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Bootleg Bazaar / Re: Interesting stuff for sale elsewhere
« Last post by 瓜瓜龍 on November 28, 2020, 09:55:23 PM »
This is not really a listing, but instead a website. [urlhttp://www.clear.com.tw/content.asp=]It[/url]It seems that there used to be quite a few little game selling webistes in Taiwan, but not all of them survived till the present day. I don't know if any of this site's stuff is actually in stock, or if it just has not been updated in a while, but it has a few nice pictures of some VF/Gowin games
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Famicom/NES dumps / Re: Lost in Bygone Gaming dumps
« Last post by ZDog on November 25, 2020, 02:06:12 PM »
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Game Boy / Re: Tian Cai Xiao Zi
« Last post by 瓜瓜龍 on November 24, 2020, 10:53:57 PM »
Oh, cool. Thank you for responding. I noticed that on the back of that copy of West Story the circuit board is marked "VF001" which think Taizou mentioned seeing on his copy of Soul Falchion
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Game Boy / Re: Tian Cai Xiao Zi
« Last post by dzd on November 24, 2020, 08:23:26 AM »
我们觉得西游记这个游戏应该单卡只有天才小子进行过发售,应该广誉科技没有发售过单卡。可能这些游戏和早期的瓜瓜龙游戏一样,可能是由广誉代工,但是是由天才小子进行单卡的制作和销售吧。在中国这边,天才小子的武侠类RPG游戏非常常见,但是至今为止,还没有一款天才小子原卡的游戏被破解导出。hhug那边发布的是永盛版的游戏,虽然游戏内容和天才小子版的是一样的,但是卡带的加密完全不一样。天才小子的加密目前还没有破解的信息。
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Game Boy / Re: Tian Cai Xiao Zi
« Last post by dzd on November 24, 2020, 12:16:39 AM »
Hi, 瓜瓜龍! I saw that you mentioned me in your post, so I registered an account to reply to you. Tian Cai Xiao Zi is a mysterious company because they not only developed some of their own gameboy games, but also released some Vast Fame games (maybe other companies as well). Let me talk about the game West Story(西游记). It once came on VF's multicart (8 in 1), according to the game 水浒神兽(2001) we can know that the cart is made after 2001, so I guess the West Story was probably developed by VF(like Gowin's Top Secret and Lost Trip)but distributed by TCXZ (perhaps VF sold the copyrights to other companies).And there are two pictures I scanned about this West Story game.  Thanks!


你需要一个国外可以访问的图床啊,帮你上传了
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Game Boy / Re: Tian Cai Xiao Zi
« Last post by yy小龙虾 on November 23, 2020, 11:55:04 PM »
Hi, 瓜瓜龍! I saw that you mentioned me in your post, so I registered an account to reply to you. Tian Cai Xiao Zi is a mysterious company because they not only developed some of their own gameboy games, but also released some Vast Fame games (maybe other companies as well). Let me talk about the game West Story(西游记). It once came on VF's multicart (8 in 1), according to the game 水浒神兽(2001) we can know that the cart is made after 2001, so I guess the West Story was probably developed by VF(like Gowin's Top Secret and Lost Trip)but distributed by TCXZ (perhaps VF sold the copyrights to other companies).And there are two pictures I scanned about this West Story game.  Thanks!
http://i1.fuimg.com/632598/bbedfd80af57172c.jpg
http://i1.fuimg.com/632598/ff147e51a45122d5.jpg
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The predecessor of Yanshan Software was the computer room of Fuzhou Power Equipment Factory, an enterprise run by Fuzhou 16th Middle School (now Fuzhou Vocational Technical School of Tourism). In October 1985, Fu Zan, a teacher of Fuzhou No. 16 Middle School who was also a technician in the computer room, applied to the school to establish a computer service department after successfully developing the music editing and performance software "Fuju" to undertake software development services. With the consent of the school, the service department quickly expanded its business, and the company Yanshan Software Technical Service Center was established. The business location was set up in the small room on the left side of the school gate. Yanshan Mountain is named after the "Yantai Mountain", a small hill near Fuzhou No. 16 Middle School. In the first two years, the company's business was developing software and selling computer hardware. Yanshan was one of the earliest companies engaged in Hanka business in China. In 1987, the country reorganized various "central" enterprises, and the Yanshan Software Technical Service Center was renamed as the "Yanshan Software Technical Service Department." In 1988, Fu Zan decided to turn the company's business into games, specializing in Atari 2600 games. He The "River Raid" was extracted using self-made tools and the game was remade. Then the digital Atari was combined into a "TV Game Program Comprehensive Card". The hot sale of "Integrated Card" made the company's annual turnover From 110,000 yuan to 1.19 million yuan. In the same period, Yanshan began to act as an agent for FC game consoles and cassettes. In the same year, Fu Zan began to contribute Nintendo game guides in the magazine "Household Appliances". The column "Secrets of Tackling Key Problems" was opened in the name of "Teaching Key Secrets." In 1991, a collection of strategies and articles was published "TV Game Easy". In 1989, Fu Zan reproduced "Battle of Tanks" and launched the Yanshan version of "Battle of Tanks", such as "Tank 7", "Tank 14", "Tank 28", "89 Tank" and "90 Tank". Among them, "90 Tank" was the most popular version in mainland China at that time. With the huge sales of "Tank War", the annual turnover doubled to 2 million, the company's staff increased from 3 to 16 people, and a store was opened 5 or 60 meters away from the school. In 1991, Yanshan launched "Missile Tank" and produced three Chinese-style games, and sold the master tape to a Taiwanese company, becoming the first company to enter overseas. In 1993, Fu Zan remade "Contra" and launched "93 Super Soul". It was once regarded as the source of "Contra"'s "Underwater Eight Levels", but it was not. Due to the success of Yanshan, a large number of copycat game companies have appeared in Fuzhou, and Yanshan's works have been pirated in large numbers, resulting in declining profits. At the same time, since 1986, Fuzhou 16th Middle School has been transformed into a tourism vocational technical school. Fu Zan was also asked by the school to devote his energy to the establishment and teaching of computer courses. Therefore, after 1993, Yanshan's game development business was also suspended. Up. After the closure of Yanshan, Fu Zan and some employees established Shuangxianbei Computer Company, and Fu Zan concurrently served as the senior consultant and director system of Alien Technology.
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Famicom/NES dumps / Re: Sup 400-in-1 handheld dump
« Last post by The_YongGrand on November 18, 2020, 05:36:39 AM »
Hello @NewRisingSun,

Thanks for the feedback - I found out in my Python script that I dumped only the first half.

I'm in the process of dumping the other half and then proceed to "glue" onto that one after it's all done.
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Famicom/NES dumps / Re: Sup 400-in-1 handheld dump
« Last post by NewRisingSun on November 17, 2020, 06:31:09 PM »
The dump does seem awfully small for the given number of games, even when accounting for repeated titles. I could not find any writes anywhere in the entire ROM image to important VTxx registers $4100 or $410B, so my assessment is that the menu is just missing. I also could not find the CHR data of some of the games depicted in the various YouTube video describing this handheld.

I find the "variant of the VT series where the reset vector is entirely different" explanation extremely unlikely. The only VT series chip that allows such a thing and that is still NES-compatible is the VT369, which allows the reset vector to be stored inside a 4 KiB ROM that is embedded in the NOAC chip itself. In every known instance, that 4 KiB ROM only contained code to download and execute LCD initialization code from an external serial EPROM, and the other 2 KiB half containing code for the sound CPU. Even if one allowed for a super-special embedded ROM variant, it would not fit an entire menu.
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Famicom/NES dumps / Sup 400-in-1 handheld dump
« Last post by The_YongGrand on November 17, 2020, 10:44:31 AM »
Hello there,

I just happened to extract the COB ROM and tried to dump the contents using the Raspberry Pi and a couple of MCP23017s. [Story here: https://hackaday.io/project/175322-dissecting-a-hand-held-noac-console]

I tried running this on the Nintendulator which is modified for VT-series NOAC but couldn't run. I'm suspecting this one is a possible variant of the VT series where the reset vector is entirely different.

Inside the dump I could see sprite sheets as usual with some data in between, but I couldn't find a lot of references on the 400-in-1 menu text. It could be possibly encrypted or the dump is incomplete.

The dump is attached here for the reference.
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