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#1 DeathAdderSF OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2018 1:39 AM

"Many years ago, a beautiful country lost all the money suddenly. It could be the poisonous spider's doing."

 

Holy Sssnake, it's finally here! The website that nobody demanded!

 

Supervision: handheld of the less fortunate

www.diskman.com/presents/supervision

 

If you're familiar with the Supervision, you're probably laughing right now.

If you're not familiar with the Supervision... oh boy, are you in for disappointment.

This website is the result of 15 years [!] of research and collecting, and today (Oct. 4th, 2018) is its world debut.

 

I'm sorry. :_(

 

There's also lots of other nifty, geeky, classic gaming stuffs on the main site, which you may enjoy a lot more than this Supervision nonsense...

 

www.diskman.com


Edited by DeathAdderSF, Thu Oct 4, 2018 1:48 AM.


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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2018 11:52 AM

Really nice website, man. I too find obscure handhelds rather interesting, so I'm always happy to see these sorts of passion projects pop-up.



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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2018 6:48 PM

You know, these would be minor prizes on The Price is Right. Typically the prime time episodes, which were basically the Supervision of The Price is Right.

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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2018 8:48 PM

I actually have a Supervison and a flashcart along with a handful of games

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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2018 10:32 PM

It's too late now but seeing you went to that effort I have got to check out that amazing looking list of umm, games it has tomorrow.  From what I understand of the supervision, you have the patience of a saint to go through all that.



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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:46 PM

Woaw, thanks a lot for putting such a rich resource online!

 

As a proud owner of a "GB-2000" version, I'm happy to discover that so many games were released on the console (I only have Block Buster on actual cartridge for now). Honestly, it's a shame that the console didn't meet with more success. Although it's nowhere near as good as the Game Boy, it's quite a good clone, and your website shows that some of its games looks interesting.

 

I think it's maybe the best "Game Boy clone" console released in the 90's (it's better than the Game Master, the Mega Duck and the horrible Game Plus).



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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:13 PM

Cool. I've got a grand total of one cart, and never saw the system. I actually had to Google it as I had no idea what it was.

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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:49 PM

Look I know that system is supposed to suck pretty hard, but some of those games almost look decent enough to maybe find some fun in them.  Is the hardware so beyond redemption any good qualities would be lost, or maybe there's an emulator out there that would let you try without the hardware or something?  I'm not looking to buy another system but that's just so strange now that I've had time to skim all the game listings and images in there.



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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:23 PM

Is the hardware so beyond redemption any good qualities would be lost

 

YES.

 

But dear God, if there's anything else I can do to convince you not to waste any money on a Supervision:

 

http://www.tailchao....taroo/index.php

 

^ That's the most advanced emulator. Please DO NOT ask me, nor Osman, for game binaries.


Edited by DeathAdderSF, Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:01 PM.


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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:06 PM

Wow, that's a site, alright!  Clicking down through your list of games and looking at the pictures is way easier than waiting for the thing to boot just to figure out what each game is a clone of.

 

I've had my supervision for many years, but because its awesome, "high resolution" screen is of such "fantastic" quality, I've really only been able to put decent time into supervision recently, with the release of the NT Mini FPGA fantasti-system.  What's everybody's favorite Supervision game?  I ask, mainly since digging through them myself gets a little disheartening.

 

My current favorite is Fatal Craft--though I confess to only being lukewarm on it at best.  I liked it enough to do the below video, anyway.  BTW, does fatal craft sound like that on original hardware?  

 

Spoiler


Edited by Reaperman, Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 PM.


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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:18 PM

Hmmm, it's been a long time since I fired up the Supervision, but I remember kinda liking it. I've got 35 or 40 games for it (all are already on your list, so nothing new to add).

John Adventure had me expecting a game where you visited a prostitute then had to dodge pimps and police, but I guess I misinterpreted the name.

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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:39 PM

Really enjoyed reading the Super Fighter / Sango Fighter story. Although I dont remember Super Fighter, I recall being amazed by the quality of Sango Fighter after downloading it on a lark.

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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:17 PM

Reaperman: If you visit the music page of the site, you can download recordings I made on real hardware. Some Fatal Craft tunes are in there, for your disenjoyment.

 

krslam: "John Adventure" makes me think about the toilet. But then, most Supervision games do.

 

boxpressed: Thanks, that story is very important to me and I love being able to share it. Check out Sango Fighter 2 in DOSBox, it's pretty cool too.



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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:39 AM

"Many years ago, a beautiful country lost all the money suddenly. It could be the poisonous spider's doing."
 
Holy Sssnake, it's finally here! The website that nobody demanded!
 
Supervision: handheld of the less fortunate
www.diskman.com/presents/supervision
 
If you're familiar with the Supervision, you're probably laughing right now.
If you're not familiar with the Supervision... oh boy, are you in for disappointment.
This website is the result of 15 years [!] of research and collecting, and today (Oct. 4th, 2018) is its world debut.
 
I'm sorry. :_(
 
There's also lots of other nifty, geeky, classic gaming stuffs on the main site, which you may enjoy a lot more than this Supervision nonsense...
 
www.diskman.com


Thank you so much for this! I love when someone is devoted to a more obscure system and shares their passion for it and wealth of knowledge, great stuff!

I have the same affinity to the (somewhat forgotten) View Master Interactive Vision (pity me😂) 👍 😁

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:06 AM

Hmm an emulator for the turd eh?  Yeah I won't ask for ROMS on here, not that oblivious.  I wouldn't think they'd be too terribly hard to find with the right google search.

 

I don't have the funds to blow on stupid garbage, but I am curious so that would solve it.  Pretty sure wataroo whoever owns it now won't be beating down any doors over that.



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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:24 AM

Look I know that system is supposed to suck pretty hard, but some of those games almost look decent enough to maybe find some fun in them.  Is the hardware so beyond redemption any good qualities would be lost, or maybe there's an emulator out there that would let you try without the hardware or something?  I'm not looking to buy another system but that's just so strange now that I've had time to skim all the game listings and images in there.

 

 

 

YES.

 

But dear God, if there's anything else I can do to convince you not to waste any money on a Supervision:

 

Let me tell you the opposite.

The Supervision isn't so bad. The hardware itself is roughly equivalent to a Game Boy.

 

----------------------------------Game Boy :------------|-----Supervision :

CPU-----------------Sharp Z80 (custom) 4.2Mhtz----|----65C02 4 mhtz--

RAM----------------------------8ko----------------------|------------8Ko

VRAM--------------------------8ko----------------------|------------8Ko

Display-----------160*144, 4grayscale levels-------|----160*160, 4grayscale levels

Sound-----------1 noise, 2 pulse, 1 WAV------------|---1 noise, 2 tones, 1 DMA

Cartridge-----32Ko to 8Mo-----------------------------|---32Ko?

 

Hardware wise, the biggest difference is the video display. The Game Boy include hardware sprites and scrolling (if I remember well). The Supervision only have a framebuffer (which explain the jerky scrolling on most Supervision games).

 

While most games on the Supervision sucks (avoid all the Bon treasure games, except Juggler) there are decent ones on it as well, such as Super Kong, Tasac 2010 (a surprisingly capable shooter), Sssnake, Olympic trials (boring game, but amazing graphics and sounds) Super Pang, Police Bust, and Chimera. All those games, save from Chimera, are what you'd expect for early handheld games - rather simple, ports of arcade games, but they work decently, and in most cases, have decent music and sound, especially Sachen games.

Chimera is a special case - a port of a C64 game! Isometric 3G game, quite lenghty and complex.

 

 

 

 

If you like to have hardware, keep looking.

Some rippers try to sell you Supervision for ridiculous prices - you might wanna look in Europe. I got a boxed GB2000 and a boxed bendy model for 30€ each. carts can be found under 5€ easily if you have patience as well.


Edited by CatPix, Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:30 AM.


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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:53 PM

I wasn't totally convinced it was all garbage looking at that site, just that I wasn't expecting something of the Gameboy either in actual game quality despite the fact as you showed it, the hardware is kind of similar in paper as you showed it.  I think of it as a more basic Gameboy, a middle point between like the Gameboy and then the Tiger Handhelds/Game & Watch before it.  It's basic like the tiger stuff, but not as so because it's not a segmented LCD, just don't expect the depth of GB stuff either.  It's almost as if each game is like a non-3 to 5 sec overly basic mini game off Wario Ware titles that just goes until you're dead.

 

I found roms for it online but haven't grabbed them as I've yet to find them all conveniently in a package and I really don't want to click though a 100 individual files and deal with that annoyance, plus I was away all weekend from the computer anyway.



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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:35 AM

I've since updated the site to have much higher-res versions of all the scans. So if you popped in & downloaded them all early on, go back and re-download them all. :twisted:

I've also added quite a few additional scans, such as the packaging and inserts for the Hartung & Goldnation variations of the Supervision.

 

And there'll be even more content added soon(ish); a few people were nice enough to send me some scans + photos their own items, which is very helpful as it saved me from having to waste MORE money on MORE Supervision stuff. That's always nice, welcomed, and appreciated. ;)


Edited by DeathAdderSF, Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:37 AM.


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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:39 AM

Thank you so much for this! I love when someone is devoted to a more obscure system and shares their passion for it and wealth of knowledge, great stuff!

 

Sure, you're welcome. I'm glad you dig it. It was just one of those things I felt I had to do, because no one else would be crazy enough to do it. And also, I do enjoy Supervision research. (+ it's more fun than actually playing the games)



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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:05 AM

Really nice information resource on the Supervision. I'm a fan and a collector. Thanks for posting this.



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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:10 PM

Nice site! There is value in obscurity and for those that will just about collect anything that has buttons on it its very useful to start using as a reference guide.

 

I would really like to have an actual machine one day with a TV link, I've bidded on some before but not prepared to pay too high for something I couldn't video capture. The two TV link's I have seen go on eBay is way too expensive for me to consider.

 

I imagine it has its own little charm, I can read this website and dream of one day getting frustrated.



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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:21 AM

So, the long-rumored version of Cross High on a cart by itself has finally surfaced.

 

crosshighsv.jpg

 

Next time I update the website there'll be some info about it.


Edited by DeathAdderSF, Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:21 AM.


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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:22 AM

Nice site and informative too. Awesome to see a fan of anything, but especially lesser known or unloved consoles.





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