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 Post subject: RQ: Gradius II [Famicom]
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:46 pm 

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Hey guys! I've found a pretty strange issue about Gradius II that Google knows nothing about... (excuse my bad English, I'm not a native speaker). I'm not sure if the Gradius II Arcade topic is the right one to post this.

I've decided to challenge myself with a Gradius II no-shield run today. I wanted to undust an old bootleg cartridge I've bought as a kid, it is hacked to have a stronger shield, so I had another excuse to abstain from using the shield. Besides this and lack of "KONAMI 1988" at the title screen, everything looks and plays exactly the same.
My run:

After playing a loop through the game and re-viewing the gameplay video, I've noticed that I've earned a whopping amount (~650k) of points for killing the Spider Walker. In my previous runs (including those on that bootleg cart and on original one), I usually finished a 1cc loop with 400-600k score. I thought that the scoring system might have been hacked too, but then I saw a video where a dude finished his 1cc with over 1m score (750k of which he got after killing Spider Walker) on what seems to be an original ROM.
Over 1m run:

I thought that the amount of points you get for killing that boss depends on how fast you kill it, but if it was true, speedrunners would finish with similar scores (and they hardly ever get over 600k). Has anyone found out what's the strat for maximizing the amount of point you get from the Walker?

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