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» 14th December, 2015

Yet another game upgraded to the "Standard 4" today. And again it is a game from the much loved "Panorama Screen" series by Nintendo, featuring Mario playing the role of a soldier.
The upgrade is massive, and the new game has been re-programmed from scratch to offer a very realistic gaming experience: bigger graphics and manual, improved sound quality and removeable splash screen.

Here's the usual comparison between the new and old version of the game:

Big thanks to René Van Egmond for providing photos and scans of the game and manual.

Today's list of new files is:

- Mario's Bombs Away (Nintendo, Panorama Screen) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.22
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20151214 [59.22]

All files available on the downloads page.

» 16th November, 2015

One more game finally upgraded to the new "Standard 4", now featuring larger graphics, improved sound quality, removeable splash screen and full compatibility with MAME cabinets.

Here's the usual comparison between the new and old version of the game:

Big thanks to René Van Egmond and Rik Morgan for providing photos and scans of the game and manual.

This is the list of new files:

- Snoopy (Nintendo, Panorama Screen) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.21
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20151116 [59.21]

All files available on the downloads page.

» 9th November, 2015

Today's release is a milestone for me: yet another Nintendo Panorama Screen game is upgraded to the most recent standard!
It took me seven years to find two generous gentlemen that were available to send me high-resolution scans of the game and the instructions manual, which I included in this release.

Here's the comparison between the new and old version of the game:

Big thanks to René Van Egmond and Anthony Lavenu for their invaluable support! Also, the game is dedicated to my brother Oreste, who celebrates his Saint's day today.

This is the list of new files:

- Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, Panorama Screen) S4/1.01 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.20
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20151109 [59.20]

Don't miss to get the files from the downloads page.

» 26th October, 2015

Time for games updates today. Nothing really major, just a few minor improvements to previously released simulators, that is new removeable splash screen and larger manual to match the actual game graphics size.

Today's releases are:

- Donkey Kong (Coleco) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, larger manual)
- Dungeons & Dragons: Computer Fantasy Game (Mattel Electronics, Arcade Action Series) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, larger manual)
- Galaxy II (Epoch) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, new splash screen)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.19
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20151026 [59.19]

All files are available for download from the usual downloads page.

» 26th September, 2015

A very short post to inform all readers that the Press Review page has just been updated with two additions:

- How to programme a Game & Watch, my article recently published on the Italian magazine "Retroedicola Videoludica", with an in-depth tutorial on handheld games simulators programming

- An Interview with Luca Antignano (aka MADrigal), my interview on a very popular Greek website devoted to retrogames and emulation.

I hope that you enjoy the reading!

» 29th June, 2015

Yet another complete rewrite of a top wanted game from Nintendo's Multi Screen series today: Donkey Kong II. I released the very first version of the simulator in 2000, then started to rewrite it in 2012 and then stopped for more than two years. Last week I decided it was time to complete the task at last.

The new version features larger graphics, improved audio, and removeable splash screen. It's perfect for use in MAME cabinets as it can be fully operated via the keyboard. Here's the usual comparison between the new and old version of the game:

This is the list of new files:

- Donkey Kong II (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.18
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150629 [59.18]

Don't miss to download them from the downloads page.

» 22nd June, 2015

Eight years ago I released the "Mickey Mouse (Panorama Screen)" simulator under the newly settled "Standard 4". It was the very first fully keyboard-operated simulator, making it perfect for use in an "Arcade cabinet".

Since then, the "standard" has evolved a lot and the newer simulators feature high-resolution graphics, bigger manuals, and a removeable splash-screen for easier use.

I'm releasing an updated version of the game today, incorporating all the usual, nice additions and a few bug-fixes. Thanks to René Van Egmond for providing beautiful high-quality scans and photos of the original game. Here's the comparison between the new and old verson of the game:

This is the list of new files:

- Mickey Mouse (Nintendo, Panorama Screen) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, major improvements)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.17
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150622 [59.17]

Don't miss to get the files from the downloads page.

» 9th June, 2015

I have been notified of a small bug in the Parachute (Nintendo) Simulator, that very few of you may have noticed. It was connected to the "bonus" lives granted at 500 points.
Thanks to D. Yen from the USA for reporting about the bug, wich I promptly fixed and I'm releasing the updated version of the game and source code:

- Parachute (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.07 (Standard 4, minor bug-fix) + source code

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.16
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150609 [59.16]

Grab the files from the usual downloads page.

» 4th May, 2015

May the fourth be with you!

I have finally upgraded another simulator of a much beloved game to the newest Standard 4. I dedicate this release to all the fans of the Peanuts characters and in memory of the unforgettable Charles M. Schulz. The game is a little gem in the Nintendo Game & Watch series, featuring beautiful tunes and intermissions in pure "peanuts-style".

The simulation quality has been improved a lot and many bugs have been fixed, making the simulator very close to the original game. Thanks to Rik Morgan and René van Egmond for providing beautiful pictures of the game and scans of the original instructions manual!

This is the usual comparison between the new and old version of the game.

This is the list of new files:

- Snoopy (Nintendo, Table Top) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.15
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150504 [59.15]

They are available for download on the popular downloads page.

» 13th April, 2015

Today I am finally achieving my goal to upgrade my very first simulator, that I originally released in 1999, to the newest standard that means: better graphics and sounds, full compatibility with MAME-cabinets interfaces and removable splash screen. Source code is also available.
I hope you appreciate the improvements. :-)

This is the list of new files:

- Motor Cross (Queentex) S4/2.05 (Standard 4, complete rewrite) + source code

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.14
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150413 [59.14]

Attention! From now on, every binary and source code file is distributed under the Creative Common licenses. The new license files are included in every forthcoming and every previously released game archive. If you're collecting the games through ClrMAMEPro you should download the new license files and the new DATfile.

» 6th April, 2015

Happy Easter everyone! I have not only enjoyed my long weekend with my family: I have also been restless programming simulators. This time it was an easy (though long) task. I have finally upgraded three games from Nintendo's Multi Screen series, now featuring a larger version of the instructions manual and the option to disable the "splash screen".

I also fixed a few bugs that were reported by users. I wish to thank Massimiliano Tili for providing great scans of the instructions manual, and Leandro Jardim for reporting a minor graphics bug in Mario Bros.

This is the list of new files:

- Donkey Kong (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.09 (Standard 4, larger manual added)
- Lifeboat (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.07 (Standard 4, larger manual added)
- Mario Bros. (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, larger manual added)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.13
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150406 [59.13]

Don't miss to get the games from the downloads page!

» 30th March, 2015

Autumn has started down under and it's time to release new simulators again! Yet another complete rewrite of a very much loved game, that many players are waiting for! The game is Donkey Kong Jr. Table Top by Nintendo.

I wish to thank Rik Morgan and René Van Egmond for providing superb photos of the game and scanned copies of the instructions manual!
This is how the new and old versions of the game compare:

I am also releasing a new version of Donkey Kong Junior by Coleco, now featuring larger instructions manual and a few minor fixes. This is the list of new files:

- Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, Table Top) S4/1.01 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Donkey Kong Junior (Coleco) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, larger manual added)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.12
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150330 [59.12]

The new files are available for download at the usual downloads page. Enjoy!

» 23rd February, 2015

More updates to previously released games today. This time it's a complete rewrite of a game, that really deserved to be updated due to many bugs and inaccuracies affecting it. The game is Towering Rescue by Gakken, now released with source code.
Many thanks to Bas Utervijk for providing excellent scans of the instructions manual, and Michael Bruhn for bug-reporting. This is how the new and old versions compare:

I am also releasing a slightly updated version of Grab Man with a minor bug-fix affecting the "game drag and move" routine. This is the list of new files:

- Towering Rescue (Gakken, LCD Card Game) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, complete rewrite) + source code
- Grab Man (unknown mfg, Game & Time) S4/2.05 (Standard 4, minor fixes)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.11
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150223 [59.11]

Grab the files from the downloads page!

» 26th January, 2015

Happy Australia Day everyone! This is the very first website update since my move down under.

Everybody seems to be still on holiday here in Canberra. This means: I'm still looking for a job, that's bad for me, on the other hand I have some spare time for programming simulators, that's good for you! :-)

Thanks to the precious help of a new Swedish friend, Cogweasel of the Gears of Games Youtube channel, I could finally add the English instructions manual browser to the Grab Man simulator and then upgrade it to the newest Standard 4 with enhanced graphics, etc. This is the usual comparison between the new and old version:

On a side note, I have finally found evidence that the game was not released by Matsushima as most people would think. The game manufacturer is still unknown, anyway that's definitely not Matsushima. Also, the game is made in Taiwan whereas Matsushima is a Japanese company.

I also updated two games by Tomytronic by adding larger instructions manuals and the new "removable splash screen".

This is the list of new files:

- Grab Man (unknown mfg, Game & Time) S4/2.04 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Pac Man (Tomytronic) S4/2.04 (Standard 4, larger manual added)
- Tron (Tomytronic) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, larger manual added)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.10
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20150126 [59.10]

Don't miss to get the games from the downloads page!

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