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Anonymous
September 18, 2005 5:36:02 PM

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>From what I read, these units don't exactly reproduce the arcade
versions, and the controllers aren't all that great.

Fixing the controllers shouldn't be that hard. I would just get out the
Dremel & soldering iron and get me a DB9 jack @ Radio Shack, and put in
an Atari joystick port (for this, the new Atari Flashback 2 joysticks
are fab!)

However, regarding the actual games - is it possible to hack these
units, maybe with a flash memory upgrade using the original arcade ROM
images (that MAME uses), so they play the original arcade games, and
maybe even some new ones? (Mr Do anyone? Berzerk?)

Namco TV Games
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001GBRO...
Namco II: Ms Pac-Man with 5 TV Games
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009VDX...

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Anonymous
September 19, 2005 12:20:45 PM

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I don't know, I think they are faithful reproductions of the arcade
games (except with high scores moved to the side and all...)

I was able to make the infamous Galaga no-shooting trick work on the
Namco II joystick game. I couldn't believe it when it actually
worked! I wouldn't have thought they would have deliberately coded
that bug into the game, so it has to be emulating ROMs...

Any Pac/MsPac experts out with these? Do the patterns used for the
arcade games work with the Namco joysticks?

All the hidden stuff for Xevious is there as well (Flags, citadels,
etc), and the ships come out exactly like the arcade game...

Anyone hacking the Namco Battle Museum on the PSP? I've managed to
isolate the ROMs in the game code. All the graphics ROMs are
identical, but the code ROMs seem to be slightly encrypted (something
like every 3rd byte matches the MAME ROM perfectly, but all the
remaining ones are different... Replacing them causes the game to
crash, not sure about that one...)

Rik


On 18 Sep 2005 13:36:02 -0700, "Mad Scientist Jr"
<usenet_daughter@yahoo.com> wrote:

>>From what I read, these units don't exactly reproduce the arcade
>versions, and the controllers aren't all that great.
>
>Fixing the controllers shouldn't be that hard. I would just get out the
>Dremel & soldering iron and get me a DB9 jack @ Radio Shack, and put in
>an Atari joystick port (for this, the new Atari Flashback 2 joysticks
>are fab!)
>
>However, regarding the actual games - is it possible to hack these
>units, maybe with a flash memory upgrade using the original arcade ROM
>images (that MAME uses), so they play the original arcade games, and
>maybe even some new ones? (Mr Do anyone? Berzerk?)
>
>Namco TV Games
>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001GBRO...
>Namco II: Ms Pac-Man with 5 TV Games
>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009VDX...
Anonymous
September 20, 2005 8:52:47 AM

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Well these machines are a neat idea, it just seems the plug'n'play TV
game would be a great platform for MAME. Of course that would mean it
would have to be a full computer, CPU wise. I would put a single USB
slot in it for a media card reader to read ROMs and construct a menu,
and 2-4 Atari 2600 style joystick ports, and voila
!