Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vast Fame 8-in-1 Multicart Scans

  Some more scans today, and they're scans of one of at least three multicarts released by the excellent Taiwanese company Vast Fame!  The scans are kinda crappy, but while I try to get better scans you can at least get an idea of the packaging.  This multicart, by the way, is the one that features West Story which is related to the Harry Potter 3 bootleg.

  As I mentioned in the aforementioned link, everything except West Story and Devil Island are shown on the box; they're only mentioned once in the game list on the back and side of the box.  On another note, all of the games are their latest revision of them, meaning some of them like Zook Hero Z and San Guo Zhi have their copyrights/company logo removed.  Devil Island and Soul Falchion are the same as on the 12-in-1 V.Fame release, with the latter featuring Super Fighter Alpha's music instead of the ROM dump's (partially original) music.
  Sheng Shou Wu Yu I showed gameplay footage of from the Li Cheng release, which is exactly the same save for the title and intro...And I showed the original intro/title as well.  Shi Kong Xing Shou, San Guo Zhi, and Crazy Richman 2 (Monopoly 2) are the same as their ROM counterparts.  Zook Hero Z is the same Chinese/Japanese version I did a playthrough of.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Street Heroes GBC Scans (Chinese Version)

Scans for the Chinese release of Street Heroes by Sachen.

I like how the Chinese Sachen games mention an English manual (which they never have) but the English releases actually have them but aren't mentioned anywhere.  The Chinese (格鬥英雄), in case you're wondering, roughly translates to "Fighting Heroes."  And because I don't know where else to toss it, here's a cart scan of Zook Hero 2 that I got with this.

I've seen another cart with a different label on it, but I didn't get it.  Also, the boot logo is weird as hell.  It's not the usual "V.Fame" boot logo but this:

Your guess on what that's supposed to mean is as good as mine.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

V.Fame's Connected Universe

  Hey, it's been a while since I've posted here, so how about some trivia?  Bootleg companies love reusing stuff from either their older games or, mainly, from other games.  Vast Fame, being a bootleg company, is no different.  There's been about two or three games of theirs that use the same pudgy kid and a select couple of others as NPCs.

Said fat kid with his trusty hawk, prior to being deep-fried and eaten.

  However, sometimes they decide to reference their games within their other games and even connect their plot lines and characters together and hint that their games (or at least the ones they openly admit to) all take place in the same universe as one another.  This ends up becoming an easter egg hunt for V.Fame fans as they try to piece together the timeline that these games take place.  We'll give you a head start by pointing out some cameos that are (most likey) references rather than laziness.

Digimon 3 Crystal (Digital Monster 3)

Pokemon Ruby

Digimon Pocket

  Alright, this one isn't the most solid evidence of a "cameo" but since the character got more attention than the other NPCs I figured I'd throw him in.  So this guy is your generic go-to adventurer meant to fill in the role that the lead Pokemon trainers do (and bares a resemblance to Ethan from Pokemon Gold.)  It's hard to say what game came first, but I'm guessing the order's something like Digimon 3>Digimon Pocket>Pokemon Ruby.  Anyway, in Digimon 3 he's called "Small Breeze" and is just some kid who took a nap in a sewer system early in the game.  You meet up with him at the first town's bar afterwards to get info on where to go next aaaand...That's it.
  In Digimon Pocket, he's cast as the main protagonist who's supposed to be the player (as the ending and text refers to the player in first-person.)  He doesn't actually have a name here, and he's wearing blue for whatever reason (a later revision replaces him with Tai, who better fits the palette but whatever.)  And in Pokemon Ruby (or Chong Wu Xiao Something Something) he's the final boss(!)  Where he's called Shutulin in the Engrish version.  He dons his traditional red garb here and just acts like a gym leader.  After that, he was never seen again in any future V.Fame game to my knowledge.  Maybe it's because he's by a different artist, as the art style in Digimon 3/Pocket is a bit different from the later V.Fame titles drawn up by Zhu Zhenxin.  But I can't tell, because those two games don't have credits.

V.Fame Television and its Newscasters

  Crazy Monopoly is ripe with self-references, as we'll see more of later on.  The two are from Vast Fame's own television station (yes, really.  And they're the ones hosting the Monopoly show as well) that keep viewers up to date on the progress of the players.  They pop up and crack jokes whenever an event happens in-game and to summarize everyone's progress after a year.  They made a guest appearance in Shi Kong Xing Shou late in the game reporting that a meteor's headed to earth and that everybody's doomed.  They just use generic NPC portraits for the two, as they didn't get any in Crazy Monopoly.  In case you're wondering, the sequel (Crazy Richman 2) has a different newsroom and a new host (who might just be the guy on the left; they look very similar...)

Super Fighter S and Zook Hero Z

...And we see Crazy Monopoly again, with an in-game event that's mentioned in the manual but I have yet to actually encounter.  Here V.Fame shamelessly references two of their old titles (pictured) at a "VF Seminar".  For the curious, Rock Hero Z (supposed to be Zook Hero Z, but the Chinese characters for "Zook" and "Rock" get mixed up a lot) is the prequel to Zook Hero 2, or Rockman DX3 as it's better known as.  Amusingly, they got the title (and a lot of the text, surprisingly) accurate in the actual English release of the game, but screwed up later on when they made Crazy Monopoly.
  And Super Fighter S/Super Fighter 99 is a fighting game that they worked on that I believe is a color/minor hack of an existing Takara game.  I think.  I don't fully remember, but it came out in 1999, which is the year V.Fame started making games of their own.

Xin Feng Shen Bang

Shui Hu Shen Shou

Xin Feng Shen Bang

  And lastly we have the Jade Unicorn.  He first appeared in the 2001 Pokemon clone Shui Hu Shen Shou (or Shawu Story to some) as the protagonist (Yan Long's) starter monster.  Despite looking like a dragon (and having two horns) he really is called the Jade Unicorn.  He made a guest appearance in the 2002 RPG Xin Feng Shen Bang as a cameo boss fight.  Supposedly Xin Feng Shen Bang came first, as in Shui Hu Shen Shou it mentions the monster being captured in a far away land.  It's also worth noting that the Jade Unicorn's dungeon in XFSB has graphics lifted from the fire dungeons in SHSS.

  And that's all the cameos I've come across.  I have yet to play or beat all of the V.Fame games, so I might be missing some things.  Still, it's neat to see how all their games relate to one another in a way that isn't reused programming or graphics.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Digimon Pocket Scans

  Scans of Digimon Pocket, published by Taiwan's Economic Development Institute apparently.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fixed Download Links

  All download links at my channel and blog are fixed.  Everything's reuploaded to Mediafire and there shouldn't be any problems now.  On another note, I got rid of my other blog, The Thieves' Den, because I wasn't using it for anything.  I reuploaded the downloads from there to this post, so they're still available to everyone.  If you don't want to go back and check everything, I have the downloads here:

From The Thieves' Den
-Scans of Quinty (the Japanese release of Mendel Palace)
-Scans of the Mother 3 Doujinshi "Homeland 2"
-MP3 music rip of the Sailor Moon Megadrive beat-em-up.

From This Blog
-Dynamite Dux Arcade Soundtrack
-Magical Doropie Soundtrack
-Magical Doropie ROMs with character edits.
-Magic Girl (Megadrive) Soundtrack
-Jurassic Boy 1 & 2 (NES & GB) Soundtrack
-Pocket Monster (Megadrive) Soundtrack
-Pokemon Adventure Soundtrack
-Q-Boy Soundtrack
-Tasac (NES) Soundtrack

From My Youtube Channel
-Vast Fame Birthday Song (from Millionaire Monopoly Gold Version/Crazy Richman 2)
-Xin Feng Shen Bang Music Rip (9 Tracks)

From Twitter
-Buzz & Waldog MP3 Soundtrack

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Regarding my Download Stuff

  So, everyone's familiar with the whole SOPA/PIPA thing going on, right?  Especially with the feds taking down Megaupload?  Well, since my stuff was hosted on that particular site, that means all that stuff I uploaded is now gone.   Best is, now other sites like Filesonic and are caving in.  but don't worry, because your other favorite sites like Mediafire, Rapidshare, and Depositfiles could be next on the chopping block!  Yay!

  So anyway, the reason for this post is to say that yes, I will be re-uploading all my old downloadable stuff.  However, it won't be happening for a little while since it won't do much good to try and upload to a site that may be dead within the next week or so.  So until this all settles, all my old stuff won't be available.

  God Bless America!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Jurassic Boy 2 & 2000 Queen of Fighting Scans

  Two more scans up, first being the Taiwanese release of Jurassic Boy 2 for the Game Boy Color...

  ...Which seems to genericize the characters in the Chinese adaption similar to Thunder Blast Man (Chen is called "Little Dinosaur" or something in the manual).  Another thing I want to point out is that the cartridge is a shiny silver color that's painted on, which you may not be able to see well in the scan.  Next is Vast Fame's fun fighting game 2000 Queen of Fighting:

  I swear half of those characters are stolen from somewhere.  I've noticed that the staffers between this, Monopoly Madness, and Shi Kong Xing Shou are very similar.  All three have Zu Zhenxin as one of the artists, Lin Bizhi as director, and of course Liao Yishen as composer.  I've got the feeling that they're also the people behind their other titles like Shui Hu Shen Shou, San Guo Zhi: Lie Chuan, and more.
  I plan on doing a video of 2000 Queen of Fighting in the near future, though not Monopoly Madness since it doesn't run on GB Player, unlike Vast Fame's other releases.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monopoly Madness Scans

See title.  Planning on scanning 2000 Queen of Fighting and Jurassic Boy 2 next.