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let's get hitek

posted by taizou @ 2017-01-08 21:09:53 Dumps

Yet another unlicensed GB protection system has fallen hell yeah~
As you may have guessed based on my last hhugboy release, this time it's Hitek's turn!

Hitek (or Gaoke) was a Chinese company that released several Game Boy games developed by Ruanxin, a team containing several ex-Waixing staff, some of whom would later go on to work for Jungletac. (Ruanxin isn't explicitly credited in-game, but you can find a bunch of little references here and there, like the boot logo of these carts being "GK-RX" for "Gaoke-Ruanxin")

Their protection is almost identical to BBD's, but they make much better use of it (they switch modes while the game is running, while BBD just sets one at the beginning and that's it; also the cart initialises in a mode that prevents the entire ROM from being read, similar to VF's GBA games), so it's not so easy to hack out. Hence why only Li Cheng ever did it, I guess. So, for now, these games will only run in hhugboy v1.1.8 and up.

Terrifying 911

This first one comes thanks to Ryan Silberman who lent me the cart!

This is probably the most infamous unlicensed Game Boy game in existence - incredibly bad taste presentation hiding an EXTREMELY faithful port (..except the music) of the original Metal Slug. It's a world away from those Sintax/BBD "Metal Slug"s which are basically generic shooty-platformers with sprites from the NGPC Metal Slug games; this is an actual port from the actual Neo Geo.

I previously dumped the Li Cheng release, which was a hack of the Chinese version; this is the original English version complete with fully translated pre-stage shit-talk between George W Bush and Osama bin Laden.

download: Terrifying 911 (Unl).zip

Shuihu Zhuan Zhi Qunmo Fengyun Lu (水滸傳之群魔風雲錄)

A port of Chuanpu's Mega Drive strategy RPG "Shui Hu Zhuan". Again, this was only previously dumped from a Li Cheng cart, in which NPC boundary checking was completely broken (resulting in them wandering through walls or into buildings). Now you can enjoy the original non-glitchy version!

download: Shuihu Zhuan Zhi Qunmo Fengyun Lu (Unl).zip

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1posted by taizou @ 2017-01-08 21:51:24

Oh yeah I discovered a cheat in Terrifying 9/11: hold A+B and press Start at the title screen to skip straight to the ending. Works in both dumped versions

2posted by taizou @ 2017-01-09 12:01:50

another note about the ending - this version actually has the staff's real names, whereas the Li Cheng Chinese version doesn't. I noticed in the LC ver the names are in a different font to the titles though, so they might have been changed from the original Chinese version..

3posted by Osman Color. @ 2017-01-14 15:15:36

Many thaks Taizou

4posted by Maleiva @ 2017-02-03 22:26:20

Terrifying 911 is presumed to be a canceled videogame prototype of Metal Slug for Game Boy develope by Takara.

Takara which is dedicated to making conversions from arcade video games of SNK to console Game Boy . It is speculated that this was modified in that way by Hitek's. If this statement is true, then this prototype was somehow filtered.

5posted by taizou @ 2017-02-03 22:57:39

Yeah I've heard that before but I don't think it's true.. I've never seen any evidence of it being an unreleased official prototype. As far as I know it was developed by Ruanxin themselves.