Finally! Hack for Japanese Colosseum Bonus Disc for US games!

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  1. Fishaman P

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    To follow up on this, the memory card and font regions are mostly decided by the booted BIOS. Dolphin will in most cases set this to the actual game region, and I think Nintendont and DIOS MIOS do too, but Swiss uses the real hardware region.
     
  2. Lumstar

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    I've heard Swiss is working on a region override. Haven't tried it myself.
    Dolphin is curious. Last time I checked its option works just one direction for GameCube mode, to play western games in Japanese. (unfortunately for those who'd like to study and document in finer detail which games have mojibake)
     
  3. WizardDani

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    Ok, thanks guys...

    I've finally made it! I had to use Dolphin, yep... Thanks Fishaman for the clarification by the way.

    I followed AlanWeird's steps, although let me explain it in steps for those whose of us who had a bit of a hard time understanding the procedure:

    What you need:
    1) The edited Japanese bonus disk .iso file
    2) Giftpia iso (only in Japanese)
    3) Dolphin in your computer
    4) Memory Card Manager in your Homebrew channel
    5) A free spot in your Colosseum team

    Procedure:
    1) With your memory card inserted in slot A in your Wii, backup your Colosseum save in your USB drive using Memory Card Manager.
    2) Turn your Wii off and connect your USB drive in your computer.
    3) Open Giftpia with Dolphin and let it run for a bit until you see a yellow warning on the upper part saying something like 'a memory card has been created' somewhere (usually C:\Users\user\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\GC\MemoryCardA.JAP).
    4) Close the game display, but not Dolphin itself, and go to Tools > Memcard Manager (GC).
    5) On the left side, click on Browse and look for the Japanese memory card (step 3). Select it.
    6) Now click on Import GCI and look for the backup saved in your USB drive. Select it.
    7) You should see two rows in the left side, one for Giftpia and another one for Colosseum.
    8) Close the window and now load the edited Japanese bonus disk on Dolphin.
    9) You should now be able to receive Celebi. Once you do, your Japanese memory card will be automatically saved. Close the game display.
    10) Go back to Tools > Memcard Manager (GC) and look for the Japanese memery card (step 3).
    11) Highlight the Colosseum save and click on Export GCI.
    12) Now save it in the same directory where your backup is saved in your USB, but do NOT replace it! Just name it something else, for example, instead of the last _00, replace it with _01.
    13) Connect your USB drive to your Wii, open Memory Card Manager in your Homebrew Channel and Restore the new save (the one that ends with _01).
    14) You now have a physical copy of a Colosseum save with an original Japanese Celebi in your team. You can even use it in your Colosseum original game or trade it to your GBA games. :)

    Congratulations!

    And thank you all for your help.

    Cheers and good luck!
     
    Last edited by WizardDani, May 16, 2016
  4. Darkyose

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    Nowhere.
    Is there a way to change the region of the save file...?
     
  5. Lumstar

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    Maybe. I haven't tried moving saves between a Japanese and non-Japanese console, if that's what you mean.
    Try out these steps:

    1. copy the save to a device that is not a Gamecube memory card (like by using an SD gecko and GCMM homebrew http://wiibrew.org/wiki/GCMM)
    2. change the region of the Gamecube console (NTSC region switch mod is the old-school way)
    3. insert a different Gamecube memory card correctly formatted for the new region
    4. copy the save back.

    Changing a save between regions of the game disc is a separate matter. I'm not sure which games have compatibility issues there.
     
  6. suloku

    suloku GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    https://gbatemp.net/threads/converting-e-gamecube-memory-card-files-to-u.212476/

    Incompatibilities or weird behaviors are to be expected for some games, use at your own risk.

    If you want to use eur colosseum save file with the jap bonus disk, you'll probably need to set the language to english before doing so.
     
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  7. Lumstar

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    In a nutshell, Gamecube saves have two regions. And both most be correct for things to work properly.

    If for example you use Freeloader to play Japanese Colosseum on a non-Japanese system, then you've got a save for a Japanese game that won't work as-is on genuine Japanese hardware. (due to being stored on a western formatted memory card)
     
    Last edited by Lumstar, Jun 5, 2016
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  8. Darkyose

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    Nowhere.
    thx for the info!
     
  9. Blacked

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    So this thread is probably long dead but I was wondering if it would it be possible for someone to just share their save file of the US game with the Japanese Celebi
     
  10. Butterhands

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    Italian savegame could be ok?
     
  11. MrRiot

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    Hey there. I've successfully changed the hex files. But for some reason my xeno chipped gamecube give me an error when I pop in the burned iso. Any thoughts?
     
  12. MrRiot

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    Now it runs but its says, in japanese, that there's no save file when there really is. I went back to the hex editor and did 2 separate iso files. One with each offset that needed to be changed as EE and the other as just the letter i that offset as E leaving the number as is. I get that same message for both. Anyone know what went wrong or does this not work?
     
  13. sakon14

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    Thanks man, as nerdy as it sounds receiving this Celebi was an amazing experience.
     
  14. A2FRS-PKMN

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    I'm going to hope this thread isn't over, so the May 2017 message is giving me some hope.;)
    My bro and I downloaded the ISO and did everything as the first page said. We're using Pg. 1's instructions and doing it on Nintendont via the Wii Homebrew channel. Almost everything works, but the bonus disc isn't recognizing our memory card (US). Everything in Colosseum is setup accordingly for it to work; the only issue is that we're getting the "Slot A Memory Card not read" message in Japanese. We tried the Dolphin method and didn't get any luck so far. Can anyone help with this? What do we need to do to get the bonus disc to read our GCN Memory Card? If using the Dolphin method, is it absolutely imperative to have both Giftpia and Colosseum show up on the left (step 7, Dolphin)? Any help in this would be greatly appreciated...
     
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  15. Butterhands

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    With european memory card works correctly.

    There is a way to change the OT and nickname of the gived Celebi in the ISO? 'Cause I want to fix the japaneese character, I want to call it simple CELEBI and set the OT name SOFO, 'cause is the italian name of the Agathe Village, I think Ageto OT name is from the japaneese name of the Agathe Village.
     
  16. Lumstar

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    Are you running the game using Japanese BIOS/region mode? If so, you'll need a memory card that has been formatted to Japanese.
    It's easy to check. JPN Star Fox Adventures is totally unmistakable due to displaying English text on western systems. Or try a game like F-Zero GX or Rockman EXE Transmission with compatibility issues.

    Is it not possible to receive Celebi from the Italian version of Colosseum? I don't think I've seen a code for that myself, but unless Nintendo really broke the game's programming it's buried somewhere.
     
    Last edited by Lumstar, Jun 30, 2017
  17. A2FRS-PKMN

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    By "the game," do you mean the Bonus Disc, or Colosseum? In the latter's case, it's the hard copy with the North American memory card and all. Would you recommend buying another GCN Memory Card for this? Thanks for responding!
     
  18. Lumstar

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    Either one. In the event somehow the game and bonus disc are being run in a different region environment, the file transfer won't work.

    Dolphin is currently inaccurate to the behavior of a region switch-modded original GameCube.
    It has an option to force western GCN games into Japanese OS mode, but (without workarounds) can't play Japanese GCN games in western OS mode.
     
  19. A2FRS-PKMN

    A2FRS-PKMN Newbie

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    So in this case, we just switch the font? Is this all we do to get the bonus disc to recognize our memory card? If not, how should I modify Dolphin's code?
    Again, many thanks.
     
  20. Lumstar

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    That brings up a good question. I'm not sure if Dolphin supports moving save files between different formatted memory cards.
    Your existing North American save would have to be converted in some way, since it's not on a Japanese memory card.

    If I understand this correctly, follow these steps for now.
    Step 1: Set Dolphin to emulate USA Colosseum on a Japanese console
    Step 2: Create a clean new save and play the game (cheat as much as you like) enough to meet any requirements for Celebi and/or Pikachu
    Step 3: Run the Japan bonus disc that's been hacked to recognize USA Colosseum saves

    Make sure to backup your data first, in case anything goes wrong. Messing around with regions can wipe memory cards.
    Once you've got the Pokemon, you can trade them over to GBA and back to your regular Colosseum save.
     
    Last edited by Lumstar, Jul 5, 2017
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