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J2ME Preservation blog
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:59:48 AM »
Recently (around July-August) I started a blog project with the main purpose of preserving Asian J2ME ports of classic games, that were once 'common' but are very rare these days. J2ME was a platform used by feature phones released during the 2000's decade, before Android/iOS started to dominate the mobile market. Some of them retain all the stuff from their respective original counterpart, while others got doctored in terms of levels/story/other stuff due to typical J2ME limitations. At the moment there are a few, each one in separate entries.

For these games you will need KEmulator or, if you have an Android device, J2ME Loader from Play Store. All of them need the emulated screen resolution set to 240x320, I plan on also posting a few that were available for smaller screens only.

Link to my blog project: HERE
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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 08:16:58 AM »
can you also make gba ports of j2me games like mercury meltdown please. i wish it to come true  :)
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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 08:45:12 PM »
Holy crap a Gundam fighting game I didn't know about? EPIC

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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 03:10:43 AM »
This is a neat project. do you take requests for games? there are some i've been trying to track down for a while, mainly Pac-Man SP (https://www.inside-games.jp/article/2011/04/02/48244.html)

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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 02:36:20 PM »
No idea where to put this. Does this deserve it's own topic or I can post it here? Anyway, lemme get it straight.

tl;dr. A couple weeks ago, I was looking for games to play on my Nokia (it's actually not a Nokia, it's a Samsung lol :P). I stumpled across a spin-off of the Final Fantasy games called Final Fantasy Legends: Warriors of Light and Dark. It was released for the DoCoMo FOMA phones (aka Cloud Strife's phone), but that's it, since the servers were shutdown, and it's no longer obtainable :( . I heard somewhere (forgot) that the thing might be incompatible with my model due to running on a phone being a J2ME-based engine based OS. (A phone that runs on an OS that uses the J2ME engine as a base, but without being J2ME) There's currently no sort of emulation for these. Okay, the game was released for iOS and Android, but I won't pay a buck. That's why i want the original thing. I found on the internet cracked versions of the currently unavailable ports of Final Fantasy I & II. I deleted the .jar from my computer since I installed the thing on the phone, so why would i like to have the same file twice; but the sites that i found these are PHONEKY and Dertz.

dertz.in
phoneky.com
pt.phonekycom (Brazilian Phoneky, has different games but is entirely on Portuguese)

That's not the only game for these that has been lost. There's also Kingdom Hearts V-CAST (I don't want this game) and Final Fantasy 7 Lost Episode - Dirge of Cerberus (also a no).More discussion on these here:

https://thelifestream.net/forums/threads/the-ffvii-mobile-game-initiative-2004-2008-era.20015/

I'll try to install a NES emulator on it so i can play Final Fantasy III (which got no port) and thus try to make myself happier :(

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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2020, 02:29:48 AM »
FOMA phones ran on DoJa platform, which was basically J2ME with steroids, including sophisticated APIs such as MascotCapsule and OpenGL ES 1.1 (both ended up implemented on a few SonyEricsson phones). However, most Western phone makers were unable to switch to DoJa because the Japanese hardware was expensive at the time and people just used phones for basic functions.

Those two games you mentioned were developed for BREW. It was a very underrated platform, even in the present it's practically unemulatable.

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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 08:44:45 PM »
Some more stuff you'd probably be insterested in, Kage! Also on the same forum, here's some guys talking about some phone Castlevania ports:https://thelifestream.net/forums/threads/general-castlevania-thread.19119/page-2

Castlevania was ported 4 times to phones: The versions 1,2 and 3 are long gone, but there's version two, for western/european phones. The international versions seem identical to V2, althrough the international versions seem to have been released a couple times, for high-end and low-end phones. The high-end version has only part 1 dumped so far, since the games had to be split 'cause of Java Micro's limits. The low-end version sucks, but it's the one that has part 2 and 3. Version 3 is dumped, but atleast the chinese version, which doesn't run in KEmulator, you need some knock-off emulator that probably is a virus. Download at own risk. The review on gamespot shows a couple unrelated games, plus there's an image of a mid-end version, which has a different interface.

These ports have become so well-known that they were even used in Mesen hd packs.

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Re: J2ME Preservation blog
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 10:12:25 PM »
Hey Kage, here's something you might be interested in:

Do you remember VirtuaNES? That old NES emulator? Yeah. It's it. On a phone. No, rly.

This emulator is called vNES (huh, nice try) made by a company called Vampent. They used to have a forum, but nothing of interesting there, since the site was taken over by spambots using links to redirects to shady sites (didn't bother clicking on them, do it at your own risk), and redirects that redirects to redirects. Yep.

VNES used to be a paid product, but since the payment doesn't work on some devices (some people actually lost money, fortunately there was refund) and since they probably don't support it anymore (thus if you pay you might lose money) should I post a cracked version I found? I found it on phoneky i think, and most links i've seen on the web either link to the trial version or symbian versions. I might include a readme for instructions. Some phones aren't compatible with NesCube, and some aren't with vNES.

Note: The aforementioned crack is actually based off an older version. I wonder if there's a way to crack the newest versions's copy protections? I'm not the sheriff of .jar's, but I think it's done by editing the .class files, since a jar file is just a disguised zip file.