If you guys are wondering where the haul of Kirby no Omochabako ROM dumps from last November/December are, they are on Satellaview.org website. Callis started this site up to better document details about the dumped Satellaview ROMs. It’s a bit early in development, though!
I may write more about the Kirby games in regard to personal opinions a bit later. 🙂
Thanks to ChronoMoogle for pushing me to update AGAIN. Also for the actual 8M Pack ROM in question! We got an innnnnteresting thing here.
Here, we have a “Bakusho Mondai no Totsugeki! Star Pirates” ROM.
So, this ROM… it’s likely to be a bit of a mystery for some time. But that said, first thing to note: We got our first Satellaview quiz show ROM. It’s not Satella-Q, however. This seems… much more strange.
The ROM recording up above gives you an idea how it plays, although there are no button inputs in the video, but I assume most of the content is shown anyway.
Without a translation, it’s hard to tell if there’s any context you can get for the quiz questions within the base game – if it’s like Satella-Q, probably NOT!
Furthermore, it is difficult to even tell what EPISODE it is.
If we go by these dates, and compare with the header date in the ROM, which is 8/25, then… Maybe it’s episode 2? I don’t know! The header does not specify the episode title, much to my frustration!
BTW, since I didn’t get the time to ask bluesun to look this up, here’s a Google Translate of that same page’s description of the program, with some edits by myself to add clarity:
A sound link game consisting of a quiz format. [The Plot is] that [Bakusho Mondai] rides the [apparently problematic] space ship Star Pirates […] and collects hidden treasures scattered in the universe. Every time the spaceship breaks down, landing on a planet somewhere, the planet there will somehow challenge the [player with a] quiz [verbally spoken and pre-scripted]. Radio broadcasts are broadcast the same every day for the week.
IF ANYONE CAN SUPPLY ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
(Also, don’t forget to check prior posts on Bakusho Mondai programs.)
Because I slacked off on the releases lately, I’ll throw two up here today.
They’re both gonna be magazines, so one may consider this a boring update. Alas…
Both of these are from the Yankee/ikari/ChronoMoogle ROM set from previously.
There will be many (kinda old, but still good) translated notes from bluesun. They were originally posted on Discord, and as such have been reformatted.
According to bluesun, this magazine, based on the text in the ROM itself, is the final issue of “Game Tora no Ooana Special”. It would be replaced with “Game Tora no Chou Ooana”. Not that I know how significantly different they would be.
It features quite a lot of screengrabs of anime games – and some of the best ones on Super Famicom, to boot. DBZ: Hyper Dimension, Gundam Wing: Endless Duel, and Sailor Moon SuperS are all repped here.
Another baffling magazine that seems to make little sense without the contextual radio program meant to accompany it. The title “Okami ga Kita” is based off the Aesop Fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, but it’s hard to tell how anything in the program relates to that!
Notes from bluesun:
Shigeru Izumiya and Ayumi Hamasaki were the stars of ‘The After-School Kings’, a radio show broadcast on St. Giga
even with the text it makes about as much sense as without the text, really…
I guess a lot of it was related to whatever the radio was showing at the time
Let’s Go! The Anything Rescuers
Blown Kisses to the Pretty Ayumi’s Heart
Surprising Guests! Izumiya’s Fodder
Aiming to be an international celebrity! A license of fire
Everyone, the address is he-re!
picture with text: top right: chocolate cigarette / bottom right: By Ayumi
the guests option eventually shows a list of Future Guests
the international celebrity option shows a profile of a 穂漬ショーン崇高 (Suko Shaun Hoseki? doesn’t seem like a real name), a 5-year-old Bilinguakid born in LA and attending an American Curriculum School. His nickname is Johnny
(that name took ages to copy down and I’m still not sure I got it right. Either way, 20 years on they’re no celebrity at least)
The text under the animals are the species. The mouse says “Squeak” above it
And the address option shows the address
That’s everything in the magazine, and I’m still left wondering how it all fits together
The ROM has blanked out header data, meaning this was recovered as deleted and set to be overwritten. The deleted header makes it difficult to boot up properly in emulation (You will most likely get garbled text, which occurs due to a failure to detect a game as being designed for BS-X.) I doubt anyone’s gonna try to redump this, though.
I myself did some quick header hacking to be able to generate a ROM that would show text in SNESGT in order to do the video recording, but it seems a bit bugged anyway so I’m not gonna put it up for download with it until it’s fixed.
So, does anyone here remember this article from way back? The bad Excitebike dump always made me curious what I could find by trying to redump what is already available.
Well, in some good news, we managed to get two more of these – and in better shape, to boot!
These video previews I made show the most obvious differences:
Much like the bad Stadium 1 redump, the Stadium 2 dump has a stricter Boo Jump minigame. (Since I last tried this, I did somehow manage one run where I had more than one attempt, but it seems to be activated by performance, and is very difficult to get.)
As with Stadium 1, the Bass Tsuri tournament ad is there!
We also got one of these for Stadium 3! Unlike Stadium 1 and 2, the Boo Jump game plays the same as in the reruns.
As for the advertisment in this one?
According to bluesun, it is promoting the Fall 1997 season of “Game Tora no Chou Ooana”.
… It also looks like something I threw in MSPaint in 5 minutes, but I swear it’s legit. o.o
There might be more to find in these I have not seen yet.
Furthermore, it might be possible to improve the restoration of the bad Excitebike redump with the data from the Stadium 2 redump! I will post more updates on this as it goes.
So, remember when I said that I tried attracting the ROM hunters to my vids on YouTube and it did not exactly work?
Let’s backpedal a bit, thinking about that. While I was trying to do that there were some new ROM releases. The specific ones I am thinking about on this post were simply put up on No-Intro one day while I was not looking, so I didn’t get to see who dumped them, but it appears to be some folks I do not know anyway. Oops~
Regardless, I decided to check them out. This is basically just to tell you what these ROMs were:
So, a long while back there was a “Satesupo DX” ROM dump.
This Satespo (Argh, blast you, Japanese naming!) is, from what I can tell, the predecessor series. It basically covers the same kind of horseracing material for Derby Stallion 96. I wonder why they overhauled the format? Much like other magazine ROMs, this was a bit of a pain to boot, but I managed it and recorded the contents.
If there were any I missed, feel free to let me know. ^^;
So you probably noticed the blog was idle for a while. Like, a long while.
There was a combination of factors that led to this. (Mainly, a combination of me getting a new part-time job, and focusing my internet time on more profitable matters.)
I apologize if I burdened anyone with this.
ChronoMoogle has convinced me to try writing articles up for here again. The most notable thing he told me is that no one who checked the blog pays attention to my livestreams, (other than SmashManiac. Thank you, SmashManiac.) so it turned out I unintentionally split my communities up. Guess I better work on integrating them better!
They may not be as much of a regular pace as before, or as big as before. But this should still be the place to download new Satellaview ROM dumps when they arise.
Last year had a bit of a slow trickle of dumps for a while before there was a sudden, well, bit of a megaton.
I’m sure many of you saw the Kirby no Omochabako dumps referred to on Kotaku, so I may not have to write articles on those. But I will put up quick ROM download links for them somewhere down the line (currently they are actually uploaded in an unsorted manner on my private webspace, so they are safe until then!)
Anyway, for the time being I will try trickling down dumps from the latest batch provided by ChronoMoogle, ikari_01 and Yankee.
Every now and then there’s a ROM dump we search for, even knowing it’s gonna be the same damn game as the retail version, simply because the game is so good that we want to point at it and go “Yeah, THIS was on Satellaview! Cool, huh?”
Previously that was what pushed me to get Act Raiser and Sonic Blast Man. Now Yankee’s contributed one himself here, in Kiki Kaikai.
Perhaps the folks reading this might be more familiar with the localized title, Pocky and Rocky. Or perhaps you’re not familiar with it. Either way, you should play this! … and so should I, since I’m LOUSY at it. As I’ve said many times before, Vertical Shmups are my absolute weakest genre skill-wise.