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UPDATES OF JANUARY 2000






01.31.2000 LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-31-2000 Mortal Kombat Triology V1.2 Midway USA os-mkt12.zip 64mbit



01.30.2000 LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-30-2000 Toy Story 2 (French) Activision Europe hs-ts2pf.zip 96mbit

MORE DEXDRIVE SAVES
Well I've been looking through my controller paks again and found a few SRAM saves as well as normal controller pak saves, here's what I've got for you this time.

Click here to check out our DexDrive page.



01.28.2000 TOOL: N64 ROM RENAMER V2.1
This is a tool which tries to find the country and the full name of a ROM using the internal ROM-id, a CRC1-method if necessary and a database (roms.ini). With this data a filename is generated and you have the option to rename the rom to this filename.

Here is what is new in this version:

  • fixed a bug that caused a short flashing at the start (no real bug ;-)
  • bugfix in the CRC1-Method which sometimes reported some N64-ROMs as unknown (e.g. Pokemon Snap)
  • Zelda v1.1 is now recognized correctly and no longer as normal Zelda (via CRC1-Method)
  • ROMs with countrycode X are now correctly recognized as PAL-Australian (before unknown country)
  • improved the errorhandling routine - now clear an better errormessages
  • enhanced the CRC1-Method. Every ROM can now be recognized theoreticly, no more unidentificable ROMs !
  • internal CRC1-Database and external ROM database enhanced to 462 ROMs total
  • new "About"-Dialogue
  • Check at the start if the roms.ini is there
In this version 413 ROMs are recognized via roms.ini and another 49 ROMs by using the special CRC1-method. That makes total diffrent 462 ROMs, no matter which country they are from. If you say that every ROM is avilable in three different country versions (Euro, USA and JAP, sometimes also Germany) then the total number of recognized ROMs is 1386.

Click here to download the tool (english) or here for a german version.



01.27.2000 MORE DEXDRIVE SAVES
Well its time to expand the DexDrive archive a little, so here's some new saves for: While backing up some of my Memory cards and transfering data to other carts I noticed that the SRAM from Rogue Squadron didnt screw up under the transfer from the Blackbag Memory Manager (Controller pak) -> dexplorer -> Memory Manager (controller pak). Though the only way to back up the SRAM to the PC is to have the DexDrive do a backup of the entire controller pak (use the backup button) and then when you want the SRAM back on a cart you cant just drag and drop the SRAM data, but you need to use the "restore" option which will transfer the entire controller pak save back on the controller pak. You can ofcourse delete all the other saves before restoring the controller pak backup, but remember once you deleted them they're gone forever unless you still have the saves on a controller pak or in another dexdrive backup file. Also beware, the restore option deletes everything on the controller pak before uploading the backed up dexdrive save. I've tested this more than once, and it WORKS!! =)



01.26.2000 LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-25-2000 Toy Story 2 Activision Europe mnc-ts2p.zip 96mbit
01-25-2000 Mario Party 2 N & Hudson USA mnc-mp2u.zip 256mbit

Space Harrier got delayed to late 2000, I think.



01.23.2000 DONKEY KONG 64 TV COMMERCIAL
Yeah well I just snapped the Donkey Kong 64 commercial off the german MTV and umm well it looks like a US commercial with voices dubbed, bleh. Click here to go to the magazine and tv commercials page.



01.22.2000 N64 TV COMMERCIAL
I noticed this N64 commercial on MTV Germany the other day, I popped in a tape today while they ran Select MTV and woop there it was. Click here to go to the ads section. I'm told that a Donkey Kong 64 commercial is being shown too, I'll do my best to grap that one too.

N64 ON SALE IN DEMMARK AND GERMANY
Well it seems that some stores are clearing out the N64 stock, to get room for? Well anyway you Danes might wanna check out "Merlin", I went there yesterday and grapped Body Harvest for $14 (99,95), they had one more game available in Aalborg (Quake at $21 - 149,95), but who knows they might have more available elsewhere.

I've just spent 14 days near the Danish-German border and went to Flensburg where I noticed that "Karstadt" had serveral N64 titles, Virtual Chess, NHL Hovkey '99 and uh well cant remember the rest but there was 5 or so titles to choose from. They were priced $17 (30 D-Marks). In case you're interested in SNES they had serveral SNES Titles, Harvest Moon, Terranigma, Donkey Kong Country 1-2-3, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario All-Stars, The Great Circus Mystery and more priced $11 (20 D-Marks) each.

HINTS FOR BODY HARVEST
If you havent played this game yet I suggest you do so. I've been stuck on level 2 for some time now and just began playing the game again. On level two there's a door underneath a giantic statue which cannot be opened and I had no idea of what to do, until now. There's a mountain near the statue and on top of it there's a cave with something called "the sun shield". You need the sun shield to light a torch the statue is holding. To do that press Down on the D-Pad and thoose the Shield, then hold down the R button and point the target just above the torch and hit Z, the torch will start burning and you'll be able to enter the door below the statue.

Hoe to get the Cog from the Miller? Shoot the "wings" off his mill and you're able to grap it. Remember to give the Cog to the guy on the other side of the lake (where you found the boat). He will then be able to fix the watergate and you'll be able to move on! (yey). Use the boat and turn right once you're through the watergate... go as far as you can to the right and you'll con to an island, kill (destroy) all the cannons etc and then kill the giant dragon thingy (I used the Shield to kill it heh, went damn fast).

Well this became a quick FAQ for Level 2 of Body Harvest, heh. I'd love to post some DexDrive SRAM saves, but unfortunately there's no tool which backs up SRAM correctly yet, if ever.



01.19.2000 N64 PROMO VIDEOS
Digging into the N64 collection I found 4 old promo videos and decided to create a page about these collectors items. I know that much more of these exist all over the world, so if you've got one which isnt listed then feel free to write me a line about it maybe even a scan of the cover. click here to enter the page. Check out the MISC page for other stuff added.

GAMESHARK CODES
Finally some of the GameShark codes are online, from letter A - P. Click here to enter the page.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-18-2000 Armorines Project (Ger) Acclaim Europe lfc-apg.ZIP 128mbit
01-18-2000 Akumajou Dracula: Legend.. Konami Japan mnc-n/a.zip 128mbit

DEXDRIVE REVIEW
Yes! I finally finished the DexDrive review which was supposed to be here weeks ago, but uh well.. erh nevermind, just read it k? :)

TOOLS: N64 ROM INFO V2.0
Einstein II has released a new version of his N64 rom utility which tries to find the country and the full name of a ROM using the internal ROM-id and a database (roms.ini). With this data a filename is generated and you have the option to rename the rom to its long filename. It currently knows 412 commercial games, demos and homebrewn games. This verson has the following changes:

Bugfix when reading the headerdata:
Some N64 ROMs were not recognzized as N64 ROMs in the previous release, and are now:

  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Star Wars E1 POD Racer
  • NBA Hangtime
  • New Tetris
  • Quake 64
  • Cruisin USA
  • Doom 64
Batchmode (yeah !)
UltraHLE-like filenames (spaces are replaced by _)
Statistics after batchmode
Correct name of the fileformat:
Byteswapped = Dr. V64 Format, normal = Mr.Backup Z64 Format
CRC1-Method, this is good for recognizing roms that have the same internal name, Pokemon Snap Station is no longer recognized as Pokemon Snap
ROM-Database enhanced (422 ROMs are recognized) and different versions of the internal ROMnames were added so the recognitionrate is much higher.

I dont really think this tool is of much use to anyone really, I personally could care less, but well here you have it.

MORE HOMEBREWN GAMES AND DEMOS ADDED
Well i grapped a few more demos from the CD as well as a game by Charles Doty called Sporting Clays which is ok actually, click here to check out the demos and games page. Please note that there are no commercial games there, and dont ask! please.



01.18.2000 PERFECT DARK NEWS
The day we're finally able to play Perfect Dark is comming closer and closer and here's some news about the game. A new feature in the game is that you now is able to play the game as 2-player co-operative which means that 2-player, Joanna Darks sister, will be able to help Joanna through the game but also play against eachother, where one has to stop the other from completeing the missions.

Perfect Dark now requires the Expansion Pak to play the "story mode" but not the "battle mode" or ehatever they'll be called.

European gamers should have the game by the end of April, Americans probably a bit sooner. A word is also out that Rare is releasing a Gameboy Color version of Perfect Dark which should include 15 minutes of speach, hrmmmm.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-18-2000 Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku Konami Japan mnc-gomn.zip 128mbit



01.16.2000 NEW DEMO FROM SPLIT
And a friggin amazing one it is, but whats up with that error intro-screen saying pom99? :)
Click here to download the demo. Please note that it's NTSC only, so if you've got an older PAL tv you'll have to videofix it, using paladin.


LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-16-2000 Robot Ponkottsu 64 Hudson Japan mnc-rp64.zip 256mbit
01-15-2000 Baku Bomberman 2 Hudson Japan mnc-bbm2.zip 128mbit
01-15-2000 Rainbow Six (Ger) Red Storm Europe hs-rb6pg.zip 128mbit
01-15-2000 A Bugs Life Activision Europe nil-bugs.zip 96mbit

SITE HACKED
Well someome found it funny to hack the site while we were located at emuclassics, but to Protokol at his gang, bah go fuck yer momma!



01.15.2000 LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-15-2000 Knife Edge: Nose Gunner Kemco Japan na.zip na-mbit
01-15-2000 Choro Q 64 2 Takara Japan mnc-chq2.zip 96mbit
01-14-2000 NBA Jam 2000 Acclaim Europe nil-nj2k.zip 128mbit



01.11.2000 SCREENSHOTS FROM THE NEXT N64 RELEASES

Harrier 2001 (source: ign64.com)


Mario Party 2 (source: ign64.com)

SEQUEL TO OLD NES GAME COMMING SOON
Well who doesnt know Track & Field and who hasnt played it on the NES till their fingers hurt? Well I did atleast. The new N64 version is called International Track & Field and will be the first "athletic" game on the N64. I havent play the game yet, since it aint out March, but judging by the screenshots it looks ok, but we all know how bad controlls were in Nagano Winter Olympics, hmm? Anyway, the game will use the exp. pak for better graphics and will feature a lot of events to compete in.
For more info, check out ign64's preview.

COLOR'D N64S GETS US RELEASE TOO
They've been out for a few months in Europe, but with no sign of a US release, but at CES Nintendo announced that that the lineup of different colored "see-thru" N64s will arrive in US stores around 21 February. The colors are smoke (gray), ice (blue), fire (orange), jungle (green), watermelon (pink), and grape (purple). The system comes with a matching controller and a suggested retail price of $99.95.
Source: VideogameFans (www.videogamefans.com)

USE A N64 CONTROLLER WITH YOUR PC
This may be aimed at emulation freaks mostly, but this cable is actually also a new cool, and cheaper, way to upload controller paks to the PC instead of using the DexDrive. The thingy is called adaptoid and is a cable with a female N64 plug in one end and a standard USB plug at the other end. It will allow the use of both Rumble and Controller Pak with emulators such as UltraHLE but also allows upload of Controller Pak saves to the PC using and explorer window and "drag & drop".

The price might seem a bit too much some might say, $29,95, but if you looks at it this way; A DexDrive is today $19.99 at ebworld.com and then there's $10 for the cable itself, well then it doesnt sound too bad, that is IF you're using emulators, which most of us probably arent, hmmm? heh.

For more information, please visit www.wishtech.com.

THE MISSING DEXDRIVE REVIEW
Oops, seems like I updated just a bit too fast and forgot to add the DexDrive review, well It will have to wait until I return home.

BUNG UNDERCOVER?
Well seems like Bung has formed a new company, check out their website here.



01.09.2000 FACE LIFT AND NEW NAME
Well a well deserved facelift has been made as well as a new, and imo better, name is now carried by 64zine. The site is being totally redone and much new material will be added over the next weeks, so keep visiting :)

DEXDRIVE SAVES ARRIVES
Yes! I finally got my hands on a DexDrive, it turns out it was WAS/IS released in Europe without being advertised much though. Anyways I like this little unit a lot, eventhough it gets screwed up by some unlicensed controller paks, well read my review of the DexDrive here.

Our DexDrive page will feature both controller pak saves, but unfortunately there is no program yet which will dump the SRAM correctly so that it wont be screwed up by the DexDrive once it's being dumped to the PC. I've tested BlackBag's SRAM Manager V2.0 which should be able to do the job, but when you upload a SRAM from the PC to the DexDrive and then from the Controller Pak to the N64 cart, the SRAM Manager doesnt recognise the SRAM anymore and claims its just a normal controller pak save which cannot be uploaded to the SRAM on the cartridge.

Click here to check out the DexDrive page.

RELEASES OF JANUARY (USA)
The US list is based on ebworld.com as well as other sites and magazines.

TITLE PUBLISHED BY DATE
Harrier 2001 ----- 01.19.2000
Mario Party 2 Nintendo/Hudson 01.25.2000

DELAYED South Park Racing (01.04.2000) (NEW DATE: 02.21.00)

RELEASES OF JANUARY (EUROPE)
Please note that the release date may be different in country as well as the number of released games. This list is based on the list from Nintendo of Europe and the release list from K.E. Media (and Bergsala) in scandinavia.

TITLE PUBLISHED BY DATE
NBA JAM 2000 Acclaim 01.14.2000
South Park Rally Acclaim 01.14.2000
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Infogrames 01.20.2000
Resident Evil 2 Capcom 01.25.2000
European PGA Gold Infogrames 01.25.2000
Jeremy McGarth Supercross 2000 Acclaim 01.NA.2000
Paperboy 3D Konami 01.NA.2000
Supercross 2000 Electronic Arts 01.NA.2000
Toy Story 2 Activision 01.NA.2000
Vigilante 2 Offense Activision 01.NA.2000

REVIEW OF ROADSTERS
I've had this review of Roadsters Trophy sitting on my HD for some time now but never got around to adding it to the archive. Well here it is.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
01-02-2000 Killer Instinct Gold v1.2 Rare USA na.zip mbit
01-02-2000 Zelda: Ocarina of Time v1.2 Nintendo USA na.zip 256mbit
01-02-2000 Wave Race 64 v1.1 Nintendo USA na.zip 64mbit

The Crap released Super Mario Bros v1.1 which turned out not to be a version 1.1 but instead the old version 1.0, WELL DONE!! geez.



01.01.2000 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Yey! We're now in the year 2000 without a lot of those problems many people predicted. Your copier wont stop working, since it doesnt know which day, month or even year it is. This might be the last year with N64 stuff tho, so lets hope it'll be a good one.

Btw, you can use the following url to get here in the future:

http://come.to/64zine

THE Y2K DEMO
WT_Riker, of Obsidian, has created a Y2K demo which goes under the motto "The last demo coded in 2000, The first demo released in 2000!". Btw, the mod used, isnt it the old "Guitars" mod? Shame the sound is so bad on a PAL TV, using a V64 with the 3D Spatializer thingy switched off.

Click here to download.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
12-30-2000 Fighting Force 64 Eidos Europe nil-ff64.zip 128mbit
12-30-2000 A Bug's Life (French) Activision Europe hs-blpf.zip 96mbit
12-30-2000 A Bug's Life (German) Activision Europe hs-buglg.zip 96mbit

NEW TRAINERS FROM CRAZY NATION
Well these are actually a bit old, I just forgot to add them :)

Road Rash [+4]
  • Unlimited Energy
  • Unlimited Money
  • Always Finish #1
  • Enable All Track
Patch over the US version in Doctor V64 (byteflipped) format.

download
Dexanoid [+6]
  • Unlimited Bar
  • Keep Ball In Game
  • Enable Triple Bar
  • Enable Fire Bar
  • Enable Freez Ball
  • Enable Small Ball
Patch over the US version in Doctor V64 (byteflipped) format.

download