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mrdomino



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Super Game (Pocahontas,Boogerman,EWJ) NES dev stuff Reply with quote

i was just poking around a few chinese sites rcently, and i came across the blog of maxzhou88 (the guy who posted a lot of the nanjing chinese rpg dumps on that weird ie-only site)...
as it turns out (as far as i can ascertain from google translations) he once worked for a taiwan-owned chinese company that developed a number of the "Super Game" FC pirate originals. and he's posted some stuff from the development of these games on his blog! including source codes, graphics, in-development ROMs and other stuff.

http://hi.baidu.com/maxzhou88/blog/item/571b0150e8c0b56485352449.html - various graphics
http://hi.baidu.com/maxzhou88/blog/item/f5f6376e20920ddc81cb4ae5.html - Earthworm Jim stuff
http://hi.baidu.com/maxzhou88/blog/item/8e7abf2d96ecba30349bf78b.html - Boogerman & Pocahontas stuff (inc sources and dev roms)

surely it can't just be me who finds this shit incredibly interesting.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is really cool. I never thought I'd see a pirate developer become open on this sort of thing.

From what I remember of Super Game, they were one of the better pirate developers on Nes. Their port of Lion King surpassed the official one at least.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This post done got FRONT PAGED because I like it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is definitely front-page worthy, just a minor correction:

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I never would have considered there were strict anti-piracy measures in effect over at piracy companies


I guess it sort of works either way, but did you perhaps mean to say "pirate companies" rather than "piracy companies"? It reads a little funny to me but maybe it's not as wrong as I thought when I started typing this response.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the mentioned 7 year old writeup of Pocohontos courtesy of Archive.org


http://web.archive.org/web/20041212162346/www.theredeye.net/20010512/index.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good god. Here's my ancient review of Boogerman as well:

http://web.archive.org/web/20041204185134/www.theredeye.net/20020228/index.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, that site really doesn't need to come back ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh this got frontpaged, awesome. something else i just noticed is the mention of Realtec, which is slightly interesting - that's the company that released a few mostly piss-poor unlicensed (but entirely original) Megadrive titles in the US, and i think at some point licensed some of Codemasters' stuff for asian release, but it seems like they were also somehow behind SuperGame.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrdomino wrote:
Oh this got frontpaged, awesome. something else i just noticed is the mention of Realtec, which is slightly interesting - that's the company that released a few mostly piss-poor unlicensed (but entirely original) Megadrive titles in the US, and i think at some point licensed some of Codemasters' stuff for asian release, but it seems like they were also somehow behind SuperGame.


I noticed that too, and wondered if it was just coincidence. Does anyone want to take a look at their Mega Drive games and see if there are credits of any kind? Specific names might at least point us to a region. They feel like Eastern games to me, but I don't really know that.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well! i recently played through Balloon Boy for some reason (i say "played through", i cheated past most of it). and there are indeed credits, including one "Xue-Ren Song" who is mentioned as one of the taiwan staff in the blog post.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrdomino wrote:
well! i recently played through Balloon Boy for some reason (i say "played through", i cheated past most of it). and there are indeed credits, including one "Xue-Ren Song" who is mentioned as one of the taiwan staff in the blog post.


Well now!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really amazing post! I definitely agree with you guys, it's really neat to hear from these unlicenced programmers years after. Hopefully this guys post encourages others to speak on their past work.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude...pirates put their friggin names in the credits of their games?

[/Head asplodes]

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, indeed. Wink

Like this one. With "Lee Dan Fai" as "director" which is actually was the name of the former president of Taiwan R.O.C. from 1988. It is in Cantonese denotation form. Otherwise in Mandarin: "Lee Tang Hui".
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa wait, is that Woody? From Toy Story?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it's Marv Albert.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smeg wrote:
No, it's Marv Albert.



Then why is he dressed like a cowboy?






Oh wait, I missed the scarf. Gay cowboy then.

Yeah it's Marv.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Jordan from downtown...YES.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



"We've got a hot selection of men on stage tonight, guys and gals... Let's give a hoot and a hollar for "ONE PISTOL TRISTAN!"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B00daW wrote:


"We've got a hot selection of men on stage tonight, guys and gals... Let's give a hoot and a hollar for "ONE PISTOL TRISTAN!"


Hmmm. Lee Dan Fai is pretty hot in that pic.

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