Pyramid Plunder and ReVival Chase Super CD-ROM²

This was in the mail today: two brand new Super CD-ROM² games for NEC PC Engine.

Pyramid Plunder by Aetherbyte:

Pyramid Plunder

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New Arrival: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Collector’s Edition

Look what came in the mail today: The collector’s edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Basically it’s just the augmented/limited edition plus a very fragile toy with exchangeable hands and arms in a cardboard box. This will keep me busy for some time (the game, not the puppet).

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Collector's Edition)

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Repair a Xbox 360 Controller

If you drop a Xbox 360 controller don’t let it land on it’s bumper buttons. The micro-switches break easily in the inside. They might still work but need more pressure to be triggered. This problem plagues old Sega Saturn gamepads too.

To open Xbox 360 controllers you need a special Torx security screwdriver with a hole in the tip, size T8H. If you don’t have this rather unusual screwdriver you can break the tiny pins in the screws and unscrew them with a regular T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver. Seven screws need to be removed (yellow circles). One of them is hidden behind the white sticker with the barcode and not behind the black sticker where I looked for it first (red circle).

Xbox 360 Controller screw locations

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The PC-FX Memory Manager

PX-FX front expansion port with FX-BMP

Because the internal storage space (32 kB) is limited sooner or later every PC-FX owner needs a FX-BMP memory backup module (128 kB).

PC-FX FX-BMP

The module is backed by two AAA batteries and has it’s own place behind an access door in the PC-FX front expansion port.

When the internal memory is full some games (e.g. Dragon Knight IV, about 12 kB free space required) refuse to start. Then it’s time to move things around until enough space is available for the game to create an initial save state.

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Datach Joint ROM System

The Bandai Datach Joint ROM System is an add-on for the Nintendo Famicom. It plugs right into the cartridge slot and comes with its own small cartridges. The games are enhanced with barcode cards, similar to the Mattel HyperScan.
The retail package with one include game, Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai, is rather easy and cheap to obtain.

Additional games are very rare and even rarer and pricier when the corresponding barcode cards are included. I’ve seen some bootlegs of those games on regular Famicom carts but never tried them so far.

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How to Play Super Real Mahjong P.V FX

Have you ever wondered how to play (and win!) one of those numerous Mahjong games that exist on almost every game console? I’m not talking about the in the west well known matching game but about the real Chinese or Japanese Mahjong, usually played by four players. If you are not familiar with the Japanese language or characters this is almost impossible because not many translated games exist.
I’ve found two games so far that taught me how to play (and win) in a couple of weeks:

  1. The Japanese Mahjong browser/flash game by GameDesign
  2. And FunTown Mahjong on XBLA by Microsoft Game Studios

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New Arrivals: Wizardry and Conveni Wars

These were in the mail today: two games that make use of some special peripherals. No, not the Power Glove, but the ASCII Turbo File and the Epoch BBII Interface. More about them later.

Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario
Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn – The Third Scenario
Conveni Wars Barcode Battler Senki: Super Senshi Shutsugeki Seyo!
Conveni Wars Barcode Battler Senki: Super Senshi Shutsugeki Seyo!

Connecting a Keyboard to a GameCube

ebest e-Keyboard Converter for PC/PS2/GC/XBOXLast year I was tempted to import an expensive and rare official ASCII / Sammy Keyboard Controller for the GameCube, but I’ve found a way cheaper alternative for now: the ebest e-Keyboard Converter for PC/PS2/GC/XBOX. It costs approximately 1-5 EUR and connects a standard PS/2 keyboard to a PC and PlayStation 2 (via USB), GameCube and Xbox (via proprietary connectors).
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Card Games – Mattel HyperScan

In 2006 the Mattel HyperScan was a short lived console with an interesting concept: Enhance a classic videogame with collectible RFID cards. A concept that was picked up in a similar form by the Skylanders games and maybe someday will be used in Nintendo’s new Wii U console.

Playing the games (and scanning cards) can be described as interesting but not as fun. The games seem unfinished and buggy. And then there are the long loading times, a problem already the NeoGeo CD suffered from back in the days.
There were even some first steps with homebrew programs here and here.

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Disassembling the Sharp Turbo Twin Famicom

In the 80s Sharp made some interesting devices powered by the Nintendo Famicom/NES technology. The less known devices are the Famicom Titler, a video subtitler, and the C1 NES TV/Sharp Nintendo Television, a television set. More common is the Twin Famicom, a console that plays Famicom cartridges and Famicom Disk System Disk Cards (and, with a 72-to-60-pin adaptor, NES cartridges too). This is the black Turbo version AN-505-BK:

Turbo Twin Famicom AN-505-BK
Turbo Twin Famicom AN-505-BK

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