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    by Published on January 28th, 2018 20:56
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    2. Nintendo 3DS News
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    PicoDrive 3DS the Megadrive and Master System Emulator for Nintendo 3DS has been updated, heres whats new:

    v0.93 Released (28 Jan 2018)

    Against those who still own the old 3DS / 2DS or still care about the 3DS ... and if you still want to enjoy Sega MD games on your Old 3DS / 2DS at full speed:

    This is a port of nota's PicoDrive emulator to the old 3DS / 2DS. Although PicoDrive is already highly optimized for ARM processors, if it's still running, it's still in its infancy for mega games on the old 3DS / 2DS, as it's in the RetroArch's version. So this port is heavily loaded on the 3DS '2nd core to emulate the FM synthesized music for the YM2612 FM chip to achieve 60 FPS. But the 2nd core on the old 3DS is not enough to generate a synthesized music at a full 44100Hz, so sounds are generated at 30000Hz on an Old 3DS. It sounds ok for many games, except for those who use high-pitched notes or sound samples.

    The screen rendering is done completely using the original PicoDrive's ARM processor-optimized renderer.

    You can play Master System, Mega Drive games and Sega CD games, and 32X games. CD games run a little slower (you should enable 1-2 frameskips) on an Old 3DS, but it runs very well on a New 3DS. 32X games can only be played on a new 3DS using the .CIA version of the emulator. Some dynarec instructions for 32X games will crash the emulator (Virtual Fighter, Virtual Racing Deluxe have this issue).

    The default maps for the controls are:
    1. 3DS 'Y Button -> MD's A Button,
    2. 3DS' B Button -> MD's B Button,
    3. 3DS 'A Button -> MD's C Button,
    4. 3DS' X Button -> MD's X Button,
    5. 3DS 'L Button -> MD's Y Button,
    6. 3DS' R Button -> MD's Z Button

    This emulator uses the same user interface as VirtuaNES for 3DS, TemperPCE for 3DS, Snes9x for 3DS. It will run better on the New 3DS as usual, where all music and sound samples will be generated at 44100Hz.

    Putting up v0.93 for download:

    v0.93 Release Notes:

    - Fixed a sound bug that plays the previous sound from a CD-ROM game when you load up an SMS ROM.
    - Re-ordered region priority to US, JP, EU.
    - Added support for .32x extensions and 32X games.
    (but some games like Virtual Fighter, Virtual Racing Deluxe causes the emulator to crash, just like the RetroArch versions)
    - Fixed ASM version of the 32X rendering routines to prevent crashing, and blackthorne games.
    - Fixed the frame-rate bug that is not consistent with the frame-rate selected in the menu.
    - Enabled 32X / SVP dynarec when running in CIA mode and the necessary custom firmware is available.
    - Sets the default mapping for Sega MD's X, Y, Z buttons.
    - Fixed a read-ahead library bug that front caused small ISO games to boot to the CD player.
    - Fixed minor sound emulation issues and improved sound sync.
    - Fixed YM2612 timer bug.
    - Implemented more aggressive optimzation of the YM2612 assembly emulation. Less skipping in some games on the Old 3DS.
    - Fixed playing PWM samples by the DC Offset of the waveform (CSND is unable to reliably play the samples with a significant DC offset)

    Homepage https://github.com/bubble2k16/picodrive_3ds/

    via http://www.nintendomax.com/viewtopic...eef9e845c9f832 ...
    by Published on January 28th, 2018 20:23
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    2. Retro Consoles/Translation News

    For a handheld thats been gone for years heres a first time rom hack for the Atari Lynx:

    Switchblade II is a platform game, originally released on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, with a cut-down port for the Atari Lynx, and now there’s a hack for it. The hack itself is quite simple - giving you the ability to continue from where you died, and giving you only one life at the start as a form of balance - but it’s notable for two reasons.
    It’s the very first hack for the Atari Lynx on this site, and secondly, it was done without any debugging tools, save a memory viewer. The author identified the assembly instructions due to their similarity to other systems like the NES, and made educated guesses to achieve the desired effect.
    It’s a game that many won’t be aware of, but now that this hack makes it somewhat easier to play, why not give it a try?

    Download http://s346165667.websitehome.co.uk/psyktrans/

    via http://www.romhacking.net/ ...
    by Published on January 21st, 2018 20:58
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    2. Sega Saturn News

    Heres a new version of the Sega Saturn Emulator for Android and Windows, heres whats new:

    Yaba Sanshiro (originally called Yabause Devmiyax) v1.3.1 is compiled. There's a new version of Yabause from japanese developper Devmiyax, based on his recent android port uoYabause. This version is a great improvement from original Yabause, on par with SSF and even better on some games. Yabause is a Sega Saturn Emulator(SS Emulator) for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.Yabause support booting games using Saturn cds or iso files.

    download https://github.com/devmiyax/yabause

    android version https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...yabause.uranus

    via http://www.emucr.com/2018/01/yaba-sanshiro-v131.html ...
    by Published on January 17th, 2018 20:54
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    2. Nintendo 64 News

    Heres an awesome release from StupidMarioBros1Fan of the Goldeneye Game hacked to have MARIO and co in it, it looks bloody awesome.

    Heres the release news

    After about 4 months my childhood dream has finally come true and is available for everyone to enjoy.
    For those of you who haven't seen my other videos: this mod replaces every character in GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 with Mario ones.

    James Bond - Mario
    Natayla Simonova - Peach
    Alec Trevelyan - Luigi
    Xenia Onnatop - Daisy
    Arkady Ourumov - Bowser
    Boris Grishenko - Yoshi
    Dimitri Mishkin - Donkey Kong
    Valentin Zukovsky - Wario
    May Day - Pauline
    Oddjob - Toad
    Jaws - Waluigi
    Baron Samedi - Rainbow Bowser, the Powered-Up version of Bowser from Super Mario 64.
    Soldiers/Civilians/Scients - Koopa Troopas
    Heads are now different expressions to make use of the Random Head system, hats/helmets are replaced with tiny models & Bounding Boxes of 0 because they would get hit first despite being inside the head. Thought about making them sunglasses, but it'd still get hit first before the back of the head did and overall was unfairly annoying.
    Mishkin/Donkey Kong is no longer the Defense Minister, that role now goes to May Day/Pauline with Donkey Kong being the Head of Special Forces. This was done to give Pauline a role in the story, as well as explain why the "Great Guards" use DK's body.
    Dr Doak is now Oddjob/Toad to give him some sort of role in the story, as a result the idea of Toad "blending in" with the other scientists is ridiculous.

    Download: http://goldeneyevault.com/viewfile.ph... ...
    by Published on January 14th, 2018 20:21
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    2. Wii U News

    Wow the Nintendo Switch is the console of the moment and already theres an emulator released for it:

    • Original Citra 3DS author and GBAtemp member @bunnei has today released an emulator for the Nintendo Switch:
      yuzu is a work-in-progress Nintendo Switch emulator. yuzu is an open-source project, licensed under the GPLv2 (or any later version). yuzu has been designed with portability in mind, with builds available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. The project was started in spring of 2017 by bunnei, one of the original authors of the popular Citra 3DS emulator, to experiment with and research the Nintendo Switch. Due to the similarities between Switch and 3DS, yuzu was developed as a fork of Citra. This means that it uses the same project architecture, and both emulators benefit from shared improvements. During the early months of development, work was done in private, and progress was slow. However, as Switch reverse-engineering and homebrew development became popular, work on yuzu began to take off as well.

    download https://yuzu-emu.org/

    via http://gbatemp.net/threads/yuzu-swit...leased.494209/ ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2018 22:27

    Ive been a life long fan of Theme Parks as I have of Homebrew and Emulation and ive always wanted to bring a site that will have news and vlogs from as many Theme Parks around the world as possible, be it Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Universal Studios, ALton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Drayton Manor, Europa Park, Portadventura, Ferrari Land and the list is endless, ill be posting vlogs from the likes of Theme Park Worldwide, Coaster Crazy and anyone else who does informative and funny vlogs.

    For now the site is young but it will grow.

    http://themepark-news.dcemu.co.uk/ ...
    by Published on January 9th, 2018 22:49
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    2. Wii U News

    The Nintendo Switch is one of the most exciting consoles for me of all time and heres some exciting news from a PSP dev KGSWS:

    I hesitate to call this a “homebrew launcher”, although it technically is, because this is not “the” homebrew launcher people have been expecting since the 34c3 conference (that one is stated to be released on February 1st, according to hacker Plutoo). Calling it a GUI though is a bit underplaying what this actually does.
    Because loading from SD is still not technically supported yet on the Nintendo Switch existing homebrew platforms, kgsws’ Homebrew launcher loads individual homebrew (nro files) from an http host, then runs them through Pegaswitch’s ACE loader. The setup process is pretty heavy, at least until someone decides to host some of the homebrews on a public server and make a configuration file broadly available.

    download https://github.com/kgsws/kgdoom/tree/master/temp

    via http://wololo.net/2018/01/08/nintend...-launcher-gui/ ...
    by Published on January 4th, 2018 20:37
    1. Categories:
    2. Wii U News

    Nintendo has posted a press release that makes some bold claims:

    • A strong library of games continues to fuel momentum for Nintendo Switch. In the U.S., more than 60 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have Super Mario Odyssey, and over 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only are these games system-sellers, but they’re also two of the highest-rated games in history. (Photo: Business Wire)

      “Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

      A strong library of games continues to fuel momentum for Nintendo Switch. In the U.S., more than 60 percent of Nintendo Switch owners have Super Mario Odyssey, and over 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only are these games system-sellers, but they’re also two of the highest-rated games in history. Nintendo Switch owners also possess the fun, competitive games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 at rates of more than 50 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

      More than 300 games created by third-party developers have already launched for Nintendo Switch. These include big-name brands like FIFA 18 from Electronic Arts, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Just Dance 2018 from Ubisoft, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition from Mojang, L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games, NBA 2K18 from 2K Games, Sonic Mania from SEGA, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom, Rocket League from Psyonix and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and DOOM from Bethesda. Nintendo Switch has also received strong support from indie developers, with a steady stream of favorites like SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form, Golf Story from Sidebar Games, Overcooked Special Edition from Team17 Digital Ltd and Stardew Valley from Chucklefish LTD.

      This year, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new game starring Yoshi. Fans can also expect continued support from major publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, plus a growing catalog of quality content from indie developers.
    by Published on January 4th, 2018 12:25
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    With innovations emerging almost every day, it’s certain that gaming will continue to change as we move into the new year. 2017 was a great year for the gaming industry but from the look of things, 2018 promises to be much better.
    Let us look at some of the potential gaming developments that are going to take the gaming industry by storm in 2018.

    VR finally makes its way down to the people at the bottom

    VR has been there for a couple of years now but it has not yet reached the dizzy heights we all expected at the start of 2017. The Google Daydream and Oculus Rift provided a great gaming experience to those who were fortunate enough to lay their hands onto these headsets. The biggest challenge of VR technology in 2017 was that it was a bit above the price range of the ordinary folk, however industry experts predict more developments in 2018 that may finally result in affordable sets hence encouraging more players to move to VR and experience the magic of VR technology playing some of their favourite games like live roulette, blackjack, and baccarat.

    Esports to take centre stage

    Studies show that esports are likely to dominate 2018 as more and more people move to compete in organised video gaming tournaments worldwide. According to Stastista, esports are likely to rise in terms of market size by 32 percent. Statista also states that in 2018 there is going to be an equal split between those favouring esports and those favouring conventional sports; this just shows the remarkable rise in popularity of esports.

    Rise in popularity of Indie games

    In 2017, Indie games showed that they have the potential of unsettling the blockbuster games developed by big names. There is a general feeling that in 2018, Indie games will rise in popularity and value as well. Even before 2018 starts, we already know that there is going to be three Indie games to watch out for early next year namely Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, The Last Night, and Indivisible. These Indie games have already generated much hype in the gaming industry and we all wait to see how they will fare.

    Rise in AR

    Augmented Reality (AR) looks set to rise considerably in 2018 after the AR game, Pokemon GO was positively received by many gamers. Unlike VR, AR creates an immersive environment within the gamer’s existing environment. ...
    by Published on January 3rd, 2018 21:58
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    2. Wii U News

    I dont own a Nintendo Switch yet even though the concept i think is the greatest idea yet, Team Xecuter have just posted this exciting news:

    In the light of a recent presentation at the Chaos Communication Congress in Germany we've decided to come out of the woodwork and tease you all a bit with our latest upcoming product.This solution will work on ANY Nintendo Switch console regardless of the currently installed firmware, and will be completely future proof. This is *the* solution for opening up CFW (Custom FirmWare) on the Nintendo Switch. We want to move the community forward and provide a persistent, stable and fast method of running your own code and custom firmware patches on Nintendo's latest flagship product. And we think we've succeeded!
    Below you can find a quick video showcasing a Nintendo Switch booting up, but there s something funny going on, can you spot it?

    For all the non-believers and technically capable people! Try the following key to decrypt STAGE2 of the bootloader (1.0.0 up till 2.3.0):

    F4ECA1685C1E4DF77F19DB7B44A985CAKeep an eye on this space, more news and updates are coming! ...

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