I'm not playing NTSC anymore, but I just played PAL - to see the difference.
There's no doubt about it: PAL is ridiculously easy compared to NTSC. I'm still playing, but let me just post a screenshot to show where I'm going with this:
(That's 475 million, not 75 million. I'm way past that now. I'll let you know when I'm finished.... maybe next week sometime