August 14, 2018
Update @ Pugsy's: 0.200 XML Cheat Collection Is OUT
August 12, 2018
DU: So Many Dumps You Will Have Sensory Overload
SpinalFeyd dumped Sensory Overload (Japan Macintosh PC version) by Reality Bytes in 1994.
Hammy dumped the world version of World Grand Prix.
Farenzo dumped the world version of Super Shanghai Dragon's Eye.
Farenzo also dumped the Ver 1.0 Asia version of World Cup Volley '95.
MAME Benchmarks Updates
Posted a benchmark table with conditional formatting on rows indicating speed gradients from fastest to slowest green to white. Did a picture as copying in from Excel didn't maintain the formatting (left the html table too in case folks want to copy out of it for whatever reason).
As you can see, .200 had quite a few of the performance regressions.
August 10, 2018
LCD Fund Drive: Triple Screens Ain't Just For PCs Anymore
There's a pair of buy-it-now-only auctions right now on a local auction site for two exceedingly rare VTech LCD handhelds.
The seller is looking for 1500 SEK each, or about 166 USD each. Based on the exceedingly rare nature of these triple-screen games, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that that's probably a fair price.
PM me if you can help out, or if you want a link to the auction itself. In the meantime, since I have to include a link to a website to post in the News forum, here's a link to a page about a game which is in the same triple-screen series of handhelds as the two that are up for auction: https://www.retrogames.co.uk/039544/Hand...it-Hop-by-VTech
August 07, 2018
DU: Laserdisc Updates And More
Brizzo sent out an A/V sample of the current WIP of laserdisc progress thanks to Chad Page.
Joe Magiera dumped an alt revision of Exidy's Crash.
ClawGrip, Roberto Fresca and Recreativas.org dumped an SNES to JAMMA (4 slots) adapter.
Ordyne dumped revision 1.66S of ID3 Cycraft Motion PC Software.
Kevin Eshbach dumped revision K of Golfing Greats.
SpinalFeyd redumped the following Japan PC games to be in a better format.
Klik & Play
Purunba Jii Jii Monster No O O A bare
Exit For Windows
Geo Light Moon
Doka Chan No Building Panic
Yokai Ningen Bemu Aratanaru Tamashii No Meikyuu (MAC)
ReVolte (Win Power VR)
Kung-Fu Hero Akimbo Lee
Battle Beat LE
Segata Sanshirou Choujin Densetsu (WIN & MAC)
Diet Go Go
The version 0.99.3 of Negatron, a MAME front-end, has just been released to add support to a bunch of MAME options, available through the Global Configuration pane (just click on the wrench/spanner icon on the bottom right). Some more will be added on the next version.
This is the only front-end that can manage all the configuration options of the emulated machines in MAME. In practice, it's often useless for arcade games but it's quite important for emulated consoles and computers.
To completely achieve this, Negatron needs to be coupled with NegaMAME, a fork that distinguishes itself from regular MAME only by adding the command line option -listmediaxml, which enables Negatron to access some information unavailable to third-party front-ends since MAME v0.186. In practice, you can simply copy negamame64.exe into your MAME install folder, everything else in the NegaMAME archive file is exactly the same as regular MAME.
Negatron's available at the Negatron webpage and NegaMAME at the NegaMAME webpage.
August 06, 2018
DU: Hacha Mecha Fighter Is Devastatingly Cute
SpinalFeyd dumped an alt version of Hacha Mecha Fighter.
The Onion Knight and Corrado Tomaselli dumped version 2 of Devastators.
DragonMinded redumped Pop'n 4.
If you want to help with our current fundraiser it is here:
August 05, 2018
Flyer Fever Update
Finally, after 18 years on my list.
Galaga - Namco (1981) [Japanese flyer]
Decathlete Progress + Peter / Morten Might Need Some Of The Carts The DU Dumped For The Protection Chips
By hooking up a bunch of hardware to the STV cartridge and hacking away at the program a bit Peter Wilhelmsen, Morten Shearman Kirkegaard and myself managed to get a bunch of decrypted data out of Decathlete. Morten managed to figure out the encryption / compression based on that, Samuel Neves then helped work out a few details to simplify things etc. and I got their code running in MAME.
Not marked it as working yet because performance is awful (STV driver issue) but the game is playable, protection / encryption figured out. I'll do a full write up later.
The same type of protection is used by the following games, provided by the listed protection chips
315-5838 - Decathlete (ST-V)
317-0229 - Dead or Alive (Model 2A) & Name Club / Name Club Ver 2 (ST-V) (NOT NAME CLUB 3)
317-0230 - Winnie The Pooh Vol 2 / Winnie The Pooh Vol 3 (ST-V)
317-0231 - Print Club Love Love / Print Club Love Love Ver 2 (ST-V)
Name Club / Name Club 2 have a large amount of compressed data, so it *might* be possible to figure those out without access to the actual chip (and as the chip label is the same as DOA, that should be the same encryption) They encrypt the data used for the printer, so it isn't obvious onscreen that they're protected while Dead or Alive encrypts a single short string in the dumbest possible use of the chip ever from a protection point of view.
317-0230 (Winnie The Pooh) and 317-0231 (Print Club Love Love) only seem to provide us with a small amount of data, a block of SH2 code used on startup, so it's likely we'll need access to the chips to get the proper algorithm.
AFAIK these are all DU dumps, so it shouldn't be an issue to get the carts in question to Peter. Since I'm not allowed to email Smit, I'm therefore using this place to put in the request, or at least a request to have them on standby.
August 04, 2018
DU Fundraiser: NeoGeo, Keep On Printin' -DONE
A few more undumped NeoPrint carts have come up for sale. If you want to help us bid on them please click below!
Emu Loader Frontend v8.6.5
New version with some cool stuff. Go to http://emuloader.mameworld.info for details.
DU: Mario Might Be A Plumber But He Ain't No Photopi
Thanks to Defor, ClawGrip, rtw, Brizzo & Recreativas.org we dumped the N64 Mario no Photopi SmartMedia cards:
· Illustrations - Postal cards 1 (イラムト集 - ポストカード 1)
· Illustrations - Funny accessories 1 (イラムト集 - おもしろアクセサリー 1)
· Characters collection - Yoshi's Story (キャラクター集 - ヨッシーストーリー)
· Characters collection - Sylvanian Families (キャラクター集 - シルバニアファミリー)
· Characters collection - Bomberman (キャラクター集 - ボンバーマン)
CoolMod dumped an alt version of Tecmo World Cup '90.
August 03, 2018
DU: If MAMEdevs Can't Emulate This Accurately Then I QUIT
Ordyne dumped a Cycraft Club Kart Motion PC
August 02, 2018
Interesting Feature For Those Who Own A Tesla
I wonder what they are using to emulate these (and what versions of the games they are)
DU: Huge Naomi Update
18 Wheeler (Deluxe) (No Rev)
18 Wheeler (Deluxe) (Rev. T)
Club Kart (Rev C) - real one, current Rev C in MAME is actually Rev A
House of the Dead 2 (Export) - not 100% sure, but it has Blood Color change option when run with Export BIOS
Ring Out 4x4 (No Rev)
Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000 (No Rev, or might be Rev A or B, almost a month older than dumped Rev C)
Zombie Revenge (Export? EPR-21834)
F355 DLX prototype v1.31 Japan
F355 DLX prototype v1.31 Export
NAOMI Export Rev F (EPR-21578F)
NAOMI Dev.Box "Tester BIOS", from near the end of 1998, older than recently dumped v1.10
F355 DLX Motor Board prototype firmware
August 01, 2018
DU Reverse Fundraiser Episode 2: Bandit Escapes From A California Prison
Thanks to the rest of this refunded money and some internal DU contributions, we combined forces with coolmod to afford the incredibly expensive and elusive Data East game Bandit.
Click here to visit the DU donation page
DU: Under The Moolight The Serious Moolight
Foxhack sent us a Chinese multigame pcb labeled "Moolight" and also on the the plastic shell it has a sticker labeled "Family Fighting Games". It appears to have been manufactured this year.
DU: Chickity China The Chinese Chicken
Can anyone translate this label from Chinese to English?
Visual PinMAME v3.1
Visual PinMAME v3.1 has been released (on 07/29/2018).
Version 3.1 (July 29th, 2018) - "Flippin' fast"
** CORE/CPU **
• Fix wrong gain/volume of voices/sound effects in Sound Mode 1 (i.e. builtin alternate sound file support)
• Further improve M114 sound core (Mr. Game)
• Add save credits support for Bow & Arrow
• Fix neverending sounds on LTD system 4 games, added sound support for Cowboy Eight Ball and Zephy
• Fix S.A.M. PulseSolState (needed for mech) and bug in Family Guy mini-playfield lights and move the (non-modulated) LED outputs in Tron LE that occupied
• columns 8 and 9 so far (i.e. disabling the start button lamps) to cols 11 and 12
• Implement 'fast flips' support for some S.A.M. games: Recommended table implementation is to use direct/fast flipper flips when solenoid 33 is on, but to
• respond to the standard flipper solenoids when 33 is off (acd_168h, acd_170, acd_170h, avr_200, avs_170, bbh_170, bdk_294, csi_240, fg_1200, ij4_210, im_183ve, mt_145h, mtl_170h, nba_802, potc_600, rsn_110h, shr_141, smanve_101, st_161h, tf_180, tf_180h, trn_174h, twd_160, twd_160h, twenty4_150, wof_500, wpt_140a, xmn_151h)
• Implement proper 'fast flips' support for some WPC-S games: Still uses solenoid 31 (WHO Dunnit)
• Implement 'fast flips' support for most WPC-95 games: Takes over solenoid 31, so is compatible with the existing VP core scribts UseSolenoids=2 implementation (Attack from Mars, Cactus Canyon, Champion Pub, Cirqus Voltaire, Congo, Fish Tales, Junk Yard, Medieval Madness, Monster Bash, NBA Fastbreak, No Good Go(l)fers, Safe Cracker, Scared Stiff, Tales of the Arabian Nights)
• Implement 'fast flips' support for most Whitestar games: Uses solenoid 15 (apollo13, austin, Dale Jr., Elvis, ... (Read More)
Emu Loader Frontend v8.6.4
New build with fixes and more goodies. Go to http://emuloader.mameworld.info for details.
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