There a reason for a Master version, wether that’s in games, film or music. The .NES extension, originally created by Marat Fayzullin for his iNES emulator, is used to give emulators the context necessary to recreate a hardware configuration that changes with each individual cartridge.
@Petraplexity @jsa emulators and ripping your own ROMs still isn’t quite as clear cut as that. But of course you can’t actually play any ROMs on an emulator as that makes it not a back up anymore.
The creators, especially when we’re talking about art with a commercial aspect, such a film, music, and video games, have no good reason to preserve their own works, or may not have the means. More than once, studios have thrown out, destroyed, or overwritten now-classic works. It’s funny – the more I thought about it the more I thought how much more of an interesting story that is.
Finding him in this version of Super Mario Bros. published by Nintendo, we felt we were headed in the right direction. A very unique hack where Mario goes through 100 room levels fighting off all enemies, in order to advance to the next level. Not for everyone, but I personally loved the concept of this one. For the past two years, the author, assisted by several UC Santa Cruz undergraduate and graduate students, has acquired, scanned, archived, translated, and uploaded more than fifty Japanese board and card games. The complementary goals of the project are, first, to make these games accessible to and playable by a wider audience and, second, to compile a detailed history of board games in Japan in the twentieth century.
Finding it in this Nintendo-published version of Super Mario Bros. felt like a sign we were heading in the right direction. There’s a reason that we have entire museums and libraries all over the world dedicated to the preservation of art and creative works.
Now, there are concerted efforts to find and preserve old content, as well as navigate how modern games with online modes and such are to be preserved for posterity. Its like a painter giving out photo copies of there painting.
Regardless of the moral issues, the idea that someone just ripped a rom off the internet and sold it, even if it’s their file, it’s just unprofessional and I feel jipped for buying it new super mario bros 2 download. The only thing interesting about this story is that it highlights the gaming industry, and Japan in particular, has been notoriously bad at preserving their code and assets.
I remember there being an interview with someone on an 8-4 play podcast that was a big collector and now is involved in an effort to preserve games along with Internet Archive. @rushiosan I think this is even more true for the Sega Saturn. Today, there are now two functioning emulators, and almost no game copies left. How else is someone supposed to experience the brilliance of golden oldies like Panzer Dragoon Saga? Sega lost the source code, the game will never get a remake.
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