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News from April 2000

Sunday, April 30th, 2000
More MAME Needed Soon Games
More additions to the MAME Needed Soon link on the ROM Files section. Check them out at the above link.

Final Day to Win $250!
You only have till midnight tonight (EST) to win this month's $250 buy.com shopping spree. If you want your picture listed with the last months' winners, you'd better play the Arcade Trivia today!

EMU+32 v0.36 Final Released
EMU+ is a great enhanced MAME. This release is the 32bit Windows version and is up to date with the MAME32 v0.36 source code. Download it from the EMU+ site.

New RomCenter Datafiles
If you're a RomCenter user, there are a bunch of new datafile releases including:
  • Genesis updated : 1462 games (J. Pablo Fernandez)
  • NeoRAGEx v0.6 (MAME ROMs) 132 games (Logiqx). Included last version of kof99 and garou (geoshock patch)
  • NeoRAGEx v0.6 (Recognized ROMs) 123 games (Logiqx)
  • System 16 : 35 games. (included games supported by the next system16 release: Outrun bootleg, Body Slam, Quartet, Wonder Boy III and After Burner) (Dr.Zero) New afterburner.gcs file included. This file allows system16 to load the zipped afterburner archive
  • Atari 800 xl : 795 games (Jan AxHell)
  • N64 only good dump : 134 games (Mickey_le_vrai)
  • Neogeo pocket color : 71 games (JJones)
You can download them from the above link.

Saturday, April 29th, 2000
Emuportal.com
If you haven't seen Emuportal, you should check it out. It's the first real (yahoo like) emulation search engine. I know there have been other search engines, but not as well laid out and with a backend database like this. Anyway, check it out at the above link.

Elian Gonzalez's Raft
Get a piece of history by purchasing the raft used by Elian Gonzalez in the infamous flight from Cuba to Miami. I'm sure this will land a high price and the new owner will make a lot of money from it. Check it out at the above link. Thanks to Exodus3D for the link.

Friday, April 28th, 2000
Hu-Go! v1.22 Released
Hu-Go! is a TurboGrafx 16 emulator for DOS and Linux. This release adds the following:
    This version features the brand new subtitle possibility. You'll be able to have your cd games with subtitle once the correct hcd done. I've also added a bit of speed and put a skin from top50 of the site power3d. The repeat flag for cd audio playing have been implemented with MP3 playback and I've added some features for developpers (satb viewer and some feature of the disassembler). Added scanline selection mode in the INI (no more only on command line) and I've put again the zip support in the fileselector but it's still a bit buggy... The accompagning rom have been changed to a bigger one that I've coded as an example for the HuC Pc Engine C Compiler. Graphics have been especially made for it by Pit.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME Needed Soon Updated
More additions to the "MAME Needed Soon" link in the ROM Files section. Check it out at the above link to download the goodies before MAME v0.37 beta 2 is released.

MameLang32+ v.37b1b Released
MameLang32+ gets another update, this time supporting Italian on top of already supporting Spanish, Portuguese (Br or Pt), Japanese, French, Korean and English. It also adds a new image library support for marquees (see the MameLang32 site for details). Other features of MameLang32+ are autofire, sound log, autozoom, category & version and EMU+ bonus games. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, April 27th, 2000
Genital v0.2 Released
Genital is a new Sega Genesis emulator for DOS. While it's only the second release, it's already quite good. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Corn v0.29 Released!
As promised, this excellent and fast Nintendo 64 emulator was updated to version 0.29. This version adds support for the following games:
  • Chameleon Twist (with sound)
  • Pawafuru Puroyakyu 4 (with sound)
  • Waverace 64 US (with sound)
  • Snowboard Kids (with sound)
  • Rush 2 (with sound)
  • Doom 64 (severe graphics glitches)
  • Milo's Astro Lanes (partially)
  • Wheel of fortune (partially)
  • Possibly others
Note that this release changes some of the core files, but the GUI is the same. Therefore, the version will still say v0.2 but the core I assure you is v0.29. Also, the archive on this site is the complete package, not just the upgraded files that most sites are offering. The author states: "A new engine needs to be implemented for compatibility. So I release this zipfile as the last version using Corn engine #2." Which means that v0.29 is the last version we'll see until he rewrites the engine to gain additional compatibility. Also note this from the author:
    However, GASP, Mace the dark age, Olympic hockey and W. Gretzky's 3D Hockey 98 no longer work with corn0.29. Within the frame of current engine, I cannot keep all of them run at the same time supporting new games. Hopefully this awkwardness can be solved with the new Corn engine.
Because of this, version 0.2 is still available for download. Anyway, enough with the chit-chat, go download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2000
Gens v0.5 Released
Gens is a Sega Genesis emulator for Windows. This version adds a ton on things including:
  • I've enterely rewrite the VDP IO code :
    • DMA transferts appears near perfect and a lot of games works now correctly ! (Warsong, Batman and Robin, Contra 4, Shining force 2 ...)
    • Improvement of Control Decoding. (Electronics Arts Intro finally fixed !)
    • Reads and Writes more accurate ...
    • Save state files (.gs*) has changed du to new VDP code and it could exist problems when load old save files.
  • I've fixed a bug in Starscream 68000 core :
    • Greendog, Samurais Shodow, Eternals Champions ... works correctly with Starscream.
    • little speed improvement.
  • SRAM finally fixed (file saved when change rom).
  • I've enterely rewrite controllers code (fix some mistakes).
  • Stupid bug in window plan (miss a pixel on the right) fixed.
  • Little change in timing : Landstaker blank line fixed, Outrun back working with my 68000 core, ...
  • Messages infos added.
  • Show FPS added.
  • I've finally add an icon for Gens (Thanks to all people that send me an icon :)
  • Shortcuts has changed (readme.txt).
  • Some others things added or fixed ...
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME Needed Soon
Check out the "MAME Needed Soon" link in the ROM Files section for some goodies that you'll probably need for the next MAME release (which should be out soon). Check it out at the above link.

Nemu64.INI v2.4
Spinal has released another new INI file for Nemu64 (a Nintendo 64 emulator). This version adds a new playable game: Starshot. Also, additional games are listed. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2000
Sample Site Design
What do you do on a VERY slow couple of emulation news days? Well, work on something you've been meaning to do for some time of course. For me, it meant working on a slight redesign of the site to remove frames. Like it or not, Arcade@Home is going frameless in the coming weeks. Check out a sample at the above link. If you want to discuss the new design or tell me your thoughts, visit the Message Boards.

Brian's Coin-Op History Archive
A good "cyber friend" of mine Brian Deuel now has a new domain name for his Coin-Op History Archive site. The new URL is http://www.arcadehistory.com, don't forget to update or add it to your bookmarks.

Monday, April 24th, 2000
NESten v0.6 Beta Final Released
NESten is a NES emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Please delete the old version of NESten before installing this version, or you will have a lot of the mappers double up... Thy hast been warned!
  • Thanks to the efforts of Kevin Horton, NESten now has a palette generated from an actual formula... This means you can set the hue and tint to your own custom feeling :)
  • Added two new .PAL files, KHorton.pal & k0rn.pal
  • Fixed a PPU bug causing NESten to GPF (now Time Lord/Vice works)
  • Fixed another PPU bug, causing gfx corruption (now Kirby & TMNT work)
  • Fixed the problems with SRAM for the last time?
  • Fixed a bug in the DMC channel even Microsoft would be proud of...
  • Eliminated the "extra" triangle sound in some games (SMB1)
  • Added some stuff to the rom loading dialog.
  • Added Next/Prev to NSF player.
  • Minor speed improvements.
  • Thanks to Jabo for help with improving several Konami Mapper IRQ's
  • A lot of new mappers added thanks to Quietust.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAMED v0.37 Beta 1 Released
MAME for the Kodak DC220, DC260, DC265, DC290, Minolta Dimage 1500 EX & HP C500 Photosmart has been updated to the latest MAME build (v0.37 beta 1). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Going like Gangbusters
The last week has seen a big jump in visitors over the previous week. Several things are to be credited, but mostly a warm thanks goes out to uzplayer and his crew for driving traffic to Arcade@Home. Thank you uzplayer!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2000
MAME HISCORE.DAT v3.0
The high score data file for MAME has been updated to version 3.0. This version includes 233 newly supported games for a total of 477. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

1 Week Left to Win $250!
There's only one week left to win this months $250 buy.com shopping spree. You think you know video games? You want your picture listed with the winners? Then you'd better play the Arcade Trivia. What else are you going to do on these slow emulation days?

Saturday, April 22nd, 2000
DreamNES v2000b1 Released
DreamNES is a NES emulator for Windows. This version adds the following:
  • Mapper 19 Extended Sound Channel added!!Cool!
  • Fixed some sound bugs
  • Fixed a small mirroring bug in Mapper 23
  • Added Mapper 6 support.Many games work perfectly
  • Added Mapper 246 support.FengShenBang works perfectly
  • Added partial Mapper 80 support.Have mirroring bug.
  • Added partial Mapper 240 support.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Also, the author is going in for an operation next Tuesday, wish him the best of luck.

NeoSMS v0.2.15 Beta Released
NeoSMS gets another updated today. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed a VDP status register bug
  • Fixed bug in 16bit (555) renderer
  • Fixed crash when resetting with no cart
  • Rewrote VDP register/port handling
  • Added keyboard handling written by ATani (Fixes NT4 issues)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Friday, April 21st, 2000
Retrogaming Times Issue #32
Retrogaming Times is an on-line classic gaming newsletter. The highlights this issue are:
  • Fred Wagaman reviews the PhillyClassic Convention!
  • Alan Hewston gives us another installment of Eyeball Benders!
  • Ryan Harrison finishes up his look at Classic Canadian Carts!
  • Reviews of Bubbles and Front Line!
  • A whole lot more!
Check it out at the above link.

NeoSMS v0.2.13 Beta Released
NeoSMS is a Sega GameGear/SMS emulator for Windows. This version adds the following:
  • DirectX3/NT4 Support
  • Changed sound sample rate from 48k to 22.5k
  • Fixed 16bit (555) mode
  • Added 24bit renderer
  • Added support for two joypads
  • NT4 Support! (Now you can play games at work!)
  • 16bit Support bugfix. NeoSMS now works on 555 and 565 modes.
  • 24bit Support. I believe this is mainly for 3dfx cards.
  • 22.5k sound is now the default. It used to be 48k which caused problems with some cards.
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Thursday, April 20th, 2000
Nemu64.INI v2.3
Spinal has yet again released a new INI file for Nemu64 (a Nintendo 64 emulator). This version adds two new playable games (Iggy's Reckin' Balls & MK_MYTHOLOGIES) as well as more listed games. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section. Thanks to Lost Soul for the news.

No Idea! Comic #2
More emulation/gaming comics today. This one from my beautiful graphic designer Exodus3D and Protocat from LeakedBetas (but I believe he quit that scene). If you haven't been following the REIROM story, he's a really annoying guy who thinks he's God's gift to emulation. Anyway, check it out at the above link.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2000
Ghostz Comic Strip
Ghostz is a cool comic strip. The stars are the ghosts from Pac-Man. And here's something original, it's actually funny. Check it out at the above link. Thanks to ThatGuy for the link.

VisualBoy v1.4.1 Released
VisualBoy is an excellent GameBoy emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Window mode is supported now as well as full screen (window mode is only supported in 16-bit mode)
  • Frame skip settings to improve speed on slower machines
  • Speed synchronization is now improved and sound should be cleaner now
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

ClrMamePro v1.4 Released
ClrMamePro is a MAME ROM manager that also can be used to manage ROMs for other systems. This release adds the following:
  • misc: added some folders to the archive...so you can clean up your cmpro folder :o) Only zip32.dll, cmpro.exe, _last.cmp and cmpro.txt should be the only files (beside the new folders) in your cmpro folder...you should put fastscans, datfiles, cache data to the new dirs. ! THE DEFAULT BACKUPPATH WAS RENAMED !
  • misc: emulator binary isn't needed anymore if CMPro already cached the data from this binary
  • misc: 'fix missing' will be called even if a rom checksum is wrong not only when a rom is missing
  • misc: all FolderBrowser are initialized with the last used folder
  • misc: internal data will now be stored in 'cache' folder.
  • fixed: gui bugs
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2000
Raine v0.28g Games
If you're looking for Raine v0.28g games, look no further than the ROM Files section. ENJOY IT NOW!!!

18 Million Visitors
Broke through the 18 million visitor mark today. Thanks go out to my regular visitors and the new ones that are soon to become regular visitors =) I've got some good things in store in the next few weeks. Things you'll really enjoy. Also, just a note that emulationworld.com (who hosts many emulation sites) has been having a problem staying up today. If you're hosted there and looking for a change for the better, e-mail me and I'll fix you up.

Geoshock Reviews
Geoshock's review sections is now fully online again! This lets you read reviews of many NeoGeo games as well screen shots or graphics from each game. Very nice. Check it out at the Geoshock's site (there are other goodies there as well =).

Monday, April 17th, 2000
Nemu64 INI v2.2Released
Spinal has released version 2.2 of his Nemu64.INI file. This release adds 2 more playable games (Elmo's Letter Adventure & Elmo's Number Journey) and WCW MAYHEM is almost playable. It also includes the usual additional listed games. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

AGES v0.18b Released
AGES is a Sega Genesis 32X emulator for Windows. "Many games that had glitchy graphics are now better. (Doom, Brutal, Knuckles Chaotix, etc...) Doom is now fully playable (no more freezing). T-Mek works again. Cosmic Carnage is still not back to working. I will have to look into it furter." Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Setback for EmuDX
GreyBrain was going to write an Asteroids driver for EmuDX to give Asteroids a face lift by the talents of Mike Green and his EmuDX. However, it was discovered that GheyBrain doesn't know what "10 GOTO 10" does. When asked for a comment, GreyBrain said "where's sav". Anyway, AsteroidsDX is on hold till someone more competent can take over the come to find out unstarted project.

Exodus3D Gets a New URL
Exodus3D (hosted right here at Arcade@Home) gets her own domain name thanks to Dutch from Retrogames. Change your bookmarks and check out her site at the above link. Yes, some girls get into gaming and emulation.

PS2 Slapped with Export Controls
The Sony Playstation 2 (PS2) has sold like hotcakes in Japan. And Sony was planning to start exporting them to other countries shortly. However, Japan has slapped export controls on the console because of its power and ability to be used as the brain of a missile. This isn't so far fetched either, considering "a Japanese radar and communications devices for civilian use were discovered in a North Korean submarine sunk by the South Korean military in December 1998." Sony makes a mint off their Playstation line and I'm sure they'll try to fight it. This is yet the latest blow to the PS2 which has seen many other problems with its Japanese introduction. Read the above story for all the news. Thanks to Magnet Eye and Jeff for the news.

Sunday, April 16th, 2000
Nemu64 INI v2.1 Released
Spinal has released version 2.1 of his Nemu64.INI file. This release adds 2 more playable games (Bust A Move 2 & NITRO64) and added additional games to the list. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Xmame v0.37 Beta 1.2
Xmame, the X11/Unix port of MAME, has been updated to version 0.37 beta 1.2. This release adds MESS support back in as well as fixes a few problems. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Triceratops Tastes Like Turkey
Okay, this is totally unrelated to emulation, but I liked it nonetheless. It seems that the Turkey is almost an exact match for the Triceratops. If you've ever seen a turkey, you'd know they are one dumb animal. Anyway, check out the above link for the complete story.

Saturday, April 15th, 2000
Vortendo v1.0PC Released
Vortendo is a NES emulator written in VisualBasic 6.0 (yet it's still fairly fast). The PC stands for Psycho Circus in honor of the author seeing KISS in concert one year ago today. Interesting to say the least. Anyway, this version adds the following:
    I fixed a lot of bugs, and finally has added support for multiple cpu cores, yes, that's right... Multiple CPU cores : Don Jarrets and Alfredo Gil, are now supported, but i'm also working, in my own cpu core : Cream, which probably will be ready sometime in this year..
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

AGES v0.18a Released
Another working Sega 32X has been released. This time it's AGES for Windows v0.18a. The "Getting Started" section of the manual reads:
    Use Ucon or other program to convert all of your 32X ROMs to BINARY format. Then rename their extensions to ".32X". Download the 3 32X BIOSes. They should be named "32X_M_BIOS.BIN" (2048 bytes), "32X_S_BIOS.BIN" (1024 bytes), and "32X_G_BIOS.BIN" (256 bytes).
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MESS v0.37 beta 1 Released
MESS has been updated to version 0.37 beta 1 to match the latest DOS MAME build. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

EMU+ v0.36 Final Released
While v0.37 beta 1 of EMU+ has already been released, a little back-tracking was done to make the final release of EMU+ v0.36 available. I hear a new version of EMU+ Win32 is also being worked on, stay tuned. Download it the EMU+ site at the above link.

Friday, April 14th, 2000
Armor Battle Simulator
MADrigal has released his 10 handhend simulator today with the release of Armor Battle (Mattel). You can check out a screen shot here. Download it form MADrigal's site at the above link.

MameLang32 v0.37 Beta 1b Released
MameLang32 was updated to v0.37 beta 1b. MameLang32 is a multi-language (English, Spanish, Japonese, Portuguese, French & Korean) version of MAME32. This upgrade fixes the folder icon, fields repetition bugs, and the Version & Category information is now 100% completed. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, April 13th, 2000
FCE Ultra v0.20 Released
FCE Ultra for DOS was updated to version 0.20. This release adds the following:
  • Mappers 40, 41, 73, and 75 added.
  • Mappers 21, 22, 25, 65, 71, and 85 improved.
  • Sound emulation code completely rewritten. Everything is working very well except for the PCM channel and frequency sweeps(disabled) on the pulse channels.
  • Extra sound hardware on the VRC7(mapper 85) is now emulated via the OPL2/Adlib. Thanks to Kevin Horton for the VRC7 sound information.
  • Added code to "emulate" the colors of an NTSC TV via user-supplied tint and hue values. Thanks to Kevin Horton for the sample QBasic code.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MacMAME v.37b1 Released
The Mac version of MAME is now in sync with the DOS 0.37 beta 1 build. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Didn't post this yesterday because I was too involved playing RealLife. It's cool, you should try it out sometime =)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2000
People Really Do Win
To show that people really do win playing the Arcade Trivia Game I've updated the winners page to include info on the latest two winners from last month. Check it out at the above link and don't forget the more you play, the better your chances are to win.

EMU+ v0.37 Beta 1 Released
EMU+ is a great enhanced version of MAME. This release brings it up to date with the latest MAME source code. There are 3 versions available (depending on your CPU). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Pretendo v0.10 Released
Pretendo is one year old and to celebrate released a new version. This revision includes a huge list of changes, read them here. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2000
Bunch of MAME WIP News
The MAMEWIP (Work in Progress) page has been updated with new developments over the past few days:
  • April 6th: Zsolt Vasvari adjusted Space Chaser sound frequencies.
  • April 7th: Aaron Giles fixed some C 68k core problems.
  • April 8th: Zsolt Vasvari fixed a bug in the SN76477 emulator and got the explosion sound working in Space Chaser.
  • April 9th: Bryan McPhail fixed quite a few graphics problems and cleaned up Led Storm / Mad Gear, Dark Seal, Pocket Gal, Caveman Ninja and dec8 drivers. Aaron Giles updated the MCR drivers to have correct sprite rendering. Phil Stroffolino added NATO Defense to the Thief driver.
      NATO Defense - [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
  • April 10th: Aaron Giles sent in a driver for Pipe Dream.
      Pipe Dream - [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]
  • April 11th: Nicola Salmoria wrote a driver for Great Championship Tail to Nose.
      Great Championship Tail to Nose - [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]
Check out screen shots of the newly supported games at the above links.

REIROM Interviewed
LOL,.DUDES Normally, I don't report on interviews, but this one was extra special. REIROM was interviewed by snrkaway of Zantetsuken. REIROM doesn't get that the interview's a joke on him till about half way through it. Anyway, you can read the interview at the above link. ENJOY IT NOW!!!1 Also, check out REIROM's excellent site ENJOY IT HERE (worth the wait).

MameLang32 v0.37 beta 1a Released
This is an updated version of the multi-language MAME32. Category information was updated, and some minor bugs were fixed. Also, Italian translation seems to be close, it could make it by the next beta release. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Raine v0.28g Released!
Yea, I know, it was supposed to be discontinued, but Richard Mitton took the latest source and made some changes:
  • Fixed bugs
  • Uses latest seal and allegro (adds sound on PCI soundcards)
I'm not sure if it was intended to be a public release, but its become public now (it's being posted everywhere). Download it from the Arcade Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Monday, April 10th, 2000
Vegas v0.92 Released
Vegas is a Genesis/32X emulator for Windows. This is the second release of the first working 32X emulator and it includes the following enhancements:
  • Fixed a stupid typo in interrupt clearing. A whole bunch of 32X games now work.
  • Small change to FM sound. Not sure, but possible improvement to some games.
  • Improved SH2 speed (5 to 10fps increase on my system)
  • Fixed SH2 Word writes. Fixes a lot of graphic glitches and some 32X games run better.
  • Fixed some bank switching. More 32X games work!
  • Simplified FM timers. Strider 2 and Grind Stormer (among others) now play music.
  • I accidentally deleted a line before the 0.9 release. It’s been replaced. Red Zone and Subterrania now work again.
  • Fixed window split. Dragonball Z looks better now.
  • Optimized BGA rendering.
  • Fixed a typo when reading 32X interrupt flags. Didn’t affect any games.
  • Found another stupid typo in the PWM flags. Toughman 32X runs further.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sub Chase Simulator
MADrigal has created yet another hand held simulator (his ninth). Sub Chase (Mattel Electronics, 1978, LED display) can be downloaded from the above link and a screen shot is available here.

DreamNES v2.0 Released
I almost had this updated last night, but I seriously fell asleep while trying to download this NES emulator for Windows (2k/sec on a T3 connection [ouch]). Anyway, This release adds the following:
  • Fixed a big bug of Noise channel.Sound much better!
  • Better Mapper #17 Support.Some mirror bugs remain.
  • Mapper #16 IRQ Timing Fixed.Dragon Ball Z Series works perfectly.
  • Mapper #21 IRQ Timing Fixed.Wai Wai World 2 works perfectly
  • Mapper #23 IRQ Timing Fixed.Boku Dracula Kun works,some graphic bugs ramin.
  • Added Mapper #10 Support for Fire Emblem Gaiden(VERY SLOW!)
  • Added Mapper #225 Support.72 in 1 cart works perfectly!
  • Added Mapper #160(private) Support.Aladdin runs
  • Added Mapper #69 Support.Batman:Return of the Joker works perfectly
  • Added Black/White Screen Mode!
  • Added Realtime IRQ adjust function(NumPad+/-).Fix graphic bug by yourself!
Download it from the Console Emulation section at T3 speed instead of 28.8 modem speed.

Sunday, April 9th, 2000
Corn v0.2 Released!
Corn is a very fast Nintendo 64 emulator for Windows. This version adds the following
  • GUI
  • Graphic engine improvement
  • Speed improvement
  • Better compatibility and ini file support
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

RockNES X v1.050 Released
Not to be outdone by the DOS version, the Windows version of RockNES also gets an updated. This release adds the following:
  • All the emulation related changes in the rocknes 1.05 (dos) release
  • Minor speed improvements in the rendering engine
  • High color and True Color modes support (16, 24, 32 bits)
    • if supported by hardware, the stretched mode uses pixel interpolation... on a Viper 770 it looks just great!
    • in newer video cards (like Viper770), the 16-bit mode is faster than the 8-bit mode
  • 2 players support (thanks!)
  • The keys are now configurable
  • now the configurations are saved when are editing them, not only when you close the RockNES X
  • the savestate format changed (because of the new CPU core)
  • Better sound output
  • New keyboard controls
  • Now the GUI supports files with any extension
  • GUI bug fixes
  • General code optimization
  • Minor bug fixes
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

RockNES v1.052 Released
RockNES is a NES emulator for DOS. This version adds the following:
  • Rebuilt startup/shutdown sequence and GUI handling;
  • Crappy mirroring fix for mapper #70 (Arkanoid2 and Kamen Rider Club ok);
  • Added image size checking (it compares the real size with the header spec);
  • Added mapper #230 (22-in-1/Contra, working);
  • Fixed mapper #227 (1200in1 cart works, still partial);
  • Fixed trainer support (battery loading related);
  • Fixed a couple of non-emulation bugs to avoid memory problems/crashing;
  • Fixed screenshot (disabled when no game loaded);
  • Final (and better) save state format;
  • GUI color changed to a soft green;
  • More changes and general bug fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

XMAME v0.37 Beta 1.1 Released
The X11/Unix port of MAME has been updated to the latest DOS source code. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MameLang32 Supports Korean
MameLang32 (multi-language version of MAME32) has been updated to now support Korean. This is on top of already supporting English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese & French. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Back from Disney World
I've been at Disney World for the last week and I just got back late last night. It was 88 when I left Florida and 32 when I arrived back in Ohio. I probably looked funny wearing shorts =) Anyway, updates to follow...

Saturday, April 8th, 2000
CatVer.ini v0.37 Beta 1
The category and version ini file for Arcade@Home, MameLang32, and other products has been updated by Xavier to include the latest v0.37 beta 1 changes. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

MameLang32 v0.37 Beta 1
MameLang32 (multi-language version of MAME32) has been updated to v0.37 beta 1. This release supports English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and now French also. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Friday, April 7th, 2000
More MAME WIP News
The MAMEWIP (Work in Progress) page has been updated with new developments over the past few days:
  • April 4th: Karl Stenerud fixed a 6280 disassembler bug and he fixed the longstanding bug in C 68k core which caused Hippodrome to crash. Nicola Salmoria added Karate Blazers and Spinal Breakers to the Aero Fighters driver.
      Karate Blazers - [ 1 | 2 ]
      Spinal Breakers - [ 1 | 2 ]

  • April 5th: Brad Oliver updated the high score and history functions to use the OSD file routines correctly. Jürgen Buchmüller fixed all data types to be typedef'd. Zsolt Vasvari added cocktail mode support and some SN76477 sound support to Space Chaser.
Check out screen shots of the newly supported games at the above links.

PCE v0.02 Released
Only days after the final release of D-BOY, Boukichi has released v0.02 of his new emulator: PCE (a TurboGrafx 16 emulator for DOS). Reports are that it already emulates the TurboGrafx 16 fairly well. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

Gens v0.4 Released
Gens for Windows has been updated to v0.4. This release adds the following:
  • Gens configuration saved in file ! (finally) (You can specify your own file name for special configuration)
  • SRAM fixed and entierely implemented (saved in file)
  • Mouse cursor now hidden in Full-Screen then you must use the right mouse button to access at popup menu !
  • Perfect recovering of sound after 'load state' (only with MZ80 core) Saves files are now bigger, but there are compatible with old format.
  • DAC (few) noises fixed
  • Some little bugs with VDP DMA fixed Others bugs fixed ...
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Unofficial MAME32 v0.37 Beta 1
P2L97 has updated his unofficial MAME32 with auto fire to version 0.37 beta 1. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAME K6 & I686 v0.37 Beta 1
The K6 and I686 compiles of MAME v0.37 beta 1 have been released. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Thursday, April 6th, 2000
Leaked Betas
Here's an interesting site to check out when traditional emulation news gets slow. Today's Leaked Betas' news is something about a meow translation, corndogs, and someone's Porsche. I don't understand any of it, but it's interesting none the less. Check it out at the above link.

MAME v0.37 Beta 1 Released!
MAME v0.37 beta 1 has been released. New games include:
  • Air Duel [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Pound for Pound [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Rabio Lepus / Rabbit Punch [Aaron Giles]
  • Super Volleyball [Aaron Giles]
  • Funky Fish [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Mr. Jong / Crazy Blocks [Takahiro Nogi]
  • Karate Blazers [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Spinal Breakers [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Thundercade [Luca Elia]
  • Twin Eagle [Luca Elia]
  • DownTown [Luca Elia]
  • U.S. Classic [Luca Elia]
  • Arbalester [Luca Elia]
  • Meta Fox [Luca Elia]
  • Zing Zing Zip [Luca Elia]
  • War of Aero [Luca Elia]
Read the complete list of changes here. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news and the file.

MESS Updates
MESS v0.36 for Windows and the Mac have been released. Download them from the Console Emulation section.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2000
ClrMamePro v1.3 Released
ClrMamePro is a ROM manager for MAME and many other emulators. This release includes a new parser engine which includes (GUI changes, internal MESS support, easy implementation of future engines, source cleanup and some profile related issues). Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Penguin Land Simulator
MADrigal has released his 8th simulator, Penguin Land (Bandai 2-players tabletop). Check out a screen shot of the game here. The game is available from MADrigal's site at the above link.

Vegas v0.9 Released
Vegas is the first functional Sega Genesis 32X emulator. You'll need a 32X BIOS image, that you should be able to find on the net. A compatibility list can be found here. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Retrogames for the file.

Reality Boy v0.7 Beta Released
Reality Boy is a Nintendo Virtual Boy emulator and has been updated to version 0.7 beta. This release is mostly a bug fix, but also adds support for Panic Bomber (with the -fixpal command line switch). The source code is also now available. Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to VGN for the news.

AdriPSX v00.04.05 Released
The DOS version of this PSX emulator gets another update. This version adds the following:
  • Small update : Great improvements on GTE
  • Added a simple message output box for user mode
  • Corrected two optimizations
  • Fixed some ugly bugs that appeared during last release
  • This ISN'T the XA Audio release yet
  • Look at CURRENT STATUS section to learn more about this release
Download it from the Playstation PSX section.

D-BOY v0.58 Final Released
D-BOY is a GameBoy emulator for DOS. D-BOY v0.58 Final is the last release of D-BOY, the author is no longer going to updating it. Download the final release of D-BOY from the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2000
DreamNES v1.9 Released
DreamNES (a NES emulator for Windows) has been updated to version 1.9. This release adds the following:
  • Added Mapper 91 support.Street Fighter 3 works(lacks IRQ support...)
  • Added Mapper 248,Bao Qing Tian works perfectly.
  • Added Mapper 241,Edu_(C) works perfectly.
  • Added Mapper 112,Hwang Di works perfectly.
  • Added basically Mapper 115 support for Yuu yu hasho
  • Added Mapper 71(Camerica),some 4 in 1 carts run.
  • Added Mapper 41,Caltron/Materix 6 in 1 works perfectly
Download it from the Console Emulation section. Thanks to Bloke for the news.

MameLang32 v0.36 Updated
NanoMicroMan is back from his honeymoon and has compiled his MameLang32 with auto fire and version/category information to the latest MAME32 source. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Free Dreamcast
Okay, so there's a catch (isn't there always?). Sega will be introducing their SegaNet internet service in the coming days and will offer a $200 rebate for those that sign up (the same cost as a Dreamcast). While there are currently no net capable Dreamcast games, that will change soon I'd bet. Read the full story at the above link. Thanks to Jean-Michel Decombe for the news.

MESS v0.36 Released
MESS for DOS has been updated to v0.36 final. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAME WIP Update
The MAMEWIP (Work in Progress) page has been updated with new developments over the past few days:
  • April 2nd: Aaron Giles added Super Volleyball to the Rabbit Punch driver.
      Super Volleyball - [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

  • April 3rd: Tormod Tjaberg added correct dipswitches to R-Type 2. Luca Elia fixed Berlin Wall sound, added Breaker to the Kaneko16 driver and sent in a Seta driver with support for Twin Eagle, DownTown, Arbalester, Meta Fox, Zing Zing Zip and War of Aero. Zsolt Vasvari fixed Lupin III colors.
      Twin Eagle - [ 1 | 2 ]
      War of Aero - [ 1 | 2 ]
      Breaker - [ 1 ]
Check out screen shots of the newly supported games at the above links.

New Nemu64.INI File Released
Don't be fooled by the version number game. While some people are releasing ini files with higher version numbers, they're inferior. The latest version from Myzar is v1.4.2 which is available from the Nintendo 64 section under the Nemu64 FAQ & Utils section.

MagicEngine v0.9.7 Beta 1
MagicEngine Emulator is a TurboGrafx16 emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • improved CD-ROM support, there should be less "disk-error" messages now.
  • fixed a bug that sometimes happened when loading/saving a CD game state file.
  • enhanced Magic System compatibility.
  • fixed a bug in the sound noise emulation.
  • added more save state files when using a System Card, now there are four files available for each CD game.
  • better backup RAM management, it should be possible to save in all the games now.
  • added support for gzipped ROMs (.gz) - ZIP support coming soon.
  • better sound support for PCI sound card, DMA delay is now auto-initialized correctly.
  • fixed a bug in the sound options, 'frequency', 'stereo', and '16-bit' options should now work on all the sound cards.
  • added a new option in the PCE.INI file: 'compress_state_file', to enable/disable state file compression.
  • fixed a bug when saving the player configuration file: PCE.CFG, the config is now saved in all the cases.
  • re-implemented support for the old GAMES.DAT archive format used in previous versions of Magic Engine.
Remember, MagicEmulator is NOT free. You can download it from the Console Emulation section, but for the full version you must purchase it for $16US from their home page.

Monday, April 3rd, 2000
Opi Joins Geoshock
Opi has left Emulation Camp and has joined Geoshock hosted right here at Arcade@Home. Opi is highly respected as an excellent news poster. Visit Geoshock and give him a warm welcome.

MacMAME v0.36a Released
A small update of MacMAME was released. This version fixes a problem where MacMAME would crash if the 'hiscore.dat' file was converted to Mac line-endings (e.g. by Stuffit Expander). Download it from the Console Emulation section.

RockNES v1.051 Released
RockNES (the most frequently updated NES emulator for DOS) got another updated. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed mapper #41 (Caltron 6-in-1 works fine);
  • Added mirroring control to mapper #33 (not sure if correct, game Insector X seems to look better);
  • Fixed minor GUI glitches.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

MAMED v0.36 RC2 Released
MAMED (the Digita digital camera MAME emulator) has been updated to version 0.36 rc2. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Generator32 v0.13b Released
Generator32 is a Windows port of the Genesis emulator. This release adds the following:
  • Preliminary FM Sound support
  • Autodetect color depth (and 555,565)
  • New Version of mz80 being used (3.4)
  • PSG Support added - Uses WaveOut by default, can use MIDIout
  • A few new bugs to fix, Simple VDP mode is one of them
  • "Standard" VDP mode is the default (line renderer)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2000
Message Boards
Just a reminder that we have many message boards available to you. Just select the Message Board link to the left, then select any of the message boards that interest you. I've read some leaked meeting logs that say I should remind everyone of the message boards from time to time because they generate revenue. Don't think about it, just do it.

Arcade Trivia Winners Selected
The winners to this month's Arcade Trivia Game have been selected. The grand prize winner of a $250 buy.com shopping spree was John Mesa from Gainesville, FL. The second prize winner of a Capcom Coin-Op Classics CD was Mark Bernard. People really do win, but you can't if you don't play. Try your hand at the Arcade Trivia Game for your chance of winning a $250 shopping spree to be given away at the end of each month. Remember, you can play as often as you like to increase your chances of winning.

Gens v0.39 Released
Gens is a Genesis emulator for Windows. This release adds the following:
  • Joystick support added ! (directx 5.0 needed)
  • Interlaced VDP mode added ! (can play at sonic in split mode but only with my 68000 core)
  • Fixed (again) auto-detection for some others country ...
  • Fixed H-Blank status in VDP
  • Some others few bugs fixed (Alt-Tab key, ...)
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Hu-Go! v1.21 Released
Hu-Go! is a TurboGrafx 16 emulator for DOS and Linux. This version adds the following:
  • The linux installation is a bit improved, as well as eagle and scanline modes (you know it was bad centered).
  • I've also added a correct scanline mode screenshot feature.
  • Now, even in "no bios" mode you'll have sound with isos and cds.
  • The sources are more modular and really begin to be usable for ports.
  • I've also added a buffered cd reading which may allow faster cd access and less cd playing glitches (faster cd access have been proved but not yet cd playing glitches).
  • Some little improvements in development infos have been done.
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Saturday, April 1st, 2000
AMAME/PMAME v0.36
Rodimus Prime has released his AMAME and PMAME compiles of MAME v0.36. He was out of town and couldn't do it till today. Download them from the M.A.M.E. section.

Happy Birthday GeekNews!
GeekNews is a really cool site with really cool news for geeks (yea, like you, admit it). If you haven't checked them out before, what are you waiting for? Wish them a happy birthday also.

Welcome Back Geoshock!
After about a month of downtime, Geoshock has returned! You know what you want, now go get it. =)

Happy 2nd Birthday Retrogames
I'd like to wish Retrogames a happy 2nd birthday. To celebrate his 2nd birthday, atila has gone totally religious on us and changed the site name to Retrojesus. I don't quite understand the new format, but I never really did understand a site that talks mostly about Dreamcast, PSX, and porn, but is called Retrogames. Anyway, check it out, at the above link, it's definitely interesting.




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