Cover Collections for Emulators With Cover Support

Discussion in 'Wii - Emulation and Homebrew' started by mastershoes, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. hug0-a7x

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    Someone have the colored cartridge SNES (Doom, Spider-Man & Venom - Maximum Carnage [Red] and Killer Instinct [Black]) ? Like this
    Super bomberman 5 gold cartridge too
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  2. modbrain

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    Hello.

    I have covers for set up for everything, but i just can't get it to work for "PC-Engine CD / TurboGrafx CD / Turbo-Duo CD"

    Now games in CD disc format have two files, a .bin & .cue.

    But what works in SEGA CD - dosen't work with PC Engine-CD strangly...


    Here is how i did it:

    Both time no luck... (Now on SEGA CD the ".bin.png" did the trick)

    I also have noted, that the "normal" TD-CD covers have a slight difference in size compared to the "custom" made ones. I also tried both of them, but again, no luck.


    EDIT: You have to use it like this to make it work "Buster Bros. [NTSC-U].cue.png"


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  3. mastershoes
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    Update 07-05-17:

    Updated the Philips VG 5000 set. Went from 20 covers to 88. Now separated by applications/games. Artwork for this system is very scarce, especially for bootleg titles (it's a bootleg system, lol). Re-created a lot of stuff, some of the fonts aren't completely accurate, but it is what it is. There are also mock covers for titles that had no available artwork. If anything else, i hope @Wiimpathy can appreciate them, lol. Hope everyone is still having fun. :)

    P.S. - Feel free to donate (see sig) for thread hosting costs. I'm kinda broke these days and anything helps. Seriously, anything. I would like to keep this thread alive forever! And still continue to do work after all these years, although it's admittedly slowed down (life, lack of outside contributions) but i have always got shits in the works. I've gotten one donation since i've started this thread (much appreciated!!!), so if you are in a positions to help (even just a little!) please consider it. Thanks everyone, hope no one lost a finger over the weekend.
     
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  4. Cypher16

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    @Hakaisha, I'm specifically interested in your Super Famicom & Satellaview covers: I'd like to conform them to the standard Super Nintendo view for those of us wanting to keep SNES/Super Famicom/All Things Super Nintendo displayed in 1 plugin, so thanks for uploading bud. I'm not flush with time, could you point me where to find them? Again, thanks man.
    @Crimrui, I'm impressed with those vertical SNES covers dude! Friggin gorgeous, great, love the use of good fanart on the backs. Almost makes me wanna convert from horizontal. From one intermediate to another: good work!
    @wantboost, covers can be either HDD or SD -- I've had them on one or the other at times. WiiFlow knows where to look via the plugin .ini file, like snes9xgx.ini. Look back on page 86: it's covered there & doubtless numerous other times throughout this thread.
    @OleSchool, thanks for the feedback. Anyone else may encounter similar problems, so you may also need to:
    Ensure you do not mix .jpg & .png for a plugin
    Ensure size matches plugin, like SNES9XGX should be 1090x680 (thecoverproject.net hosts files roughly triple that width/height)
    You may need to delete the .wfc files inside the cache folder (ex: D:/wiiflow/cache/snes9xgx/). This forces WiiFlow to rebuild every cover for a particular plugin (the fix if you've used .jpgs)
    When in doubt, it doesn't hurt to Reload Cache
     
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  5. Cypher16

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    @mastershoes Thanks for being here through the years man, appreciate your dedication & professionalism. I've been at it again, began making missing covers before fully looking around, so here are some I found might be better than existing SNES covers, you make the call.


    -----THESE ARE ALL STANDARD SPINE SIZE, NOT SHRUNKEN SPINE. mastershoes'll ADD THEM TO SHRUNKEN IF THEY MAKE THE CUT (I'm sure =)-----
    A.S.P. Air Strike Patrol
    grabbed logo off Launchbox -- thanks LaunchBox Games Database ladies & gents! Crisper logo, bumped colors.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
    sampled higher-res cover, seems clearer to me
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Tintin - Prisoners of the Sun
    Just better. No offense, I must've found decent samples or something. Always open to feedback. Well, more so for the front, at least.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    BlaZeon
    Think all I did was bump the color a tad
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Pocky & Rocky 2
    The one in the set seems to have used fanart for the cover. Filled the gap for the time being, so appreciative. I like the Americanized version, so here it is:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Tintin in Tibet
    I swapped the logo for the english version, though the back is still in french.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    And included are 2 EU versions not in the Europe set:
    Best of the Best - Championship Karate
    Back isn't perfect, but passable. Bumped colors (I like vibrant covers, not dull ones)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    And Fire Emblem - Mystery of the Emblem (Monshou no Nazo), EU version
    I like what someone else did here, I just pieced them together & slapped a spine in place. I'm thinking I should avoid the japanese logo, using the english on the spine instead...maybe later (likely never =j )
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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  6. Cypher16

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    New Additions to the SNES Set!

    Oddballs first

    Dark Half, standard spine
    Never released in US, used a found cover adapted for US cover, threw JP back on it. I'll redo this for the Super Famicom purist in me later
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Kid Klown in Crazy Chase
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Lost Vikings 2
    This was kind of a pain in the ass, but decent
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Mega lo Mania
    Only found german cover material, fabbed the spine from the front. Not perfect but likely not very noticeable either.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Mohawk & Headphone Jack
    I'm proud of this one: only one I found high-res enough to upload to thecoverproject.net
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Syndicate
    EU version, remember playing this on computer growing up in California
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    Whirlo
    Only released in JP & EU, I believe. EU version here
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    And finally, a JP cover
    Arcus Spirits
    Originally Arcus Odyssey, never released in the US on SNES (just Genesis) and of course, originated in JP. JP Super Famicom cover here. Took a lot of effort to make him stand out from the entirely dull picture, bumped color on the evil hottie in the background, no luck getting the dragon more pronounced. Not as good as I'd like, but a few steps in the right direction in my opinion.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

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    I almost forgot! The LEGENDARY pimp cult classic for the PS1/PSX!! :rofl2:

    PaRappa the Rapper
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Dark Half
    Replacing the other shoddy work earlier, I even included the clearart for this one, major pain in the ass.
    Sampled from higher-res images, as close as I could get to original Japanese box. This'll be going up on TCP.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Acrobat Mission
    Another JP cover
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Monstania
    From Japan
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Cannon Fodder
    This EU cover I didn't find in the Shrunken Spine set so I put it together
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Super Morph
    This piece of crap was hard to find any quality samples. Game looks like it sucks, just like the cover does... Have yet to play this one.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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  8. Cypher16

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    Super Buster Bros.:
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    @mightymuffy, thanks for sharing back on page 80 from 2 years ago, haven't had a chance to read back very far yet, but like seeing those what, 50, 60 other covers not included in the SNES set yet? Thanks man.
    @mightymuffy, I will totally donate to @mastershoes again if you'd shoot me (or point me to) any of these with quality high enough for TCP, usually meaning fronts/backs 2100 x 1535 or better, individually:
    Angelique (J)
    Clock Tower (J)
    Cyber Knight (J)
    Dragon Ball Z - Hyper Dimension (J)
    Dragon Quest I & II (J)
    Dragon Quest V (J)
    Dragon Quest VI (J)
    Fire Emblem 3 - Mystery of the Emblem (J)
    Fire Emblem 4 - Genealogy of the Holy Wars (J)
    Fire Emblem 5 - Thrakka 776 (J)
    Front Mission - Gun Hazard (J)
    Genocide 2 (J)
    Imperium (US or J)
    Iron Commando (J)
    Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S (US)
    Miracle Piano Teaching System, The (J)
    Muhammad Ali (US?) (Beta)
    Putty Squad (US)
    RPG Tsukuru - Super Dante (J)
    RPG Tsukuru 2 (J)
    Sakura Wars (J)
    Seijuu Maden - Beasts & Blades (J)
    Slayers (J)
    Spell Craft (US or J)
    Steel Talons (US)
    Super Full Metal (J?) (Beta)
    Super Genjin 2 (J)
    Super International Cricket (EU)
    Super Star Force (J? or EU?)
    Tinhead (EU) (Beta)
    Universal Soldier (US)
    Wedding Peach (J)
    Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego (US)
    Wizardry I-II-III - Story of Llylgamyn (J)

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    @mastershoes, would you clarify? If I'm not mistaken, standard spine is 96px wide & the front/back is 497 on 1090x680 cover, correct? Shrunken spine = 515/60/515 I believe.

    Honestly, I really don't like any cover that hasn't been officially released, unless it's a ROM hack. The rare exception is coming across people who've coupled custom backs with great fanart. Again, well done @Crimrui.

    Having been years since I was last here, most of my SNES are properly wrapped now since so many have been added. Having played Super Morph after recently spending a good number of hours on that cover, I hate myself. I hate that game more tho... it's friggin lame. Can't believe I wasted time on that pile of shit. And I didn't even get great results. had to sample off eBay for the spine, pull the perspective to flatten it out, all that damn text on the back...

    What's truly missing on my end are covers for translated SFC games. @mightymuffy , you rock for getting a number of them customized and mocked up as PAL releases. Really appreciate you sharing & @mastershoes for throwing a shit ton of time at this project & providing outstanding direction staying true to official covers as much as possible and including alternates (customs) too!
    Here's the thing, I'm a bit anal. I prefer covers from the originating country the title was developed (or the 1st officially released in English, so I can actually enjoy the game), so for the time being my SFCs are wrapped in custom mockups, not official box art. Most look decent but for all my translated titles I'm going for as close to officially released boxes as possible. @mightymuffy talked about the glaring difference between SNES & SFC boxes back on page 80: WiiFlow and other frontends operate on predetermined cover sizes so stretching SFC boxes look like crap without a lot of overhaul/zooming/cropping/made up crap. Taking a cue from TCP (thecoverproject.net), I've been adding sidebars to the backs of mine, and the other side/spine of the box to the top (if viewed horizontally) to retain the majority of correct aspect ratios. However, the few SFC covers I've come across at TCP show not only the "Super Famicom" text on the bottom of the backside (what I call a sidebar), with either jacked fronts using cropping, zooming & extra graphics; or using the other spine/upside-down title text at the top of the front, like what I've done with Dark Half:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    But I've just finished Magical Pop'n and realized I like the title at the front-top/other spine easily legible:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    I like the idea of fronts/backs staying true and making the Title on front-top/other spine legible perpendicularly, so every SFC front is interchangable in a vertical or horizontal capacity. Since we are forced to improvise when incorporating SFC into 1090x680 anyway, and that ratio is widely established as the de facto standard, I personally like having all four sides (front, back, left and right spines) with a sidebar on back (instead of stretching out or centering the back) to make that happen gracefully. Authentic SFC boxes look, by and large, great. Lemme know your thoughts ladies & gents!!

    Anybody see this guy's coffee table book?
    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/20...x_art_collection_is_back_and_better_than_ever
     
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    @Cypher16 - Cheers for the kind words man! Good to see there's still plenty life in the Wiiflow section! Yeah I never got official word off mastershoes what the exact standard spine size was, couldn't decide if it was 95 or 96..
    And thanks for the thumbs up with my sorta-pal-snes...sfc covers! Had a good time doing those! Got to say I'm not into the Wii side now :(, shamefully I've switched to a Wii U/Pi 3 combo, so not keen on restarting any (sorry!), but I do like your idea of adding sidebars to your collection, they look great, and a good alternative to stretching out the images!

    As for links, ooh, well it's been a good couple of years... one of my fave sites is NintAndBox - quality can vary, but some pretty high resolutions in there, and a fair amount of SFC boxes. You will have to sign up however.. That's all I've got left in my bookmarks though.

    And yeah I've seen info on that book myself - was actually eyeing up buying one! (Think the missus ruined that idea though!!)
     
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  10. mastershoes
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    Correct on Standard Spine, 514/62/514 for Shrunken Spine. I have a macro set up to auto convert to shrunken spine, so a Standard Spine cover is all that needs to be provided when contributing to the sets. Sorry for the short reply, this month and next are kind of nuts for me, so i haven't been around a ton. Appreciate you putting in some work though, covers look great, keep 'em coming!
     
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  11. sion_zaphod

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    I've been away from the covers scene for a while but thought I'd share my latest obscure collection.
    Complete Watara(Quickshot) Supervision Covers Collection for use with Hyperspin or Attract Mode. I did originally make about half a complete set of full covers but ran out of sources for the rest since the games are quite rare.:-
    All covers are named as the MESS romset is; so it should be easy to add to a collection.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7-L1dL7xhpoTGpMdjU2Wk82X0k

    Here Are some samples:-

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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  12. TiredKorok

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    Awesome post, I appreciate this a lot!