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and aside from Splatoon and Mario Maker, Nintendo has been making nothing but soulless rehashes for a long time. I say this as a major Nintendo fan.
So, you played Steel Diver, Dillo's Rolling Western, and Codename S.T.E.A.M., then?  People hate on them for making "soulless rehashes", and then they try something like Federation Force and people go completely bonkers.  What do you expect?

On that note, Square did release I Am Setsuna – and everyone likewise apparently went "Meh".

Zelazny's "Amber" set of novels come to mind as something that would yet need to come as the source of video games. ;D
Technically there already was an Amber game once, long ago.

In any case I recall can't see anything to be gained by going back to a source like that.  Certainly name recognition for something so relatively obscure isn't going to help it sell, nor do I see it as having any particularly fresh ideas that would foster something new in gaming.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Super Mario Advance 4 color restoration
« on: August 25, 2016, 11:36:51 pm »
There were actually a surprising number of thoughtful changes made to the level layouts to accommodate the new resolution.

By the way, is there a patch yet equivalent to the Wii U Virtual Console version, i.e. that neatly adds in all the e-Reader content?

Newcomer's Board / Re: basic question
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:42:38 pm »
Furthermore on the Patching info, you must be aware if it says header or no header. While your rom crc might match, you still might have a headered rom, and the IPS is for unheadered.
(Aren't all GB ROMs headerless?  I thought headers were only a problem for NES and SNES ROMs.)

Newcomer's Board / Re: basic question
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:26:25 am »
Does the patched ROM work correctly on your "CPU" ?

There's already some good stuff in the Abandoned section off to the left.  Lots of people would love to see Tomato Adventure finished.

That is, assuming you know Japanese.  Otherwise, I guess you're hoping to translate English games to Spanish or French?

To be specific, a .CUE file is just a plain old text file that you can open in Notepad or any other text editor.  The .CUE file will then reference one or more .BIN files, specifying a different data type or mode as necessary – or .ISO files or .WAV files, if that happens to be the data type in question.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: pseudo random number generators
« on: August 20, 2016, 01:02:21 am »
If I'm not mistaken, Earthbound also has a very well-documented PRNG that can be precisely manipulated by flipping through the menus.

It's not nearly as garbage as most anime out there (think harem slice of life that contains big boobed anime chicks with balloon boobies that may or may not be underaged) ... but the show is definitely overrated.
I think Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure is the only mecha anime I ever particularly enjoyed. 

Come to think of it, I guess there's also The Big O, though even that got a tiny bit repetitive.  Maybe Lord of Lords Ryu Knight, if that counts, but I didn't watch all that much of it.  Oh, and Escaflowne.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Pokémon Uranium released.
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:34:31 pm »
Because Nintendo (or The Pokemon Company International or whoever) owns a trademark on the term "Pokémon", they own the exclusive right to exploit the trademark for their own gain.  If they become aware that another, unauthorized party is exploiting the trademark for their own gain, they have a legal duty to protect their exclusive rights.  This is especially crystal-clear when money changes hands, and Pokemon Uranium's developer(s) had a Patreon, so on the surface (disclaimer: I am not a lawyer), there'd appear to be an extremely clear-cut case of trademark infringement there and Nintendo is, to some extent, being generous by only demanding a takedown and not actually suing.
But they'd have just as much right to demand the product be taken down if they only had copyrights and not trademarks, would they not? 

I think MisterJones's link made a good case for there being no such "legal duty".

Gaming Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fun, classic MS-DOS games
« on: August 16, 2016, 09:57:49 am »
I meant specifically that for some reason these games haven't been made available digitally – of course, ZZT and OMF are genuinely freeware, and I think the same goes for Castle of the Winds, but it's strange that despite being alive and well, Epic hasn't made Jazz Jackrabbit available in one form or another.  (They even have their own Game Launcher now.)  They were still selling physical copies of everything for a surprisingly long time at epicclassics.com, but that's been kaput for a while now.

Newcomer's Board / Re: .sfc files won't load--any of them--AT ALL?
« on: August 16, 2016, 01:50:00 am »
Well, the more interesting question would be what you didn't get to work.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Pokémon Uranium released.
« on: August 16, 2016, 01:31:25 am »
Copyright is for works (i.e., Super Metroid, the game itself) while Trademark would cover Samus, Zebes, Motherbrain and the name Metroid itself.
Look, here's the USPTO trademark search:
Where's the trademark for Zebes?  Or Motherbrain?

The bullshit surrounding Sherlock Holmes was primarily based on Trademark law and not Copyright.
And what is your basis for that statement?  Because here's the basis for mine:

But attorneys for the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this week insisted that the complete characters of Holmes and Watson won’t be freed until the final 10 stories published after 1922 enter the public domain, in 2022.
“There is a very good reason why the Estate did not assert trademark protection: The Estate does not own any trademarks," Klinger told PW. “They have applied for them, and there will be substantial opposition."

Newcomer's Board / Re: .sfc files won't load--any of them--AT ALL?
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:39:10 pm »
Surely you have some idea of what you downloaded?  You weren't just looking at randomly-named .sfc files, were you?

Gaming Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fun, classic MS-DOS games
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:46:49 am »
It occurs to me that for some reason we still haven't seen the old Epic Megagames catalog make an appearance in one form or another.  That kicked off with ZZT, a game creator that people used to do some pretty amazing things – it game me a certain appreciation for what goes into even modern game design.  It inspired Megazeux, a similar and considerably more powerful program, particularly improved by its support for MOD music.  There were a lot of ambitious Megazeux projects that never got past the demo stage, but Bernard the Bard is probably one of my top ten gaming experiences ever.

Later games from the Epic catalog include Jill of the Jungle, which I never got around to playing, as well as Seek and Destroy, Traffic Department 2192, One Must Fall 2097, and of course Jazz Jackrabbit.

Speaking of Ultima IV, it's also an excellent game, for all that the DOS port is one of the worse incarnations of it.
There was a special VGA version later, wasn't there?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Tilt and Solar Hacks
« on: August 14, 2016, 11:58:41 pm »
That came up most recently in http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=22254.0 .

They don't allow hacks that make games compatible with emulators. It discourages emulator authors from fixing compatibility. It's a detriment to make emulators more compatible.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Pokémon Uranium released.
« on: August 14, 2016, 11:55:37 pm »
Your opinion is naive. Trademark law stipulates that if the owner doesn't perform "due diligence" in protecting it from abuse it can be nullified.
People keep bringing this up, and I don't think I buy it.  Yes, generic trademarks are a thing, but do you think if people release enough Metroid fangames that suddenly Sony will be able to start releasing their own Metroid game, or something?  Nintendo still owns all sorts of related copyrights, and copyrights do not simply vanish.  The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle managed to extract royalties from anyone doing anything with Sherlock Holmes for a very, very long time without owning any trademarks at all.

Pokémon hack
Pokemon has been so thoroughly hacked and disassembled at this point that I'm sure someone somewhere must have documented the details of its music format by now, even if there isn't necessarily a sleek well-written tool for making alterations.

In any case, any information directly applicable to the Pokemon games is unlikely to be applicable to Game Boy games in general.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
« on: August 14, 2016, 12:02:00 pm »
So has the question been settled that this takedown truly and unambiguously originated with Nintendo and not from some overzealous legal team?

The smart thing they should have done is team up with Doctor M64 and make a official release of his game for their eShop store for both the Wii U and 3DS
Porting things like this is rarely trivial.

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