Leaderboard Submission Rules

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The following are a list of guidelines with which to follow if you would wish to submit your speedruns of Super Metroid to a leaderboard such as Deer Tier.

Platforms

For ease of understanding, platforms are classified according to how they appear on the Speedrun.com leaderboard.

Allowed

The original Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems, as well as the New-Style Super NES clone systems, are classified as SNES (colloquially as 'console').

The Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS Virtual Consoles are classified as WiiVC, WiiUVC, and 3DSVC respectively.

The Super NES Classic Edition is classified as SNESClassic.

Permitted emulators such as Retroarch, SNES9x, Higan/bsnes, lsnes, and Bizhawk are classified as SNES[Emu]. The latter two are primarily used for tool-assisted speedrunning and are not recommended.

Unclassified clone consoles should be considered emulators until further notice.

Prohibited

All versions of Zsnes are banned.

All versions of SNES9x before 1.5 are banned. If you insist on using SNES9X, please use the most recent version.

Retroarch's "Run-Ahead to Reduce Latency" feature is banned.

Nakitek Game Saver and other third-party hardware additions, that alter the way in which the game is read by and written to the console, are banned. Exceptions to this include SD2SNES, Super UFO, Everdrive, and USB2SNES so long as adequate power is supplied to the console and the game functions as it would normally.


Modifications

The platform that the player chooses must not be altered in any meaningful or significant way, or change the interactions between system and game that exist or are emulated. Any changes must be entirely aesthetic - functional or practical changes to systems are not allowed. Therefore, S-Video, RGB, Component, and similar modifications to the signal outputted from the console are allowed.

Modifications to the game's code, such as modifications to the appearances of sprites within the game, are prohibited.

Currently, permitted emulators and settings are not objectively superior to the original hardware for speedrunning purposes. Therefore, the native settings - or those preferred by other speedrunners - are approved.

The input method of systems must also simulate the original hardware. Original SFC/SNES controllers, Wii Classic Controllers, SNES Classic Controllers, and USB controllers are allowed. Keyboard is allowed if and only if the player is using a computer emulator.

Any controller with functions that do not exist on the originally manufactured controller (A, B, X, Y, L, R, Start, Select, Up/Down/Left/Right) - such as macros and turbo - is prohibited. This includes any controller with such functionality built in, regardless of manufacturer. Basically, any external hardware that creates a situation which cannot be replicated with out-of-the-box hardware is prohibited.

Similarly, remapping controls in a typically impossible method - such as assigning Angle Up, Angle Down, Start, or Select to a 'face' button (A/B/X/Y on the original controller) - is prohibited.

Any sort of savestate feature is banned, including Virtual Console restore points and the SNES Classic's Rewind.


Proof

Currently, the community uses an 'honor system', essentially meaning that proof of the run's authenticity is not required for submitting runs to either of the leaderboards. That being said, moderators of those leaderboards reserve the right to review and remove submissions at their discretion.

Submitting visual evidence of the run, especially evidence that the run was performed live through a medium such as Twitch, and was performed while following all of the rules outlined previously, adds credence to both your run and your standing within the community.


See also