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July 2004 - Spotlight: EarthBound
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With this article, Lost Levels has just become my favorite videogame website ever. We owe it to you guys for getting the facts straight to all of us. Keep up the amazing work!
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leonk



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great article!!!!

I wonder if the actual original rom dumps are still out there? I can find EarthBound but can never tell which version it is.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're looking for the original, unhacked, Nesticle-locking version, you can pick it up at my page. Look in the Unreviewed section.
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Niels



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent article.. Finally clears the sky. Who owns it now?
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Me



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great piece of Journalism on my favorite subject. Video games.

I hold a dear spot in my heart for electronic gaming and to have it taken to such a serious and professional level is gratifying. As much as there is the needed money of the adamant and stubborn fanboys, for every system, genre, and decade of gaming so far, it is the intelligent gamer behind the scenes that allows for true progress in the field.

Though I did notice some of the slapstick in the forums and all I have to say is, I laughed pretty hard at some of those posts.

This is a great site and I plan to contribute as much as I can.

But what the hell is this GRATE stuff? Who's (or what's) getting ripped on?

But GRATE Doesn't Even Compare to "Oh My God! They're Not Even Human", though.
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Kitsune
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GRATE is a pun that was spawned in the NES prototype game "Sunman". When you finish a level, the screen displays "GRATE! SUNMAN". Or something like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me wrote:
But what the hell is this GRATE stuff? Who's (or what's) getting ripped on?




Great!
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Me



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I get it, it's ENGRISH.

www.engrish.com

Hah, while we're off-topic, I recognize Smeg as the (in)famous Mark Discordia.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe. Nice pic, treeman. After I saw yours, I made this:


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treeman



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hahahaha, that cracked me up
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Erik



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article is certanily outstanding, and answers a whole ton of questions.

I'm a huge Mother/Earthbound fan. I own loads of Mother 1+2 items from the games release. It still continues to astonish me why Nintendo did not decide to release the game, it's translated, and Japan even had a Mother 1 OST soundtrack. Which all the lyrics were sung in English. It's also great cheesy 80's music.

Earthbound could of been a huge cash cow for Nintendo, and I hope that NOA will decide to release Mother 1+2 in English form.

Thanks for the great article, and keep up the great work.
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leonk



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI: Another earthbound proto has been found! (lots of info over at DP including pics!)

I wonder if the ROM content is identical to the one in this article.
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Altered Bonk



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the real deal, or just the ROM dumped onto a blank cartridge, or what?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leonk wrote:
(lots of info over at DP including pics!)


I'd say "link plz" since I was scavaging for it and couldn't find it anywhere, but DP just did what it does good; went down.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's real. And totally overshadowed by the Campus Challenge cart found at the same time.
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leonk



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's a link to pics of the PCB.

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=86536
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just replied to that post and got this message:


Could not insert new word matches

DEBUG MODE

SQL Error : 1016 Can't open file: 'dpforum_search_wordmatch.MYD'. (errno: 145)

INSERT INTO dpforum_search_wordmatch (post_id, word_id, title_match) SELECT 1003083, word_id, 0 FROM dpforum_search_wordlist WHERE word_text IN ('incredible', 'awestruck', 'finds', 'wonder', 'zelda', 'iii', 'demo', 'early', 'build', 'lttp', 'seriously', 'ultimate', 'superior', 'unbelievable', 'mega', 'uber', 'super', 'lifetime', 'earthbound', 'protos', 'competetion', 'cart', 'previously', 'unfound', 'become', 'rich', 'man', 'happy', 'collector', 'bow', 'certain', 'stuff', 'dumped', 'released', 'public', 'retains', 'street', 'value')

Line : 251
File : functions_search.php


I found DP's Super Secret Debug Mode!!
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FlareNUKE



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one I have, does not have the “ZERO” ending on it, is that the original?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The one I have, does not have the “ZERO” ending on it, is that the original?


Not sure exactly what you mean by "original," but yeah, the "Zero" on the title screen was something hacked onto the initial public release of the ROM by Demi. Seems like there's two versions of that release as well, one where the only change was the "Zero" added to the title screen, and a version released a little later that hacked something to bypass the "warning" screen.

The ROM without the Zero text is the original clean dump.
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