Oh man, I am EXCITED! Pocket Fighter was one of the first games I tried picking at when I started hacking old arcade games around the end of last year. I could clearly see from the raw dump alone that there was something hidden away here (it doesn't get more blatant than a string reading "SECRET TEST"). I tweeted when I found the the entry routine early on, but I could never quite coax the game into loading it properly. Until now... *suspenseful music*

Disassembly/Analysis
2015-07-08

I'm still alive! It's the busy season at my job, so between that and working on other projects, I haven't been doing much digital archaeology. Tonight I spent some time doing just that.

So! Dark Seal 2 (known as Wizard Fire in the west) is a fantasy themed beat-em-up. And apparently it is a variety of debug functions remaining...

Disassembly/Analysis
2015-07-04

Life is finally returning to normalcy (whatever that is) after moving into my new house. And that means back to hacking old games in my spare time! Today we'll look at Akamaru Q Joushou, a game you probably haven't bothered with unless your Japanese is pretty good. At its heart, it's a quiz game but has a variety of simple action and word games as well to make things interesting. It has a heck of a set of debugging tools... and a very interesting developer easter egg!

Disassembly/Analysis
2015-04-15

In Part 1 we took a look at the removed Tool Menu, and now we'll look at the variety of debugging tools left in and a couple mysteries. And then I'll finally be done with this game... for now.

Disassembly/Analysis
2015-03-15

Kyukyoku Sentai Dadandarn, meaning Ultimate Battle Squad Dadandarn and called Monster Maulers in the West, is Konami's homage to the sentai genre of TV shows, movies and comics. It's a solid game and pretty fun; Hardcore Gaming 101 has a good review. And I got way more than I bargained for when I started taking the game apart: so much more that I'll be making splitting this into two posts. Here we go...

Disassembly/Analysis
2015-03-09
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