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Title: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: Gazimaluke on October 30, 2016, 07:46:39 PM
I'm working on a video I call Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft. It will be -I hope- the most complete telling of the history of Sunsoft.
Is it anything about Sunsoft you think is important to include and find more information about.

If you have any questions about the project I am glad to answer them. I am aming to be finished by fall 2017.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 21, 2016, 07:43:32 PM
I started a Patreon for my video today. There you can find more information about it and a quick test video.
https://www.patreon.com/DocSunsoft


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: satoshi_matrix on November 21, 2016, 10:01:47 PM
This looks great. Sunsoft is one of the best Famicom developers. They produced such high quality games after having produced such......uh........"gems".


Title: H126's Hebereke/Ufouria Qs, And Added Info (Early Hebereke/Ufouria Proto found?)
Post by: Hamtaro126 on November 23, 2016, 11:00:26 AM
Is our mysterious answers about a bit of some hidden content in games like RAF World/Journey to Silius, Hebereke/Ufouria, and so forth, gonna be answered?

In Hebereke/Ufouria, One unused song, Parallel Hebereke, still acts as both a VERY scary song, and as a song of mystery

We do not know where it could've been used in the unseen proto, of which is NOT seen, but it's dumped, Thanks to the admin (moderator?) named Mr.Mark of Nintendoage for keeping the ROM from us general public unless it get bought from him somehow! (No offence, Mr.Mark, but it's the truth!)

But one thing is for sure, The proto MAY have unseen content not even seen in the final game, I tried buying it from NA, but something wrong with a "certain someone (in MY family)" thinking anything like that could be a scam, so I did not go further with it because of that.

Note1 - I do NOT know if Mr.Mark from NA still has the unreleased Ufouria proto and it's dumps, If he still has it, Please buy it from him and try to go to TCRF for educational ROM (and info) preservation, all we have are possible proto scans from the retail box and magazines scans, nothing else right now!

Note2 - When I tried to get these proto ROMs, Mr.Mark said they do currently not work unless someone fixes the ROM dumps, just so you know!


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 25, 2016, 12:14:35 PM
Ok, well I don't know anything about that rom.
But I wanted to ask if anyone knows how many different roms there are of Gimmick/Mr. Gimmick.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: P on November 25, 2016, 08:35:44 PM
Bootgod's database confirms at least three types of carts of different regions (only one version of each though):
http://bootgod.dyndns.org:7777/profile.php?id=2695 Gimmick!
http://bootgod.dyndns.org:7777/profile.php?id=2105 Mr Gimmick (Bergsala, PAL-B)
http://bootgod.dyndns.org:7777/profile.php?id=4645 Mr Gimmick (prototype, PAL-A)

And there should also be an NTSC NES prototype which the PAL version most likely is based on. The one retrousb used to sell a repro of.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 27, 2016, 03:51:29 PM
The reason I'm asking is that I have a Gimmick rom that is not the release rom.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: P on November 27, 2016, 07:38:22 PM
How is it different? And what region?


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 28, 2016, 09:09:20 AM
It is NTSC. In the intro it has the name of the game's creator Tomomi Sakai. Which is not in the final release of the game. Other than that it is the same as the original Japanese release.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: P on December 03, 2016, 08:25:45 AM
Oh I see it's the Japanese version, maybe it's just another version of the final game?


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on December 03, 2016, 07:02:32 PM
It is the final game except with Tomomi Sakai's name in the intro.


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: ImATrackMan on December 23, 2016, 04:11:58 AM
Doesn't that release have debug features on controller 2?


Title: Re: Document Sunsoft: The history of Sunsoft
Post by: Gazimaluke on January 16, 2017, 08:30:52 PM
This video project has been turned into a video series. It will be 5 or 6 parts. The first part is planned for Q2 2017 and here is a short teaser. Which is basically the intro.
https://youtu.be/xWhAB8zWC4o

It will be a part of http://VGArc.org


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - a video series
Post by: Gazimaluke on February 04, 2017, 06:08:59 PM
I have finally gotten  the chance to ask modern day Sunsoft questions. Need to get them translated into Japanese so I'll need to save up some money to do that. But it's really exciting.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - a video series
Post by: Dire 51 on February 05, 2017, 04:21:31 AM
I interviewed Jay Moon and David Siller for my 2014 book Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman. Both of them worked for Sunsoft of America during the NES era, and they did have a lot to say about what it was like at the time, as well as the games they worked on.

http://www.memoirsofavirtualcaveman.net/interviews.html


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - a video series
Post by: Gazimaluke on March 14, 2017, 09:01:51 PM
I have come to the realization that a video series would take to long to make so I will make it a text series instead. This way I can share my research faster.
Part one will be up on VGArc.org in about two weeks. I'm just waiting to get interview answers translated from Japanese.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - no longer a video series
Post by: Gazimaluke on April 08, 2017, 09:30:36 PM
The video series is no more. Instead it will be all in text and pictures(with some gameplay videos). And the first part is right here http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-i-before-sunsoft/


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part I is up!
Post by: Yelir on April 09, 2017, 09:57:55 PM
Great work on the presentation. I might add that the site works really well for my mobile browser but I will read it in full at home!  8)


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part I is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on May 03, 2017, 05:25:59 PM
I'm glad you like it. I work on getting it to look good on both desktop and mobile. I have updated the text a bit since it was first released.

I think I might make a book of this when I have published all parts and interviews and feel finished with it all.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 2 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on June 03, 2017, 06:14:36 PM
I have finaly published part 2, please enjoy :)
http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-2/


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 2 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on August 17, 2017, 03:58:35 AM
Part three is coming soon. It will feature Blaster Master (with answers on questions about the game by the games designer) and some other stuff.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 2 is up!
Post by: Jedi QuestMaster on August 18, 2017, 03:20:55 AM
These are really interesting. Thanks for all the hard work. (http://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13692.0;attach=5869;image)

Lately I've been looking at Arabian-style games and their music, and Super Arabian caught my attention. I find it odd the choice of music chosen for the original arcade game (Rondo alla Turca, William Tell). The FC version got it right though. :D


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 2 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on August 18, 2017, 01:09:25 PM
Part three is up, enjoy :)
http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-3/

Post Merge: August 18, 2017, 06:18:04 PM
I have read your interviews with them :) I have also interviewed David. I would like to ask Jay Moon some questions.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 4 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 05, 2017, 04:55:39 PM
I have published part four now. Enjoy :D

http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-iv-the-golden-age-part-2/

And also my interview with Richard Robbins. http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/interview-with-richard-robbins-sunsoft/


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 4 is up!
Post by: MWK on November 05, 2017, 05:40:21 PM
Awesome stuff! Thanks man (http://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13692.0;attach=5869;image)


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 4 is up!
Post by: Jedi QuestMaster on November 07, 2017, 03:18:11 AM
That Batman read was great!  ;D Never knew that the comics and movie were two different licenses. :-\

Can't wait to read more about the Sunsoft sound team. (http://www.famicomworld.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13692.0;attach=5869;image)


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 4 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on November 09, 2017, 02:26:52 PM
I have interviewed the sound programmer Shinichi Seya (aka About S.S.). He didn't give any long answers. But we now know from what device the Sunsoft bass was taken and some other details.
The Sunsoft music article will be written by a guy who knows more about the technical side of chip music.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on February 10, 2018, 12:03:39 PM
I published part 5 a shot while back. It spans 1990 and 1991. We are getting near the end of Sunsoft's golden NES era. http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-v-the-golden-age-part-3/

To date I have interviewed 16 people that work, worked or collaborated with Sunsoft in some way. And have at least two interviews in the pipes and some of them are ongoing. I have gotten the opportunity to ask Kiharu Yoshida questions. He ran Sunsoft from 1986 until 2008 when he became president of Sun Electronics. He had also initiated their first arcade development in 1978.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: daskrabs on February 13, 2018, 11:43:55 AM
Great work. Looking forward to the thrilling conclusion. :o


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on February 16, 2018, 03:33:31 PM
There is five parts to go. I haven't really researched the later history yet. But I some of the people I have interviewed know about the later part.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: scaryice on February 18, 2018, 02:13:51 AM
Great as always!


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: Triple Dash on February 18, 2018, 03:40:44 PM
Ending Part 5 just before you get to Gimmick! huh? I guess you gotta keep the audience wanting more after all.  ;D

Great work as always.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 5 is up!
Post by: Gazimaluke on March 08, 2018, 05:10:28 PM
Ending Part 5 just before you get to Gimmick! huh? I guess you gotta keep the audience wanting more after all.  ;D

Great work as always.
Haha. There is to much in 1992. It needs a part for itself. Gimmick, Trip World(I have interviewed the creators of both games). The Looney Tunes deal and more :)


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: Gazimaluke on June 19, 2018, 07:47:46 PM
Part 6 is finaly done :)
http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-vi-the-golden-age-part-4/


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: Retrospectives on June 20, 2018, 01:22:28 PM
Part 6 is finaly done :)
http://www.vgarc.org/vgarc-originals/the-history-of-sunsoft-part-vi-the-golden-age-part-4/

Congratulations, when you will release Part 7 (The one where you and OWE are dancing naked to the Moon-stage music of DuckTales outside Bergsala) ??? Just kidding, gongratulations for a great job and big achievement, I am very very impressed.  :D / Pocari


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: daskrabs on June 22, 2018, 11:07:23 AM
Great job as always. Thanks for all your hard work on Gimmick, one of the best games ever.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: Triple Dash on July 16, 2018, 03:35:38 PM
Was waiting for this part for a while. Thanks for the awesome update.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: Eccles on October 27, 2018, 03:58:43 AM
Great work.

I was excited for this after the discussion with the Sunsoft developer.


Title: Re: The history of Sunsoft - Part 6 is up (Gimmick and more)
Post by: nensondubois on November 26, 2018, 12:21:17 AM
Really amazing work on those articles and contacting all those people that made some of the best games. I don't know if the work, time and passion that went into that article or the games is more impressive.  :star:

I will say two things that are really unfortunate. Sunsoft should have signed the Batman lisence again as opposed to Looney Tunes. In my opinion that was a costly mistake. The marketing team didn't allow Gimmick to be released as well as other games in the US, which was really just a terrible decision.

Kodaka really was passionate and so was Hara who sadly died at 25. He will be missed.