It looks like MAME 0.251 has made it out the door just in time for
the end of 2022! December felt like a long month in MAME development,
because so much happened! Nebula, an elusive DECO Cassette game, is now
emulated. With working steering controls, Magical Pumpkin: Puroland de
Daibouken is now playable. Two members of the HP 9825 family from the
1970s have been added, and issues with keyboard input on localised
versions of the HP 86B have been fixed.
One of the most interesting systems added this month is the so-called
Gerät 32620, make by the Institut für Kosmosforschung of the Deutsche
Demokratische Republik. This device was used to read coded messages to
be broadcast via shortwave radio numbers stations for reception by
undercover agents. If a human were to read the numbers, they could
inadvertently disclose knowledge about the nature of the messages or the
coding scheme in their speech patterns. This device gives a small
glimpse into the shadowy world of espionage.
Konami fans have a lot to be excited about. Firstly, two more
hand-held LCD games have been added: Skate or Die, and Bill Elliott’s
NASCAR Racing. Secondly, Windy Fairy has been making steady progress on
the PowerPC-based arcade systems, with gun controls now working in
Teraburst. Finally, various refinements and fixes to the CPU core for
Konami’s custom 6809 processor have fixed a subtle parallax scrolling
effect in the classic Padodius DA!
Several systems have been fleshed out noticeably this month,
NEC PC-8801mkII SR family
of Japanese computers, the 3com Palm IIIc and Palm m100 PDAs, and the
Yamaha DX100 synthesizer. Additionally, the NEC PC-88VA2 can now boot
most software, and the work on the Palm systems has allowed the VTech
IQ Unlimited to show signs of life.
Quite a few systems have had pluggable controller support added this
month, and support for some additional controllers has been added,
- Pluggable controller support for consoles and computers from
Sega, NEC and Sharp.
- Sega Mega Drive mouse and 4-player adaptor support.
- Support for an ATmega-based paddle controller that works with
export versions of the Sega Master System.
- NEC PC Engine mouse support.
- Support for the Dempa Micom Soft XE-1AP, the first analog
gamepad. Can be used with compatible software for the Sega Mega
Drive, NEC PC Engine, Sharp X68000 and FM Towns families.
Of course, there are lots of other fixes and emulation improvements.
The Apple IIgs has better
ADB and real-time clock emulation. Sega’s Turbo and Buck Rogers: Planet
of Zoom have better controls, and the latter has had graphical priority
issues fixed. The NES APU frame counter interrupt is now emulated,
fixing issues with dozens of games. For developers, debugger command
and expression history is now saved between sessions.
As always, you can read about all the changes this month in the whatsnew.txt
file, or download the source code and 64-bit Windows binary packages
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