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    by Published on February 5th, 2011 16:23
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    News via AEP
    The 1964 derivate 1964 UltraFast has been updated.

    Quote:
    This is a custom build of the Nintendo 64 emulator 1964 I have made. The main aim is to overclock the N64 to allow games to run a lot smoother. Some games were designed similar to PC games, in that they could run faster if the N64 itself was faster. As such games like GoldenEye run at a solid 60FPS in this build of the emulator. The framerate on the real system was anywhere from 8fps->50fps . The effects of choppy gameplay often ruined these N64 games so now you can run them at full speed.
    There is also now an option to underclock the N64. This means less cycles are emulated resulting in greater performance to the user. A few games don´t mind being underclocked and run very similar to normal speed, but give you much better performance on your PC.
    The improvements over the normal 1964 v1.1 include :-
    * Ability to overclock N64 to get higher framerates or to underclock to get better performance.
    * Optimized Interpreter core to be 60-100% faster . Many games are now completely playable with interpreter core on fast machines
    * Removed some unneeded speed hacks in interpreter core to make it more accurate
    * More accurate DYNAREC emulation
    * Some Windows tweaks in the code to get it to run smoother
    * Better audio plugin and feeding of audio from main core
    v1 Released February 3rd [Initial release]
    v2 Released February 5th [Added menu options to set overclock or underclock, fixed some other things]
    AEP GPL commentary: He´s going to release the source code when he´s done with the updates, 1964 violated its own license for years.
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    by Published on February 5th, 2011 01:20
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    News via http://emu-russia.net/en/

    First version of Nintendo 64 emulator has been released. Nintendo 64 emulator. This is a custom build of the Nintendo 64 emulator 1964. The main aim is to overclock the N64 to allow games to run a lot smoother. Some games were designed similar to PC games, in that they could run faster if the N64 itself was faster. As such games like GoldenEye run at a solid 60FPS in this build of the emulator. The framerate on the real system was anywhere from 8fps->50fps . The effects of choppy gameplay often ruined these N64 games so now you can run them at full speed.

    The improvements over the normal 1964 v1.1 include :-

    *Overclocked N64, running at about ~380MHz instead of 93MHz. All games run smoother.
    *Optimized Interpreter core to be 60-100% faster . Many games are now completely playable with interpreter core on fast machines
    *Removed some unneeded speed hacks in interpreter core to make it more accurate
    *More accurate DYNAREC emulation
    *Some Windows tweaks in the code to get it to run smoother
    *Better audio plugin and feeding of audio from main core
    News source: http://www.retrocopy.com/forumthread...-emulator.aspx ...
    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 11:43
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    Shinobii Console Toolkit
    Manufacturer: Shinobii
    Site: Buy from Shinobii / Buy from Amazon
    Price: €19.99 / $24.99


    Overview : This 19-piece toolkit contains everything you need in order to disassemble all the latest consoles such as Wii, DSi, PS3, XBOX 360 and PSP 3000. Of course, we havent forgotten about classic console owners therefore this kit also includes tools for opening up older consoles such as DS, DS LITE, PS2, PS1, XBOX, PSP1000, PSP2000, GAMEBOY, GAMECUBE, PSTWO, N64, SNES as well as Game cartridges and cellphones.

    Perhaps you want to replace a defective drive, burnt out laser lens, scratched or cracked screen or any other defective part. Maybe you want to add an internal fan providing less noise and more cooling? No matter what, as most gamers already know, the console makers really give you a hard time when trying to open up their units and it`s a real challenge to find all the right tools to get the job done at least without damaging your console. The solution is the Console Toolkit™ from Shinobii.

    All tools are precision machined from heat treated chrome vanadium steel and have chrome finish.

    Console Toolkit™ includes: (Tools marked with a * are tamper resistant.)
    • T2
    • T3
    • T6*
    • T8*
    • T10*
    • T15*
    • T20*
    • PH#0
    • PH#00
    • PH#000
    • PH#1
    • Triwing#00
    • Triwing#01
    • Hex 0.05
    • Slotted 7/64
    • Linehead Nut Setters #6
    • Linehead Nut Setters #8
    • 360Tool
    • Tweezer
    • Anti-slip Rubber Handle
    • EasyGuide Plastic card (explaining what tools to use)

    Quality/Usability : So the fine folks at Shinobii sent me their newest product, the Console Toolkit™. The tool kit consists of 19 pieces needed to disassemble everything from the Wii, DSi, Xbox 360, PS3 and PSP3000 all the way to old school and semi-old school products like the Xbox, DS, PS2, PS1, GameCube, N64 and even the SNES. The 19 pieces are placed inside a small black plastic case. Underneath the cover are 10 tools and tweezers. The bottom holds a 360 tool and anti-slip rubber handle.

    All 10 tools are held in place by a rubber holder that prevents any of the falling out or. On the top of this rubber holder is a loop that allows you to pull the bits out and on this rubber holder are numbers. This lets you identify what tool is what by looking at the EasyGuide card. Incase you forgot where they belong, the numbers are also printed on the pieces themselves as well as Shinobii's company name. All the bits/pieces has two ends of them except for two (Linehead Nut Setters). So the end that is not used will be inserted into the anti-slip rubber handle and the side that is needed, is exposed.

    Each piece is about 4½" long. When inserted into the rubber handle, approximately 2¾" is exposed. The rubber handle is just shy of 3½" long and 1" wide. The pieces insert smoothly but may feel a little loose at times but will not fall out unless you heavily shake it out. Each bit is also magnetic so you will be able to pick up screws without having to worry about dropping them or using a second hand to help you hold the screw in place while the other holds the handle. The bottom of the handle has grooves/curves that help assist you in gripping the handle better and tightening or loosening screws.

    I'm not the type to go and open up perfectly working consoles unless I really have to but since I had some busted up and non-working electronics laying around, I thought I would give it a try. The handle felt good in the hand and removing screws was very easy and didnt require any effort. I was able to grip onto the handle thanks to the anti-slip rubber. I'm the type that has sweaty hands so this is a plus. I had an old PS1 that stopped working and was going to recycle it in the trash but was too lazy. Once I took the console apart, I didnt want to stop. I tried finding other electronics such as my old handheld TIGER devices, old cellphones that stopped working (fit the screws on the cellphones I had) and eventually, I couldnt find anything else. Now, I'm left with gutted and disassembled electronic casings and chipsets.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Shinobii Console Tool Kit is a very nice product. It eliminated some of the bulk but putting a piece on each end rather than have 19 different pieces and makes fairly easy to carry and dropping it in your bag. I love the fact that the handle has grooves for your finger/thumb to allow you to have a better grip for turning and for someone who has sweaty hands, I didnt loose my grip. I also like that each piece is magnetic so the screws cling on to the piece for easy removal and insertion without the need for a second hand. However, I would of probably liked to see the anti-slip rubber handle be slightly bigger. Those with big hands may find the handle a little small for their grips.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 11:43
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    NEO N64 Myth Flash Cart SPEC v2
    Manufacturer: NeoFlash
    Site: Buy from IC2005
    Price: $199.00
    reviewed by wraggster


    Overview : The Neo N64 Myth is a flash cart for your Nintendo 64 that lets you transfer games from your PC to a cart via USB. This features support for ROMs up to 512MB, all save types (it will even let you back up the saves on your PC), up to two games at the same time, and more.

    Features:
    • Support the N64 ROM size up to 512M
    • Support all save type perfectly included the flash save, not need the same save type N64 game cart to work together
    • Support 100% N64 games perfectly
    • Download games from PC to NEO2 cart directly via USB port
    • Upload/overwrite game save to PC via USB directly
    • Multi-CIC support, can use any N64 cart to boot Neo Myth on N64 console
    • Support Multi games, can download 2 games at the same time and swap the game via switch
    • Can select the N64 menu run from Neo2 game cart or N64 inner menu flash (under developing still)
    • Upgradeable! Support upgrade the N64 Myth cart CPLD logic core through the NDP upgrade kit

    A Little about the reviewer

    Ive been an emulation and homebrew fan for as many years as i can remember (since around 1996 i think) but nothing i repeat nothing is better than playing on the real hardware.

    Back in the Megadrive (Genesis) and SNES days i owned a Super Wild Card and a Super Double Pro fighter, both cost about 300 pounds and ill admit that it was a great way to play games that i would never have been able to afford or because of stupid region lockouts.

    So the day when Neoflash announced they were working on a Flash Cart for the Nintendo 64 called NEO Myth 64, i wanted one so badly, the chance to relive the best of the N64 and to play games I've never played was too much of a thrill to behold.

    Now i must point out that being a webmaster of a homebrew site makes me no expert, I'm just as clueless as most newcomers, i like websites and i like posting news, i like to know that if i need a certain release i should be able to find it on my sites (hopefully :P).

    Packaging: First off here's some screens of the N64 Flash Cart in and out its Packaging:

    Front Side View in Packaging



    Back Side view in Packaging



    The NEO N64 Myth cart



    Neo 2 Flash Cart - Which Holds SD Cards up to 8GB



    The Neo n64 Myth Cart and the Neo 2 Cart split apart



    The USB Lead



    You also get a Mini CD with a load of Drivers on for all Neo Products.

    Getting Started

    The N64 Flash Cart did come with a Mini CD of drivers but sadly there was no actual drivers for the N64 Flash Cart, so first off you need to head on over to Neoflash Forum to download the latest version of the software, once you've downloaded it (15MB) then click on to install to the directory it wants to, pretty straightforward for anyone.

    Clicking on the Neo 2 Ultra Menu Icon (look on your desktop or in new programs) will lead you onto a screen that looks like this:



    Now get your Neo Myth N64 Flash Cart and making sure that the cart that says 512M is inserted (or the Neo 2 Card with an SD Card inserted), connect the USB Lead to the Cart and Plug it into your Laptop or PC.

    It Should have no problems and automatically find drivers installed when you installed the software above, I had no problems using Windows Vista but with Windows XP Pro SP3 it wouldn't load the drivers properly, i did post a thread at Neoflash and was given instructions on how to fix this. (Try a different USB Lead it may be that)

    Adding ROMS, etc.

    Ok carrying on from the screenshot above if everything went ok you'll be able to start the juicy part, first off i did a quick format of the card, it took around 30 seconds to do, so no real biggie.

    Next on the list was to add ROMS to the Cart (Homebrew ROMS and Emulators can be found at links Below)

    Adding Roms is as easy as clicking the add ROM button and going to whereever your roms are, for some strange reason the cart/software at the moment only holds 2 ROMSbut i would think that will change in later versions of the firmware/software.

    Once you have added the ROMS you require then click on N64 Burn, depending on how big your ROMS are will depend on how long it takes to copy to the cart, give it a few minutes, it also verifies each burn.

    Now one thing to take into consideration is that if you have a USA N64, you will need a USA game plugged into the back of the N64 Myth Cart, If you have a Pal N64 youll need a Pal game plugged in.

    I have both a USA and UK (Pal) N64 and thankfully the Power supplies/TV Leads are universal so im able to swap at pleasure.

    Here's a pic of the Cart plugged into the N64



    Now for Homebrew roms you dont need anything else to boot them but say you want to boot one of the games that requires the Expansion Pack



    Games that need the Expansion Pack are the likes of Donkey Kong 64 and Zelda--The Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark, it also ups the resolution on many other games too.

    Onto the Gaming

    Ok you've burnt your games onto the Flash cart and you have the Flash Cart installed in the N64 with the correct region game in the back, now its time to turn on:







    It loads automatically into the game as you can see, if you did burn 2 games there's a little lever on the top of cart that you push over if you want the other ROM to load at the start before you turn the console on.

    Games I've Tested So Far

    Donkey Kong 64 - Perfect
    Star Wars Battle for Naboo - Perfect
    Diddy Kong Racing - Perfect
    GoldenEye 007 - Perfect
    Perfect Dark - Perfect
    PilotWings 64 - Perfect
    Killer Instinct - Perfect
    Star Wars Episode I - Racer - Perfect
    Stunt Racer 64 - Perfect
    Yoshi's Story - Perfect

    Over at Neoflash there's a more complete list of whats working and save issues etc.

    Conclusion : Today was one of them times when i was took back to the reasons i truly love the homebrew/Emulation scene. The Flash Cart seems easy to use, The adding of ROMS to the cart is as easy as they come so a big plus factor there, its a shame at this moment in time it only supports 2 ROMS, hopefully that's one thing that will be updated soon.

    Having no drivers and documentation on the CD will make it a little hard for newbies but i would think that most people that are going to buy this are the hardcore N64 fans of old.

    On the whole the ROMS it plays is great and if you have the expansion pack you can play just about every single N64 Game released and all homebrew and emulators too.

    The price for the Flash Cart is $199, so it will put a lot of people off but to retro collectors/major emulation fans it will be very worth it, if you owned one of the back up systems for the N64 this will be much more preferable as theirs no moving parts to break. Yes for that price you can buy a heck of a lot of the games but there's some genuine gems that are very hard to trace these days and the homebrew factor makes it worth it for me.

    My advice is to those who are tempted is go for it, the flash cart does what you really want it to and that's play Nintendo 64, a big thumbs up for Neoflash on this retro cart.

    I suppose like everything it depends how big a fan you are and what finances you have to spend on gadgets, for me it does what i want it to and its also seen the re-emergence of a Homebrew scene for the N64, we have already seen releases of ScummVM for the N64 and there's also SNES, NES, MSX, Master System/Game gear and Gameboy Emulators for the N64.

    Links of Interest
    Ic2005.com - Official Sellers of the NEO Myth 64 N64 flash cart and Neoflash Products.
    Neoflash Forum for all discussion regarding the flash cart.
    N64 Development forum at Neoflash.
    N64 Homebrew News and Emulation Site at DCEmu.
    Homebrew N64 Games at N64 Scener.
    Homebrew N64 Demos at N64 Scener.
    Icequake n64 Site

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:16
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    NEO N64 Myth Flash Cart SPEC v2
    Manufacturer: NeoFlash
    Site: Buy from IC2005
    Price: $199.00
    reviewed by wraggster


    Overview : The Neo N64 Myth is a flash cart for your Nintendo 64 that lets you transfer games from your PC to a cart via USB. This features support for ROMs up to 512MB, all save types (it will even let you back up the saves on your PC), up to two games at the same time, and more.

    Features:
    • Support the N64 ROM size up to 512M
    • Support all save type perfectly included the flash save, not need the same save type N64 game cart to work together
    • Support 100% N64 games perfectly
    • Download games from PC to NEO2 cart directly via USB port
    • Upload/overwrite game save to PC via USB directly
    • Multi-CIC support, can use any N64 cart to boot Neo Myth on N64 console
    • Support Multi games, can download 2 games at the same time and swap the game via switch
    • Can select the N64 menu run from Neo2 game cart or N64 inner menu flash (under developing still)
    • Upgradeable! Support upgrade the N64 Myth cart CPLD logic core through the NDP upgrade kit

    A Little about the reviewer

    Ive been an emulation and homebrew fan for as many years as i can remember (since around 1996 i think) but nothing i repeat nothing is better than playing on the real hardware.

    Back in the Megadrive (Genesis) and SNES days i owned a Super Wild Card and a Super Double Pro fighter, both cost about 300 pounds and ill admit that it was a great way to play games that i would never have been able to afford or because of stupid region lockouts.

    So the day when Neoflash announced they were working on a Flash Cart for the Nintendo 64 called NEO Myth 64, i wanted one so badly, the chance to relive the best of the N64 and to play games I've never played was too much of a thrill to behold.

    Now i must point out that being a webmaster of a homebrew site makes me no expert, I'm just as clueless as most newcomers, i like websites and i like posting news, i like to know that if i need a certain release i should be able to find it on my sites (hopefully :P).

    Packaging: First off here's some screens of the N64 Flash Cart in and out its Packaging:

    Front Side View in Packaging



    Back Side view in Packaging



    The NEO N64 Myth cart



    Neo 2 Flash Cart - Which Holds SD Cards up to 8GB



    The Neo n64 Myth Cart and the Neo 2 Cart split apart



    The USB Lead



    You also get a Mini CD with a load of Drivers on for all Neo Products.

    Getting Started

    The N64 Flash Cart did come with a Mini CD of drivers but sadly there was no actual drivers for the N64 Flash Cart, so first off you need to head on over to Neoflash Forum to download the latest version of the software, once you've downloaded it (15MB) then click on to install to the directory it wants to, pretty straightforward for anyone.

    Clicking on the Neo 2 Ultra Menu Icon (look on your desktop or in new programs) will lead you onto a screen that looks like this:



    Now get your Neo Myth N64 Flash Cart and making sure that the cart that says 512M is inserted (or the Neo 2 Card with an SD Card inserted), connect the USB Lead to the Cart and Plug it into your Laptop or PC.

    It Should have no problems and automatically find drivers installed when you installed the software above, I had no problems using Windows Vista but with Windows XP Pro SP3 it wouldn't load the drivers properly, i did post a thread at Neoflash and was given instructions on how to fix this. (Try a different USB Lead it may be that)

    Adding ROMS, etc.

    Ok carrying on from the screenshot above if everything went ok you'll be able to start the juicy part, first off i did a quick format of the card, it took around 30 seconds to do, so no real biggie.

    Next on the list was to add ROMS to the Cart (Homebrew ROMS and Emulators can be found at links Below)

    Adding Roms is as easy as clicking the add ROM button and going to whereever your roms are, for some strange reason the cart/software at the moment only holds 2 ROMSbut i would think that will change in later versions of the firmware/software.

    Once you have added the ROMS you require then click on N64 Burn, depending on how big your ROMS are will depend on how long it takes to copy to the cart, give it a few minutes, it also verifies each burn.

    Now one thing to take into consideration is that if you have a USA N64, you will need a USA game plugged into the back of the N64 Myth Cart, If you have a Pal N64 youll need a Pal game plugged in.

    I have both a USA and UK (Pal) N64 and thankfully the Power supplies/TV Leads are universal so im able to swap at pleasure.

    Here's a pic of the Cart plugged into the N64



    Now for Homebrew roms you dont need anything else to boot them but say you want to boot one of the games that requires the Expansion Pack



    Games that need the Expansion Pack are the likes of Donkey Kong 64 and Zelda--The Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark, it also ups the resolution on many other games too.

    Onto the Gaming

    Ok you've burnt your games onto the Flash cart and you have the Flash Cart installed in the N64 with the correct region game in the back, now its time to turn on:







    It loads automatically ...
    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'

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