SHOW / HIDE
E-MAIL 64SCENER

NEWS ARCHIVE
JULY 2001

NO UPDATES FROM 07.27.2001 TO 08.04.2001
I will be on vacation from tomorrow (07.27.2001) and next week and won't be able to answer any mails or even update the site. But do keep mailing demo etc. and I'll update the site when I return. Thanks, Acey.



27 JULY 2001



LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-26-2001 Lego Racers 2 (Beta) Lego Group n/a pcx-leg2.zip 64mbit



26 JULY 2001



FLASH WRITER V2.0 SOFTWARE
I have now received one too many emails regarding the Flash Advance Writer 2.0 software released yesterday. A lot of people can't get it into their, obviously, thick thick heads that this release came straight from the manufacturer of the Flash Advance, no it did not come from Visoly, as Visoly IS NOT the manufacturer, they're just taking are of advertising and distribution in the Western world, while UFO takes care of Asia.

The Gameboy Advance scene has a serious problem, which is too many retards sitting on IRC spreading rumors of what's legit and not, in their heads atleast eventhough they don't know shit, making up stupid rumors about resellers and whatever they can think of, fuck they'll even release repacks or redumps if a release somehow doesn't work on their cartridge, so there had to be something wrong with the first release, no?

This Flash Advance Writer software is the real deal, I can't make you use it, do or don't I don't really give a shit, but I do know this is the real deal, but you are very welcome to wait for visoly to add it, and most likely editing the program to writing "visoly" in the menu bar. Just keep in mind that there is no way in hell i'd add the program if I didn't know exactly where it came from.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-26-2001 Suta Komi: Star Communicator Konami Japan eur-scom.zip 64mbit
07-26-2001 Mobile Pro Baseball Konami Japan eur-mpbb.zip 64mbit
07-26-2001 Mugen Kikou Zero Tours Konami Japan eur-zero.zip 32mbit
07-26-2001 JGTO Official Golf Master Konami Japan eur-jgto.zip 64mbit
07-26-2001 Muscular Ranking Konami Japan eur-mrnk.zip 64mbit
07-26-2001 Pinobee: Wings of Adventure Activision Europe p???????.zip 64mbit
07-24-2001 Tweety & The Magic... (Fre) Kemco Europe abs?????.zip 32mbit

NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
SHRIKE J. A. AMES [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMOS
MODE 5 3D PLOTTER B. VEDDER [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBARAY V0.01 DAN [ DOWNLOAD ]
GUZ' LITTLE DEMO V2 GUZ [ DOWNLOAD ]
MB CIRCLE BOOGER [ DOWNLOAD ]



25 JULY 2001



LIKSANG ANNOUNCES NEW FLASH ADVANCE CARTS
Just as UFO did yesterday, LikSang today announced that their next shipment of cartridges will be same size as the ones reported yesterday. As a result, LikSang has stopped all shipments of Flash Linker Advcance carts/sets until these new cartridges are out, which shouldn't be any later than July 30th, in order to give buyers the latest hardware.

Click here to order from LikSang.

As you can see the carts aren't exact same size as a normal GBA cartridge, but very close and definately looks a lot better than the old GB/GBC cart size ones.

TYPO IN YESTERDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY UFO
Tom of UFO Company informed me today that a couple of typos sneaked into the announcement of the new turbo carts yesterday. One was corrected yesterday, which was the date, not September 28, but actually July 28 - this Saturday. The other typo(s) was the upgrade price for an old 64mbit cartridge to the new 128mbit cartridge. The price is not $13, but actually $59, and upgrade from an old 64mbit to the new 64mbit turbo cart, the upgrade price is $23 and not $13. Prices did sound a bit too good to be true, huh? :)

On my own account I'd like to mention that it seems to me like some people are trying to spread rumors of UFO being unreliable, I would like to state that this is not true, these guys are just as reliable as anyone else selling Flash Linkers. UFO and Visoly's copiers and cartridges comes from the very same factory in Asia.

Please don't judge this company based on some stupid rumor you picked up on either IRC or at some page made by a guy who accidently had a bad experience, bad experiences happen everywhere you know, you can't satisfy everyone. UFO has been in the videogame business for too long to be concidered unreliable, if they were they'd be long gone by now.

For more information regarding UFO's upgrading prices, click here.

NEW FLASH WRITER SOFTWARE
I received the new Flash Advance Writer software today (V2.0), as usual no information on what's new has been given except that it now supports the new Turbo FLA carts. Also released is a new version of the multi menu.

ADVANCE WRITER V2.0 (WIN 9X) [ DOWNLOAD ]
ADVANCE WRITER V2.0 (WIN NT/2000) [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBA PACK V2.0 [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW FLINKER SOFTWARE (V1.3)
Jeff Frohwein updated his Flinker software, again. This new version 1.3 now supports the comming Turbo Flash Advance cartridges.

FLINKER V1.3 (DOS) [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW MBV2 SOFTWARE (V1.50)
Jeff Frohwein updated the MBV2 software to version 1.50. New is support for sending raw or Targa (.tga) graphics directly files directly to the GBA for viewing.

GBA MULTIBOOT V1.50 [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW SAVE GAMES
KLONOA: EMPIRE OF DREAMS 64K SRAM (!) [ DOWNLOAD ]
NAPOLEON 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
GT ADVANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 64K SRAM (!!) [ DOWNLOAD ]
SUPER DODGEBALL ADVANCE 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]



24 JULY 2001



"TURBO" CARTS RELEASE DATE
I've asked UFO about the release date, and it is this saturday July 28 and not September 28th as written in their mail, september 28th isn't a saturday anyway :)

THEY SAID IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN, NOW IT'S HERE!
The UFO Company mailed me some very interesting information today. Comming soon is a new version, yes another, of the Flash Linker Advance 64mbit cartridge, and 128mbit for that matter, which now should be as good as crash free, we hope, and the size of the cartridge is reduced quite a bit.

Here's what UFO wrote:

The AGB-Xchanger manufacturer announces the newest version of Flash Advance 64M card. It features the smaller size (same size as the original cartridge) using 4 layer pc boards. The manufacturer claims that it will reduce the noise interference, so that it solves all the hang and crash of some games. It will be packed in a very good looking aluminum box. It will be released this Saturday. ( Sept28 ) We are accepting upgrading and pre-ordering now. Guarantee ship on the First release date.

Item Unit Price in US$ what included
AGB-Xchanger $30 AGB-Xchanger
AGB- Turbo 64M Card $84 AGB-Turbo 64M Card
AGB- Turbo 128M Card $120 AGB-Turbo 128M Card
AGB - Xchanger + Turbo 64M Card $105 AGB-Xchager+Turbo64M Card+Cable+driver disk
AGB - Xchanger + Turbo 128M Card $141 AGB-Xchager+Turbo64M Card+Cable+driver disk
Upgrade - from AGB-64M card( old model ) to AGB-Turbo 64M card $13 Send back your AGB-64M Card, we replace an AGB-Turbo 64M Card for you.
Upgrade - from AGB-64M card( old model ) to AGB-Turbo 128M card $13 Send back your AGB-64M Card, we replace an AGB-Turbo 128M Card for you.

Well there you have it, expect even another version of the cartridges to be released on September 28th(?), actually it is a bit unsure when it's actually released, as September 28 isn't a Saturday, and Visoly's 128mbit cart is released this Saturday. I will try to get an exact date from UFO, one can only hope that this batch of cartridges aren't as buggy as the first one of the GB/GBC sized ones.

You can reach UFO's site at www.cd64.com.

Please note that you do not need a new linker for these new cartridges, I have already been getting serveral mails asking about this, but they will work with the existing one.

TOOL: GBA FLINKER V1.2
Jeff Frohwein has updated his DOS send util for his own cable thing (forgot the name heh) and the GBA Flash Linker Advanced. He has fixed a programming bug for Visoly carts, as well as a few other things.

Click here to download.

TOOL: GBA EEPROM PATCHER V0.5
Alf66 has fixed a few bugs in his GBA Generic EEPROM patching tool, I wasnt even aware that it was out, oh well in case you're wondering what this is used for, well say saving in Mario and other games using EEPROM for savegames, it converts your game to save using SRAM, which is what the FLA64/128 carts have.

Click here to download.

WOLFENSTEIN 3D ON GBA?
gbaemu.com today announced something which sure is great news, if it's true. Their site says that a guy, going under the name "ZoMbil46" has converted the old Wolfstein 3D to run on the Gameboy Advance. They do write that this could be hoax, and what's with the "mouse" on the titlescreen? (ed.), but according to the author the game and source will be released within the next days.

SAVE GAME FROM BALDMONK
MARIO KART ADVANCE 64K SRAM (!!) [ DOWNLOAD ]



23 JULY 2001



NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
CENTIPEDE GBA SEAGAL [ DOWNLOAD ]



22 JULY 2001



MORE SAVE GAMES
CASTLEVANIA: CIRCLE OF THE MOON 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
CHOROQ ADVANCE 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
FINAL FIGHT ONE 64K SRAM (!) [ DOWNLOAD ]
F-ZERO: MAXIMUM VELOCITY 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
I AM AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
KURU KURU KURURIN 32K SRAM [ DOWNLOAD ]
SUPER STREET FIGHTER 2 X REVIVAL 64K SRAM (!) [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMOS
DISTO B. VEDDER [ DOWNLOAD ]
MODE 5 ROTOXXXX B. VEDDER [ DOWNLOAD ]
TC'S FIRST GBA DEMO THE CORP. [ DOWNLOAD ]
3D HOPE ANDREW [ DOWNLOAD ]
CRAP GBA DEMO KNOVOTIC [ DOWNLOAD ]
GUZ' LITTLE DEMO GUZ [ DOWNLOAD ]
LIFEGAME GBA DEMO D. BARZIN [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBA WELT *FAST VERSION* FLOW [ DOWNLOAD ]
SOUND TEST FLOW [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
SAKEM ADVANCE ADAMNOFX [ DOWNLOAD ]



21 JULY 2001



NEW TOOL: REMOVEFF
a tool which will replace the FF's with 00's from the end of a ROM file. FF's are there to pad the romsize to the exact cartridge size, but these are said to mess up multiple game uploads on your Flash Advance cart, using the Flash Advance Writer software.

Click here to download.

NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
SWALLOW GULCH THE LETTER M [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMO
MODE 5 BUMP MAPPER B. VEDDER [ DOWNLOAD ]



20 JULY 2001



LIKSANG ANNOUNCES 128MBIT CARTRIDGE
64scener let you have the news a few days ago, and now LikSang has started taking preorders for the Flash Linker Advance 128mbit cartridge. Unfortunately they, LikSang, also informed us that the 128mbit cartridge will not include the EEPROM feature, which is quite dissapointing.

The reason for not including the EEPROM is said to be "[...]because the EEPROM inside the GBA cart can be easily changed to any other brand and size by just changing some routines in the game and it is no way to fulfill all brand (that means different commands and control signals) and all size EEPROM that can be used in a GBA cart. The best and easy way is to modify the program to change saver media to SRAM[...]"

The cartridge is said to be available at the end of the month, let's see if that date doesn't slip a bit just like the initial release of the copier. It is also said that this new cartridge has been improved and tested to eliminate the crash problems some people had. Pre-order price at LikSang is set US$159, and you can order it here.



19 JULY 2001



MORE EEPROM-2-SRAM "SAVEFIX" PATCHES
JURASSIC PARK III: THE DNA FACTOR USA GBL [ DOWNLOAD ]
JURASSIC PARK III: THE DNA FACTOR USA OTAKON [ DOWNLOAD ]
JURASSIC PARK III: THE DNA FACTOR USA JURAI [ DOWNLOAD ]

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-19-2001 Jurassic Park III: DNA Factor Konami USA m7-jpdna.zip 64mbit

Mode7 managed to screw up yesterday, by releasing a corrupted zip file, heck they even managed to dump and release only half of the game at first, way to go guys. Lucky for them no one else was able to get their hands on the release, and they managed to get a good zip out, guess they learned a lesson and will check their stuff before releasing ;)

NEW HOMEBREWN GAMES
SUPER MARIO CLONE DAVE VANEE [ DOWNLOAD ]
ISOMETRIC GAME DAVE VANEE [ DOWNLOAD ]
STAR CONTROL GAME DAVE VANEE [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMO
POLYGON ENGINE DAVE VANEE [ DOWNLOAD ]



17 JULY 2001



MORE EEPROM-2-SRAM "SAVEFIX" PATCHES
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 *GERMAN* (EUR) (download)
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 *FRENCH* (EUR) (download)
Rayman Advance (EUR) PreRetail (GBA31 (download)
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (JPN) (download)

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-17-2001 Doraemon Midori No Wakusei Epoch Japan p-dmnw.zip 64mbit
07-17-2001 Mario Kart Advance Nintendo Japan eur-mkta.zip 32mbit
07-17-2001 Klonoa: Empire of Dreams Namco Japan eur-klon.zip 32mbit
07-17-2001 Space Hexcite X Jordan Japan p-shx.zip 32mbit

I would like to mention that 64scener doesn't offer these commercial releases anywhere, not even hidden away in a dark corner of the site, as some tend to think. This is simply just a service for those of you who collect the commercial game releases, keep in mind that this is illegal though, unless you own the actual cartridge. We will not reply or offer other sites where you can get these game releases, so please stop asking. However you will find lots of homebrewn software right here. So basicly, stop asking for commercial game roms.



16 JULY 2001



128MBIT CARTRIDGE SOONER THAN YOU EXPECT?
Well according to sources (IGN language, sorry) we should expect the Flash Linker Advance 128mbit cartridge by the end of this month. This means that there will be no need for EEPROM patches anymore, as well as being able to store more games at once. We'll have a review of the cartridge as soon as we can, let's hope they learned a lesson from the 64mbit cart eh? :)

NEW EEPROM-2-SRAM "SAVEFIX" PATCHES
Team GBL has released 3 new eeprom-2-sram patches, which means that you're able to save in the following games using your Flash Linker Advance 64mbit cartridge. The games are Rayman Advance (EUR), Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (USA), Top Gear GT Championship (USA).



15 JULY 2001



HOT POTATO (USA) SAVEFIX (EEPROM-2-SRAM PATCH)
Forgot to add it yesterday, but here it is. Click here to download.



14 JULY 2001



STREET FIGHTER 2 X (JPN) SAVEFIX (EEPROM-2-SRAM PATCH)
Another save fix, this time for the quite cool Street Fighter 2 game.
Click here to download.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-13-2001 GetBackers: Jigoku no Suka.. Konami Japan eur-getb.zip 32mbit



12 JULY 2001



LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-12-2001 Our Breeding Serie: My Beetle MTO Japan eur-btle.zip 32mbit
07-12-2001 EX Monopoly Takara Japan eur-exmo.zip 32mbit
07-11-2001 Tweety & The Magic G.. (Fre) Kemco Europe lst-tmg.zip 32mbit
07-11-2001 GT Advance Championship THQ Europe lst-gtae.zip 64mbit



11 JULY 2001



NEW VERSION OF FLASH WRITER
Visoly has released version 1.2 of their Flash Writer software. Their site still doesn't say what's been added or fixed. However it seems that atleast two new features were added, the ability to apply an IPS patch when you're sending the game ROM to the copier, the other, and quite useful to some people I'm sure, is the ability to erase the flash cartridge now.

ADVANCE WRITER V1.2 (WIN 9X) [ DOWNLOAD ]
ADVANCE WRITER V1.2 (WIN NT/2000) [ DOWNLOAD ]

FINAL FIGHT ONE (JPN) SAVE PATCH
Finally another EEPROM-2-SRAM save patch is released, this time it's for Final Fight One. Click here to download.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-11-2001 Pacman Collection Namco USA m7-pmcol.zip 64mbit
07-11-2001 Mahjong Detective Hudson Japan eur-mahd.zip 32mbit
07-11-2001 Street Fighter II X Revival Capcom Japan eur-sf2x.zip 64mbit



10 JULY 2001
N64 TITLE BITES THE DUST
It's already out in the US, in a limited number though. It was then picked up by THQ and announced to be released in Europe, but now it's over, the game won't see a European release. The game I'm talking about is Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine which was quietly removed from THQ's release list aswell as press site.

THQ announced that the game never will get a Europe release due to technical problems conveting the game from NTSC to PAL tv format. The decision had been taken as the code apparently had too many bugs which caused a lot of problems converting process. Sad to see this release go down the drain as it truely was/is one of the better, if not the best, N64 adventure game without cute bears or even drunk squirrels, you know who I am talking about right?.



FIXED RAYMAN TRAINER
Well I've finally got my hands on the fixed version of the Rayman trainer, and you can get it from our trainers section (here).

HOMEBREWN GAME ADDED
PHOENIX GBA R2 THE HIVE [ DOWNLOAD ]

HOMEBREWN DEMOS ADDED
CRAPPY CABBAGE DEMO CAB [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBA WELT FLOW [ DOWNLOAD ]



8 JULY 2001



GBA LIGHTS
With help from goldenshop and liksang I've created a small review page of various lights for the Gameboy Advance. There are still plenty of lights out there which I haven't checked out yet, but it will be done as soon as I get my hands on them, until then, here's the ones I have checked out.

STUPIDITY?
gbaemu.com has been posting news regarding the new release of the Flash Writer from Visoly, claiming a bug in the release. It seems that if you backup the Flash 64mbit cartridge using the new release of the Flash Writer software, you will get a bad rom image, I seriously can't see the problem here, as why would anyone bother, be interested in, dumping the Flash cartridge?(!!)

I haven't botered checking out if it's actually provides a working rom image with the old 1.0, nor have I checked this new version to see if it delivers a faulty image when the flash cart is backed up, but serveral others have. The only problem I could think of is if it doesn't backup original flash carts either, but again, don't make it a bigger problem than it is.

IS THIS ALL ABOUT EMULATION?
I've been looking at the sites similar to 64scener and found that just about everyone carried emulators along with the scene news. It's sad to see that we cannot have less emulation and more development for the real hardware, such as demos and homebrewn games which actually works on the real hardware and not just on Boycott or whatever. You won't find GBA emulators for the PC here, ever, and please don't ask for help getting these working on your PC. Is this really what people want?

RAYMAN TRAINER
CAPITAL unfortunately released a test version of their Rayman trainer, where everything was "ON" and non-selectable. Unfortunately I do not have the new fully selectable version and this point, but it will on the trainers page as soon as I get it.

NEW FLASH ADVANCE WRITER SOFTWARE
ADVANCE WRITER V1.1 (WIN 9X) [ DOWNLOAD ]
ADVANCE WRITER V1.1 (WIN NT/2000) [ DOWNLOAD ]

Exactly what has been updated in this release is unknown.

HOMEBREWN DEMOS ADDED
MY FIRST AGB PROGRAM DWELL [ DOWNLOAD ]

Again a demo which doesn't run fully on the real hardware, sadly.



5 JULY 2001
LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-04-2001 Aidyn Chronicles: The First.. THQ Europe hs-aidyn.zip 256mbit



ANOTHER CHART
And quite a bit better I believe, click here to check it out and judge for yourself.

NEW TRAINER
RAYMAN ADVANCE +4 INT [ DOWNLOAD ]

HOMEBREWN GAME ADDED
PACMAN ADVANCE GIBBY [ DOWNLOAD ]

HOMEBREWN DEMOS ADDED
SUPER FIGHTER DEMO MIC [ DOWNLOAD ]



3 JULY 2001



EZ GRIP ADVANCE
A package from goldenshop.com.hk arrived at my doorstep today, containing the GBA grips I told you about yesterday, click here to read some sort of a review.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-03-2001 Yugioh! Dual Monsters 5... Konami Japan eur-ydme.zip 64mbit
07-03-2001 Breath of Fire Capcom Japan eur-bof.zip 32mbit



2 JULY 2001



FIRST GBA CHART
Console World, famous for their old SNES charts(?), has decided to rise from the dead and create a GBA chart, but surely not one of great quality, that's my oppinion though, click here to check it out and judge for yourself. (What's with the 0 points for beta releases? that's gotta be the coolest stuff, no?)

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
07-02-2001 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 (Fre) Activision Europe c-thps2f.zip 64mbit

NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
POCKET NES V3 LOOPY [ DOWNLOAD ]



1 JULY 2001



FIRST ACCESSORY REVIEW ONLINE
And a good one it is, I suggest you check it out here :)

NEW GRIPS FOR YOUR GBA
It seems that a new set of grips for the GBA has been released, ones which makes your GBA look like an enhanced PSX controller (grin). Anyway I've often heard from people complaining about the GBA being way too small to handle, maybe these new grips will come in handy then? :)

The grips can be bought at www.goldenshop.com, I know I'll have to get a set sometime, heh. Oh did I forget to mention that they're quite cheap, only US$4.

NEW TRAINER
IRIDION 3-D +3 USA [ DOWNLOAD ]

FLINKER UPDATE
The send/backup util for DOS has received an update, to version 1.11, which fixes some speed problems, well here's exactly what's been fixed in the updates:

V1.1 - 01/06/29 - Add -w option to slow down I/O transfer for some.
V1.11 - 01/06/30 - Set ECP chipsets to proper parallel port mode.

You can download the program update here.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
06-30-2001 Bomberman Tournament Activision USA m7-bombt.zip 32mbit

NEW HOMEBREWN GAME
PONG FIGHTER V1.0 GUYFAWKES [ DOWNLOAD ]