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Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 12:54 pm

Hello Everyone! I'm a neophyte to dumping and almost everything else, I'm just a nostalgic gamer that loves retrogaming. As a kid I had this Multi-Cart named Super 190-in-1. I'd never seen it's ROM released anywehere, so after years of waiting, I decided to do it myself. So I grabbed a copy on eBay and purchased the "INL Retro" Dumper-Programmer v2. So far by searching on Google, I was able to install the drivers for it, downloaded a GUI (https://arekuse.net/blog/tech-guides/ro ... mment-8121) and generated some dumps randomly messing with the parameters, most of my dumps load the intro menu with sound and glitched video. It doesn´t do much else, if you try to load a game you either get back to the menu immediatly or get a black screen.

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Soooooo.... Would anybody could help me generate a good dump please? Thanks in advance!

This is the game:
http://www.videogameobsession.com/video ... nes190.htm

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by lidnariq » Mon May 25, 2020 1:06 pm

Usually, we'd like photos of the label on the cart and I'd like pictures of the PCB inside. Some other people can go from a list of games to a known already-dumped multicart, but that may not be true here.

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 1:22 pm

Thanks for your quick reply! I can provide with the photos of the cartdrige, as for the PCB I wouldn't know how to open it... It doesn't have any visible screws. The link I shared in my post contains the list of games.

Photos of the cart: https://imgur.com/gallery/fTqqdY6
A video that reviews the cart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk5YGogSG6Y

And the list of games (from that page I posted earlier):

GAME LISTING:
01. Battle City ('90 levels) (Namco) *
02. Super Tank (Battle City, new levels) (Namco) *
03. Battle City (Namco) *
04. Arkanoid (Taito)
05. Tetris (Bullet Proof Software) *
06. Tetris (Tengen)
07. Star Soldier (Taxan)
08. Gradius (Konami)
09. Gyruss (Ultra)
10. Adventures of Dino Riki (Hudson Soft)
11. Twin Bee (Konami)
12. Star Soldier II (faster fire) (HudsonSoft)
13. Exerion (1989/no fuel) (Jaleco) *
14. Galaxian (Namco)
15. Galaga (Namco)
16. 1942 (Capcom)
17. Tiger Heli (Taito)
18. Sky Destroyer (Konami) *
19. Pinball (Nintendo)
20. Gyrodine (Taito)
21. Track & Field (Konami)
22. Power Soccer (Irem) *
23. Soccer (Nintendo)
24. Tag-Team Wrestling (Data East)
25. M.U.S.C.L.E. (Bandai)
26. Lunar Pool (Data East)
27. Baseball (Nintendo)
28. Golf (Nintendo)
29. Tennis (Nintendo)
30. F-1 Race (Nintendo) *
31. Road Fighter (Konami) *
32. Excitebike (Nintendo)
33. Lot Lot (Irem) *
34. Yie Ar Kung Fu (Konami) *
35. Karateka (Broderbund) *
36. Urban Chamipion (Nintendo)
37. Circus Charlie (Konami) *
38. Elevator Action (Taito)
39. Slalom (Nintendo/Rare)
40. Bomberman (Hudson Soft)
41. Soloman's Key (Tecmo)
42. Flipull (Taito) *
43. Moai-Kun (Konami) *
44. Othello
45. Mahjong (Nintendo) *
46. Spelunker (Broderbund)
47. Wrecking Crew (Nintendo)
48. Lode Runner (Broderbund)
49. Lode Runner II (Broderbund)
50. Binary Land (Hudson Soft) *
51. Mappy (Namco) *
52. Clu Clu Land (Nintendo)
53. Balloon Fight (Nintendo)
54. Dig-Dug (Namco)*
55. Dig-Dug II (Namco)
56. Chack'n Pop (Taito) *
57. Super Arabian (Sunsoft) *
58. Pac-Man (Namco)
59. Pac-Man II (faster) (Namco)
60. Pooyan (Konami)*
61. Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
62. Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
63. Fancy Mario Bros. (Weird gfx) (Nintendo)
64. Adventure Island (Hudson Soft)
65. The Goonies (Konami) *
66. The Legend of Kage (Taito)
67. Ice Climber (Nintendo)
68. Antarctic Adventure (Konami) *
69. Ninja Kun (Jaleco) *
70. Ninja Hattori Kun (Hudson Soft) *
71. Son Son (Capcom) *
72. Donkey Kong (Nintendo)
73. Donkey Kong JR. (Nintendo)
74. Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo)
75. Popeye (Nintendo)
76. Devil World (Nintendo) *
77. Nuts & Milk (Hudson Soft) *
78. Astro-Robo Sasa (Ascii) *
79. Onyanko Town (Pony Cat) *
80. Field Combat (Jaleco) *
81. B-Wings (Data East) *
82. Mag-Max (FCI)
83. Macross (Namco) *
84. Exerion (Jaleco) *
85. Warpman (Namco) *
86. Formation Z (Jaleco)
87. Raid on Bungling Bay (Broderbund)
88. Star Force (Tecmo)
89. Xevious (Namco)
90. Front Line (Taito)
91. Mahjong 2 (Nintendo)
92. Wild Gunman (Nintendo)
93. Duck Hunt (Nintendo)
94. Hogan's Alley (Nintendo)
95. Super Dino-Riki 1 -alt levels (Hudson Soft)
96. Super Dino-Riki 2 -alt levels (Hudson Soft)
97. Super Dino-Riki 3 -alt levels (Hudson Soft)
98. Super Dino-Riki 4 -alt levels (Hudson Soft)
99. Super Pooyan (alt levels) (Konami)
100. Battle City (alt levels) (Taito)
100-190 = "Crazy" games = variations of originals
* = Japanese Famicom only games

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by Goose2k » Mon May 25, 2020 1:39 pm

Pretty sure I have the same one, and if I remember correctly, it doesn't open with screws. Seemed like it was glued or something; I didn't have the guts to pry it open myself...
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Post by lidnariq » Mon May 25, 2020 1:48 pm

It looks like it's a snap fit. I was sent a copy of Policeman with a snap fit; I can open it by grabbing on both front and back near one side, and then pulling the back side up/away from the center and the front side down/towards the center.

Goose2k's photo looks like I can actually see the clips, too.

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Post by Goose2k » Mon May 25, 2020 2:04 pm

You are right! I was able to open it up by kind of pinching the front (the side with the pictures). Here's what I got. Let me know if you need anything else:
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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 2:06 pm

Oh wow! Yeah! It seems identical on the menu and list of games. I noticed from my dumps that this cart has extra menu music tracks that my original didn't have, that one had only like 2 songs. So there could be variations of the same Multi-cart IDK.

In all my years collecting ROMs I came across a game that has the same menu but it is only 150 games and the main feature seems to be Contra that had many hacks to start with different weapons and stuff. That ROM I can share. Maybe by viewing its data can reveal ROM sizes, palettes and stuff to start producing better dumps and hopefully a proper dump.

If open the cart could truly help dumping it I could do that. As I purchesed it fot that purpose. I could try to find a tutorial on how to properly open it.

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 2:12 pm

lidnariq wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 1:48 pm
It looks like it's a snap fit. I was sent a copy of Policeman with a snap fit; I can open it by grabbing on both front and back near one side, and then pulling the back side up/away from the center and the front side down/towards the center.

Goose2k's photo looks like I can actually see the clips, too.
Were you referring to my cart? Should I try to just pry it open as you describe?

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Post by Goose2k » Mon May 25, 2020 2:18 pm

I think both of ours should be snap carts solidhyunkel. Here's what's going on inside to help you navigate it if you end up trying to open it. You basically need to pitch half the cart really hard so that the latch gets released. I did one at a time.
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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 2:21 pm

Awesome! Then I shall try! Give me a minute. Thank you all for your help so far! :)

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Post by lidnariq » Mon May 25, 2020 2:53 pm

Oh, wacky, you have very different PCBs but the same game? At least the 74 series parts are the same.

Goose2k's PCB (labelled N-190B) has:
2x GoldStar GD74LS273 9132
1x GoldStar GD74LS32 9128
1x GoldStar GD74LS153 9120
1x GoldStar GD74LS00 9134
1x 2SC245B in TO-92 (probably)
32-PDIP "NCN-38A"
32-PDIP "NCN-38B"
32-PDIP "W6-C"

solidhyunkel's PCB (labelled K-1017P) has
SPI SP74HC273N 8429
SPI SP74HC273N 8433
GoldStar GD74LS32 9107
Fairchild 74F153 PC 8723 W SINGAPORE
GoldStar GD74LS00 9036 KOREA
32-PDIP LP-8005 62308BPY33 121 JAPAN
32-PDIP LP-8006 62308BPY36 121 JAPAN
32-PDIP LD-8007 62308BPY35 121 JAPAN
two unknown TO-92s, probably BJTs

Unless Krzysiobal beats me to it, I'll try to reverse engineer your PCBs and help you dump this.

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by solidhyunkel » Mon May 25, 2020 4:05 pm

lidnariq wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:53 pm
Oh, wacky, you have very different PCBs but the same game? At least the 74 series parts are the same.

Goose2k's PCB (labelled N-190B) has:
2x GoldStar GD74LS273 9132
1x GoldStar GD74LS32 9128
1x GoldStar GD74LS153 9120
1x GoldStar GD74LS00 9134
1x 2SC245B in TO-92 (probably)
32-PDIP "NCN-38A"
32-PDIP "NCN-38B"
32-PDIP "W6-C"

solidhyunkel's PCB (labelled K-1017P) has
SPI SP74HC273N 8429
SPI SP74HC273N 8433
GoldStar GD74LS32 9107
Fairchild 74F153 PC 8723 W SINGAPORE
GoldStar GD74LS00 9036 KOREA
32-PDIP LP-8005 62308BPY33 121 JAPAN
32-PDIP LP-8006 62308BPY36 121 JAPAN
32-PDIP LD-8007 62308BPY35 121 JAPAN
two unknown TO-92s, probably BJTs

Unless Krzysiobal beats me to it, I'll try to reverse engineer your PCBs and help you dump this.
Awesome! Please do! Not everyone has that knowledge, you could do that by just having a the list of components?

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Post by lidnariq » Mon May 25, 2020 4:07 pm

Oh, no, that's to make it searchable for future me. I'm using the photos of the PCBs.

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Re: Trying to dump my first NES game... :)

Post by lidnariq » Mon May 25, 2020 10:41 pm

Unfortunately, there isn't quite enough information for me to be confident about reverse engineering this board. It might be mapper 62 or mapper 225, or it might be yet another that's similar but different. If you're willing to sit down with a multimeter and measure continuity I can do the rest. (see this thread)

Even more unfortunately, there's a part on these boards that will make it difficult to dump using a Kazzo or INL RetroDumper, and it'll have to be disabled or removed. The cart should work fine afterwards - it just won't go back to the menu when you hit reset. But without the modification, it won't be possible to dump anything but the menu.

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