Why is MAME not ported for the Wii?

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  1. bubbleboy
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    MAME is the ultimate, and it's open source right? Now that the wii has been hacked, why isn't anyone trying to port it? I would but I can't code!

    It just seems very obscure emus are made (which is a good thing too!!), but the mother of them all has been ignored! [​IMG]
     


  2. tj_cool

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    Do you mean SDL MAME (the arcade emulator)
    or something else?
     
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    Is it because of these loading times that they don't continue working on this? I read somewhere that it had something to do with the large amounts of ram needed for these games.
     
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    sdl mame works but you might as well go cook a turkey waiting for the damn games to load!!
     
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    It is a shame, cos it worked a treat on the xbox. Many a wasted hour playing old skool stuff like SF2, Super Pang, 1942, Wind Jammers, the list is endless. Aaaahhh, so many fond memories.
     
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    it is a shame cos i want trog, wonderboy 2, Simpson arcade and a shitload of others to play. only thing you can do now is wait and hope they release the games you want on VCA
     
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    Simpson Arcade on 4 player is funny as hell!!! Forgot about that one
     
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    Wii coders or developers don't seem to wanna pick this project up for some reason. It hasn't been updated in a year.
     
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    the current versions of MAME go for accuracy and not speed, so the newest sources are out (from what I've read for years)

    however, GP2x MAME is based on an older version has been ported to a bunch of different systems with really good compatibility for games up to, say, early 90's... That could probably be ported to the wii much, much easier than porting the original MAME source code or even x-box MAME

    check it out here:
    http://www.talfi.net/gp32_franxis/
     
  11. wiiguy

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    Why would it take so long to load games made 15-20 years ago?
     
  12. jservs7

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    I think the only way I have hope in a "working" MAME emulator in the near future, is if Tantric takes the project on. But him along with so many other coders are busy perfecting the projects they are already working with.

    This is the #1 emulator I have wanted from day 1 too. [​IMG]
     
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    Tantric just makes the GUIs, not the emulators. MAME worked like crap on Xbox 1, which was x86, what makes you think it will work any better on Wii.
     
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    if they ever got it to work has good as they did for the Xbox1 i would be happy has hell, Cause the games i like played on the Xbox great, all my old shooter titles worked good,
     
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    now the wii has SDHC capability, maybe they should compile a fresh one with it included.
    that should speedup the loading.
    maybe even create a swapfile on the card to use during game init when stuff like rom-decryption takes place.
    that uses a lot of ram but can be free'd up before you play.
     
  16. Jacobeian

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    because MAME is a pain in the ass to port on a console system and because there aren't so many emulator devs in the Wii scene and they are all probably very busy already

    the only valuable ports are using "limited" MAME package, like MAME4ALL for the dreamcast
    this still require lot more work than simply porting SDL emulator in 2 days by just copypasting some wii code ;-)
     
  17. Richy Freeway

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    Because you're not loading just the game, you're loading a complete emulation of the original hardware the game ran on.

    This is no easy task.
     
  18. kevenz

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    someone needs to pick this project!
     
  19. grante

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    MAME, unlike all the other emulators, doesn't just emulate a single system.

    To write an SNES emulator (or port an existing one) you just need to get all the hardware that was in the SNES working properly.

    Different arcade machines had different hardware. Some of them used the same basic hardware with extra boards added one. Some used completely different ones. To get all the games working, you have to emulate ALL of them...it's a much bigger and more difficult project to port than the consoles.
     
  20. musicman61554

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    This would be nice. I miss MAME. Its better on a big screen than on a computer screen. I was only able to get Turtles and The Simpsons to work on mine.