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Competitions 2019
Post Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:30 am
Ultra-short rules:

The same as every year.

Slightly longer rules:

Deadline is 27th March 2019. You may choose to interpret that in any reasonable way. We expect people to submit patches/fixes in the following days, but try to get your entry submitted by March 27.

There are three main competitions: coding, hacks and music.

Coding competition

Write something that runs on a Sega 8-bit home system which isn't a hack. A game, a demo, a tool!
(See our Homebrew section for an idea of past work done by the community.)

Hacks competition


Make a hack of a game for a Sega 8-bit home system.
(See our Hacks section for an idea of past work done by the community.). GG2SMS hacks are not valid for the competition, there are too many of them. Please post them through regular non-competition means.

Music competition

Make some music that either uses the sound chip(s) from an Sega 8-bit home system, or is an arrangement of music from commercial software for that system.
(See our Music section for an idea of past work done by the community.)

The small print

* If you have a project that don't clearly fit in the Coding/Hacks/Music criteria and you think would be a good fit in the competition, please message us and we may work something out together (e.g. enter the project in Coding competition if that seems reasonable).
* Super-offensive or overly illegal content will get your entry rejected. Be nice.
* Entries should be either made for this competition, or substantially different to any earlier release.
* Coding entries must be in a format that works with a wide variety of emulators, i.e. raw ROM image or disk images. Tape images and wacky custom formats are no good unless you are genuinely making something related to those formats.
* Hack entries must be either in a format like for coding entries, or in the form of an IPS patch. You must give details of the original file(s) your hack is based on.
* Music entries can be in any format you like, provided it's VGM or MP3. You are welcome to also provide the same music in some other format alongside it.

How to enter

E-mail: competition AT smspower.org

Please do make sure to:
* Attach the file(s) preferably, however our gmail account will filter .ZIP files (even renamed) if they contains executables or batch files. If you have them, upload your file to Google Drive / Drop Box / etc. and send us a link.
* Mention the word "competition" in your subject line
* Mention your forum user name.
* Provide us with a clear, official title for your entry (as opposed to "here's my entry: rom.sms").
* Provide us with a description of the entry if you would like one to be included. We will copy whatever in your e-mail looks like a description to the corresponding pages.
* If it's a hack, specify which game/version/CRC.
* If it's a music, specify if it's an original track or a cover (specify which game, which track).
* Including cover art makes you 20% more awesome :)
* Including sources (for both music and code) makes you 256% more awesome. :)

You should receive an automatic response when it is received.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:49 am
Well, we are doing well for music entries but we are low on coding and hacks entries - I hope you guys are all hard at work, as the deadline is the end of tomorrow.
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:21 pm
I'll submit something for tomorrow :-)
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:34 pm
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I'll submit something for tomorrow :-)


Me too!!!
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:33 pm
I’ll pass on submitting something for the competition this year, and look forward to see/hear what everyone makes.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:21 am
I won't be able to submit anything this year, either, but I'm really curious to see this year's entries! ;)
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:32 pm
nothing from me unfortunately - someone else has to get the last place this year :p
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:36 pm
no time to code anything, not even a twee2sam entry from me, sorry.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:02 pm
Working but not enough time... after a vacations oN second half of last year I am now working on my biggest proyect up to date. But i Will enjoy all entries for sure!!! Congratulations to everyone.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:03 pm
Well, currently we only have one coding entry so there's not much competition - although maybe the last minute entries are still being worked on.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:15 pm
Submitting my entry to the hacks now :)
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:29 pm
Maxim wrote
Well, currently we only have one coding entry so there's not much competition - although maybe the last minute entries are still being worked on.


I'll post my coding entry this afternoon/night
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I plan to submit my coding entry in 2 weeks time when the comp is long over and nobody cares about it anymore. Because that's how far behind I am! :)
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:49 pm
You could post it as an alpha if it has anything to see - I usually find I get to that point rather late though.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:35 pm
Trailer:
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:13 pm
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Trailer:


I want to play that! :-D

I just submitted my entry! :-D
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:46 am
Entries are slowly appearing now.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:55 am
Maxim wrote
Well, currently we only have one coding entry so there's not much competition - although maybe the last minute entries are still being worked on.


Hi - I submitted an entry late last night i.e. before C.O.B 27th March but didn't receive an automatic response...
However, I just checked the Coding - 2019 page an see my name listed so I *believe* it's been received OK?
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:55 am
Maxim wrote
Entries are slowly appearing now.


F5 F5 F5 F5 F5

I already played Bubble Dragon in Paradise Island :D
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:42 am
And now everything is up!

You can listen to all the music on YouTube at

Competition pages are up at:
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Coding-2019
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Music-2019
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Hacks-2019

If someone can make YouTube videos for the hacks and coding entries then that would be nice.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:25 am
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And now everything is up!

You can listen to all the music on YouTube at

Competition pages are up at:
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Coding-2019
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Music-2019
http://www.smspower.org/Competitions/Hacks-2019

If someone can make YouTube videos for the hacks and coding entries then that would be nice.


I have planned to make some videos :D
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:35 am
Polls are now open, for two weeks.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:47 am
Two weeks is nearly finished - voting will end in a few days, hurry up if you haven't voted yet!
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:17 am
Results are now posted.

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and marginally more congratulations to the winners of each category:

- SteveProXNA won the coding competition with Platform Explorer
- Yeti Bomar and Calindro won the hacks competition with Ze Legende of Oliv
- gregglesarus won the music competition with WonderBoyInMonsterLand - Town
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:23 am
Congrats to the winners!

I've to say that this year, especially with the KiddEdd hacks, the level was high!
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:42 pm
congratulations to everyone and thanks for sharing your work guys :)
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:53 pm
Maxim wrote
SteveProXNA won the coding competition with Platform Explorer

Wow...! Still in shock :)

kusfo wrote
I've to say that this year, especially with the KiddEdd hacks, the level was high!

Absolutely kusfo... totally agree esp. with the KiddEdd hacks...
Actually has anyone documented how these awesome hacks were built e.g. on Blogger, YouTube etc.?
[Outside of the "How to Use BPS and IPS Patch Files" page]

sverx wrote
congratulations to everyone and thanks for sharing your work guys :)

Awesome sverx - couldn't have done it without the devkitSMS...!
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:45 pm
Congrats to the winners!!! :D
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:06 pm
Thank you all for the lovely comments and votes :) Was great fun!
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