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  1. 15 minutes ago, strider said:

    I’ve never used an OSSC so I don’t know, but this is considered one of the best on the market. I know the tink doesn’t have the regresh issues that that device had with games like Resi 2.

    Oh yeah the change resolution issues of the ossc. Thanks

  2. 31 minutes ago, strider said:

    Been playing Ocarina Of Time via the Retrotink 5X. It looks fantastic. 


    How does that compare to an ossc? I gave up on my ossc for n64 games. But after seeing what retro arch was doing to control inputs via that control stick test rom, I'm tempted to go back

  3. 6 hours ago, merrychan said:

    I rented the PAL PS1 version of Alpha and didn't enjoy it as much but liked the artwork.


    Played Zero3 on the Saturn and thought it was incredible and much later played Zero2 and I'm pretty sure that's my favourite SF ever :)

    I have alpha 3 on the Dreamcast , did know it was a Saturn game too.

  4. 2 hours ago, Shimmyhill said:


    I had a C64 first and no one I knew had a NES - a mate had a master system and having played it (when I had a C64 but before Amiga, I think) I was blown away with the graphics and the lack of loading so I had to get a Master system. I had that for a while and another mate got a Master system but again no one I knew had a NES… as far as I was concerned Nintendo were nobody and Sega were king! :o


    It was only when I went to high school and was exposed to the bants from Snes owners and finally played one that I saw the error of my ways, the Snes is probably my fave console of all time but there is a soft spot for the Megadrive for sure.


    SF2 was Snes all the way tho, even if Anthony at school said the Amiga version was better… ahahahahahhaahahahahahahahahah, poor lad :( 


    I remember seeing screen shots of the Amiga version and thinking it looked better. It's higher res than the snes or something. But alas no, on YouTube seeing it running, it's diabolical. Also there's a YouTube video explaining that super sf2 on the Amiga is actually a great port, it just looks awful.


    Apparently the megadrive version of sf2 is more accurate, it allows "cancels" or something like that, but the snes doesn't. 


    On a slightly weird tangent:

    It's really odd, I'm starting to think, childhood exposure to sf2 and its surrounding hype has permanently done something to me. A few months back I purchased all the street fighters bar alpha for the super Famicom. Ive wanted NTSC versions of those games since I was 10 (because mean machines explained 50 Vs 60hz). Maybe it's harmless, but it is a bit weird.

  5. 9 minutes ago, cancon said:

    I don't really understand this obsession with Japanese games being better.  Just don't see it, you guys should love your own contributions more.  As a Canadian I admire European video game talent.

    I don't think it's necessarily jap Vs euro. Rare are English and only Nintendo created more polished games. I think the difference was investment and team size. Europe had a tradition of 8 bit games (arcade game conversions like outrun on the c64) being hammered out on a shoe string.

  6. 1 hour ago, Shimmyhill said:

    I wish I had an interest if fighting games / was any good at them but I still have a soft spot for SF2… As a Sega Master system owner I wanted a Megadrive when they came out and went to John Lewis to buy one, they had run out but had a new ‘Super’ Nintendo - pffft, said I, dont want any of that rubbish so I waited for a Megadrive to come into stock. Some time later when I’d played on a mates Snes I was desperate for one and finally got one around the time it was bundled with SF2 turbo! It was the only game I had for a bit and I did hammer it and got ok, as soon as I went to the arcades it was clear I was no good at it 😂


    Its one of those games that I recognise as being brilliant, have some fun with it but just can’t get into them due to my crapness - I’d love to be able to pick up a lovely arcade stick and be able to play it well!

    What made you want a megadrive so badly? I sold my Gameboy and lots of games to buy one, only liked sonic. Few years later got a snes, it felt like a different generation to me. Hrm actually that's a controversial opinion ! I actually play  megadrive games quite a bit these days!

  7. 1 hour ago, Goemon said:

    Linked to this I remember the action replay boasted that you could ‘play the bosses’ in Street Fighter 2.


    I was so hyped by thought of being able to play the bosses I went and bought an Action Replay.


    Was a complete con!


    Basically you put the code in, the game would put a picture of the boss in your character window, the plane would wig out on where it was flying to and when the fight loaded it broke with no sprite being loaded in.


    It was pretty much ‘play the bosses…for the duration of the flight UI’


    The action replay was swiftly returned.



    Before that code came out , me and my mate spent a day trying to figure it out ourselves, we got to a point where the boss portrait would be shown pre-match then crash. NMS mag showed a screen shots of a boss code, but the boss character sprites completely corrupted as just showing bits of flag sprites or something. Thinking about it, they probably made it up.

  8. Same here, a shit hole smoke filled arcade called the treasure trove on castle Street Belfast, I was ten maybe younger.


    I still remember looking at it the first time, blanka stage, blanka Vs guile I think. The whole thing looked organic, so smooth, everything moved or pulsed somehow. I wasn't even playing it. I was used to spectrum games not this!


    Of course it only had 3 buttons, melted on purpose with cigarettes, which was the style at the time (in Belfast arcades at least).


    I then spent a year drooling over screen shots of the snes version in mean machines. The hype build up was insane. Best Xmas present I've ever got, snes plus street fighter 2. My brother and I discovered stashed in parents wardrobe and went into town to buy a second pad (wtf were Nintendo thinking shipping that pack without two pads!). Saved Xmas morning by buying that extra pad!


    I then spent a very long time noticing the pal version was squished compared to NTSC screen shots in mean machines (not to mention slower). Still, we had street fighter at home, and that's all that mattered. How on earth capcom converted that games to the snes I'll never understand, genius.

  9. 1 hour ago, MikeJ said:

    Out of your list the only console I have seen with obvious capacitor problems is the Super Famicom (surface mount caps leaked and turned a bit of the shield green, still worked OK but would eventually have caused damage). Original Xboxes lower than version 1.6 will have a super capacitor that holds the time etc. and they leak badly so need doing.


    Other than that from your list I would just inspect them and leave alone if they are working properly. The other consoles you have listed are either outside of known dodgy capacitor (i.e. leaking causing damage, primarily surface mount ones from late 80s to early 90s) eras or use through holes and are generally OK.


    In terms of doing it yourself, if you have basic soldering skills and equipment recapping is generally very straightforward but start off doing something cheap (Super Famicom would be a good option).


    Amazing. Thanks

  10. I am considering doing this for my super Famicom, jap megadrive model 1, PS1, ps2, dreamcast and n64 (and possibly an original Xbox). But I'm not sure it's really necessary.


    Has anyone here done it themselves. Given my lack of soldering experience and lack of free time (children + job) I'm thinking of paying for it to be done. Console passion did my nes as part of an RGB mod. Any recommendations?



  11. Had a mid life crisis and ordered one of these. Arrived today. Name of Christ, the docs don't make it clear what to do. I've given up and gone to bed.


    Ran the light gun exe, think I configured the gun correctly.


    1. How am I supposed to do anything in windows if I'm running the light gun exe, the mouse is flying everywhere. This really isn't clear to me.


    2. I switch on a border with alt b, start retro arch and the border disappears?


    3. How am I supposed to configure retro arch?


    Gave up on retro arch, tried dead containment demo, gun trigger seems to work about 25 percent of the time. Wtf is going on?


    I might be an idiot but I work as a programmer for a living so I'm used to configuring things, I should be ok at doing this. Any advice or help would be very much appreciated :)




  12. On 02/05/2023 at 11:59, merrychan said:

    I get this...a lot, I remember enjoying the C64 versions since that was my only option at home but at the time the Amiga ports in my mind were arcade perfect....in later years you revisit stuff like this and Robocop and it's very much not the case.

    I guess having the Amiga shots on the boxes didn't help any :D 

    My experience too, one guy on our street had an Amiga, we used to talk about it being an arcade machine because the games were definitely the same as arcade in our 9 year old brains. Well compared to my f##king spectrum they were :)

  13. Stuck this on tonight, megadrive version is Uber tough with a different layout of first stage which I couldn't get anywhere with.


    Pc engine different layout again, bit easier, started enjoying it.


    Master system, too zoomed in but graphically very good. Shit framerate though.


    Nes played ages ago and can't remember it.


    (I don't think I would have made it as a games reviewer!)

  14. Funnily enough I've been messing about with the model three emulator. I thought I should try spike out, but as far as I can tell it's dreadful, maybe I'm doing it wrong.


    I wouldn't have thought to try the Harley Davidson game as I suspected it would just be branded awfulness, I'll check it out and that ambulance one too. I'm waiting on a sinden light gun to arrive so I can play model 3  Jurassic park (and a load of other games for other systems).


    I've been watching a few you tube videos trying to find arcade racers. So far "side by side" on ps1 looks good. I believe it became "battle gear" on PS2 and arcade. And are somehow related to initial D. I haven't tried any of these games though...


    Anyway not exactly an answer to your question :)

  15. 4 minutes ago, Festoon said:


    Yeah, but it's on the more frustrating end of the scale, control-wise. it always felt to me like it had been slightly underplaytested in comparison to 1080 and Waverace and consequently I found it more frustrating to play more often than not.

    That's probably a fair comment. Wave race and 1080 are nearly perfect (I still play them). But I played the shit out of excite bike at the time, it's a top five n64 game for me.

  16. 23 hours ago, Tomdominer said:

    Is Excitebike 64 still worth playing today?

    Did you like 1080 and wave race? I'd say excite bike is similar in that it has deep rewarding controls, always feeling like you are holding on for dear life. It is one of my favourite games but I haven't played it in a long time.


    Also it requires a bit of patience before it starts feeling really rewarding.

  17. 19 hours ago, matt0 said:




    This is all stuff I've spent a lot of time thinking about over the years so I've been getting carried away a bit in this thread...

    The stuff about east Vs west development is also something I've thought about a lot about. I remember realising when going from a spectrum to a Gameboy , the quality jump in the games was just huge.


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