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Tycho's homebrew covers
Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:11 am
Last edited by Tycho on Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:52 am; edited 1 time in total
Here's some games I've made.

The first one is Pit Pot. This is the Japanese version which has "edit" mode. I tried to do the artwork in the style of MS games of that era. Pretty sweet game :)
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:14 am
Here's Woody Pop. The artwork I have modified from the game gear version. Took me a few hours to do the artwork alone. The game itself is runnable, you can watch the demo and get it to run but you cannot play it because the controls are all messed up. This is because this game requires the paddle controllers which were not released in the western market.

If anyone is able to hack the rom so it'll work with the gamepad I'll send you a copy of this game for free! :)
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:04 am
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If anyone is able to hack the rom so it'll work with the gamepad I'll send you a copy of this game for free! :)

It's not hard to do, the problem is that the game is designed for the ultra-twitchy motion of the paddle so you'd have to have ultra-twitchy gamepad control, making it quite frustrating. Maybe you could use the second button as a "turbo" control?

I'm guessing they reworked the game somewhat for the GG version.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:17 am
Could the GG version be hacked to run on SMS instead?
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:37 am
It wouldn't be fullscreen.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:56 am
Isn't there a tec toy version? Like a built-in one on their newer console... I'm pretty sure that's designed for the gamepad. Has anyone dumped the rom?
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:09 am
Well we could back port the GG control scheme into the SMS ROM.
But it's really meant to be played with the Paddle Control. You are only damaging the game by not doing that.

Anyone who can bother making or buying reproductions should be able to obtain a Paddle Control in my opinion.
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:39 am
Anyone have some for sale? I have never seen these paddle controllers in my country or on ebay...
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:43 am
I've finished my own hook artwork and am working on my own pat riley cover. They're similar to the ones currently in circulation but I believe they're a little different :)

I am working on a Hook manual since many people would like one. And a Pat Riley one. They will be very simple since I don't knows these games, and may have some errors, but I guess it is better than no manual at all...

I would also like to work on Satellite-7 and Machine Gun Joe manuals but I don't have any box/cart artwork pics of the games to use :( I couldn't find them on this site. And writing up the text on the back of the box will be tricky!

If anyone has any good ideas about the text to write on the back of the satellite-7 or machine gun joe game box I'd love to hear it :)
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:24 am
MyCards only have the card art. Here's the best I found in a brief Google Images search:

http://www.suruga-ya.jp/database/pics/game/148003010.jpg
http://www.suruga-ya.jp/database/pics/game/148003009.jpg
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:54 am
Last edited by Tycho on Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:56 am; edited 1 time in total
Alright I did pat riley artwork in the "buster douglas"-style. Has an error on the back says "16-bit cartridge" I'll get rid of this next time I print it.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:55 am
And I did my own interpretation of hook :)
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:57 am
Thanks Maxim :)
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:00 am
Would smspower be interested in my covers? I'd be happy to share but they are large (5mb bmp)
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:52 am
Yes, we could host them here.
5 mb seems very small however, if they are BMP files. Whats the DPI (or resolution) of your files? You want to be doing those things at 300-600 DPI no less.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:46 am
I start at around 6000x3000 with hook and pat riley (not exactly sure but its around there) and end up at around 1500x1000.

I'm not a great artist (I do the whole job in paint and gimp) so if someone would want to make them look even better I don't mind...
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:53 am
It's good. I just meant I suggest keeping the higher resolution you can, for better printing. :)
Does 1500x1000 looks good enough when printed?
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:22 pm
1500x1000 is pretty close to 150dpi. I don't think it'd look very original.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:08 pm
I bought hook on ebay before I was able to make them myself and I assure you that the graphics are much better than the copy I purchased.

Of course it will not be as good as a mint, brand new game but better condition than an original which is very sun faded or many ex-rental.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:44 pm
Satellite-7
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:44 pm
Machine Gun Joe
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:17 pm
Last edited by Maxim on Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:50 pm; edited 1 time in total
This works extremely well for replicating the original font used on these old-style cases:

http://www.fontslog.com/moderntwosxtnitcstd-light-otf-31036.htm

I'm pretty sure that's a not-entirely-legal download (everywhere else I've seen it has been asking for money). To get the original look you need to hand-kern it to be really squashed together.

Also, Mega Cartridge refers to 128KB games. It think it should be "The Sega Cartridge" for 32KB games.

Edit: the linked site seems to no longer offer it for download. So watch out for the font police.
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:39 pm
Last edited by Tycho on Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:45 am; edited 1 time in total
Thanks :)
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:41 am
OK Here's some new stuff. Uni is keeping me busy but so far I have:

Comical Machine Gun Joe (box, cart, [ugly] manual, working)
Dr Hello (box, cart, not working on MD (VDP2))
High School! Kimengumi (cart, working)
Hook (box, cart, [ugly] manual, working)
Pat Riley Basketball (box, cart, [ugly] manual, working)
Satellite-7 (box, cart, [ugly] manual, working)
Searching the Stars The Story of Mio (ほしをさがして...) (cart, working)
Sonic's Edusoft (didn't make this game - got it as a gift)
Super Boy II (box only)
Super Boy 4, (box, cart, working)
Three Dragon Story (cart, not working on MD (VDP2) - thanks again Maxim)
Woody Pop (box, cart, [ugly] manual, works poorly)

What I'd still like to do are the paddle control games =). And obviously those games which aren't CIB yet make them CIB. And decent manuals, at least 4 pages...

Am I missing anything cool that wasn't unreleased (or not released in export format) thats worth playing?

Oh and I have attached a pic :)
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:45 pm
:-)
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:11 pm
Last edited by Tycho on Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:23 am; edited 1 time in total
I still don't have the game on a PCB but I did the artwork and have a box on my shelf ^_^.Took me all day to do this one! Any good? (NBA JAM Artwork is for an Unlicsensed Homebrew Reproduction of an Unreleased game)

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:52 pm
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I still don't have the game on a PCB but I did the artwork and have a box on my shelf ^_^.Took me all day to do this one! Any good?


I would suggest removing the product code MK-27061-50 as it refers to T2: The Arcade Game, and the barcode since it seems a bit pointless on a reproduction.
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:58 pm
And add a line somewhere noting it is an unlicensed reproduction.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:06 pm
Haven't had time to do much work but I made a Sonic's Edusoft cover. I wasn't happy with the one I got when I bought my repro of Sonic Edusoft back in 2010 so I made a new one Sorry for the low res wanted to save bandwidth (30% size).
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:36 am
btw, @Tycho, i guess you're not the same Tycho as from http://blog.iso50.com ?
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:08 pm
sorry no that's not me.

Here's my lastest cover, I haven't tried the game on real hardware yet..
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:35 pm
Now that's what I call being fast.
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