Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

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Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Blaziken257 » September 29th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Breaking news! The Diddy Kong Pilot 2001 Alpha ROM has been released!
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Get the 2001 alpha here!

Pre-release discussion follows:

Many people who have played Banjo Pilot probably know that it was originally going to be Diddy Kong Pilot before Microsoft bought Rare and changed everything... but even if you know that fact, chances are that you probably haven't seen footage of it. Well, a YouTube user named transparentjinjo, who was apparently at one point an employee of Rare, uploaded some about a week ago. You can watch it here, and it sure is interesting. (The user has other alpha/beta videos of other games too, including early versions of Banjo-Pilot itself, as well as Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, among other games, all of which is interesting to watch. If you haven't seen any of that yet, go do so now. You don't know what you're missing.)

So anyway, you can see an early build of Diddy Kong Pilot. It is completely different from the finished product Banjo-Pilot, and from the looks of it, it had so much potential. It is a very different game from Banjo-Pilot was: For example, the courses are entirely different, where the layouts are unrecognizable, and they are graphically different too (arguably better, even if they still suffer from the brightness problem that every Rare game has), although one level sorta looks like Hailfire Peaks. Some courses are unfinished, however, which have placeholder graphics. This is an alpha, so you can't expect it to be complete, obviously.

The menus are also very different from Banjo-Pilot as well, and so is the title screen. It just has a completely different feel to it. The title screen is the only screen that has music, and it's different from anything in Banjo-Pilot. I don't find it groundbreaking though, but I didn't find Banjo-Pilot's music groundbreaking either. None of the tracks have music programmed in yet, apparently.

There also appears to be a story mode, although I don't know what it does. It's cool that it has it though. There is also a dogfight mode, which appears to be similar to the battle mode in Mario Kart. (I don't remember if Banjo-Pilot had anything similar...)

Also, the items are different. In Banjo-Pilot, the items are naturally based off items from the Banjo series, like the different types of eggs, the shoes, etc. (and they're ripoffs of Mario Kart items in my opinion). In Diddy Kong Pilot, they appear to be based off of items from Diddy Kong Racing, including some new ones like the peanuts (OK, I know they're from DK64, but still -- they weren't in DKR). This could have been cool.

In addition, there appears to be a motion sensor feature (probably like Kirby Tilt 'n Tumble or Wario Ware: Twisted). No such feature exists in Banjo-Pilot, but I guess that it would have worked similarly to those games; you would tilt (or perhaps rotate) the Game Boy to steer your plane.

Oh yeah, it has Redneck Kong (I think that's the name). Unfortunately, when he is selected, you play as Diddy Kong, so apparently he wasn't programmed in yet. Shame, I would have loved to see what he was like.

So, yeah. That's Diddy Kong Pilot. If Microsoft hadn't bought Rare (and as more time goes on, the more annoyed I am at this due to games like this), this could have been better than the half-assed Banjo-Pilot, which despite the 5 or so years of development time, seemed lackluster when compared to both the Mario Kart series and the Banjo series. I remember being disappointed after a while when I got the game, as the race tracks seem uninspiring, there isn't much to do, and it doesn't feel like a Banjo game. Also, since when do planes slow down when they're flying over grass? I do like how Diddy Kong Pilot feels like a Diddy Kong game, and if it were finished the way it was intended to be, I would have enjoyed it a lot.

So, there you go. There's also supposed to be another video of a later build eventually, so that will be cool. OK, I'll end this post, since in typical fashion, this post was much longer than it was supposed to be.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Mattrizzle » September 30th, 2011, 12:15 am

I noticed one thing odd about the Character Select screen, aside from the obvious:
Cranky Kong has what I presume to be "Redneck" Kong's voice (Cranky's voice is deeper, as heard at 6:51 in the video)
"Redneck" Kong has Diddy Kong's voice
Diddy Kong has Donkey Kong's voice
Donkey Kong has Krunch's voice
Krunch has K. Rool's voice
K.Rool has Dixie Kong's voice
Dixie Kong has Diddy Kong's voice

In the story mode menu, the second option (Back to the Light) looks as if the game is attempting to display "Redneck" Kong's sprite, but it is garbled. When the option is selected, the voice incorrectly played for Cranky is heard again. This, along with the obvious thing in the character select, seems to show that he was in the process of replacing, or being replaced by, Candy Kong. (Candy can also be seen in the "Dog Fights" icon on the title screen).
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby aperson98 » November 10th, 2011, 3:34 am

This just in the beta has been released to the public, but for obvious reasons I can't post a link to the rom sorry remember as Simion32 always says "Google is your friend" ;)
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » July 3rd, 2012, 11:27 am

I heard RWC webmaster Torrentstorm has this ROM now (not the 2003 one, the 2001 one).
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » July 3rd, 2012, 11:28 am

aperson98 wrote:This just in the beta has been released to the public, but for obvious reasons I can't post a link to the rom sorry remember as Simion32 always says "Google is your friend" ;)


That's the 2003 build, not the 2001 build that this topic's about.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 8th, 2013, 2:31 am

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.
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Diddy Kong Pilot 2001 Alpha (ROM) - $400

http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/sh ... V64-Jr-Z64

If he's that desperately in need of cash, why not offer the physical cartridge, too? :huh:

This listing's going to get pulled real soon because selling ROM files in the forum's marketplace is against the rules.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 8th, 2013, 5:24 pm

Interesting... Very interesting indeed. If it does get dumped, we can compare the differences. It's the ALPHA 2001 version, not the Pre-alpha 2001 version (the one with the leaked footage) from September 7. 2001. I'm the DKP Geek :ugeek: .

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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 8th, 2013, 7:01 pm

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.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 8th, 2013, 7:06 pm

Actually, Mike. I think that's the Pre-Alpha as the characters aren't aligned with their sepia shadows. The Pre-alpha has that. I don't know any differences yet, because I don't have the ROM (Brandon/TS is selling it for 400 dollars and I can't afford that for real-life reasons and money reasons). Since it is perhaps supposed to be the December 2001 build (the original and first planned release date for DKP, before changed to March 4, 2002), I think the sepia shadows are aligned with the characters and more bugs and stuff have been fixed. SO this means;

THIS BUILD HAS BECOME FAR IN DEVELOPMENT!!!

I'd love to see if this ROM is ever dumped publically.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 8th, 2013, 7:24 pm

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 do that. Don't get your hopes up, but I sent him a PM to see how much the cart would cost.

I'd like to check this out, too, but I can't afford them all, sadly. A cheap hobby, this ain't. :facepalm:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 8th, 2013, 7:28 pm

I never said I did.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 8th, 2013, 9:36 pm

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:

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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 8th, 2013, 9:44 pm

I think that's for the best, Mike. After all, Nintendo doesn't leak protos to the public or privately.

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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 9th, 2013, 11:27 am

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.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 9th, 2013, 4:31 pm

The ROM has been sold. But the who *crosses fingers that this person will share it*.

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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 12th, 2013, 8:00 am

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.d ... 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 beta from him before). Chances are this game will be back up for sale soon in some shape or form.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Geno » January 12th, 2013, 1:17 pm

All I have to say, is 'I wonder if this version has Redneck Kong?'

EDIT: Never mind, found out.

I REALLY WANT THE ROM NOW.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 13th, 2013, 7:14 am

Disregard what I wrote earlier. The ROM will be released for free on Monday.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 13th, 2013, 10:57 am

Well that's amazing, unexpected news! I wonder what would possess a reseller to buy and release a ROM? It's a surprising decision, but a very welcome and appreciated one. :D
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Blaziken257 » January 13th, 2013, 11:16 am

Gaz is sure going to have a field day over this :P This will mean as much to him as the DKL3 prototype did to me.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Gaz » January 13th, 2013, 3:14 pm

WOO!!!! YES! YES! YES! YES!!! :mrgreen: . A ROM release. I cannot wait to compare it to the Spaceworld 2001 and Pre-Alpha 2001 versions!
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Nintendo Player » January 14th, 2013, 5:22 am

The ROM is now available for your downloading pleasure!

http://www.retrogamesuk.net/

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I've confirmed that the game runs on VisualBoyAdvance. Go, Gaz! Grab it!
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 14th, 2013, 10:01 am

Well, look what came out of this:
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The character select icons from the Spaceworld build, including the Mario characters!!! Oddly, I couldn't find Bowser's palette with the rest.

This isn't the end of it, either. There appears to be a massive amount of uncompressed graphics in the ROM...
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot beta footage!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 14th, 2013, 10:04 am

Well hot damn — thanks for the news, Mike! (and for the sprites, Matt!)

Excuse me while I write up an Atlas news report. :)
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 14th, 2013, 11:31 am

Well, I've had a bit of hands-on time with the alpha, and it does crash a bit (trying to play certain game modes, etc.), but it is playable.

I like the graphics they designed for various 'dogfight' modes:

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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Soniccuz » January 14th, 2013, 12:45 pm

Oh this looks neat hopefully I'll get time to play around with it more next week.

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Character select screens! :dixiehappy:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 14th, 2013, 12:48 pm

Funny; I was just doing (basically) the same thing!

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:lol:

Here are the dogfight mode icons in pure form:

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...and it turns out the VBA emulator is handy for exporting 'maps', such as this bird's-eye view of Beach Barricade:

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Not a very exciting alpha course design, but the first one I ripped — so there you go. ;)


This one's a bit more complete; the first real course of the game — Bounty Beach:

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...well these are a whole lot easier to 'create' than my DKC level maps! :lol:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Blaziken257 » January 14th, 2013, 1:36 pm

It's nice that this has finally been released to the public! I like this build better than the 2003 build, even though it is far from finished. It makes me wonder how this would have turned out if Rare just stuck to this and didn't completely revamp it (let's face it, even if it wasn't turned into Banjo-Pilot, I would have still found the 2003 build to be dull). One mission that I like (assuming it would have been finished) is the Hatch Match one; it reminds me of one of the battles in Diddy Kong Racing!

I also wonder what Ghost Grasp was supposed to be. It crashes upon being selected on the battles menu, but you can choose what appears to be the battle in the debug menu (in Haunted 01). Even then, there doesn't seem to be a way to raise your score. Weird.

Finally, what the hell is the .elf extension for? I've never seen it once until now. I can't open it with VBA-M, but I can open it with a TAS version of VBA. I know that there are going to be other people besides me being confused at this as well. If you want to get an uncompressed a binary format ROM out of the .elf file, follow these steps:

1. Open a version of VBA that can open .elf files (e.g. ones that are used for TASes).
2. Open the .elf ROM.
3. Go to Tools->Debug->Memory viewer.
4. A new window will open. Click the "Save..." button on bottom.
5. Another new window will open. In the address box, type 8000000.
6. In the size box, type 2000000.
7. A file save selection box will appear. Under "Save as type", choose "All files".
8. Next, choose a filename that ends in .gba.
9. Save it, and you will extract the entire uncompressed binary GBA ROM! This is useful if you want to open it in other emulators, or if you want to hack it with a hex editor.

This method works because when a GBA game starts up, the ROM is always copied into RAM, starting at RAM offset 0x08000000. Note that this method probably results in a ROM file that is larger than it needs to be (the ROM may be smaller than 32MB, but I have no way to tell without trial and error), but it will still work even if it is too large -- it's just wasted space and causes no harm.

EDIT: Apparently .elf files contain the source code and are a linkable format, and are not compressed files like I originally thought. Blame the fact that the .elf file size is not a power of 2. I fixed the errors so that I don't mislead people by accident.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Simion32 » January 14th, 2013, 2:19 pm

It appears to be a Linux specific format (executable and linkable format?). I've seen it mentioned/used on various GameCube hacking sites.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 14th, 2013, 2:36 pm

Even more unused character sprites found in the ROM:
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There are sprites for the other angles you would see them from, but I don't have the patience (or time) to rip 372 more of these.
Unfortunately, the graphics designer messed up on the Bowser and Yoshi sprites, as their brightest shades of green use the transparent color.

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The old character select screen sprites which go with the icons in my previous post.

I like how Mario's plane looks like his go-kart and Yoshi rides on a Lakitu's cloud.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 14th, 2013, 3:26 pm

Ah, good stuff. :)

What a broad spectrum of flying machines! I love that Funky is surfing... that's awesome. :funky:

I'm impressed at the range of environments, too; beach, lava, snow, keep, lake, farm, haunted, jungle, swamp, desert... and they were in the process of designing four courses for each of those? Forty tracks across ten distinct areas is pretty impressive. This was going to be a pretty diverse game, it would seem.

If only there were cars and hovercrafts... :P
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Gaz » January 14th, 2013, 3:29 pm

Awesome! The unused Mario sprites is in it! Awesome work Matt! I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT GETTING THE ROM :D! BLESS YOU RETROGAMESUK! BLESS YOU!

EDIT: I realized that this is actually the Pre-Alpha, given that it is identical to the Pre-Alpha footage. So, it's a Pre-Alpha. I wish the game was a bit more complete though, but that's just me. This is better than nothing.

Also, Qyzbud, can I please make a seperate DKP 2001 topic about my theories, my comparison to the Spaceworld 2000/2001 versions and such?
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby retrogamesuk » January 14th, 2013, 11:38 pm

Hey, retrogamesuk here, glad you all like the release :)
I'm still thinking about doing a cartridge release of this, but not too sure yet, I'll keep you all posted when I've decided ;)

Also, I've changed donations from £ to $'s as some people emailed me about donating in $'s rather £'s, total amount raised: $10, every dollar helps! :)

I look forward to seeing what else you all discover about the ROM!
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby EvangeliKong » January 15th, 2013, 4:14 am

Man these are amazing! Anybody noticed that Bowser has similar look to his Mario RPG design, while Yoshi's design is similar to Yoshi's Story?
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 16th, 2013, 3:17 am

@EvangeliKong: I did. Peach and Toad also look similar to their SMRPG models. Rare probably used whatever references were convenient at the time to build the models.

Also...
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...the story mode pictures have been found and ripped, including some not seen in the video! I'm not sure if the opening door frames are positioned correctly, so I gave you the separate pieces if anyone thinks they can do a better job.


There appears to be a massive amount of file names at the end of the .elf file which are lost when decompressing the ROM using Blaziken's method. Here are the file names for the highlighted images in the character selection screen, for example:

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src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_cranky.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_cranky.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_diddy.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_diddy.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_dixie.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_dixie.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_kong.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_kong.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_krash.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_krash.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_krool.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_krool.pal
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_red.spr
src/title/gfx/char_select/clr_red.pal

In this list, kong refers Donkey Kong, krash is Krunch/Kritter, and red is...Redneck Kong! This reaffirms what is said in this DK Vine article.


There's several more track previews like those dogfight mode icons as well. Most of them have names in the syntax small_track_name_info_0

Redneck Kong appears to have been removed from the game already at this point, with the only trace being the aforementioned character selection image. Edit: Candy also wasn't implemented yet.

Several things related to Donkey Kong do exist, but any attempt to access him by normal means seems to result in the player being Cranky instead. (Players 0 and 5 in the debug menu are both Cranky, and selecting a character that shows up as D.K. in any of the track selection menus has the same outcome)

Visual Boy Advance cheats do make it possible to play as D.K., if only cosmetically (then again, I don't know if there are stat differences between the characters at this point in development):
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02003FA6:05   Player's voice
0200AFC6:03   Player's sprite
0200AFCA:06   Player's palette
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Jeffrey_Bones » January 18th, 2013, 9:22 am

I can't get that DK sprite modifier code you listed to work there..... could you be more specific? I have been playing with it for an hour now with no luck :/
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 18th, 2013, 3:09 pm

  1. Go to the Cheats menu and select "Cheat list..."
  2. Click the "Cheat..." button.
  3. Input the portion of the code to the left of the colon into the "Address" box.
  4. Input the portion of the code to the right of the colon into the "Value" box.
  5. (Optional) Input a description of the code into the "Description" box.
  6. Make sure the size is set as 8-bit and the number format is hexadecimal
  7. Click OK. The cheat you entered should now be on the cheat list, enabled.
  8. Repeat steps 2-7 for the other cheat codes.
  9. Click OK at the bottom of the Cheat list box to resume game play.

The instant you begin a race, you should see D.K. If you've already started a race with a different character, he/she will instantly become D.K..
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Jeffrey_Bones » January 18th, 2013, 4:54 pm

Thanks Mattrizzle. That was actually really stupid on my part I should have already been familiar with the system years ago I used to find my own cheats and post them on the internet for N64 games. WOW just getting old now and forgetting simple things is amazing. disappointed though as I thought if I changed the value high enough I would access those mario and company sprites.... oh well didn't work. I wonder how this guy is viewing the sprite data? I remember a long time ago there was a GBA sprite viewer but that thing was such a pain to use I don't even want to think about messing with that thing again. I thought VBA-M would allow me to view the sprite data as the game is running however it only seems to let you view the sprites that are on screen at the time you are in the menu. Weird. There should be a function to just dump all sprite data and palette data but I guess I'm thinking of some other emulator out there maybe not even GBA..... LOL I am getting so old.... I CANT REMEMBER A THING ITS REALLY SAD
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 18th, 2013, 6:10 pm

No problem. I did try a few values in each code beyond the first six or so, but found that they only resulted in garbled sprites, palettes used by other objects, and even game crashes (in the case of the voice modifier).

The tool I used to find these graphics is TiledGGD. When using this tool, you essentially have to scour the ROM row by row. It takes lots of patience, as well as some knowledge of the formats that a particular console uses.

The Game Boy Advance uses 15-bit BGR color palettes in little-endian byte order, just like the Super Nintendo. Sprites tend to be stored in 4-bit per pixel tiles/characters, but games sometimes use 8-bit per pixel tiles, or even linear/bitmap formats in 8bpp (as is the case for those story pictures) or 16bpp (non-indexed RGB images).

...I could go on and on with this technical spiel, but it's past 2:30 AM where I'm at...
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Geno » January 20th, 2013, 7:48 am

wow
WOW
WOW

I like not just the game, but those "Spaceworld" sprites!
I can't wait till the impossible is done and all the sprites are ripped!

Too bad Wario isn't in his Mario & Wario/Wario's Woods plane.
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby CountryFan » January 22nd, 2013, 7:51 pm

Well, here is the character list:
1 = Diddy Kong
2 = Dixie Kong
3 = Donkey Kong
4 = Krash
5 = Cranky Kong
6 = Kavalry Kaptain K. Rool, the Krem Baron

Also, here is the title theme:
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?r2xa6j81n8b01r1

Is there any other music hidden in the game? :huh: :scratch:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Gaz » January 23rd, 2013, 1:46 am

Look what I found;
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What seems to be promotional photos from Diddy Kong Racing. I found it in the Stories background. Isn't this interesting?

Also, it seems to resemble these two promo photos (spoiler for size);
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This is the background for reference;
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What do you all think of this find?
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Qyzbud » January 24th, 2013, 7:25 pm

Good eyes, Gaz — I think you're right!

What I think's funny is that on the right page of the book in that image... does anyone else think the illustration looks like a dark-skinned boxer with a bikini model's waist/legs? :lol:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Mattrizzle » January 25th, 2013, 2:24 am

@Gaz: Nice observation! The similarities are uncanny. :thumbs:

@Qyzbud: Not sure, but I think the pages in that book depict Mayan sculptures. The illustration on the left page appears to be a face of some sort.
I can still see how you would interpret it that way, though. :lol:
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Re: Diddy Kong Pilot: 2001 Alpha has been Released!!!

Postby Bond697 » January 27th, 2013, 12:13 pm

on the off chance you're not aware, since it's an elf, all the symbols are still in the rom. they haven't been stripped with objcopy.

since that's the case, you can open the elf with IDA and view variable names and locations, segments, and the names of all the functions/routines, s/bss data, const data, etc in the rom. it's pretty handy. you can also dump the entire thing with objdump, i suppose, but it's more readable this way.

http://i.imgur.com/pD6WrT6.png

and here's a .map and .asm dump of the elf:

http://hack.thundaga.com/dkr2001.7z

warning: the .asm is absolutely gigantic.
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Prototype differences between Diddy Kong Pilot (not 2003)

Postby Gaz » June 10th, 2013, 2:59 am

Okay, so here I will list differences between the two prototypes of Diddy Kong Pilot (2000/2001). I felt it was better to split this into a different topic as this is about the two different prototypes of Diddy Kong Pilot rather than the ROM release of the latter build.

First off is the title screen (Tournament/Racing):
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The September 7, 2001 build of Diddy Kong Pilot.
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The Spaceworld 2000 build of Diddy Kong Pilot.
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On the top is the title screen from Spaceworld 2000. On the bottom is the September 7, 2001 build (Same day the Invader ZIM episodes Bloaty's Pizza Hog and Plague of Babies aired in the United States.)

I happened to find some differences:

*The Spaceworld 2000 build calls the Racing mode "Tournament." This later was changed to "Racing."
*Diddy's plane is positioned for its propellors to face the screen.
*The "Diddy Kong Pilot" logo is smaller and has a slightly different font. The wings in the logo are also more pointed instead of round.
*The Rareware logo at the bottom-right is missing and everything is shifted upward slightly (mentioned slightly in the second difference.)

More are to come. Help with this shall be appreciated though. Thanks for my role-model Blaziken257 for inspiring my work on finding beta differences on another recent topic.

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Re: Prototype differences between Diddy Kong Pilot (not 2003

Postby Gaz » June 10th, 2013, 9:35 am

Okay, so for more differences:

Character Selection Screen
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For the Spaceworld 2000 version, the title screen is different in every way possible. There are character icons that need to be selected in order for the character to be played as, instead of selecting an inanimate sprite of a Kong. The font has black outlining instead of green (applies for the menu text too.) Funky is playable in the prototype 2000 version. Doesn't seem like either 2001 build. Maybe he was an unlockable character during the game's development! Mario, Peach, Wario, Toad, Yoshi, and Bowser from the Mario universe are also playable.

Comparing Spaceworld 2001 and September 7, 2001 builds, the font for the Spaceworld 2000 and 2001 builds are identical. The character selection arrow is red, instead of yellow with red outlining. There is also a circle above the reduced-size arrow with the number one above it, presumably to indicate player one. Cranky's pose is different from Spaceworld 2001 and the September 2001 builds. Candy was in process of replacing Redneck, but Redneck's highlight still happens when she's selected. The colored highlights of a character are not directly in front of the character, unlike the Spaceworld 2001 version. The characters have shadows in the Spaceworld 2001 version too. Weird how Spaceworld 2001's build appears to be more complete even if it is from like May 2001, compared to the full game's September 2001 build.

Stories
In the Spaceworld 2000 version, only K. Rool's Gold is a story that can be selected and played. The story strangely doesn't work in the Pre-Alpha/September 2001 build. The story involves K. Rool going to El Dorado, and then a genie comes out to stop him from getting the treasure until he finishes certain tasks, starting with Crackpot Keep. Back to the Light and King of Kongs were added in the September 2001 build. When K. Rool's Gold is selected in the September 2001 build, the player is taken to Beach Barricade.

Okay... I might update this post for more later or sometime... So much typing... This has been a report by DKP Geek Gaz :geek: .

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