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  1. Bobblen

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    Can't believe I never thought to check for more plaintext passwords in Jurassic Park, I enjoyed that one back in the day. Good finds!
     
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    I actually did some digging on this once. From my understand all reports of this stem from the one mentioned Sega-16 review. Everything always referenced that, somehow one person's bugged run became the de facto experience for everyone.

    Unlike the model 1 MK CD bug, you'll find nary a firsthand mention of this anywhere.
     
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  3. Black Squirrel

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    I've got a fair bit out of this, but I'm starting to hit the wall:
    https://i.imgur.com/y75WuEX.jpg

    A lot of what's left are dubious passwords, genuine bugs, questions I've already posed in this topic and "this is how to play the game". There's also situations like After Burner Complete where, while we have the code listed, we're not explaining what "Arcade Mode" actually is... and I'm too lazy to check the whole game.

    Also NBA Jam: Tournament Edition because it's huge. I did the Saturn version a couple of years ago - it took an age.


    It's unfortunate that the XBAND cartridge isn't dumped/emulated(??) because it looks like there's some weird stuff in there.
     
  4. Black Squirrel

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    Grabbed a random 1997 issue of Tips & Tricks and did a similar thing with the Saturn. It was also fruitful:

    Panzer Dragoon/Hidden content (yet again)
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    you can manipulate the "Sega man" camera and lighting with the second control pad (and yes this also works if you turn it into a woman).

    Just goes to show, these mags aren't as redundant as you'd think.
     
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    Gungriffon/Hidden content

    Gungriffon or, "war in Ukraine? surely not"
    [​IMG]

    We had nothing on this, because checking a dozen codes in a game I hadn't played was less appealing than checking codes in a game I had.

    We're still missing some - I think there are more to this game than GameFAQs is suggesting, and the descriptions aren't great. "No radar" doesn't mean no radar, for example, just "enemies don't appear on the radar".

    Some highlights:
    [​IMG]
    You can make the complicated HUD even more complicated with this "debug" code.

    [​IMG]
    if you keep pressing C on the second control pad, eventually these windmills will start turning faster. And I do mean "eventually" - you have to press the button a lot to see a difference.

    No idea if any of this carries through to Gungriffon II.
     
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  6. Black Squirrel

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    Now I do - the codes are changed but there are similar ways of turning off parts of the HUD. There doesn't seem to be any known codes for features such as invincibility, unlimited ammo or stage selects, which given the first game had them, seems unusual.

    But it does have this poorly documented feature (according to GameFAQs):
    Incredibly vague. It's actually a strange combo counter - if you you destroy two or more enemies in quick succession, a big number shows up:

    [​IMG]

    I'm not sure how much there is to this feature - the game can only put a finite number of enemies on-screen at once, and tends to spread them out across the map, so if something happens after say, 10 quick kills in a row, you're not likely to see it.

    It also offers different colour schemes:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Having only two alternative colours isn't unheard of but... it feels like there should be more.
     
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    Guardian Heroes/Hidden content
    [​IMG]
    Guardian Heroes, or "that's a big debug mode" has never had its secrets documented properly. There's always something wrong, even on TCRF (it's usually little things like pressing more buttons than you need to) - I think I've turned ours from "nonexistent" to "maybe the best?".

    The Japanese and European debug codes are not nearly as complicated (or unique) as often described. The only thing I'm not sure about is... whether there's secretly more. I mean this one setting seems to activate everything you can think of, so it really wouldn't surprise me if there's animation viewers or something hidden within.
     
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    Guardian Heroes is on my list; I'll check it out soon.

    I looked into Independence Day and found that the Internet is missing some of its special codes. The game cares about these:
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    1. TRI S
    2. DAB DAB
    3. RADARMY
    4. COCO
    5. KIWI
    6. ROSA DUONG
    7. SCOTTYWAR
    8. GREG FM
    9. DOOFUS
    10. BRENDAN QR
    11. KYRA NR
    12. FOX ROX
    13. MR HAPPY
    14. GODZILLA
    15. GO POSTAL
    16. TOURIST
    17. LIVE FREE
     
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  9. Black Squirrel

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    Hirokazu Hamamura, former editor of Famitsu, appears in Death Stranding as one of the people you can deliver things to.

    It raised a question: how is Famitsu's subsequent review going to be impartial? The man who runs the magazine is literally in the game... and yeah, 40/40, top marks. It's not a good look... though given Death Stranding is wonderful and probably worthy of the score, it probably doesn't matter too much in this case.


    But what if your game wasn't guaranteed top marks, because say, you're NFL Quarterback Club '97 for the Sega Saturn? Well.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Shove everyone in there and hope for the best. How can these publications hate us now? Are your staff playable in Madden??


    With the aid of modern technology we can find out exactly how that went:
    NFL Quarterback Club '97/Reception

    Of these six publications, we only have one review, in which GamePro says it's not as good as Madden, but it might be fine as a rental. I might go hunting for the rest - I suspect most only reviewed the PlayStation version, but it'll be hilarious if any turned out to hate it.


    Oh yeah also, scratch that comment about Madden 96 maybe having the most hidden teams. This one also apparently has over 100, all unlocked with a single code - dozens of historical NFL teams dating back to the 1950s.

    [​IMG]

    And someone might need to clarify a couple of these. Can we play as teams from the future??
     
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    They never were.
     
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    That explains why Gimmick was reviewed poorly yet Kirby got praise a year later...
     
  12. Black Squirrel

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    Jury's out on whether Ultra Game Players reviewed this version in their (currently missing) Holday 1996 edition, but I found Next Generation's review:

    https://segaretro.org/index.php?title=File:NextGeneration_US_24.pdf&page=268

    Basically "it's fine, but a bit slow not as polished as others, and not as good as Madden in two player". Nobody else bothered to review it.

    Though to be fair, Dimension Publishing was a very small player in the video game magazine space and doesn't seem to have had any publications in print around the time of the game's release. I only know of Dimension-3, which didn't really care about consoles, and had stopped circulating by 1996.
     
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    Here's a fun one, solved with the help of Kak from Hidden Palace's Discord...

    Puzzle Bobble 2X / Bust-A-Move 2 - Arcade Edition has two additional title screen codes:
    • Monsta: Down, Z, Up, Z
    • Drunk & Monsta: Right, Y, Y, Left
    The first code makes the bubbles burst in a fiery explosion. The second enables the "Another World" code, which was already known, plus the exploding bubbles.

    In addtion, there's these codes that work on the map screen after you clear a stage. You hold the buttons here as the next stage is starting to change characters!

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    1. When selecting a course, you must clear at least one stage to select a character. After clearing a zone, keep pressing the four buttons to the next stage.
    2. The characters can be changed as follows.
    3. BABURUN & BOBURUN A, B, C, L (normal characters)
    4. Gago A, B, X, Z
    5. Kajaku A, C, Y, Z (characters from practice round 2)
    6. Monsta B, C, X, Y (characters from practice round 3 & stage 1)
    7. Pacchi A, B, Z, R (characters from Stage 2)
    8. Urun A, B, X, L (strongest character in stage 3)
    9. Pikaru (spark electric light) A, C, Y, R (Stage 4 characters)
    10. Garanyo (Tutankhamen) A, C, Z, L (stage 5 character)
    11. Handle A, Y, L, R
    12. Rabbit C, Z, L, R
    13. Computer B, X, L, R
    14. Bubble prototype X, Y, Z, R (stage 11 character)
    15. BABURUNROBA B, X, Y, L
    16. Virugan A, X, Z, L (very strong character in stage 7)
    17. Maita B, C, X, R (Stage 8 characters)
    18. Chunchun A, Y, Z, R
    19. Dorabo B, C, Y, L (Stage 9 characters)
    20. Chonchintaa B, X, Z, R (Stage 10 super strong character)
    21. Doranku C, X, Y, R (final stage characters)
    22. Result
    23.  
    24. You can choose a character
     
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  14. Black Squirrel

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    Did some digging:
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    1. 49ers              |San Francisco      |the 'Niners        |SF
    2. Bears              |Chicago            |Da Bears           |CHI
    3. Bengals            |Cincinnati         |                   |CIN
    4. Bills              |Buffalo            |                   |BUF
    5. Broncos            |Denver             |                   |DEN
    6. Ravens             |Baltimore          |                   |BAL
    7. Buccaneers         |Tampa Bay          |the Bucs           |TB
    8. Cardinals          |Arizona            |the Cards          |ARZ
    9. Chargers           |San Diego          |the Bolts          |SD
    10. Chiefs             |Kansas City        |                   |KC
    11. Colts              |Indianapolis       |the Ponies         |IND
    12. Cowboys            |Dallas             |Da Boys            |DAL
    13. Dolphins           |Miami              |                   |MIA
    14. Eagles             |Philadelphia       |                   |PHI
    15. Falcons            |Atlanta            |                   |ATL
    16. Giants             |New York           |                   |NYG
    17. Jaguars            |Jacksonville       |the Jags           |JAX
    18. Jets               |New York           |                   |NYJ
    19. Lions              |Detroit            |                   |DET
    20. Oilers             |Houston            |                   |HOU
    21. Packers            |Green Bay          |The Pack           |GB
    22. Panthers           |Carolina           |                   |CAR
    23. Patriots           |New England        |the Pats           |NE
    24. Raiders            |Oakland            |                   |OAK
    25. Rams               |St. Louis          |                   |STL
    26. Redskins           |Washington         |the 'Skins         |WAS
    27. Saints             |New Orleans        |                   |NO
    28. Seahawks           |Seattle            |                   |SEA
    29. Steelers           |Pittsburgh         |                   |PIT
    30. Vikings            |Minnesota          |the Vikes          |MIN
    31. Acclaim            |New York           |Money Bags         |ALM
    32. Iguanas            |Austin             |The Iggies         |IGU
    33. NFC                |Pro Bowl           |                   |NFC
    34. AFC                |Pro Bowl           |                   |AFC
    35. Gamepro            |Team               |                   |GMP
    36. Next Generation    |Team               |                   |NXG
    37. Deadliners         |Ultra Game Players |                   |GPD
    38. Video Games        |Team               |                   |VG
    39. Dimension Pub.     |Team               |Foster City Extrem |DMP
    40. EGM                |Team               |                   |EGM
    41. '73 49ers          |San Francisco      |'Niners            |SF
    42. '70 Colts          |Baltimore          |                   |BAL
    43. '70 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da 'Boys           |DAL
    44. '83 Seahawks       |Seattle            |                   |SEA
    45. '83 Chiefs         |Kansas City        |                   |KC
    46. '68 Jets           |New York           |                   |NYJ
    47. '68 Colts          |Baltimore          |                   |BAL
    48. '86 Browns         |Cleveland          |                   |CLE
    49. '86 Jets           |New York           |                   |NYJ
    50. '81 49ers          |San Francisco      |'Niners            |SF
    51. '81 Bengals        |Cincinatti         |                   |CIN
    52. '88 49ers          |San Francisco      |'Niners            |SF
    53. '88 Bengals        |Cincinatti         |                   |CIN
    54. '94 49ers          |San Francisco      |the 'Niners        |SF
    55. '94 Chargers       |San Diego          |the Bolts          |SD
    56. '81 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    57. '81 Chargers       |San Diego          |                   |SD
    58. '90 Giants         |New York           |                   |NYG
    59. '90 Bills          |Buffalo            |                   |BUF
    60. '83 Eagles         |Philadelphia       |                   |PHI
    61. '83 Saints         |New Orleans        |                   |NO
    62. '75 Steelers       |Pittsburgh         |                   |PIT
    63. '75 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da 'Boys           |DAL
    64. '91 Jets           |New York           |                   |NYJ
    65. '91 Packers        |Green Bay          |The Pack           |GB
    66. '91 Lions          |Detroit            |                   |DET
    67. '91 Vikings        |Minnesota          |                   |MIN
    68. '76 Raiders        |Oakland            |                   |OAK
    69. '76 Steelers       |Pittsburgh         |                   |PIT
    70. '71 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    71. '71 Chiefs         |Kansas City        |                   |KC
    72. '90 Bears          |Chicago            |Da Bears           |CHI
    73. '90 Lions          |Detroit            |                   |DET
    74. '74 Jets           |New York           |                   |NYJ
    75. '74 Giants         |New York           |                   |NYG
    76. '82 AFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |AFC
    77. '82 NFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |NFC
    78. '87 Cardinals      |St. Louis          |the 'Cards         |STL
    79. '87 Buccaneers     |Tampa Bay          |the 'Bucs          |TB
    80. '85 AFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |AFC
    81. '85 NFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |NFC
    82. '80 Bears          |Chicago            |Da 'Bears          |CHI
    83. '80 Bengals        |Cincinatti         |                   |CIN
    84. '79 Steelers       |Pittsburgh         |                   |PIT
    85. '79 Browns         |Cleveland          |                   |CLE
    86. '88 Oilers         |Houston            |                   |HOU
    87. '88 Colts          |Indianapolis       |                   |IND
    88. '75 Rams           |Los Angeles        |                   |LA
    89. '75 Chargers       |San Diego          |                   |SD
    90. '99 Jaguars        |Jacksonville       |the Jags           |JAX
    91. '99 Panthers       |Carolina           |                   |CAR
    92. '84 Saints         |New Orleans        |                   |NO
    93. '84 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da 'Boys           |DAL
    94. '89 Patriots       |New England        |the 'Pats          |NE
    95. '89 Colts          |Indianapolis       |                   |IND
    96. '82 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    97. '82 Chargers       |San Diego          |                   |SD
    98. '78 Patriots       |New England        |the 'Pats          |NE
    99. '78 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    100. '79 Bears          |Chicago            |Da 'Bears          |CHI
    101. '79 49ers          |San Francisco      |'Niners            |SF
    102. '91 Broncos        |Denver             |                   |DEN
    103. '91 Oilers         |Houston            |                   |HOU
    104. '66 Packers        |Green Bay          |the 'Pack          |GB
    105. '66 Chiefs         |Kansas City        |                   |KC
    106. '95 Eagles         |Philadelphia       |                   |PHI
    107. '93 49ers          |San Francisco      |the 'Niners        |SF
    108. '93 Eagles         |Philadelphia       |                   |PHI
    109. '58 Colts          |Baltimore          |                   |BAL
    110. '58 Giants         |New York           |                   |NYG
    111. '95 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    112. '95 Bills          |Buffalo            |                   |BUF
    113. '95 Lions          |Detroit            |                   |DET
    114. '00 Chiefs         |Kansas City        |                   |KC
    115. '00 Bears          |Chicago            |Da Bears           |CHI
    116. '73 AFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |AFC
    117. '73 NFC            |Pro Bowl           |                   |NFC
    118. '78 Vikings        |Minnesota          |                   |MIN
    119. '78 Packers        |Green Bay          |the 'Pack          |GB
    120. '95 Raiders        |Oakland            |                   |OAK
    121. '95 Buccaneers     |Tampa Bay          |the Bucs           |TB
    122. '77 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da 'Boys           |DAL
    123. '77 Broncos        |Denver             |Orange Crush       |DEN
    124. '75 Dolphins       |Miami              |                   |MIA
    125. '75 Colts          |Baltimore          |                   |BAL
    126. '95 Seahawks       |Seattle            |                   |SEA
    127. '00 Buccaneers     |Tampa Bay          |the Bucs           |TB
    128. '00 Bills          |Buffalo            |                   |BUF
    129. '95 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da Boys            |DAL
    130. '95 Steelers       |Pittsburgh         |                   |PIT
    131. '88 Broncos        |Denver             |                   |DEN
    132. '88 Raiders        |Los Angeles        |                   |LA
    133. '73 Cowboys        |Dallas             |Da 'Boys           |DAL
    134. '95 Browns         |Cleveland          |                   |CLE
    135. '96 Rookie's       |All-Star           |The Rookies        |ROK
    There's the 30 standard NFL teams, then 105 secret teams. Do you think there's enough?
     
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    College Slam or "NBA Jam but guaranteed to sell less" has nine secret "fraternity teams", according to the internet:

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    And yep, in both versions you do indeed get seven sets of Greek letters and two mysterious teams, "Daytona Beach" and "Palm Springs". At the time of adding the Mega Drive codes, I didn't really want to look into this much further - someone more qualified can do detailed team write-ups for American sports games.


    Here's what the internet doesn't tell you - if you try and edit the two mysterious teams, you get an extra option:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    You can change the greek letters at the bottom of the logo, so now all of this noise can be represented in game.

    A strange amount of effort to put into a secret feature.
     
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    I don't know that there's going to be a lot to add beyond the list of colleges represented as teams; at the time the NCAA was very strict in preventing likeness or name licenses for any players, since they're supposed to be amateurs and compensated through scholarships. Which is, obviously, fucked, but does mean that if you're going to try to go through team rosters you're probably not going to find much.

    College sports games usually just did number and position, but it's possible you could get fake or generated names, and there were a few I know of that did something like the NFL Quarterback Club thing and filled the teams with names from gaming publications.
     
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    Yeah, pretty horrifying to think of people swapping carts over and over looking for this stuff! Starting from the top, need to get the Afterburner II extra missiles stuff in there, although I've only ever tried it on the early levels and the code changes every time (which is probably why it's not there), there's a code for Air Diver we don't have as well (untested). Maybe there's some good stuff here after all...

    EDIT - to be honest most of it is either 'here's a hidden room with a few bonuses in it' which is just part of playing the game and isn't really hidden content, at least by the definition I use, or generic passwords which again I don't count unless it's a hardcoded cheat password with effects outside of normal play.

    EDIT 2 - there's a 99 lives code for Thunder Force IV I've never seen before. Must test that one out.
     
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    This is a poor one:

    Star Wars Demolition/Hidden content

    I don't think the internet has played this (and with only nine review scores, that might suggest the press passed on it too). Even on Sega Retro we've got
    ... but they seemed alright to me? I wouldn't have said they were out of the ordinary.

    Anyway GameFAQs lists tons of codes:
    https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/dreamcast/370075-star-wars-demolition/cheats
    and while yes, they're not specifically labled as "Dreamcast", other sites were happy to copy-paste these lists verbatim and pretend that they were.

    I too haven't checked every code, but from my brief experiments, I could only get "MOVIE SHOW" and "SAD MOVIES" to function. "WATTO SHOP", which is meant to unlock all the characters, doesn't do anything... unless I'm missing something.

    I think these are all PlayStation cheats, with the Dreamcast either only receiving a subset of them, or a different set of codes that nobody knows. There wasn't anything obvious jumping out when looking through with a hex editor.
     
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