LINKS Ultimate crack set 1.0

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By wimpie3

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22-04-2016, 10:38

If my understanding is correct, the ONLY thing the network versions of Twinbee and Knightmare did were communicating your score to the central server at the end of a game? Or was there something else?

Let's hope other LINKS games surface soon.

By gdx

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22-04-2016, 11:10

NYYRIKKI wrote:

How ever it seems that all of the titles have been already released in another format as well... and even better than general compatibility between LINKS cartridges... they don't require LINKS cartridge at all! (I consider THAT as "best solution")

You are right. This is the simplest solution. I'm volunteer to convert to ROM the other games that will surface. Knightmare and Twinbee do theyneed to be converted? These two games take a bit over 32KB.

6 games from The Links converted to Roms.zip

By NYYRIKKI

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22-04-2016, 11:30

wimpie3 wrote:

If my understanding is correct, the ONLY thing the network versions of Twinbee and Knightmare did were communicating your score to the central server at the end of a game? Or was there something else?

No, I think that is it.

gdx wrote:

I'm volunteer to convert to ROM the other games that will surface. Knightmare and Twinbee do theyneed to be converted? These two games take a bit over 32KB

Can't see any point in doing that... It would anyway crash if someone would select the "online option" -> Better to play original ROM images.

By sd_snatcher

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23-04-2016, 02:48

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Ok, I agree Knightmare and Twinbee are custom versions, but they don't add any value to players either because LINKS network has been down for decades.

Well, maybe an LINKS compatible extension could be added to InterNestor to allow the LINKS games to communicate via IP to one server we could setup.

Of course this is easiest said than done, but for a long time the same was valid for the games protection you just solved.

By NYYRIKKI

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23-04-2016, 03:38

sd_snatcher wrote:
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Ok, I agree Knightmare and Twinbee are custom versions, but they don't add any value to players either because LINKS network has been down for decades.

Well, maybe an LINKS compatible extension could be added to InterNestor to allow the LINKS games to communicate via IP to one server we could setup.

Of course this is easiest said than done, but for a long time the same was valid for the games protection you just solved.

No, I don't think that LINKS compatible extension should be added to InterNestor. It should be other way around. How ever I must say you are not alone with your ideas... The problem is that as long as we are talking about two games with similar output, we can't even start to extract existing standard and the number of games is not enough to establish new one.

I'm pretty sure that if there would be 10 LINKS-compatible games, I would be already working on your idea. At the moment I'm just empty handed.

By Bastiaan

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23-04-2016, 08:10

Well done NYYRIKKI!

Does msx.org have many visitors from Japan? Or how can we find more LINKS games/files/ backups to presrrve a complete set of games?

By sd_snatcher

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23-04-2016, 13:49

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I'm pretty sure that if there would be 10 LINKS-compatible games, I would be already working on your idea. At the moment I'm just empty handed.

Here are some pointers to help you with your quest:

[url=https://www.msx.org/wiki/The_LINKS_(Network)]This article[/url] lists some of the games that are available for the LINKS, or support it. Of those games:

The MRC user Sylvester owns the Super Laydock Network version cartridge, but he haven't dumped it yet. It's believed that Konamito has A1 Grand Prix, because his website once had it available for download and all screenshots there are made with an emulator. Take a look at the 1st page of this thread for more info.

Girly Block has many known dumps and they properly show the LINKS menu if such interface is present.

I bought what is supposed to be the LINKS version of Dires, but it still haven't arrived. Once it does, I'll make a backup and if you're interested you can look into it to check the network routines.

C-Drive has shown up in YahooAuctions once, but without the disks. Whoever buys one has to make sure that the disks containing the downloaded version is inside the package.

Daiva Dr. Amandora and Network Rally (or Midnight Rally?) are yet to be seen in the wild.

By enribar

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23-04-2016, 22:14

I own LINKS and Dires carts, do I have to do some tests for the community?
also, there are 2 versions of The Links, one with a red label and one with a blue label.
Don't know the differences but one is more recent, and Takamichi knows more about this device.

By Manuel

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23-04-2016, 23:30

Are there 2 versions of Dires then? I have it too, by the way and it says "network game" on the front and as that "The Links" logo on the back.

By Randam

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24-04-2016, 07:21

Yes there are two versions of dires. The cart version has Links support, the disk version does not. I did have a look at C-drive to buy it a while back; the texts on the box indicate that it doesn't come with a disk if I'm not mistaken. I thought to have read that you had to download the game that came with it.

Do note that I linked to some diskimages with LInks stuff on the other thread back then and that there is info o the links on msxfans and disc stations. Don't know if there is content for it on there as well since I haven't checked that but could very well be the case.

The 2 versions of the Links that are talked about are also referred to as Network Game Adapter and Network Game Adapter II (NGA, NGAII).

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