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« on: January 09, 2016, 01:55:04 AM »
So, I recently saw some new 32-bit plug-and-play console from Lexibook at my local Kmart in the Boston area. The games on it looked vaguely interesting, and weren't really anything I'd seen before, and I kind of wondered what they were. I looked it up on Lexibook's site, and even more curiously, it claimed to run its games from an SD card.

I wasn't quite willing to risk $40 on it, but after seeing this playthrough from YouTube user "SteeScribbles", I'm significantly more curious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO-_9npCk0Q

Yep. It's that one infamous SD-card-based Waixing console-- the one which was the source of all of those encrypted .wxn dumps of VT03 games-- released by a company outside of China! With a user interface that's in...something vaguely resembling English! And a whole bunch of 32-bit Waixing games that I'd never seen in action before, to go along with it.

Incidentally, the same Kmart location also sells Lexibook's Cyber Arcade Console. Can't find much in the way of video of it, because there's no TV-out port, but what I've seen looks really intriguing-- suffice it to say, there are plenty of 16-bit CubeTac Famicom hacks included. (Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that the promotional image on Lexibook's site is a sprite hack of Chip 'n Dale.)

Oh, and if you don't have a Kmart locally, they ship these from their web site as well.
...The Mario ripoff at 33 minutes into the video. O_o That is... wow. Words do not do it justice.
Wow, this is the second plug-and-play console I've seen that had a knockoff of the mid-'00s shareware game Professor Fizzwizzle (the Pocket Dream Console was the first). Chinese bootleggers will seriously rip off anything.
Oww, the sound emulation on the Famiclone ROMs, shown in the latter half of the 2nd video, is ear-splittingly terrible. Not that I'm surprised... >_<
« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 01:22:13 PM by codeman38 »

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2016, 07:40:38 AM »
Damn, the idea of a bootleg proprietary system that takes SD cards sounds interesting IMO. I'd totally get it just to play those bootleg games it comes with (that Mario knockoff looks kind of funny x3) but living in the UK I have no idea if they're being sold here. I might try looking in the local cheapo supermarkets just out of interest ;)

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2016, 01:07:39 PM »
The LPer is Irish and says in the video that he found it in a convenience store there, so there's at least some chance they might have made their way to the UK as well.

Edited to add: Of course Argos sells it. (Though £49 is a bit much!)
There is some impressively broken English from the announcer in the bowling game in part 3 of the playthrough, starting at around 30:00 in. I still have no idea what he's saying after the gutter balls, and neither does the LPer. (My best guess is "misplay, please eject the throw gesture", but that doesn't really make any sense either.)

(Also, the music is exactly the same as in the bowling game on the Zone 40. Not entirely surprising, since Waixing was responsible for both...)

Edit: The quote after the spares is just as inscrutable for that matter. I think it's "Hit the remaining ball, cute! Go on!"...?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2016, 12:09:48 AM by codeman38 »

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2016, 07:44:26 AM »
I'm pretty certain the announcer just read the lines phonetically and hoped for the best :lol:

Tarrow Maze (on part 4 somewhere) is pretty weird, it's like someone tried to combine Chip's Challenge and Dragon Quest somehow. :huh:

And yeah, no way in hell I'd get this for £49.

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2016, 04:21:07 PM »
oh cool, nice to see some video of this thing! Interesting that some of the games showcase some kind of rudimentary 3D capability as well, looks like there's more to this hardware than Waixing are making use of..

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Incidentally, the same Kmart location also sells Lexibook's Cyber Arcade Console. Can't find much in the way of video of it, because there's no TV-out port, but what I've seen looks really intriguing-- suffice it to say, there are plenty of 16-bit CubeTac Famicom hacks included. (Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that the promotional image on Lexibook's site is a sprite hack of Chip 'n Dale.)[/quote]
I have the Red5 "Mini Arcade Machine" variation, and I swear I've heard the music in this Pac-Land hack somewhere else - any ideas?
https://twitter.com/taizou_hori/status/686278580008017921

edit: oh man and "Gold Finder", a Clu Clu Land hack, has the same music used on the title screen of Nice Code's "Crazy Kart" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWzCyraEEt8
incidentally if anyone wants one of the arcade machines, MyMemory has the Taikee version for £13.99 with free delivery in the UK or £1.95 internationally (albeit to a fairly random selection of countries that includes Canada but not the US):
http://www.mymemory.co.uk/Gadgets/Taikee/Taikee-Micro-Arcade-Machine-with-240-Built-in-Games---16-Bit
« Last Edit: January 10, 2016, 05:34:11 PM by taizou »

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2016, 05:58:30 PM »
The Gold Finder/Crazy Kart music sounds like production library music, of the sort you would hear in the background of sports documentaries or the TV Guide Channel. (I swear I've heard it somewhere before, like in a game show or something, but then again, production music is meant to be generic...)

It wouldn't surprise me if the music in the Pac-Land hack was from a production library CD as well, to be perfectly honest.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2016, 07:05:23 PM »
Yeah that would make sense - there's a (maybe Cube-developed?) DDR clone on one of Macro Winners' consoles with about 40 songs, all of which are actually production music, mostly from Universal (which may mean they actually..licensed it?)

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2016, 07:22:41 PM »
I'm going to start a new thread on production music in bootleg games, because I just found another example. :D

Edited to add: Here's the new thread for that!
« Last Edit: January 10, 2016, 07:45:54 PM by codeman38 »

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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2016, 07:13:40 PM »
I'm going to start a new thread on the arcade machines as well, since they're quite an interesting topic in themselves and I don't want to derail this one from the Waixing console..
edit: here it is! http://s4.zetaboards.com/PGC_Forums?topic=10406962/1/
« Last Edit: January 18, 2016, 08:10:33 PM by taizou »

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2016, 01:02:37 AM »
Vinny of Vinesauce has done an even more extensive playthrough of this thing (Edited to add: ...Or not. But it seems to focus on different games than Stee's playthrough, anyway), and for once, YouTube comments are proving surprisingly useful-- they're helping to shed even more light on things that Waixing has ripped off.

(I knew I recognized the music in world 1-2 of Candy Bear, and thought it was from a Mario game, but couldn't place it... it's the world 7 map theme from New Super Mario Bros. for DS! And the title theme is the ending theme from the same game, naturally. And world 1-3 is literally the overworld theme... wow...)
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2016, 08:25:53 AM »
Hey,

Any idea if this thing can be turned into a nes emulator? Any wxn file that can be run after copying it on to the SD?

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2016, 01:11:14 PM »
I think they can run .nes files too. The emulator isn't very good though.