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happy birthday Game Boy!

posted by taizou @ 2014-04-21 15:49:22 Dumps

Well the Game Boy is 25 years old today, and to celebrate... here's a hastily prepared release of a Harry Potter game! (yay?)

A Chinese version of this game (albeit not the original) has been dumped for quite a while now, but here I have the English version. This was dumped from a cart with no protection whatsoever, which looked absolutely 100% identical to a cart I'd previously tried to dump which did have protection. I actually only bought the second one because it came with a box; I thought I might as well at least try to dump it in case it turned out to be a different revision or something. and I'm glad I did! because I can now bring you:

Harry Potter II

For those of you not familiar with the dumped version, Harry Potter 3, this is a horizontal shoot-'em-up seemingly developed by Vast Fame, although for some reason they didn't use their own (usually excellent) music and instead "did a Sintax" and stole some from somewhere else. Fortunately they had better taste than Sintax, so they didn't just rip off GBC Lemmings again; they took the soundtrack from Parodius, which is pretty great in its own right, and fits the game well. Vast Fame even steals better than everyone else.

amusingly way back in 200-something I released my own translation patch for the Chinese version, so you now have two English versions to play with - mine wasn't perfect by any means, but, well, here's a comparison of the first couple of scenes in the intro (mine on the left):

(you can also see in those screenshots that the pictures were all cropped for the official version, seemingly due to the way the font was stored)

anyway, have fun:

download - Harry Potter II (Unlicensed, English).zip

(note that it's now named Harry Potter II rather than 2, based on the title on the box/cart; BBD's one is also known as "Harry Potter 2" so I'd like to distinguish them in case I ever dump that)


sintaxmas 2013!

posted by taizou @ 2013-12-25 12:50:06 Dumps

merry sintaxmas everyone! sintax claus has six things for you this year - all but the first are variants of previously dumped games but some of them are fairly interesting I think. no cart pictures because i don't have access to them right now, sorry.

(oh and hopefully you know the drill by now but the raw dumps will only work in hhugboy or MESS, fixed versions are for all other emulators)

Mo Shou Shi Ji: Zhan Shen (魔獸世紀-戰神)

"World of Warcraft" or a fairly bad platform shooter thing. With an entirely new engine, unexpectedly. In the first level you can literally just hold down right and you pick up enough health items to cancel out the damage you take from enemies. Later levels add a bit more variety though, thankfully.

raw: Mo Shou Shi Ji - Zhan Shen (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Mo Shou Shi Ji - Zhan Shen (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

Feng Zhi Gou II (风之谷II)

This is more or less the engine from Final Fantaxy IX with a few tweaks and without the overworld. It's supposed to be based on MapleStory but I have it on good authority that it actually has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

(thanks to KingPepe for testing this one!)

raw: Feng Zhi Gou II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Feng Zhi Gou II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

2003 Shu Ma Bao Long: Ge Dou Ban (2003数码暴龙 格斗版)

well this one's my favourite. the engine from that Three Kingdoms beat 'em up with some loose Digimon theming applied. characters that are obviously just repurposed sprites from somewhere else, enemies that are often just dinosaurs and Sintax self-promotion in the backgrounds. what's not to like?

raw: 2003 Shu Ma Bao Long - Ge Dou Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: 2003 Shu Ma Bao Long - Ge Dou Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

Luo Ke Ying Xiong EXE5 (络克英雄EXE5) / Luo Ke Ren X5 (洛克人X5)

this is yet another variant on the Castlevania game, this time Mega Man-themed.

if I can go off on a tangent here: interestingly while it uses the usual Chinese name for Rockman (洛克人, luò kè rén) on the title screen, on the cart it has the name 络克英雄 (luò kè yīng xióng), which more or less translates to "Rock Hero", albeit with a different "luo" character. This is very close to the Chinese name for Vast Fame's Zook Hero series, 路克英雄 (lù kè yīng xióng); Sintax previously released a game called "洛克英雄传3" (luò kè yīng xióng chuán 3) or "Rock Hero Legend 3", which kind of serves as a semi-official-unofficial sequel to the two GBC Zook Hero games, and Vast Fame's own GBA follow-up was called "Zook Man ZX4" in Taiwan, so I guess this is supposed to be the next entry in the series?

anyway, thanks to Shazam for supplying the cart!

raw: Luo Ke Ying Xiong EXE5 (Luo Ke Ren X5) (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Luo Ke Ying Xiong EXE5 (Luo Ke Ren X5) (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

2003 Gu Huo Lang II (2003古惑狼II)

The previously dumped Crash Bandicoot game in Chinese, if you're into that sort of thing.

raw: 2003 Gu Huo Lang II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: 2003 Gu Huo Lang II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

Bing Yuan Li Xian Ji II (冰原歷險記II)

finally, this game is already dumped, but here's another variant. its better known as Ice Age 2, although the label just says "冰原歷險記" without the II.

raw: Bing Yuan Li Xian Ji II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Bing Yuan Li Xian Ji II (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip


new dump! Super Mario World 7

posted by taizou @ 2013-08-04 17:54:58 Dumps

okay just a quick one - this is a hack of Adventure Island 2 & it was ripped from an 18 in 1 multicart dumped by RobGBA. i've had it myself for a while on a 19 in 1 but that cart died before i could dump it properly ):

download - Super Mario World 7 (Unlicensed) (Multicart Rip).zip


new dump(s)! Metal Slug 3 & Pokemon Platinum

posted by taizou @ 2013-06-30 15:03:03 Dumps

okay let's pretend for a moment that these games have something to do with each other to justify posting them together:

They both have yellow carts. The label layout is basically the same. In fact both labels even show characters (who are not in the respective games) standing back to back. Both are later games in series Sintax has covered several times before, and to an extent each recycles something from one of the previous games. Both have Lemmings music. Both are basically platform/shooting games and seem to run on a similar engine, and both are reasonably fun despite some dubious production values. okay maybe these games have a lot in common! but only that stuff. everything else is different.

Kou Dai Yao Guai - Bai Jin Ban (口袋妖怪-白金版)

Sintax Pokemon Platinum: released 2005. Nintendo Pokemon Platinum: released 2008. who are the real pirates eh?

this is a fairly average platformer anyway. the sprites are cute! there are four selectable characters: Psyduck, Flareon, Pichu & Abra. and I have no idea if the MP gauge and the four icons in the bottom right actually do anything (the manual doesn't help) (also there's a story in said manual but its just the one from Pokemon Sapphire)

raw: Kou Dai Yao Guai - Bai Jin Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Kou Dai Yao Guai - Bai Jin Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip

Yue Nan Zhan Yi 3 (越南戰役3)

this one is a Metal Slug game. and strangely for a company so fond of reusing engines, it doesn't recycle the one from Metal Slug 2001 - or even the one they used in Metal Slug X - but the one they've come up with here isn't too bad. A few graphics are taken from 2001 though (the rest being largely ripped from either the NGPC Metal Slug games or various other sources)

raw: Yue Nan Zhan Yi 3 (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Yue Nan Zhan Yi 3 (Unlicensed, Chinese) [Fixed].zip


new dump! Digimon D-3 (+10 in 1)

posted by taizou @ 2013-05-11 21:19:47 Dumps

got another game from one of my old videos today - in Chinese it's known as Chao Jin Hua: Shu Ma Bao Long D-3 (超進化 數碼寶貝D-3) but for short I'll call it Digimon D-3, which also happens to be the name of the official English version. It's a fairly okay averageish platformer originally published by SKOB but developed probably by BBD or something.

download - Chao Jin Hua - Shu Ma Bao Bei D-3 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (Multicart Rip).zip

This was ripped from a 10 in 1 multicart, called "數碼暴龍專集 10 in 1" - as the multicart is only 4mb I was able to dump the whole thing (the Vast Fame ones are larger than that and use some kind of bankswitching which my dumping hardware can't replicate at the moment), so just for completeness I'm posting that as well, but note that it isn't properly emulated in anything. All the other games on it are identical to existing dumps, but it's an interesting cart nonetheless:

download - Shu Ma Bao Long Zhuan Ji 10 in 1 (Unlicensed).zip