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    by Published on February 9th, 2011 13:56
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    Been a while since i asked this but whats everyone playing at the moment either on Homebrew or just Emulation and on what console?

    Me personally im back into Mame at the moment, although console ports only seem to support the older retro titles. I wanna play Ridge Racer on MAME

    Whats Your Homebrew/Emulation Tipple at the Moment ? ...
    by Published on February 9th, 2011 09:17
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    News via http://retroactionmagazine.com/retro...tribute-issue/

    SCROLL is a new videogaming “midzine” (minimal magazine) that has been launched that has been produced by Ray Barnholt. The Super NES celebrates its 20th anniversary in North America this year, so to commemorate that fact, SCROLL dedicates its first issue’s 40 pages to the 16-bit console, including the history of the console, its endurance, the games, both praised and underrated. As well as the SNES love, there are other articles of interest: ‘Japan Desu’, ‘The Island of Misfit Hardware’, ‘Fullscreen: StarTropics’, ‘Wait Wait, Don’t TALK Me’ and ‘In Defense Of… Hydlide’. Issue 1 of SCROLL is available to preview and purchase in print format (a digital PDF version may appear in the future) from www.magcloud.com.
    Weblink: Preview and purchase page for SCROLL #1
    Source: http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2011/02/scroll.php ...
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    Yet another upgrade has started taking roots here at DCEmu!

    The final tweaks have been made to our new DOWNLOADS section to allow all types of users to help DCEmu build the greatest collection of Emulation and Homebrew related files for home consoles and handhelds on the web. We're calling on the entire community to help us with this task since there is literally thousands of files out there and hidden in our very own forums now. Even a lot of the releases that were were initially posted on this very site's forums have yet to be uploaded.

    All established staff, coders, news posters and trusted users have access to uploading to the download section and we ask them now to help us out if they can. Don't think this leaves out the regular registered user though, as you can help too. Throw us a link to your favourite downloads from the past, either from our own forums or outside sources on the comments section in this news post. Make sure to include the console the file is intended for and the type of file it is (e.g. emulator, homebrew game or whatever). You can even help us further by giving us a short description of the file by including things such as an excerpt from the changelog or something along those lines. Remember though, no warez or programs used to play pirated versions of commercial games released for that console. Even if it isn't necessarily illegal we don't want to host that kind of stuff here.

    If you prove reliable enough, DCEmu will expand it's trusted user list and give you direct access to uploading into our Downloads section!.

    Thanks in Advance folks. ...
    by Published on February 6th, 2011 14:13
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    Via the official Snes9x Euphoria Site www.retroemu.com

    Snes9x Euphoria R5 Beta 3 Has been released today for the general public
    So you can download this version today and test!. Feedback is greatly appreciated, please leave bug reports etc at www.retroemu.com.

    New Features & Fixes since the last public release (which was R4) :[*] Fixed control/input issue from Beta 2.[*] Small code optimizations.
    [+] Other minor changes.
    [+] Rom loading time decreased (ie games boot faster)[*] Reverted Background back to R4 (ie no neoflash)[*] Corrected tons of incorrect assumptions I made that affected graphical quality without gaining anything in return.
    [+] Improved Math implementation (small speedup)
    [+] Tons of code optimization (small speedup)[*] More stability - Seems to be a lot more stable
    [+] Mario All Stars Works Again.

    So please can you guys test this and report back?

    I would also like to know if any new games work with this build. Or if any get broken as a result.

    Recommended settings :

    For games that allow it (ie don't suffer huge graphical glitches) I would recommend this for full speed :

    Render : Fast
    Frameskip 3
    Sound (11025) although having it at 44000 doesn't seem to affect speed much or at all.

    For games that have graphical glitches ingame (when using the FAST renderer) that make them unplayable such as (mario kart) ..
    I recommend the following settings :

    Render : Fast + Accur.
    Frameskip 3
    Sound (11025) although having it at 44000 doesn't seem to affect speed much or at all.

    Speed differences in games with R5 Beta 3 compared with R4 (from reports & my own testing) :

    Chrono Trigger : Runs at 60fps with frameskip 0
    Kirby's Superstar : Runs at 48>56fps (generally at 50fps) with frameskip 3
    Mario RPG : Runs at 60fps with frameskip 0.
    Final Fantasy Games seem to run at a constant 60fps with frameskip 1
    All Donkey Kong Games : 60fps with frameskip 1>2
    Mortal Kombat 1>3 60fps
    Secret Of Mana 60fps
    Super Metriod 60fps framekip 2 (use Fast + Approx renderer)

    Thanks for feedback! And sorry for the HUGE timeframe between this and the previous release

    Download It Now!

    (uploading isn't working here so i put it up on mediafire)

    http://www.mediafire.com/?mbgzbyclw5mpm2b ...
    by Published on February 5th, 2011 18:00
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    DCEmu has been going through some major changes in the last couple of weeks as everyone knows, and one of those changes was a reorganization and update to the forums. They've been changed to fit the new blog style of DCEmu and to reapply a focus on key discussion areas. DCEmu covers a plethora of consoles and interests ranging from homebrew development, emulation and commercial gaming to hardware modification and general community chat.

    We know a lot of lurkers are out there, so why not JOIN the discussion and enjoy the new forums?
    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 00:39
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    [Daniel] is making a mini arcade cabinet with an SNES housed inside. He wanted to build an arcade controller for it and chose to construct something from scratch instead of destroying an original piece of hardware. We can almost feel you guys sighing with relief at that one. He sent us some nice photos of his build and pointed out that he’s using one of the Evilmadscientist AVR boards housing an ATtiny2313. The arcade buttons are readily available at sparkfun. The source code for this project is available after the break.

    http://hackaday.com/2011/01/30/snes-arcade-controller/ ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:30
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    News via Nmax

    EmuCenter2 is a simplistic interface that combines the best emulators *
    cfor video game consoles with greater simplicity

    * Console emulation: enables a computer to run games like a video game console

    Highlights :

    - A simple interface that combines all your games (emulation, pc or internet).
    - Brings together the most popular console emulators for both 32 and 64 bits.
    - Sets all emulators for immediate use with good settings.
    - Brings together the most common settings for all emulators on the same page.
    - Automatically sets the controller for all possible emulators. (plug and play
    - Automatic and regular update of EmuCenter2 and its emulators.
    - Download the game covers with a few clicks.
    - Automatic seeking of description and a slideshow of the game (Work in progress to make the last 2 points automatic)

    Supported consoles :

    - Nintendo : Nes, Super nes, Gameboy, 64, Gamecube, DS and Wii
    - Sega : Master system, Genesis, Gamegear, Saturn and Dreamcast
    - Sony : PlayStation 1, 2 and PSP
    - Other : Neogeo and arcade systems (Capcom CPS, Taito, Sega model 2, Arcade LaserDisc, ...)

    version 1.5.8.0 (Complete / Full)
    - Ajourne emulateur PCSX2 (PS2) -> SVN 0.9.7 build 4271
    - Ajourne emulateur Dolphin (GAMECUBE / Wii) -> SVN R 6954 x86/x64
    - Fixed some games appearing in the wrong section

    Version 1.5.7.22 beta (partial)
    - Prevents automatic search of covers more than 3 times per day
    - Fixed various bugs
    - Improving the filter before renaming a search (pouches, descriptions)
    - Add passive mode to share games MD5 (avoids an error)
    - Add a delay of 3 sec. before applying an update
    (Supposed to fix an error when updating: s)

    1.5.7.8 (partial)
    - Allows a large amount of ROM to be displayed without problems
    (Multithread)
    - Option to display a list of games in list
    - Redisplays description when the cursor returns to the game
    - Add a search function pocket auto
    (Uses a database being created)
    (Option to share the results are output to enlarge the database)
    - Removes extension displayed in the title description
    - Attempts to correct aspet ratio pockets Nintendo DS (110px/100px)

    1.5.7.4 / 1.5.7.7 (partial)
    - Fixed interface colors applied even if cancel
    - Attempt to filter the name of the game before finding description
    - Adjourn translations (Français corrected: fredi125-> fredi8282@hotmail.com)
    - Google Images.nl for Dutch language
    - Corrects the name of a language Deutsch -> Dutch (Netherlands)
    - Improved search function description and slideshow
    - Fixed bug: Unable to delete a file storage for Megadrive
    - Add support for missing extensions (*. rom; SEGACD *. mp3, ...)
    - Fixed refresh after adding faulty games (PS2, Sega Genesis)
    - Straighten resolution does not MAMEUI modifiée

    1.5.7.3 (partial)
    - Added option to change the language interface
    - German Language added Thank tom9358
    - Allows the addition of several storage directories games section
    - Recursive Search games in their cases
    - Adds a 1900x1080 resolution 16 / 9
    - Fixed bug when adding bios when there is already
    - Try to avoid having the residue icon JoyToKey
    - Add support for missing extension (PSX, Fusion)
    - Fixed window Desmume partially hidden for small resolutions
    - Saving window position before leaving EmuCenter2
    - Compact the interface principale
    - Copy inftead move the games when adding

    1.5.7.2 (Partial)
    - Adds search function automatically description (EN) and slide show of a game
    (To function, the name of the game must be perfectly written)
    - Adds a description and a slideshow (5 images max) for games
    - Allows the addition of several games in one section of a sudden
    - Fixed location of the backup bios Saturn
    - Improves various things

    1.5.7.1 (Partial / Partial)
    - Fixed an error in the update
    - Simplifies the operation of the daphne emulator in EmuCenter2
    read:
    '.\EmuCenter2\EMULATEURS\daphne\roms\README - daphne roms PART1 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'
    '.\EmuCenter2\JEUX\Arcade\README - daphne roms PART2 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'

    http://xotob14.free.fr/viewpage.php?page_id=2 ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 16:57
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    Platform: SNES
    Publisher: Squaresoft
    Developer: Squaresoft
    Genre: RPG
    Players: 1


    Overview :Quote from the WIKI:
    "The story of Rudra no Hiho is divided into three major scenarios, each with a different main character: the soldier Sion, the priestess Riza, and the sorcerer Surlent. As the player enters new areas and accomplishes different tasks, the human race's final 15 days slowly ebb away in a predetermined day/night cycle. The player is free to play the scenarios in any order, and may even leave one storyline to follow that of another character for a time. The actions of the characters in one location and time may have an effect on the others, as well, both in the general story and in gameplay. For example, if one group of characters leaves a sacred relic somewhere, another character may come and find it on a later day in his own part of the game. After successfully completing all three scenarios, players must take on a fourth, featuring the roving thief Dune and the heroes from the previous three chapters in their final confrontation with the game's major villains."
    Gameplay : 5/5
    I'm going to give this one a 5 just for it's innovation. The fact that there's 3 different character stories that completely effect one another is awesome.

    You're given 15 days before the "cleansing", and each character's story starts on the first. Say one you play one character's story for a while, and on the third day you do something that effects the world (helping out someone which in turn gets him to open up a shop... Just an example). If you play another character's story, on the third day the shop will be opened. If you hadn't helped that person, the shop would not be there.



    That's cool and all, but if you ask anyone that's played Treasure Of Rudras what stood out to them I bet you 100 bucks they'll say "the mantra system".

    The mantra system is this game' way of handling spells. You go to the mantra menu and type in names for spells much like you would the hero's name. Then the spell bases it's element and it's strength/attributes on what was entered. Each character can then use all of the spells in "the mantra pool".



    This can be both fun and funny. Trying out random words can be very pleasing. For instance, I typed in "Queef" and got a wind damage to all enemies spell. If you type a word that has no element, it will spell out the word in battle when you use it (dealing physical damage). This can be funny in that you can type in an insult, and it seems that you're calling the enemy names. Or, you can take the serious approach and learn mantras from talking to certain people. You can also get spells from enemies, as they say the mantra when they use them. As long as you can remember it long enough.



    The only bad thing about this, is that every single spell is available from the beginning (though you're not gonna have enough MP to cast the good ones). This can lead to some huge spoilers easily, as the desire to look them up online can be great.

    Graphics : 4.5/5
    The graphics in this game have a lot of similarities with Bahamut Lagoon. The enemies look freakin' awesome, AND they're animated... But if you ask me, this game pulls it off a bit better. The animations are much more smooth, and there's more of them to go around.



    However, some of the battle backgrounds and level maps seem a bit empty and inconsistent. You'll be one place and think "These, are some majorly sweet graphics", then you'll get to the next level and say "Oh, maybe I was wrong... A little".



    But, I'll give it credit. The good graphics more then make up for the mediocre ones. I have a feeling that the graphics were done by Brown & Brown (most well known for the Secret Of Mana series and the Magical Vacation games for the GBA/DS). Though I can't find any info to confirm/dismiss this theory.



    Sound : 5/5

    Yes, a perfect score. Because, well... This game has a perfect "score" (HAHAHA, I made a funny). Only thing bad I can say about it is "I wish this game's music sucked just a little, for the sake of having something bad to say".

    Honestly, the soundtrack is by far my favorite on the SNES... Even beating out Chrono Trigger. The music is so diverse, and fits what's happening so well. It's hard to think about how they pulled of making such epic songs on the SNES' SPU.

    Which, is why I posted 3 songs. It was just too damned hard to pick one. Trust me, I would post more if I didn't have to worry about the load times.

    Replay Value : 4/5
    I'd say that the replay value for this game is higher then most other RPGs, if only for the fact that you may want to go back and mess with the spell system a bit. Having knowledge of higher level skills at the beginning can make for an interesting play through. Learn some crazy strong attacks and see how fast you can beat down some of the enemies that gave you trouble before!

    Conclusion : 4.5/5
    This by far is one of the greater games that came about at the end of the SNES' life. Being the last true turn based RPG that Squaresoft produced, it's a must play. The only games I would suggest over this are Terranigma (my next review), Star Ocean and Tales Of Phantasia.

    Just be warned... This game is DAMNED HARD!!!

    Score:
    by Published on January 1st, 2011 16:21
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    STORY

    From the WIKI page:
    "The story takes place in the sky world called Orelus. It begins at the prologue, a world being consumed by war and the skies turning to the purple color of sadness following the downfall of the Kingdom of Kahna. The Kingdom of Kahna gets conquered by the Granbelos Empire, headed by Emperor Sauzer, taking Princess Yoyo captive and forcing the defenders of the kingdom to withdraw in defeat."
    The story is good, but it seems to drag on a little painfully at times. Of course, I'm basing this on a fan translation... Though you can tell that there wouldn't be much difference otherwise.

    Most of the back story is "optional". You get to hear more through cutscenes by talking to certain characters. This is good if you want to get straight to the action, but it leaves you a bit unsatisfied if you don't talk to everyone every chance you get.

    Where the story shines is in the characters. They each have a distinct personality, which gives you a strong sense of attachment. Matelite and Taicho add some very welcome comic relief, Yoyo is a chick that actually grows on you and Rush really gets you into the action with his upbeat persona.

    All and all, it's pretty solid and enjoyable.

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    SOUND
    http://www.hotlinkfiles.com/files/12...tLagoonCDE.mp3

    The music, oh god the music. If you enjoy the music from Final Fantasy 6, Secret Of Mana etc... Then the music in Bahamut Lagoon is gonna grow on you.

    The only problem is, that the same songs get played too often. For the most part you hear one song for the enemy phase and one for the player phase. It gets repetitive pretty quick... But it's enjoyable, so I don't really care.

    The actual sound effects are top notch too. Sword attacks sound like sword attacks, fire spells sound like fire spells... And there's a great deal of them to go around.

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    GRAPHICS

    This is one of those games that make me which they would go back and do some more SNES games. It proves that with the right team, visuals can rival that of PSX games.

    Did you think the enemies in Final Fantasy 6 looked awesome? What about the backgrounds? Well, take all of those graphics, add even more polish (doesn't seem possible, but they pulled it off) and animate nearly everything. Yes, I said animate. Probably 95% or so of all the enemies and characters are animated to some degree. You'll take one look at them standing still and say "Holy crap! That looks freakin' sweet!!!". Then once they attack and show off their fluid animation, you'll most likely crap your pants.


    It also takes advantage of some awesome MODE7 effects for backdrops during the cutscenes. Probably some of the best I've seen.


    The only reason I didn't give the graphics a perfect score, is because some of the animations are a little whacky. If you've fought a chimara, you'd agree that it's hard to tell what the hell is going on with it's legs. This reason, and the fact that Star Ocean/Tales Of Phantasia have it beaten are why it gets a 9.0.

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    GAMEPLAY

    This is gonna be a long one...

    Gameplay is what makes this game so enjoyable. It's your standard strategy RPG affair (ala Final Fantasy Tactics), but with a few major twists.

    First off, each troop consists of multiple characters. When it's your turn you can move, attack, heal, blah blah blah... The thing is, there's two different ways to do everything.

    You can attack/heal on the field as in FFT mentioned above (this is mainly done with long range attacks/spells), or you can go straight up to the enemy and begin a turn based battle. Turn based battles net you more EXP, gold, items and are generally stronger... While field attacks get you fewer of said things, but can't be counter attacked.


    Another big twist are the dragons. Each troop get's there own dragon, to which they can issue commands (Go!, Come!, Wait! etc...).

    That's not the cool part though... In between each battle, you get the chance to feed your dragons items you've won. Each item has a different effect on it's stats. Fire Rods will give your dragon points in "Fire", "Attack" and "Wisdom". Ice Armor will give it points in "Ice", "Defence" and "HP". You get the picture.

    The elements cap out at 100. After it gets one point in any element, it will learn an attack in said element... For each 10 points after that, the level of that attack will raise by one. Changing it's animation and strength.

    For each elemental attack a dragon learns, it's troop will learn attacks based on that element as well... So if you have a troop with a wizard in it and the dragon is of the fire element, that troop will be able to use a fire base range attack on the field and fire based spells in battles. Also, if your dragons fire element is at level 6, the attacks your troop have will be as well.


    This game has another thing I'll call "stacking". Say you have one wizard with a LVL 4 ice spell. Put that wizard in a troop with another that has a LVL 9 ice spell. This will give you the ability to use LVL 13 ice spells (only on the field, as allies take turns in battle). Put a healer with LVL 6 light element in with a LVL 5, a LVL 8 and a LVL 3... You'll be able to use LVL 22 healing spells.

    The only reason I gave gameplay an 8.5 as opposed to 10, is the lack of controls over the dragons... This is SERIOUSLY going to piss you off. One dragon has 200 HP missing out of say 4,000. Does it need to be healed? NO!!! But the healing dragon doesn't seem to give a damn. He wants his friend to be in tip top shape. Another thing... Say your dragon has LVL 10 fire skills and LVL 1 poison skills. It'll go ahead and try poison more often then you'd think. Stupid bastards...

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    CONCLUSION

    This is seriously one of those gems that needs to be played. If you're not into strategy RPGs, at least check it out for the music or just to gawk at how great the enemies look. Sure the dragons will make you shake your head in sadness from time to time, but this is how it would be in reality (if dragons actually existed). Teaching a dog to use Fire Breath on ice enemies, and Thunder Blow on earth enemies isn't a sure thing... He's bound to mess it up sometimes.

    Story 4.5/5
    Sound 4.5/5
    Graphics 4.5/5
    Gameplay 4/5
    Score:
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