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Twinkle Star Sprites
  opened by paleface at 05:59:35 07/30/22  
  last modified by paleface at 19:49:02 07/30/22  
  paleface [sys=PC; cat=Shooter_Vert; loc=NA]
Back in the day I got the Humble Bundle "NEOGEO Classic Complete Collection," which is still available on their site. These are the DotEmu ports that are just the NEOGEO ROMs run through a really bad emulator, and the installers put the game ROM and NEOGEO system ROM right in the install folder. You can also buy the games individually or in smaller packs from Humble Bundle (and it appears, on Steam: Humble gave me Steam vouchers for the 3 included Metal Slug games; I haven't tried getting the Steam versions of KOF2000 or Twinkle Star Sprites, though!). The NEOGEO system ROM included in the DotEmu version of Twinkle Star Sprites that I got from Humble includes extra stuff, like Unibios up through version 2.3; the system ROM from the other game installers has only minimal systems included--enough to run the game from the MAME command line, now that I try that, but no Unibios, for instance. So I used the NEOGEO system ROM from Twinkle Star Sprites and the game ROM from KOF 2000; new MAME expects Unibios ROMs through version 4, so these somewhat old, legally obtained ROMs won't run from MAME's GUI, but if you run MAME from the command line, it doesn't care about non-essential stuff you may or may not have, and will still run the game.
For instance to run KOF 2000 with my legally obtained ROMs (thanks, Humble Bundle! : D), I have put them in the MAME roms directory, run the Windows "cmd" command line console, browse to my MAME directory, and enter
mame neogeo kof2000 -nofilter
(The -nofilter option prevents it from being filtered and blurry. : P)
In MAME, I press Tab to bring up the in-game menu, turn VSYNC on, because I really don't like the tearing, set the graphics to "Pixel Aspect (10:7)" (highlight it in the Video options menu and press Enter; NTSC pixels are NOT perfectly square, they're 10:9 or something...anyway, if you run it at the default 4:3 aspect ratio, it'll look too narrow), set the inputs up for my arcade stick, set the BIOS to Unibios 2.3, select Reset below that, and the game boots up with Unibios--then press Start and Select together to bring up the Unibios pause menu, select soft reboot, hold the NEOGEO A, B, and C buttons until the Unibios system menu comes up, and set it to Europe/AES, then start the game and it'll go into AES mode, and in the AES game options I can turn off Flash and the power meter (Supers).
Hopefully my consolized MVS and KOF 2000 cart last at least as long as me though so I never have to worry about that, because I'd miss their weird ability to use the AES supers-off setting in MVS mode in conjunction with the MVS settings (which unlike the AES mode let you turn off How-to-Play and Continues, and display the difficulty level in the bottom middle of the screen). The Unibios pause menu "Cheats" setting does let you turn on an infinite credits cheat for AES mode if you want more than the 4 it allows you, at least.
(In MVS mode, do a Unibios soft reboot--normally you'd get to this with F2 in MAME--and then hold the NEOGEO B, C, and D buttons to bring up the MVS operator's menu.)
  paleface 06:58:07 07/30/22
Oh I forgot, don't have to bother with the Twinkle Star Sprites for the other games since the Unibios author made version 4 free : ):
  paleface 07:58:02 07/30/22
Aha, start right off with the BIOS:
mame neogeo [rom] -nofilter -bios unibios40
  paleface 17:22:17 07/30/22
Don't need to specify the "machine" on these, I suppose as long as the ROM names are unique, which maybe they always are I dunno; so just
mame [rom] -nofilter -bios unibios40
  paleface 19:49:02 07/30/22
OH. Forgot that to get AES settings like POW OFF to save, even on my actual CMVS, first you gotta play through a full credit after setting them, ie let the AI kill you. Then the setting will be kept when you switch over to MVS mode--and this DOES work in MAME. Huzzah! Well I can chuck my CMVS in the bin now. ^ _^
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