Sunday, February 13, 2005

First results

Decrypting the sprites was easier than expected. I've done Raiden Fighters 2 for now, which is the first game to have completely decrypted graphics. I still have to do Raiden Figthters Jet and the SPI - I don't yet know if the encryption will be similar.



The game looks good now, though there are still some graphics issues - most notably priority and alpha blending. I will probably not look at those when I've finished with the decryption, leaving to someone else to finish the driver.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truly Awesome !!!! THANK YOU !

Anonymous said...

Great new's and great work, thanks :o)

biltoman said...

Thanks to Ville Linde and you, one of the most expected emulated game is not a dream anymore!

Back to one year ago, everybody said that SPI graphics would be impossible to decrypt.

Really a great emulation performance, thanks again!!

Mosquito said...

Great work Nicola !
I'm sure that thousand of shmup's fans will congratulates you all over the web ;o

xemumanic said...

The original, and still one of the best of the MAME Devs. This is quite the accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

Great work Nicola ! BIG Thanks woohoo !

Anonymous said...

I knew he'd do it. Nicola is the king.

Adolf Hitler said...

Messerschmitts and Heinkels over Tel Aviv! Kaboooom!

raiden99 said...

OH MY GOD !!!!!!!
Am i dreaming ???????????
Thank you so much Nicolas !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

incredible work. this is a dream come true for many diehard arcade fans.

tb2000 said...

To biltoman - nothings impossible, just damn complicated! Fantastic work from Nicola!

Blindchild said...

GRANDIOSO NICOLA!!!!!

Eccezionale, non ci sono altre parole... :O

Anonymous said...

I always wanted to thank you and all emu programmers for all your hard work for giving back my childhood (space invaders,mr do etc).
I have followed your emu from 0.x days, I'm showing my age ;)
keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how quickly you've made progress on decrypting these games. You're making shoot-em-up fans very happy :)

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!
Words can not express how greatful I am that you made this game playable and the rest of the Seibu games.
You are by far the king of emulation and the ultimate game cracker, you are the best.
Thanks a million.
-Jackie

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!

Will "Viper Phase 1" also be decripted with this work?

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!!

Uhh... What's with the 2000 operation Hell dive?? Is this some bootleg version?

Anyway, Awesome work! This is even more exiting than the release of Progear!

SASnosiB said...

Nice work! Thanks Nicola!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that kind of rapid progress is amazing. I worry no one's going to bother to implement the alpha blending now, but whatever. Raiden Fighters is one of my favorite games, and now I won't have to take the bus to the arcade.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOU

Anonymous said...

Go go Nicola! =)

Anonymous said...

Woohoo no more garbage graphic that i am forced to deal with!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Nicola... U are GOD ? ^_^ Thank U

Anonymous said...

To answer the question someone asked above, the Year 2000 version of the game is an inferior revision with most of the game's original audio replaced with primitive sound loops. Otherwise the graphics are the same I think. The full game ROM needs to be dumped from one of the earlier boards...

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Hell Yeah!!!

Anonymous said...

well done niocola keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

It is of no doubt that MAME is so wonderful emulator in the world ever used.
I hope MAME should be continue forever.

Anonymous said...

I saw this day coming from the start, thanx a bunch! :)

Anonymous said...

Eh don Nicola you rule man. I want to be like you when i grow up. I invite you and your crew to beers and chicks. Yeeeeaaaahhhh (decript Seibu Cup please...)

Anonymous said...

amazing work Nicola Thanks so much!!!

Will it be easy for someone else to finish the driver and the alpha blending and other imperfect graphical issues?

raiden99 said...

I think this is part of Ville Linde projects after Sega Model 3 stuff ......

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Please Marry me and have my children.

ForteMP3 said...

I've dreamed of playing Raiden Fighters 1, 2, and Jet in their entirety, and that may just be possible because of you. Thank you Nicola, thank you! This is truly a great day for shmuppers.

InsaneDavid said...

Amazing work, as always.

Anonymous said...

You are a true legend, a gentleman and a scholar, I congratulate you.

Anonymous said...

Awesome job my friend, keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

ThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanksThanks - What more can I say!?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nicola....you're REALLY THE BEST!
Druuna

Pelicula said...

Thanks Nicola! You are the kind of leader that still working in the front. This gives a special taste to MAME continuos project. Good work!

Anonymous said...

Full RESPECT to Nicola´s work!

MO said...

i have strong suspicion, that most comments on this page come from lame teenagers.
The quality and the way you express your opinion is devastating low.
Even more so, that its presented on Nicola's blog.
Keep up the quality. I have a good laugh visiting this page lamers.

Anonymous said...

You must be what, 10 years old Mo?
anyway theirs always a asshole in every thread that has to mess it up for everyone and still Mo plays Nicola's dumped games right dickface.
do yourself a favor Mo and shut the fuck up if you ain't got nothing good to comment I would advise you to shut you stink hole up and pissoff.
Its only love and appreciation toward the creator of MAME and making games playable for all to enjoy even your lameass Mo.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nicola:

My company is a leading US game developer and is porting a classic arcade game for a large japanese publisher and would be interested in talking with you regarding possible consultant work. Please email me your contact information to my yahoo email. I will reply to you with my company email account.

phoonso at yahoo dot com

look forward to hearing from you.

Anonymous said...

Following the mame project since 0.29 it still is the best open source project i think, hopely it will go on for years.

thanks to you Nicola
and all other devs!

Anonymous said...

Great work so far Nicola, its been some time since a new update, whats new?
-Jackie

Anonymous said...

Woot! Incredible work!

mo said...

ANONYMOUS, saying about low iq, teenie expressions, and childlish stupid monotonous comments, i meant exlusively YOU, as a source of 99% of trash posts here.
Mark my words: Quality over quantity son. And make a 10 years break before you post anything. Use the time well thinking hard about any sensible nickname.
Cuz now, u r just an anonymous kido, weting himself about the fought of new cracks. Salmoria's work main goal isnt making guys like you wet themselves over newest decrypted PCBs (which you surely never have seen anyway).
Read your comments again and cry kido.