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» 8th September, 2014

The time has come for me to update Nintendo tabletops simulators by adding better graphics, sound samples, bug-fixes and improved compatibility!

The only tabletop game I have in my house is the Coleco version of Donkey Kong Jr. so that's the first game I'm updating. Obviously, since I don't own any more tabletops and panorama games by Nintendo, it will be a long time before I update more games of the same series. :-(

This is the usual comparison of the new version vs. the old one:

The new simulator has a newly added feature, requested by several MAME-cabinet's owners. That is: an option to disable the splash screen at request! It even has a new cool splash screen:

I also noticed that the other versions of the game (Nintendo Table Top and Nintendo Panorama) missed an audio sample ("chance.wav") so I have just added it to the zipfiles.

In addition, I'm releasing the updated version of Las Vegas by Bandai, which splash screen was a little bit buggy. The new file also features the option to disable the splash screen at request.

Lastly, I have added an old article from PC Mania to the Press Review section - don't miss it!

This is the list of new files:

- Donkey Kong Junior (Coleco) S4/1.01 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Las Vegas (Bandai, LCD Game Digital) S4/2.03 (Standard 4, minor fixes) + source code

- Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, Panorama Screen -> added missing audio file)
- Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, Table Top -> added missing audio file)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.6
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20140908 [59.6]

Don't miss to get the new files from the usual page.

» 4th August, 2014

My good old friend AJ (bringing me memories of the Zzap! Italia magazine hehe!) has just told me that the Symantec Antivirus prompts a virus warning on the MarioBro.exe executable which I'm distributing as a single file and as part of the "CD Collection".

Well I have tested the file with Virus Total and I have discovered that the file is not infected at all. That's just the crap Symantec software prompting a false positive - no worries.

Here's the antivirus report (download), in case you want to check that yourself.

Enjoy the games safely! :-)

» 4th August, 2014

Since I released the most recent version of Lifeboat, I have received several emails from players complaining of the new game graphics, stating that the LCD screen was too dark.
Well the fact is that the simulator was an extremely accurate replica of the original game in my possession, which also has quite a dark screen.

Anyway, since I understand that most users prefer playing a the game with a brigher screen - even if not realistic - I have decided to update the simulator as they requested. This is how the new game looks like:

This is the list of new files:

- Lifeboat (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.06 (Standard 4, graphics enhancements)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.5
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20140804 [59.5]

The files are available for free download from the usual page.

» 2nd June, 2014

I'm finally done with upgrading all my simulators of games belonging to the Nintendo Wide Screen series. The source code has been almost rewritten from scratch and the graphic files were provided by Brett Hicks and David Gschmeidler - thank you so much guys!
This is the how the new game looks like:

I'm also releasing an updated version of Snoopy Tennis with a minor bug-fix to the game initialization routines. The new files are:

- Turtle Bridge (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Snoopy Tennis (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, minor bug-fix)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.4
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20140602 [59.4]

Grab all the new files from the usual page.

» 12th May, 2014

As previously announced, I have devoted this week to updating two games from Nintendo's Game & Watch Wide Screen series. One of them was previously released under the old "standard", over ten years ago. I felt the time had come to better it with more realistic graphics and sound, also making it fully playable on MAME cabinets.

One game is Snoopy Tennis, and the other one is Parachute, also with enhanced graphics and sound.

Lastly, I'm releasing my very first DATfile for use with ClrMamePro.

This is the lists of new files:

- Snoopy Tennis (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Parachute (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.05 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source code

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.3
- ClrMamePro DATfile ver. 20140512 [59.3]

Grab all the new files from the usual page.

» 5th May, 2014

I have always wanted to upgrade my simulators of games belonging to the Nintendo Game & Watch series, but unfortunately I don't own the original handhelds anymore and I have no chance to scan them at high resolution by myself.

Luckily, I recently got a huge help from two Austrian men, authors of the gorgeous Der Inoffizielle Game & Watch Sammlerkatalog book, who provided me with great pictures and scans from a few games I simulated long ago: Egg, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy Tennis and Turtle Bridge.

I decided to upgrade the former two games first, as well as their Russian clones (minor fixes). This is the new look of the Game & Watch simulators:

I will release the upgraded Snoopy Tennis and Turtle Bridge sometimes soon. Here's the list of the games I'm releasing today:

- Egg (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)
- Mickey Mouse (Nintendo, Wide Screen) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, complete rewrite)

- Explorers of Space (Elektronika) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Fowling (Elektronika) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Frog Boaster (Elektronika) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations)

- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 59.2

Grab all the new files from the usual page.

» 28th April, 2014

I'm finally done with updating all the simulators of games from the popular VTech "Time & Fun" series. I'm releasing the missing five games today, making a total of 2 new games and 23 updates in 3 weeks - wow!

Due to the high demand of Nintendo games, I promise I'll spend more time to updating Game & Watch simulators next time!

The newly updates games are:
- Chicky Woggy (VTech, Arcade Time & Fun) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Monkey Jump (VTech, Arcade Time & Fun) S4/1.05 (Standard 4, various optimizations)

- Chicky Woggy (VTech, Electronic Tini-Arcade) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Crazy Chewy (VTech, Electronic Tini-Arcade) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Wild Man Jump (VTech, Electronic Tini-Arcade) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source

The games and the newly released Madrigal CD Collection ver. 59.1 are available for download from the usual page.

» 21st April, 2014

More news today. Again, a new simulator and several updates to previously released simulators.

The new game:
- Hot Line (VTech, Mini Time & Fun) S4/1.00 (Standard 4, final)

The following games were updated (please read the included "whatsnew.txt" file included for the list of changes):
- Bomb Fight (VTech, Mini Time & Fun) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Heathcliff: Caccia al Ladro (VTech, Mini Time & Fun) S4/1.05 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Heathcliff: Cessate il Fuoco (VTech, Mini Time & Fun) S4/1.01 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source

- Baseball (VTech, Explorer Time & Fun) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Defendo (VTech, Explorer Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Engine Room (VTech, Explorer Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Roller Coaster (VTech, Explorer Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source

- Hot Line (VTech, Sporty Time & Fun) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, various optimizations)
- Tennis Menace (VTech, Sporty Time & Fun) S4/1.05 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source

The games and the newly released Madrigal CD Collection ver. 59 are available for free download.

» 14th April, 2014

Lots of good news today. A brand new simulator, 9 updates to previously released simulators, and a new section.

The new game:
- Hippo Teeth (VTech, Mini Time & Fun) S4/1.00 (Standard 4, final)

Also available the following games featuring too many changes to list - please refer to the "whatsnew.txt" file included in the game archives:
- Banana (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.06 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Condor (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Escape (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.01 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Monkey (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Pancake (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Pirate (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.03 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Safari (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.02 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Sleep Walker (VTech, Time & Fun) S4/1.04 (Standard 4, various optimizations) + source
- Hippo Teeth (VTech, Sporty Time & Fun) S4/1.07 (Standard 4, various optimizations)

Grab the games and the newly released Madrigal CD Collection ver. 58 from the usual downloads page.

Don't miss to also read the brand new page: Press Review, featuring a collection of several articles on my simulation project, previously appearing on magazines, websites, books, etc.

Stay tuned on this website as I'm releasing a new game very soon!

» 9th March, 2014

Quick news: the complete news archive is online again. Enjoy!

» 14th January, 2014

I spent the past three weeks working very hardly to release the updated version of my old simulator of Donkey Kong II (Nintendo, Multi Screen). I really wanted to release it today to celebrate my 40th birthday and make you a gift in my very own way. But a few unforeseen issues prevented me from finishing the job in time.

Anyway, I still have a small gift for you. :-)

I had some time to update the other game from the series, that's Donkey Kong (Nintendo, Multi Screen). The game has much larger graphics (+30% size, now fitting a 1024x768 desktop) and a few bug fixes and optimizations.
Here's the usual comparison between the new version and the old one:

New files available:
- Donkey Kong (Nintendo, Multi Screen) S4/1.08 (Standard 4, major improvements)
- MADrigal CD Collection ver. 57.14

Grab them from the popular downloads page.

Stay tuned as I'll probably complete the Donkey Kong II simulator before the end of this month.

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