Forums  /  Metroid series  /  Metroid: Zero Mission  /  Emulator RTA is now allowed, with restrictions. Please read if you are an emulator user. (Locked)

Due to some very promising results with bizhawk (no real difference between console and bizhawk RTA), we have decided to allow real time for emulator submissions. However, we will have some very strict rules in place that you need to follow to have the runs approved, and we might disallow it in the future if it ends up being inaccurate for whatever reason (updates, not working properly on all computers, etc).

If you want to submit emulator RTA, these are the requirements:

Bizhawk with mGBA core and proper firmware must be used. You are also required to show which version of Bizhawk you're using. If any other emulator is used, you can only submit in-game time. Video of the entire run is required. At the start or the end of the run, these things need to be shown:

1) mGBA core selected (either in status bar or settings is fine; example 1, example 2)
2) Proper firmware selected (example; please make sure the hash matches this one)
3) What version of Bizhawk is used. Currently there are no required versions, but please use the newest one if you can. (Can be found in Help -> "About")
4) In addition to all of the above, a soft or hard reset must be visible at the beginning of the run in your submission video. See this topic for details.

An example of how to do this would be the end of this run. We cannot provide you with the firmware, but it should be pretty easy to find on your own.

Also, this should be a given, but emulator specific functions like save states, pausing the emulator or speeding it up are not allowed, regardless whether you're submitting RTA or not.

If any of these requirements aren't met for your submission, it is very likely that we will reject it. We will be very strict when it comes to emulator RTA submissions, but I am glad that this is now an option. Hopefully it will make the leaderboards a lot nicer to look at in the future.

If you want to know how to set this up, please consult Dragonfangs' video:

Also, I will be keeping the thread up where you can submit emulator RTA; please continue adding data to it, and feel free to test other emulators. We're particularly interested in knowing if vanilla mGBA is fine.

Also, a final word: while emulator is now allowed, we very much urge people to play on console if at all possible.

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Just a heads up, I've added a 4th requirement, though it was already mentioned in this sticked topic and in the Rules tab on every category, so it's nothing new. Apologies that I did not add this to the topic before, it really should have been in one place instead of two different topics.

We're still receiving a fair amount of submissions that do not follow the rules, and while I'm sure most of them do follow the rules, we need to see it displayed to verify it. Sorry for the trouble!


Also, while it is not a requirement, it's always appreciated when you provide time stamps for the soft/hard reset, as well as when you show the settings, in the submission text!

If you don't want it to be shown on the leaderboards themselves, we can edit it out when we approve the runs. This would save us a bit of work when we approve runs and would be much appreciated.

(That being said, if your submission video is a huge chunk of video where we have to look everywhere to find relevant information, we reserve the right to reject it.)

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November 30 update: TAS profile is no longer a requirement. However, showing what Bizhawk version you're using is now a requirement. The rules have been updated to show this.

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