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Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: October 28, 2019, 11:36:08 AM »

And here's a video of me playing the JP version with the JP-exclusive hidden character.

Sega Chat / Re: Underappreciated Sega Saturn Games
« on: October 28, 2019, 11:33:16 AM »
Bumpity Bump.

Saturn got a truly excellent port of Athlete Kings (aka Decathlete in JP)

It's a button basher in the tradition of Konami's Track & Field but it's got 10 events with a Decathlon mode and arcade mode (it was a Sega arcade release too). It got a follow up on Dreamcast and PS2 but the Saturn version is the best. Superb in 2 player mode. There's a sequel called Winter Heat which supports up to 4 players.

Here's me doing a playthrough of Decathlon mode.  The character I pick is a tribute to Daley Thompson; double Olympic champion.  :)

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: October 27, 2019, 09:01:54 AM »

There's a PS1 game called Irritating Stick which is similar but I haven't played that.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: October 25, 2019, 09:20:23 AM »
Here's another N64 gem. Very niche but an interesting one nonetheless.

It's called Fire Electric Pen and is inspired by a Japanese gameshow. It's probably the hardest game on the system.

Here's a video of me completing the 1st level. Apologies for the ghetto recording, complete with reflections.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« on: October 23, 2019, 16:01:26 PM »

Good coverage there. I wonder how much the AV mod cost? Must have a look around for that.

The lack of onboard POKEY was a huge mistake.  :(   I have 7800 Donkey Kong and the sound is horrendous.

Retro News & Chat / Re: The Analogue Pocket
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:34:29 AM »

I'm not a handheld person but this multi-in-1 affair looks great. If the screen is nice and sharp I could be tempted. The NeoGeo Pocket and Lynx compatibilty would attract me more than anything else.

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Re: Importing a classic arcade to the UK
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:08:49 AM »
Got 57K over the weekend.  My wife was nagging me for a lift otherwise i might have broke 60K.......


More importantly, something feels as if it has clicked. I'm moving around a lot more  -vital not to be a sitting duck for ufos or homing missiles. Once you pass 30K if you hit a satellite while sitting still you are dead. You need to be moving away from them when they split into missiles.

Their speed past 40 and 50K is ridiculous - you simply have to start getting comfortable with the wraparound to stay away from them (even though they plot their paths using it too - AND ufos shoot wraparound shots).

Nintendo Chat / Re: Nintendo GameCube
« on: October 14, 2019, 16:45:29 PM »

I think saying the Gamecube is a failure is a bit strong. It made money at the end of the day. It remains one of my favourite consoles.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 2600 with composite mod
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:39:25 AM »


Of course I have my PAL one - but NTSC games play with the wrong colours. I have a pile of PAL60 ROMs too which means I can play optimised PAL games but I'd like to be able to sample the entire NTSC library as intended.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 2600 with composite mod
« on: October 13, 2019, 21:28:51 PM »
Was just reading that thread over at Atariage!!!  :)

It does look good. It seems the cart used a weird bit of hardware for the extra ROM on the cart which made it harder to dump that usual.

Checking the 2600 again. The guy who did the mod has the audio and video leads together tightly. No doubt to keep the wires secure from harm. I suspect the audio is interfering with the video.  They are very fine wires.

I can't unwind them without disconnecting one of them. I do have a soldering iron but I've never used one. Would probably be a easy thing to do though - just disconnecting it from the terminal, unwinding and then resoldering it.

The interference changes when I twiddle with the wires so I'm pretty sure it's what is causing it.

Atari Chat / Atari 2600 with composite mod
« on: October 13, 2019, 18:00:24 PM »
Have had a US 2600 for a few years now.

I bought it originally in the mistaken belief I could use it with my CRT in the UK with an RF connection. My plan was to use it with my Harmony cart loaded with a full ROM set and then make a small collection of CIB copies of my favourites.

It's a 4 switch woody and when it arrived it wasn't in as nice a condition as described. It's OK - just not great. The switches were pretty seized up. The difficulty switches at the back were jammed - got one working and one snapped off. I can still adjust it with a screwdriver but it needs replaced. Its the P2 switch so will be rarely used - but still - I was pretty pissed off.

I complained on eBay and I got a refund to almost the full value.

So when I realised the UK TV tuners wouldn't pick it up I got it modded for composite. Bought a kit online and got a local electronics repair shop to do the mod.

Got that done and got a really nice clean picture - but - only in b&w.  The instructions with the kit stated there was a colour pot to adjust but it didn't seem to make any difference.

Bought a composite NTSC - PAL converter. Didn't work.

Tried it with several TVs , modern - even a projector - nothing. Still black and white.

So I put it away. The idea was to make it a project. Learn to solder - replace the diff switch and maybe recap it if that would sort the colour problem.

Lay for a 3-4 years.

Recently got a couple of "new" CRTs after my old one died. Thought maybe I'd try again.

Rigged it up - still b&w.

Opened it up and tweaked the colour pot again - and - colour!!!!!!!


But there is some interference on the image - diagonal stripes. Seems to be affected by sounds too. It's not a huge deal - is more noticable on certain games than others. Still would likeit sorted.

After some poking around on forums - it seems to be an interference thing - poor shielding on cables - and some power supplies can cause it.

The power supply is pretty old and the cables I'm using are cheap so I'm going to try that out.

I also have a 6 switch woody PAL unit with an RF connection that gives me a sweet image on my CRT. I have a pile of PAL60 ROMs of my favourite games on the Harmony so I always have that as a backup.

If I sort the interference out I may consider replacing the diff switch.

Just thought I'd post here and update from time to time.

May start posting more about some hidden gems I find in the huge NTSC ROM archive I have.  :)

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« on: October 11, 2019, 13:44:19 PM »


Retro News & Chat / Re: Atari Box
« on: October 11, 2019, 13:39:13 PM »

When someone wants money up front to develop a prototype - that sends me a message that they do not believe in the project.  Someone who believes in it would invest some time and money to build a prototype. Then see if it can be productised - THEN look for funding.

The whole thing smelt bad to me. $300? pre-order with the info they gave? Thanks but no thanks.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:56:05 AM »
You can add a POKEY chip to it to address that problem.  The issue is the POKEY chips are becoming rare and expensive!

read recently that there is a new POKEY compatible chip on sale. It has proven to work in Atari arcade games and 7800 carts as far as I remember. There are some issues with some Atari computers but it seems to be a workable alternative to finding an old chip.  Google POKEYOne for info.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Games Based on Films
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:27:29 AM »

I have ALWAYS dodged licence tie-in games. Even as a teenager I was suspicious of them. That has stood me in good stead.  :)

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