Exclusive: 2 New Nintendo FDS Unlicensed Dumps

As a proud digital archaeologist, I have the honor of passing along two new Nintendo Famicom Disk System (FDS) unlicensed dumps, both of which were sold on discs in Japan. I will pass them along to proper preservation initiatives as well. This adds two new titles to the relatively short list of FDS unlicensed dumps […]

N64 Viewpoint 2064 Prototype Released – Sequel to Neo Geo Viewpoint

GamingAlexandria published an interesting article chronicling the story behind the unreleased Nintendo 64 game, Viewpoint 2064, based upon an excellent video by Hard4Games. A fully-working ROM dump of the prototype was posted to The Internet Archive. Viewpoint 2064 was completed and scheduled for a Nov 2000 release, but was ultimately cancelled. I spoke to Owlnonymous, […]

Super Mario 64’s Smoke Effect Bug Fixed After 24 Years

When Mario catches fire in Super Mario 64, black smoke pours from his rear end, along with a heavy smattering of black garbage pixels. This is due to a mistake in the game code that displays the texture in the wrong format. The black pixels should actually be transparent. The bug went largely unnoticed for […]

Checksums and Gaming – Pt. 1: What’s a Checksum?

I’m going to say something so blindingly obvious, so nearly tautological, that I might as well be telling you that water is wet: data integrity is important for retro gaming. As our current storage mediums age and decay, and we begin the arduous process of migrating our data to newer mediums with improved reliability and […]

Goemon 2 & 3 English Translations Released for Super Nintendo/Super Famicom

Legendary translation group DDSTranslation released English translations of Ganbare Goemon 2 and 3 at romhacking.net today. Long considered gems of the Super Famicom library, the legendary Goemon series is starting to open up for English speakers after decades of pleas from fans. The Goemon games are extremely difficult to translate because of they way they […]

Retron 5 Custom Firmware Now Available in English

The Retron 5 custom firmware released by ManCloud now has an English version available.  For those that are not familiar with the custom firmware released prior, it’s a pre-rooted version of the original Retron 5 operating system that provides the following features: Pre-rooted system ADB activated by default German system interface (self-translated – comments are […]

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