Region/language detection?

By cr4zymanz0r

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12-04-2012, 19:00

Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand some (most?) games that were released in both Japan and Europe would detect if they were running on a Japanese or European machine. If they were running on a Japanese machine then the text would be in Japanese and and if they were running on a European machine then the text would be in English.

If this is the case, is there anyway to trick the region/language when using an a legit cartridge? For instance, I own a Japanese MSX2+. Let's say I buy a Nemesis 2 cart and I want the intro to display in English using the actual cart. Is there a trick or a mod to do this? If there is I hope it doesn't involve having to put my MSX in PAL video mode or something Tongue

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By hap

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12-04-2012, 19:08

The game reads the BIOS ROM header to determine the language. You can't circumvent that easily =(
I'd recommend one of those flashrom cartridges with built-in SCC, they're a *must* for MSX gamers. (and then download a hacked Nemesis 2 ROM)

By SkyeWelse

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13-04-2012, 00:04

Right, say for example Konami's Treasure of the Usas rom. You probably would have a difficult time forcing the English mode from even a normal flashed rom on the MegaFlashCart without adding in extra commands during the flash procedure, as it would likely detect that you have a Japanese MSX. The beauty of the MegaFlashRom SCC+ is that you can force the installer program to load the rom onto the cartridge in English mode or vice versa in Japanese if you had a European cart rom. It would look like this in MSX Dos:


Where E or J is English or Japanese.


By meits

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13-04-2012, 06:26

Like this it's getting more and more attractive not to play the originals. And I kinda like that, cuz I hate the prices people ask for originals...


Enlighted (5950)

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13-04-2012, 08:23

This is easy to do only if you have MSX tR:

By Randam

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14-04-2012, 21:39

There is also a program called eurokon with which you can force the european mode in Konami romcartridges.