There's a new trend in MSX land to enhance classic games from the past. And it's a good trend. The MSX system has a solid game base, many classics were born in the Z80 crib. In the early days of home computing, many software houses jumped the train and gave us enjoyable games. The limitation of the system is something programmers had to deal with to get things done. One of the (in)famous so-so deals was screen-scrolling. Instead of smooth movement we mostly got blocky transitions. And with these new trends, by homebrew programmers, with todays knowledge, the time has come to correct these deals.

MRC user Víctor Martínez has done some incredible trend work in the recent past, remember Salamander smooth scrolling and other enhancements? And just when you thought you've seen it all, here's the next episode in hopefully a long serie of goods: a super-upgrade for Konami's Nemesis III subtitled "The Eve of Destruction" (RC-764). Yes, that's right geeks, Víctor delivers us an IPS patch to enhance your copy of this brill game.

Víctor, aka the patch professor, has taken his earlier gained knowledge and injected Nemesis 3 with all the goods from his magic hat. Check out what this patch brings:

  • Smooth screen scrolling
  • TurboFIX routine (original routine by FRS)
  • New player ships GFX by Toni Galvez who also did amazing new Intro, ship menu, and in-game graphics.
  • Voice Set (SCC in other slot/subslot) by WYZ/ARTRAG.
  • New Voice SET with better sound quality and a lot of new voices.
  • You can have the ROM of the game and the other SCC for Voice SET in the same slot expander.
  • You can insert the other SCC "in hot" in the INI screen and it'll be detected.
  • Compatible with the double SCC mode in Flashjacks
  • DrumFIX by WYZ
  • Enables the TURBOCPU in PANASONIC TR & 2+
  • In pause mode -> extra options:
    - F2 key: In pause-> change player ship GFX
    - F3 key: In pause-> change gameplay speed
    - F4 key: In pause-> change Invincible mode
  • Joymega support:
    - START button: Pause
    - A button: Continue, extend game
    - X button: In pause-> change player ship GFX
    - Y button: In pause-> change gameplay speed
    - Z button: In pause-> change Invincible mode
  • Selectable at boot: Language, VDP freq., invincible...

Isn't that just...Wow!? Amazing work, to say the least. Beside the upgrades, a lot of routines have been optimized to offer smoother gameplay. This patched game is, however, NOT compatible with Game Master. Further note that this is a patch only for MSX2 or higher machines, where MSX turbo R is fully supported and highly recommended.

So, get this patch and play Nemesis III on steroids like you always wanted to. There's no excuse, MSX can do smooth scrolling. Period. End of discussion. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be on my way ending this space-war once and for all.

Relevant link: Video demonstration
Relevant link: Download the patch

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Comentarios (60)

Por ToriHino

Champion (360)

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15-04-2018, 13:41

Wow that is some great work! You gave this game a second (and much better) life.

Por hit9918

Prophet (2866)

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15-04-2018, 14:15

it scrolls and it has more samples than an amiga game Big smile

Por Pippo

Champion (420)

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15-04-2018, 14:18

Dear Victor,
you are a Magician and a Professor, really and really!! Big smile Big smile
You Big efforts, for Our Great Computer, are very much appreciated by the Whole Msx World.
My most real Congratulations for these Very, Very Great Enhancement Jewels!! Smile Smile

Por MISXTOR

Champion (386)

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15-04-2018, 14:24

Congratulations Víctor......

What a good magic do you get in your little things to MSX and I love to enjoy it.

Spectacular work . Awesome.

Por Pablibiris

Paragon (1763)

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15-04-2018, 14:48

It's awesome!!
Thanks Victor!

Por gdx

Prophet (2978)

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15-04-2018, 15:10

Yes, awesome!!
Thanks.

Por santiontanon

Paladin (822)

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15-04-2018, 15:40

Wow, very nice!!!

Por ARTRAG

Enlighted (6237)

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15-04-2018, 16:09

Smile Smile Smile

Por Fabf

Master (222)

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15-04-2018, 17:53

Excellent work ! Smile

Por djh1697

Paragon (1409)

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15-04-2018, 18:22

Brilliant! Nemesis 2 next please? (only asking politely!!)
Can you do anything with F1Spirit and the vertical scrolling games?

Por PAC

Guardian (5236)

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15-04-2018, 18:31

Unbelievable oO good work!

Por ToriHino

Champion (360)

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15-04-2018, 18:51

djh1697 wrote:

Brilliant! Nemesis 2 next please? (only asking politely!!)

https://www.msx.org/news/software/en/gradius-2-enhancement-p...

Por mambrino

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15-04-2018, 18:58

Excellent! thanks Wink

Por Meits

Scribe (5488)

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15-04-2018, 19:24

Somewhere in the end of the 80s someone said: "MSX is dead".
Well, he was wrong. Hannibal

Por smx

Rookie (30)

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15-04-2018, 20:02

Please,
Can anyone give the CRC code of the original rom?

Thanks

Por ToriHino

Champion (360)

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15-04-2018, 20:51

I used this one: Gofer no Yabou Episode II. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988)(Konami)[a][RC-764] and works excellent

Por Philip

Champion (371)

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15-04-2018, 21:11

Very nice, thanks !

Por Manuel

Ascended (15691)

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15-04-2018, 21:53

Wooow, great; to be clear: only V9938 is required, right?

Por PingPong

Prophet (3435)

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15-04-2018, 22:25

good! does smooth scroll works even on a plain msx2 machine with 3.58 mhz & v9938?

Por Pablibiris

Paragon (1763)

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15-04-2018, 22:34

It works with a simple MSX2 Wink

Por djh1697

Paragon (1409)

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15-04-2018, 22:38

i keep getting an error using the online ips patcher, the one on the Japanese website Sad

Por wolf_

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15-04-2018, 22:55

Very nicely done!

Question: in the original version, does Konami scroll each 8/16/24/32/40/etc interrupts? Because a really smooth scroll would require a factor of 8, I'd think. If not: then these levels are bound to be a little bit too slow or too fast compared to the original version, or you'd have some irregular jump in the scroll, which I haven't noticed. Wink

Por JohnHassink

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15-04-2018, 23:28

Awesome. Was really waiting for this. Smile
My favorite Nemesis game made even better.
Thanks so much Victor, and everyone involved. Congratulations with this great effort!

@djh1697: Have you tried Lunar IPS?

Por iamweasel2

Hero (524)

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15-04-2018, 23:37

What can I say? I'm speechless. Amazing work (again) Victor. It gives a new life to this great game. Smile

Thank you for improving those great MSX classics. Smile

I second djh's question: Is it possible to do the same treatment with F1 Spirit (vertical smooth scroll)?

Por Manuel

Ascended (15691)

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15-04-2018, 23:51

Pablibiris wrote:

It works with a simple MSX2 Wink

Would it be possible to make it work on a V9938 with 16kB VRAM? Or is the extra VRAM needed for scrolling? I know it's not very important, but it would be cool to have the smooth scrolling on MSX1 with V9938 Smile

Por Pablibiris

Paragon (1763)

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15-04-2018, 23:53

I don't know this Smile
But Victor can answer this

Por sd_snatcher

Prophet (3049)

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15-04-2018, 23:56

Great work, Victor! We were having an MSX meeting here in my city this weekend, and I brought the patched game with me to show there. It was an instant success!

Por karloch

Prophet (2059)

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16-04-2018, 00:01

Awesome! Thank you so much for the work!

Por Moniz

Champion (340)

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16-04-2018, 02:02

played thru the game twice now (yep.. i'm a coward..Tongue ) great improvement! thanks!!

Por hbarcellos

Hero (561)

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16-04-2018, 03:45

Parabéns Victor and all the others: Toni Galvez, Artrag, FRS,...
What a team!
I think that deserves a special, epic, cart!

Por Victor

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16-04-2018, 04:49

Manuel wrote:

Would it be possible to make it work on a V9938 with 16kB VRAM? Or is the extra VRAM needed for scrolling? I know it's not very important, but it would be cool to have the smooth scrolling on MSX1 with V9938 Smile

No.. Sorry.. I use 64 Kbytes of VRAM.. for that reason I say that it should work in any MSX2 or higher... I have double buffer for "Pattern Name Table", "Sprite Attribute Table", other part for the Pause letters,.....

Por Victor

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16-04-2018, 04:56

wolf_ wrote:

Question: in the original version, does Konami scroll each 8/16/24/32/40/etc interrupts? Because a really smooth scroll would require a factor of 8, I'd think. If not: then these levels are bound to be a little bit too slow or too fast compared to the original version, or you'd have some irregular jump in the scroll, which I haven't noticed. Wink

The original game should scroll each 8*2=16 interrupts.. but this game was designed for more than 3.58 Mhz.. as FRS told here... and the original game has a constant frame dropping... For that reason is recommended a TurboCPU... After that I made some small modification in the TurboFIX routine becuase, for example, is too fast and sometimes the scroll could take effect faster...

Por Colemu

Hero (531)

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16-04-2018, 13:39

What a lovely surprise Victor!!
Loving these smooth scrolling conversions Big smile

The best advantage of owning a TR in my opinion!

The only thing that put me off the Gradious/Nemesis series was loosing all your weapons when you die. At least you've added an invincibility feature so we can now complete the game Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Again well done, and here's hoping for more... Wink

Por Ivan

Ascended (9112)

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16-04-2018, 19:38

Impressive! I do really like the new colorful graphics of the spaceships. And the digitized voices are a nice addition.

Por valkyre

Champion (416)

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16-04-2018, 20:40

Fantastic work Victor and team, really appreciate your dedication.

Por djh1697

Paragon (1409)

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17-04-2018, 00:36

Great with the MFRSCC, great with Sofarun on the C2, cannot get it to work with the C2 flash memory though Sad

Por hbarcellos

Hero (561)

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17-04-2018, 00:53

BTW, just out of curiosity: Why there's a special version for WebMSX?

Por mariocavalcanti

Expert (68)

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17-04-2018, 01:49

I played the enhanced version today. Works fine on real MSX and BlueMSX. Really good! Great job by Victor! Smile

Por Victor

Champion (468)

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17-04-2018, 04:56

hbarcellos wrote:

BTW, just out of curiosity: Why there's a special version for WebMSX?

Becuase the line interrupt, in webMSX, is not correctly emulated and it must be at line 175... not in line 174... and the Joymega routine take conficlt with the emulation and the Mouse has to be disabled by default...

Por Victor

Champion (468)

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17-04-2018, 06:07

This week I 'll launch a new version with some small fixes and I'll try to include a graphic change that our friend FRS has sent my today...

Por Imanok

Paragon (1143)

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17-04-2018, 09:23

Amazing work, guys! Thank you very much and congratulations! Big smile

Por JasonLee

Resident (34)

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17-04-2018, 14:22

Wink Just Amazing.

Por Wolverine_nl

Paragon (1025)

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17-04-2018, 14:28

it has already got Flashjacks support, now we just learned that that cartridge is going to be a local venture, hopefully it will not be only local.

Por Louthrax

Prophet (2076)

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17-04-2018, 19:49

Yeeeeaaaaah, thanks again Victor Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Por Maggoo

Paragon (1195)

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18-04-2018, 01:36

Great job, it looks fantastic!!!!

Por OeiOeiVogeltje

Paragon (1296)

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19-04-2018, 19:43

very nice!!

Por Victor

Champion (468)

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20-04-2018, 18:50

New version v 1.03

Download here.

Change log:

V1.03:
- New David Burton image created by FRS

- MSX1 Message: "Only for MSX2 or higher"
- Fixed Joymega routine completely

Por MSX4ever

Master (176)

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21-04-2018, 00:10

Made great !
Thanks Victor !

Por gdx

Prophet (2978)

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21-04-2018, 10:38

I played the game today. Impressive, Victor you are the best MSX game improver in the world! Congratulations.

Por sinus

Expert (79)

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21-04-2018, 12:13

Hi, magic makers! So you did it again Running Naked in a Field of Flowers
I try to figure out the skills behind these improvements. So your team is composed of a kind of Minister of Scrolling Affaires, a Secretary of Graphic Arts, another twos in charge of Voice sets and Music... But that's a lot of work! Do you think any other contribution would be relevant to you, such as graphics? Or do you rather think it's much too technical for simple pixel art enthusiasts and would be hard to coordinate? I think of that because it seems to be a lot of work, and despite the fact so many of us out there cherishes the achievements, many more games can potentially be tackled that way, and I'm affraid at some stage it may be too much for a bunch of brave ones like you... The same applies for all those who are involved into this recent enhancement trend in MSX developpements (USAS, VK, joypad routines...).
Anyway, so far so good, what's been done will be for ever, and of course I can't help hoping for even more! Wink

- No reply needed, just sharing, just read it as "thank you" -

By the way, I can't get SCC detection to work with v1.03 as it did with v1.02 for voice set (using BlueMSX), is only me?

Por zett

Hero (563)

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21-04-2018, 12:16

i dont think tha tlast image is a improvemend. you left out some detail to play with the colors. i think it looks now like a mixed styles. you beter redraw it and use more black as shadow.

Por Victor

Champion (468)

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21-04-2018, 13:01

sinus wrote:

By the way, I can't get SCC detection to work with v1.03 as it did with v1.02 for voice set (using BlueMSX), is only me?

I've put a more restrictive "SCC detection routine", the idea is that in 09880h you write a value, but always read 0FFh... It seems that BlueMSX is not so well done with that... Sorry...

If you want, take a HEX file editor and in file position of ROM 404B6h, write: 00 00

Por sinus

Expert (79)

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21-04-2018, 20:56

Victor wrote:

If you want, take a HEX file editor and in file position of ROM 404B6h, write: 00 00

I confirm it works fine, SCC for voice set is properly found in BlueMSX! Cheers.

Por ToriHino

Champion (360)

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21-04-2018, 22:44

Great work, the improvement is even better now. Hope you guys can do something with Parodius as well Wink

Por Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

Master (158)

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22-04-2018, 13:31

I patched today and played a bit on a Panasonic MSX2+ with MFR and a Konami sound cartridge! What a showcase of a 8-bit game! Impressive! Thank You!

Por wolf_

Ambassador_ (9767)

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22-04-2018, 14:07

Haven't played it yet, haven't seen much yet other than the video in the newspost. But how does that large screen-filling spider-like robot move in one of the last levels (the green level)? See, the screen having one kind of movement speed would be relatively easy to scroll, but that spider-thing moves with its own speed, so you got two different speeds!

Por konamiman

Paragon (1041)

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30-04-2018, 14:32

Finally got some time to give it a try. Absolutely loving the smooth scroll, the Vic Viper sprite... and the increased difficulty. I always thought that the weak point of this game is that it's too easy, but that's fixed now! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Por djh1697

Paragon (1409)

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18-05-2018, 19:56

I just, finally, completed Nemesis 3, okay I cheated! I used the invincibility mode!! Could not get the SCC to work though? MFRSCC in slot 1, and Carnivore 2 in slot 3, used Sofarun to execute the game. All good fun!!

Por djh1697

Paragon (1409)

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19-05-2018, 02:12

Swapped the cartridges around, SCC seems to be working ok now Smile

Por Feiraco

Expert (111)

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06-09-2018, 11:55

This is an amazing job!! Thanks Victor and all the other who worked on the improvement of Nemesis 3! It really looks great on the BlueMSX. It gives such a great game a renewed life for next generations.

Gracias otra vez! :-)