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So I was looking for a Wii development database thread in the forum. There wasn't one, but I found this from 6 months ago instead:
"That Wii DB is a mess.
Someone did a CTRL+H to replace all instances of the word "Racing" with "Driving"
While all they had to do was change "<genre>Racing" with "<genre>Driving"
Then circo took that faulty xml and made it "official" =___=!"
I have zero plans to do anything special with this database. All I've done is correct the instances of 'driving' in the descriptions/game names, and replaced hyphens with colons in the description.
I've made a development thread - if you want to contribute to this database, please do. I am not the keeper of these databases, I'm just a contributor.
I did some work on this database a while go, and I had big plans - I was going to have a 'players' field, a 'developer' field, and all kinds of other stuff. But I've scrapped that, because HyperSpin in it's current state can't even utilize any of these fields. Instead, I've opted to create custom XMLs. At the moment, I have a 'Two Players' and 'Multiplayer' XML finished - and they are quite accurate, as I compiled the data directly from the backs of the boxes, that clearlly state how many players the game has. Please note that this is for *english games only*. I found the Japanese games too frustrating to navigate menus, and I don't like compiling data from 3rd party sources, so that's that.
Otherwise, hyphens have been replaced with colons in the description field. The manufacturer field now accurately reflects the name of the publisher. It makes no sense to have the name of some obscure, uncredited developer as the name in the description, when we have nice box arts that clearly tell you who published the game. The publisher should be the standard for all console/handheld systems, at least in this version of HyperSpin. An alternative of course is to put both - developer/publisher - and that's always an option. But at the least, the publisher should always be there.
Prior to my work, this database was very flawed in respect to the manufacturer field. Sometimes the developer was used, sometimes the publisher was used, sometimes the data was completely wrong.
Special thanks goes to JSinn for having a complete set of box backs for me to use to compile the data for the two player and multiplayer XMLs.
If you'd like to contribute to GameCube database development, please visit the following thread.
This is the official Hyperlist database, cleaned up heavily by myself over four days. It is worth noting for anyone who has downloaded my 'Ultimate SNES' pack that this new database will completely break functionality for that. But, 'Ultimate SNES v2' is in the works, so keep that in mind.
Quick list of changes:
1. A more pedantic naming scheme for games. E.g. "Eye of the Beholder" becomes "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Eye of the Beholder"
2. Game name on the box gets priority over the title screen. E.g. "Sporting News Power Baseball, The" becomes "Sporting News Baseball, The." "Ultima VII - The Black Gate" becomes "Ultima - The Black Gate."
3. Blatant errors.
4. Liberties that were taken in naming that I felt should not have been taken, if any. Again the game name on the box is gospel (with the notable exception of 'Mr. Bloopy Saves the World.' The box misprinted the name as Mr. Bloppy.)
5. ESRB ratings added for all games 1994-present. I checked authentic ebay photos for every single game, as prior to my work, there wasn't a single reliable source for this data, at least that I could find. K-A (Kids to Adults) chosen if the game was released with that rating first, then re-released later with E (Everyone). Some games were initially released with no rating, then released later with E. So for those games, the E rating stays. ELSPA was supposedly around, but I could not find a single PAL SNES box or cartridge with any rating information on it. So I didn't bother adding ratings for the 43 post 1994 Europe games.
6. Very accurate (~98%) publisher data, with publisher named pedantically after the label they used on the actual box, with a few judgement calls by myself. A huge step up from before.
7. A very accurate 'Shoot'em-up' genre now exists, Before, all games were classified as 'shooter.'
8. A new HyperSpin rating has been created - HSRS - EC (Early Childhood). This was inspired by the ESRB rating of the same name, so that HyperSpin users can identify games for their kids to play on their favorite systems. Thanks to @Kondorito for providing new artwork. For people who use RocketLauncher fades, the new rating will be included with future versions by default. In the meantime, I'll upload it here. So far, I've only identifed one game to give the rating to - Math Blaster Episode 1. Future versions of this database may have more.
9. A handful of games that I was able to easily identify were given HyperSpin Rating System ratings. I didn't feel comfortable rating every single unrated game personally, I simply rated ones that were obvvious (e.g. a game would have a recommended age group right on the box, prior to ESRB)
10. Description names have colons (:) instead of hyphens, for a more professional look.
I decided against putting a lot of time and effort into date checking. To do so accurately (my own standards) is too much work, and yields too little benefit. I made it a point to research a game when a conflict arose, and that's that.
If you find any errors in this database, no matter how small, please bring them to my attention so that I can fix them. I want this database to be the best it can be.
I've made an official thread for this - you can find it here:
Credit goes to Tonesmalone, chex, and Retro Goonie. Special thanks goes to Kondorito for already having box art for the entire database - that made my job a lot easier.
Game names were not changed at all - if you were already using the development thread database, switching to this one should not break anything, and you will get the benefit of improved meta data.
I have taken the development thread [Official] database, and done the following
1. Corrected errors in the <manufacturer> field. I am primarily concerned with the name reflecting what is written on the box - and I tried to be as accurate as possible. So if one game uses the typical 'Taito' logo, but another one uses 'Taito Corporation,' I entered the data accordingly. Sometimes there is no logo, and I had to use the small print on the back of a box or the cartridge. And some cases, I had to use the title screen. I tried to give respect to any situations where there were multiple names on the box. In that situation, I entered the data in the format of developer/publisher, or in some cases, developer 1/developer 2/publisher.
2. Re-added two games that were taken out of HyperList - Super Mario Bros (25 Anniversary Edition) (Japan) and Super Maruo (Japan) (Unl) (Translated En). Super Maruo has the enabled="0" feature activated, and if you want it in your collection, you will have to manually alter the database and either change it to enabled="1" or delete it, so that it it is the same as the other entries. It is not just an 'adult' game, it is also pornographic and vulgar. It should be in the list, simply because it exists - but it's also trash in every sense of the word.
3. Changed the Shufflepuck Cafe rating back to HSRS - GA. This game is harmless. There were rumors back in the Amiga days that the scantily clad female would flash you but they are bogus as far as I can tell. And I personally played the Famicom version - there's no nudity.
4. Added 4 new games.
Downtown - Nekketsu Koushinkyoku - Soreyuke Daiundoukai (Japan) (Translated En)
Gimmick! (Japan) (Translated En)
USA Ice Hockey in FC (Japan)
Venus Senki (Japan) (Translated En)
USA Ice Hockey is not a translation obviously, but any Japanese game with 'USA' in the title fascinates me.
I've included a genres.zip download, that includes custom manufacturer genres for every single developer/publisher, years, ratings (even though Super Maruo is the only 'Adult' game), and two custom genres - Translations, and Sports Complete.
That about covers it.
If you have any suggestions/improvements to offer, please visit the following thread: