Does HVCA work on the EWin expansion pack?

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Jan 30, 2008
  1. PizzaPasta
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    Any help would be much appreciated. I am just one click away from buying an EEP and the only thing holding me back is whether or not I can run HVCA on it.

    I need help and fast, I need to order this thing before my girlfriend catches me mis-managing my money!

    EDIT: Bah, I went ahead and bought it. She was beginning to wake up so I panicked, I didn't want to unleash a shitstorm.

    Newest edit: HVCA does not work with the EEP.
     
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    Okay, homebrew usually works fine on the EEP, as long as it doesn't require file access. I'm not familiar with HVCA, but it should work as long as you can pack the games to be emulated into one .gba file along with the emulator itself. A cursory look at the PocketHeaven description suggests that it does this, so yeah, I'm pretty sure it will work.

    What I wonder is why you'd want to do this though. nesDS is such a great emulator, and it uses the whole DS screen (meaning a bigger picture and only 16 lines to be either cropped or resized).

    Since you've already ordered it, it seems a moot point though. And the EEP is an excellent RAM expansion for DS homebrew and a decent choice for running GBA stuff, so hopefully you won't be disappointed. My EEP has become my DS Lite's dustcover (while my EZ4-3in1 is just collecting dust).
     
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    HVCA and PocketNES both have better game compatility than nesDS. AFAIK, HVCA is the only emulator usable on the DS that can play Punch Out!! (or Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!).

    BTW, the NES screen resolution is 256x224, so the DS is 32 lines short of a full display, not 16.
     
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    Don't get me wrong, I love nesDS but like Destuctobot said; HVCA is the only emu on NDS that will run Punch Out!! and in case you can't tell from my handle; I love me some Punch Out!! (I also love the awkward punctuation that writing about Punch Out!! can lead to).

    HVCA can also run FDS ROMs, which makes it even more enticing, if I can play Doki Doki Panic! on the go, I'll be very happy!

    Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. I think I'll be very happy with my EEP. I'll be reeeally happy when I can play Mother 3 in english on my DS though! Until then, back to studying my Kanji.
     
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    I don't remember there being many kanji in Mother 3, so maybe you're better off studying vocabulary (or do both at the same time [​IMG] ). That game has one of the best stories of any RPG I've ever played, so good luck!
     
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    That's exactly why I want to wait to play it instead of relying on my poor Japanese. I've got most of my Katakana and Hiragana somewhat down but it still takes me at least 20 minutes to read anything but I just started teaching myself a few months ago so I guess I've made a bit of progress. [​IMG]

    My girlfriend got me a huge Kanji dictionary for Christmas and it might be the most daunting thing I've ever owned. I'm actually terrified to look at it most times. I live a block away from the Ohio State University and strangely enough they offer Japanese courses in their "continuing education" program. The classes are 8 weeks long and they offer 4 levels and seem really intense. It's only $175 for each course so I am really thinking of taking them. I figure that if anything, I'll learn enough to play most games in Japanese. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd bet that you have enough time to learn to read & speak Japanese as well as the Emperor does before an english translation of Mother 3 is released.
     
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    I'd bet that you're right!
     
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    Hey, my dad lives in Cincinnati, and when I go back to the States, I'm thinking I'll try to get into the Japanese Lit. Master's program at OSU. Their Japanese department is pretty good all around. You really should take that course.

    I actually did my undergrad at the University of Cincinnati (don't laugh :/ ), and I was told that OSU's program doesn't get into reading and writing until the second year or so. UC started from the first day, and we started kanji in the first quarter. There are tradeoffs; I was told that OSU first-year students can't read a thing (of course), but their speaking is phenomenal. In my case, it took me more than two years to be able to say simple things off the top of my head, but I probably knew 500-1000 kanji by that time. No regrets though, as now my reading is quite decent, and due to almost five years in Japan, my speaking and listening are fine too.
     
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    Yeah, OSU has a great Japanese department. I'm really excited to take these courses. If you come to Columbus, you should hit me up, we can drink beer and play Mario Kart! [​IMG]
     
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    I may have to take you up on the beer. I don't know how well it will mix with Mario Kart though, considering I already suck at it.

    BTW, did you get your Ewin yet, and if so, is it working? I'm just kind of curious (but not curious enough to download HVCA myself [​IMG] ).
     
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    You actually get better at Mario Kart when you're drinking (or at least you think you do) [​IMG]

    My Ewin hasn't arrived yet. I'm hoping it comes tomorrow but it will most likely show up on monday. They shipped it late because they were out of the color I wanted so I think it went out last monday. It should come soon though.

    The first order of business will be to try out HVAC with it though, so I'll let you know.
     
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    Curses, hvca doesn't work.

    I originally asked sinkhead to try it and he couldn't get it to work, I was hoping that he was missing something but I just spent an hour fooling with it and couldn't get ay results. Oh well.
     
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    Ugh. I guess I'll download it and try it as well.
     
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    I couldn't get it to work either, though Mike Tyson's Punch-Out worked (with some graphic glitches) on PocketNES.
     
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    I'll have to try that out then. I'm overwhelemed now though, I've discovered the joys of scummvm ds and I'm going on downloading spree!
     
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    Oh yeah, ScummVM is great. [​IMG] I use it to play old AGI games. Space Quest was the first adventure game I ever played.

    As for PocketNES, you'll need to get the emulator itself (PocketNES.gba) and a menu creator thingy (I used PocketNES Menu Maker 1.2a, also available on the official PocketNES site).
     
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    Space Quest is one of my faves, I'm playing the first Monkey Island game right now and it's making me feel like I'm back in the 7th grade (minus all of the awkwardness of being that age). I'm really glad I held on to my copy of DOTT though, I can't find the enhanced Maniac Mansion anywhere on the internet but now I can just rip it from the CD.

    Thanks for the info on PocketNES.
     

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