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posted by taizou @ 2018-09-12 18:44:31 Dumps

Rockman & Crystal is the English version of Vast Fame's genuinely-quite-decent Mega Man X clone and swansong for their Zook series, and it's been something of a holy grail for ROM dumpers for a LONG time. Just over two years ago, I dumped the Chinese-language Taiwanese release, Zook Man ZX4. So the game has been playable for a while, but what has always been missing is its fantastic English dialogue. Until now!

Many many thanks to a tiny fairy for lending me the cartridge!

here's the ROM: Rockman & Crystal (Battle Network Rockman Crystal) (Unl).zip

It works in mGBA 0.5.0 and later, might work in other emulators if they've implemented support for Vast Fame protection in the meantime. I dunno, I'm not the sheriff of emulators



1posted by taizou @ 2018-09-13 14:23:33

Been hearing reports that it doesn't work in mGBA 0.6.1 or later, but versions between (and including) 0.5.0 and 0.6.0 are fine - older versions can be found here https://mgba.io/old.html

2posted by taizou @ 2018-09-14 00:07:53

I'll look into this more as soon as I can actually get mGBA to build on my machine again

3posted by Osman Color @ 2018-09-15 05:45:14

Taizou, You have fulfilled one of my dreams, since I heard about this game, I always wanted to have the opportunity to play it, but of course I only saw images and videos on the web, no one had dumped or could properly dump the game rom, so I partly lost hope of to be able to play it some day, when you dumped the Taiwanese version it will certainly achieve what many of us want, play the ¨holy grail¨ of the bootleg games, we really appreciate that you have even been able to do it with the english version, hero.
Oh yes, sorry for my relative poor English.

4posted by El vato @ 2018-09-16 02:58:17

I'll see if it works for MYboy mobile emulator

5posted by El vato @ 2018-09-16 03:08:36

It doesn't

6posted by El vato @ 2018-09-17 22:54:39

Retroarch seems to work though.

7posted by taizou @ 2018-09-18 12:13:57

Retroarch will work with the mGBA core yeah. Probably no other emulator will work unless they implemented support based on mGBA's.

Incidentally the bug present in mGBA 0.6.1+ is now fixed and the game should run in dev builds now (including on Switch!) http://mgba.io/downloads.html#development-downloads

8posted by Imaynotbehere4long @ 2018-10-06 17:34:59

The sound font seems to be messed up in the lava/underground stage in this version.

9posted by Imaynotbehere4long @ 2018-10-06 17:50:15

The sound font for the night city stage is also different. Plus, the boss theme for the top-right and bottom-right bosses is slower as well as using different instruments. The hit detection seems about the same between both versions, though.

10posted by Imaynotbehere4long @ 2018-10-06 18:04:05

I wanna reference "go hell" somehow, but I don't wanna seem ungrateful for these dumps. I do appreciate the work you're doing, and you can be sure I'll come bake for more.

11posted by Sterophonick @ 2018-11-10 07:11:26

Gives me a white Screen on hardware with music.

12posted by taizou @ 2018-11-10 15:01:19

yeah it won't work on a flash cart unless it can simulate the copy protection, and I'm pretty sure nothing on the market does that

13posted by XxVladiGamer707 @ 2018-11-30 04:52:41

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14posted by guyzis @ 2019-11-06 22:22:31

XxVladiGamer707, stop.

15posted by guyzis @ 2019-11-06 22:23:18

Meduoer's name in chinese is actually Midoll.

16posted by Sterophonick @ 2019-11-21 23:22:28

Is it possible to crack this game to remove the Vast Fame protection so that it will work on Flashcarts?

17posted by guyzis @ 2019-12-19 00:32:48

No, as far as i know.

18posted by Osman Color @ 2020-01-04 08:34:29

If this game had a direct modern sequel, this would be 20XX, of course, if 20XX had been developed by Vast Fame, :v

19posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-29 19:06:35

2020 and VF is still awesome.

20posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-06-21 05:14:05

I'm wondering if VF is licensed by Capcom they probably would port Mega Man X series into GBA

21posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-08-16 02:15:13

I’ve been hearing some different info from around the web and was wondering if you could help clarify this. Are the English versions of Vast Fame GBA games released by Vast Fame or are they released by that “New Game Color Advance” company? I know that Vast Fame did a couple of English releases on the GBC, but a few of the English releases were by NGCA

22posted by taizou @ 2020-08-16 23:08:54

As far as I know the English GBA releases are all by the "NGCA" company - I don't have as much experience at spotting their GBA releases compared to their GBC ones, but a big giveaway is the Nintendo logo in the seal of quality being in Chicago font instead of the proper one. I checked one of the PCBs and it seems similar to their GBC ones too.

23posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-08-16 23:50:01

Thanks for the explanation. I’ll be sure to look out for that when buying translation bootlegs

24posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-08-17 21:45:15

Would you ever consider making a guide to identifying the "NGCA" company's translations?

25posted by jef @ 2021-01-02 04:58:01

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26posted by waldircley santanna gomes. @ 2021-03-30 01:26:15

como fazer para baixar rockman e cristal?

27posted by waldircley santanna gomes. @ 2021-03-30 11:42:16

como fazer para baixar o mgba emulador?

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