Tool-assisted movies (32)

Published on 8/31/2018
New Super Mario Bros. was released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. It features your typical side-scrolling plumber, but in this case he comes with enhanced abilities, like wall jumping and doing flips.
Most of the game can normally be skipped with warp cannons. Here, the author avoids those cannons, allowing you to see much more plumbing action.
Soig improves the previous movie by 5.35 seconds, thanks to better optimisation.

Published on 12/30/2012
Buster Brothers, also known as Pang, is a well-known series of puzzle games. This is the first release of the series, ported to the Game Boy. The Author decided to pick the GB version for TASing because the levels are simpler, which makes the run shorter and easier to optimize.
The plot is rather simple. Some "bubbles" are attacking the Earth and you must travel across the world busting them. The game has 50 stages divided into 17 locations: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Keirin, Emerald Temple, Australia, Taj Mahal, Leningrad, Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, Egypt, Kenya, New York, Maya, Antartica and Easter Island. It offers the option to start from Leningrad and thus skip 18 levels. However, p4wn3r ignored this and went through all the levels to show the entire game.
Buster Bros.

Emulator Replay:
VBA-rr v23 svn217

Published on 8/14/2021
Pokémon is a phenomenon that made itself very famous in a short time a few years ago. Pokémon Blue is part of the first generation of the games of that series that were made.
Up until this day, thousands of Pokémon fans have analyzed the games, finding out the exact formulae of how each battle situation in these games works out, how experience and levels and everything works, and what are the most effective ways to battle.

You can watch the complete run played back on console

Published on 5/24/2017
After a long hibernation meant to purge his body of the Wily Virus, Zero is awakened to save Ciel and the resistance. Zero decides to help, but what he really wants is to have some slashing fun.
Unlike the other run of this game, this run doesn't use mission skips, which means that the author had to beat every mission as fast as possible.
This run from Flameberger improves the previous movie by 00:35.93 seconds.

Published on 5/16/2018
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It is an enhanced remake of the Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Mario Bros. 3, and is based on the remake found in Super Mario All-Stars for the Super NES.
It contains several enhancements, including the addition of Mario and Luigi's voices by Charles Martinet, a multiplayer mode based on the original arcade game Mario Bros and the ability to scan e-Cards, utilizing two Game Boy Advances, the e-Reader, and a copy of Super Mario Advance 4. Once a card is scanned, it adds certain content to the game.
JeyKey_55 beats every level in the game in record time. For an "all levels" run of the NES game, see this TAS by Lord Tom & Tompa.
Note that this run plays the original European release for the GBA, the e-Reader levels were not present in that version. If you want to see all the e-Reader levels beaten, we have such a movie as well.

Published on 1/21/2021
Pokémon: Yellow Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the games can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.
In contrast, this run by TiKevin83 refrains from using any memory corrupting glitches and beats the game in a little over an hour and half. The Pokédoll trick is used to skip a dungeon in the game, but that is considered a minor developer oversight and does not corrupt the memory.

The author provided video commentary for this movie being played back on console that can be viewed here.

Published on 8/8/2009
Kid Chameleon is the story of a kid trapped in an arcade machine, where he has to traverse many different kinds of levels from different "games" and can transform into many types of characters. It is rather convoluted, with the ability to take many paths to the last level.
Instead of taking the fastest path, this movie takes the longest path possible without backtracking, but does so as quickly as possible. Several new tricks originated in this run that only recently found their way into the any%.

Published on 12/17/2014
Pac-Land is a classic platformer in which Pac-Man must travel across his colorful cartoon world to return lost fairies to Fairyland. This isn't as leisurely as it sounds, as his rivals, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde and Sue are out to get him along the way.
Unlike the other run by the same author, this one avoids the level warp in order to play through all 32 stages as fast as possible.

Published on 9/26/2022
The Fairyland Story is a platforming game that was originally developed as an arcade game and later got ports for the MSX and X68000. It is similar to fellow Taito arcade Bubble Bobble in that you have to defeat all the enemies in each room in order to progress. Here, you play as a witch named Ptolemy, who can transform enemies into cakes that she can squish or push off platforms to crush other enemies with. Her end goal to defeat the dragon Dracolisk and get back the magic gem it stole.
Darkman425 decides to forgo using any warps in this run in favor of showcasing every level the game has to offer as quickly as possible, manipulating the RNG or enemy AI whenever necessary.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

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

Published on 4/17/2016
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up game known for its extreme difficulty spread over 12 difficult levels. The mechanics in the game also change drastically from level to level, making the game one of the hardest and most varied for the NES.
In this game, the second most diabolical evil genius in the universe, The Dark Queen, has kidnapped Princess Angelica and Pimple - a battletoad. Rash and Zitz must save them by traveling through the most insane multilevel set of plans ever designed. This includes falling down huge shafts, racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speeds, riding on snakes through a massive maze of spikes, passing through a killer ventilation system, navigating through a missile defense system, climbing a never ending revolving tower, and much much more. Along the way, the Battletoads must also face off against an evil army of robots, genetically engineered rodents, and The Dark Queen herself.
In this run, feos, Alyosha, and Samsara improved upon the previous publication by 02:39.34 using many new tricks and glitches.

Published on 8/18/2020
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up known for its graphics and extreme difficulty. The story is that the sexy Dark Queen who wants to rule the universe has kidnapped Princess Angelica and a toad named Pimple. Two other toads, Rash and Zitz, attempt to rescue them and defeat the Dark Queen.
This run has two players and does not use warps.
As always, a bug on level 11 prevents player 2 from moving, so he gets a game over for that level. Player 1 plays level 11 alone and player 2 comes back for level 12. This is a bug in Battletoads itself.
Lobsterzelda improves the previous movie by 00:11.10 seconds.
You can watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 10/30/2022
KUBO is a homebrew NES game developed by a six-year old boy and his supportive father as part of a father and son summer project. You play as a cowboy turtle who must travel through a world full of monsters to retrieve a jewel. The game was programmed by the father using NESMaker and the designs were made by his son.
In this run, MarioAtWork exploits quirks in the NESMaker engine in order to beat the game in record time. Diagonal walking is not supposed to be possible, but a glitch called "drifting" makes it possible in all directions except the down-right direction. You can read the author's notes for more details.
You can get the game here.

Published on 6/10/2011
Nuts & Milk is a platform game deriving influences from a number of famous Nintendo games, including Kirby (puffy pink blob as a protagonist), Mario Bros. (green and red fireballs), Donkey Kong Jr. (spring platforms, jumping from ladder to ladder and fruits) and Wrecking Crew (barrels).
This improvement of 00:15.22 seconds over the previous published movie collects all the fruit in all stages, including the bonus round (the latter of which triggers the 'PERFECT' ending).

You can watch this run being played back on a console.

Published on 12/15/2010
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll is a 3D game mostly about collecting objects along the line of "nibble bibbles". The biggest part of the game is the tricky maneuvers required to complete the big mountain levels that are difficult to perform in real time.
This is a single player speedrun of this game, the two-player speedrun can be viewed here.
This movie has a full Atlas Map encode, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.
Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.3

Published on 12/19/2015
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll is a 3D game mostly about collecting the "nibble bibbles" or something like that. The biggest part of the game is the tricky maneuvers required to complete the big mountain levels.
This movie is a 35 second improvement to the previous author's movie, due to using better lag management, platforming, and routing. No warps are used.
There is also a one-player run available.

Published on 10/8/2007
This game is a little similar to Bubble Bobble. Two players defeat hordes of enemies in fifty stages, only progressing when all enemies are gone. Enemies can either be turned into snowballs or can be killed by rolling a snowball on them. Unlike Bubble Bobble, though, there are boss fights every ten stages.
This is a 2 minute 48 second improvement over the previous movie. Like the previous movie it uses 2 players and does not take warps.
This movie is slower than the one-player version primarily because the slot machine bonus game after bosses takes longer with two players.
Snow Bros.

Emulator Replay:
FCEU 0.98.12

Published on 1/12/2013
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 5/4/2011
Solomon’s Key is a puzzle platform game with an old clumsy magician who has the power of creating and destroying platforms. And through that power, he saves the world.
This movie plays all the rooms of the game, including the hidden rooms with Page of Time, Page of Space, and even a princess of some kind. (Fairy collection rooms were not included.) No warps were used. Due to those secrets, it accomplishes the best ending of the game.
This movie is almost a minute and a half faster than the predecessor movie. In addition, it marks the obsoletion of the last Famtasia movie.

Published on 8/25/2014
Bowser has kidnapped the princess (again) and Mario must save the day. But this time through, he takes a stroll. Nothing bothers Mario as he walks through all the stages, sometimes backwards, on his way to save the princess.
This movie demonstrates that it's possible to complete every single stage without pressing the B button. Having been bothered by the lack of running and shooting in this game, the ending outright asks the player to press B.
This movie also improves the previous one by 00:09.32 seconds through new strategies and better optimization.

The authors have provided a comparison encode, which is available for download at, and as a YouTube stream.
This run can be played back on a real NES console, watch that here!

Published on 6/16/2018
This movie is a full warpless run-through by HappyLee and Mars608.
It is a 00:00.70 second improvement over the previous movie by MrWint by the time Mario touches the final goal on Stage 8-4. Most of the improvement comes from faster Stage 5-1 involving a Bullet Bill and faster Stage 6-2 involving a vine. For detailed information, you can read the authors' comments.
This movie has been replayed on an NES console. Watch the video of it here.

Published on 3/1/2011

Published on 5/4/2015
Technically an improvement of one of the oldest runs on the site, this TAS aims to complete all levels and overworld enemy battles as fast as possible.
The run features tricks and strategies not seen in the current warpless run, and is worth checking out even if you're already familiar with that run.

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

Published on 12/21/2015
Super Mario Bros. 3 completed fast ― without using the magic whistles.
Although this movie doesn't use the magic whistles, it does skip stages, and actually skips them quite a lot, with the aid of various items such as the hammers.
This is an improvement of about 44.5 seconds over the previous movie.

All encodes of this run come with the author's lengthy commentary as subtitles. Author's vocal commentary during the run's video can be watched on Twitch.

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

Published on 7/2/2021
The Wit.nes is an NES demake of the 2016 puzzle game "The Witness". The game features a various collection of grid puzzles, with each one unlocking a new puzzle or a new area on the map. Some puzzles will have different symbols that signify different ways a puzzle has to be solved, such as separating colored dots or drawing different shapes with each line.
Despite being fully playable and having the support of Jonathan Blow (the creator of the original game), The Wit.nes was only released as a demo and never saw further updates.
FractalFusion improves on the predecessor movie by 00:00.72 seconds via new routing and largely thanks to a new solution proposed by I have no name to one of the puzzles. In addition to a faster completion time, this run has a side-goal of making as many 90-degree turns as possible, which ended up being 315 (see the submission notes for more details).

You can watch this run being played back on a console.

Published on 9/1/2016
Wolverine is an action-platformer starring the hero of the same name from the X-Men. In it, Wolverine finds himself stranded on an island full of obstacles, enemies, and hamburger power-ups. He must navigate through it all with his iconic claws to defeat his evil adversaries Magneto and, finally, Sabretooth.
This is a 00:13.48 improvement over the previous movie by goofydylan8.
Please also check out the run for Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge, which is a SNES game, also made by LJN, where Wolverine's gameplay was ported to the applicable levels.

Published on 12/18/2017
Psycho Fox is about furry animals out to stop the evil Madfox Daimyojin, using their trusty bird friend as a baseball to knock out enemies.
This run from The8bitbeast completes the game as fast as possible, while forgoing warps. For more details, please read the authors' comments.
There is also a run of this game, which completes the game with warps.

Published on 5/26/2008
As you might know, Konami realised they went a little overboard with the difficulty of the arcade version of Gradius III, so the SNES port got noticeably easier (and laggier). However, it still remains one of the hardest and most unforgiving shoot 'em ups released in its era.
This is Cpadolf's take at the shmupping carnage, resulting in a significant improvement in both speed and style over the previous movie by Krocketneo. In total, 2 minutes 53 seconds are saved thanks to lag reduction and faster boss fights. The author also kills a greater percentage of enemies (still not fully 100%, though — read the comments for more details).
The game is completed in Arcade mode (still a far cry from the actual arcade game), which is accessed by tapping A on the main menu screen. It is strongly recommended to read the congratulatory text appearing after the end credits. ;)

Published on 2/24/2021
In this strange game, you play a character named Plok who wants to get rid of all the fleas on his home island. Plok has the ability to shoot his arms and legs to harm enemies. To complete some stages, Plok has to kill all the fleas in the stage before the goal flag appears at the end of the stage.
Plok is in a hurry, so he looks for opportunities to travel faster. He finds slides lying around almost everywhere. He finds nice presents making him a lot faster. He finds tiny holes in the Flea Pit for big shortcuts. He finds helpful sawblades, nice guys pushing him into the right direction, and even a lovely fish which helps him climb a mountain. Even water helps him climb a mountain to discover one more slide. He also takes advantage of the fact that he can do bigger jumps without his legs.
Memory and fsvgm777 return to the island of Akrillic for another TAS, this time completing every level in the game, and defeating every boss, in record time. Click here to see the authors' any% run of Plok!.

Published on 7/4/2017
The Lost Levels is a remake of the game released in Japan as Super Mario Bros 2. It introduces a number of new obstacles into the standard Super Mario Bros. formula, including poisonous mushrooms, wind, reverse warp zones, and of course many tricky jumps. It's difficult enough that Nintendo of America decided to completely re-theme a different game and release that as Super Mario Bros. 2 instead; The Lost Levels is the first time the Japanese sequel was released to the rest of the world.
This movie saves 164 frames over previous publication. All levels are played, including the secret world 9, and the extremely difficult A through D worlds.

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

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

Published on 10/13/2011
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 SuperFX chip, which allows for many cool special effects that are otherwise impossible on the SNES.
This movie by Carl Sagan (no, not that Carl Sagan) is fast-paced, action-packed, and full of entertaining tricks and maneuvers. In other words, the very essence we tool-assisted speedrun makers enjoy. It also improves the previous run of this game by over 5 minutes. For more details, we recommend reading the author's comments; there's a lot more to this movie than meets the eye.
This run forgoes using the null egg glitch to finish the game within minutes and instead plays through the regular levels. To see the null egg glitch in action, check out the any% run by Masterjun. For more Yoshi's Island action, check out our 100% run.

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