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News from March 2001

Saturday, March 31st, 2001
StretchMame32 beta6 Updated
The beta6 release of StretchMame32 was released in it's usual fashion, to a message board. If you don't know what StretchMame32 is, crawl out from under that rock you're living under and download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Nebula v1.0 Released
A new CPS-2 emulator was released! It's called Nebula and it seems really good. After just about going blind trying to read the home page it was quite a treat to use the emulator. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CPS2mame32 Released
Yet another way to play CPS-2 games! CPS2mame32 is now available from the Arcade Emulators section.

Friday, March 30th, 2001
[email protected] Update
The next release of [email protected] still isn't quite ready yet. Many new features were added this week including storing a list of bad ROM sets from session to session, optimized verify ROM reports, etc. A few things need to be cleaned up and then it will be ready to go. It's taking a little longer than I wanted, but I've also added more new features than I planned. I can't guarantee a release date, but it should be very soon.

Xmame v0.37b13.1 Updated
The Unix version of MAME was updated to v0.37 beta 13.1. It will be available for download on the M.A.M.E. section once the server is finished downloading it from the official site (which is ultra slow).

SMYNES v1.20 Updated
The $15 Nintendo NES emulator for Windows was updated to version 1.20. Here's what's new:
  • Supported the Mapper 5.
  • Supported the Mapper 96 and tablet.
  • Supported the Mapper 188.
  • Fixed the Mapper 1 problem.
  • Fixed the Mapper 40 real-time saving problem.
  • Fixed the CPU bugs.
  • Improved the fullscreen running speed in some video cards.
  • Supported the PCM IRQ.
  • Supported the Mother of Japanese version.
  • Fixed the sprite hit problem.
  • Fixed a minor VBlank & NMI problem.
  • Improved the speed of fullscreen <-> windows mode switching.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Thursday, March 29th, 2001
CPS2mame Updated
Along with a new CPS-2 release comes a new version of CPS2mame to support X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (USA). Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CPS-2: X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
Another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (USA). Here's the decryption table:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

StretchMame32 beta5 Released
StretchMame32 was updated again to a beta5 release of v0.37b13. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

AdvanceMAME v0.37b13 Released
The unofficial version of MAME, AdvanceMAME, was updated to version 0.37b13.0. Here's what's new:
  • Solved the throttle problem when the sound is disabled
  • Linked with the correct SEAL library. This solve the problem with some PCI Sound Blaster
  • Some change at the F5 command (generate video mode) of the `mv' utility
Because many may not know all the advantages of AdvanceMAME, here's a summery of the main features:
  • Possibility for the user to create new VGA/VBE tweaked video modes with any size and frequencies.
  • A lot of video boards supported
  • Video image stretching by fractional factors, for example to play vertical games like PacMan with horizontal and fixed low resolution Monitors or TVs.
  • Special video effects to improve the image quality in stretching like blur filter, merge with mean and merge with max lighting.
  • Rotation supported also at blit level for playing games that don't rotate correctly, for example all NeoGeos on vertical monitors.
  • Change of the video mode at runtime.
  • Automatic exit after some time of inactivity.
  • Various utilities to help the configuration process and the use with Arcade Cabinets.
Download the latest AdvanceMAME from the M.A.M.E. section.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2001
StretchMame32 beta4 Released
The unofficial StretchMame32 was updated to beta4 release of v0.37b13. This version adds light scanlines mode to MMX renderer which shows 50% scanlines. To avoid waiting a month for the file to download from the home page, you can download it here from the M.A.M.E. section.

G-NES v0.500 (Jpn) Released
The Nintendo NES emulator G-NES was updated to v0.500 (Japanese version only). Download it from the Console Emulators section.

MAME WIP 27th & 28th
MAME WIP news for March 27th and the 28th:
  • March 28th 2001: Nicola Salmoria fixed a drawgfx.c bug that caused missing sprites in CVS games. Lawrence Gold changed some function definitions in the screenshot routines. Panther fixed a bug with the handling of -romdir switch.
  • March 27th 2001: Mathis Rosenhauer adjusted the CPU speeds in Looping. Olivier Galibert fixed multi-z80 games that were broken because of a bug in the save state routines. Guru added new ROM sets for The Final Round, Galaga 3 and World Cup '90. Gerardo Oporto fixed some dip switch settings in the Taito F2 driver.

All Your Base
Excellent Shockwave animation with sound track featuring what else? "All your base are belong to us". A must see at the above link.

JAE: Lode Runner
The Java based arcade emulator JAE now includes support for the classic game Lode Runner. Lode Runner is a popular and addictive game that was ported to almost every gaming platform.

MameLang32+ v0.37b13c
MameLang32+ is an unofficial version of MAME32 that supports many different languages as well as enhanced features. This release adds Greek and Norwegian support. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2001
BoycottAdvance v0.17b
The Nintendo GameBoy Advance emulator BoycottAdvance was updated to v0.17b. Here's what's new:
  • Fixes (argh!) immediate rotates with S flag (Gollum)
  • Fixes (argh!) MOVS/MVNS opcodes (Gollum)
Download it from the Console Emulation section under "GameBoy".

Mr. Chuck Show
Here's a funny comic strip. Best of all, a new comic is released every weekday. Check it out at the above link. Thanks to Roy for the link.

Monday, March 26th, 2001
MAME WIP 25th & 26th
MAME WIP news for March 25th and the 26th:
  • March 26th 2001: Olivier Galibert changed the keys that are used for state saving. Jarek Burczynski added Ryujin to the Taito B driver.
  • March 25th 2001: Phil Stroffolino fixed an input port bug in the Namco NA1/2 driver. David Graves added state saving support to the Operation Thunderbolt driver.
Check out the screen shots at the above link.

iGBA v0.08b Released
The GameBoy Advanced emulator iGBA was updated to v0.08 and then to v0.08b because the "Don't emulated BIOS functions made it freeze. Now there is a Warning window" Download it from the Console Emulators section.

VisualBoy v1.4.10 Released
The excellent Nintendo GameBoy emulator for Windows VisualBoy was updated to v1.4.10. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed problem loading save games
  • Window title changes when changing languages
  • Simplified Chinese translation (thanks Eric)
  • Finnish translation (thanks Hannu Pulli)
  • Translations halted for the moment so that I can work on VisualBoyAdvance (GameboyAdvance emulator)
Notice the last line, the author is working on a GameBoy Advance version of VisualBoy =) Download VisualBoy from the Console Emulators section.

Out of Town
I was out of town on Saturday and Sunday visiting friends (they guy who got me hooked on MAME). Anyway, I'm back and it's time to catch up on a few things that I just didn't have time to bother with. =)

Saturday, March 24th, 2001
Kaillera v0.71 Released
Want to play MAME32 over the internet? Kaillera is your answer. Here's what's new in v0.71:
  • Client (v0.71):
    • server list is now resizable!
    • modified API for more flexability.
    • better and faster network code!
    • every player now uses player 1 controls!
    • you can now play along with players using a different emulator version.
    • added version number on server list.
    • added little dialog icon.
    • NOT updated to MAME32 "retail" source code as it seems to be fucked up on some games. So, kof99p is still crashing in this release
  • Server (v0.7):
    • optimized network code a bit
    • takes A LOT less CPU resources
    • added leet startup ascii. thanks to sensAh
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

GeneratorMac v0.18 Released
The Mac port of the Sega Genesis emulator Generator was updated to v0.18. Here's what's new:
  • Optimized the main event loop in the hope of making the emulator run a little faster.
  • Found the bug that caused the faster video renderer in Generator's core to lock up on the Mac. As a result, this is now included in the Mac version of Generator - and in fact is switched on by default. You can change to the more accurate (but much slower) renderer in the Preferences dialog. A rough estimate on my Mac shows Generator running at roughly twice the speed with the fast video renderer relative to the more accurate one. Bear in mind, though, that some games (Out Run, Sonic 2 Bonus Level, ...) do not display correctly with the faster video option.
  • Added a few more blitter modes. Thanks to Nathan Strum for several suggestions.
  • Worked around the bug that caused Generator to crash under MacOS X when you clicked on the Apple menu. This is a bug in MacOS X - if the country code in an application's 'vers' resources is set to 50 (Ireland), the application will crash when you click on the apple menu under OS X. I've set the country code to USA for now.
  • New download "feature" of bannister.org is kin to torture for downloading.
  • New crash bug that shows up under MacOS X. I hope to have a fix for this shortly. In the mean while, I suggest you only use Generator under the classic MacOS.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Nemu64 INI v2.1.6
The official Nemu64 INI file was updated to v2.1.6. Here's what you get:
  • Aidyn Chronicles - The First Mage (USA) = Playable
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Friday, March 23rd, 2001
[email protected] Front-End
Been hard at work on two projects. First, the next release of [email protected] is coming along nicely. Little bug fixes as well as new features are being added. I was hoping to get a beta out to the beta testers this weekend, but it will probably be Monday or Tuesday of next week. Also, I've been working on the ROM search engine to end all search engines. I'm waiting on a third party company to finish their interface before I make it live. They were supposed to be done today, but we know how that goes. Anyway, stay tune for some cool changes!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2001
ClrMamePro v1.94 Released
The MAME ROM manager ClrMamePro was updated to v1.94. Here's what's new:
  • misc: save missing list even when 0 sets are missing
  • misc: system filtering for wrong-merged-sets and wrong-named-sets
  • misc: compiled with MS Developer Studio Service Pack 5
  • misc: sorted unneeded / wrong named lists
  • misc: optional manufacturer display for scanresults/log
  • misc: rebuilder rebuilds biosfiles only once
  • misc: changed one confusing zip/unzip rebuilder message
  • misc: create-0-crc isn't enabled by default anymore
  • misc: strict zipscanner and hide fixed is enabled by default
  • misc: removed some merger gui stuff and major speed-update for full merging (don't recreate set when no clones exist)
  • added: new engine.cfg
  • fixed: missing source == destination path check when dropping files
  • fixed: rebuilding complemented crcs in parent/clone issue (pacnchmp problem)
Download it from the MAME Utilities section at the above link.

Nester 3/23/01 Released
Every once in a while, an emulator takes me by total surprise, and this release of Netster is one of those cases. It's not a new feature that it adds, but the fact that it's TOMORROW'S release! Wow, amazing. Also, here's what's new:
  • fixed mapper ... #20
  • support 'Madou Senki - Deep Dungeon'
  • support 'Yuushi no Monshou - Deep Dungeon 2'
  • support 'Fuuun Shourinken - Ankoku no Maou'
  • support 'Michael no English Dai Bouken'
  • support 'Titanic Mystery - Ao no Senritsu'
  • (fix $4032 reg.)
Even though it's tomorrow's release, you can download it today from the Console Emulators section.

ngine-Snes9x v0.40 Released
ngine-Snes9x is a Nintendo SNES emulator that runs on the Dreamcast. v0.40 adds the following:
  • ADDED: snes9x game saving/autoloading from VMU. Fully automatic process that needs no user interaction. You might see a little slowdown while saving occurs.
  • ADDED: Rockin joypad operation mode. You can now operate most keyboard commands with the joypad using GUIs for command selection, file selection etc.
  • ADDED: this means possibility to use whatever directory structure on the ROM CD, regardless if you have a keyboard or not.
  • ADDED: Auto switch to joypad mode if there is no keyboard found.
  • ADDED: Configuration interface for joypad in snes9x. Saveable and supports the Analog stick.
  • ADDED: Preferences saving for video modes, joypad configurations etc. If prefs are saved once, they are auto-loaded on startup of ngine.
  • ADDED: improved command line for keyboard users.
  • ADDED: loading of splitted ROM images now working (SMC/SWC splitROM formats)
  • FIX: snes9x ingame display correctly centered
  • FIX: several crash-prone functions securified
  • FIX: SNES9x "after few minutes" crash bug fixed. Tested with Chrono Trigger and Mario World (ran all night).
  • FIX: Overall stability of ngine is much better than in 0.30a
  • CHANGE: File set completely reorganized. All things now in tidy, logical places :).
  • CHANGE: Master Event handler. Much more command line flexibility.
  • CHANGE: Cleaned up handling of user interface. Now showing button mappings in file selection
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Past-O-Rama v0.05 Released
The Sega MasterSystem/GameGear emulator for Windows Past-O-Rama was updated to v0.05. It's got more new stuff than you can shake a stick at so download it from the Console Emulators section.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2001
MAME WIP 18th - 21st
MAME WIP news for March 18th through the 21st:
  • March 21st, 2001: Mike Coates fixed the Incredible Technologies 32-bit games' slowness with the ASM 68k core for good. Nicola Salmoria hooked up the Yie Ar Kung-Fu sound correctly. Bryan McPhail added sprite buffering to Cadash and faked enough MCU accesses in Wonder Planet so it works pretty well.
  • March 20th, 2001: Phil Stroffolino sent in a huge update to the Namco NA1/2 driver, fixing graphics blitter bugs, adding proper scroll registers emulation and a lot more. Marco Cassili fixed some more dip switch settings. Takahiro Nogi fixed the 9th and 10th buttons in Hana Awase, and he adjusted the sound of VS Gong Fight. Nicola Salmoria improved the sound in Pandora's Palace. Mathis Rosenhauer added preliminary sound to Looping, but some sound effects are still missing.
  • March 19th, 2001: Aaron Giles did a quick and dirty fix for Incredible Technologies 32-bit games' slowness with the ASM 68k core. Marco Cassili fixed dip switch settings in a few drivers.
  • March 18th, 2001: M.A.S.H. submitted an adjustable vector flicker added to the on screen display. Uki added screen flip and fixed some dip switch settings in Momoko 120%.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Highscore.dat v7.2 Updated
leezer has updated the unofficial highscore.dat file for MAME to v7.2. He would like you to download it from his site this time to see how popular the file is. To download it, visit the Unofficial Highscore.dat Page. You can also download it from the MAME Utilities section at the above link.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2001
CPS2mame Updated
Along with a new CPS-2 release comes a new compile of CPS2mame. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CPS-2: Street Fighter II
3 more CPS-2 games were decrypted, this time it's Street Fighter II: The New Challengers. Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Retrogaming Times #43
This issue features a bunch of reviews! Here are some of the articles you will find in the latest issue:
  • The Video Game Critic turns his attention to the Atari 5200!
  • Robsterman takes a long look at Yar's Revenge!
  • MAME Reviews of I'm Sorry and Money, Money!
  • A Whole Lot More!
Check out the always fun and free newsletter at the above link.

Nester Updated
A new version of excellent Nintendo NES emulator Nester was released. Here's what's new:
  • fixed mapper ... #5, #44, #105
  • support nestoy rom database 'nesdbase.dat' to fix header info.
  • support 'VS Battle City (Bootleg)'
  • support 'VS Excitebike (Alt)' and 'VS Pinball (Alt)'
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

YAME v0.31 Released
The multi-console emulator YAME was updated for both Windows and Linux. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Monday, March 19th, 2001
Mir 1: You 0
If you haven't already heard, the Soviet space station Mir is going to crash to Earth in a few days. You've also probably been hearing that there's no worry because it will crash into the south Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Chile. However, that's just the plan. Here's just a partial list of some previous satellite/space station re-entry mistakes:
  • In 1978, a Soviet defense satellite plunged out of control and left radioactive debris in the Canadian Arctic.
  • In 1979, NASA said its Skylab space station would land in the Pacific Ocean, but parts of it smashed into the Australian outback.
  • In 1991, Mir's predecessor, Salyut 7, fell on the Andes Mountains.
Also, remember that Mir is 140 tons! And that 40-50 tons is supposed to survive re-entry and is going to land in an area of about 4,000 miles long by 124 miles wide and falling at 300 miles per hour. The pieces are not little either. It's estimated that the pieces will be from about 40 to 2,000 pounds (like getting hit by a compact car going 300 miles per hour). Anyway, if you want to monitor Mir and avoid being hit with a Dodge Neon doing 300mph, check out the above live map that plots the current location of Mir (the image updates every minute). Images created by Northern Lights Software Associates.

Finally, Real Comedy
Every once in a while someone does something really funny, this is one of those cases. Check out the Flash thingy that includes a game at the above link. Thanks to Paul for this gem.

Sunday, March 18th, 2001
Final Burn v0.112
The CPS-2 emulator Final Burn was updated to v0.112. Here's what's new:
  • Added driver for Cyberbots
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

Saturday, March 17th, 2001
Latest MAME ROMs!
If you're looking for the latest MAME ROMs, you should fire up the front-end [email protected] or download it from the Front-Ends section because the ROM download feature is again working! Also, if you know of any MAME ROM sites, let me know and I'll add them to the global list for everyone to use. Also, I've been working on a new release of [email protected] that will address a few bugs. I hope to release it later this week if all goes well. Note: While [email protected] defaults to using Getright for downloads, you can specify any download program including Internet Explorer. When it asks you for the location of Getright, just specify the location of IE (typically "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"). Have fun!

Bliss/Xanadu Released
The Intellivision emulator Bliss was updated to version 1.51 and now there's also a C++ port of this emulator called Xanadu. This release fixes a few bugs including the ECS mode support that was accidentally broken in v1.5. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Xmame v0.37b12.1 Released
The X11/Unix port of MAME/MESS was updated to v0.37 beta 12.1. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section. Can you feel the excitement? =)

MAME WIP 16th & 17th
MAME WIP news for March 16th and the 17th:
  • March 17th, 2001: Uki and Nicola Salmoria added Quiz Gakumon no Susume to the TMNT2 driver. Brad Oliver fixed Toaplan2 sprite decoding to work properly on other platforms.
  • March 16th, 2001: Brad Oliver fixed some crash-causing bugs in the Gunnail driver. Phil Stroffolino sent in an update to the Shanghai Kid driver, using the correct protection module ROMs and with other fixes. Nicola Salmoria added Mouja to the Metro driver. Marco Cassili fixed dip switch settings in Gunnail, Mouja and Momoko 120%.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
As if the random colors to the right were not bad enough, now you've got to live with them being green for a day =) The wifey is busy making the jiggs dinner, smells good already. We don't have green beer this year, but instead made some green wiskey slush, yummy =)

Friday, March 16th, 2001
MAME32 v0.37 Beta 13!
After missing the beta 12 build due to techincal problems, the official MAME32 v0.37 beta 13 has been released! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Nemu64 New Audio
The Nintendo 64 emulator Nemu64 had its audio.dll file updated and I've included it in the Nemu64 v0.7a download pack. Here's what you get:
  • This audio.dll is a pre-release beta version for you people to test out
  • It should fix alot of problems people have had with audio since 0.7a was released including:
    • Now uses DirectSound. The previous audio.dll used WaveOut.
    • Optimized Resample/Mixing routines using MMX. Gives a small speed boost in some games. Also optimized "High Quality", sounds perfect now and at a decent speed.
    • Fixed sound errors.
    • No more sound lockups when using "prebuffering" option.
    • New Audio Configurations
  • Read the audio.txt in the zip file. Its very important. It tells you whats new and fixes made in the dll.
  • Remember this is Just an audio.dll for Nemu 0.7a and it does not work with any other N64 emus.
Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Kaillera Client v0.61
Kaillera is a networking version of MAME32 that was updated to v0.61. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

CPS2mame Updated
Along with a new CPS-2 release comes a new compile of CPS2mame. After the blistering fast 800bytes/sec download, you can download all three versions from the Arcade Emulators section. Whoa, I take that back, it's filling my pipe at 850bytes/sec now!

CPS-2: Cyberbots
Yet another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness (Jpn). Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Nester Updated
The excellent Nintendo NES emulator Nester was updated today. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Thursday, March 15th, 2001
Kaillera v0.6 w/StretchMame
Not only has a new Kaillera been released (Kaillera is the ultra-cool networking version of MAME32) but it also now includes the StretchMame code to fill the screen! Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

MAMu_'s Icon Pack
MAMu_ has updated his MAME icon pack to include v0.37 beta 13 games. Download them from his site at the above link.

GiriGiri v20010316 Released
The promising Sega Saturn emulator GiriGiri was updated to v20010316. What's new is a bunch of Japanese jibba jabba, but you can download it from the Console Emulators section and find out for yourself.

MAME WIP 13th-15th
MAME WIP news for March 13th thru the 15th:
  • March 15th, 2001: Phil Stroffolino sent in another update to the SunA 8-bit driver, adding some graphics emulation and fixing bugs.
  • March 14th, 2001: Mike Coates renamed some variable names to be consistent between the ASM and C 68k cores. Luca Elia sent in his own driver for Hard Head and Rough Ranger, only some graphics are messed. Nicola Salmoria fixed the color palette in Luca's SunA 8-bit driver. Nicola also changed Tumblepop to use better graphics ROMs, however one of the new ROMs is encrypted.
  • March 13th, 2001: Olivier Galibert fixed some bugs in the EEPROM emulation code. Phil Stroffolino sent in a preliminary driver for Hard Head, but it lacks correct graphics and is barely playable. Nicola Salmoria added sound emulation to Hexion, but colors are still missing. Bryan McPhail added correct color palette emulation to Hard Head.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2001
Screen Shots for v0.37b13
The screen shot packs have been updated to MAME v0.37b13. These can be used with [email protected], MAME32, or other front-ends. Download the update pack or the complete package from the Front-Ends section.

JJ's Baby
A good friend of classic gaming and emulation JJ, has become a father again. Here's his statement:
    Laura gave birth to a absolutely gorgeous 9lb baby boy on Saturday evening at 18:55. Jordan Lee Unwin-Turner came into the world after an 11 hour labour on one of the most emotional evenings I have ever experienced. One I will never forget for the rest of my life...
JJ was the webmaster of the site www.retro-remakes.com, that he closed to spend more time with his family (good for him). I wish JJ the best of luck with his new family member.

Latest MAME WIP
MAME WIP news for March 12th:
  • March 12th, 2001: Olivier Galibert fixed a small save state bug which occurred with drivers using multiple identical CPUs. Brad Oliver fixed the state save routines to be proper ANSI C code. Nicola Salmoria sent in a preliminary driver for Hexion, but it lacks correct colors and sound at the moment.
Check out the screen shots at the above link.

MacMAME v0.37b13 Released
New version of MacMAME was released. Here's what's new:
  • In sync with the DOS 0.37 beta 13 build.
  • Modified PPC 68k core to support encrypted opcode arguments in pc-relative reads.
  • Added support for 555 and 888 direct modes, used for transparency effects in some games.
  • Moved some more strings to the resource fork to aid in translations.
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

DarcNES v9b0313 Updated
The Unix multi-console emulator DarcNES was updated to v9b0313. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2001
CALICE v0.1.5 Released
The Capcom System 1 emulator CALICE was updated to v0.1.5 and supports 20 additional games as well as the following:
  • Support for clones (see PARENT in drivers)
  • Scanlines support
  • 3 buttons support
  • eeprom support
  • Installed drivers automatic detection (You can add your own driver, it will be detected by Calice so you can use it)
  • Layers activation fixed. All games works now nearly perfectly
  • Fixed some drivers (msword,...)
  • ...and other things i forgot now
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CATVER.INI v0.37b13 Released
The Classic Arcade Project has updated the catver.ini file that's used in [email protected], MameLang32, and other other programs. Download it from the Front-Ends section.

CPS-2 Alien Vs. Predator
Yet another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's Alien Vs. Predator (Jpn). Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Monday, March 12th, 2001
Bob's Arcade Emulation
Bob just informed me that Arcade Emulation is back up! Also, he'll be getting the latest MAME v0.37 beta 13 games on-line later today!

DreamSNES v0.9.4 Released
A new version of DreamSNES was released. DreamSNES is a Super Nintendo emulator for the Dreamcast. Here's what's new in this release:
  • Support for C and Z button (as select and exit to menu)
  • Better keyrepeat handling in the menus
  • Fullscreen mode added (default, but configurable)
  • Translation to Swedish. And French (sort of).
  • Screen "blanker" in menu
  • New music by Jan Warnstam
  • Keyboard support: Press ESC for menu, Pause for "blanker"
  • Better support for third party memory cards
  • ROMs can now be placed in a directory "ROMS/" instead of in the root
Download it from the Console Emulation section.

StretchMame32 v0.37b13 Released
New version of StretchMame32 has been released! It's also the only Mame32 version out that uses the latest source code. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

iGBA v0.07 Released
The GameBoy Advanced emulator iGBA for Windows was updated to v0.07. Here's what's new:
  • I fixed some OAM and THUMB bugs.
  • Flash ROM added.
  • DMA starts at right moment (HBLANK, VBLANK, ...) but are still instantaneous. Repeating DMA are is now emulated.
  • BIOS function 0x12 is supported in THUMB Mode.
  • The frame rate is displayed in the titlebar.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Sunday, March 11th, 2001
MAME WIP
MAME WIP news for the last few days:
  • March 11th, 2001: Olivier Galibert re-submitted a lost GI Joe update. Jürgen Buchmüller fixed some compilation problems in the NEC uPD7810 CPU core. Marco Cassili fixed some dip switches in the Seta games. Nicola Salmoria fixed a drawgfx bug that caused missing sprites in Asterix.
  • March 10th, 2001: Uki submitted a Momoko 120% driver.
  • March 9th, 2001: Nicola Salmoria added 4bpp packed graphics support to the core. Mike Coates improved the ASM 68k core's save state support.
Check out the screen shots at the above link. I'd also like to thank Gridle from mame.net for giving [email protected] it's best day ever yesterday and today's on track for another record! I don't care what people say about you, I love you man.

NeoMAME v0.37b13 Released
Along with the new MAME comes a new version of NeoMAME by katharsis. Download it from the Console Emulation section.

1964 v0.5.2 Released
A new version of the open source Nintendo 64 emulator 1964 was released. Download it from the Nintendo 64 section.

Saturday, March 10th, 2001
Bob's Arcade Emulation
Bob's Arcade Emulation was the last complete ROM site on the internet, but now there are none. It seems that the webmaster of mame.net (Gridle) and Overclock's (Dave) have something against the emulation community and have instructed people to report Bob the IDSA. There are pages and links where these people seem to want to destroy emulation altogether. Anyway, you have the above two people to blame for this. I'm not going to post links, logs, e-mail address. And I don't encourage nor want anyone to do anything about it. I just wanted you to know what kind of people they are and who's to blame for the demise of Arcade Emulation. Sad day, but at least we have a new version of MAME =)

ClrMamePro cfg File
Along with the new MAME release, there's a new configuration file needed for ClrMamePro. This is requred because of the new Deco BIOS. Download it from his site at the above link.

MAME v0.37 Beta 13 Released!
MAME v0.37 beta 13 was released! Here's the newly supported games:
  • DECO Cassette System [Juergen Buchmueller]
  • Sadari [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Hot Dog Storm [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Othello Derby [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Moeyo Gonta!! (Lady Killer) [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Puzzli [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Blazing Tornado [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Over Drive [Nicola Salmoria]
  • Chequered Flag [Manuel Abadia]
  • Gun Buster [Bryan McPhail, David Graves]
  • Super Chase [Bryan McPhail, David Graves]
  • Bioship Paladin [Bryan McPhail]
  • Pairs [Aaron Giles]
  • G.I. Joe [Olivier Galibert]
  • Asterix [Olivier Galibert]
  • The Bounty [Zsolt Vasvari]
  • Tetris Plus 2 [Luca Elia]
  • Sonic Blast Man [Jarek Burczynski]
  • GunNail [David Haywood]
  • Thunder Dragon [David Haywood]
  • Gladiator 1984 [Phil Stroffolino]
  • Momoko 120% [Uki]
  • Son Son (Japan)
  • 3 Wonders (World)
  • Salamander (version J)
  • Vendetta (4 players)
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Check This Out!
Whoa, check this out at the above link. It's a huge linux mascott in color done in all ASCII. I think the ASCII is the decss source, which makes it even better. Thanks to Geoshock for the link.

Friday, March 9th, 2001
Final Burn v0.111 Released
Along with a new CPS-2 release comes a new version of Final Burn. Here's what's new:
  • Added driver for 19XX (The emu isn't really built for vertical games like 19XX yet, but here's my current beta if you want it anyway. I'm thinking 512x384 or 1024x768 with scanlines would be a good choice - without a fullscreen stretch because otherwise the aspect ratio would be wrong obviously.)
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CALICE v0.1.4 Released
The Capcom System 1 emulator CALICE was updated to v0.1.4 and now supports 52 games as well as the following:
  • Fixed rowscroll support
  • Fixed layers ordering
  • Fixed scrolling clipping bug
  • Fixed some bugs specific to the win32 version
  • Added some new commands to gui
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

CPS2mame Updated
The CPS-2 only version of MAME was updated to include support for 19XX: War Against Destiny. You'll be able to download all three versions from the Arcade Emulators section once the download is complete from the CPS-2 Shock site.

19XX: War Against Destiny
Yet another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's 19XX: War Against Destiny (USA). Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Comic Featuring Me?
It seems the Penny Arcade guys are trying to venture into a new area for them, comedy. Check out the above strip where they feature someone with the name "Tim Eeckel". Funny stuff. Although, if they really had a pair, they would have used my real name. Anyway, I went to a movie with those Penny Arcade guys while in California last year. Here's an outline of that meeting with "Tycho" (Jerry Holkins) and "Gabe" (Mike Krahulik):
  • They shared a hotel room together (I'm guessing they played "Hide the ......" together).
  • One had thinning hair and seemed to never miss a meal, the other had a pencil-thin neck and would be blown away by a strong wind.
  • One (I forget which) carried something which appeared to be a purse.
  • They wanted to see the movie "Battlefield Earth" (they took each other as their date).
  • After the movie, my wife and I wanted to go out to a bar or a club. But, Tycho and Gabe wanted to go back to their hotel room (one can only guess why).
What's really funny is that 100% of the above is true as I witnessed myself. Maybe Mike and Jerry can take my example and show that they have a pair. But, probably not... =)

Thursday, March 8th, 2001
Changing Colors
Yea I know, the colors change on that ad to the right. It just had a plain white background till someone said that it was boring and needed some color. So, I gave them what they asked for and made it pick a random color. If you don't like it, take it up with my complaint department.

MAME WIP
MAME WIP news for the past few days:
  • March 7th, 2001: Andrea Mazzoleni improved the mixer system to include an adjustable low pass filter, which will be used with the Darius 2 driver. Jarek Burczynski added MB87078 (an electronic volume control) emulation to the Taito B driver. Nicola Salmoria sent in a driver for Over Drive, but it lacks road graphics and sound effects, though music works. Mike Coates fixed the ASM 68k core to compile properly again.
  • March 6th, 2001: Jürgen Buchmüller fixed some bugs in the state saving functions, added support for them to the DECO Cassette system driver and updated the NEC uPD7810 CPU core again.
  • March 5th, 2001: David Haywood added state saving to the Sega C2 driver, fixed some small bugs in it and also added state saving to Ninja Kid. Olivier Galibert fixed a bug in the 6502 core which was introduced by the saved states support, and some Taito games that were broken because of some bugs in the state saving code. Jürgen Buchmüller sent in another NEC uPD7810 CPU core update with some bugfixes. Nicola Salmoria added K053936 graphics chip emulation to Blazing Tornado, and improved the K054157 emulation a bit.
  • March 4th, 2001: Nicola Salmoria improved the C 68k core so that it can use separate memory handlers for different width data, and he fixed it from crashing in many Neo Geo games. Keith Wilkins added discrete sound support to Fire Truck and fixed a few other bugs in the discrete sound engine. Bryan McPhail and David Haywood added some more NMK games to the Bombjack Twin driver but they all suffer from unemulated protection and don't work very well. Warlock submitted an update to the input port routines, fixing some bugs and improving wheel and pedal support. Bryan McPhail fixed Super Chase input ports and cleaned up the driver a little. Jürgen Buchmüller added some more functionality to the NEC uPD7810 CPU core. Olivier Galibert added linescroll support to the Konami K054157 emulation, used by Xexex, GI Joe and Asterix. Mike Coates fixed several bugs in the ASM 68k core.
  • March 3rd, 2001: David Haywood added Thunder Dragon to the Bombjack Twin driver. Marco Cassili partly fixed dip switch settings in Thunder Dragon. Olivier Galibert sped up Asterix graphics emulation. Nicola Salmoria added Blazing Tornado to the Metro driver, and fixed 8bpp tile support so that Bal Cube now works properly as well. Blazing Tornado however lacks background graphics. David Graves added the correct PROMs to the Darius driver. Jürgen Buchmüller fixed a few bugs in the NEC uPD7810 CPU core.
Check out the screen shots at the above links.

Spinal's N64 INI's Updated
Spinal's Corn and Nemu64 INI files were updated to v2.1 and v4.0 respectively. Download them from the Nintendo 64 section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news.

ePSXe v1.2.0 Updated
The Sony Playstation emulator ePSXe was updated to v1.2.0. Here's what you get, like it or not:
  • Added better analogic pad emulation and force feedback. It is now possible to configure the analogic axis and the effect of the force feedback motors. (Many thanks to Alex7 and to www.burutter.com, for donating a very nice psx to usb pad converter and giving help on adding support for it).
  • Now ePSXe includes savestates support. F1 = save state, F2 = increase slot (max = 5), F3 = load state. The savestates are compressed and saved to the sstates directory, with an average size of 1.5Mb. (WARNING!!! In release date it is supported only in the following plugins: Lewpy Gpu, Pete Gpu, Pete Spu and ePSXe Spu, support will be included in more plugins soon by the plugins authors)
  • Partially re-writen the internal spu, it should be faster, have less sound glitches and better sound quality.
  • Optimizations added in gte, mdec and core which makes some games work some fps faster than before.
  • Fixes to the CD-Rom decoder and the core, which make some more games playable like for example Gran Turismo, Resident Evil, Ape Escape, Kingley Adventure, Legend of Legaia (use the "-legaia" command line), Final Fantasy IX PAL and so on ;-)
Download it from the PlayStation section.

RockNES Linux v1.830 Released
All you propeller heads and pasty-white pencil-neck geeks should rejoice. RockNES has been ported to Linux. There's some issues with it, but it does work (kinda sounds like Linux in general). Anyway, download it from the Console Emulators section.

StretchMame32 v0.37b12f Updated
StretchMame32 was updated once again. This version adds support for the latest CPS-2 game as well as some other changes. Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2001
CPS2mame Updated
The CPS-2 only version of MAME was updated to include support for Super Street Fighter II Turbo USA. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. Thanks to Geoshock for the file and the news.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo USA
Another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's Super Street Fighter II Turbo (USA). Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

CALICE v0.1.3 Released
The CPS-1 emulator CALICE was updated to v0.1.3 and it now includes a Windows version. Here's what you get in this release:
  • Win32 version (8 bpp Windowed Mode Only)
  • Row Scroll Support (Preliminary) Works with megatwins and varth. Does not work with sf2 =(
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section.

VisualBoy v1.4.9 Released
VisualBoy, the GameBoy emulator for Windows with the smallest font size on their download page on the internet, was updated to v1.4.9. Here's what's new:
  • Fixed LEGO Racers and Harley Davidson
  • Fixed Super Fighters
  • Window can be sized
  • Battery save game is not compressed anymore
  • Sound quality settings for slower machines: 11Khz, 22Khz and 44Khz (default)
  • 24-bit and 32-bit support (some problems still happen switching between modes or between fullscreen and window mode)
  • Catalan translation (thanks Raimon Areste)
  • Vietnamese translation (thanks Le Thanh Hung)
  • Danish translation (thanks Laust Palbo Nielsen)
  • Arabic translation (thanks Ali)
  • Total of 16 languages!
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Monday, March 5th, 2001
CALICE v0.1.2 Released
The Capcom CPS-1 emulator CALICE was updated to v0.1.2. Here's what's new:
  • Added a driver for:
    • Warriors Of Fate
    • Rockman, the power battle (Japan)
    • Megaman, the power battle
  • Fixed a driver for:
    • Dynasty Wars (Japan)
    • Quiz and Dragons (World)
    • Pnickies (Japan)
    • Capcom World 2 (Japan)
    • Fixed YM2151 sound support. Now, it sounds lots better. Note that it is disabled by default, since it slows down the emulation a lot. However, It can be activated manually.
    • Preliminary driver for Street fighter zero (cps changer) by Gabriel Cabra
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. Thanks to Geoshock for the news and the file because the CALICE site moved to the excellent ztnet/climax media servers which means it's virtually impossible to access.

StretchMame32 v0.37b12e Released
The unofficial version of MAME32 that includes features to stretch the window to the size of the screen was updated to v0.37b12e. Here's what's new:
  • Intergrated CPS2mame drivers
  • Added Quiz Nanairo Dreams: Miracle of the rainbow colored town
  • Added Ring of Destruction: Slammasters II
  • Added Super Street fighter 2 Turbo.
  • X-men COTA (US) is now playable if you have the needed X-files.
  • Changed X-men 01 and 02 ROM names and new CRC's for 06a and 09a.
  • Changed 68k cpu frequency from 16mhz to 12mhz for all games. This makes emulation speed the same as the arcade.
  • Changed Z80 interrupts per frame to 250 which makes sound speed perfect.
Download it from the M.A.M.E. section.

iGBA v0.06 Released
The GameBoy Advanced emulator was updated to v0.06. Here's what's new:
  • Most of IRQ are now support
  • DMA0, DMA1 and DMA2 now works
  • Fixed some OAM and THUMB bugs
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

RockNES v1.830 Released
Yet another release of the DOS version of RockNES. This version adds the following:
  • Fixed name garbage when saving files;
  • Fixed RAM, WRAM, VROM and CPU registers dumping;
  • Added PRG data dumping when no VROM is present (due the request);
  • vsync on/off switch was disabled, oops;
  • Documentation revised.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

RockNES v1.820 Mac Released
The Mac version of RockNES was updated to v1.820. Due to Richard Bannister's new POS download script, it's next to impossible for my server to download anything from his server. Anyway, I'd like to personally thank Richard for making all of his emulator ports a royal pain in the ass to download. What's really funny is who the hell cares about Mac emulators so much that they would link to his files anyway? Also, I'd like to suggest that Richard do some studying on .htaccess and mod_rewrite then his silly "anti-leech" scripts wouldn't be required. Anyway, if you just got to have this program, get it from the Console Emulators section. Now I've off to hack into Richard's script so I can link directly to his files...

MESS v0.37b12 Released
I missed this from a couple days ago. The multi-console emulator MESS was updated to v0.37b12, download it from the Console Emulators section.

Sunday, March 4th, 2001
Gens Win v0.95a Released
Gens for Windows had a slight update that fixes a Fido Dido ROM. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

RockNES v1.820 Released
This excellent Nintendo NES emulator for DOS was updated to v1.820. Here's what's new:
  • Most of mapper #5 (MMC5) code has been rewritten, fixing some games;
  • Added MMC5 RAM saving/loading (size is always 65536 bytes);
  • Fixed NESticle state loading (STA files -- mappers 0,1,2,3 and 4 only);
  • Removed that FDS warning at startup (now displayed on FDS loading);
  • Some changes for ANSI compatibility, plus cosmetic changes and minor fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2001
Final Burn v0.110 Released
Final Burn, the CPS-2 emulator, was updated once again. This version adds support of the just released Quiz Nanairo Dreams. Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. And ,I'd like to publicly state once again how freakin' slow the ztnet/climax media servers are that hosts Final Burn, CPS2 Shock, and a bunch of other emulation sites. I mean come on, it took 403.58 seconds to download the 153kB Final Burn v0.110. That's a blistering 387 BITS per second. Yea, I said BITS! Remember 300 baud modems? Now we all can experience 300 baud modems once again. Is this designed to be a retro 300 baud emulator? I suggest everyone that hosts with them to move to Geocities, or something.

CPS-2 Quiz Nanairo Dreams
Another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's Quiz Nanairo Dreams. Here's the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Final Burn v0.109 Released
The CPS-2 emulator Final Burn was updated to v0.109. Here's what you get in this release:
  • Added Slammasters II - Ring Of Destruction
  • Added region switches for:
    • Alien Vs. Predator
    • Marvel Super Heroes
    • Vampire/Darkstalkers
    • Many thanks to Malice for these switches!
Download it from the Arcade Emulators section. Now back to tend to my headache.

Friday, March 2nd, 2001
CPS-2 Ring of Destruction (Euro)
Another CPS-2 game was decrypted, this time it's the Euro version of Ring of Destruction: Slam Master II. Here's a local copy of the decryption tables:Note that these are NOT the ROMs but simply XOR tables that allow the encrypted ROM's to be unencrypted.

Gens Win v0.95 Released
The best Sega Genesis emulator was updated to v0.95, here's what's new:
  • 4 players partially supported (actually just Yuyu Hakusho Battle and Street Racer are supported).
  • 3/6 buttons genesis pad selectable.
  • Rom format (SMD/BIN) detection modified.
  • Fixed the accidently broken PAL bit in VDP status flag.
  • Now SPACE caractere is a separator between code and description in .PAT file (stupid bug, sorry).
  • Z80 V-INT timing modified.
  • V-Counter modified.
  • PSG sound fixed in some games like After Burner 2 (thanks Dave ;)
  • DMA timings again modified.
  • 68000 cycles timing modified (68000 is now overclocked of 1,3 Khz instead of underclocked of 14,3 Khz in NTSC mode).
  • Once again, i've modified Z80 cycles timing, now voices are like the original genesis (crappy) but sound in some game are fixed (voices in Zombies)
  • Fixed a bug in VDP control decoding (added accidently).
  • Country detection fixed for (F) region (these games are NTSC and not PAL).
  • Added a sub-menu for rom history.
Games fixed:
  • All roms which the PAL error message (broken accidentatly in Gens v0.88)
  • Puggsy (intro bugs, broken in Gens v0.92b)
  • Donald Duck in Maui Mallard (graphics bugs at top of screen)
  • Fido Dido (black color, broken in Gens 0.8)
  • Eliminate Down (randomize lock fixed)
  • Double Dragon 2 (lock fixed).
  • Sound of Kid Cameleon, Chaos Engine ...
  • DAC sound (voices, sfx) in Zombie.
Downloat it from the console Emulators section.

Happy Birthday [email protected]
Today [email protected] is 3 years old! Here was the first post:
    Started this site today to show the world that someone has actually accomplished creating an [email protected] Hopefully, others will start or finish their MAME projects and we can all benefit from it.
A few days later I posted this:
    I've only had this site going for 4 days and I've already had over 600 hits!
Wow! 600 hits in 4 days! How things have changed =)

Thursday, March 1st, 2001
Snes9x Linux v1.37c Released
The Nintendo SNES emulator Snes9x for Linux was updated to v1.37c. I'm sure the Windows version will be ported soon. Download it from the Console Emulators section.

RockNES v1.810 Released
The excellent Nintendo NES emulator RockNES for DOS was updated to v1.810. Here's what's new:
  • Rebuilt most of startup sequence, tons of problems were fixed;
  • Fixed memory corruption, FDS driver and NES reset;
  • Fixed a memory problem in the PPU reset (fixing gfx garbage);
  • Fixed HBlank timing for mappers (broken from previous version);
  • Fixed mappers #40, #42, #43, #69, #90 (broken from previous version);
  • Fixed mapper #67;
  • Fixed ROM mapping on $6000-$7FFF memory space;
  • Fixed a problem in the config (default inputs settings were not done on startup);
  • Removed garbage from GUI, fixed mapper information box;
  • Tons of cosmetic changes, plus minor fixes.
Download it from the Console Emulators section.




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