So my story tonight was finally getting my mittens on Next Tertris which has been a 15 year journey.
I originally bought a N2000, loved it, first DVD player.
Then I ran across someone that was selling a Toshiba SD2300. Got that, was able to play Iron Solider 3 better on that. Problem was, the previous owner never sent for their copy of Next Tetris and the time had already expired.
I bought a copy of Tetris and IS3 bundled, which got lost in the mail. That was around 2002. (I made the postal carrier pay for the lost package, but not the same...)
14 years later...
.. bought copy of Next Tetris. This time it makes it in the mail just fine. Get home, pop it in, and I can't find the way to start the game. This was quite distressing and I managed to contain myself from a complete meltdown.
6 hours later...
First I made a backup of the Next Tetris. It is a rare disc afterall. The Toshiba SD2300 works fine with DVD-Rs. Just doesn't talk to CD-Rs. Backup went fine. Played as good as the original. And what was crazy, on the SD2300 and N501 I have both worked the same way. I could access DVD, but not game mode.
I played with ways of making discs that would focus on the game mode, but produced coasters.
Then I realized that there was one thing I had not tried: updating the firmware.
Some five coasters later of DVD-R and CD-R (remember, CD-R does not work with the Toshiba SD2300... someday I'll remember that too...) playing with PC Joliet, DVD UDF and DVD Video, I finally got a DVD-R working in DVD UDF format to work:
(If you don't have the means to make a disc image but can burn an existing disc image, I have attached the zipped disc image I used tonight. It worked for me, but, well, use at your own risk)
When I put the disc in it saw it in game mode, and then you get screens like these:
After that, the SD2300 spit the disc out, and you're done. Takes a few minutes at most.
After that I put the TOSHIBA SAMPLER DISC (Otherwise known as "Next Tetris") back in. After all these years my Toshiba SD2300 was complete with the sampler disc.
Before the firmware update all you saw at the main menu was Nuon at the top, "Clips" which showed video clips of games, "About Nuon" the video you saw at startup, and "Zuma Video".
After the upgrade, a red "TOSHIBA" shows up in the lower left hand corner, and you see many more options:
So now you can select the game menu with the demo versions of Merlin Racing, Tempest 3000, and full version of Next Tetris (compliments of Toshiba!) or from the main menu you can select Next Tetris from there.
Was it worth what I paid for it? I actually like the Nuon, so sure, it was. I payed about as much as a home brew game these days, so wasn't as much a shock. And Next Tetris is a solid game of Tetris. Has a twist where colors seem to be attracted to like colors and that can really mess with you. But fun!
Anyone who hasn't played Next Tetris but would like to get more details about the game and game play, just write me here on Atariage.
Edited by doctorclu, Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:55 PM.