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18 February 2013 - 02:06 PMSince I don't think this will get any attention unless it has its own topic..
If anyone remembers, hidden-palace was collecting funds for a TJ&E2 proto that apparently was "different from released version" a few years back. The goal was met, but DreamTR then found out he apparently sold it off previously. Luckily, he kept me in mind as he recently found the cartridge again, which had just been lost among his piles of protos this whole time.
Unfortunately it's not an early prototype of the "original" TJ&E2 that was supposed to be more like the first game, but it is an earlier version of the released one. The header shows a date of August 91 and looks to be taken from the first game, so I have no idea how early it is. I would assume 4 months and up.
ffBA87:0000 - Use this to automatically have all earthlings. There's one level towards the end that's impossible to beat due to one of the earthlings being stuck underground or somewhere inaccessible, so you need this to go forward.
ff8003:000x - replace x with hex numbers up to D to access the different levels.
-The titlescreen has no press start and automatically goes to a text screen asking you to press buttons to choose your player.
-Level order and layouts are different, including different art sets being used. Not new graphics, but rather I.e a level in the final that had a space background might instead be a snow level here.
-The Funkapotamus is instead the Funkapuss
-Secret paths haven't been implemented yet, possibly the idea of collecting Lamont's items isn't here.
-Missing and different sound effects, including a couple different voices.
-One of the songs in the game has a different mix. I forget what the title is.
Fun fact, this apparently came from Gamefan magazines archives.
11 February 2013 - 12:30 AMgametimevault(aka DreamTR) has been consistently putting up proto after proto on eBay for a couple months or more now. There's been a couple topics about his stuff here and there I think, but no one discussing purchases specifically. I thought we might discuss that here.
I don't know if most would think this needs to be kept on the down low, don't mention it or else you might draw attention to them and screw things over etc.. But the thing is, I'm considering bidding on stuff, and I'd like to make sure I don't end up in competition with anyone else and drive the price farther than needed when in the end, should we both (hopefully) have the same goal of getting these things out to the public in some form or another. Maybe if others see something they can find more people interested and start a private pooling of funds?
At the moment, Genesis protos that catch my eye are:
Panorama Cotton: EPROMs say 11/27, and this game came out in August 28 or 1994 according to GameFAQ, so I'm assuming this is November '93, which is nearly a whole year earlier. I possibly will be bidding on this. Just not 100% on how far I can go, waiting until last day to see.
Virtua Hamster: AFAIK, the Sega Saturno group got this cart from DreamTR to give us that dump those few years back, and then sent him the cart back. Possibly not needed?
Spot Goes To Hollywood: "This game has differences from the original but I do not know specifics. " Ugh, I hate risks like this. It intrigues me, but I don't know..
There's more, but not games I personally care about, so you can check them out on his selling page.
Is there anyone here that's been bidding on anything here? I've yet to see much of anything he's been putting up for the past few months ever see the light of day again, besides a couple mentions from some buyers here and there. But most stuff goes back into oblivion never to be heard of again. Is anyone else eying this stuff for preservation purposes?
13 September 2012 - 07:37 PM
Anyone remember that Earthworm Jim 2 prototype that funds were being collected for a dump of on the Hidden Palace forums? Well, I just got it in the mail. My very first prototype too, so I'm pretty excited. Unfortunately, I don't have any means to play it, as I'm away from home where my system is located. So what I plan to do is buy a Retrode and, of course, dump it so the data isn't lost forever someday. But I can't even afford that
So this is where hopefully you guys come in. Either way, if I was going to share the dump I would need funds since it did cost me a bit to obtain it. The original goal for the dump back then was $200. Since I have it now, I'd want at least $215 to cover just under half of what I spent to get it. Once I have these funds I'd be able to afford a Retrode so I can actually play it and dump it for all, plus the extra left over will go towards another prototype I'm hoping to obtain and dump. Plus once I have a Retrode I can then know about differences on anything else I get before asking people to pay, which would make me feel better going about this =P As it is now I'm just as in the dark as to if this prototype is any different from the final as anyone else is.
I don't know how I ever got the "Researcher" title, but hopefully with this I can somewhat live up to it now If anyone wants to help, my paypal is m_devinny - at - hotmail.com, and I will make a list of donations if any actually come in. I plan to post this at other boards eventually, but want to see what the response is here first.
And before anyone asks, I've since covered the EPROMs with black electric tape, so the cartridge shouldn't be at any risk of sunlight getting through those covers.
10 May 2012 - 04:29 AMI'll keep this brief. For those who don't know, NiGHTS used a Saturn adaption of a program called Cybersound that was being sold back in the 90's. Does anyone have any download links to Windows versions of it?
I have one, but it refuses to open with anything though it's apparently an .img file. If anyone wants to take a crack at figuring it out that'd be neat, though I'm guessing I'm out of luck with it.
I'm mostly curious how much this thing can immediately allow you to emulate the sound of NiGHTS :p
30 April 2012 - 06:02 PM
You can find the Ben 10 video through the guys channel. You guys really should allow more than two links at a time =P
Someone pointed these out on Sega 16 today. Plus some guys there apparently say they've had them for awhile yet they've never bothered saying anything until now. But anyway, who would have guessed there's still real original titles being made, and from Russia who seems to only so far have been able to show us how many games they can hack with a new title screen or sprite. Too bad they both seem to be exactly the same, and even Ben 10 which is a beat 'em up looks to still use the same engine
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