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Hacker rewriters Race Drivin’ on the SNES to bump its single-digit framerate to run at 30+ fps

The way it was meant to be

When I was a youngster, one of my favorite arcade games was Race Drivin’. I was blown away by the game's visuals, and I sat down to give it a go every time I had the chance. Imagine my disappointment when the SNES port ended up being a mere shadow of what that arcade experience was like.

Race Drivin’ on the SNES had an absolutely abysmal framerate, running at 4 fps most of the time. That's low enough to break the experience in multiple ways. There were no doubt plenty of people who were upset, if not downright angry with how bad the game ran. All these years later, there's finally a solution.

Over 30 SNES games made use of the SA-1 chip, which featured faster clock speeds and RAM. Hard Drivin' wasn't one of those games, but thanks to hacker Vilela, now it is. In the video above, you can see Vilela's hack that makes use of the SA-1 chip, and the results are astounding. From a single-digit framerate all the way up to 30+ FPS. It may be decades late, but it's impressive nonetheless!

Switch Online NES/SNES Collection gameplay (Fire ‘n Ice, Doomsday Warrior, Psycho Dream, Prehistorik Man)






The Switch Online NES/SNES collections got updated today, adding in four more games altogether. Check out gameplay from all of them above!

Switch Online NES/SNES Collections updated to Version 5.2.0/2.2.0 (Fire ‘n Ice, Doomsday Warrior, Psycho Dream, Prehistorik Man)

The NES and SNES Nintendo Switch Online applications (NA/EU) have been updated to add 4 more total games to the services. Fire ‘n Ice is now available with Version 5.2.0 of the NES app, and Doomsday Warrior, Psycho Dream, and Prehistorik Man can be accessed by downloading Version 2.2.0 of the SNES app.

The Famicom app (JP) has also added Fire ‘n Ice, and the Super Famicom app (JP) has added Shin Megami Tensei II, Mario’s Super Picross, and Psycho Dream.

Super Famicom game "Undercover Cops" getting an official English release

A long time coming

Well here's something I don't think anyone saw coming! Undercover Cops originally saw release on the Super Famicom back in 1992, but was never localized. Retro-Bit is changing that, as an official English release has been revealed. Check out details ont he title below.

Retro-Bit® and Irem® have teamed up once again to bring another masterpiece to the West. Originally released in 1992, Undercover Cops joined other Irem® classics like Kung Fu Master, Blade Master, Ninja Baseball Man, and more at the arcades. Three years later, the arcade hit was brought to the Super Famicom® in Japan but was never released in North America or Europe. Now officially translated to English for the first time, you can answer the Mayor's call and experience Zan's techniques, Matt's powerful throws, and Rosa's dazzling abilities in 16-bit glory. You can even raise the challenge up even further to experience the true ending in Hard mode - if you can survive!

Multiple retailers around the world are going to stock the game, and that includes both standard and collector's editions. You can get a closer look at both versions and the retailers stocking this game here.

Switch Online Famicom/Super Famicom Collection update for Feb. 2021 (Psycho Dream, Shin Megami Tensei II, Mario's Super Picross, Solomon's Key 2)

Japan gets some exclusive titles

Just like in North America and Europe, the Switch Online Famicom/Super Famicom collections are getting more games as well. Due out later this month are Psycho Dream, Shin Megami Tensei II, Mario's Super Picross, and Solomon's Key 2. You can check out clips for each above.

Switch Online NES/SNES Collection update coming Feb. 17th, 2021 (Fire ’n Ice, Psycho Dream, DOOMSDAY WARRIOR, Prehistorik Man)

Legacy systems get some love

Nintendo has revealed the next round of NES and SNES games coming to the Switch Online NES and SNES collections. 1 NES and 3 SNES games are on the way, and you can read about all of them below.

On Feb. 17, visit worlds virtual, fantastic and oddly familiar when three Super NES™ games and one NES™ game join the Nintendo Switch Online service. This selection of unexpected, action-filled adventures will challenge you to summon whatever it takes to save the Earth, your prehistoric village, a magical island or someone lost in a terrifying virtual fantasy.

Available for the first time in the U.S., Psycho Dream is arriving to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online library! Originally available on the Super Famicom™ system in Japan, Psycho Dream is a reality-bending action platformer that sends you into a virtual fantasy game to rescue a missing person.

Also joining the Super NES library are DOOMSDAY WARRIOR, an action game in which you alone stand against the powerful Doom Squad and their quest for world domination, and Prehistorik Man, a colorful action game that tasks you with saving your village from hungry, hungry dinosaurs.

Plus, Fire ’n Ice, the magical, flame-fighting puzzler that lets you create cool puzzles of your own, will be arriving for the Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection.

With these new additions, a Nintendo Switch Online membership will grant instant access to 99 classic games, with libraries that run the gamut of cult action hits, touchstone fan favorites and U.S. debuts of notable games from the classic era of gaming.

Read on for additional details about the games arriving this month:

Super NES

Psycho Dream – When Sayaka doesn’t return to reality after entering an immersive virtual world known as a D-Movie, the protagonists, Ryo and Maria, must progress through a terrifying fantasy game called Legend of the Fallen Capital to rescue her and bring her back to reality.

DOOMSDAY WARRIOR – It’s the Doomsday Warrior versus the Doom Squad! This action game features an evil sorcerer who has recruited seven warriors to take over Earth. But one of the Doom Squad has resisted the influence and now stands against the rest as the Doomsday Warrior!

Prehistorik Man – Sam the caveman’s quest to save his village begins! Sam lives in a village whose food is stolen by dinosaurs. To get more, Sam must collect bones, which he can then use to buy food. On his way, he’ll need to make use of a variety of weapons, vehicles and attacks, including shouting, to attack all on-screen foes. Can Sam reach the dinosaur graveyard and collect enough bones?

NES

Fire ’n Ice– As Dana, you have been chosen by the Queen of the Winter Fairies to bear the power of ice magic. With it, you must defend your home, Coolmint Island, from the wicked wizard Druidle and his flames!

All of these games are playable with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, which offers access to libraries of classic Super NES™ and NES™ games, such as The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™, Donkey Kong Country™ and Super Mario Bros.™ 3.

Dataminers recreate Super Mario World's soundtrack with uncompressed sound samples

You've never heard SNES games like this!

Check out the playlist here

The Super Nintendo had plenty of amazing games that had equally fantastic soundtracks. That said, cartridge sizes were limited, which meant space had to be saved where possible. That often mean going with lower-quality sound samples.

Super Nintendo superfans weren't happy with that, so they've been doing some datamining on classic SNES games to see if they could provide a better audio experience. With Super Mario World, the dataminers discovered the exact samples that were used in the game, and then rebuilt the very same songs using the full-quality samples. You can hear all of those tunes in the playlist above!

A discussion about Nintendo pops up on Let's Make A Deal

No zonks here

As some of you might know, I'm a big game show fan. I usually have some sort of game show playing on my second monitor while I'm working. That's exactly what I'm doing right now, and I managed to catch a discussion about video games during one of the shows.

Wayne Brady, the host of Let's Make a Deal, is a self-professed nerd. He's into all kinds of fun stuff, including video games. In the clip above, Wayne and a contestant get into a short back-and-forth about old-school gaming and Nintendo. Always fun to see Nintendo discussion pop up in unexpected places!

Mother Music Revisited album now available to stream in the U.S. and Canada

Classic tunes in a new format

We previously shared news of the Mother Music Revisited album, which just launched in Japan yesterday. Surprisingly, that same album is now available to stream in both the United States and Canada. Those interested can find the album on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes. Unfortunately, the only option for physical versions is through import.

MOTHER series pin set releasing in Japan

The MOTHERload of merch

There's been an insane amount of MOTHER merch recently, with tons of items seeing release in 2020. The fun continues this year as well, with another new item seeing release in Japan on Jan. 26th, 2021.

The Hobonichi online shop has revealed a MOTHER series pin set that includes 20 different pins. You can find the following characters on the pins.

- Ninten
- Ness
- Lucas & Klaus
- Mr. Saturn
- Paula, Jeff, & Poo
- Ana, Lloyd, & Teddy
- Kumatora, Duster, & Salsa
- Porky
- Ness’ Mom & Hinawa
- Ness’ Dad (The Phone)
- Starman
- Master Belch
- Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom
- Ultimate Chimera
- Pig Mask
- Dungeon Man
- Save Frogs
- Eve
- Flying Man
- Secret

It's certainly a nice set of pins, but it's not going to come cheap. All in all, the box will cost you a rather pricey $100!

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