Putting up this release after a long while, because of the combination of weird circumstances. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten too much time for deep analysis, but this should be a fairly beefy post anyway, if only because of the next few paragraphs.
There’s a good amount of evidence that there’s Satellaview ROMs people in Japan have that are not circulating among the most well-known ROM databases. Depending on who you ask, there’s debate on whether the people who have these ROMs are hoarders who don’t want foreigners obtaining their data, people who’d be willing to share if they were not afraid to talk about their ROMs for fear of Nintendo’s wrath, or simply casual pirates do not realize the significance of archival and databasing.
A part of me has secretly been wishing for a long time that someone would just take all the ROMs the Japanese internet has (that we don’t) and hand them to me on a silver platter. However, I knew that became an unrealistic desire when it became apparent that even NicoNicoDouga video uploads that were deleted, such as the footage of R no Shosai Dai-2-maku, were gone for the long-term.
Therefore, for the many years on the blog I’ve dabbled under the assumption that I would probably never obtain one of these supposed “Japan internet only” Satellaview ROMs.
Of course… you know where this is headed, right? Where I go “OMG CURVEBALL MEGATON, I’VE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER TO BE WRONG”?
Well, more or less true. Although perhaps what happened next may have diluted the impact in the opinions of some.
But it’s still all good.
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