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  1. Some people here may know that I run the YouTube Channel, Retro Core which is host to the weekly show, Battle of the Ports, now up to it's 133rd show!! Each week a new video is uploaded that takes a look at an arcade game then all it's home ports. This week we are taking a look at Side Arms Hyper Dyne Last week Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was featured Not only is the Retro Core Channle host to Battle of the Ports but also the Retro Core show that sometimes goes around stores in Japan as well as the real Retro Core show which is now in to it's fifth season. I hope the Retro Core Channel has something for you to enjoy! Mark back when Capcom made more than Resident Evil and Street Fighter.
  2. In case you missed MAMEdev's presentation at FOSDEM ’21 (FOSDEM - Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) on Saturday, February 6, 2021, last week MAMEdev uploaded the presentation that MAME's development and release manager Vas Crabb ("cuavas") contributed to MAMEdev's very own YouTube channel! (Don't worry, it’s not all that technical - Vas created the presentation to be approachable no matter the skill level or whether the viewer is new to MAME or not.) Thanks go to FOSDEM's organizers for a great weekend's worth of presentations embracing and supporting the open source community. Due to technical issues early on Saturday, the live Q&A was not recorded. Slides are available on FOSDEM's website. We've now also added a playlist where you can view most past presentations (CAX 2008, Summer Assembly 2009, Revision 2012, BalCCon2k15, CppCon 2016, Ekoparty 13 (2017), Ekoparty 14 (2018), FOSDEM '21) to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMof4txXwGz3g_WJOtsX3FlGq_KT7WCeg
  3. As reported by Polygon, Tastemakers is releasing a new Arcade1Up series of 4 foot tall home arcade machines for just $399 each. Set to come out this fall, the only catch is that these 3/4 scale arcade machines have to be self assembled, although Tastemakers is promising that the process is a simple one. The Centipede headline cabinet also comes with Breakout, Millipede, and Missile Command, and features a trackball, which is good for everything but Breakout, which really needs a spinner. The Asteroids Deluxe headline cabinet also comes with Asteroids, Major Havoc, and Tempest, and features the classic Asteroids-style button configuration, as well as a spinner, which is needed for both Tempest and Major Havoc. The Capcom machine appears to just have Street Fighter 2. All of these cabinets feature a 17" LCD screen. While that rules out a true vector display for the Asteroids Deluxe machine, I have to say that that one is the most appealing to me because of the more authentic controls. Of course, the Centipede machine does have a certain appeal, even if I can't see myself enjoying Breakout with a trackball. Hopefully the Tastemakers custom emulator is up to snuff and the build quality is reasonable considering the amazingly low price.
  4. As long as I can edit this post, it will include any of my future hack projects alphabetically to avoid clutter and simplify finding them. NOTICE: If anyone wants AA to make a cartridge of these, feel free; you don't need my permission. They are hacks and as such, I hold no rights to the software. However, if you do want to make a cart, please contact me in case I have a newer version than what's uploaded. Adventure Long-Term "Mystery" Project I was hesitant to post about this because it's going to be a very long project due to my lack of time to work on it. I know there are already several great Adventure hacks and I didn't want to clutter the list. However, I decided to go ahead and share this teaser because it is at least a completely playable hack. At the moment, this is just a graphically enhanced hack of Adventure with a couple extra features, but the groundwork has been laid and it should give you an idea of where I want to go with this. It uses Nukey Shay's new kernel which is just awesome. I borrowed the bat from one of Espire8's hacks. I think it's pretty clear what inspired the castle and the dragon sprites. One of the members here has been very helpful and patient with many questions I've had. I won't mention names yet, because I don't want to draw them into this at such an early stage, but once I'm further along I will give full credit and thanks that are due to anyone and everyone who helps & has helped along the way. Below are screenshots of some of the changes: Click the button for more: Minor update to avoid overlapping the playfield with the Warren Robinett easter egg text. No other changes: Adventure Enhanced.bin Previous version: Cart Labels: Boxing Color Edit I always wanted a blue boxing ring, so here it is. In one version the players are Red & Blue, in the other they have Skin tones. Zip file includes 3 versions: "Red vs Blue", "Skins", & "Blue Ring". Boxing Hacks.zip Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Sprite Edit The player ship has been edited to more closely resemble the arcade version. The saucer enemies look more like saucers and the gates look a little more like other versions of the game. No colors have been changed in this one. A good screenshot is difficult to obtain because of the way sprites warp, but it looks much better on actual hardware. Buck Rogers.bin Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the Park Sprite & Color Edit This has got to be one of the best games never released. The author really did a great job with the graphics, gameplay, and sound (yes, even music). I imagine I would have spent a lot of time playing this as a kid. I loved these multi-screen games like Smurf, Pitfall II, H.E.R.O., etc. Anyway, I recently played some older versions of this prototype and it got me wanting to tweak a few things -- so here we go: As I said, the game is already really good, so I looked for ways to polish it a bit, maybe as if it had been released. Player colors made more like an earlier version. I can now clearly tell that it's a girl with pigtails Many more color tweaks -- too many to list Various graphics cleaned up a bit (Trees and, most notably, the grass) Also, it seems the original game was Athletic Land for the MSX, and Konami used it to add the Cabbage Patch Kids license, which is what made it to the Coleco and almost Atari. So, the zip file now contains Cabbage Patch Kids and an Athletic Land version: Athletic Land - Cabbage Patch Kids.zip Previous version: Cart Label: California Games Sprite & Color Edit What can you do to improve a nearly perfect game on the 2600? Not much, but there is one thing that always bothered me -- the footbag player looks like he has a major bald spot. Looking at the graphics, I think part of them were just miscolored, so I took the liberty of updating the hairdo and tweaked the hands while I was at it. The only other change was on the half-pipe screen. I changed the color to gray with black underneath just for something different. I haven't tested it on real hardware with a CRT yet, so the gray may appear too dark and be indistinguishable from black. If this is the case, just post in the thread and I'll change it back. Footbag player hairdo fix and hands tweaked Half-pipe new colors BMX course trees edited to palm trees (Alternate BMX edit for brown color if you prefer the dirt courses like other versions) Surfing slight sky and wave color edit to better see wave crest, surfer color edit to have tan California_Games_(Edit).bin California_Games_(BMX_Edit).bin Older Version: Commando Sprite & Color Edit I've always loved Commando on the 2600. Maybe it was because I had never seen the arcade version when I first played this, but to me, it had great graphics and was fun to play so I would show it off to my friends (who were playing Nintendo at the time). Anyway, as great as I thought it was, there were just a couple of things I wished were different. I thought the player/enemy sprites leaned back too much instead of having a more aggressive stance, I wished the bridges in levels 2 & 3 were gray instead of orange & blue. So... here's what I ended up with: Player/enemy sprites changed (adapted the 7800 version sprite to this) Enemy color changed to gray to match the arcade Fertilized those mounds in level 1 so now green "grass" grows on top Sandbag barriers now tan instead of green Grenade boxes now green instead of purple Extra lives sprite edited Orange and blue bridges in levels 2 and 3 changed to gray Green of level 2 / 4 changed to be a little less bright Ground of level 3 darkened a bit Detail (shading) added to fortresses Minor palm tree update for v2: color table error present in original ROM corrected and coconuts darkened. See screenshots. Be sure to unzip the file as it contains 2 variations -- first the standard... Commando v2.zip ...and of course an "Airborne!" version. Here's a version with the player as Rambo!: Rambo.bin Older Version: Double Dragon: Arcade Style Sprite & Color & Gameplay Edit ***New Version!!!*** Seeing some sprites by CDS Games inspired me to rework the player/enemy sprites. Here is Release Candidate 4, also compatible with the Flashback Portable (RC3 is not). See the Cast of Characters image below for new sprites. RC4d - Jan 16, 2017 Double Dragon Arcade (RC4d).bin Here is the older Release Candidate 3. I'm leaving this here because it contains an assembly file and trained versions not yet packaged with RC4. Zip file contains standard version, trained version (thanks to Nukey Shay), 2-button versions, & assembly file. Double Dragon Arcade (RC3 pack).zip Click "Show" button for older versions: Here is the cast of characters, old and new (Updated for RC4d): And here are maps of all screens so you can see what's been done. These are new (Sun Sep 09, 2012) updated to reflect changes in RC3. Note: The forum software is preventing the maps from uploading correctly. It is downsizing the images so they are no longer full-size. : Mission 1 : Mission 2 : Mission 3 : Mission 3B : Mission 4 Latest changes: Major color overhaul for several screens. The sunsets are more like the arcade colors. Combined with other color changes, these screens are now some of the nicest in the game. Replaced mountains with city skyline in the 2nd screen of Mission 3 (with long brick wall). This gives a nice transition from outskirts of the city to the woods. Sprite & color edits for everyone to make them look more like the arcade and/or general improvement. Ex: Abobo's walk has been completely redone. I feel he is much more fluid and his walk resembles the arcade more. New punch, kick, bat-swing sprites as well as new hit & knockdown sprites: most characters hunch forward when hit. Abobo and Shadow Boss turn their heads in addition to previous animation. No change for Linda hit sprite. Font more like arcade font. Graphical changes are probably finished, but I'm not yet satisfied with Mission 2. Yet to do: adjust music volume, add pause feature, title screen. Explanation: Cart Labels: Goofing Off: Dragster Color Edit I always liked Dragster, but thought it might look better with more realistic colors. Here's the result of about 5 minutes of tinkering: Dragster.zip I merged some of Atarius Maximus' Drag Race hack into the source & edited the car to come up with this: Drag Race.zip Zip file contains Blue and Red versions. Dukes of Hazzard Color Edit I wasn't going to upload this but I figured someone might like it. The Duke boys hardly ever drove on asphalt unless they were going into town. So... in this hack, they now drive on dirt roads. I thought Daisy looked kinda like a mermaid with the green pants, so I put her in her famous Daisy Dukes. The General Lee is slightly more orange instead of RED. Last and definitely least, Boss Hogg's face is now flesh tone instead of gray. Dukes of Hazzard.bin Cart Labels: Electric Yo-Yo! Title Screen Edit I simply hacked the title screen of Elk Attack to say Electric Yo-Yo! as it may have looked had the game been completed for release. Electric Yo-Yo.zip Front Line Sprite & Color Edit Front Line is a great game, but I wasn't satisfied with the player sprite. The arcade player has a boogie walk, so I tried several variations and settled on this one. There's not a whole lot you can do with the sprite, but here's my best effort at making the player look a bit more like the arcade. If you don't like it, blame it on the boogie. Also made a few other minor color changes. Changed the background at the beginning from gray to orange/brown Minor color changes to desert area, cacti, and rocks Changed colors of brick barriers Changed colors of title screen to imitate arcade Front Line Arcade.bin Galaxian Arcade - Expanded Gameplay, Sprite & Color Edit Update! My previous upload was a simple sprite and color hack of Galaxian to make it more like the arcade. I was hoping to add 2 colors to the player's ship, but Nukey took it far beyond anything I'd hoped for. Here is his tremendous work with my sprite and color arcade interpretations: By Nukey: added startup animation and arcade-like score table added multiple colors per enemy added flagship sprite made player ship multicolor added sound when starting game heightened pitch of enemy diving sound added difficulty switch functionality (flip right switch to A for normal shots, B for wide shots) added pause (flip color/BW switch to hide player ship, effectively pausing action) added hidden bonus level probably more that I can't think of at the moment By Me: all new player ship sprite changed the enemy colors & sprites made new enemy and player explosion animations changed other colors and sprites to more closely reflect the arcade removed the border (actually, I removed it from the old version, Nukey removed it from the source in this version) For more detailed info about this hack and what's under the hood, see Nukey's thread here. Be sure to unzip, as download includes stock and trained version with invincibility as well as the assembly file. Latest Version: Galaxian Arcade.zip Old Version: Galaxian Vector Sprite & Color Edit neotokeo2001 started a Galaxian Vector hack back in 2004 but left a few things for others to finish. I just found his thread the other day and took him up on that offer. I changed the ship a little bit (the other was one pixel too tall) added the new explosions from my "Arcade" hack made everything green that wasn't before -- including enemy shots left the original title screen logo but changed the colors to shades of green Galaxian Vector.zip Mangia' Color Edit This game is rather interesting, but the colors hurt my eyes. So, I made some changes to make it a little easier to look at. Mangia.zip Zip contains 2 versions as seen in screenshots above. Pac-Man Arcade Gameplay, Sprite & Color Edit This is simply a sprite and color edit of Nukey Shay's Pac-Man Arcade Enhanced hack of Rob Kudla's hack. rounded off Pac-Man and the ghosts made alternate style for the frills of the ghosts tweaked the ghosts' colors to more closely match the arcade changed the color of the pellets to match the arcade reversed direction of extra lives sprite to match arcade tweaked cherry sprite to more closely imitate arcade added detail to ghosts' eaten eyes Zip file contains 2 versions as seen in the screenshots above: one with the alternate ghost frills and one with the original frills. Pac-Man Arcade Enhanced.zip Pete Rose Baseball Color Edit I've always loved Pete Rose Baseball on the 7800. It's about the only Baseball game where I can win with the little patience I have to play a baseball game. The 2600 version's gameplay mechanics are pretty much identical to the 7800 and IMO is an amazing visual accomplishment, but I've never spent much time playing it. I decided to mess with it a little yesterday and one thing that stood out to me was how much more green the grass is in the 7800 version. I decided to adjust the 2600 version to my taste and made a few other color changes while I was at it. Changed grass to more green color Changed dirt to light brown Added skin color to players faces in close view Added color to bat Added shading to dirt along wall in close and outfield views Added a touch of shading to players' uniforms Lightened blue wall and added a little more shading Made outfield grass darker than close view and infield Adjusted color of bases indicator at top of screen I spent some time tweaking the colors to look just right on my TV with real hardware. However, they look too light in Stella and Z26 in my opinion, so I've included an alternate version in the zip that looks a little better in the emulators. Let me know what you think. Pete Rose Baseball.zip Note: Zip file includes 2 versions. Cart Labels: Rampage! Sprite & Color Edit I've always been very critical of Rampage on the 2600. I just couldn't get over the disappearing blocks when you punch a building. Due to a friend who really likes the game, I thought I'd give it another shot. I always did like the gameplay, but I decided my main issue with the game was still the buildings. I decided to try out different colors instead of "pink." Then I figured I'd see what I could do with the sprites. I got to this point and decided I really do like the game and it wasn't so much the blocks of the buildings that bothered me, but rather the pink color on some of the stages. So here's a hack with new sprites and a few new colors (no more pink!). It's probably not done, but it's good enough for now. George and Lizzie share the same sprites, so I tried to come up with something suitable for both. Ralph shares these as well for certain frames. George is a little more brown than before, $F2 instead of $34, and Lizzie is one shade darker to help her stand out against the buildings. The color of Ralph on the selection screen now matches his color in-game. No more pink buildings, but I'm not quite satisfied, so more experimenting needs to be done. Helicopters are now a shade of green like the arcade instead of red. I went with a more blueish green than the arcade, just to give more color variation, since there's already so much green with Lizzie, the items, and some of the people. Player sprites re-aligned to improve continuity between frames. More color added to ground/sidewalk/trolley tracks/docks (see screenshot for example). Some other minor color and sprite changes here and there. Here are screenshots: Old vs New: Latest Version: Rampage v2.bin Older Version: Cart Labels: Tomb Raider: Mystery of the Scarlet Dragon Hack of Montezuma's Revenge Original hack idea by StanJr. You can read his backstory here. I got the idea from his hack in the link above. I used a 16k Montezuma's Revenge ROM and altered the sprites and colors. Some of the sprite edits are from StanJr, some are my own. For the Lara standing and walking sprite, I used StanJr's basic appearance and adjusted it to not get stuck on doors and also to be a bit more shapely. I kept the rolling/bouncing skulls and changed the static snakes to be grinding spikes. The spiders have been changed into snakes like in StanJr's, but with slightly more movement animation. The flares are similar to StanJr's, but have been correctly animated. Of course, the Scarlet Dragon sprites have been borrowed from StanJr's because he came up with an excellent backstory for the game that I did not want to alter. The colors have been changed for Lara, the rooms, and some items. I tried to use colors that fit the environments from the early Tomb Raider series. If anyone would like to see the sprites or colors altered/improved in some way please speak up. I'd love to hear your feedback and ideas on how to make this better! Below are 4 variants of the hack along with some cartridge mockups and level maps: Tomb Raider (Classic).zip Lara with with colors closer to the more recent games: Tomb Raider (Modern).zip Tomb Raider (Underworld).zip (This is an alternate "Modern" with some brown in the shirt and dark gray shorts) If you want the older version with the original Montezuma colors, download the one below: Tomb Raider (Original Colors).zip Level Maps: Cart Label & Mockups: If you would like to read my original (heavily edited) post in StanJr's thread, please look here. Again, I'm always seeking advice and feedback. If you like something about a hack... please say so. If you don't like something about a hack... please say so. If you couldn't care less about a hack... why are you reading this? Xenophobe Sprite & Color Edit Xenophobe on the 2600 has all the important gameplay elements, but I never understood the color choices. Here's my effort at making it look a little more like the arcade & other console versions. New Xeno sprites (& raised by a pixel since they are actually out of place in the original ROM) New sprites for weapons and most pickup items Mothership edited to be closer to arcade version Colors more visually appealing: Rooms now shades of gray, Xenos now shades of green, tweaks here and there Changed number font to match arcade Changed player sprite to more closely match arcade stance & walk animation Made variations for alternate characters Mr. M Brace Mr. EEz Dr. Kwak Mr. Fogg Dr. Zordirz Col Schickn Latest version: Xenophobe Arcade v4 (Multi).zip Be sure to unzip; archive contains all character variations. Older versions: Cart Labels:
  5. Here's my list of recommended 1980s arcade video games (with Gauntlet marking the halfway point in the decade): TRON Centipede Defender Space Fury Galaga Tempest Missile Command Battle Zone Donkey Kong Pac-Man Mr. Do! Gaplus Mr Do's Castle Burger Time Ms. Pac-Man Robotron Crystal Castles Moon Cresta Dragons Lair Stargate Frogger Phonix Gorf Jungle King Pengo Pole Position Elevator Action Pole Position II Tapper Punch-Out!! Spy Hunter Bag Man Tutankham Time Pilot Krull Venture Satan's Hollow Zaxxon Black Widow Sinistar Tac/Scan Zektor Turbo Armor Attack Food Fight Space Wars Subroc 3D Star Castle Super Pac-Man Firefox Donkey Kong Jr. Millipede Jr. Pac-Man Time Pilot '84 The Glob Mappy Regulus Paperboy Super Cobra Carnival Mouse Trap Star Jacker Mega Zone Space Odyssey Bump 'n' Jump Orbit Blaster Popeye I Robot Roc'n Rope Scion Track & Field Vulgus War of the Worlds Space Dungeon Phoenix Bosconian Pooyan Future Spy Wizard of Wor Rampage Marble Madness Starforce Eliminator Kangaroo Gyruss Scramble 1942 Two Tigers Dig Dug Juno First Star Wars Joust Moon Patrol Qix Turtles Front Line Strong X Berserk Exerion Cosmic Avenger Gravitar Discs of TRON Astro Blaster Frenzy Star Trek Omega Race Asteroids Rally-X Q*Bert Congo Bongo Q*Bert Cubes Asteroids II Star Force Vanguard Vanguard II Major Havoc Xevious Gauntlet Gauntlet II Armored Scrum Object The Empire Strikes Back Ghosts 'n Goblins Green Beret Metal Soldier Isaac II Gradius/Nemesis Section Z Space Harrier Terra Cresta Bubble Bobble Darius Gladiator Ikari Warriors Outrun Rampage Rolling Thunder Rygar Side Arms Spelunker Victory Road 1943 Ajax Alien Syndrome Bionic Commando Black Tiger Blazer Contra Double Dragon Galaga 88 Heavy Barrel Karnov Pacmania R-Type Shinobi Terra Force The Ninja Warriors Time Soldiers Tiger Road Twin Cobra Xenophobe Xybots Altered Beast Assault Cabal Operation Wolf Cobra-Command Double Dragon II Ghouls'n Ghosts Image Fight Last Duel Mirai Ninja Raimais Scramble Spirits Shadow Warriors Silk Worm Sky Soldiers Super Contra The New Zealand Story Truxton Turtle Ship Twin Eagle Vindicators Vulcan Vunture Act Fancer Arbalester Blast Off Burning Force Dangerous Seed Darius Darius II Dyger Escape from the planet of robot monsters Galaxy Gunners Gigandes Golden Axe Gradius II Gradius III Hellfire Ikari III Klax Legend of Hero Tonma R-Type II S.T.U.N. Runner Saint Dragon Search and Rescue Shadow Dancer Strider The Astyanax The Next Space U.N. Squadron Volified Night Striker Omega Fighter Pang Plus Alpha Top Gunner/Jackal Rambo III Arkanoid E-SWAT Battle Shark Tetris Ninja Spirit Fighting Hawk Forgotten Worlds Chelnov - The Atomic Runner Armed Formation Rainbow Islands Gemini Wing Afterburner Afterburner II Xain'd Sleena Tiger Heli TwinBee MX 5000 Blasteroids
  6. Still a lot left to do. Nowhere near complete, this is basically just the core fighting engine. Attempting some specials will glitch it. *For a 2p game/demo press Joy1fire on the select screen. After P0 chooses P1 will be able to select. Freshbroods_NinjaKombat 1 28 21.bas.bin
  7. MAME 0.228 Has it already been an entire month? It must have been, because MAME 0.228 is ready today! We’ve added support for two very rare arcade games this month. The first is Namennayo, an overhead-view obstacle course game making unauthorised use of Satoru Tsuda’s Nameneko characters. The second is Get A Way, an overhead-view racing game made by Universal, touted as the “first game in the world to feature a 16-bit microcomputer.” Universal went on to create the much loved Mr. Do! character. Emulation is preliminary – while the game is playable, there are some graphical issues, and sound is absent. In other arcade emulation news, Windy Fairy has made a triumphant return, bringing numerous fixes for issues affecting Bemani rhythm games running on System 573 hardware. Thanks to the persistent efforts of David “Haze” Haywood, various fruit machines from JPM are starting to become playable in MAME. Interestingly, these machines rely on similar Brooktree RAMDACs to NCD X11 terminals, and Motorola DUARTs used by numerous other systems emulated in MAME. A complete dump of the type 01 program for Zaccaria’s Cat and Mouse has finally been obtained, making both known versions of this obscure game playable at last. For hand-held consoles, the WonderSwan and WonderSwan Color have had an overhaul, and Game Gear X-Terminator cartridges are now supported. Several Bandai RX-78 cartridges have been dumped, exercising more aspects of the emulation and allowing several shortcomings to be fixed. We’ve also made some progress on emulation Apple’s floppy drive controllers, providing a path to support for SuperDrive high-density floppy drives, and eventually the HD20 external hard disk. There’s been plenty more happening, including a new LCD shader from cgwg, all the latest FM Towns software dumps, fixes for recent regressions, and more code modernisation. You can read all about it in the whatsnew.txt file, and get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page. Read the rest of this entry »
  8. Posting this here for more exposure, if anyone is interested in a new full size multi-game arcade system that will let you purchase and run original ROMs they have just announced a Dragon's Lair themed limited edition, in addition to the standard bar top and full size cabinets:
  9. This is just a press release teaser, but I'll answer whatever limited questions I can! Press release: https://armchairarcade.com/perspectives/2018/10/17/atgames-and-the-tetris-company-announce-iconic-puzzle-game-tetris-featured-in-legends-flashback-console-and-upcoming-legends-ultimate-home-arcade/ Value-Priced High Definition Console and Upcoming Home Arcade Machine Will Feature Legendary Video Games, Including Tetris® Los Angeles – October 17, 2018 - AtGames® Digital Media Inc., a leader in interactive entertainment products, and The Tetris Company, LLC, purveyors of one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world, today announced that they have expanded their agreement to include the iconic puzzle game Tetris® as one of the featured games in the new, full-size Legends Ultimate Home Arcade machine, which comes with an unprecedented 400 built-in games. This product will join the Legends Flashback console, which is available at major retailers everywhere, and features 50 built-in games, including Tetris. “These new products offer families and gamers everywhere a selection of the best classic games from the top publishers and brands,” says Dr. Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames. “We’re thrilled that The Tetris Company and their iconic game, Tetris, are a key part of these exciting products.” The Legends Ultimate Home Arcade features 400 built-in arcade and home games, including Tetris and other legends from iconic publishers. As a full-sized home arcade machine, the Legends Ultimate Home Arcade offers a gameplay experience like no other. Each game plays just like at the arcade thanks to an authentic control panel that features a matching set of premium joysticks and six buttons for two player fun, as well as a professional trackball controller. The built-in, low latency, high definition 21.5” LCD monitor features HDMI inputs so you can display content from other consoles and media players on the same great machine. The built-in software is similarly impressive, with scan line filtering, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep. The Legends Flashback console features Tetris as one of 50 built-in arcade and home games, which have become legendary thanks to their timeless fun and endless replay value. Other games include such hits as Galaga, 1942, BurgerTime, Dig Dug, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Mega Man, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, and so much more! Other impressive features of the Legends Flashback include high definition 720p video output with scan line filtering, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep. Two ergonomic six button gamepads are included for one or two player action. “We’re excited to have the iconic game of Tetris included in the incredible classic games lineups showcased in the Legends Flashback console and upcoming Legends Ultimate Home Arcade,” says Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, Inc., sole agent for the Tetris brand. “We think the intense, addictive gameplay that Tetris is known for by fans worldwide will be a great fit for these premium console and home arcade offerings.” About AtGames: AtGames Digital Media Inc. (http://www.atgames.net) is a leader in innovative consumer-oriented interactive entertainment products. The company leverages the latest technology to develop and publish its best-selling classic videogame products for worldwide distribution. AtGames is based in Los Angeles, with international offices in Taipei and Shenzhen. About the Tetris® Brand: The Tetris® brand is one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world. Now entering its 35th anniversary year, the brand continues to be loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures. Billions of Tetris games are played online every year, and over 500 million Tetris mobile games have been downloaded to date. The Tetris brand’s global licensee network includes major video game publishers, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, and Sony/GSN Games, as well as many partners in electronics, toys, apparel, lifestyle goods, entertainment and more. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of Tetris rights worldwide, and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee. For the latest information about the Tetris® brand and Tetris® products, please visit www.tetris.com. Become a fan of Tetris on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Tetris) and follow Tetris on Twitter (@Tetris_Official) and Instagram (@Tetris_Official). Media Contacts [email protected] (AtGames) Andrea Sausedo Piotraszewski (on behalf of the Tetris brand) [email protected]
  10. Working on the graphics for a future Electric Adventures release for the MSX, Spectravideo and ColecoVision, a port of Kangaroo in the arcades. Quite a decent multi-screen platform game, that I always enjoyed back in the day. Different aspect ratio, so the layout can't be perfect, but I think this captures the feel of the game so far. More detail to be added to the greenery sections and of course sprites for our main player character, little Joey and Naughty Monkeys to follow. Original arcade screen for reference: More updates to follow...
  11. Hello, I have a used PAT 9000 that I am ready to sell. I figured I would put it here first before ebay or Craigslist. It was tested and working back in the late 1990s (by Dunis in Portland, OR), but has sat unused for years. It powers up, but I have no way to test it. The XY monitor was tested back then and was not working - diagnosed as a flyback issue. It comes with a mess of plugs, the PAT 9000 manual, some assorted game manuals, and at least 2 Ampliphone deflection boards - untested, condition unknown. Everything is being sold AS-IS. DM me with your best offer. Sorry, I can't ship this - way too heavy! I live in the San Jose, CA area. Own a unique piece of Atari history!! https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1-tqG-7dPjIVDedUjWnIIDimyQfmEnBJM
  12. You've probably seen a few interviews with Eugene here and there over the years, or some of you have interviewed him, but I will be doing a live stream interview with him on Monday around 9:35 AM PST/12:35 PM EST. I'm not sure if he's done a live stream before; If not, then this will be the first. Before that starts, I'll premiere a Raw Thrills product showcase, then when that finishes the stream will begin, and we'll talk about the pandemic and it affecting both his company and arcades, game design, what they're working on at RT next, and whatever else he might like to discuss that comes up from the chat stream. The stream link will pop-up on Arcade Heroes as soon as I hit "Live." See you there!
  13. So I'll be buying an upright, full-size Super Pac-Man machine locally (within minutes of where I live, thank goodness), and need some tips on transporting it. I plan on using a minivan (specifically a late-model Kia Sedona with stow-and-go seats), but am incredibly skeptical about the machine's safety, particularly with the load / unload process. I've seen posts of folks saying it's okay to transport the machine on its back, but no posts explaining a how-to porcess to get the machine in and out of the van without dropping one end. So I have a small list of questions I've compiled: *Should I wrap it up before transporting it? And if so, with what? The van's floor is carpeted. *Will it be easy to get in and out of the van? It's a standard minivan, but my concern is loading it in at an angle, since the top end will have to go in first, so I wonder how easy it will be to put it in and out of the trunk. I'm assuming the heaviest part is the monitor. *Will a standard dolly work, or do I have to get something specific? I live on the ground floor, so I'll just roll it through my sliding glass door. *The carpet of my apartment is pretty plush. Out it be worth getting plastic sliders to stick on the bottom of the cabinet, in case I want to swap out boards and need to move it away fro the wall? Will this depreciate its value? Any and all suggestions I'd love to hear. Thank you!
  14. So I've been tinkering with the idea of having a full sized arcade cabinet in my house (now that I have a house of my own and room), but I'm hitting a bit of a wall as to what method I should use... Feel free to jump down to the bottom for the highlighted "Questions I want definitely answered" if you want the short version of this thread. I have the following options to choose from I figure: Buy the real deal arcade cabinet. Pros - Would be really awesome and authentic Cons - Expensive and a lot of work to fix it (depending on condition) Buy a pre-made Multicade Pros - Large selection and ready to go Cons - Almost as expensive if not more so than the "real deal". Also may be closed off and stuck with random nonsense Buy a nice DIY kit Pros - Can customize it and make what I want, cheaper then previous methods Cons - Art is extra and most of these use a Raspberry Pi* Make it all myself (to a point) Pros - By far the cheapest method. Can tailor exactly what I want. Use what I already have Cons - Clearly the most work. Will require tools and knowledge I may not have or will have to borrow Now it's probably already obvious which ones I'd prefer... Option #3 and #4. I have several pieces that could be use for either project. Two LCD monitors (Square SCEPTRE and Rectangle ACER) Old Workstation PCs (Intel i5s) - *The reason I put a Raspberry Pi as a con... I don't want to buy one. USB Arcade Stick (PS3 Injustice one.) I have the following guidelines for what I'd like to end up with. Feel free to give input/opinion on any of this! Prefer a stand up arcade to a barcade. However cost may prevent this! Prefer to keep cost under $200. Absolute max is $400. Prefer to use what I have versus buying more. (I'm fine getting a Raspberry Pi if it's overwhelmingly the better choice.) Maximum game system capability needed is PS1. (Any higher up is just bonus.) Ideally nothing overly complex.** **This is a vague statement because I'd prefer avoiding major skills or tools I don't have. (I suck at soldering. My art capability is non-existent.) I can borrow a few odd power tools if I do the "Make it all myself" method. Now the final bit of this post are the "Questions I want definitely answered" Linux Build VS RaspPi - Who wins? Depending on answer above, suggested software? What's a good place to get art printed? USB Arcade Stick VS Buying Buttons & Sticks - The better choice? If I buy the Buttons & Sticks - Is wiring these difficult? Do they require programming or soldering? Should I get over the work and just do it all myself? Again! Any inputs and opinions are greatly appreciated! Even if you just have a set of good links or stores to hit up.
  15. With 40 years of our favorite system we have made something very special to commemorate this milestone! THE INTELLIVISION 40TH ANNIVERSARY CUSTOM BALL KNOB STICKLER SET!!! These will be made in a numbered limited edition of 40 sets. They will debut next weekend for show and sales at the Vintage Computer Festival Mid West #14. On September 14&15 in Elmhurst Illinois: http://vcfmw.org/index.html The first small handul of sets will be available there for sale at a slightly discounted price (also no shipping costs obviously. There will also be 1 special unique vcfmw edition which will be donated to the festivals fund raising auction. This will be a 1 of a kind set. The auction takes donations to fund this wonderful show. The show is completely free to the public and this auction helps keep the show going. I highly recommend coming to the show if you have never been there and live anywhere near the chicago area! A few of us atariagers are there every year! These will be available otherwise in 2 versions. The original style (brown and brass): And the spaceage style (red and silver): 1 set will be $54.95 plus shipping to your area. 2 sets will be $99.95 plus shipping to you area. Gift payments by paypal will be preferred. These will ship by cheapest method with tracking info provided. Buyers outside the usa and canada will be required to pay by gift and may then choose any shipping method they desire. At this time we will limit purchase to 1 of each style set per person until interest is determined. These are created as a collectable but are fully functional on all models besides the intellivision 2. We ask that you use them with care. ***There will be no warranty on them for usage.*** But they should be fine if taken good care of and not abused. They will come in a custom display box with info card on the back that is individually numbered. They have 2 ways to be used. They have a removable arcade style ball that can be unscrewed and replaced with a cap. With the cap on they are the exact specs of the original sticklers! They are really quite beautiful and we are very happy with them. This was a combined project my son and i did over the summer. He is 20 and currently studying phisics and engineering at university of illinois. He is very gifted at being able to engineer these so well, and my design ability along with both of our art abilities made for a great father son project to celebrate 40 years of intellivision! We have had alot of fun making them together and we hope you all enjoy them as much as we do! I have played intellivision since about 1981 and continuously collected videogames for many systems since about 1983. My son was introduced to the intellivision before he was even 2 years old back in about 2000. We loved playing uthopia together as well as shark shark and snafu. It helped give him a lifelong love of classic gaming! Anyway please post interest in this thread. If you want 1 or 2 sets, etc. If you would like to hopefully have a certain number or just the lowest or dont care you can mention that too. Numbers 5 and under and #40 are currently reserved. If you would like more than 2 sets please state that as well, but no promises on that. We will go off this thread for first come first serve after vcfmw is over. These are alot of work to make and we will not ask for funds until your set is ready to go. If you dont reply and pay at that time we will go on to the next interested party. Happy Sunday and happy 40th birthday to our beloved Intellivision!!!!!
  16. MAME 0.225 Whether it’s the Autumn harvest moon, or the ornamental plum blossoms are blowing in the Spring breeze, it’s time for something special: MAME 0.225 is out today! We’ve got some big updates that benefit everyone! First of all, MAME’s sound output system has been overhauled, with better sample rate conversion and mixing. This makes pretty much everything sound sweeter, but on top of that, the Votrax SC-01 speech synthesiser has been tuned up. Does anyone here speak Q*Bertese? SC-01 speech has been added to the Apple II Mockingboard card, too. While we’re talking about Apple II cards, Rhett Aultman has ported the CS8900A Crystal LAN Ethernet controller from VICE, allowing MAME to emulate the a2RetroSystems Uthernet card. Other across-the-board enhancements include more artwork system features (you’ll start to see this show up in external artwork soon), an option to reduce repeated warnings about imperfectly emulated features, and several internal improvements to make development simpler. Significant newly emulated system features include the Philips P2000T’s cassette drive from Erwin Jansen, the Acorn BBC Micro Hybrid Music 4000 Keyboard, internal boot ROM support for the WonderSwan hand-helds, and initial support for the NS32000 CPU. Newly emulated systems include several TV games from MSI based on arcade titles, a couple of Senario Double Dance Mania titles, Sun Mixing’s elusive Super Bubble Bobble, a location test version of Battle Garegga, a couple more versions of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and three more Street Fighter II': Champion Edition bootlegs. Some of the immediately noticeable fixes this month include 15-bit graphics mode refinements for FM Towns from r09, gaps in zoomed sprites on Data East MLC and Seta 2 fixed by cam900, Galaga LED outputs lost during refactoring restored, and clickable artwork remaining clickable when rotated. As always, we can only fit a few highlights here, but you can read all the updates in the whatsnew.txt file, or get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page. Read the rest of this entry »
  17. Greetings Atari Agers - I figured this would be the best place to start with my conundrum. Tempest, in the classic arcade format, always was my all-time favorite video game. Recently, I was showing videos of it to my kids and explaining how awesome it was to play, and the battles my friend and I had on the local 7-Eleven's machine. Many years ago another friend of mine actually assembled a controller for me...spinner and all...and downloaded the emulator so that I could play Tempest on a laptop. The gameplay was absolutely just like the original, and it was the equivalent of owning a machine. I doubt, though, that it was legal. So I'm posing the question to all of you, because I'm guessing you would know. I would like to be able to play the classic Tempest in my home, and I would like to know how I can get a proper control with the spinner. As Tempest fans know, you HAVE to have a good spinner to play it. I also don't want to do anything questionable from a legal standpoint, like downloading the game from an illegal site. I don't mind paying for anything I need for this, within reason. I've seen the version that is (finally) available for the 5200, and I do own a 5200 so that might be okay, but if I can't use a spinner control I'll pass on that. Not a fan of trackballs. So...can anyone point me in the right direction? Forgive me if it's been answered elsewhere. Thanks!! Best, Kurt
  18. I'm interested in purchasing the arcade flyers listed below in either NOS, Mint, or Near Mint condition with no distributor stamps/labels. Atari Asteroids Goal 4 Gravitar Lunar Lander Missile Command Red Baron (Cockpit/Upright) Tempest Quantum Warlords Non-Atari Bubble Bobble Eliminator Juno First Nibbler Puzznic QB-3 Solar Quest Space War Star Trek (Upright) Tunnel Hunt
  19. Back in 2015, I was granted permission to access the property of an old mini-golf fun center that had been sitting abandoned for nearly three years at that point in time. The fun center had operated from 1992 - 2012, when the owners defaulted on taxes and the place shut down for good. For my photography class final I decided to do an urban exploration piece, and I was EXTREMELY lucky to walk into the vacant relic of one of my favorite childhood places. Upon walking in, I was shocked to see that there were three games left, pushed into a corner of the game room. One of which was a Ms. Pac-Man machine, which I played time and again whenever I visited. However, I always wondered why it looked so...different. The cabinet, for one, is MASSIVE. The screen, from what I can recall, was far bigger than the arcade original, though it was still a vertical upright monitor. This game also possessed the speed chip, which if my memory is correct, was not added until sometime between my childhood and teenage years. I recall the game running at normal speed when I was a kid, though I could be wrong. But the cabinet itself has always intrigued me. Despite having "MIDWAY" plastered across the top above the screen, I wondered if this cabinet was actually a super-rare bootleg of sorts. I do know the control panel art is original Pac-Man art from a company called Willis (see below) So I have several theories on what this actual machine might be: 1. A official re-release by Midway in the 1990s, using leftover cabinets from other games they produced in an effort to liquidate unsold boards. 2. The cabinet itself is one where the owners can easily switch out arcade boards to classic games they have lying around, just to swap out a game from time to time and keeps their inventory fresh-ish, possibly made by Midway in the 90s. 3. The entire thing, board included, IS a bootleg game, though this wouldn't make much sense as the company that made it would have certainly been sued by Midway for using their logo in stickers. Does anyone else have any ideas? I'd love to hear them, and if anyone else has seen something like this out in the wild before. Before I left, I stuck a note with my contact information to whoever purchased the property in order to buy the game from them if they choose to sell it.
  20. I thought that maybe some of you would like to see the GCE Arcade-Time Watch from 1982 in action:
  21. i watched an LGR video on this. but i can only afford a PCB. is there a way to play an arcade PCB like Pac-Man straight from the board without a SuperGun?
  22. It is time to show you a better video of “Anthropomorphic Force” since an older/obsolete video has seen the light, and also to open a thread in case you folks have some questions about it. This game is a work in progress. Some aspects might change/improve. There might be misspellings or other errors that will be corrected on the final version. This game does not require any additional hardware. It works on any Intellivision. It does use Intellivoice to play custom samples if it’s available (thank you to Joe Zbiciak for making this possible!) The video does not show how smooth the game really works and looks on a real Intellivision due to video conversion and emulator, vsync problems. The game works smoothly at 60 fps. I wish to stress that it is very important to receive your support on our previous games: Ninja Odyssey and TNT Cowboy. I am running very low on funds and I might have to look for greener pastures very shortly (before the CIB versions of those games are availabe). You can find more info here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/290305-tnt-cowboy-official-ordering-thread/ -Developed by Kai Magazine -Published by Elektronite -Cover by Miguel Angel Jimenez -Music composed by John Hassink and Oscar Kenneth Albero. Adapted to Intellivision by Oscar Kenneth Albero Special thanks to: -Joe Zbiciak -Arturo Ragozinni (Artrag) -Oscar Toledo (Nanochess) -Victor Sanchez -Xavi Sorinas
  23. I did an analysis and write-up on the arcade version of Asteroids that goes into the details of the game design and physics: Asteroids: By the Numbers. I'm curious what people think about it, especially veterans of the game who are intimately familiar with the mechanics. I thought about going into collision probabilities and survival times against the aliens, but didn't know if there would be enough interest to warrant the time investment. Note that the numbers in the article are estimates based on screen measurements and weren't extracted from the code.
  24. Hi all. First post on cool forum I have been reading for some time. I have a(possible) technical retro gaming related issue to bring before the board. I bought a Retrobit Super Retro-Cade some time ago primarily for casual play and occasionally rough treatment at parties (where I wouldn't bring any of my precious vintage consoles :-) But I have been trying to figure out something that has been driving me crazy for some time, and I hope that someone else on here might have faced the same issue and found a solution. How do one remove a previously added game from the Favorites list? I kinda hope its an obvious oversight on my part and just a case of me being thick, but in case it might be a bug... Anyone run into the same issue?
  25. MAME 0.212 It’s the moment you’ve surely been waiting for: the release of MAME 0.212! A huge amount of work has gone into this release in a number of different areas. Starting with the software lists, you’ll find hundreds more clean cracks for Apple II, the Rainbow on Disk collection for Tandy Color Computer, all the latest Game Boy Advance dumps, and thousands more ZX Spectrum cassette images. Chess computers now support chess piece simulation using the built-in artwork, support has been added for several more chess computers from Hegener & Glaser, Novag and Saitek, and the Tasc ChessSystem R30 is now working. Three Game & Watch titles, Bomb Sweeper, Gold Cliff and Safe Buster, have been added for this release. Protection microcontrollers continue to fall, with Rainbow Islands – Extra Version, Choplifter, Wyvern F-0, 1943: The Battle of Midway and Bionic Commando no longer needing simulation, hacks or patches. In some cases, the dumps have confirmed that the protection had been reverse-engineered correctly and the simulation was correct, but it's still important to preserve these programs. It’s also important for people repairing these systems if the original microcontrollers have failed. There are three important sound-related fixes in this release: FM Towns CD audio playback positions have been fixed, Konami System 573 digital audio synchronisation has been improved, and a special low latency mode has been added for the PortAudio sound module. For more advanced users and developers, more functionality has been exposed to Lua scripts and plugins. The layout file format has been overhauled to better support systems that make creative use of LEDs and LCDs. Disassembler support has been added for the Fujitsu F2MC-16 and National Semiconductor CompactRISC CR16B architectures. And if you've been following along, you might notice that we’ve waved goodbye to a little more of our C legacy with the removal of the [tt]MACHINE_CONFIG_START[/tt] macro and its associated crud. We don't have space to list all the Apple II and ZX Spectrum software list additions here, but they’re in the whatsnew.txt file. You get the source and Windows binary packages from the download page.
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