New ROM: Machi, Machi Mag, I’ve gotta get, a Machi Mag…

So! ChronoMoogle obtained this 8M Pack and got ikari to dump a ROM of it, and he told me to put it up on the blog right away!

So then I… procrastinated! … No, wait! Actually, I gave it a thorough examination!

And by that I mean I popped it in SNES9XPP XE and saw it didn’t seem to want to load in the BIOs. Turned out the ROM was a magazine with similar issues that the release of AK Live Hit Gang did. Speaking of that one, I should double-check it’s patch… ah, anyway.

ChronoMoogle told me the 8M did an Error 09 on him once. This is probably what caused the “deletion” in this instance. Because of this I can’t claim with 100-percent certainty that this ROM is completely valid.

Anyhow, long story short, I tried a checksum fix, didn’t work at first, examined the 8M, saw that there was BS Zelda data in the 8M yet AGAIN, removed the BS Zelda data, and then fixed the checksum for real.

Ok, and what was all that for, here?

Oh, hey, it’s yet another magazine ROM, I suppose I’ll ju-

Wait… “the History Of This Town”?

By town, did that mean… BS-X?

Interest immediately sparked. I got bluesun to look at this and he supplied this translation of the 138 Town History Chart “rumors”. Among other translations, that is.
It turns out this ROM has a few really interesting pieces of the narrative of the world of BS-X contained within it.
Apparently, there was a long-term, ongoing event where players could collect 2000 “rumors” that, when completed, would give the complete backstory of BS-X and perhaps even restore the Town’s “stolen name”.

And this ROM, of “Machi Magazine”, is an important piece of it, telling a few details and hints. Specifically, it tells the first 138 of these rumors… a strange number to stop on, mind.

It’s also loaded with puns, much like my blog. One notable one might be found by fans of Terranigma. Ha, ha, “Tenchi Souzou”… it must have been heavily advertised on the Satellaview for a reference like that. In fact, just a bit ago MadHatter on the BS Zelda forums found this.

Although there is no publishing date marked in the header, the download date is November 4th… huh, that’s my birthday! Ha ha! I wonder if I’ll have a present ready for the blog then…

(Note on the picture below: XPP XE gives weird dates for whatever reason.)

As for the most probable year of release, the BS Zelda data and references to Tenchi Souzou also being in this magazine scan have me believe it’s from 1995.

Anyway, there’s probably a lot to discuss about this and how it pertains to things such as what to look for next and the BS-X fan translation ROM, But the ROM will need to be available for that! 😛

Available below are both a “pure” 8M dump and a header hack to load the ROM up on Satellaview-ccompatible emulators.

Machi Magazine | 街マガジン
(Deleted, possibly bad?)
ROM Download

Prepatched fix ROM Download


  1. redeemer665 said,

    October 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Wow. I recall there being other data packs also with leftover data from BS Zelda, do you remember anything about them? An idea just crossed my mind that we might be able to salvage a complete BS Zelda ROM from another week than third if we have any luck. This one might have 6 megabits of clean (or almost clean) data from week 4 but we can’t know for sure.

    By the way, do you still have the original 8M dump which had the AK Live Hit gang magazine? I’d like to give it a look.

  2. Kiddo said,

    October 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I made a thread in the BS Zelda forum discussing trying to splice together data, I recall specifically this ROM and Star Soldier 2mins having BS Zelda data. Can you think of any others?

    So far, I haven’t had a successful splice yet.

    As for the AK Live Hit Gang ROM, it was actually in the same 8M as Callis’s Tamori no Picross dump.

    You might be able to find the data in there if you look.

  3. redeemer665 said,

    October 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Ah, thanks. I got the original ROM with both Tamori no Picross and AK Live booting right away on sd2snes after fixing the checksum of the latter title.

    I read your post in the forum, seems like great minds think alike.. :) I totally forgot about Map 2 ROM and when comparing it with Machi magazine leftovers there actually are only half of the differences than when comparing it with Map 1. I don’t remember at all if there has been other dumps discovered with Zelda leftovers, that’s why I had to ask you. Me and my weak memory :(

    It seems like the Star Soldier dump has got fancy graphics as leftovers at $20000-7FFFF that I believe are from a yet unknown magazine. From $80000 onwards there are clearly only BS Zelda Map 1 data that matches almost perfectly with our existing Dai-3-wa dump, only one random byte differs.

    It’s a real shame that most of the part-size BSX dumps that have been circulating wild for years on the internet have been trimmed off of their extra data. There are exceptions though, for example, Tamori no Picross (6/26) does have leftovers I haven’t analyzed yet.

    I’ve been doing a list of the songs contained in each Ongaku Tsukuru data pack and there are quite a few nice pieces. I’m planning to record them into mp3 files as soon as I manage, or actually IF I manage to compile a new firmware for sd2snes that has those important SRAM fixes. Until then, please check out the song I managed to notate in while learning the quirks of the interface!

  4. Kiddo said,

    October 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Oh dear, I didn’t realize that about the Star Soldier dump. I’ll split 20000-7FFFF and see what happens. Then I’ll see what that one byte change in Map 1 dai-3-wa does.

    And yeah, you’ve expressed a good point about the trimmings, which is why I make it policy to always put up available on the site the 8M dump in it’s purest state even if it requires hacking to get it to run something. Because most of the ROM dumps available on the internet before I ran the blog were trimmed I don’t think any of them have any extra data worth looking into, but feel free to check it out regardless.

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