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Offline homerwannabee

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OK, I get why non arcade NES games are popular to speedrun, but I get confused as why poor imitation NES games of Arcade/MAME games are more popular.  For instance there are 64 entries for speedrunning the first level of Donkey Kong NES, but there isn't even a speedrun  1st level category for Donkey Kong Arcade/MAME.  There is only a killscreen the game category for Arcade/MAME, and there are only two entries.

So for me, it makes no sense at all.  Why would people people prefer to speedrun the crummy version when they can speedrun the better original version?  It makes no sense at all.

So anyone who knows the speedrunning community, it would be interesting to understanding the logic behind the preference for the NES port over Arcade/MAME.
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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 07:00:46 PM »
The NES is more accessible than the arcade platform, from both a physical and emulation standpoint.
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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 07:24:08 PM »
The NES is more accessible than the arcade platform, from both a physical and emulation standpoint.
I didn't know that.  Thanks for the explanation.
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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 09:53:49 AM »
Another reason would probably be the lack of score based games on consoles vs. arcade games which all (?) are score based.

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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 10:02:03 AM »


i run mame roms on my nes classic ....all day


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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 05:43:25 AM »
The NES is more popular than arcade games. It is that simple to me. It was "the" console for a large chunk of time, with little competition in either the arcade or home market. So, you have people picking games  to speedrun based on nostalgia, popularity, and recognizability (not a word, but you get it). It's just more prevalent, and other speedrunners who are younger do the same with newer consoles for a younger generation who lived those consoles and games.
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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2017, 06:57:10 AM »
My whole point is 90% of NES ports look like garbage compared to the original arcade game.  For instance all three Donkey Kong's look like garbage compared to the arcade.
It's counterintuitive because the original better made version is less popular to speed run.
Wes though was right.  The crummy NES version is easier to obtain.
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Re: Why are NES ports more popular to speedrun than Arcade/MAME?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 12:40:50 PM »
The NES is more accessible than the arcade platform, from both a physical and emulation standpoint.

Exactly. Plus people tend to follow others. More people SR NES so more people will also try and SR NES.  Its also something people remember about doing back in the 80's / 90's vs playing on that arcade cab in  your house :)
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