Philips CD-i Player Null-Modem Cable for Data Backup and Restore

Before messing with the timekeeper chip or exchanging the battery it is very important to backup game saves you don’t want to lose from the NVRAM. With a null-modem cable hooked up to a PC there are two options to communicate with the CD-i player:

To build a cable we need a standard serial extension cable and a male 8-pin Mini-DIN connector. Remove the male D-Sub connector and keep it for later (we will need it for the Atari Jaguar mouse adapter).

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60 Hz Modification Tutorial for Philips CD-i Player CDI 220

When looking for a modification to improve the video size/quality of DVC games on my PAL CD-i player I’ve found that two tutorials only are covering that kind of modification (here / here and here). The modification enables PAL player to display full screen video without the black bars on top and bottom. NTSC players benefit from this modification too as there are PAL exclusive software titles that already have full screen video (e.g. De Zaak van Sam) – without the modification parts of the screen are cut off.

Unfortunately the mainboard of my CD-i 220 differs to those used in the tutorials, so I had to get a service manual to figure it out myself. The service manual I found is valid for the Philips CD-i players CDI 220/20 220/25 220/39 (PAL) and CDI 220/31 220/37 (NTSC). It says there is an unimplemented connector 1201 in square C6 of the mainboard:

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New Atari Jaguar Game: Elansar

Elansar is a new game for Atari Jaguar. It was released on other platforms before and got ported to the Atari Jaguar 4MB cartridge format. Luckily I’ve got one out of 75 copies. It came enclosed in an universal game case (ironically all kinds of retro cartridges fit well, except Atari Jaguar’s…) with a small manual booklet and a sticker:

Elansar (Atari Jaguar)

To have a full control experience I’m going to build the mouse adapter by Matthias Domin as soon as a new D-Sub15 connector (VGA) arrives. Unfortunately all spare connectors I’ve got have one or more important pins missing.

Neo Geo X Classics with Firmware v500

Today the brand new Neo Geo X Classics Vol. 1 was in the mail. It contains the games Metal Slug 2,  Sengoku and Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy on a special SD card.

Neo Geo X Classics Vol. 1 Front  Neo Geo X Classics Vol. 1 Sides  Neo Geo X Classics Vol. 1 Back

Also included are the Rocket Cable for charging and upgrading the handheld, firmware v500 (on the SD card) and two manuals (two pages each):

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X-Card for Neo Geo X

Today I received a X-Card GOLD Pack by Neslou. The X-Card is a fool proof solution to play custom content on a Neo Geo X. This is what I got:

X-Card GOLD Pack

A Neo Geo Pocket game case containing the X-Card, a 4GB microSDHC card with adapter, an USB reader, four stickers and a signed note.

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Microsoft SideWinder Strategic Commander and Game Pad Pro

Today I got a sealed new in box relict from an era where Microsoft made great gaming peripherals for computers. It’s the SideWinder Strategic Commander:

Microsoft SideWinder Strategic Commander

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New Arrivals: Tony Hawk Shred and Konami Dance Pad for Wii

Yesterday I got two huge accessories for the Wii (see the Wii game on the right for a size comparison; only 3 of the 9 dance mat segments are shown in the picture):

Tony Hawk Shred and Konami Dance Mat for Wii

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New Arrivals: Wireless Speed Wheel – DSi – Roland U-110

Some new/old stuff that was in the mail this week:

SEGA Rally Online Arcade and the Microsoft Wireless Speed WheelSEGA Rally Online Arcade and the Microsoft Wireless Speed Wheel. For some unknown reason this game is not available for download at my Xbox Marketplace. It’s included as pack-in with the Wireless Speed Wheel only. Because the outer box was missing it was a real bargain buy – both items are brand new.
The Speed Wheel can be seen as a cross-breed between the excellent Wireless Racing Wheel and a regular game pad. Most game think it’s just a game pad and behave accordingly – controlling the cars is almost impossible (e.g. Forza Horizon). But games that were designed to use either wheel play surprisingly well (e.g. Forza 4).

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Nintendo e-Reader 6PIN Protection Cover and Urban Champion

AGB-016 6PIN Protection CoverToday I got two additions for my Nintendo e-Reader collection:

The first one is a small piece of plastic, known as AGB-016 or 6PIN Protection Cover. It is still being sold in AGB-016 6PIN Protection Coverthe Nintendo Online Shop and protects the Game Boy Advance SP screen when an e-Reader+ or an e-Reader with a link cable port is plugged in. Actually it is a very useful little accessory with the only drawback being it has to be fixed permanently on the e-Reader. The e-Reader then won’t fit anymore in the original Game Boy Advance.

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Pirate Dragon Ball Z Famicom Cartridge

Recently I aquired an interesting pirate 2 in 1 Famicom cartridge:

2 in 1 DBZ Famicom Cart

On the title screen you can select two games:

Title Screen

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