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Game Boy / Do you recognize these?
« on: July 31, 2017, 04:59:17 PM »
the second one is Cannon Fodder translated to Chinese and retitled as 'Red Alert 2'

Game Boy dumps / Handheld Underground dumps thread
« on: July 31, 2017, 04:58:09 PM »

Game Boy / Gowin ROMs
« on: July 29, 2017, 12:34:05 PM »
The versions of the mono games I ripped from that multicart (in the hhug link) are pretty much all early revisions, many with severe bugs.

Here's a dump of Story of Lasama from the original Gowin cart:

Fire Dragon, Magic Ball, Mi Tu De Lu: Puzzle Path (aka Lost Trip), Rainbow Prince and Prince YehRude all have dumps floating around of the final(?) versions, cracked by "GYY". They're all in GoodGBX so shouldn't be too hard to find.

Also their first released game "Sound of the Pipa"/"Song of the Pipa" was dumped recently.
..also I'm pretty sure there are no viruses on hhug

Famicom/NES / International Cricket original game
« on: July 29, 2017, 12:25:39 PM »
Jul 29 2017, 04:01:13 AM
Given that their game is called Lara Brian 2003 on one of the multicarts, I wonder if they have anything to do with the Lara Tennis Famiclone:
Probably not, since Lara TV Games seem to be from 1995:
"Lara TV Games" was definitely in India at some stage though, before the 2000s; some book I was reading references it being sold in Indian Bazaars.
I wonder why "Lara" is such a common name..[/quote]It's a clone of Brian Lara Cricket for the Mega Drive, hence the "Brian Lara 2003" name- I don't think Lara TV Games is especially related.

I do recall seeing a single cart version a long time ago but I don't think it was the original Mitashi release, I have no idea how it was originally released in India or if that version has the voice samples or not.. I guess it's possible the samples were recorded but dropped from the final game due to technical or ROM size restrictions.

Other Pirates / Game King Stuff
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:57:17 AM »
Yeah they did sell some cartridges separately, the one I have actually came boxed. The box doesn't mention Timetop anywhere on it though, presumably they were trying to distance themselves from these carts a little (despite packing them in with the consoles..)

(incidentally many of the Aliexpress handhelds actually come with 'fake' cartridges that don't contain a ROM chip but just switch between sets of built-in games, so it would be actually impossible for the manufacturers to produce additional cartridges for them)

As for who made the games, I'm not sure. There are a few connections to other companies works e.g. many of the LTPS Handy Game built-in games share music with certain later Waixing games like Link to the Past and Digimon, but Waixing was probably outsourcing by this point anyway, so that still doesn't exactly point to the identity of the developers.

Additionally there were some later non-Timetop all-in-one handhelds more or less based on Game King hardware with very similar games, presumably developed by the same people as the GK stuff.. then later some more advanced colour LCD handhelds appeared with some games having the same names and/or concepts as those on the GK-based ones, which may mean the developers were linked, but may also mean they just ripped off the other handhelds' games.

It's possible Timetop actually had an internal team that later went independent, or Timetop themselves were doing outsource work for other companies, or Timetop never had internal development and it was subcontracted all along.. unfortunately I have no idea what the deal actually was there.

Famicom/NES / International Cricket original game
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:04:15 PM »
Although I haven't heard the name 'Profine' before, being FC developers based in Xi'an they're almost certainly related to Dragon Co and/or Nice Code Software (aka Nature Color earlier on). The date would mark International Cricket as being developed somewhere around the demise of Dragon and the establishment of Nice Code, so probably at least some of the staff from those companies were involved.

Other Pirates / Game King Stuff
« on: July 27, 2017, 03:43:23 PM »
The hardware is some kind of extended Famiclone like VT03 with upgraded graphics over the original, not sure exactly which type though. But yeah I'm sure Timetop (or whoever they contracted to develop the games) weren't the greatest FC programmers in any case.

The games on the cartridges are completely identical to the originals, there were a couple internet-sourced hacks and translations lurking in there but nothing copyright-dodging at all. It's possible those cartridges were never distributed in France though, both of mine came from China (one packed in with the console and one sold separately). Presumably the reason they made original games to build into the system rather than simply ripping off FC stuff was so they could sell the console to copyright-conscious markets in a 'legal' state without any pirated software.

Famicom/NES / Spica
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:55:02 PM »
huh, I guess they were buying surplus/cheap original Famicom stock from Japan and repackaging it with an adapter for 72-pin markets. The Dragon Spirit manual looks like an original Namco one too.

Supposedly the Hong Kong Game Cartridge Company did something similar, but I haven't seen any of their PCBs so can't confirm either way.
oh yeah and on the subject of Supervision, I don't think they were the same company as Spica but they may have been dealing with them at some point.. (Supervision was a brand of Dar Yar who are known to have exported NTDEC products for example)

I kinda suspect the "New Spica"-era stuff was pretty far removed from the original companies, since the boxart dates it to 1998-2000 when their other known activity was early 90s, it might have just been some 3rd party repackaging old cartridges or copying shells maybe.


We know that Spica distributed a Spica-branded IQ-701 ( ) which the dealings were by "Keyman Electronics Co Ltd"(I can't find anything about them, but I welcome others to try -- I found but I'm not 100% it's the same thing)
hey that's pretty interesting, I noticed this quote here
2. We have some other game cartridges which is designed
by a USA company named 'TENSEN' and compatible with
 Nintendo . We could get the licence from them very
soon, but the price will be a little high, as we have
to pay the licence costs. [/quote]
so I guess Spica was in contact with Tengen and willing to license their stuff for sale alongside their consoles.. I don't think that deal ever went through but there was definitely some Sachen stuff released by Spica in Famicom format.

Other Pirates / Game King Stuff
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:49:00 PM »
I have a couple of the cartridges, they just contain NES/FC games - nothing Timetop-original.
(It's possible they also released carts with original games, but I haven't seen any)

Pirate Talk / Finds
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:41:47 PM »
the major variations between revisions should be discernible from just playing the game I think, some versions have different music in the intro and some have a different title screen

Famicom/NES dumps / my quest for bootleg nes games
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:37:05 PM »
Pretty sure they're all dumped on multicarts. Panzer Fly Car, UFO Race & Aether Kavass should be on the Arcade Action 101 in 1, I think Hexa is on some of the newer multicarts and/or handhelds, Matching has gotta be SOMEWHERE (maybe on a dreamgear system or similar) since it's such a generic Nice Code thing

Famicom/NES dumps / Searching for the Titenic
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:30:55 PM »
some emulators have a menu for dip switches, idk try a different one if you can't figure out how to do it in yours

and cah4e3's rom works fine for me using fceux 2.2.1 (thanks for posting that btw!)

Other Pirates / MiWi Xtra (Waixing 16-bit console)
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:09:04 PM »
If it's cheap and you like dubious knockoff games, sure. I have a handheld with most of the same stuff and I have fun with it

Pirate Talk / Finds
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:03:59 PM »
are you 100% sure it's my rip (same music/title screen)? There was a legit standalone release with some differences, it's possible the original label just got missing/damaged I guess (I have one GBC cart from Taobao which came with a super blurry printout of the label cropped from a listing photo, but the PCB itself is original..)

Just curious tbh because the old dump is usually more common in generic bootlegs, since it's been floating around for so long.

Pirate Talk / Cube Technology
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:00:29 PM »

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