Homebrew Cover Collections - part 2

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for clarification, on CreatiVision boxes, i measured 480 pixel wide back cover, 484 pixel wide front, and 60 pixels wide spine
I had some time to investigate on the matter. There's no strange algorithm or something like that, the Creativision covers are just wrong. Back and front covers must always be the same pixel size.
Here's how to verify this: in Wiiflow select a Colecovision game, then click a second time on the cover, the box will rotate 180 degrees to show you the back side. Press '+' on the wiimote many times to zoom in, and press the D-pad in the four directions to place the box at the center of the screen, so that you don't see the spine anymore.
After this, take a look at the top-right corner of the back cover, you will notice that a little part of the Creativision logo on the spine overlaps on the back cover.
The correct measures should be 482px - 60px - 482px
Edit: or 484 - 56 - 484
2 pixels are so tiny that probably without zooming in you wouldn't notice anything
Here's a picture to better understand:
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I had some time to investigate on the matter. There's no strange algorithm or something like that, the Creativision covers are just wrong. Back and front covers must always be the same pixel size.
Here's how to verify this: in Wiiflow select a Colecovision game, then click a second time on the cover, the box will rotate 180 degrees to show you the back side. Press '+' on the wiimote many times to zoom in, and press the D-pad in the four directions to place the box at the center of the screen, so that you don't see the spine anymore.
After this, take a look at the top-right corner of the back cover, you will notice that a little part of the Creativision logo on the spine overlaps on the back cover.
The correct measures should be 482px - 60px - 482px
Edit: or 484 - 56 - 484
2 pixels are so tiny that probably without zooming in you wouldn't notice anything
Here's a picture to better understand:
this is more or less what i tried to do but i guess i came up with some weird results and didn't do it as thoroughly as this guide. I'll look again. I was even sending the image to my monitor via component capture card so i could really zoom in on th detail.

Edit: to be clear what i was actually doing was measuring the boxcovers from this thread, but some consoles it was hard to figure out where the spine ends and the back/front begin. And again, it seemed like for some consoles, there was some uneven measurements in the file, i think that is where i was getting the numbers from. But you do clearly show that the back cover does encroach onto the spine and therefore measuring up to whre the spine "should" be isn't gonna yield an accurate result. I will have to see if i can replicate your results, i wasn't aware you could actually zoom in while looking at the box's back.
 
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So I been making some covers for hacked games. It Started off mostly just so I don't have blank images when viewing the games. Anyways here demo... I can post more if you want...
 

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On a non-covers subject. I wanted to give a shout out to @AdamCatalyst for his release of NHL '22.

I applied the patch last night and played a game, Detroit vs. Nashville. My Red Wings have hit hard times in this release. Granted, i am nowhere as sharp as i used to be in this game and had a hard time maintaining the puck but pulled off a 1-0 victory with a late 3rd period goal.:D

Awesome job with this hack sir!!
 
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I have started working on a Game Boy custom set and plan on making around 850 covers. I have completed front, spine and back top through letter B.

I think i want to go with Title snap and Gameplay snap as images for back. Here are a couple examples, please let me know if the backs look sufficient.

I hope to have this set completed in the next 2-3 weeks time permitting.
 

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I have started working on a Game Boy custom set and plan on making around 850 covers. I have completed front, spine and back top through letter B.

I think i want to go with Title snap and Gameplay snap as images for back. Here are a couple examples, please let me know if the backs look sufficient.

I hope to have this set completed in the next 2-3 weeks time permitting.
downloaded the two covers but on wiiflow they are not displayed
 
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downloaded the two covers but on wiiflow they are not displayed
so i've noticed that sometimes downloading images via rightclick on gbatemp seems to somhow corrupt the image sometimes. I've had this happen multiple times before... i think when downloading from RunningSnakes, but possibly others? For example, who made the NES box cover for Zelda: Legend of Link? I found that one corrupted recently and just tried to recreate it from scratch on my own.
 
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I upload through my phone which is most likely causing the issue. Ill zip the same 2 covers and 2 alternates with Cart art instead of Title and Gameplay.
 

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On a non-covers subject. I wanted to give a shout out to @AdamCatalyst for his release of NHL '22.

I applied the patch last night and played a game, Detroit vs. Nashville. My Red Wings have hit hard times in this release. Granted, i am nowhere as sharp as i used to be in this game and had a hard time maintaining the puck but pulled off a 1-0 victory with a late 3rd period goal.:D

Awesome job with this hack sir!!
THANK-YOU SO MUCH! I can't tell you how much this message made my day when I read it.

You know, it never even occurred to me to share Wiiflow versions of the cover art here. Here they are attached, one done authentic to the original cover, and the other tweaked to better suit the cover photo.

If anyone ever needs / wants to do a a remix of the NHL 94 genesis cover, I'll happily share my Photoshop template with you, just send me a PM.

@RunningSnakes IRL, I think the Wings have a very bright future coming to them soon.
 

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downloading the single cover does not display them

If you ever have this issue again, this might sound crazy, but try a different browser or try an “incognito / private” window. I think the issue *might* be that the server is sending your browser a more "optimized" image file instead of the original PNG. I say this because I've had this happen to me numerous times when using Brave/Chrome, where the PNG has been re-compressed server-side as a WEBP. If the server, or web proxy, or whatever doesn't know if your browser supports WEBP, it ends up sending the original specced PNG.
 
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