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  1. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    I feel like I've heard somewhere before that that's the case. I had a bit of trouble ROM testing my Entama too, it took a few attempts before I got what I was looking for. I guess that's something to test out.
  2. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    I've sunk pretty deep into researching stuff from Spyro 3 to put on TCRF and I've ended up losing hundreds and hundreds of hours to it. It's just so deeply enthralling and interesting. I love being able to share the findings I come across with people, too! Another ROM version update, courtesy of rjalda100: the Hanerutchi 1 has a ROM version of 8.0. I assume this was the only ROM version associated with this release.
  3. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    It took me a few attempts tbh, it's pretty tricky. Just make sure you're holding down all three buttons for a little while before and after pressing reset, and it should bring up a black screen. Press A, B, C and then A again and it should bring up the version number.
  4. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    If you wouldn't mind ROM Testing it then I'd be really interested in seeing the results! Keep in mind that you'll lose all your progress though.
  5. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    They seem to be really rare too! I really don't know that many people that own a V2 like this. Adding to the list of ROM versions, the Entama I received today is version 14.1. Not a CYOI Change one though, just a regular Entama.
  6. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    I feel like the V1 regional differences are the result of poor wording or mistranslation or something. "Style" is such an unusual phrase to use as a substitute for "gender", and "Gene." is a really weird way to abbreviate the word. There's other unusual wording choices, too, and considering the fact that US ROMs are later than the rest (those are the version numbers 4.0 and 4.2) and that this wording was what stuck in later versions, it feels like that's even more evidence that it wasn't really a regional choice. Similarly early versions of the V2 have differently named items which arguably sound a lot weirder than their final versions, as far as I know even the international versions were developed in Japan so this could again be due to translation issues. I guess they kept the wording for the region change feature for testing purposes, or something.
  7. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    Yeah, this is a page I've worked on a lot. In fact, I might have even written the bit you're talking about, and I intend on recording the information I find on there when I've collected more data. I think more research needs to be done into the effects of region changing - there are certain changes between the regions which aren't related to the language itself, so finding out if these changes are also affected by the region change feature will be interesting!
  8. hwd45

    V4 generator in 2019?

    Dumping the V4's ROM could provide insights, though actually dumping it is not an easy task. So far I've only ever heard of the Tama-Go and the Friends having their ROMs dumped. And even then, if the ROM was dumped, it'd probably still be incredibly tricky to figure out anything about the password system. I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.
  9. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    Hi RJ! I'm the person from the Discord server that was asking about your V2. Thanks for the additional information - if you find any more differences then I'd love to hear them (you can just message me on Discord if it's easier). If you ever happen to lose your progress on it and you feel like doing a ROM test, or if you get a new V2 and you wanna ROM test it before running, I'd love to hear the results!
  10. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    This is really helpful, thanks! I don't think I've ever actually seen a V2 ROM test in action before, because I didn't realise there was meant to be a period between the A and the 5. So far I've only heard written accounts of the tests. Makes me suspect that perhaps A5 was the European release, A4 was the later American release and A3 was the earlier American release with different item names. Maybe there's more versions too, and more differences, perhaps? I guess we'll see! Also pretty interested in the A4.5 E. There's an A4.3 E too which is also a European version - there's got to be differences between those versions, but I've no idea what they are. Perhaps it's just bug fixes?
  11. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    I'm actually a pretty avid video game prototype researcher (Spyro 3's my game of choice, I've spent probably thousands of hours documenting it at this point lmao), but I had no idea prototype Tamagotchis were given out in the 90s! I have seen some images of prototype models though, but I'm not exactly sure where they came from. I really hope efforts have been made to preserve those builds and we can see more of them in the future. Sometimes these things get destroyed to avoid leaks, so I really hope this isn't one of those times. I do remember someone claiming to have a Music Star World Tour Edition prototype back in 2010 but considering they never showed anything of it and Bandai claimed to have never even started production on that version, it feels like a "my dad works at Bandai" situation. Still though, it'd be cool if the design documents and any prototype versions they might have made for this version eventually surface. I suppose after the Spaceworld 97 leak, pretty much anything can happen. I'm glad you're enjoying it! Performing a ROM test counts as resetting the Tamagotchi, so if you decide to do it you'll lose any progress you've made. To perform a ROM test, the A, B and C buttons need to be held down, and while they're held down the reset button needs to be pressed. The first part of the process is a screen test - this tests all the pixels are working, and pressing the buttons will alternate between different pixels being displayed. After this, the ROM version will be displayed on screen. It'll say something like "VER: A4". Then the words "ROM TEST" will display on screen and it'll start checking the ROM for any errors, and then there's a connection test too. The only part of this process that's important to me is the ROM version, since the rest is just about what faults the individual Tamagotchi might have. As for other things to look out for, first and foremost I'd like to know the region and shell design of the Tamagotchi. This is to help track if different versions were released in different waves, and to see what regional differences there are. I think you mentioned both of yours were UK versions, though sometimes US versions were released in the UK so I guess the date format should probably be checked just to be sure. If I recall correctly, there was also an incident when the Music Star released in the US where they accidentally packaged the US shells with the European ROMs and they ended up displaying the wrong date format, so I guess even things like regions aren't quite so cut and dry. As for other things I'm looking for, I'm mostly looking for any other general differences you might have noticed. It's hard to pin point exactly what these are when the differences might be subtle - for example, the V4 released in several waves to fix some of the bugs present in the earlier releases. How do you track something like this? For all you know, your not-glitchy model might have been one with the glitches present but you just never ran into any. The glitches are the only version difference I'm aware of on the V4, though I think - and I might be thinking of the wrong V3 - that in some versions, the food menu wouldn't display item names, and sometimes it would. So I guess whether the food items have names is one thing to look out for. V2 has some more obvious differences. I think the food names thing I mentioned is also present on the V2 in the treat menu, for starters. But also, a few of the items changed names completely between different builds - costume became stuffed animal, diet soda became soda, bubbles became tools, hair potion became hair gel, love potion became honey, that sort of thing. There might be more that I haven't noticed, but those are the ones I know about, so if you could find out he names for any of those items it'd be really useful too! I feel like there's probably a bunch of differences nobody's ever really noticed yet, too - most people only have one or two of each version, so there's probably been plenty of instances of subtle changes that nobody ever really talked about because they don't have anything to compare it to. Like, apparently the time at which a V1's age increases is different between different versions of the device, idk how anyone managed to find that out haha. Hopefully we can discover some of those differences!
  12. hwd45

    ROM Versions

    A few small updates: Firstly, it turns out some Ketais have the ROM version 6.1. I haven't found much else about ROM versions and version differences in Japanese models, so any help with those would be greatly appreciated. It looks like the Japanese models might have continued using the numbered version notation the Plus / V1 used: Plus / V1: 0.0, 2.0, 2.1, 4.0, 4.2 Keitai: 6.1 Famitama / V5: 34.1 I guess we'll see if the pattern continues as we collect more version numbers. Another thing I thought it might be insightful to mention is the prototype version of the Tama-Go: If you were around for the build up to Tama-Go's release you might remember that the shell designs completely changed. Firstly, the shells seen here used a more of a matte colouring scheme than the glossy shells we got in the final version. The faceplates were entirely different (I think I prefer these faceplates), the bases of the figures shown are more translucent than the final design of the lite figures, the packaging is a little different and it looks like the IR slot is transparent here (the three Tama-gos which aren't in use have completely opaque IR slots, I think they might just be mock-up models though. The pink one also seems to be missing part of its top). Even the figures got prototype models! Gorippatchi never got her own figure. I wonder if this one is a functional figure, or just another mock-up? We'll see in a bit that it's probably the latter. There's also another image of a Mamametchi figure, which also never got released. Memetchi's seen here again, but with a different design to the one in the previous image. I don't think this figure design was ever released. This last image is of particular interest to me. First and foremost, we can see that despite the figure clearly being on, the device has other ideas. In a video of the event we also see that no "Welcome!" image comes up when the figure is placed on the Tamagotchi. I guess that either confirms the figures being mock-ups or the device still not being fully programmed as of yet. You might also notice it says "cartridge" instead of "character". I'm really curious about this - I wonder what other differences this version contained? Do you think these prototype Tama-Go models still exist somewhere in the world? Or, indeed, any other prototype Tamagotchis? If people want, I could continue updating this thread with interesting stuff about version differences as I learn more. That's kind of what this project is, after all - an attempt to document all the different versions that were released.
  13. hwd45

    Any Tamas you waiting for?

    I'm waiting for an Entama to arrive! It's the first Tamagotchi I've bought since 2010 and my first Japanese model.
  14. hwd45

    Need help getting sprites for project - V2

    This is a really cool project idea! I really appreciate people who put the work into this kind of thing. I'm wondering if the sprites would've been on the Tama-Go? Natashenka ripped the ROM of the Tama-Go and you can download all its sprites on one of her websites, so the sprites you're looking for might be amongst those - though they might have been updated between V2 and V7 so who knows if they're the sprites you're looking for. Hopefully someone will rip the ROM of a V2 at some point, sometimes glitches can make the wrong sprites appear and a few of the sprites are definitely unused. Seems like the V2 has a bunch of Ticket items that weren't used until the V3 as well as sprites for the Flag game from V3. There's probably more, too.
  15. No problem! I'm sure you'll really enjoy the 4.5, it's a great version.