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  1. I wonder how long it will be until the next advertised Dizzy port for the Jaguar from the ST will be done.
  2. My nostalgia for the PS1 has certainly not gone away. I'd consider it my #1 favorite system and I didn't even have one till I was 12. Mainly because of all the great RPGs and platformers. MJR and many others pointed out the flaws of the PS Classic Mini. The main complaint was how terrible the built in emulation was. It wasn't until the thing was hacked that it could run PS1 games well.
  3. Actually after Hellfire I plan on ignoring the remaster and playing the original standalone of II, then again with Lord of Destruction added. I think after that, Darkstone will be my next hack n slash as long as I can get it working. Original Diablo II is still modern though because it came out in 2000. You know what else is crazy? All my time spent on Hellfire this week was done in 1 session. I posted the over 6 hour video on youtube just now.
  4. There is probably nothing wrong with your system. In the console instruction manual, it says that it is normal for the graphics to get glitchy after swapping games because the previous game you played leaves chunks of data in the memory. Sometimes you have to turn on the console and let it "warm up" for a while before either pressing reset or turning the console on and off. The "warming up" process helps to clear old data from the memory. In addition to scrambled graphics, you can also get things like a solid black screen. I bought a second system once because I thought my system was getting glitchy and dying. The second system came with the box and manual. This is where I learned this. It turned out both systems work fine.
  5. My times are: Diablo: Hellfire for PC - 394 minutes Dragon Warrior for NES - 251 minutes Pokemon Red Version for Game Boy - 57 minutes Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for NES - 177 minutes In Diablo: Hellfire I made it all the way down to level 13 and also cleared 5 of the Hellfire expansion pak exclusive floors. In Dragon Warrior I maxed out my level to 30 and finished the game. In Pokemon Red Version I got Ninetales and started leveling up Clefairy so it can learn the moves I want before I evolve it. Zelda II I started and completed in one gaming session while recording a video.
  6. 16. Fatal Fury 2 for Neo Geo (MVS mode, difficulty level 4) I started trying to play as only Terry but I ended up needing to switch to Big Bear to beat Andy and ended up using him for most of the rest of the game. I think this is the first time I ever finished this game. In my list I am not counting games that I've beaten before.
  7. Here are my times so far. I might play more later today if I finish my work, but will probably post that time next week. Art of Fighting for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 10 minutes Diablo for PC - 608 minutes Diablo: Hellfire for PC - 215 minutes Dragon Warrior for NES - 173 minutes Fatal Fury for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 38 minutes Fatal Fury 2 for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 53 minutes Fatal Fury Special for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 6 minutes The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 25 minutes King of the Monsters for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 4 minutes The Legend of Zelda for NES - 163 minutes Pokemon Red Version for Game Boy - 72 minutes Samurai Shodown for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 16 minutes World Heroes for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 24 minutes World Heroes 2 for Neo Geo (MVS mode) - 23 minutes My experiences: Neo Geo (MVS mode, difficulty 4 - played on Timeharvest CMVS) I tried out but did not finish Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury Special, The King of Fighters '94, King of the Monsters, Samurai Shodown, or World Heroes 2. I beat Fatal Fury using only Terry. I beat Fatal Fury 2 starting with Terry but switching to Big Bear when it became too difficult. I beat World Heroes using only Hanzo. I finished Diablo as the warrior again. I started Diablo: Hellfire for the first time, also playing as the warrior and reached the 7th level down. In Dragon Warrior I have all the items and am now level 21. In The Legend of Zelda, I 1CC'd the second quest in only 163 minutes! Video uploading to YouTube right now! In Pokemon Red Version, my Pikachu learned its last move and I evolved it into Raichu at level 43. I am now working on Vulpix.
  8. One summer I decided to make myself beat Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord for NES just because it was part of my first NES bundle that I got when I was 6. I had finally succeeded in clearing stage 24 of R.C. Pro-Am which constituted beating the game under NintendoAge's old rule of just getting to the part of an arcade game where it loops back to the beginning. Wizardry was the last really hard game left in my first hand-me-down bundle. I found some maps online and a walkthrough and made it through the thing. You may call it cheating a little the way I used my Powerpak to hard power off every time I died or got bad stat changes when trying to make a Ninja or Paladin, but I did all the level grinding and surviving against enemies necessary to play in the most otherwise legitimate way. All I really cheated against was the permadeath and having to re-level and re-level a maxed out character until their stats balanced out just right. Something no other game seems to force you to deal with. At least this time I did not use Game Genie the way I did in my first playthrough in high school. That time I just used a quick level gain code and went straight for the final boss.
  9. In my case, I have few legit carts. I am mostly running games on the Neo SD Pro for AES as well as MVS. The roms I converted to the .neo format with the program were all scanned from a MAME set. While it has some AES versions of the roms included, some such as Blue's Journey are missing from the set. I heard that it has been dumped but may not have been made publicly available like the rest. I'm guessing if it ever were added to MAME it would probably be called "bjourneya" with "a" meaning alternate. I've only bought games that were either on the cheaper side for Neo Geo or are favorites that I was willing to spend a couple hundred on. Sometimes I like to collect a set of just games that I've beaten before. Blue's Journey belongs to all three of those categories so I bought both AES versions, an MVS cart and a Raguy for Neo Geo CD. I ended up getting the cheapest version of a consolized MVS - the MV1C from Timeharvest on Aliexpress. It comes with a different sized bios chip than any other Neo Geo (smaller) but somehow Timeharvest flashed the original Toshiba bios chip with their own Unibios 3.2 that displays the Timeharvest name on bootup. It is the same as a normal 3.2 bios except it does not have the option to change softdip settings like all my other Unibios versions for my AES (2.3 and 4.0). Thankfully on the Neo SD Pro, you can change the softdip settings there from the menu so if I want to set a frustrating fighting game to easy mode so I can play in a more relaxed mood, I just have to highlight a game on the list, press start, go to soft dips and adjust the difficulty level. If I want to play my original MVS cartridges, my Timeharvest CMVS is only going to allow me to play at difficulty 4, but I can still choose the region and choose between AES and MVS mode. Most legit MVS cartridges will behave properly in AES mode with a difficulty menu and limited continues, but again Blue's Journey is one of those black sheep where you have to to actually have the first version of the AES cartridge for it to play in true AES mode. Most games like the fighting games will actually allow me to select Easy in AES mode if desired, but I will be limited to 3 continues. If I play in MVS mode I can push select for as many credits as I want, but difficulty 4 will be my only choice. (Unless... do those hard dip switches numbered 1 to 8 inside the system in the blue box on the motherboard change difficulty? Is that what those are there for? All 8 of them are in the up position currently.) The Neo Geo CD version of Blue's Journey on the other hand is a different beast altogether. It has both the difficulty selection menu and unlimited continues. It seems to be the only version that is like this where you can start with three hearts and play as carelessly as you want until you reach the ending, apart from running the first AES cart with the unlimited continues cheat on. On the plus side it also has the enhanced CD audio and loads quickly compared to most games. Even more quickly if you put it on a Neo SD Pro.
  10. It's still an unethical practice akin to shill bidding on ebay to make your own item sell for more. If they pay a few taxes their friend who is in the loop and in possession of a copy can try to make a huge profit thanks to their boost. If only a buyer will fall for their price trick.
  11. This week I just have 1 game in the modern section: Sonic the Hedgehog - (2013 mobile version fan ported to PC in 2021) - 90 minutes I played this one a few weeks ago as Sonic. This week I played through the game as Tails, then again as Knuckles. They gave Tails his flying and swimming abilities from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Knuckles plays the way he usually does in Sonic 3 & Knuckles. I've collected all the emeralds as each of them too. I still haven't really gotten a grasp on recording HDMI footage so unfortunately none of this game is going on my Youtube yet. It's easy enough to just play again though.
  12. I have had quite an eventful week in classic gaming: Diablo for PC - 212 minutes Dragon Warrior for NES - 196 minutes The Legend of Zelda for NES - 83 minutes Pokemon Gold Version for Game Boy Color - 10 minutes Pokemon Red Version for Game Boy - 253 minutes In Diablo I started a new file on a different PC so I could record the footage. I made it down to level 6. I'll probably still play my other file too when convenient because it's not going to look the same. That's the beauty of how random generated levels work. In Dragon Warrior I am level 14. I'm recording this playthrough. I beat the first quest of The Legend of Zelda and recorded the video. 83 minutes is a pretty good time wouldn't you say? I think it's right around my rough average time since just over a decade ago. Pokemon Gold Version I just checked to see where I left off an beat a couple more trainers in the gym I'm in before turning it off to save for later. Pokemon Red Version I'm just level grinding. I'm just playing that game handheld to pass the time.
  13. Actually it looks like the difficulty settings in the bios do work in AES mode. In Blue's Journey non difficulty menu version with unlimited continues, you can both affect the difficulty and amount of continues to a point. Difficulty 4 has 2 hearts. Difficulty 1 still only has 2 hearts but gives you 300 seconds to clear a level. Difficulty 2 gives you 280 seconds to clear a level. Difficulty 8 only gives you 1 heart and even less than 200 seconds to clear a level. In the other version with the difficulty menu, selecting hard mode is the only one that gives you just 1 heart to start with. That means you can't get hit and survive! In the unlimited continues version, I was also able to decrease the amount of continues you have. While the counter that shows remaining amount of continues never appears, setting it to 3 continues made it so I got a game over after my 3rd attempt of using a continue.
  14. Today I learned some things about Neo Geo AES mode vs different bios settings. The game's behavior in AES mode depends more on your actual cartridge's rom revision than your bios' settings. If you have a game like Blue's Journey that has two versions, (one with 4 different difficulties to select from (Easy mode lets you start with 3 hearts) and only 4 credits/aka 3 continues after you start playing; the other with no difficulty options (starting with 2 hearts only) but unlimited continues, your bios default dip settings won't make much difference in AES mode. I confirmed this by using a burned USA AES bios first, then tried the 4.0 Unibios. For Blue's Journey, the Unibios 4.0 defaults its dip settings to Unlimited continues, but this does not matter. When you try to play the version of the game with the options menu, you still only get 4 credits/3 continues. You can change the dip settings for the amount of lives you get with each continue and that will work, like I was able to increase it from 3 to 4 and it worked, but I tried changing the continues to 99 and it still did not work. The only thing that will bypass the limited continues is the Unibios' cheat menu. There is a cheat code for infinite credits AES. I have not messed around with the infinite continues version yet. I don't know if the Unibios dip settings can force limited credits or not. On the Neo SD Pro, dip settings are also built into that cartridge, but if you have a regular AES bios, those dip settings will only work if you tell the Neo SD Pro to run the games in MVS mode instead. With a regular AES bios, the option is grayed out. This makes me wonder if maybe some of the other dip settings are as ineffective in AES mode as the continues. Maybe in AES mode, the difficulty dip settings don't actually change the game difficulty. In the past, I tried to play World Heroes for MVS in AES mode using the Unibios and change the difficulty to 1 because I was having a hard time beating a character, but it didn't seem any easier at all. AES mode might be stuck at difficulty 4 in some games unless you use the cheat menu. At least when you turn the system off and back on, all the dip settings go back to their defaults. This makes me realize that my quest for a USA bios wasn't that important from a gaming standpoint. All it will do is make my very good condition boxed Gold system appear unmodified from the outside and functionally. My collection of AES cartridges checked with the USA bios is as follows: Blue's Journey (options menu, 4 credits) cartridge only Blue's Journey (no options, unlimited credits) CIB Magician Lord (no options menu, continue from checkpoint only, unlimited credits) cartridge only Magician Lord (no options menu, continue from where you stood when you died, unlimited credits) CIB Fatal Fury (options menu, 4 credits) CIB Fatal Fury 2 (options menu, 4 credits) CIB Japanese copy I wonder if it's more common for the AES games to have the limited credits or the unlimited credits? Another good question would be which revision is older than the other in each instance.
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