Rudy Ferretti has relished establishing a reputation for unique accomplishment on old-school gaming platforms, whether completing Castlevania III on NES with the lowest score possible or achieving a max-out score for Super Mario Land on Game Boy. Before the record-keeping organization Twin Galaxies came under new management and began a necessary overhaul of their website, Ferretti's TG profile could be seen to show a few dozen different unique score-related records.
His specialty is the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, although he has been known to branch out elsewhere on occasion. His preference is to achieve absolute maximum or minimum scores for particular titles, so that nobody can ever possibly beat his mark.
With his latest entry, on Cliffhanger for NES, he claims to have become the first gamer to ever have completed a points-tracking game with a score of 0, as shown in his gameplay YouTube video of the feat. This was accomplished by taking advantage of a unique mechanic within Cliffhanger, whereas points can be traded in for health refills at certain sections, treated as currency, and thus allowing a reset to zero under careful calculation.
At the beginning of the video, along with in its comments, Ferretti claims that this is the first recorded instance of a gamer completing a game that tracks points with an end result of a zero score. While Ferretti often gets caught up in the inevitable confrontations of his boisterous nature, one has to wonder: Has he achieved something truly unique?
Eric Bailey blogs at NintendoLegend.com, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site 1MoreCastle.com, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.