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 on: November 15, 2017, 09:56:47 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by JonLeung
As mentioned in the first post, the NES Game Atlas is simply a book I really like; it was the first Nintendo Power Player's Guide, which featured full maps of many of the most popular NES franchises.

This topic encouraged mappers to essentially make that book obsolete, which we did, by not only mapping the same games covered, but the sequels that were not out at the time of the original book's release.

We extended the idea to create a topic/request for a hypothetical "Super NES Game Atlas" - while the book doesn't exist, it was simply to map the same series' continuation in 16-bits, which was also completed.

The idea was also brought to the Game Boy in a topic/request for a hypothetical "Game Boy Game Atlas", but after five years and a month, it's still missing one game - Super Mario Bros. Deluxe still isn't complete.  Ironically, you'd think it would be the most popular game to be mapped, since it's a remake of the most popular game in its day.  Even Nintendo hasn't forgotten about it, as it made an appearance towards the end of the Nintendo World Championships 2017.  Strange, eh?

So, just like any other maps, these aren't to "play", but to view.

I wonder - after all this time - have people been misreading "recreation" in this topic header as in "recreational" instead of as in "re-creation"?  I intended the latter, as we are recreating something, not necessarily having any more fun (as in recreational) than any other mapping project.  I leave out the hyphen here because that doesn't seem consistent - after all, we say "redo", "react" and "refund", not "re-do", "re-act" or "re-fund", so why not "recreate" instead of "re-create"?  At work the other day, I used the word "reask" in an email which I wonder if it caused confusion...

 on: November 15, 2017, 09:12:08 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by aliceta
I searched google for the NES Game Atlas, but I did not understand about it and I wanted to know how to play it

 on: November 07, 2017, 11:55:31 AM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by JonLeung
I recall Peardian saying somewhere or somewhen about the nostalgia behind this game being the reason for it being mapped.  Not every game featured for the Maps Of The Month have to be the best-looking game ever made.  And in my research it seems this game did have a fair following, it isn't just Peardian who likes it.

Personally, I'm a fan of a game from Everett Kaser Software called Hero's Heart, which is a very similar type of top-down puzzle game.  There is an enhanced version called Hero's Heart Gold (sounds like Pokémon) though I may be remembering incorrectly and it may just be called Hero Gold.  (Just did some Googling (quite limiting at work, especially looking up anything about games) and it seems there was a 1998 sequel to Hero's Heart called Hero Defiant.  Hmmm.)

 on: November 05, 2017, 06:00:05 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by RoberTime
Games I currently own
-Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Really the only one I have Sad )

Games I formerly owned
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Back when I had the old family N64)
- Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends (A DS game I don't have anymore)
- Nintendogs: Labrador and Friends (One of my first DS games, don't have it anymore)

Games I have at least played (But never owned)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Back when McDonalds playplace videogames were a thing)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Played 4-player at a family get-together thing)

 on: November 05, 2017, 05:49:17 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by RoberTime
Peardian, I like this guy. His maps are fantastic, and how surprising that he goes and maps this game.

I have played this game last summer. I didn't like it to be honest (The level design is kind of wonky to me), but I understand the idea of it and how it gave inspiration to many puzzle games to come. For example, a game called Wonderland which I have just fully re-mapped. You can see the reminiscence of that game to Chip's Challenge.

 on: November 05, 2017, 03:42:44 PM 
Started by RoberTime - Last post by RoberTime
I have some more ideas for mapping tonight. There is this particular series of maps I would like to redo, which I have done about 3-4 years ago. These are maps based on the obscure PC puzzle game Wonderland. I would like to replace all of the older "Ripped" maps of the game, because I thought they were pretty rough around the edges, and replace them with cleaner "Captured" variations. I believe this would be appropriate as I have rarely seen such map type.

What I plan to do is basically take one screenshot of each level. There is some kind of cheat-thing you can do which is manipulate the camera to view certain parts of the map. You can even zoom, etc. This is basically how it will be for this next quick map project. I expect to do it all tonight, and upon submission, I will request a removal of the "Ripped" maps and have them replace the "Captured" ones.

In other words, something you may have noticed is I never worked through the Monster House GBA maps. It came to my attention a few months ago that mapping it was kind of annoying for me. I was using VBA to try mapping the game by the way, but I didn't have much luck doing it the way I wanted. I have decided I am not going to work on this game.

 on: October 31, 2017, 08:27:52 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by JonLeung

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Peardian's Chip's Challenge (PC) maps.

The nerdy Chip McCallahan wants to gain membership into the exclusive Bit Buster Club, led by Melinda The Mental Marvel.  To do so, he must pass through 149 levels of Melinda's "Clubhouse", full of hazards, creatures and puzzlish scenarios.  Do you have the brains to help Chip survive this virtual nightmare and take Melinda to the E-Prom?

Mario game mapper Peardian actually gives us maps for a non-Mario game (and last month featured a Mario game not mapped by Peardian)!  There may have been a number of top-down view puzzle games on the PC at the time, but Chip's Challenge had some renown.  It was originally developed for the Atari Lynx, and despite (or maybe because of) the Lynx's unpopularity, it was ported to a few other platforms.  It found some popularity on Windows 3.1 by being featured on Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4 and Best Of Microsoft Entertainment Pack.  But it would take 26 years for a sequel, also made by the original creator, Chuck Sommerville.

What makes Chip's Challenge particularly challenging is its limited view.  Peardian's maps show you each whole level, giving Chip a better chance to clear these challenges and meet up with Melinda.  Thanks, Peardian!

So for mapping a real Windows classic (that's not Solitaire or Minesweeper), Peardian's Chip's Challenge (PC) maps will be known as's Maps Of The Month for November 2017.

 on: October 30, 2017, 10:12:33 PM 
Started by shao - Last post by mechaskrom
Yeah, it's a hard game, but pretty good with nice graphic and sound. A typical Konami NES game.

It turned out to be a hard game to map also.  Angry  Cry
I'll probably need to do a lot of manual work to rip everything. It'll take some time, but I'm slowly making progress.

 on: October 28, 2017, 06:28:31 PM 
Started by JonLeung - Last post by JonLeung

Funny, I expected some response from the 15th best map sets.  Ah well, it's a month old, but here's my vlog of the recent Edmonton Expo.

 on: October 25, 2017, 06:41:30 AM 
Started by vorpal86 - Last post by JonLeung
The maps have been up since yesterday evening.  They look great.

If only more of the Goemon games had left Japan...

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