|Since I've never done this before, I started using a guide to go for a 100% under 2 hours completion, no save states and no deaths. |
My previous playthrough was no savestates, minimal map usage, and almost 100% completed entirely while high. I think I only missed 1 or 2 missile packs and the energy tank in Kraid's room on that playthrough.
For this playthrough I used an online map very frequently while the game was paused, so all I had to do was figure out the best route to take to get all the items while on my way to killing Ridley, Kraid, and Mother Brain. I used the bomb boost trick to get the Varia Suit early, before getting the high jump. Then I went straight to Norfair for the screw attack since it makes getting around in this game way more manageable.. Getting everything in Norfair and Ridley's lair with an online map in a decent amount of time is not that hard at all, just a matter of execution and not getting hit too much. There's that one ridiculously annoying missile pack where if you don't bomb jump just the right way, you'll fall way down and have to spend a lot of time getting back up there. I managed to get that in one try. Kraid's lair is really annoying, due to the really tricky enemy placements and those annoying vertical shafts with respawning blocks that you gotta time really well to get up them. I always had trouble with the Mother Brain fight in this game, so I practiced it prior to this so that I could beat it in one try without dying.
That was really fun... I can't tell what my total time was, cuz I spent a lot of the playthrough with the game paused, but I did get the under 2 hours ending with all items collected. This game is like, just the right level of difficulty that appeals to me. I might even want to try and memorize the route for this and do it guideless some day.