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li cheng extravaganza ~ IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT D:

posted by taizou @ 2014-06-01 14:43:46 Dumps

it has come to my attention that several of my "fixed" versions of li cheng dumps released recently have the wrong cartridge type set in the header, because i am a huge fool; this will probably prevent you from saving on emulators other than hhugboy :(

i will update this post with any games affected and release properly fixed versions soon! sorry!

UPDATE 16:40 - These are the games with issues (note this only affects the "fixed" versions in other emulators, the raw dumps still work fine in hhugboy):

Wrong cart type in header, can't save:

Probably wrong cart type, but doesn't save anyway (so shouldn't affect anything really):

Bigger problems :(

if you want to play any of these games in non-hhugboy emulators i suggest you hold off for a bit & i'll upload fixed versions soon!

UPDATE 18:32 - New fixed versions are now available for the following games, marked with "Fixed-2" or "Header Fix-2" in the file names:

CBA078 Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian is still undergoing further investigation!

UPDATE 19:04 - fixed the checksums now too shhh

UPDATE 23:12 - CBA078 Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian is now working properly (hopefully), special thanks to SpaceNinja for spotting the problem & testing!

Download here: Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA078) [Fixed-2].zip


li cheng extravaganza ~ part 3

posted by taizou @ 2014-05-31 22:18:20 Dumps

hey the Li Cheng train is back in town, and it's brought... some games!

Xi You Ji 西游记 (CBA076)

A shooter by Vast Fame, based on their previous Harry Potter 2/3 but with a Journey to the West setting. Basically the same as Qi Tian Da Sheng as previously dumped by me, except there are a few extra pictures added at the start of the intro.

raw: Xi You Ji (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA076) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Xi You Ji (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA076) [Fixed-2].zip

Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian 数码暴龙-电脑篇 (CBA078)

A Digimon-based platform game by Makon (Yong Yong). yep Li Cheng released these too.

raw: Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA078) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Shuma Baolong - Diannao Pian (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA078) [Fixed-2].zip

Yingxiong Tianxia 英雄天下 (CBA079)


this is the GBC port of Capcom vs SNK (either by Makon, or at least someone connected to them and/or Sachen) only shorn of all references to either Capcom or SNK, to the point that it doesn't even have a proper title screen anymore.

Note that the raw dump requires "Unlicensed compatibility mode" setting to "Li Cheng" in hhugboy.

raw: Yingxiong Tianxia (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA079) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Yingxiong Tianxia (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA079) [Fixed-2].zip

Sanguozhi Wudai 三国志五代 (CBA080)

Back to SKOB and the Digimon D4/Super Robot Wars team again; this is a strategy game with some actually good music (on the usual bad sound engine) which makes it all the more unfortunate that Li Cheng's release has screwed up music in the pre-battle scenes. The original SKOB version, titled 吞食天地IV, has no such problem. Still this is totally a decent game and definitely shows progression from the developers' earlier stuff.

raw: Sanguozhi Wudai (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA080) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Sanguozhi Wudai (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA080) [Fixed-2].zip


li cheng extravaganza ~ part 2

posted by taizou @ 2014-05-25 19:09:24 Dumps

More Li Cheng stuff today, and they're all new games this time! hell yeah

Gangdan Wuyu 2 钢弹物语2 (CBA064)

This is a Super Robot Wars game by SKOB (developed by the same team as the Digimon game from last time); I think it was originally released under the title Super Robot Taisen Impact (hence the leftover "Impact" on the title screen) but I'm not familiar enough with the series to tell you if it's at all based on the PS2 game of the same name. Incidentally Li Cheng's title translates to something like "Gundam Story 2".

raw: Gangdan Wuyu 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA064) [Raw Dump].zip
header fix (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Gangdan Wuyu 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA064) [Header Fix-2].zip

Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 3 明珠口袋怪兽3 (CBA065)

Well here's a surprise! This is another game originally published by SKOB (as both "Digimon D-5" and "Pokemon Sapphire"), but it was actually developed by BBD/Sintax, and it's actually really good! It's a fighting game more or less based on the Digimon Battle Spirits series, so if you've played those you may know what to expect. Perhaps even more surprising, it's tri-lingual, which I've never seen in one of these games before; you can select from Chinese, English or Spanish.

It seems to go under a few different titles; Li Cheng's game lists give the title I've used above (which translates to "Pearl Pokemon 3"), the cart label has the same name without the "3", while the Chinese title screen uses 口袋怪兽明珠版III (Pokemon Pearl Edition III). The English title (presumably unchanged from an earlier release) is "Digimon Fight" while the Spanish is the terribly-generic "El Monstruo" (The Monster).

Sadly the post-fight save screen is glitched in this version (and this does happen on the real cart too), but that shouldn't affect your enjoyment too much. Also please note that for the raw dump to work in hhugboy, "Unlicensed compatibility mode" needs to be manually set to "Li Cheng".

raw: Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 3 (Unlicensed, Multi3) (CBA065) [Raw Dump].zip
header fix: Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 3 (Unlicensed, Multi3) (CBA065) [Header Fix].zip

Shuihu Zhuan - Jingdian Ban 水浒传-经典版 (CBA073)

A decent strategy RPG by Hitek, probably best-known elsewhere for their "Terrifying 9-11" game, but most of their output in Taiwan and China consisted of this sort of thing. It's actually a port of the Mega Drive game Shui Hu Zhuan by Chuanpu (or maybe I should call them Jam Port now) - thanks to bilova for the info.

There's an odd bug in this version in that NPCs seem to have no boundary checking and will happily wander into objects and off screen; I can confirm that it doesn't happen on Hitek's original cart, so presumably this was another Li Cheng-introduced bug (although my Li Cheng cart is dead so I can't say for sure).

raw: Shuihu Zhuan - Jingdian Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA073) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Shuihu Zhuan - Jingdian Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA073) [Fixed-2].zip

Yingxiong Jian 2 英雄剑2 (CBA075)

Finally, another Hitek RPG; this is the sequel to their previous game which has been dumped for a while as "Heroic Sword". The first was actually a port of the famous Taiwanese RPG "Legend of Sword & Fairy", and this one is a port of another Taiwanese RPG, Heroes of Jin Yong (thanks to money_114 for the info); a title variation was actually already dumped under the (entirely wrong) name "Bokujou Monogatari GB2 (Unl) [C]".

raw: Yingxiong Jian 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA075) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01):Yingxiong Jian 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA075) [Fixed-2].zip


li cheng extravaganza ~ part 1

posted by taizou @ 2014-05-22 21:36:24 Dumps

Hey I'm back again! with some stuff! Quite a lot of stuff, as it happens. I've recently (... ish) dumped a bunch of games released by a company called Guangzhou Li Cheng Industry & Trade Co (广州市骊城工 贸有限公司), also known as Xing Xing Technology (星星科技) or by their "Niutoude" custom boot logo. Li Cheng's output consisted of re-released versions of unlicensed original games from mostly Taiwanese developers, alongside Chinese translations of licensed games, but I'm focusing on the unlicensed stuff for now.

Li Cheng releases of games are almost invariably hacked with a crappy new title screen, and sometimes feature bugs which were not present in the original, so these are by no means the "proper" or the best versions of the games, but their copy protection is way less sophisticated so they're considerably easier to dump & emulate than the originals.

hhugboy supports Li Cheng's mapper so raw dumps should all work properly on that emulator (though in a few cases they might not be auto-detected and you will have to manually set the compatibility mode), but I've also attempted to remove their protection to produce versions that will work in other emulators as well. While their protection is fairly simplistic, it could be inserted at various points in a game, so I've had to manually hack out each instance I could find; this means there may be cases where I've missed one and the game will crash, so if you notice something like this, please leave a comment or email me! There are also a few games which don't seem to make use of this protection at all, but they still have wrong header information to fool dumping hardware and emulators, so in those cases I've just fixed the header and marked them as such.

I'm going to release 5 lots of 4 of these for now, in ID number order, so there's no particular logic to the releases (any more so than there was a logic in Li Cheng's own release schedule, anyway; games from the same developer would sometimes be clustered together presumably because they acquired them at the same time). Today has a lot of variations of already dumped games, but the next one is looking like it'll be all new stuff.

Shuihu Shenshou 水浒神兽 (CBA010)

Vast Fame's Water Margin-based monster-collecting RPG; presented here with the copyrights hacked out. Don't worry, they get more interesting later on. It's a good game though! You should totally play it if you haven't already. Cart provided by Qiezei!

raw: Shuihu Shenshou (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA010) [Raw Dump],zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Shuihu Shenshou (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA010) [Fixed-2].zip

Shuma Baolong - Shuijing Ban 数码暴龙-水晶版 (CBA011)

Another minor variation on a Vast Fame RPG. Also a good game which you should totally play! This one needs "Unlicensed compatibility mode" setting to "Li Cheng" in hhugboy for the raw dump to work properly. (incidentally the title given above is the one from the cart label, which is missing the "3" from the title screen)

raw: Shuma Baolong - Shuijing Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA011) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed: Shuma Baolong - Shuijing Ban (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA011) [Fixed].zip

Emo Cheng 2 - Fengyun Pian 恶魔城2-风云篇 (CBA033)

Emo Dao/Devil Island with a hacked title screen. The next one is something new I swear. But this is a really good game and also isn't a Chinese-heavy RPG so you definitely should play it. (This time the "2" is on the label but not the title screen... consistency wasn't their strong point)

raw: Emo Cheng 2 - Fengyun Pian (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA033) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Emo Cheng 2 - Fengyun Pian (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA033) [Fixed-2].zip

Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 2 明珠口袋怪兽2 (CBA060)

whoa it's a new one! This game is probably better known (if it's known at all) as Digimon D-4, the title under which it was originally released by SKOB. (The developers are unknown but it might have been done in-house by SKOB themselves, or maybe they outsourced it to someone else.) Li Cheng's title translates to "Pearl Pokemon 2", but that's actually no less appropriate than the original name, because this is actually a Digimon/Pokemon crossover RPG; you can choose from a selection of Pokemon and Digimon characters and battle it out against both kinds of -mon in a somewhat interesting battle system involving Track & Field-style A-button bashing.

raw: Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA060) [Raw Dump].zip
fixed (UPDATED 2014-06-01): Mingzhu Koudai Guaishou 2 (Unlicensed, Chinese) (CBA060) [Fixed-2].zip


happy birthday Game Boy!

posted by taizou @ 2014-04-21 14:49:22 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)