Famiclone Blog Endorsed By Famiclones!

This is a draft of a post I had been making a few years ago I think, but never published for some reason. Not sure if anyone reads or follows this blog anymore, but I’ll publish it just in case anyone does. I may start writing here again, but doubtful.

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Hey, a while ago I did a review for this multicart:

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Pocket Games 5-in-1 Cartridge

And apparently the company who made that cartridge found out, and they put a link to it on their eBay description for the multicart as a review. That’s kinda funny. (:

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Famicom Bootleg Competition?

Hey guys! So I am maybe going to start a competition for playing Famicom bootlegs.

I say “maybe” because I’m not sure how much interest there is going to be in this and if only 2 people are in the competition won’t happen.

Assuming people want to be in, here’s the plan: Every month (or other unit of time) there will be a new task that you have to do in a bootleg Famicom game, and you have to do the task and email your entry to an email that I will set up. Depending on how well you did the task, you will get points, which are added to your total. Whoever has the most points at the  end of the competition is the winner.

Not all the details have been sorted out yet (is TAS allowed? etc.) so (maybe) for more information go to this forum page because that is currently where the discussion about this possibly upcoming competition is going to be, as well as any updates or whatever. If you are interested let me know so I will know to get it set up. 🙂

April Fool!!!

Hey everybody! I’m going to do an April Fools post. First off, be warned: This post is actually pretty stupid. You’ll be disappointed if you expect anything else.

Secondly, I’m writing this at 9:12 PM, so pretty much everybody reading it will be reading it after April Fools is over. Whatever though, it came out on April Fools day, so don’t complain.

So anyway, here’s the stupid thing I’m going to do as my April fools joke…

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… is I’m going to calculate exactly how tall a character from an unlicensed video game is.

That character? Pink Jelly!

…C’mon, guys? Any of you heard of Pink Jelly? What? No one? Aw well. The point is, Pink Jelly is the star of several games developed by Hummer Team. I’m probably going to have some of those games soon, so look forward to that. Anyway, this is Pink Jelly:

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Moving on, here’s how we’re going to figure out how tall Pink Jelly is:

Hummer Team had a mascot called Hummer Pony, and in a couple games, Pink Jelly and Hummer Pony showed up in the same place. That means that if we can calculate the height of Hummer Pony, we can calculate the height of Pink Jelly.

But how do we determine how tall Hummer Pony is? Well, Hummer Team made several hacks of Somari. One of them replaced Mario with Hummer Pony, and another replaced Mario with Sonic.

Wait! Since those hacks of Somari let us play the same levels with Hummer Pony and Sonic, we can compare how tall they are:

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Well, they are exactly the same height. But now we need to know how tall Sonic is.

Well, I don’t need to work that out, because fans of the Sonic series have already looked into this and determined that Sonic is exactly 100 cm tall. This means that Hummer Pony is also 100 cm tall, so now we can try to calculate how tall Pink Jelly is.

There are a couple games I looked into that include Hummer Pony and Pink Jelly in the same place. Those games are Jelly Motor Boat and Fruit War. Well, in Fruit War they are both pretty far from the camera, so to get better data we are going to use Jelly Motor Boat.

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In this game, Pink Jelly is going around on a raft, catching Hummer Pony as he falls from the ceiling over and over again. But whatever, we can rotate Hummer Pony’s sprite and compare it to Pink Jelly’s sprite.

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But wait! There’s a problem. Pink Jelly is sitting down while he’s in the raft, so it won’t be able to judge how tall he is compared to Hummer Pony.

But all hope is not lost! There’s another game called Pink Jelly, the first game to include Pink Jelly. In that game, you can make Pink Jelly sit down. Now we can compare the sprite of Hummer Pony in Jelly Motor Boat to the sprite of Pink Jelly in Jelly Motor Boat. Then we can compare that to the sprite of Pink Jelly sitting down in the original Pink Jelly game, which should be about the same height. Then we compare that to the sprite of Pink Jelly standing up in that game, and we should be able to figure out tall Pink Jelly is! Well, I did the math, and Pink Jelly is…

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…105 cm tall.

Well, yeah. That was pretty stupid, but then again, this is April Fools day, so I get to write about whatever I want, as long as it’s somehow related to famiclone stuff.

Well, that’s it for now guys. I’ve got a lot of really neat stuff that’s (hopefully) going to come in the mail soon, so look forward to that. Bye!

 

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Hi everybody!

As you know, on this site I write about my unlicensed Famicom stuff. But that unlicensed Famicom stuff costs money, you know.

To help pay for all this neat stuff I write about here on The Famiclone Blog, I’ve decided to start up a page at Patreon where you can donate to my blog. You can go to my Patreon page by clicking this link or by going to patreon.com/thefamicloneblog.

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Where the 9999999-in-1 multicarts’s music was stolen from

Hey everybody! Remember my 9999999-in-1 multicart? The one with the hack of Super Mario Bros. that replaces Mario with Pikachu? Yeah! That thing!

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The menu had some music, and a picture of a circus. I said before that they were probably stolen. Well, guess what? I WAS RIGHT!

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Well, I was playing Circus Charlie and figured out where the music and picture were stolen from. Well, you’ll never guess, but they are stolen from Circus Charlie!

Yup. Circus Charlie is on this multicart, so I don’t really have an excuse for not noticing, but still.

Also, you see how the elephant has a blue face? Well, it’s not supposed to. In the original Circus Charlie,  the elephant didn’t have a blue face.

Well, mystery solved, everybody!

 

Game Prince Chinese Mode

Hey guys remember the RS-1 game prince?IMG_5073

Yeah, that thing! Well, anyway, I was playing around with it and I noticed something interesting!

Like I mentioned in previous posts, there are two versions of the built-in ROM. They are both mostly identical. On the version I don’t have, it has a menu that lets you choose between English and Chinese. Chinese is the first option, since this thing is sold in Hong Kong. Then, a revised version started being sold, which removed the language select screen and is always in English. That’s the one I have.

But it’s not always in English. I found a glitch that lets you see the Chinese mode! Remember, Chinese was the first option in the language select. It turns out that for a few frames when the thing is first turned on, the code for the language select is still running. The menu doesn’t show up during those few frames (I got a slow-motion video and checked), but you can still select the language. Anyway, since Chinese is the first option, then if you press start right when it starts, you can access the Chinese menu! Here’s a picture, everybody!

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Little bit different than the normal version, eh?

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Yeah, that’s not much, but it’s still kinda interesting.

That’s it for now, guys. I’ll write more later.

What to do if your Power Joy’s battery cover breaks

Hey guys! What’s up? Today I’m going to talk about my Power Joy plug and play, which recently stopped working. Fortunately I was able to fix it! Here’s how I did that.

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Basically, the the batteries go in the back, and they are held on by the battery cover. Some battery covers can just be taken off, and the device will keep working. That’s because those battery covers just cover up the battery, and the thing will keep working if the battery cover is taken off.

Unfortunately, the Power Joy doesn’t work that way. The way it works is the battery cover has some metal glued onto it, which connects the batteries together and makes the thing work. If you take out the battery cover, it won’t power on.

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This is pretty unfortunate, since these battery covers are thin and made out of cheap plastic. Thin things made out of cheap plastic are prone to breaking, so I guess it’s not really a big surprise that a piece of my Power Joy’s battery cover broke off.

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If that happens, you can’t use your Power Joy with batteries. I mean, Power Joys do have a connector where you can power your Power Joy from a wall outlet, but I don’t have one of those. What I do have though is some superglue, which was what I tried to use to reattach the piece of battery cover to the rest of it.

Unfortunately, it didn’t fit very well into the Power Joy anymore, and the piece broke back off again after a while.

What to do now? Well, all the battery cover really does electronics-wise is it connects the ends of the batteries with metal. I did a little testing and it turns out you can do the same thing with little pieces of tinfoil. So what I did is I glued tinfoil to a little piece of transparent plastic.

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Unfortunately, the tinfoil just fell off after the glue dried, and even if I could keep it on, it turns out to be really tricky to hold the tinfoil in place with one hand and play the game with the other.

So then I came up with a plan that actually worked. I took the original battery cover and taped it on to the Power Joy.

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It doesn’t look the best, but it works!

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I’m starting to appreciate the much more sturdy “battery box” that the VsMaxx MaxxPlay famiclone uses.

That’s it for now, guys. Bye!

Globtop cartridges vs. EPROM cartridges.

Hey guys I’m going to write about globtop game cartridges, and whether or not you should get them.

In case you don’t know, there are two main kinds of famiclone game boards. EPROMs are the kind of board that Nintendo used in all of their official cartridges. Here’s a picture of a pirate EPROM game board:

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And here’s a picture of a globtop cartridge:

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As you can see, EPROM boards are bigger, and they have big, visible chips. Speaking of which, where are the chips on the globtop game? Well, globtops use very tiny chips, and they’re covered in this black hardened goo stuff to keep them in place. From what I’ve read, these carts are supposed to die quicker, but none of mine have stopped working, including one that’s 20 years old.

Moving on, globtops are cheaper to make, and pretty much all modern famiclone games use globtops.

Does it really matter? Well, that depends on two main things. First is whether or not you’re worried about the game dying, and second off is whether or not your famiclone (if you have one) will run them.

Yeah, some famiclones won’t run globtops. Official Famicom systems won’t, either. (I mean, that’s not completely true. Every once in a while you’ll get a globtop that will run on an official Famicom, but most of the time that won’t happen.) Here’s a picture of what happens if you try to run a globtop game in a system that doesn’t support globtops:

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Whether or not a famiclone will run a globtop games depends on whether or not it uses the NOAC chip. (NOAC stands for NES On A Chip.)

One way to tell is to open up your famiclone with a screwdriver and see what chips it uses. But you should be careful, since last time I tried opening a famiclone, some pieces started falling out. I was able to put them back in, and now it works, but you should still be careful.

A less risky way is to go and buy some cheapo globtop game and see if it runs. That costs money, but still, the chance of breaking your famiclone is zero.

But how do you tell if a cartridge is a globtop?

Well, not very easily. Here’s two cartridges. One is an EPROM and one is a globtop. Can you tell?

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Well, probably you couldn’t, unless you read my previous posts about these two cartridges. But anyway, you can’t tell by looking at the cover.

One source said that globtops are noticeably lighter. Well, I went and weighed my two globtop cartridges, as well as some non-globtop cartridges, and here are the results:

Globtops:

  1. 1.1 ounces.
  2. 1.2 ounces.

EPROMS:

  1. 1.2 ounces.
  2. 1.2 ounces.
  3. 1.6 ounces.
  4. 1.2 ounces.

With the exception of the third EPROM cart I weighed, none of these are “noticeably different.”

But, if you ripped out the circuitboard and weighed that, it would be noticeably lighter. My only loose EPROM board weighed 0.5 ounces, and a randomly selected loose globtop board weighed 0.1 ounce.

Most people probably don’t want to go and rip open their cartridges, though, and if you’re going and buying one, the seller probably isn’t going to want to do that either. How else can you tell?

Well, you can’t do that very easily. One thing you can try is looking for any openings in the cartridge, and looking for any globtop chips.

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Yeah, other than that, you can’t really tell.

If you want to play a globtop game and your famiclone doesn’t, you’ll have to go and buy another famiclone running off an NOAC chip.

One good way to get a NOAC famiclone is to get a plug-and-play famiclone, like a Power Joy. Those are smaller, and because of that the publisher probably had to put in an NOAC chip in order to get an NES to fit in the system.

That’s it for now, guys. Bye!

Pocket Monster debug mode??

Hey everybody!!

The other day I was playing Pocket Monster on my 400-in-1 multicart, and I paused the game, and it turns out that when you pause the game, all the bad guys and stuff keep moving across the screen, while your character stays in place. Well, that’s kinda weird, but what do you expect from a pirate game?

Well guess what? That’s not all! You can move your character around the screen with the D-pad, in the air, through the walls, and everything! And then you can unpause the game at any point and Pikachu will show up there. Weird, huh?

You can basically just use this to cheat through all the levels, but that’s cheating, and you shouldn’t do it.

Yeah, I dunno why Super Game didn’t even bother to take out the debug mode, but it’s still there. If you wanna cheat at Pocket Monster, now’s your chance.

Here’s a video:

That’s it for now. Bye guys!!

Trying to Contact a Famiclone Company, Part 3

Alright guys, New Game responded to my email about whether or not they do shipping to the United States. You can skip to the bottom of this post to see what they said, but right now I’m going to give a summary of what the other famiclone companies did:

NiceCode Software
Their website isn’t up anymore.

Shenzen Nanjing Technology
Their website isn’t up anymore either.

Trump Grand Manufacturing
Their website says they have an email, but the email they say to contact them with isn’t up, and anything you send to them that way won’t get received.

NTDEC/Asder
They have a website, and an email, and you can send stuff to that email, but after 8 days, they still haven’t responded. (UPDATE: They still haven’t responded for like three months)

Super Game
They responded in five hours. I asked if they do shipping to the United States, and they said “Hello. Only ships to Russia.”

Alright, so out of the three famiclone companies I emailed, only one responded.

That basically concludes this thing about trying to contact a famiclone company, and unless NTDEC replies to my email later, there probably won’t be a part 4 of this.

That’s it for now. Bye!

UPDATE: I should probably also mention that there are two famiclone companies called Super Game. The one I sent an email to  is a publisher, and the other one is a developer.