ROM with a view
July 9, 2010 6:53 PM   Subscribe

By combining speedruns with the large-scale world maps from the VGMaps, these "zoomed out" videos of classic NES games provide a unique perspective on the game world (best viewed in 1080p). Metroid - Mega Man 2 - Contra - Super Mario Bros 3 - Zelda
posted by BlackLeotardFront (31 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Oops, my mistake - Zelda links to SMB3. Correct link for Zelda.

Unfortunately, other than Metroid, they are not the entire games. That would be quite a project.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:55 PM on July 9, 2010

This is very, very awesome.
posted by griphus at 7:13 PM on July 9, 2010

SMB3 is hardly a speedrun-- more like a get-every-item run.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:18 PM on July 9, 2010

Saw this neat one for Super Mario Bros. just the other day.
posted by event at 7:20 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is similar, but a little bit cooler:

It's a speed run of Super Mario, through to level 8, projected on a sidewalk. What's interesting in this video is that the enemy sprites continue to move around and be active outside of the normal 4:3 view frame that contains Mario. So, for example, when Bowser shots off a fireball you can watch it travel all the way down the sidewalk, regardless of where Mario happens to be.
posted by i_have_a_computer at 7:23 PM on July 9, 2010 [5 favorites]

i_have_a_computer - yeah, I saw that when it was going around yesterday. Probably a ROM hack or something.

Heh and yeah event, only the Metroid is really a proper TAS.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:31 PM on July 9, 2010

Fixed the Zelda link. And oh god oh god oh god.
posted by cortex at 7:49 PM on July 9, 2010

This reminded me of the work-in-progress ICU64, which among other things lets you see the whole map while you play Boulder Dash or Paradroid.
posted by seikleja at 7:54 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Love the title.
posted by brundlefly at 8:01 PM on July 9, 2010

No "nerdgasm" tag?
posted by mhoye at 8:06 PM on July 9, 2010

wow. watching the run-through of metroid brought back memories I haven't thought about in a long long time.

I remember when we got a nintendo. I thought it was amazing. My mom ran a day-care out of our house for children who's parents were teachers. one of the kids, Eric, his mom was a school teacher but his dad did reviews for nintendo power. When we got the nintendo i thought my mom ruled for getting video games for us, it only dawned on me later in life that she was a gamer. It becomes obvious in hindsight that the nintendo power subscription was for her :)

watching this run through of metroid reminded me of the maps of metroid levels that my mom would hand draw on continuous perforated paper(ref). I remember these huge continuous folded rolls of metroid levels that my mom would draw to track her progress and try to figure out as much of the game as possible. looking at the speed run and remembering what I can of her maps, I think she did a pretty amazing job!

She passed away in her sleep 8 years ago just barely into her 50's. I can only imagine what she would do if she could see these speed runs on this 'you-tube thing', let alone her oldest boy divorced and alone. I miss her so much, but I know she thinks this rules! thanks BlackLeotardFront
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 8:09 PM on July 9, 2010 [22 favorites]

I love this stuff, although I'm kind of glad there's not one (at least, not a link in the post to one) of Castlevania, which I think is still my all-time favorite game... for whatever reason, my mind's eye still imagines all the parts of the mouldering castle that you don't see. I always loved the part (I think in the third level) where the tower where you eventually confront the Count scrolls by in the background. Details like that really make a game for me.

Also: I always forget what a freakin' cool game Paradroid is. I really need a proper joystick to revisit my C64 youth.
posted by usonian at 8:09 PM on July 9, 2010 [3 favorites]

Bohemia Mountain: She sounded awesome. My own mother would never have deigned to play something like a game. She tended to say the word with disdain dripping from her voice.
posted by JHarris at 8:29 PM on July 9, 2010

Another 8 bit map
posted by exogenous at 8:30 PM on July 9, 2010

That Metroid video kind of blows my mind.
posted by infinitywaltz at 8:43 PM on July 9, 2010

oh wow oh wow oh wow oh wow.
posted by Theta States at 9:11 PM on July 9, 2010

The Quickman run showed me both a lot of things the guy was doing wrong (that's my particular speedrun specialty-level) but also a few parts where he was doing things more deftly that I have been. Good to know.

(Also this is awesome)
posted by Navelgazer at 9:26 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

I remember doing this Pitfall II map by hand on graph paper. I spent quite a few hours in front of the C64 while doing it. Kids these days have it so easy with their newfangled internets...
posted by Harald74 at 10:17 PM on July 9, 2010

posted by fuq at 11:22 PM on July 9, 2010

Urrrmn... maybe I'm sleepy, but doesn't it look like the Metroid map is chock full of hacks? He gets the ball item at the beginning but he already has bombs? He jumps at doors and suddenly he can travel vertically through the map?
posted by cavalier at 12:55 AM on July 10, 2010

Alright, low resolution was my bane. No bombs, but a shit ton of door hacks. Speed runs should hack the AI, not the doors! [cane]
posted by cavalier at 1:16 AM on July 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

That Wolfenstein map is absolutely amazing.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:05 AM on July 10, 2010

Bohemia Mountain: this one's for your mom. She sounded like a pretty cool lady.
posted by komara at 8:15 AM on July 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Damn... what a great idea. VGMaps is an awesome resource. Maybe the first attempt of its kind to archive and catalog virtual worlds on such a level. I've been using their maps as resources for various 8Bit projects for the past few weeks.
posted by codacorolla at 8:45 AM on July 10, 2010

>Urrrmn... maybe I'm sleepy, but doesn't it look like the Metroid map is chock full of hacks? He gets the ball item at the beginning but he already has bombs? He jumps at doors and suddenly he can travel vertically through the map?

He repeatedly uses a door glitch to bypass areas he doesn't have the proper item for. I don't see him use the bombs at all. He kills Kraid to get enough missiles to finish the game, gets the freeze ray, then proceeds directly to Mother Brain.

Wish more of these were speedruns...
posted by neckro23 at 9:27 AM on July 10, 2010

VGMaps is also the resource for some of the best desktop backgrounds ever.
posted by sleeping bear at 9:32 AM on July 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

The missiles thing threw me. Do you get a lump bonus of missile storage for knocking Kraid over? Bumped up to a certain floor value if you're not there already? Clearly my memory is going.

I was also thrown by a couple of the transitional respawns—after Kraid, Samus restarts at the entrance to Kraid's Hideout; after grabbing the ice beam, she restarts at the initial spawn point. I'm guess this is just forced deaths with lightning fast respawn turnarounds from some well-timed button pushing, but I didn't catch the actual dying bits.

Anyway, the metroid run is really neat but it probably would have been more satisfying to watch a slower but less outright hacky run. The door hack is some badass glitchsploitation but it's jarring and uninspiring to watch in action.
posted by cortex at 9:33 AM on July 10, 2010

Yeah, the missiles made me wonder -- you do get a small lump sum, and it seeemd like he was killing everything with missiles, which in my experience gave you a higher chance of getting missiles spawned, but still... hacktastic.

Doesn't take away from the amazing full-map experience, of coz.
posted by cavalier at 10:54 AM on July 10, 2010

Cavalier and Cortex -

Defeating Kraid adds 75 missiles to your total, I think. 75 from Kraid plus 75 from Ridley plus 21 (I assume) missile power-ups at 5 each = 255 total, the max that particular variable can hold.

But yeah, I really was hoping it was one of the actual 100% speedruns and not a TAS when I started watching it... maybe if we beg, they'll put up a speedrun version.

Personally I'd like to see Terimikaseh's single-segment run of Super Metroid on one of these. Utterly insane.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:56 PM on July 10, 2010

Pretty cool, but couldn't they have selected an actual speedy speedrun for SMB3 instead of this person dawdling around?
posted by tybeet at 7:39 AM on July 11, 2010

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