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Other Pirates / TV Boy
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:01:32 PM »
For the uninitiated, the TV Boy is a series of plug n play controllers which contain 127 Atari 2600 games of variable quality. It's actually the first plug n play TV game device that I'm aware of, supposedly being released as early as 1992 from what I've read. I've been curious about all of the different versions of the TV Boy in existence, as there seem to be more variations than I'd previously anticipated. Here's the ones I know of:

TV Boy (Europe) - Original big oval design, the one I've seen has a controller port the others lack but I've never seen a second controller for it to connect to
TV Boy (NICS Japanese NTSC version) - Different selection of games, different decal on the unit itself. Box claims to have 126 games but the series of videos I saw actually showed 127 ???
TV Boy II - Update to the original, supposedly replaces a few games (I don't have the original so I can't check that) and appears to swap the positions of the reset and select buttons
Super TV Boy - Different design, has controller separated from the rest of the system
Super TV Boy (alternate) - Different controller design seemingly based on the original Playstation controller, has the hardware built-in to it

(I remember there also existing a US NTSC version, though I could be wrong)

The Wikipedia page also claims that one version of the unit removes Defender (Game 91) and doesn't replace it with anything. However, the TV Boy II I own includes the game and the alternate Super TV Boy replaces it with Ski Hunt, but the other 126 games are the same. It's possible that such a unit exists and I haven't seen it in action, but I do remember seeing a video that refers to the game as a test program despite it working normally.

Bootleg Bazaar / Selling a bunch of bootleg stuff
« on: September 10, 2019, 01:19:21 AM »
Gonna try to sell off some bootleg hardware in the off-chance anyone's interested. Prices are in pound sterling and I'm willing to listen to offers, though I will have to add shipping costs. I apologise in advance, but having had issues with shipping items internationally without tracking I want to make sure they arrive; I'll look at the prices if any offers come in. I think the rule of thumb is that it'd be about £5 in the UK and £10 in the rest of the world, though I can discuss prices on that stuff if it's an issue.

From left-to-right, top-to-bottom:

Gamezone II 86-in-1 (Includes about 65 games. Box is somewhat tatty and the plastic window on the front was sellotaped onto it when I got the thing)

Q'Boy controller famiclone system (box is slightly damaged, includes Super Cartridge Version 1)

16-bit Super Drive Mega Drive clone (5 games built-in)

Mini Joystick (80-in-1)
£5. I'd actually like to get this one dumped though, but from what I've heard ABL devices are particularly hard to work with.

X Games II (128 in 1, actually includes about 90 games. Has a cartridge slot on the back)

Coolbaby 129 in 1 handheld (TV-out included but hardware lacks triangle sound channel)

Power Joy Streamline (includes manual and second controller, no cart slot. 60 in 1 I think)

If you're interested in any of these items, make sure to PM me on the forum, if you have any queries about the items feel free to ask here.

2000-present / Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies
« on: July 07, 2012, 09:50:51 AM »
Maxzhou88 recently posted pages about Famicom ports of Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies. I've never played the original games (expects to hit with several projectiles for saying that) but the games seem to be direct ports of the originals. Well, apart from the second game on the former page which is obviously a hack of The New Zealand Story. :P

The lack of coverage on the internet suggests that it was developed by pirates, but I can't tell who from the screenshots.

Mega Drive/Genesis / Mega Drive port of Bubble Bobble
« on: June 08, 2012, 03:49:58 PM »
On Ruten, I recently came across this page selling some weird port of Bubble Bobble for the Mega Drive. I'm pretty sure it's not official (the cart itself is certainly pirated, at least) and seems to be completely different to Super Bubble Bobble.

Out of boredom, I decided to compile a small list (very incomplete, but I'm sure other people can think of the stuff I missed) of games that fall into the topic name. :P

The list:
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (C64) = Madness - House of Fun
A-Team (C64) - Title Theme = Star Wars Theme
Abadox (NES) - Stage 2 = Gradius - Stage 5
Bad Dudes (Various) - Stage 1 = Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme
Bad Street Brawler (NES) - Even Numbered Stages = Batman (TV show) Theme
CrossFire - Title Theme (NES/Mega Drive)/Mission Briefings (Mega Drive) = Airwolf Theme
Double Dragon II (Various) - Stage 2 = Phil Collins - Easy Lover
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES) - Intro Theme = Rygar - Cutscenes
Frank Bruno's Boxing (C64) - Main Theme = Rocky Theme
Hello Kitty World (Famicom) - Gameplay Theme = Balloon Fight - Balloon Trip
Hydlide (NES) - Indiana Jones Theme
Micro Machines (Various) - Pre-Race Screen = Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
Pictionary (NES) - Piece Catching Minigame = Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Race America (NES) - Title Theme = Guns 'n Roses - Paradise City
Rainbow Islands (Various) - Gameplay Theme = The Wizard of Oz - Over the Rainbow
Super Spy Hunter (NES) - Stage 2-1 = Peter Gunn Theme
The Town With No Name (Amiga CD32) - Intro = The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Theme
Track & Field (Various) - Title Theme = Vangelis - Chariots of Fire

One thing I wonder is if this sort of thing is legal. I assume it would be as long as they're chiptune versions of the songs (and not a PCM sample like Action 52's intro); I certainly don't remember any companies getting in trouble for this sort of thing.

Pirate Talk / Best Long Electron Technology Ltd.
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:11:54 PM »
While looking for Famiclones, I came across this site for the previously mentioned company. Looking at their products, they're apparently the ones behind some of those Famiclone controllers like the Gamezone II, and they seem to have published or licensed hardware from AtGames and those awful Nice Code games on one of the handhelds.

Hacker Center / MMC3 Conversions
« on: December 24, 2011, 12:28:13 PM »
I have compiled all of the MMC3 conversions I could find. I found a few on this site and most of the others are taken from multicarts. I added the copyright info to all of the games that didn't have it already, although I couldn't manage it for RoboCop 2 so I omitted it from the pack. (Mind you, the game sucks anyway :P )


Other Pirates / MaxPlay 10-in-1 (PS2)
« on: September 29, 2011, 06:13:39 PM »
Earlier today, I found a PS2 compilation disk called MaxPlay 10-in-1 (stating the obvious, but whatever) and as the packaging states, it's an unlicensed compilation of what appear to be Flash games of some sort. (I'm guessing it's like a successor to the Maxi 15 or something) It was made by Datel in 2004 and is apparently the first in a series, although I have yet to see any others.

Here's some images of the box:

Spoiler: click to toggle

And here is a list of the games with a brief description:

JetPack 2 - Some weird game where you fly around in a jetpack and shoot at random idiots who do the same.
Paddle Panic - Breakout clone where you have 4 pads instead of one. In other words, it's sort of like the bosses from Kirby's Block Ball without the actual bosses. :P
Super Power Shot - It's a lot like that Ball Story game for the Famicom, except less awful.
Invaders - I think that one's pretty obvious. :whistle:
Chopper 2: The Return - Essentially that Helicopter flash game with somewhat better graphics.
Loop the Loop - Basically a clone of Thin Ice, which is in turn a clone of Qix.
Pop Em! - Super Pang clone, nuf said.
Dragon Tiles 3 - That 15 Puzzle game off Action 52, except with an actual picture which makes the game a lot harder.
Bounty Hunter X - Generic shooter with the option of choosing your special ability. (One of which clears all of the enemy bullets on the screen like in Exed Exes)
Proxima - A complete ripoff of Uridium for the Commodore 64, except this has vertical scrolling in it. This game also seems to be a fair bit easier.

Famicom/NES dumps / Looking For a ROM
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:19:48 PM »
I was looking through Kamming's posts and I noticed that among the sets of NES/Famicom ROM dumps was a file called "7-in-1 (NS03).unf". It was posted in a ROM set that was deleted and to my knowledge, it's nowhere else to be found. Does anyone on here have the ROM? :\

Famicom/NES dumps / CaH4e3's Dumps
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:31:41 AM »
I figured I'd best open this topic since CaH4e3's been dumping a lot of carts recently.

Anyway, earlier today he dumped the 150-in-1 I have. Looking at the menu names, there's apparently a lot of games that either weren't included on the ROM due to size constraints (although 16MB is huge for a NES ROM) or they were omitted from the list for whatever reason. Haven't checked to see which is true yet but I'll update on that soon enough.

Also worth pointing out that he's having difficulties dumping The General's Son, hence why it isn't available yet.

Discussion Center / Some Random NSF Stuff I Did
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:40:29 PM »
As the title says. :)


I'll list them all here, as I doubt anyone would know where all of them are from:
Atlantis (Theme Hospital)
Chai Kingdom (Super Mario Land)
Come Out and Play (The Offspring)
Exed Exes (Re-edit of the original version)
Hogan's Alley (Looped remake of the original)
Jurassic Park (From one of those Famiclones that Taizou has)
Menu Theme (Made it up, not the one off that 105-in-1)
Papillon (The Sachen game)
Pocket Zaurus
Robocop (The NES version)
Running in the 90s
Slalom (NES game)
Streets of Rage II Track 14
Take On Me (Thankfully not as bad as the Beat N Box version, although it'd take a fair bit of effort to do worse :P )

Famicom/NES dumps / Nongoodnes
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:53:35 PM »
I figured it's probably best to make a whole topic about this, seeing as it gets updated every now and then.

Anyway, Kamming recently posted the latest version of it. Out of the lot, I'll just list a few of the more interesting ones (as most of them are translations or homebrew hacks):

Beat n Box
Fire Dragon (the original version)
Ko Ko Eo Deu Ben Ce (Korean version of Buzz and Waldog)
Master Fighter VI
Night Pearl
Powerful 255-in-1 (complete with Arnold Schwarzenegger for no apparent reason. Doesn't seem to have "Tetris III" though)
Street Fighter X Turbo 40
World Heroes 2 Pro (With the options menu)

Also funny is that my hack of Donkey Kong Country 4 is there, incorrectly listed as 2-in-1 Donkey Kong + Jungle Book (Unl). :lol:

Bootleg Bazaar / Wts/wtt: Pvp And Pvp 2
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:44:58 AM »
I figured I might as well try to sell my PVP Stations as there's no point in me keeping them. The first one is a Famiclone system, the other is a Mega Drive clone. Worth pointing out the following things about these clones, so I don't get lynched afterwards:

PVP Station
- Typical Famiclone sound emulation
- Plays at PAL speed
- Somewhat incorrect colours
- A and B buttons are switched
- 35 games built-in, multicart doesn't seem to work (might work with a OneStation, but I don't have one to test that)

PVP Station 2
- Poor sound emulation
- Sonic the Hedgehog plays at PAL speed
- EA's intro screen is glitchy
- 10 games built-in, 15 on the multicart

Yeah, I think you can see why I want to get rid of them. Also worth pointing out that these things use a lithium-ion battery which comes with a recharger. Also note that the first PVP's recharger is in the UK format while the other one uses two prongs (I'm guessing American, but I might be wrong). Both have AV cables, as well as mono sound. There's also a tiny manual, although the one that comes with the second one is in a foreign language I don't recognise. (Scandinavian one, as far as I can tell)

The asking price is £3 plus shipping or you could trade one of the following:

- Bubble Bobble Collection (PS1, PAL format)
- R-4: Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1, PAL format)
- A SNES game (PAL format)
- A Famicom multicart
- A Game Gear game

Of course, that list doesn't apply to games I already own.

The Big Old Arcade / Best and worst games in your collection
« on: August 10, 2011, 07:58:56 AM »
Pretty self-explanatory. List the best and worst games you have (in your opinion, of course). :) I'll just list them by console because I'm a doofus that likes listing things.

Best: Raf World
Worst: Transformers: Convoy no Nazo (or Mystery of Comvoy as it says on the label)
Best on multicart: Raf World :P
Worst on multicart: Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends or Mario is Missing!

Best: Duck Tales
Worst Duck Tales :P

Game Boy
Best: Tetris
Worst: Alleyway
Best on multicart: Contra: The Alien Wars
Worst on multicart: Digimon 3 Crystal and Digimon Pocket

Game Gear
Best: Sonic the Hedgehog
Worst: I don't have any "bad" games, but I'll say Outrun Europa because the screen flashes for no apparent reason

Best: Parodius
Worst: Mario is Missing!

Best: Rage Racer (although that might change if I can get the Bubble Bobble collection)
Worst: I'd say Atlantis the Lost Continent, but that doesn't really count as a game so I'll say Break Out instead

Game Boy Advance
Best: Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Worst: Monopoly

Best: Either Okami or Metal Slug 3
Worst: Sega Classics Collection

Best: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Worst: Again I have no "bad" games for this console (although I only have 9 to begin with) so I'll just say Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Best: A toss-up between Theme Hospital and Doom
Worst: Most of the games on More Then 250 Games For Windows 95

Nintendo DS
Best: Contra 4 (imported of course, because Europeans apparently don't deserve good games)
Worst: 42 All-Time Classics

Discussion Center / What are you currently listening to?
« on: August 09, 2011, 05:20:02 PM »
Because I'm a doofus who can't come up with his own ideas, I figured I might as well take one that I've seen on several other boards. Self-explanatory really, just name (and maybe post a link to) whatever you're listening to.

Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

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