About This File
For those who are familiar with my "MAME 0.181 full wheels (minus casino), genre art, databases" project, you should already know what to expect.
The idea is, you get everything you need as a one stop solution. Hopefully I'm saving someone else time that they could be spending actually playing the games.
Included in this pack is an edited version (for typos, errors, and inconsistencies) of the official database, 132 (genre, publisher, and custom) genre databases, genre wheel art to go with it, every theme I could get my hands on, a default theme, wheel sounds, letters, the official wheel art, and complete 2D, 3D, and cartridge art.
When I say 'complete,' I mean even the protos and homebrews. Every game in the official list has a 2D box, 3D box, and cart.
Credit and thanks:
Themes: Everyone who contributed an SNES theme. Too many people to name. I'm not sure who made the default theme included in this pack but it wasn't me. I simply tweaked it to make the videos display properly. If you know who did it, please PM me so I can give proper thanks.
Box Art: (see the following thread) https://gbatemp.net/threads/cover-collections-for-emulators-with-cover-support.324714/
Azzbarb @ Hyperspin
Koolbrez67 @ Hyperspin
Mildanti @ Hyperspin
BajaResident @ Hyperspin
Donnie1979 @ Hyperspin
JuniorUnderground @ Hyperspin
BBB @ Hyperspin
WallyWonka @ Hyperspin
Crapahute @ ColecoBoxArt.com
Shenske @ TheCoverProject.net
Arseen @ TheCoverProject.net
Lumberjack42 @ TheCoverProject.net
Rx_79 @ TheCoverProject.net
segagamer @ TheCoverProject.net
EktoPhase @ TheCoverProject.net
Sheep2001 @ TheCoverProject.net
1980coelho @ TheCoverProject.net
mel @ TheCoverProject.net
PeachWaffles @ TheCoverProject.net
Raven1280 @ TheCoverProject.net
Other Cover Artists @ TheCoverProject.net
mastershoes @ DarkUmbra
Jabossi @ DarkUmbra
ToddofWar420 @ gbatemp
Tetsuo Shima @ gbatemp
sion_zaphod @ gbatemp
mike1 @ gbatemp
drakorex @ gbatemp
RiCK420 @ gbatemp
halen @ gbatemp
Cypher16 @ gbatemp
Seam @ gbatemp
halen @ gbatemp
Wiimpathy @ gbatemp
Pepois @ gbatemp
ModdingBird @ gbatemp
Keith_Loving @ gbatemp
Beast @ DarkUmbra
NeoCverA/loopyeddie @ Southtown
Other Cover Artists @ Southtown
travistouchdown @ AtariAge
Felyx @ AtariAge
Jeffrey_Bones @ AtariAge
2D box: Basically all I did here was set up a batch routine in photoshop to crop out the fronts and backs, using the art from the above link. It took me all of 5 minutes to make the best quality SNES box art I've seen. Then I used azzbarb's set to fill in some blanks. Fixed Barbie Vacation Adventure box, Super Copa box (looked kinda rough).
Box Backs: All the box backs (700 out of the official 807 games) are in Artwork4 folder by default. If you have Rocketlauncher configured properly, you can read the backs of the boxes in the 'Artwork' tab in Pause.
Cartridge: I used the Official HyperSpin set and filled in the blanks.
Database: The official of course. This database needs some work in my opinion, particularly to double check the 'manufacturer' field.
I fixed the following entries:
Jim Power - The Lost Dimension in 3D (USA) database entry, manufacturer is Electro Brain (with a space), consistent with other games containing the space
Ultima - Runes of Virtue II (USA), manufacturer/publisher is FCI, not Electronic Arts Victor
Legend (USA), manufacturer/publisher Seika Corp. (entry did not have the period before, added for consistency)
Changed all entries of 'Sun Soft' as a manufacturer to SunSoft, there should be no space, all other databases I've encountered have it as one word. Plus, there were both Sun Soft and SunSoft in the original database.
Ninja Warriors, The (USA), changed manufacturer 'Taito corporation' to 'Taito Corporation.'
Super Caesars Palace (USA), changed manufacturer from 'Virgion' to 'Virgin.'
Added, created, or edited artwork (Box 2D, Box 3D, Cartridge) for the following games:
Apocalypse II (Europe) (Proto)
Arcus Odyssey (USA) (Proto)
Batman - Revenge of the Joker (USA) (Proto)
Classic Kong (World) (Unl)
Congo - The Movie - The Secret of Zinj (USA) (Proto)
Dragon Ball Z - Hyper Dimension (France)
Dragon Ball Z - La Legende Saien (France)
Dragon Ball Z - Super Butouden (France)
Dragon Ball Z - Ultime Menace (France)
MazezaM Challenge (World) (Unl)
Miracle Piano Teaching System, The (USA)
Mr. Bloopy - Saves the World (USA) (Proto)
Network Q Rally (USA) (Proto)
Nightmare Busters (Europe) (Proto)
RHI Roller Hockey '95 (USA) (Proto)
Skipp and Friends (World) (Unl)
SpellCraft (USA) (Proto)
Super Probotector - Alien Rebels (Europe)
Super Shadow of the Beast (USA) (Proto)
Tinhead (Europe) (Proto)
Uwol - Quest For Money (World) (Unl)
Wheels: The official set. I edited 'Mr. Bloopy Saves the World (USA).' It is spelled 'Bloopy,' as per the title screen, original logo had 'Bloppy.'
A brief description of some of the custom genre database wheels.
All Games: Takes you back to the main wheel. Serves no purpose, other than a starting point.
Publishers (Activision, Acclaim, Konami, etc): I've included genre databases (and wheel art to go with them) for 72 different publishers. I didn't get them all, but I got most of the well known ones. I also tried to use a logo that was consistent for the SNES era, but there's a few I couldn't find quality scans for (Gametek and Bulletproof Software comes to mind), so I had to use what I could find. If you'd like to contribute SNES era logos to this project, or higher quality logos than what I've included, please feel free to share them. I have very amateurish photoshop skills. I attempted to do a few redraws (Koei, Sofel, FCI, Hot-B, THQ Toy Headquarters, and Ubisoft. They're acceptable but they could be better.
European Games: All games from the official database with (Europe) and (France) in them.
Prototypes: All games from the official database with (Proto) in them.
Homebrew: All homebrew games that I am aware of from the official database.
2 Player Games: A list of most (if not all) 2 player games. Credit goes to MPQC, see this thread for more details: https://forums.emulator-zone.com/showthread.php?t=15458
Multiplayer: A list of most (if not all) games that use the multitap. I found a google group dedicated to this list. Credit goes to them. Not linked, because I'm not sure if they'd like to be associated with this or not.
Super Scope: All Super Scope games.
Super: Ever needed to find a game that begins with 'Super' in your alphabetical list, and been frustrated at the hundred thousand regular 'S' games you had to scroll through, then the additional hundred thousand 'Super Something' games you have to scroll through to get to the one you actually wanted? Well, you're not the only one. This was my solution.
Themes: All games that have themes.
Hacks: A list of unofficial hacks. I can't tell you how to find the file called "SNES Hacks and Translations Pack" that contains every single one of these games. I guess you're on your own.
Action, Adventure, Sports, etc.: Your typical genres.
Brief instructions: This should be self explanatory, if you've even found this. But a quick rundown.
Copy all 139 database files included in this pack to wherever your SNES database is located. You need all of them in order to make the 'genres' function properly. The genre.xml file is already set up and ready to go. Just drag and drop. In my setup, the folder is Databases/Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Copy the 'images,' 'sound,' and 'themes' folders to wherever you have these located. On my setup, it is Media/Super Nintendo Entertainment System. If you want to test the new stuff out without losing the old, just change the folder names of the old by putting a '1' in front of them (e.g. 'Images' becomes 1Images). If you're using 'details' view sorted by name, the folders you just disabled will auto-sort to the beginning of the list. If you don't like the new stuff, just delete it, and rename the old stuff back by removing the '1.'
I think that about covers it.
If you find any errors, please post them here.
This *could* be an ongoing project. The whole idea behind this is to have the 'ultimate SNES' solution. If you have ideas on how to make it even better, and would like to contribute, be sure to share them.
I have more of these up my sleeve. Particularly, my NES wheel, which puts this project to shame. But it's also a lot of work organize, put together, and upload. So, we'll see.
What's New in Version 2.0 See changelog
I've had this done (and several other projects) for a long time now... but, it is seriously a lot of work to organize and put together, and I just haven't had the motivation. That, and it takes upwards of 3 hours to upload 3 gb. Not sure if it's my connection or this site, but that's pretty ridiculous.
The new pack has a publisher wheel for every single publisher in the database I created, as well as a few developers (specificaly, developers that have their logo printed on a box). It also has updated 3D box art, from the 'REAL 3D' box project that I worked on with Kondorito. The 'Letters' have been updated to include a letter pack I created.
The new download has been split - you will find 'Ultimate SNES 2.0' and you will find 'Base Media - Genre Backgrounds and Wheel.'
You will need to download the latter, and copy or (better yet) sym link the files to your Genre\Wheel, or Genre\Backgrounds folder. This was done so that if I decide to release further updates (extremely unlikely at this point), you don't have to download the same files repeatedly. Again, if you don't want to copy the same files repeatedly and want to save disk space, you can put the 'Base Media - Genre Backgrounds and Wheel' in a specific place, then sym link the files to where they need to go. If you don't know how to do that, Google is your friend.
All North American boxes have box backs included. Tons of new content, that I don't feel like documenting.
Lastly, I have included most of the photoshop PSD files, for any graphic artist that takes issue with my excessive (and inconsistent) use of drop shadow. The background is typically black for publisher wheels, and some of the logos just don't look right next to each other without it, in my opinion. But I know some people can't stand that, so that is why I'm including the PSD files. To be honest if I were to do it all over again now, I might do them a bit differently, but that is definitely not happening.
Enjoy the updates.