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Shining Force 3 works !

Written by cafealpha 6 comments
Additional testing of my test cartridge showed that Shining Force scenario 3 was "working" well when using memory expander hack

By "working", I mean that game was working fine (no freeze, black screen whatever) while looking for save data on SD card.
I didn't verified if save data was consistent or not, this can be verified and eventually fixed later

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Game is looking for SFORCE39 save data ?!

Logs show that game is looking for SFORCE31 save data, which is normal, but after that it is looking for SFORCE39 save data ?!?
I suppose this is some debug stuff that was left as-is, or maybe something for game beta testers ? Please let me know if you have more informations about this


It "works", but there's still a lot of code to write/cleanup/etc before release !
At first, I should add some "log to SD card" feature, this may be useful when we will enter beta testing stage

BTW, I'm looking for a name for my "SD card-based memory cart for Saturn" project.
The only requirement is that the name needs to be easy to remember. Suggestions are welcome


Edit (2016/02/12) : nearly 5 months after, everything works more or less so that I took a couple of videos of Pseudo Saturn Kai in action
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Video in video ?

More next week month

Edit (2016/03/16) : took longer than expected to add subtitles to the videos, but everything is finally ready. Thank you for your patience

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Shining Force 3 Scenario 1 SD Memory Cart test
Game is accessing save data from cartridge's SD card. It works



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Shining Force 3 Scenario 1 SD Memory Cart test (Making Of)
Same as above, with also log messages display on my dev laptop


6 comments

#1  - hitomi2500 said :

Great work! Maybe SFORCE39 is a save from a demo? I never played it, so i don't know if it saves at all, but afaik it sports the same party as episode 1.

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#2  - cafealpha said :

@hitomi2500 : you're probably right. I forgot there was a demo disc for it. PS : you should play Shining Force 3 someday. In fact I made this SD cartridge in order to play scenario 2 and 3 :)

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#3  - vbt said :

great job cafe-alpha !!!!

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#4  - hitomi2500 said :

Hey, don't get me wrong, i never played demo, but i finished episode 1 back in 2004. And then my sister fell in love with the series, so i even remember seducing her into learning japanese for the sake of playing episode 2 and 3. (alas, that failed, she found translation at gamefaqs).

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#5  - cafealpha said :

@vbt : Thank you ! It's cool to see it working after theses years. (I started toying with SH2's UBC in 2012 !)

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#6  - cafealpha said :

@hitomi2500 : Oh, you played scenario 1 before me :) That's a real waste scenario 2 and 3 weren't officially translated. Hopefully SF3 Translation Project now allows to play all scenario in English :]

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