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Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

I know it's been a while, but I just heard back from the owner of the DKC3 prototype a few days ago. If you recall, I asked if he could compare the prototype's text using a table file that Mattrizzle provided. He did, and couldn't find any textual differences. However, while he was searching, he dis...
by Nintendo Player
September 22nd, 2013, 8:26 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

The ROM is now available for your downloading pleasure! http://www.retrogamesuk.net/ http://www.nintendoplayer.com/Diddy%20Kong%20Pilot%202001.png http://www.nintendoplayer.com/Diddy%20Kong%20Pilot%202001-2.png http://www.nintendoplayer.com/Diddy%20Kong%20Pilot%202001-3.png I've confirmed that the g...
by Nintendo Player
January 14th, 2013, 5:22 am
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Disregard what I wrote earlier. The ROM will be released for free on Monday.
by Nintendo Player
January 13th, 2013, 7:14 am
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Gaz, I found out that "j_and_a_toys," a registered UK business seller on eBay, bought the ROM: http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=j_and_a_toys His real name is Adam. He's a reseller who has sold several prototypes in the past (I've even purchased an SNES bet...
by Nintendo Player
January 12th, 2013, 8:00 am
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Yeah, in this case it was always a ROM, not even cartridge format, dev emulator format. Diddy Kong Pilot is now sold.


I hope whoever bought this decides to share the gaming love so you finally to get to play, Gaz.
by Nintendo Player
January 9th, 2013, 11:27 am
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

The seller says there is no cartridge to be sold, only the ROM, which was leaked to him by "someone at Nintendo."

I'm going to have to pass.

Oh, and he said the gameplay looks a lot like this:

by Nintendo Player
January 8th, 2013, 9:36 pm
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

This is bad timing for me because just a few days ago I purchased a very expensive game prototype (not DK-related). If he were offering the cart at this price instead, I might be able to sell the physicial copy after dumping to recoup funds. But if he's only offering the ROM file, I won't be able to...
by Nintendo Player
January 8th, 2013, 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

I'm assuming this is the build (minus the message at the end):



Besides being earlier in development, what's the difference between the pre-alpha and alpha 2001 DKP? I'd love to play the version with the Mario characters.
by Nintendo Player
January 8th, 2013, 7:01 pm
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Hey, Gaz: I really am out of money so I really need to sell some stuff. If you've got a better offer on something then make that offer. ... Diddy Kong Pilot 2001 Alpha (ROM) - $400 http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?43599-FS-N64-Protos-Diddy-Kong-Pilot-Alpha-V64-Jr-Z64 If he's that ...
by Nintendo Player
January 8th, 2013, 2:31 am
 
Forum: Other DKC Related Games
Topic: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!
Replies: 71
Views: 97661

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

He's still a collector, and the Mario games are his main passion. He told me he wouldn't have parted with the Dr. Mario prototypes at all if he wasn't in a pinch for money. He won't be selling SMK "anytime soon," but will probably in the future. Remember, I contacted him months ago about t...
by Nintendo Player
January 6th, 2013, 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Land 2 & 3 Map Dumper

Wow, this is fantastic . I was able to rip all of the DKLIII prototype's level maps and easily compare them to the retail version. I found a number of new differences as a result. In fact, I already managed to update the article on Nintendo Player with some maps (along with a plug for this program!)...
by Nintendo Player
January 6th, 2013, 1:13 pm
 
Forum: ROM Hacking
Topic: Donkey Kong Land 2 & 3 Map Dumper
Replies: 4
Views: 10239

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Thanks for that, Mattrizzle. I sent him the table. This'll hopefully tell us if there are any changes in level/character/item names, some of the dialogue, credits, etc. I created a basic tutorial video to help him skip to various sections of the ROM that may contain in-game text and also show him ho...
by Nintendo Player
January 5th, 2013, 2:08 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Yeah, trying to make out tile graphics in SNES ROMs is sort of like taking a Rorschach test. NES ROMs are much neater and easier to examine in TLP. I think it's nice that the owner's at least willing to try to share more information. What would you guys suggest as a simple way of seeing if the DKC3 ...
by Nintendo Player
January 3rd, 2013, 7:22 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

It's rather rare to find a review copy that's contained on one of these big, unruly dev boards. Review copies generally look more like this: http://www.snescentral.com/article.php?id=0858 That being said, you can't go by the PCB alone. The proof is in the game data. I have an update on the DKC3 prot...
by Nintendo Player
January 3rd, 2013, 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NINTENDO-SNES-DONKEY-KONG-COUNTRY-3-PROTOTYPE-sample-development-demo-/321014777216 There were some talks about bundling DKC3 with the Dr. Mario lot, but the folks wanting Mario aren't really into ...
by Nintendo Player
December 29th, 2012, 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Really interesting stuff as always, Blaziken! Unfortunately, I haven't a clue how different the DKC3 prototype's internal ROM header is, or if it's even different at all. The seller guessed that might've been the issue because incorrect headers in SNES prototypes are known to sometimes create proble...
by Nintendo Player
December 27th, 2012, 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

I'm referring to the internal ROM header, which was typically one of the last things finalized in an SNES game. For example, I have a prototype of Mario Paint . When I went to back up that game, my dumper became confused while trying to read the bad internal ROM header and spewed a ton of extra garb...
by Nintendo Player
December 22nd, 2012, 11:27 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

A bit of an update about the DKC3 prototype: Last month I sent the seller a list of the Brazilian TV ad's beta differences from this topic . He got back to me a little while ago to say that in his prototype Funky Kong is standing on the floor, not airboarding, and the bananas are animated instead of...
by Nintendo Player
December 21st, 2012, 2:38 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Well said, Qyzbud. I am just as passionate as you guys are in wanting prototype ROMs released or at least dissected to death and the findings posted so that the changes can be seen by everyone (or, in the case of SMK, heard by everyone with SPC dumps), but there are right ways and wrong ways of maki...
by Nintendo Player
December 10th, 2012, 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Yeah, the guy paid hundreds of dollars for SMB2 and got a big "screw you" with insults and a leak behind his back for being nice enough to let others try to document the differences. I can't think of many other big prototype collectors who'd even agree to take a few gameplay photos, not to...
by Nintendo Player
December 7th, 2012, 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

To be perfectly honest, and I'm saying this as someone who publicly dumps all of his prototypes and loves the NES, I think leaking the SMB2 ROM was a rotten thing to do. By betraying a collector's trust, you do more harm than good in the long run. From what I heard, negotiations were being made to s...
by Nintendo Player
December 6th, 2012, 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

The funny thing is, the collector who sold me the Donkey Kong Land III prototype is the same person who owns both the Donkey Kong Country 3 and Super Mario Kart prototypes. I don't think he's selling SMK, but if he were, I'm sure he'd only accept gold bars because of all the differences. You might r...
by Nintendo Player
December 3rd, 2012, 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Nice, even more new stuff! I updated the article with all of your finds, although I don't have pictures for everything yet. Doing a side-by-side proto/retail playthrough is simply a matter of comparing each screen for differences. The time-consuming process is a bit maddening but, then again, I'm al...
by Nintendo Player
November 20th, 2012, 8:14 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Really appreciate your help, Blaziken257! This was actually my first time playing DKLIII, so it's great to get these insights from an experienced player such as yourself. I look forward to reading more of your discoveries and adding them to the page. The development process that a game goes through ...
by Nintendo Player
November 10th, 2012, 3:07 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

I never noticed that about the balloons. Yeah, if it isn't too much trouble, animate away! My eyes are starting to glaze over right now from hours of playing this game, so I'm going to take a break. I'll add everything in later, but please keep the list of differences growing!
by Nintendo Player
November 8th, 2012, 7:55 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Sweet God, that was fast! I fixed the cheat and also added your discovery to the page (I hope crediting you as "Blaziken257" is fine). Keep 'em coming!
by Nintendo Player
November 8th, 2012, 7:38 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

http://www.nintendoplayer.com/prototypes/dkl3/void.png Thanks for your patience, guys. As promised, here's the Donkey Kong Land III prototype article: http://www.nintendoplayer.com/prototype/donkey-kong-land-iii-game-boy-prototype/ You can find the download at the bottom of the page. I put a lot of...
by Nintendo Player
November 8th, 2012, 6:51 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Thought you folks might like to know that the Donkey Kong Country 3 prototype has now been listed on eBay with an $8,000 buy-it-now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NINTENDO-SNES-DONKEY-KONG-COUNTRY-3-PROTOTYPE-sample-development-demo-/321014777216?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item4abdf8c580 Anybody see di...
by Nintendo Player
November 1st, 2012, 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

I haven't forgotten about you guys! I think it will be fine to provide links to your articles here, so long as there are no commercial ROMs directly available through the page you link to. Even links to commercially unavailable prototype ROMs ought to be fine, I believe. Our ROM linking/requesting r...
by Nintendo Player
October 30th, 2012, 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Thank you for the warm welcome and the marriage proposal! I should mention that I'm super busy working on an unrelated Super Famicom prototype for Halloween right now, so the Donkey Kong Land III article won't be up on Nintendo Player until sometime in November. If I am not allowed to post a direct ...
by Nintendo Player
October 21st, 2012, 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

Re: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic

Hi guys, Mike from Nintendo Player here. I wrote the aforementioned article on bitrot. Evan (badinsults) told me about this thread. As much as I love the Donkey Kong Country series, I would not be able to spend thousands on this prototype. I did contact the seller to ask if he would be interested in...
by Nintendo Player
October 20th, 2012, 12:57 am
 
Forum: Donkey Kong Country 3
Topic: Donkey Kong Country 3 Beta Research & Discussion Topic
Replies: 178
Views: 189160

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