I spent most of last night finishing the game. Testing it and retesting it to make sure it works and bankswitches when it's supposed to. Then when I had everything done, I changed the values so everything starts at the beginning. I put everything near the end so I didn't have to play through it all, which really helped when I had some pesky problems.
Then I tried to go to sleep but I couldn't. So I got up and made a little commercial for the game.
And after a long session trying to solve an extremely hard crossword puzzle someone else made (it took about an hour!) I went to sleep at about 2 a.m. I had a dream where I was trying to use the bathroom but I couldn't because there were too many people in it, and I woke up needing to go to the bathroom. So I got up at 2 p.m. and an hour later was now. If you'd like to test the game, just let me know via PM and I'll send you the latest binary file for you to try.
In the end, I made a game with no lives and no score and inadvertently also made a game which only uses the action button to start the game. The rest of the game uses only the joystick. I'm really sleepy and could go back to sleep if I wanted to, but I've had 12 hours of sleep already and I don't know if I should.