How to patch the Salamander ROM to have the good ending?

By Garudian

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19-05-2019, 22:20

Hi,

Is there anyone here who knows how to patch the Salamander rom, such that it will give the good ending (as if Nemesis 2 is in the other slot)?

What a silly question you may think, just put a Nemesis 2 in the second slot... "Unfortunately" I'm trying to play this on the libretro core (mainly because I like the gfx backend and shaders very much for it) and it only allows for single slot configurations currently.

I also know about the dynamic vsync patched salamander, but there you have to go through several steps to get it to play like the original (chuncky scrolling and original colors and all) which is a bit of a chore starting up every time. Apart from that in this mode it has a color bug on the weapon selection bar.

Hopefully someone here can point me in a good direction on how to achieve a patched salamander rom, such that it will always give the good ending.

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By sdsnatcher73

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20-05-2019, 07:49

I don't think a patch like this exists, the reason is that it is not just a 'switch' that is toggled by the Nemesis 2 cartridge (like many of the other 2 slot tricks applied by Konami). Salamander actually uses graphics from the Nemesis 2 cartridge to play the last stage (Operation X if I am not mistaking).

By Garudian

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20-05-2019, 08:33

sdsnatcher73 wrote:

I don't think a patch like this exists, the reason is that it is not just a 'switch' that is toggled by the Nemesis 2 cartridge (like many of the other 2 slot tricks applied by Konami). Salamander actually uses graphics from the Nemesis 2 cartridge to play the last stage (Operation X if I am not mistaking).

Doh! Thanks for that information! I indeed assumed it would be just a few bytes patch for the "switch". Never realized it actually uses a lot more from the Nemesis 2 cartridge. Well good to know, since I'm not after creating a complex patch.

By Guillian

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20-05-2019, 08:50

Actually, OKEI made that patch/ROM.
Search on Google "salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom"

By Garudian

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20-05-2019, 09:47

Thanks for the information, that sounds really promising, but when I search google with either
- salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- MSX salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- OKEI salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- OKEI MSX salamander patch

I don't get anything related to the topic?

When searching for "okei msx" I'm getting a homepage in japanese here: http://www.ucatv.ne.jp/~kmizuo/.

The third link in the bar on the left gets me here: http://www.ucatv.ne.jp/~kmizuo/free.html, which when using google translate it gives me this:

Quote:

SALAGR01.LZH

It is Saragra. I do not know what to say.
Since Sala Hinai can not see the true ending without Gra 2, I joined them and patched them.
With this, even with the 2 slots MSX, you can feed 3 new ones, 10x new sara, and 2 gras.
Requires similar non-SCC cartridge.

By EBIRA and OKEI

Now I'm very confused *_* It's not even Engrish! :D

The lzh contains
- SALAGRA.MAN
- SALAGRA.COM

Is this the patch you are referring to? If so what tool for windows should I use to apply this patch?

By Guillian

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20-05-2019, 12:15

Garudian wrote:

Thanks for the information, that sounds really promising, but when I search google with either
- salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- MSX salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- OKEI salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom
- OKEI MSX salamander patch

I don't get anything related to the topic?

The first result I get after searching "salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom" is a link to MegaFlashROM downloads page. There you can find the ROM (Salamander + Nemesis 2)

By sdsnatcher73

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20-05-2019, 12:59

It seems to apply the patch you need an ESE-SCC flash cartridge. The process described (from google translate/SALAGRA.MAN):

  1. Put ESE-SCC (nothing flashed into it) into slot 1.
  2. Run SALAGRA.COM - this will install a little ROM into the ESE-SCC
  3. Power off MSX
  4. Put Salamander cartridge in slot 2 (ESE-SCC with the installed ROM is still in slot 1)
  5. Power on MSX, the small ROM will copy the ROM from the Salamander cart into the ESE-SCC
  6. Power off MSX
  7. Put Nemesis 2 cartridge in slot 2 (ESE-SCC with the installed ROM is still in slot 1)
  8. Power on MSX, the small ROM will copy the ROM from the Nemesis 2 cart into the ESE-SCC (after the Salamander ROM)
  9. It will then patch the Salamander part to use the graphics from the Nemesis 2 part
  10. Power off MSX, remove Nemesis 2 cartridge
  11. Power on MSX
  12. Run MGSAVE SALAGRA.ROM to save the ROM from ESE-SCC to disk

Best bet would probably be to find someone who has the resulting SALAGRA.MEG

By Garudian

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20-05-2019, 20:52

Guillian wrote:

The first result I get after searching "salamander nemesis 2 megaflashrom" is a link to MegaFlashROM downloads page.

Thanks, I found it now! Big smile

@sdsnatcher73, thanks also for the guide and translation Smile