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Yoshi's Island, Final Fight 2, and Seiken Densetsu 3 get the MSU1 audio treatment



Once again, for those who are unfamiliar with MSU1...

MSU1, also named "Media Streaming Unit revision 1", is a homemade enhancement chip made by byuu for the SNES. It allows the SNES to have 4 GB of storage space and CD quality Stereo Audio.

Thanks to Goncalo for the heads up!

Factor 5 tried to release Super Turrican: Director's Cut on Virtual Console, as well as SNES cart

Awhile back, we shared news of Super Turrican: Director's Cut being included with every purchase of the Super Nt, a high-end SNES clone from Analogue Nt. It obviously taken quite some time for Super Turrican: Director's Cut to see release, but it's not like Factor 5 hasn't tried in the past. In an interview with Polygon, both CEO of Analogue, Christopher Taber, and Factory 5's Julian Eggebrecht explain how the partnership came to be.

JE: “Our U.S. partner at the time wanted us to use 4 megabit cartridges to keep costs down, despite the fact that everybody else was already using 8 megabit carts at the time. I told everyone on the team to keep going past the the 4 megabit mark while I tried to find a different publisher. Konami almost did it — we had a good relationship at that time — but they didn’t want to release a game that similar to Contra. So, we spent the period right before Christmas butchering our own game down, reusing assets, even cutting a sublevel. It was very demoralizing, to say the least.”

CT: “Originally, we pitched Nintendo together to try to get it released on an original cart. Now, of course, I recognize that I was extremely naive, because Nintendo would never do that. Then we tried the Virtual Console. Well, it was never released on the original hardware, so Nintendo wouldn’t let that happen. So we just had to wait for the right opportunity to do it, and the Super Nt is it.”

Super Mario World beaten in under 1 minute using arbitrary code execution

How...how do people figure this stuff out?! I've watched this video a few times, and I still have no idea what's going on. It's like the person doing the narration is speaking a foreign language. Even though I have no clue how this works, it doesn't make the end result any less impressive.

"Actraiser: Rebirth of the People" tribute album released

Yuzo Koshiro turned 50 years old on December 2017. I was unable to attend to his live performance in London along with Motohiro Kawashima where both brought the house down with their combined "Streets of Rage" set but for my very first music release of 2018 I went with something quite on the opposite end of the spectrum: His classic compositions for the original 1990 Quintet video game "ActRaiser" for Super Nintendo.

This overdue tribute covers the entire soundtrack in three different styles (along with a bonus 4th disc) which is something I often wondered how it would turn up. "ActRaiser: Rebirth of the People" (a pun on one of the game's most iconic songs) explores Koshiro's compositions in chiptune style (Disc 1: Chiptune Faith), orchestral style (Disc 2: Orchestral Faith) which replaces the original samples with proper instrumental generated samples, synthesizer style (Disc 3: Synthesizer Faith) replacing the instruments with some of Vangelis timeless Yamaha CS-80 patches. Disc 4 "Vox Faith" is a bit of a bonus experience I threw together because I wanted to hear the "Sky Palace" singed by a vocal choir.

This is also the first time I release a LP and at the same time 3 different sound MSU-1 sound pack for the game itself. Assuming you have the know how to use it, by taking full advantage of DarkShock's audio enhancement patch you can play the game to the very same tracks that make up this latest release. To be able to play the original game in its original format to the music that you make is a rather unique experience and one I hope to be able to repeat in the future.

Hope you enjoy this release and I hope I have made justice to the source material. It is a real shame we haven't seen a new "ActRaiser" game in the past decades but perhaps that just help to make the two entries in the series even more special. Thank you all for your continued support.

The unofficial SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium - sample pages

Want to get a look at the Unofficial SNES/Super Famicom Visual Compedium? You've already seen a couple preview pages, but now you check out some pages from the final publication. This looks like another must-have for Nintendo fans, and would be perfect for a permanent spot on the coffee table.

Check out more here

SNES Classic Edition in-stock at GameStop

The Super NES Classic Edition system looks and feels just like the original '90s home console, except it's super small. Play 20 classic Super NES games plus *gasp* the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game!

Grab yours here

Illusion of Gaia and The Legend of the Mystical Ninja get the MSU1 audio treatment


Once again, for those who are unfamiliar with MSU1...

MSU1, also named "Media Streaming Unit revision 1", is a homemade enhancement chip made by byuu for the SNES. It allows the SNES to have 4 GB of storage space and CD quality Stereo Audio.

Thanks to Goncalo for the heads up!