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Gaming Discussion / BEST Emulation News Websites?
« on: August 02, 2016, 04:07:15 pm »

What are the best websites with emulation news? The hasn't been updated since Nov. 2013!  ::) ::)

Here's some that I'm subscribed to via RSS:

Reddit Emulation:
Emulation on Android:

Do you guys have anymore?

Is there a list of all official German language SNES/MD releases?

I want to find a list of all German language releases (not ROM translations) for the SNES and Megadrive. For example, Landstalker for Genesis/Megadrive had an official German language release.

In the Goodset codes the ROM will have a (G) after the name.


I found a great website that has Top 100 lists for a myriad of old consoles.

Maybe you'll find an overlooked gem to play.

Gaming Discussion / Favorite Android Emulators!?
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:08:21 pm »
So over the past five months I've had more experience with portable Android emulators for my Sony Tablet S. I really like the .emu Free series.

NES: NES.emu Free
Genesis: MD.emu Free
GBA: GBA.emu Free
GB/GBC: GBC.emu Free
Arcade: MAME4droid / MAME4droid 0.139
DOS: aDosbox
N64: Mupen64 Plus AE
Game Gear: Gearoid
Turbografx 16: PCE.emu Free
SNES: Snes9x EX+
Playstation: psx4droid
MSX: MSX.emu Free
Neo Geo Pocket: NGP.emu

What are your favorites? What about Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, or Sega Master System? Let us know in this thread.

Gaming Discussion / What should I try out? MUGEN or Project M?
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:36:01 pm »

What do you guys think is a more entertaining fighting game. MUGEN or Project M?
For those who are unaware MUGEN is a 2D-fighting game where anyone can create and upload custom content like fighters/stages/etc. so one can have fights like Ronald McDonald vs. Godzilla.

Project M is a mod of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (I don't know how they did it) that allows anyone to create custom characters.

Gaming Discussion / Chronsega 9 is here!
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:30:16 pm »

Do any of you guys enjoy the Chrontendo/Chronsega/Chronturbo series?
He updates sparsely (can't blame him, it is free labor) but I wanted to inform you that Chronsega 9 is out.

If any of you guys enjoy his documentary style, please look into his other videos, there's HOURS of content. He goes through EVERY SINGLE GAME for these platforms in chronological order!

Gaming Discussion / Mobygames hits 50,000 Unique Games!
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:25:28 pm »

Mobygames now has 50,000 unique games in its database. As thanks, they're changing all the box arts to be high resolution and without their watermark. is a good website for any retro gamers who are looking for interesting games to play. Use the sidebar on the right to sort through their list. For example, filter 1995, super-nintendo, if you want to find what games were like 20 years ago.

Is it technically feasible to hack Metal Slug 6 to play on a Sega Dreamcast? That is you hack the arcade rom/iso (I'm not sure what it is), burn it to a cd-r, and then play it on a physical Dreamcast.

I ask because the Sammy Atomiswave was based on the Sega NAOMI board, which is similar to a Dreamcast. 

How's it going bros.?

I read somewhere (maybe this site) that it's impossible to play Super Mario 64: Star Road on original hardware with an EverDrive64 because the ROM-data grows too large and the memory can't address it.  Is it possible to physically mod the n64, as in: opening the console, removing the RAM chips inside, and sodering more powerful RAM inside, to allow it to play SM64:SR?

How's it going bros.?

I want to translate Final Fantasy IV for the SNES into German. I noticed that there were translations for  (by ManuLoewe) for FFVI and Chrono Trigger, but no FFIV.

First, I want a copy of the English script from J2E's translation. I found this online.,%20edited.html

It's pretty thorough, but it only has the story dialogues, there's no item/monster/spell names for example.

Does anyone know where the FULL script is online.? Perhaps I should contact J2E themselves via e-mail. I would probably need their permission to use their script anyway.

PS: Let's say J2E translations denies my request. I would have to use the original Square 1991 translation. Does anyone know where that is online? Thanks.

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If there's no way to contact this group does that mean using their script is forbidden, since I can't ask for their permission?
Does anyone know the ROM-translating protocol for this case?

ROM Hacking Discussion / ROM-Dumper Recommendations???
« on: March 30, 2015, 12:00:27 pm »
Do you guys have any ROM-Dumper recommendations?

I want to be able to dump the ROMs from my cartridge collection to my hard-drive so I can modify the ROM files with the wide plethora of hack-patches and utilties available her on

I'm looking for dumpers for

Any help is appreciated.

PS: I've settled to use Everdrive brand flashcarts to play the hacked ROMS BACK on the original hardware.  They seem to have good reviews if you know of better flash-carts feel free to reply in this thread.

Hey bros.,

I found a video on youtube where a group of developers ROM-hack the classic NES/Famicom title "The Legend of Zelda". It's very educational. He uses a 6502 (Famicom/NES CPU) debugger to analyze the hex-values of the game's variables in real-time so he can edit the ROM. They also disassemble the LoZ cartridge so they can desolder the ROM-chip and replace with an EPROM that has the hacked ROM-file.

"Devs Play" S01E04 - Legend of Zelda (Part 1: Explorer's Club) : INTRO

"Devs Play" S01E04 - Legend of Zelda (Part 2 - Opening the Cart) : Cartridge Disassembly & Desolder

"Devs Play" S01E04 - Legend of Zelda (Part 3 - USB Controller) : How to make a USB-compatible NES controller

"Devs Play" S01E04 - Legend of Zelda (Part 4 - Hacking the ROM) : Using a debugger to find HEX values.

Hey Bros.,

Are there any adapters to play GameGear games on a Sega-Master-System & the Power Base Converter? I know there was an adapter that allowed SMS-carts to be plugged into a Game-Gear. Also would you know if this adapter played the Game-Gear "Everdrive" Flash-Cart?

How's it going Bros.,

I hope someone manages to read my question.

I've made successful CD-R backups of my Sega-CD games and have managed to play them on original Sega CD hardware. I own a copy of Sonic CD for Windows 95 (from 1996). I was wondering if it is possible to somehow extract the level, graphics, sound, music, and FMV data, convert it into a Sega-CD format, and then burn it onto a Sega-CD-compatible CD-R and play it on my original Sega-CD hardware!

Is this technically possible or will this forever remain my distant pipe-dream?

Gaming Discussion / Every single RPG I ever played in my LIFE...
« on: February 21, 2015, 06:48:42 pm »
How's it going bros.?

Here's a list of every RPG that I've played over my lifetime, I was inspired to write this after seeing that new hacks for Mother and Mother 2 were on the front page.

1. Pokemon Red (GB); had a friend with Blue to trade, got all 151 Pokemon including Mew!
2. Pokemon Yellow (GB/GBC)
3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars (SNES) ; reached lv. 30 with each character, beat Culex, got Lazy Shell weapon+armor.
4. Paper Mario (N64) ; got ALL the badges, found ALL the Star Points (those glittery diamond shape things) 
5. Lunar: The Silver Star (Sega CD)
6. Lunar: Eternal Blue (Sega CD) ; completed the after story to reunite Hiro with Lucia
7. Final Fantasy II (SNES US) ; played it all the way to the Moon dungeon but never completed it.
8. Chrono Trigger (SNES); beat it.
9. Final Fantasy III (SNES US) ; played it all the way to the end of the first world (Light World?), I'm not sure if I reached the floating island, I know I had the Blue Mage with the beard and his painter daughter in my team, so that far.
10. Final Fantasy V (SFC translated with that famous 1996-patch I forget who) ; I think I made it to the beginning of the "second world" (another planet?) and it starts with a battle at a castle with Gilgamesh on a bridge.
11. Final Fantasy IV (SFC translated) ; Played it all the way to the Moon but never finished it...AGAIN!
12. Earthbound (SNES US) ; beat it, even traveled the entire world after killing Gigyas just to talk to every single NPC in the end, LoL.
13. Tales of Phantasia (SFC translated by Tomato); pretty sure I played it to the almost end in the "Present World" but never bothered to go to the final dungeon and defeat Dhaos.

Action RPG's
1. Legend of Zelda (NES) ; beat it.
2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) ; beat it, killed all Gold Skulltula, got the Giant's Sword, got the Eye-Mask, all Heart Containers.
3. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) ; beat it, got ALL the masks, got all the Heart Containers.
4. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) ; beat it, maybe got all the Heart Containers(?)
5. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening ; beat it, maybe got all the Heart Containers(?)
6. E.V.O. (SNES)
7. StarTropics (NES) ; finished it as a child. I even had the letter and dipped it in the water!
8. Faxanadu (NES) ; finished it.

RPGs/Action RPGs I played as a teenager but never finished.
1. Bahamut Lagoon (SNES)
2. Secret of Mana (SNES)
3. Lufia II (SNES)
4. Lufia (SNES)
5. Robotrek (SNES)
6. Harvest Moon (SNES)
7. Dragon Ball Z (SNES) (the one where you play with cards, made it to Namek)
8. Landstalker (GEN)
9. Shining Force (GEN) ; I think I got as far as receiving the Wolf character.
10. Phantasy Star (SMS) ; didn't get that far but got Alis, big guy, cat)
11. Phantasy Star II (not that far at all LoL, super boring/grind fest)
12. Phantasy Star III (not that far)
13. Mario and Luigi SuperStar Saga (GBA) ; I got as far as the boss that was a Pink Jelly Monster(?) anybody remember that?
14. Secret of Mana 2 (SFC translated)
15. Paladin's Quest (SNES)
16. Secret of Evermore (SNES)
17. Shadowrun (SNES)
18. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)
19. Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
20. Star Ocean (SFC translated)
21. Dragon Warrior (NES US)
22. Wonder Boy III: Dragon's Trap (SMS)
23. Pokemon Stadium 2 (N64)
24. Legacy of the Wizard (NES)
25. Vay (Sega CD)
26. Popful Mail (Sega CD)

Got pretty far in Advance Wars 2 (GBA), not really an RPG though...

I'm surprised I still remembered all that. Guess I have hyper-memory. I've just inspired myself to list every single video/computer game I've ever played in my entire life. I'll leave that for another time though!

What do you think of this list? What recommendations do you have? I'm only interested in NES/FC, SMS, GEN/MD, SNES/SFC, and N64. No PSX (don't care about FF7) or anything later than Dreamcast, remember I'm "90s" Retro Gamer.

Gaming Discussion / Donkey Kong Country 4
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:10:37 pm »
How's it going Bros.?

I found out from youtube that a group of people are working on a fan-game version of Donkey Kong Country 4.
Here's a speedrun of the demo. Looks like there's still plenty of work to be done.

I also found their website, but it's Brazilian. Looks like they're adding a cheetah animal buddy.

I think it's cool that you can play as all four original Kongs, Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Kiddy.

What do you guys think?

~90s Retro Gamer~

Newcomer's Board / The Ecco The Dolphin Level Editor Project Thread
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:41:10 pm »
How's it going Bros.?,

As some of you are aware I posted in the Newcomer's board about making a Ecco Level Editor. The purpose of this thread is for anyone interested in the project or is willing to help. I am a new to rom-hacking and programming so this project will take me a LONG time to finish, so don't expect anything ready for awhile, perhaps even years. I will post any resources I find here and elsewhere, if you have any documentation about Ecco post it here since there isn't any currently.

For the time being this project will be currently focused on JUST Ecco: Prince of Tides for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive. Ideally, you could open a ROM-file with it and you would have WYSIWYG editor to manipulate each of the levels.

OK. So here are pertinent resources I have found here. Suggest anything else I may have missed.

Getting Started:

1. Sega Genesis Hardware Notes

2. Sega Genesis Programming Introduction

3. Sega Genesis Technical Notes

4. Sega Genesis VDP Documentation

5. Genesis Technical Overview

6. Collection of Sega Genesis Manuals

7. Kid Chameleon Hacking Info   (Saxman used this notes to produce K-E, a Kid Chameleon Level Editor)

Utilities: (These may serve as models for the Ecco Editor)
1.  K-E: The Kid Chameleon Editor

2. Feel

3. Esrael Sonic Editor II

4. Thunder Force 3 Editor

5. SonED2

6. Zero Tolerance Level Editor

Newcomer's Board / Any newcomers here a Linux user?
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:55:54 pm »
Are any newcomers here a Linux user?
I've noticed that most of the tools at RHDN are Win-only, but when I played around with Linux Mint last Summer, I was able to get some n64 utilities to work under WINE.

Just curious.

Gaming Discussion / Donkey Kong Country Retrospective?
« on: December 30, 2014, 11:42:15 pm »
Hey guys I know it's a month late, but did anyone celebrate the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country? It was released in November 1994, and featured ACM graphics.

In hindsight, people have complained that it was not really that great of a game. For me, I will remember DKC fondly because it did lead to DKC2: Diddy's Kong Quest, which I considered one of the greatest video games of all time when I was a child/teenager. I fondly remember the 90s because we moved into the computer age with 3d games, 3d animated movies (Toy Story 1995), the World Wide Web, Windows 95, and for me personally I was a child so I didn't have to deal with the problems one has to as a teenager and young adult.

Here's a complete playthrough.

Share your own memories in the replies!

Newcomer's Board / Idea for my first project: ECCO the Dolphin Level Editor
« on: December 28, 2014, 05:59:58 pm »
Hey Bros.,
   So I'm new to (long-time lurker) but I was thinking of creating a utility. I think it would be educational and teach me more about computer-science/software development. Anyway, I wanted to do something different and new and after searching the site and these forums I've noticed that there are no Ecco the Dolphin hacks or even utilities!! Does anyone know why this is? Simply lack of interest or something difficult with the game design (like how Kirby's SS on the SNES uses 7 layers of compression)? I want to make a GUI WYSISWYG level-editor for Ecco: Prince of Tides and Ecco: Tides of Time.

   I've got              and the
          pages as starting points.

My question for you guys is if you have any other resources that could help? Do you think this project is too big for a newbie? If so, what do you think is a better starting point?

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