4.
Enjoy the hilarious badness of this game as AKheon beats down every fighter to finish in the fastest time possible.
Published on 5/7/2013
Game:
Mortal Kombat 4

Genres:
Fighting
Emulator Version:
VBA-rr v24 svn393

Pocket Bomberman is unlike the previous Bomberman games in that it's a sidescrolling platformer instead of a grid-like puzzle game. It's also one of the few games that allows Bomberman to jump.
"Jump Game" is the second of the game's two modes. The object of this minigame is to get to the goal at the top of each of the long vertical levels, defeating a boss several times in order to progress.
However, in this run, Robert_Ordis uses a glitch allowing him to clip through walls to skip several boss fights and finish all three stages in less than 2 minutes.

The Nicovideo stream features a cool heads-up display, including RAM information, input view, and even a level map.
Published on 1/2/2013
Emulator Version:
Visual Boy Advance re-recording v23.5 svn438

Rayman 2 for the Game Boy Color is a 2D side-scrolling platformer by UbiSoft. You play as Rayman, an odd-looking creature without arms or legs, on his quest to collect balls of energy called Lums, find the Four Masks of Polokus and eventually defeat Admiral Razorbeard and his robo-pirate army. Rayman can jump, hover, and throw his fists to defeat enemies and obstacles on his way to battle Razorbeard.
The author, got4n, runs through the game with tool-assisted precision to beat the game in a little over 25 minutes.
Published on 7/25/2013
Game:
Rayman 2

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.1

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.

You can watch the complete run played back on console
Published on 9/2/2013

Tintin in Tibet is a typical licensed platform/puzzle game, originally released in 1994 in Europe for the SNES, GB, PC, Genesis and Game Gear. The Game Boy version was ported to the Game Boy Color in 2001, which is the version played in this run.
The game consists of 15 stages, with such variety as run right for justice platformers, autoscrollers, gameplay shifts, puzzles, minigames, and just a little actual platforming. The game is somewhat infamous for being hard due to very unlenient enemy hitboxes and the combination of tricky platforming and quirky physics.
In this run, Noxxa uses precise movement and luck manipulation to beat the game in a little over 15 minutes.
Published on 12/24/2013

In the third X-Men game on the Game Boy Color (after X-Men: Mutant Academy and Mutant Wars), Lady Deathstrike and her fellow mutants have begun building a weapon that can melt the adamantium skeleton that protects Wolverine. The most famous of the X-Men must now fight through 16 levels to stop her from finishing this weapon.
Besides his main attack, hack-and-slashing with his trademark claws, Wolverine can fly into a rage when the attack button is rapidly pressed. While he is hard to control in this state, his attack range increases, enabling him to get through tougher sections of the game without taking as much damage.
In this run, Noxxa utilizes some physics tricks and precise movement to finish the game in around 11 and a half minutes.
Published on 12/17/2013
Emulator Version:
BizHawk v1.5.2
Additional Downloads:
(Converted to .lsmv)

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a unique platformer where your character's power is defined largely by the kind of egg he or she is holding. In this TAS, all levels are completed, using a variety of shortcuts and techniques. See the author's comments for more information.
Published on 4/25/2013
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 3.0-847

Frogger's Adventures: The Rescue is a Frogger game that retains the gameplay of Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge while introducing level bosses and new ways to solve puzzles involving Frogger's tongue. The goal of the game is to save Frogger's girlfriend Lily, who has been kidnapped by an organization called T.R.I.P. (Tyrannical Reptiles In Power) because she is the key to activating the Ultimate Weapon, a device created to destroy the Earth.
In this run, watch Malleoz speed through 7 zones in order to chase down these Reptiles and free Lily.
Published on 8/6/2013
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 3.5-322

Mortal Kombat: Deception is the sixth fighting game in the Mortal Kombat series, and the second one to use its engine, so that means it shouldn't be as loaded with bugs and glitches as previous games in the series, right? Maybe not.
In case you have no idea what's going on, a listing of the numerous glitches used and fight by fight commentary are available in the author's comments.
Published on 2/20/2013

Resident Evil 4 features a completely new story and an innovative "over-the-shoulder" third person perspective that replaces the fixed camera system of the previous three Resident Evil games.
Special agent Leon Kennedy is on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the daughter of the U.S. President, from a sinister cult in a remote rural part of Europe. Leon must fight hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters on his way to save her.
This run was done on the Japanese version, Biohazard 4, and finishes with an in-game time of 1:35:14.

All encodes include commentary from the author in the form of subtitles.
Published on 7/3/2013
Game:
Resident Evil 4

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
Dolphin 3.0-389

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, an enhanced port of Sonic Adventure on the Sega Dreamcast, follows the well-known Sonic the Hedgehog as he races to stop Dr. Eggman's evil plans once again — this time in 3D. A notable feature in the game is five extra story modes for some of the other Sonic characters, including Tails, Knuckles and Amy.
This run by THC98 completes Sonic's story, utilizing out of bounds glitches and super fast spindashes for maximum speed. For more tool-assisted Sonic Adventure, see the run of Tails's story by the same author.

Note: The audio is slightly faulty because of a bug in Dolphin's DSP emulation engine.
Published on 10/13/2013

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, an enhanced port of Sonic Adventure on the Sega Dreamcast, follows the well-known Sonic the Hedgehog as he races to stop Dr. Eggman's evil plans once again — this time in 3D. A notable feature in the game is five extra story modes for some of the other Sonic characters, including Tails, Knuckles and Amy.
This run by THC98 completes Tails's story, see [2464]GC Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut "Sonic" by THC98 in 30:12.02 for Sonic's story by the same author.

Note: The audio is slightly faulty because of a bug in Dolphin's DSP emulation engine.
Published on 12/27/2013

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. fighting game series is rather different from your typical fighting game. Instead of wearing your opponent's health down to 0, you must knock him or her out of the battlefield. Damage counts upwards, with knockback from attacks that hit you becoming more severe as your damage increases. Fighting controls are also simplified, making it very easy for even your non-gaming friends to pick up and play.
Super Smash Bros. Melee offers fighters from the wealth of Nintendo characters like Mario, Bowser, different Pokémon, Link, and Kirby. They can either fight through the single-player modes like Classic, Adventure, and Event Mode, or they battle it out against other characters in a four-player frenzy.
Additional characters and stages are unlocked as hidden objectives are met, and coins rewarded for playing in all modes can be spent on a capsule toy machine. The toys in the machine represent games from Nintendo's entire video game history, and each can be viewed in 3D with a brief description.
In this TAS, numerics plays through Adventure Mode with Samus, abusing glitches to move through the stages at a high rate of speed while making the battles as entertaining as possible.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.
Published on 12/31/2013

Sega's equivalent to Kirby's Avalanche gets its own movie. We all know these games by now, clump together alike beans in long combo chains to chuck mess onto your opponent, and win by blocking up opponent’s screen. Just the third column will suffice.
Published on 1/2/2013
Emulator Version:
GENS

Buff guy and Kitty guy run around and kill things. Kitty guy swings on Buff guy's sword. Things die.
More seriously, Golden Axe III is one of the sequels to the original Golden Axe. One notable change is that players can now pick several different routes through the game by making choices at certain intersections. Also, the two players can use a "team-up" attack for high damage, which is used very frequently in this movie.
Published on 2/6/2013
Tags:
2 Players
Emulator Version:
GENS

"Hey, let's fight!"
Ka-Ge-Ki is a game, where you play a fighter out to get revenge on the Kageki gang for murdering his brother.
"Is that all?"
Well, you have the ability to throw two different types of punch and to jump. Only the big punch is used. The gang is very polite and allows you to beat them up one at a time.
"Oooh, he not bad."
What's a referee doing in a gang anyway?
Published on 2/3/2013

Marvel Land is a platform game released to arcades by Namco in 1989 and ported to the Genesis two years later. You are Talmit, a man trying to save the Marvel Land amusement park from the clutches of the evil King Mole. You must defeat all of King Mole's minions inside Marvel Land to save Princess Wondra and return peace to the land of Coni.
The author, RattleMan, chooses the hardest difficulty and collects all of the necessary items in order to finish the game with 100% completion.
Published on 2/11/2013
Game:
Marvel Land

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
GENS

Mega Man: The Wily Wars is a collection of the first three NES Mega Man titles with enhanced graphics and sound. Along with the original games is the short game "Wily Tower", where special bosses exclusive to this game can be fought with your choice of any weapon from the first three games.
Jc564 abuses zipping glitches similar to those in the NES game runs to beat the entire tower in barely over nine and a half minutes.
Published on 8/6/2013

The official game of the Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in Barcelona in 1992. It features seven different events: 100M Sprint, Hammer Throw, Archery, 110M Hurdles, Pole Vault, Springboard Diving and 200M Freestyle Swimming.
In this playaround, the author, Toothache, achieves the best score or time possible in each event.
Published on 1/1/2013

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a sequel to an old Atari game with a similar concept to its predecessor: Get through the jungle alive and fight something at the end.
This run by Dooty improves the previous movie by 02:03.34 minutes using new tricks to cancel Pitfall Harry Junior's throwing animation and clip through walls.
Published on 11/1/2013
Emulator Version:
Gens v11a svn304

Published on 10/18/2013

The evil doctor Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the Veg-O-Fortress on Mount Mobius and with it, he is transforming all creatures into robots. Sonic sneaks into the fortress and tries to stop Robotnik.
This run aims to complete all levels in the game, which includes the optional intermediate levels, and the now featured Multiball levels. These only appear after collecting all rings on the map, thus those need to be gotten too.
Published on 1/9/2013
Emulator Version:
Gens Re-Recording v11a

In part three of the Streets of Rage series, Mr. X is back and this time his plan involves replacing public officials with his own robots. Only Axel, Blaze, Skate, and newcomer Dr. Zan can stop him. Streets of Rage 3 features all of the beat 'em up action you would expect from a Streets of Rage game.
One new feature is the special move power bar, where it only costs energy to do a special move if the bar isn't full. Also new is the ability to do special maneuvers with different weapons, depending on the character. For example, Skate has no special move with the pipe, but he does have one with the knife. The opposite is true for Axel. Any weapon Dr. Zan picks up is turned into energy balls which he can throw at the enemies. Secret characters and multiple endings also add replay value.
In this run, watch atro city stylishly dispose of a lot of thugs and robots using Blaze and Dr. Zan, clearing a long game in only about 38 minutes. A glitch is used which does damage much more quickly when two characters attack multiple enemies at the same time. For more details, read the submission comments.
Published on 6/21/2013

The Faery Tale Adventure is an action RPG released for Amiga in 1986 and ported to the Genesis in 1991. The plot revolves around three brothers who go on a quest to defeat an evil Necromancer and retrieve a Talisman from him.
The game world is gigantic and normally requires hours of adventuring around to collect five Golden Statues to access a hidden city to find a magical flower, which allows the brothers to walk across the lava protecting the Necromancer and defeat him.
However, Aqfaq just skips all of this, using health potions and incredibly precise luck manipulation to walk straight across the lava and recover the Talisman in a little over 20 minutes.
Published on 3/3/2013

Ultimate Qix (also known as Volfied) is a remake of the classic arcade game Qix. This time around, you are a space pilot defending his homeworld from invading aliens. Your goal is to claim a large majority of each screen by drawing lines.
The author, Aqfaq, aims for fastest completion, which has the added benefit of claiming nearly the entire screen in every level.
Published on 1/29/2013
Game:
Ultimate Qix

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
GENS

Vapor Trail: Hyper Offence Formation is an arcade shmup later ported to the Sega Genesis. Although the game is an auto-scroller, there are a decent number of opportunities to show off. The author's comments contain more information about individual stages.
Published on 2/27/2013

Zero Wing is an horizontal shooter game where the player is in control of a ZIG, an escape pod released after its main ship was attacked and destroyed by the evil cyborg CATS, bent on taking over the world.
Published on 2/5/2013
Game:
Zero Wing

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Version:
GENS

Sonic Triple Trouble is the sequel to Sonic Chaos, they are also known in Japan as Sonic & Tails 1 and 2. Long story short, Dr. Robotnik is after the chaos emeralds again and convinced Knuckles that Sonic and Tails want to steal them, again... But here comes a new challenger! Nack the weasel is here and wants to, guess what, steal the chaos emeralds too! (but just because they are shiny and might sell well on eBay)
Published on 1/15/2013

Frogger is a port of Konami's classic arcade game, where you must lead five frogs in each level across a road and a river to the safety of their homes while avoiding hazards like cars and trucks, crocodiles, and a venomous snake.
The author, Quibus, races the frogs through the dangerous area and finishes the first five stages in just under three and a half minutes.
To see another port of the original arcade game beaten quickly, see the Atari 2600 version run. We also have a run of the sequel to the original game.
Published on 2/17/2013
Game:
Frogger

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

Galaga is the classic arcade shooter that takes place in space, and that's a sufficient enough description. We also have movies of the Atari 7800 version and SG1000 version.
Published on 1/23/2013
Game:
Galaga

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

Galaxian is an arcade space shooter game created by Namco in 1979. It was the first game to feature multi-colored animated sprites, a scrolling background, and graphics to represent the number of lives and the current round.
Quibus tears through the first stage of the MSX port of this classic game in a little over half a minute.
Published on 1/23/2013
Game:
Galaxian

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

Joe Kowalski is trapped in a large haunted house. He must uncover clues to open hidden passageways and staircases and avoid floating eyeballs, ghosts, Frankie the mutant Frankensteiner student ghost, Dracula, and the dreaded Brainiac in order to find his way out.
Quibus plays through this game with skill, utilizing tricks and glitches to escape the house in just over nine minutes.
Published on 4/1/2013
Game:
Haunted House

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1-dev13197 (up to 13213 works at least

In Hunchback, you take on the role of the eponymous bell-ringer, Quasimodo, in his quest to rescue the beautiful Esmeralda from the tower of the castle fortress. You must run and jump through a number of screens to reach the tower, avoiding spear-toting guards, ramparts and fiery chasms.

Being a run of a game on tape, the loading time is long (about 1 minute 10 seconds), complete with loud noises. You may want to skip it.
Published on 3/16/2013
Game:
Hunchback

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

King & Balloon is an original shooter game by Namco that was created to run on Galaxian arcade machine hardware. The goal of the game is to use the orange cannon to blast away the descending balloons and prevent them from reaching and capturing the king.
Here, Quibus showcases precise blasting on the first two stages and a perfect score on the first bonus stage.
Published on 2/3/2013
Game:
King & Balloon

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

Scion was an arcade game that was ported to the MSX by Sony in 1985. It features gameplay unusual for a shooter. You don't even need to gun down the enemy ships. Instead, you stay on one screen that loops continuously until all ground targets have been destroyed. Three screens of that and it's on to the next stage.
However, since every stage is identical, Quibus just plays through stage 1 as fast as possible.
Published on 2/22/2013
Game:
Scion

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
openMSX 0.9.1

As you can see here, the original Castlevania wasn't only on the NES, but also on the MSX computer. Author scrimpeh did on the MSX Castlevania what Phil Côté & Morrison did on the NES Castlevania.
This version is different in some important ways. Some new gameplay elements include the requirement to collect a white key in each stage in order to advance, the removal of the chain whip after each boss battle, and the ability to buy subweapons from sitting bystanders in white or red clothes.
This is an improvement of 01:14.90 over the previous run thanks to a few new time-saving tricks.

Note: To play the OMR file, you'll need to have openMSX 0.8.2 / 0.9.0 with the Panasonic FS-A1WSX BIOS installed.
Published on 8/20/2013

Yie Ar Kung-Fu II: The Emperor Yie-Gah is the sequel to the famous Yie Ar Kung-Fu. Both games were developed by Konami for the MSX. While the first one was a fighting game, this one is a beat 'em up. You play as Lee Young, a martial arts master and the son of the first game's hero, who must take out self-proclaimed Emperor Yie-Gah and his gang and save China from their evil influence.
The author, Quibus, avoids unnecessary battles with gang members and beats down every boss to defeat Yie-Gah without taking a scratch.
Published on 2/23/2013

This run of Bomberman 64 achieves 100% status, which means earning 120 gold cards and all custom parts (alternate costumes for multiplayer modes). To acquire the prime "gold parts", players must obtain 120 gold cards within three hours of in-game time on hard mode.
Watch zvsp blast through the stages and collect the cards very quickly. Many bomb-stacking glitches are used to skip areas. Some cards require killing a certain minimum number of enemies, so you'll also get to see Bomberman blow up lots of enemies. Also, the player dies on purpose several times, for deathwarps and as shortcuts for some cards in hazardous conditions.
Also, see the any% run by Nahoc. For more Bomberman goodness, check out more Bomberman Movies.

Here are some 60fps encodes on Nicovideo: part1, part2, part3
Published on 3/28/2013

Death Race is a standalone challenge within F-Zero X, so a standalone movie seemed the best way to present it. The goal is simple: destroy the other 29 ships as quickly as possible according to the in-game clock.
This TAS completes the F-Zero X Death Race as quickly as possible, with a time of 5.866s. This improves the prior fastest TAS time of 8.927 by Katsukawa Sojuro aka Xenos (who reports an unpublished time of 6.993s by throwing the car off the side as this TAS does).
The unassisted world-record is 24.745s by Daniel, played in PAL (20.621s converted to NTSC). There's no video of that time, but this video by the same author is almost as fast.
Published on 10/18/2013
Game:
F-Zero X

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
mupen64-rerecording-v8 0.5

A wizard is mixing a batch of magic potions when an explosion sends the gloves on his hands flying into the air. One lands safely outside the castle, but the other lands in an evil potion mixture. It's this evil glove who decides to take over the castle. Meanwhile, seven crystals, which used to sit on top of the castle and give the surrounding lands their life force, also fly off in all directions. Thankfully though, the good glove, Glover, changes the crystals into rubber balls so that they land safely.
Now Glover must find the crystals and put them back into the castle to restore life to the land, avoiding the bad glove who is out to stop him and take over the kingdom and the wizard's power.
Nahoc hops, bounces, and dribbles his way through this game, taking advantage of a conveniently-placed crystal to skip right to the boss room in every stage.
If you want to see more of Glover, we also have an all stages run.
Published on 4/17/2013
Game:
Glover

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
Mupen64 0.5 re-recording v8

Goemon and his friends return in this side-scrolling sequel to Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Bismaru, who looks like Goemon's friend Ebisumaru dressed up as a nun, has swiped a freshly-invented Ghost Returning Machine! With it, he's using planning nothing less than world domination. All Ebisumaru wanted to do with it was meet his ancestor, James Dean! Help Goemon and his friends retrieve the Machine, and bust some ghosts on the way.
Mystical Ninja 2 reverts back to the traditional side-scrolling 2D platforming style of the SNES games. However, due to to the Nintendo 64's 3D capabilities, you'll encounter massive bosses and detailed worlds as you make your way through Japan. To attack, you can either hurl coins, or use each character's specific weapon, such as Goemon's trademark pipe. Two players can also play simultaneously and work together to beat foes, and you can even ride piggy-back onto your friend.
There are also towns to explore, where you chat with villagers and explore various shops and houses for information and clues. Goemon Impact, the giant singing robot wearing rollerskates, also makes a return as you battle enemy mechs from inside its cockpit in a first-person view.
Published on 3/15/2013

Micro Machines 64 TURBO (released in 1999) is the Nintendo 64 remake of Micro Machines V3 (released in 1997) for the PlayStation and PC. It features the same clunky menu system and the same 43 primary courses and 31 unique vehicles (the PlayStation version also had a plodding training mode, "Cherry's Driving School" with five courses defined by cones and a unique training vehicle). The visuals have been slightly improved and a "turbo selection" speed control was added that allows players to choose faster, harder levels of speed.
In this run, Weatherton speeds through one lap of all the courses. To do so, three different gameplay modes are necessary: Time Trial, Test Drive, and Party Play modes. Each track is played using an in-game code to drive at double speed, making the action even more frantic and impressive.
Published on 5/23/2013
Emulator Version:
Mupen64 0.5.0

In Battle City, your goal is to destroy enemy tanks while trying to keep them away from your base. Each level includes 20 enemies as well as some obstacles, like the weak red bricks, armored silver bricks, water and ice, which you can use to your advantage. The basic tank you start with can also be powered up little by little throughout the game.
In this run, xxNKxx rolls through the game speedily while losing a little bit of time to entertain with amusing shooting patterns and making the scenery into recognizable letters and shapes.
Spoiler: Hover over the screenshot.
Published on 7/18/2013

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

Cheetahmen II is the unfinished sequel to game #52 of Action 52. The game contains 6 of the 10 levels originally proposed, in which the player takes control of Apollo, Hercules, and Aries, switching off every two levels.
This is the first movie to abuse the fact that some games do not initialize their states before reading them, which in this case results in one of the cart registers randomly taking a certain value that can force the game to start from level 5 on power-on.
Since the game really behaves like that on the console, it was decided to allow presetting such truly random bits on the emulator side. Read the submission text and its discussion thread for more details.
We also have an "all levels" TAS for this game, done on the patched ROM due to a bug in the original game preventing the player from progressing past level 4.
Published on 11/26/2013

Cobra Command is an NES port of an arcade game by Data East. As the pilot of the LX-3 SuperCobra military helicopter, you must fly to six different locations and rescue hostages, blasting away any enemies that stand in your way. Upgrades for your guns, missiles, armor, engines, and rescue equipment can also be acquired by landing in certain areas.
In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses many minor movement tricks and precise shooting to complete this game in a little over 10 minutes.
Published on 12/22/2013

Defender of the Crown is a strategy game loosely based on the historical novel Ivanhoe. It was originally released by Cinemaware for the Commodore Amiga in 1986, and was later ported to many other home computer systems and game consoles.
In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses luck manipulation and frame precision to complete this game in the fastest time possible.
Published on 7/31/2013

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.
Watch this run get played back on a real NES.
Published on 11/11/2013

Dragon's Lair is much better known in its incarnations for other platforms as an FMV game with only slight amounts of control over the player's action. The NES version is more of a traditional platformer, but very smooth animation for the era and funny-looking characters inspired by the cartoon graphics of the other versions - this includes the final boss, who isn't seen very much in this run thanks to abuse of the game mechanics.
This is an improvement of around a second to the previous run.
Published on 1/30/2013
Game:
Dragon's Lair

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

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.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.
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 00:00.58 second improvement over the previous movie due to general optimizations including lag reduction and subpixel optimization.
You can watch this run played back on a real NES console.
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 00:03.66 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).
You can watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 7/19/2013

In Fisher-Price: Firehouse Rescue, the player controls a fireman driving a firetruck. Both the fireman and the firetruck bear the familiar style of the popular Fisher-Price toy line. The object of the game is to rescue pets from trees and people from houses in the immediate neighborhood. There are 2 parts to this task: the first part involves navigating the maze-like streets from an overhead perspective in order to find the troubled residence. Once the house is reached, the second part of the job is to maneuver the firetruck's ladder underneath the person or animal in need of rescue, from a side perspective, and letting them down to safety.
While the first level confines the entire neighborhood to a one-screen maze, later levels span multiple screens, thereby increasing the challenge. Further, later levels also add time limits and additional keys that the player must collect before attempting the rescue mission.
Published on 2/6/2013
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy (1988) is a top-down action shooting game by SNK, based on their earlier arcade game TNK III. You take control of a commando named Paul (codenamed SNAKE) as he mans the titular tank to infiltrate the German stronghold.
In this run, £e Nécroyeur uses tool-assisted precision as well as some tricks, glitches, and luck manipulation to blast his way to victory in a little under 12 minutes.
Published on 7/5/2013

This run further proves that pirate games can be broken not just upon release, but even more so after being TASed.
MESHUGGAH speeds through this unlicensed port of the SNES game based on the movie, using optimized movement and a glitch to jump through the egg pen wall to finish in a mere 00:50.85 seconds.
Published on 1/7/2013

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 00:20.62 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

In Metal Max, a mysterious war known as "The Havoc" has almost destroyed the human civilization. It's unknown how it broke out, and no one even dares to find out. The few who are left have to struggle to survive. Among them is our young hero, E, who just makes his decision to become a great Hunter.
Released by Data East in Japan in 1991, Metal Max was one of the more "creative" console role-playing games due to more freedom in the story. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which surviving people cluster from villages to ruins, while some Hunters among them fight monsters and outlaws in the "wild".
In this run, suwei improves the previous run by 00:50.58 seconds by using "dud" shells instead of panic shells and buying the teleport item from a different place.
Published on 4/13/2013
Game:
Metal Max

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Metal Mech: Man & Machine is a poorly-designed platformer. It has some similarities to Blaster Master: you play as a red-suited man who can pilot a larger vehicle in your quest to destroy aliens. In the first five levels, the mech is usually abandoned in favor of silly-looking bunny-hopping through the levels to get a key (the circular icon with a red K) and reach the end of the stage. The last level features a giant blue robot that flies through the level and fights the Alien Queen at the end.
Note that there are sound glitches, so there is no music during the final boss fight and credits.
Published on 6/26/2013

Moon Crystal (ムーンクリスタル), a platformer only released in Japan, follows a boy on his quest to save his family. The mechanics of the game are slightly reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden and Prince of Persia, with rather detailed animation.
This is a 00:16.07 second improvement to the previous movie using better lag reduction and some new tricks.
Published on 6/4/2013

In Mystery Quest the player is Hao, an apprentice wizard who finally has a chance to prove himself. The Great Wizard has challenged Hao to seek out his four hidden talismans, which he has placed in four different castles.
Hao has a magic attack which can be upgraded once in the game, and can shoot left and right as well as jumping and upward angled shots. There is also a limited variety of items that can help Hao progress through his quest.
In this run, TASeditor runs, jumps and shoots his way through the castles and completes the quest in under 15 minutes.
Published on 7/14/2013
Game:
Mystery Quest

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

NeSnake 2 is a homebrew game made by MatrixZ in the style of the classic game Snake.
This run by MESHUGGAH showcases the only way a Snake game can be TASed for the fastest time. Guess what happens!
Published on 4/5/2013

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 00:22.31 seconds faster than the previous version by Maximus.

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 11/4/2013
Game:
Nightshade

Genres:
Adventure
Fighting
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Popeye is an arcade video game developed by Nintendo, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. In it, Popeye must dodge Bluto and his infinite stack of beer bottles, and other threats that come in his way such as skulls and vultures - while collecting a number of hearts, music notes or letters spelling "HELP" from Olive Oyl.
In this tool-assisted speedrun, MESHUGGAH plays through one loop (three stages), while aiming to get as high a score as possible.
Published on 1/2/2013
Game:
Popeye

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

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.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 1/1/2013
Game:
Road Fighter

Genres:
Racing
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Rollergames is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as a member of a roller skating gang battling two other roller skating gangs...on roller skates, naturally.
In this run, xxNKxx chooses the fastest character and speeds through the game, beating it in only thirteen and a half minutes.
Published on 6/7/2013
Game:
Rollergames

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
fceux 2.2.1

This game is a little similar to Bubble Bobble. Players defeat hordes of enemies in each of fifty stages, only progressing when all enemies are gone. Enemies can either be turned into snowballs or killed by rolling a snowball over them. Unlike Bubble Bobble, though, there is a boss fight every ten stages.
This is a one-player run through the game, which obsoletes the old two-player TAS. Though using two players is faster in some levels, a multiplayer run is slower overall due to the time taken for both players to play the unskippable bonus games.
Published on 1/12/2013

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 movie is 00:01.18 seconds faster than its predecessor, thanks to better optimization and some new strategies.
We also have a 100% Solstice run.

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

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 5/29/2013

Spartan X 2 is a 1991 beat 'em up developed by Tamtex and published by Irem exclusively in Japan. You play as Johnny Thomas, an undercover investigator tasked with taking down the drug syndicate known as Hawk. Whereas Johnny's previous adventure was set entirely in a five-story pagoda, this game sees him fight his way through a variety of different locations, including a train, a warehouse, a boat, an airplane, a mansion, and the Hawk drug plant.
Bernka guides the fearless fighter through all six stages and finishes off Hawk's leader in a little over 6 minutes.
Published on 9/29/2013

Spelunker is a simple adventure game, but a difficult one. The player character dies very easily, and the creator of this TAS utilizes that death many times to save time.
This movie is a 00:18.09-second improvement to the author's previous movie due to route changes and new tricks.
Published on 2/12/2013
Game:
Spelunker

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Inspired by the Action 52 game of the same name, Streemerz is a NES port (by thefox) of a Flash game made for the "Action 52 Owns" game jam by Arthur 'Mr. Podunkian' Lee. It is remade in Bionic Commando style, with grappling hook usage and all. This run plays through "Superb Joe mode", a time trial mode of sorts, and finishes with an in-game time of 0:45.49.
The author, MESHUGGAH, also improves his previous movie by 00:00.32 seconds thanks to better optimization and lag reduction.
There is also a run that completes the game in "Streeeeemerz Mode" by adelikat, Aglar, Noxxa, Really_Tall and Samsara.
Published on 7/18/2013

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.
You can watch this run being played back on a real console.
Published on 4/1/2013
Game:
Sweet Home

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Even though the gameplay of this game doesn't look very interesting, the creators have been playful with the graphics of the game. It almost looks like NES supports layers, which it doesn't.
ventuz - the author - improves the previous movie by 00:11.65.
Published on 1/18/2013
Game:
Sword Master

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.0

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 1 million hit-points. Although this isn't true, the game makes no sense, which is why it is so hard to beat.
In this run, illayaya completes the game without using the "scrolling glitch", the only major timesaver in the game. We also have a run demonstrating that glitch.
Published on 4/13/2013

Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland is similar to the first Tiny Toon Adventures, except this time, the adventure takes place in an amusement park. Invited to the park by a "Secret Admirer", Plucky, Hamton, Babs, Furball, and Buster are in for a wild ride!
The author, Palidian, improves the previous movie by 00:45.99 seconds with a few new tricks, detailed in the author's comments.
Published on 7/31/2013

Toobin' is an unlicensed port of a 1988 Atari arcade game to the NES. Your goal is to float an inner tube down several themed rivers, avoiding obstacles and picking up collectable items. There are also warp whirlpools that can be reached if you destroy the branches surrounding them fast enough.
The author, devanwolf, reaches every warp and achieves top speed in each level by staying along the bottom of the screen, finishing the game 00:01.41 seconds faster than his previous run.
Published on 9/2/2013
Tags:
Uses warps
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.1

This game is based on the movie of the same name, although some liberties are taken to give Arnold a chance to punch some hobos with boomerang tophats and go on an even more extended car chase than in the actual movie. There is also some terrible yet strangely hypnotic music.
This run by MESHUGGAH improves the previous one by 00:15.39 seconds through overloading the object table to prevent some enemies and objects from spawning, better health management and various optimizations. For more information, see the author's comments.
Published on 11/2/2013
Game:
Total Recall

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.2

Where's Waldo? is a video game adaptation of the classic puzzle book series of the same name. The player needs to identify crude, pixelated versions of Waldo amidst enormous crowds, guess blindly where he is in a cave, collect items on a subway track, and finally send him to the moon where he can no longer hide in crowds.
In this movie, MESHUGGAH improves the previous run by 00:06.67 seconds through better luck manipulation.
Published on 1/30/2013
Game:
Where's Waldo?

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Ninja Gaiden is a port of the popular NES game of the same name with upgraded graphics, different music and many gameplay differences.
In this TAS, Bernka and Rum utilize a game-breaking glitch involving corrupting the memory to warp to the end cutscene early.
Published on 10/8/2013

Bishi Bashi Special is a collection of 46 mini-games with a variety of rules.
Here Spikestuff is playing through them quickly while picking up the maximum score of 10 for each. Getting the high score sometimes has odd conditions, like the elephant race where finishing 7-2 is needed for the 10.
For a TAS of a related game, see the Salary Man Champ publication.

Note: This movie is set to obsolete the "Time Trial" mode, because it contains the levels from that mode, and more, effectively superseding it.
Published on 2/9/2013
Game:
Bishi Bashi Special

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Version:
PSXjin v2.0.2 svn0

Bushido Blade is a series of fighting games with a gimmick: everyone can die in one hit. This kind of gameplay lends itself well to time attacking and TASing.
Slash Mode is an unlockable feature where the challenge is to kill 100 opponents as fast as possible. This game adds on to the original Bushido Blade's Slash Mode with an on-screen timer and more variety in enemies and environments.
In this run, Dammit runs through Slash Mode as fast as possible, finishing with an ingame time of 3'34"76.
Published on 7/9/2013

Crash Bandicoot is the first game in a seminal series for the PlayStation.
Utilizing zigzag movement and other new tricks, pirohiko improves the previous movie by a staggering 09:09.65, leaving Neo Cortex wondering just what kind of flying bandicoot on a double espresso he set on the loose. For details on the new tricks, differences between the USA and JPN versions, and the strategies used, reading the author's comments is recommended.
A second YouTube stream is available with an informative overlay that the author used while creating the run. The latter pair of encodes and torrents provides high quality 480p encodes improved for 3D.
Published on 5/19/2013

Disney's Hercules is based on the animated movie of the same name. You take control of Hercules of Greek mythology, son of the god Zeus and a mortal woman, the legendary hero and strongest man in the world. Your goal is to prove yourself worthy of being admitted to Mount Olympus, the residence of gods, and to become a god yourself. You must commit heroic deeds and overcome various obstacles to show your strength and courage. To make this even more difficult, Hades, the overlord of the dead, is sending fearsome Titans to stop you.
The author, Hoandjzj, uses precision and a few tricks to beat this game in just under 34 minutes.
Published on 1/26/2013

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 is a fighting game based on the Dragon Ball Z anime series. The "22" refers to the number of characters unlocked at the start of the game (a few more can be unlocked). The game was panned by critics and consumers alike because of its very poor overall quality.
The author, Noxxa, uses Goku's ridiculously powerful crouching close punch move to deplete enemies' lifebars really quickly and defeat all 27 opponents in record time.
Published on 4/27/2013
Emulator Version:
PCSX-rr v0.1.3

Ehrgeiz - God Bless the Ring is a game with two main modes. The first mode is a 3D fighting game, which is primarily known for including characters from Final Fantasy 7. The PlayStation-exclusive second mode, Quest Mode, is a dungeon-crawling RPG, where randomly generated floor layouts and dropped item probabilities make the game different every time you play.
This run plays through Quest Mode, using lots of luck manipulation to get very short floor layouts. (As a commenter noted in the discussion thread, the game may be more aptly called "God Bless the RNG".)
Published on 2/14/2013

X is trying to find the lost Maverick Hunter Zero, who has gone missing since X5. Of course, once found, Zero does most of the dirty work, while X is practically nowhere to be found.
This run completes all of the stages, showing off how nasty every level is on Xtreme difficulty. As always, Zero is much better suited to killing bosses than X. Zero also uses powerups that he wouldn't be able to use in an any% run.
The author, Rolanmen1, also improves the previous movie by 01:47.03 by taking a different route and using a new trick that allows him to skip the totem poles in Ground Scaravich's stage.
If you want to see the game completed as fast as possible, see the any% run.

Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.
Published on 3/20/2013

Once a proud, spiritual people, Mudokons have largely been reduced to slavery. Now they are the disposable, abusable workforce of the Glukkons.
This movie is just as odd as the world it features. Abe for no reason decides to commit a baseness upon Glukkons and destroy all the labor force they have industriously collected. He doesn't care that it's his own mates who will die. He's not concerned that he too will be milled in the end. The only thing he has to say about it is "Oops". Twisted creep.
This playaround by Dooty (who also made the any% and 100% runs) aims to finish the game as fast as possible while killing as many Mudokons as possible.

Note: In order to view this TAS within the emulator, the GPU plugin P.E.Op.S. Soft GPU 1.4 is required with the "Abe's Games Fix" enabled.
Published on 4/23/2013

This obscure Japan-only Success title is a collection of button-mashing minigames parodying the life of a Japanese salary man (your average white-collar wage worker). If you're looking for weird Japanese humor, look no further than this run.
This is an improvement over the last run, using two players instead of one.
For a TAS of a related game, see the Bishi Bashi Special publication.
Published on 4/26/2013
Tags:
2 Players
Emulator Version:
PSXjin v2.0.2 svn0

It is 16th century Japan, and you are one of two ninjas employed by Lord Gohda, a uniquely compassionate samurai lord. As either Rikimaru or Ayame, you must proceed through your assigned quests, at first dispatching the amoral and unsavory folk in your lord's domain. As the game progresses, you will come face to face with greater threats from tengu goblins and oni demons.
A full 3D game in the Tomb Raider spirit, Tenchu focuses on stealth and attacking unseen over straight action. Not being spotted leads to higher scores and better equipment. To aid in this, you can not only creep about and hug walls, but you can also use your grappling hook. The scenery is diverse, from Japanese castles to mountain retreats, each with their own soundtrack and types of opponents. Game engine cutscenes push the story forward, which vary slightly for the two ninjas.
In this run, Hâthor doesn't care very much about stealth, and his ninja likes to blow himself up along with the bosses.
Published on 7/5/2013

Electronic Arts brings Blizzard's best-selling strategy game to the PlayStation and Saturn in this release. They've combined all the missions from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and its expansion pack, Beyond the Dark Portal, into one package.
You take charge of either the humans and elves or the orcish hordes for control of the lands of Azeroth. Eventually you work through the dark portal and into the orcs' homeland. You take charge of either side as you work through more than 20 missions per side in the fight for survival.
New features for the console release include an auto-build option, where you can set a queue of units to be produced and the ability to select sixteen units at a time instead of the PC's nine.
This run by Flip plays through the Orcish Horde's Tides of Darkness campaign.

Note: The ending FMV cutscene has some graphical errors due to inaccurate emulation
Published on 7/27/2013
Emulator Version:
PSXjin v2.0.2

Sega Galaga is the only port of the classic arcade game that has a different name. It is effectively a completely different game than the arcade version. While the basic concept is the same, this version has simplified sound and rules, no challenge modes and all of the waves are identical, although the enemy movement increases and decreases in cycles, reaching the fastest speed at level 35.
This run by dwangoAC beats the example high score in the fastest time possible.
We also have runs of the MSX version and Atari 7800 version.
Published on 3/28/2013
Game:
Sega-Galaga

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.0

Alien Syndrome is a scrolling shooter arcade conversion.
Your job is to run around and rescue all the captives and make it to the escape hatch before the time bomb explodes. Then face the mother alien at the end of the level.
Published on 12/22/2013
Game:
Alien Syndrome

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-1.5.3

Based on the characters of the popular French Asterix comic series, this platform game released in 1991 has you follow the two indomitable Gauls Asterix and Obelix as they travel to Rome to confront Julius Caesar.
In each level the player must find the key and make their way to the exit, while avoiding dumb looking legionnaires and making use of potions with various fantastical effects. An interesting feature of this game is that the player can choose between the two heroes for each level, and their different control styles mean that most levels can be completed in a variety of different ways.
With strategic character selection, clever use of shortcuts, and carefully-timed potion use, Johnnypoiro sails through each of the 21 levels, all while minimizing the score to shorten the points tally scene at the end of the game.
Published on 1/17/2013
Game:
Astérix

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
Bizhawk 1.3.0

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

Congo's Caper is a platform game developed and published by Data East and is the sequel to Joe & Mac.
Congo and his girl Congette were two monkeys happily living in the jungle when a magic ruby fell out of the sky and turned both of them into half-humans. The ruby also set free a demon-kid who promptly kidnapped Congette. Now it's up to the newly evolved Congo to hurry through the jungle and rescue her.
The author, Dooty, utilized a number of tricks and glitches to accomplish this goal quickly. For more information, see the author's comments.
Published on 1/23/2013
Game:
Congo's Caper

Genres:
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-1.3.0

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

DoReMi Fantasy is ostensibly the Japan-only sequel to Milon's Secret Castle, though in practice it turns out to be a very different game, just a plain platformer with no big puzzle elements. Milon has set out to travel through seven different worlds to bring music back to the world (courtesy of his hometown's forest) and rescue his friend from the clutches of an evil wizard (who, conveniently, is also responsible for causing the music to disappear).
This run is faster than its predecessor by 01:26.26.
Published on 5/7/2013
Emulator Version:
Snes9x rerecording 1.43 v17

The first of the two "interactive fighters" for SNES based on the famous manga series Dragon Ball. "Totsugeki Hen" tells the story of the hero, Son Goku, following the first volume of the manga. The boy Son Goku meets a mysterious girl named Bulma, and she sends him on a mission to obtain the magical Dragon Balls. Naturally, Bulma is not the only one needing those Balls, so that the young hero will soon have to face and defeat some bad guys, including his first true rival Piccolo.
Published on 1/6/2013

EarthBound, also known as Mother 2, is a great RPG, designed by Shigesato Itoi in 1994-1995. It is best described as "random", but in a good way. The game has a great emphasis on humor; indeed, many things in the game are almost caricatured, from subplots to characters. It also has a versatile soundtrack.
Pirohiko improved the previous TAS by almost 5 minutes by resetting at precisely the right time to corrupt the SRAM and skip most of the game, including the credits.

The second YouTube encode includes a scrolling input display.
Published on 10/17/2013

James Bond Jr. is the SNES adaptation of the TV show of the same name.
The world’s greatest scientists have mysteriously disappeared! Intelligence reports indicate that James Bond Junior's old enemy, SCUM Lord, has imprisoned them on his island fortress in the Caribbean. Without hesitation, Junior heads out on four dangerous missions to save the scientists and thwart SCUM Lord’s plans!
The author, laranja, completes this game in 18:44.68. For more information, see his notes.
We also have a run of the NES version.
Published on 1/19/2013

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

Lester the Unlikely is a game about a typical teenager named Lester. After falling asleep nearby a cargo crate, he is accidentally loaded by a ship that then gets hijacked by pirates. Jumping ship with nothing more than a life jacket, Lester must find his way home.
Swordless Link completes this game in a little under 16 minutes using various tricks. For more information, see his notes.
Published on 1/22/2013
Emulator Version:
Snes9x

Lucky Luke for SNES is based on a comic book series popular in Europe. The eponymous cowboy has to arrest four of the Dalton brothers – Averell, William, Jack, and Joe. On his mission, he makes his way through various locations shooting bad guys and collecting useful items. In each area, he must complete an objective such as freeing a Bank Director or collecting the necessary number of items in order to progress. There are also some autoscrolling sections where he chases after one of the Dalton brothers or hurries to avoid certain death.
In this run, TASeditor runs, jumps, and climbs through the game, completing it in under 25 minutes.
Published on 11/7/2013
Game:
Lucky Luke

Genres:
Platform
Shooter
Emulator Version:
lsnes-rr1-delta18

Metal Max Returns is the remake of the NES game Metal Max. It features better graphics and sound, revised areas, references to Metal Max 2, and slightly decreased difficulty.
Because of the requirements for completion in this game, this movie is quite different from the original Metal Max (which was TASed by the same author, suwei). For a list of the differences and more information, see the author's notes.

The YouTube encode contains commentary from the author in the form of captions.
Published on 1/19/2013
Game:
Metal Max Returns

Genres:
RPG
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.3.0

Metal Warriors is a battlemech action game with platforming elements, similar to Cybernator in concept. The game's distinctive feature is the ability to pilot six different mechs, which vary considerably in gameplay style. Each of these mechs is equipped with its own melee weapons, firearms, and shields. The mechs also have different movement capabilities: for instance, one can roll as a ball, another can walk on walls and ceilings, and one is an agile flier.
In addition, the player can eject from their mech and fly using a jetpack. Although they are extremely vulnerable in this form, the player needs to be out of the mech to accomplish certain objectives, such as activating switches.
In this run, Dooty shoots, stomps, and crashes his way through the missions, using smooth tool-assisted movement and a few glitches to defeat the Dark Axis in under 15 minutes.
Published on 9/9/2013
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.5.1

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

Our young hero Chezni, on a bet, enters and explores a forbidden tower and manages to activate an ancient machine deactivated 10,000 years ago. Naturally, he spends the next two and a half hours trying to figure out how to turn it off again.
This RPG is unusual because the player's health is used to cast magic spells, so there is no separate "MP" stat in this game. Rather than having a list of spells you learn, you instead gain the skills of several spirits; each spirit has its own spell, or you can combine two spirits to make a different spell. (In this run, you'll mostly see Chezni use the Fire Spirit, especially since repeated use of a spirit makes its magic stronger.) You can also recruit mercenaries to join your party at different points in the game, similar to The 7th Saga.
The author, janus completes this game an amazing 24 minutes faster than the previous run, largely due to massive use of AtkBack which makes enemies take a fraction of the damage that they inflict on the player. With this spell, the end bosses basically beat themselves up! There is also much more manipulation to minimize the number of random encounters. See the submission comments for more details.
Published on 11/30/2013

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

¡Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! A super fast hero and ethnic stereotyping, what more can you ask for in a TAS?
Unlike the any% run, here Speedy Gonzales spends some extra time to rescue all kidnapped mice, getting the alternate ending.

The movie file, YouTube, and downloadable encodes contain a subtitle commentary track.
Published on 7/14/2013

The third installment of the Bomberman series for the SNES scales back a lot of gameplay additions made in Bomberman '94 and Super Bomberman 2 and returns to the classic formula. There is also a more expansive multiplayer mode.
This run by KusogeMan plays through the main mode and beats it in slightly more than 25 minutes.
Published on 4/7/2013
Game:
Super Bomberman 3

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
lsnes-rr1-delta15epsilon3

Acknowledged as one of the best Mario games of all time, Super Mario World is a must see for fans of classic games. This run completes the game fully (all 96 exits) and makes use of almost every known glitch to make it as fast and exciting as possible.
This TAS by bahamete, Kaizoman666 & Masterjun is an improvement of 06:43.97 minutes over the previous movie. The improvement comes from new glitches and better optimization.
Published on 2/7/2013

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is a vibrant, colorful and fun game that stars the popular Yoshi. From a technical standpoint, the game is very exceptional on the SNES due to its use of the SuperFX² coprocessor. The chip allows for many cool special effects that are otherwise impossible on the SNES.
This is a 100% completion of the game. It plays through all the levels and collects every item that contributes to end-of-level score: 5 flowers, 20 red coins, and 30 stars. By getting 100% completion in each stage, six extra stages are also unlocked. These are played at the end of the run, again with 100% scores.
The authors of the run have spent over three years working on this run, showing off plenty of egg juggling, precise shots, and other incredible antics. This run does not use certain glitches present in the other runs of the game (an any% run and a warp glitch run), but there should still be plenty to surprise you. Reading the authors' lengthy comments is recommended.

Note: The many graphical issues are a result of inaccurate emulation.
Published on 2/19/2013

In The Firemen the player controls the fireman, Pete. The Metrotech building is a high-rise chemical plant, which today is hosting a Christmas party, and a fire! Gameplay follows Pete and his sidekick Danny, but there are also three other members of the unit that show up in cutscenes. Their plan is to collect the dangerous explosive MDL from the basement, and use it to blow up the water tank on the roof! The game is set in New York, but it never got a US release.
This run uses the invincibility after taking damage from small fires to get past larger fires. Water grenades can greatly speed boss fights, so the route takes detours to pick some up. Explosions from spraying certain windows is used, because it puts out nearby fires. Boss-battles are finished near the door to save time when the game auto-leaves the level.
Published on 1/10/2013
Game:
The Firemen

Genres:
Adventure
Emulator Version:
Snes9x 1.43 v17

The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock is a game in which you navigate a map that functions like a board game to complete platforming and racing levels. The point of this is to find the Treasure of Sierra Madrock, for whoever finds it will become the Great Poobah of the Water Buffalos.
In this run, the author, HHS, has Fred handle all of the action while attempting to minimize the length of Barney's useless turns. For more details, see the author's notes.
Published on 1/21/2013

Timecop is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game that is based on the movie of the same name. Intending to be a semi-sequel, this game offers many stages not shown in the major motion picture.
Published on 1/2/2013
Game:
Timecop

Genres:
Action
Platform
Emulator Version:
BizHawk-1.2.0

If real life had savestates, you could be a millionaire.
Starting with just $1000, the author reaches 10 million dollars in under one and a half minutes, proving once again that games defy reality.
This movie is 00:47.39 seconds faster than its predecessor by the same author. In particular, improvements come from skipping an intro scene, and an improved method of going from $1000 to $100000.
Published on 7/20/2013
Game:
Vegas Stakes

Genres:
Sport
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.1.0a

Yoshi's Safari is one of the few SNES titles that supports the Super Scope accessory. Bowser and his Koopalings have invaded Jewelry Land and stolen all of the kingdom's precious jewels. Armed with the Scope, Mario rides Yoshi to find Bowser and recover the jewels.
As this is a lightgun game, this run basically shoots everything in sight.
Published on 4/8/2013
Game:
Yoshi's Safari

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
lsnes rr2-β4

Pucca's Kisses Game is a cute little WiiWare title starring the popular Pucca, who's on a journey across dangerous areas to catch and kiss her crush, Garu.
While this is a fairly simple game, RachelB still employs some extremely precise tricks, such as wrapping the Wii Remote across the screen in one frame, to help beat it in the fastest time possible.
Published on 6/26/2013
Emulator Version:
Dolphin

Eryi's Action is a sidescrolling platformer where Eryi must charge through a series of devious traps and enemies in order to stop Farta and recover her melon. There are so many of these traps, in fact, that the developers designated the game a "trapformer". In many cases, the most obvious path through an area does not work, and only clever thinking or trial-and-error will allow Eryi to proceed safely.
Aside from the traps, the game is designed to be very similar to Super Mario Bros.: enemies are defeated by being jumped upon, a flagpole must be reached at the end of each stage, and there are even mushrooms (which can be used as trampolines).
In this run, Bernka uses tool assistance to barely steer Eryi away from many traps and even fool several others, chaining mushroom and enemy jumps and moving precisely to beat the game in the fastest time possible.
For a movie of a similar but much less polished game, see the Syobon Action TAS.
Published on 11/21/2013
Emulator Version:
Hourglass-r81

In Eversion, Zee-Tee is on a quest to rescue the princess across multiple realms, each one more disturbing than the last...
Despite not collecting all the gems, this run by Bernka achieves the good ending by using a glitch to trick the game into unlocking Level 8 with minimum gems.
Published on 4/18/2013

Syobon Action, also known as "Cat Mario", is an extremely difficult Mario-clone platformer that usually takes many tries to complete.
In this run, happy_mario and TEHH_083 aim to complete the game as fast as possible — and even faster than before, improving the previous run of this game by two seconds.
Published on 4/21/2013
Emulator Version:
Hourglass - r81


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