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xx Bounty Sword prototype

March 29, 2015, 09:37:24 pm by Evan

Well, I haven't made any progress on revamping my site as per the last news post like I had hoped. Since my backlog of prototype releases is getting pretty large, I thought I should put something out regardless.

Today, I'm releasing a prototype of Bounty Sword, a strategy RPG that was released in 1995. Knowledge of Japanese is pretty much a must in this game, so I was not able to delve too far into it. The game is 80% complete, and does show some minor differences from the final version.

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xx Happy New Year, 年賀!

January 02, 2015, 10:14:37 pm by Evan
2015 marks the 14th year since I originally created this site (which began on January 6th, 2001), and 10 years since the current version of this site was created.  As many fans of this site may have noticed, 2014 was a pretty lean year in terms of updates. There are various reasons for this, but probably the most dominant was the fact that I moved between four continents, which really drained my desire to do updates. In an effort to try and improve the quality of my life, I hope to make this site a bigger priority this year.

Since 2005, I have added over 1000 entries to this site, many of which are mostly empty, or redundant with subsequent design choices.  I know there is a big need to go through everything and reorganize. I think it would be very beneficial for me to go through and see what is on this site, make notes on changes that are needed, and do them. This is likely a huge amount of work, and may take a while for me to do. However, I think that I need to do this before making any new updates, just to take stock of what is here, and see if any improvements to the backend can be made. Some of the things I am thinking of doing might break existing links to images, but the pages themselves should still be the same (so only those hotlinking to my images would be affected, not that I encourage hotlinking). I probably will reorganize the navigation bar as well. I am thinking of something along these lines:

  • Main
  • Games
  • System Info - Right now, the majority of this is the PCB listing, something that has proven to be very popular. I think I will change this section to "hardware"
  • Lists - this section is pretty broken right now, and I think at one point I tried merging it with "system info", but didn't completely finish the job
  • Articles - sadly, there are only six entries here, of which three could easily go into other sections. This perhaps is more of a "misc" section, as is. I am not certain what I am going to do with the articles section, because I think it is kind of pointless right now.
  • Peripherals
  • Prototypes - This section is definitely going to get the axe. A while back, I made a design change to include prototypes on the individual game pages, because I have a massive archive of prototypes that I hope to eventually put on the site. Everything here will be moved to their respective game page.
  • Unreleased Games - one of my pride and joys, some of these pages could be moved to their respective released games pages.
  • Pirates - at this junction, I have no plans to change this page. I really have no interest in pirates, so I doubt I will update this section anytime soon
  • Rarities - Much like the "articles" section, some of these pages could easily fit into a general hardware section, and are not what I would now consider "rarities". Perhaps a better thing would be to merge the rarities and articles section together
  • Homebrew - just added this section last year, I hope to expand it!
  • Emulation - I haven't updated this section much in the past few years, but I would like to revamp it. One of my future goals is to create a full "history of SNES emulation" overview, something that I dabbled in many years ago
  • Development - Right now, this section is mostly a bunch of outdated links. I don't personally do SNES development, and I think there are far better resources out there that can easily be found by google. This section is going to get the axe.
  • Message Board
  • Links - I have a links section, because most sites that existed prior to 2005 had one. I rarely maintain it, and I assume that no one actually looks at it, except people who want to trade links.
  • Website Info - I hadn't looked at this section in years, and it is very much outdated. It still mentions Edgeemu, which hasn't been my host in years! I'd also like to say that I am not really interested in submissions at the moment, considering the vast backlog I already have. This section is going to be changed, for certain, and maybe removed completely.

Over the years, some people have said that the site design is kind of primitive. However, I am all about content over display, I don't really think that a site redesign is going to happen.

Prior to finalizing the internal markup I use for articles, I still was making plain HTML pages, like this one. As part of the cleanup, all of these kind of pages will be updated to my internal markup.

One of the things that I hope to accomplish after doing this housekeeping project is to add all of the scans that byuu did. Right now, I have only added about 50 games worth of scans from that collection. After the housekeeping, I expect to be able to write a script that will automatically add all the scans, so that I do not have to search through hundreds of folders. Of course, editing all of the scans will be a massive project in its own right. In the process of housekeeping, any old scans that are clearly inferior in quality to byuu's will be removed. Obviously, adding more scans will happen after the cleanup.

How long will this take? No idea, but hopefully I will be motivated enough to get it done this year!

Any suggestions on improvements would be welcome now. Due to some problems with spamming, I have disabled registrations to this forum, so either get a hold of me on Twitter, contact me on another message forum I frequent, like, or email me to ask to register.
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xx Updating

October 19, 2014, 08:10:01 pm by Evan
I've decided to go back updating the site, just doing general page updates (i.e. prototypes, scans, general info). Most of it is pretty unremarkable, so I won't make a new post each time I do an update. I suggest following my Twitter feed, where I will post each update.

October 20:
Smash It - Homebrew demo by elix

October 19:
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xx New video: my SNES Collection

August 10, 2014, 01:40:15 pm by Evan
Since making videos has proven to be easier than doing other kinds of updates at the moment, I present a video showing my SNES collection.
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xx Video of my prototypes

July 10, 2014, 04:29:05 am by Evan
I'm putting my prototypes into storage, so I made a video discussing them.

Alas, this forum software does not allow Youtube videos to be embedded directly, so please click on the link.
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xx Another unreleased game update

June 18, 2014, 02:37:24 pm by Evan
Here is a small update on unreleased games. I went through the May 1992 issue of Gamepro, and added four pages:

New Entries:

- Big Run
- Guerilla Warfare
- Rap Attack
- Earl Weaver Baseball

 - Might & Magic II

I also updated the links page, if anyone bothers to go to such pages anymore.
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xx Unreleased Games Update

June 08, 2014, 05:13:57 am by Evan
I scanned through the March and April 1992 issues of Gamepro for information on unreleased games, and updated the following pages:

Substantial updates:

- The Lost Mission
- Spellcraft
- Toxic Crusaders
- Falcon
- Final Fantasy V
- Bulls vs. Lakers
- Golden Empire

Minor updates:

- The Great Battle
- Metal Masters
- Pigskin
- Railroad Tycoon
- Robosaurus
- Might & Magic II
- Swamp Thing
- The Flash
- Ultrabots
- Romancing SaGa
- Castles
- Baseball Stars II
- Robo Mech
- Super Double Dribble
- Ultima V
- Maniac Mansion II
- Casino Kid II
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xx Metal Jack: Armored Police

May 17, 2014, 11:34:56 am by Evan

Although I was made aware of this prototype in the past, the release of the unreleased North American localization of Metal Jack: Armored Police flew under the radar for me. The gameplay is pretty much the same as the Japanese version, but the setting was changed from Tokyo to Los Angeles. I tried to find as much media coverage as I could on the game. I would love it if someone were able to find a higher resolution version of the box art, which I assume does exist. Thanks to nooglide for releasing the ROM image of the game, and ruiner9 for information of the release.

Click here for article.
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xx Unreleased Games update

April 29, 2014, 03:41:01 pm by Evan
I decided to do some work on unreleased games today, looking through some issues of Gamepro. I added two pages, and updated another.

Armor of Thunder - new entry

Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs - new entry

Might & Magic II: Gate To Another World - updated info for the unreleased North American version, plus added additional information on the PAL release and the completely different Japanese version. Also added information on a known prototype cart.

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xx Homebrew section added

April 23, 2014, 03:36:07 pm by Evan
Well, people have been asking for this, and now I deliver: the Homebrew section. Although the SNES homebrew scene is quite limited at present, there are actually a lot of demos out there originating from when the SNES was in its prime. I have decided to start from the beginning in my documentation, and I hope this proves to be a useful archive. The first few pages I have added cover the first SNES homebrew demos, dating from September and October 1992. Expect the language of these BBS scene releases to be crude.

Of course, if there are any new homebrew demos, let me know and I will cover them. For instance, the nu demo.
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