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31 MAY 2001
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET A GAMECUBE!
A GameCube is currently being auctioned off at ebay, with a bit over 7 hours left. It was snatched at E3 and is now being auctioned off, currently at $22.95, but a downside is that the auction accepts US bidders only, and oh did I forget to mention that it's made of foam? :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1600825237



NEW HOMEBREWN DEMOS
SAVAGE GAMEBOY ADVANCE DEMO MATTHEW TIGHE [ DOWNLOAD ]



28 MAY 2001
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HOST
The rollercoaster ride is over for now as I've left armageddongames. The site is now hosted by the Parodius Network, thanks to YOSHi. Hopefully this means that the site won't be moving anywhere anywhere anytime soon. It's great to be back, and just in time for the first mass-produced GBA copier.



LATEST SCENE RELEASES
05-25-2001 Bomerman Story Hudson Soft Japan eur-bomb.zip 32mbit
05-25-2001 Final Fight One Capcom Japan eur-ffo.zip 32mbit
05-19-2001 Super Mario Advance Nintendo USA eur-maus.zip 64mbit

GAMEBOY ADVANCE FLASH LINKER
It's a reality that the Flash Linker is indeed comming, and it's not far into the future either. The company, behind the copier, Visoly, is releasing it on 31st May and it can be pre-ordered now from online stores such as LikSang.

The Flash Linker is designed by the same guy who was responsible for Bung's GB Xchanger, Bung is pretty much dead now so don't expect a copier from them. Sofar the Flash Linker only comes with a 64mbit Flash cartridge, and there's no information available about a possible 128 or even 256mbit cartridge in the works, but I guess it's just a matter of time.

FLASH LINKER ADVANCEWRITER 0.9BETA
The first piece of software has been released for the Flash Linker, eventhough the copier isn't available yet, but you can download it here anyway.

NEW HOMEBREWN GAMES
GBATET [ DOWNLOAD ]
APYDIA RAISTLIN [ DOWNLOAD ]
POCKET NES LOOPY [ DOWNLOAD ]
PUZZLE EDUARDO [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMOS
BOING! DEVPSX [ DOWNLOAD ]
SIMPLE PLATFORM GAME DEMO PREDATOR [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBA WRITER MCVALDEMAR [ DOWNLOAD ]
BITMAP SCROLLER THE_LETTER_M [ DOWNLOAD ]



17 MAY 2001
IT'S A REALITY
What could've been the best Nintendo64 game of its kind ever is now definately a GameCube title and even transformed into something which has to be a joke. Dinosaur Planet, the very promishing N64 title last shown a ECTS in September 2000, has now been transformed into a StarFox title, StarFox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet. But seriously, what the hell is this crap? I mean, Starfox games, the two of them, have always been "flight shoot-em-ups" in futuristic worlds with robots and stuff, so why pick a game which features dinosaurs? I ofcourse haven't played the game since it isn't out yet, but I have seen the video floating around, and no the game doesn't look like it has the right feeling of Dinosaur Planet

I played Dinosaur Planet for the first time at ECTS, hadn't really paied attention to the title before, but I was hooked from that moment and have followed the title closely since then. When the first rumors started to appear, stating that the game was being canned for the Nintendo64 and then later on being converted to a starfox game, I just couldn't help but laugh, though it turned into tears today, there's no way Slippy, the stupid green toad who I always had the enemy shoot down in StarFox64, belong in Dinosaur Planet. The only character who could fit in would be Fox, but personally I feel they're being unfaithful towards the StarFox games, they aren't supposed to be this type of game.

Personally I can't believe Rare, who seems to be very cool people... just look at Conker's Bad Fur Day(!!), letting Nintendo decide to convert another Rare killer into something that feels like a bad aprils fool joke. Anyway I'll have my "the real Dinosaur Planet RIP page" up soon, what a shame to waste such a good game.

ANIMAL FOREST COMMING TO THE US
But not as a Nintendo64 game, Nintendo has converted the game to the GameCube, although the game hasn't been changed one bit as far as the word goes in the rumors spread by various sources.

LATEST SCENE RELEASES
05-14-2001 Animal Forest Nintendo Japan z64c-d~1.zip 128mbit



ANOTHER GBA COPIER ANNOUNCED!
Another mysterious Gameboy Advance copier appears and goes under the name GBAS. It is currently the largest GBA copier announced, when we're talking about memory that is. GBAS comes in two versions, one which is 64mbit and another which is 128mbit. Just as the Flash Linker, announced earlier, the GBAS is an Adaptor, like the Flash Linker, and then a 64 or 128mbit cartridge can be bought for it, GBAS incl 64mbit cart is around $110 while the GBAS and 128mbit cart is around $165. Unlike the Flash Linker, the GBAS is capable of saving both SRAM and EEPROMs, Flash Linker is SRAM only as far as I know, and the SRAM is 1Mbit, so every game release to this day can be saved.

The GBAS also features multi-games support, which means that you can put more than one game of a cartridge, just like the GBXchanger released for the GB/GBC.

There's surrently no release date set for this unit, but word is that it'll be released sometime in June. Unfortunately the there is no word around a possible 256mbit cartridge, which is the max size for a GBA game, but this copier sounds like it could be a better investment than the Flash Linker.
Source: www.g-ms.com



12 MAY 2001
LATEST SCENE RELEASES
05-10-2001 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie THQ Europe mnc-rrip.zip 128mbit



FIRST GBA COPIER APPEARS
An unknown Chinese company has announced the first massproduced, unlicensed, GBA development (backup) system. The system has a FlashAdvance Linker which connects to your PC and has a GBA game slot built-in, just like the popular GBXchanger released for the GBC by Bung of HongKong. A 64mbit flash card can be bough for the Linker, it's not really worth much without, however I believe that 64mbit soon will be obsolete as GBA games can be up to 256mbit (32mbyte) and the 64mbit cart being price tagged $109, one can only guess what the price of a 256mbit cart would be.

The release date is set to 31 May 2001, however I have my doubts that this unit will actually see the light of day, based on the company not being known in the backup world?. The picture below is from the "beta hardware", the final version may look different. Anyway we'll be sure to have one of these as soon as it's out, if, so we can checkout some of those nice homebrewn games such as Mtype :)

MORE WORMS
As if we haven't had enough of these bastards yet, Team 17 has announced that their Worms series is on its way to the Gameboy Advance under the title Worms World Party, and will be published worldwide by EON Digital Entertainment.

3 GAMES FOR JURASSIC PARK 3
Konami has announced that they will be releasing a total of 3 games based on the comming Jurassic Park 3 movie. Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor (release in July 2001), a puzzle game, Jurassic Park III: Park Builder (release in the Summer 2001), Simulation and last Jurassic Park III: Primal Fear (release in the Fall 2001) which is a combination of Action and Adventure.

ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES JACKIE CHAN GAME
Activision has reported that they will be releasing a GBA game based on the Jackie Chan Kids' animated series. No release date is set yet, nor any specific information about the game.

NEWKIDCO GOES LITTLE LEAGUE
NewKidCo has come to an agreement with Little Leaguers to deliver a range of League Baseball Video Game titles for various systems. The first two games are being developed for the PSX and the GBA and it set to be released in the spring of 2002, just as Little Leaguers are warming up for the 2002 season. The games, which are targeted to 6 to 14 year-olds, will primarily be distributed to mass market accounts and specialty stores.
Source: NewKidCo Pressrelease

THQ ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GBA GAMES
In THQ's E3 lineup they announce two more GBA as being in development, Hot Wheels™ Advance (working title): More than 30 custom Hot Wheels cars with their signature designs will come to life as they fly over jumps and careen around hairpin curves. Take power, performance, speed and attitude on the road as the best-selling toy makes its debut on the Game Boy Advance this fall. MotoGP™: One of the most popular two-wheeled sports in the world, MotoGP combines the world’s best riders with state-of-the-art prototypes from leading motorcycle manufacturers. More than one million spectators enjoy the sport at trackside with MotoGP races taking place on five continents. Players can experience the thrill of MotoGP on Game Boy Advance with the recreation of 12 real bikes in the 125cc, 250cc, and blue ribbon 500cc classification this fall.
Source: THQ Press Extranet



7 MAY 2001
LATEST SCENE RELEASES
05-07-2001 Mario Party 3 Nintendo USA eur-mp3.zip 256mbit

DINOSAUR PLANET NOT EVEN A CUBE GAME?

Rumors are running wild these days, since ebworld.com removed their preorders and the game from their release list, followed by Rare removing all Dinosaur Planet material from their site. Well the latest is that there might not even be a Dinosaur Planet for the GameCube, why? well according to rumors creators, like IGN, the game is currently being converted into the next Starfox game, called StarFox Adventures.

However it sounds a bit weird to me, StarFox games have always been flight based, so why pick an adventure game similar to Jet Force Gemini as the next StarFox title? and does Fox McCloud even want to fight on just one planet? I've been looking forward to Dinosaur Planet ever since I got to play it for 10 minutes at ECTS last year, I did bitch a bit when rumors spread that the game would become one of the GameCube launch titles, but also understood that it probably would mean more money for Nintendo, which is what this is all about. But seriously, this is Doki Doki Panic (Famicom) all over again, Nintendo picks out a great game and replaces the original characters with Mario and his gang of mushrooms.

I would love to see Dinosaur Planet on the N64, bet it's final now and could launch tomorrow, but instead we'll probably get to see Fox, the swindler of a viciousness StarFox game very (internal joke, sorry) jumping around in something I doubt would give the right feeling of Dinosaur Planet, plus StarFox' games has to be fight ones, but that's Nintendo all over again, not knowing what they're doing!



NEW HOMEBREWN GAMES
JUMPING JACK CRAIG R. [ DOWNLOAD ]
FRUIT LAND ARJAN BAKKER [ DOWNLOAD ]



5 MAY 2001
ARE YOU GETTING DNS ERRORS?
When trying to access 64scener? Well yeah, the sad and bad hosting continues, we aren't having download problems now, atleast not ones caused by a antileech script. Instead most people aren't able to access the site at all. I've bitched 24 hours a-day ever since the site "came back online", but it seems that my host is both deaf and blind. This probably means that I will have to move the site once more, becomming a monthly event?. I'll keep you informed when/if it happens, unless armageddongames' decided to pull the plug before I get to announce it (if so, try 64scener.parodius.com or nesworld.parodius.com).

ECTS LOOSING ANOTHER...
Sony has announced that they won't be found at this years Electronic Consumer Trade Show (ECTS) in September. Sony plans to run its own show later. This comes as even more bad news for the companies behind ECTS, as Nintendo said no thanks earlier and went to create their own show just a few days before ECTS is being held. This means that none of the "big" videogame companies will be at ECTS, Sega left years ago and now both Sony and Nintendo are out aswell, leaving only a few videogame companies such as THQ, 3DO, Konami and Midway to show the latest videogames at ECTS.

RARE CONFIRMS DINOSAUR PLANET CANCELLED FOR THE N64?
While looking around at Rare's homepage today, I learned that Conker's Bad Fur Day was indeed their last N64 title, which means that Dinosaur Planet can be confirmed as cancelled, for the Nintendo64 atleast. Another somewhat proof of this is that everything related to Dinosaur Planet has been removed from the site.

There's still no official statement from Rare or even Nintendo about the state of the game, or if the game has switched platform, to the GameCube. My personal feelings about the games though is that it would make a nice ending to the Nintendo64 era, but Nintendo probably would make a lot more money by releasing it for the GameCube. Well as Rare writes "And of course there'll be a whole lot more stuff to look forward to just as soon as E3 rolls around...", so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happends.



THQ ANNOUNCES ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE
A few days ago THQ released a few more details on one of their GBA titles. Atlantis: The Lost Empire is based on a forthcomming Disney movie. You, as the character Atlantis, has to explore caves, ships and underwater cities in this platformer game. There's a total of 18 levels which are based on movie art-work, an extended storyline which runs parallel to events taking place in the movie. The game also has a number of bonus mini-games and a password system (hmmm no password save? ed.). The game is being developed by 3D6 Games Inc and is out in the 4th quater of 2001, along with the movie.

NEW GBA TITLES ANNOUNCED BY BAM
BAM Entertainment has announced that they're working another 2 GBA releases, of which one is being developed by Crawfish and is using a newly developed 3D engine of theirs. The game is called Ecks Vs. Sever which is film from Franchise Pictures’ upcoming film, set to hit theaters summer of 2002, which the games will be based on. The game is a first person shooter, much like Doom, will feature 14 single player missions, two playable characters and 5 or more weapons.

The second title announced is Dexter's Laboratory, a Cartoon Network character. the game will feature no less than 70 levels, spread over 8 worlds. As if that wasn't enough to keep gamers busy, it also features 6 mini games which are based on popular arcade classics such as Pacman and Space Invaders. Both titles are set to be released in December, this year.



2 MAY 2001
NO CONKER'S BAD FUR DAY FOR SCANDINAVIA
Thanks to THQ I am now able to bring you the latest news from their company, by finally giving me access to their press site. But sadly it brings along bad news aswell, while I was checking up on some of the fine CBFD art they had on their site and requesting some info, I was told that Conker's Bad Fur Day isn't going to be sold in the Nordic, Scandinavian, countries because of the high cart production costs, wether this means that Conker is out in Europe in a limited number, or THQ just believes that no one in Scandinavia plays great videogames, such as Conker's Bad Fur Day, is still a mystery. Conker was released in the rest of Europe back on April 6th and can be bought on sites such as www.reserve.co.uk.

On the bright side though, it looks like Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine will be out in Scandinavia aswell as the rest of Europe, and will supposedly be distributed here in Scandinavia by Infogrames Nordic.

ANIMAL FOREST COMMING TO THE STATES?
No official news is out, just a somewhat confirmed rumor from the ign affiliate, TendoBoX. It could be that NOA is taking a closer look at Animal Forest since the GameCube release isn't even near and no N64 3rd party titles are set for the US market and only 1 or 2 titles from Nintendo themselves are waiting to be released. Anyway more as this breaks, and it sure would be interesting to get this release translated to english and released worldwide (USA/Europe).



THQ ANNOUNCES STAR WARS TITLE FOR THE GBA
Yesterday THQ announced in a press release that they will be releasing Star Wars Jedi Power Battles for the Gameboy Advance worldwide next fall, and is being developed by Hotgen Studios. The game is the first of a series of games in a publishing agreement THQ has made with Lucas Arts.

"As the #1 third party Game Boy Color publisher, we are well positioned for success on Nintendo’s new Game Boy Advance system with 15 titles launching this year," stated Germaine Gioia, vice president of licensing, THQ. "We are delighted to be working with LucasArts in bringing Star Wars Jedi Power Battles for Game Boy Advance to millions of Star Wars enthusiasts and gamers alike."

"We look forward to Star Wars Jedi Power Battles for Game Boy Advance as an extension of the successful PlayStation and Dreamcast product launches," stated Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "THQ’s proven track record in the handheld arena makes them the ideal Game Boy Advance publishing partner for LucasArts’ high-profile properties."

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LATEST SCENE RELEASES
I forgot to add these the last time, so here they are:

04-16-2001 Monster Guardians Konami Japan rpf-mgrd.zip 64mbit
04-16-2001 Momotaro Festival Hudson Soft Japan rpf-mfes.zip 32mbit
04-16-2001 J-League Pocket Soccer Konami Japan rpf-jlpk.zip 64mbit
04-16-2001 I Am An Air Traffic Controller TAM Japan rpf-airc.zip 64mbit
04-16-2001 Dungeon Dice Monsters Konami Japan rpf-ddms.zip 64mbit

NEW HOMEBREWN GAMES
AGB ASTEROIDS JIM BAGLEY [ DOWNLOAD ]
MINES V1.0 IVAN [ DOWNLOAD ]
GBA CARD GAMES FLAVOR [ DOWNLOAD ]
SMELDA V0.1 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
FIGHTER DEMO V0.2 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
FIGHTER DEMO V0.3 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
AGBDEV TUTOR 1: THE PONG GAME NOKTURN [ DOWNLOAD ]
AGBDEV TUTOR 2: FIEDS OF BATTLE NOKTURN [ DOWNLOAD ]

NEW HOMEBREWN DEMOS
MAZE DEMO V0.1 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
MAZE DEMO V0.2 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
MAZE DEMO V0.5 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
MAZE DEMO V0.6 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
MAZE DEMO V0.7 DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
MAZE DEMO V0.7A DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
AGBDEV TUTOR 2: FIEDS OF BATTLE NOKTURN [ DOWNLOAD ]
ROTO DEMO DEVOTO [ DOWNLOAD ]
SCROLLING BACKGROUND DEMO MARTIN [ DOWNLOAD ]
OPEN DIVX 4.48 GBA MILHOUSE31 [ DOWNLOAD ]
OUTRUND 2 JETSET [ DOWNLOAD ]
WOLVERINE 0.1 AZAZELLO [ DOWNLOAD ]