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  1. I was recently given the opportunity to speak about my project with handheld games enthusiast and university professor Ryan Claytor on his brand new Game and Cast podcast. In the one-hour interview I speak about my experience as programmer of handheld games simulators, as well as my other projects related to retrogaming.


    The interview is avaialble at the following pages:

    * Anchor.fm
    * Spotify
    * Google Podcast

    The shownotes with photos are available at this page:

    * Elephanteater (Ryan's blog)

    Don't miss to listen to this podcast, and all other episodes. New episodes are released every second Monday! 🙂

  2. I am very pleased and excited to write this post!
    For the first time since I started "MADrigal's simulators" back in 1999, I was very recently given the opportunity and honour to mentor and help a programmer eager to make his very first handheld game simulator.
    His name is Koby Goldberg, and the game in question is Popeye - Nintendo Wide Screen Series!
    And for the first time, MADrigal's Simulators hosts a handheld game simulator that was not programmed by myself, but instead it is the result of Koby's talent and efforts, with just a little help from me. And let me tell you, this simulator is really excellent!
    Compared to the other simulators on this website, Popeye has a few additional features that make it a not-to-be-missed download:
    two skins (one designed by Koby, perfect for large monitors, and one designed by myself, ideal for smaller monitors)
    a demo animation identical to that of the original handheld game
    the "in-game pause" option.
    I would also take this opportunity to introduce a new cool podcast that launches tomorrow. The author, Ryan Claytor, is a university professor in the United States with a passion for gaming history. His podcast will focus on classic handheld games and will release fortnightly starting 1st March, 2021. Podcast is at www.GameAndCast.com and any podcatching app!
    Back to the new releases! This is the list of new files:
    - Popeye (Nintendo, Game & Watch Wide Screen) S5/1.00 (Standard 5, final) + source code
    - MADrigal CD Collection ver. 61.0
    - ClrMamePro datfile ver 20210228 [61.0]
    All files are available for free download at the usual downloads page!



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  3. URL: http://www.madrigaldesign/it/creativemu


    Happy new year everyone!

    This is the first post after more than one and a half year of silence, due to pandemic and personl reasons.

    Even though I did not post anything new all this time, I have never stopped researching actively, almost daily, into the CreatiVision world, I have collaborated with collectors and enthusiasts, and in the end I got so much new material, that I realised that the time had come for me to share it all with this small community! So here we are with a new, massive site update, that fills more gaps in the history of this obscure console! 🙂

    Before leaving you with the (usual) bullet list of new items available for (free!) access in the sub-sections of the website, I will point out the main items included in this update:

    For the very first time, we have proof that an U.S. NTSC version of the CreatiVision really exists! One unit was spotted by an American collector who reported the unit being purchased in Hong Kong (altough clearly indicating it was designed to work in U.S.A). I believe that the unit was part of a very limited batch of units assembled in the hope for VTech to find a company willing to distribute the system in the U.S.A. but eventually these units remained in Hong Kong until U.S. travellers bought them from some shop.

    Two very kind Japanese collectors (Takaaki and Proudrow) have contributed by sending me scans of Japanese editions of CreatiVision games, including boxes and manuals. I was very surprised to discover that manuals come in two versions: an older revision in black and white, and a more recent (and more widespread) version with the lovely coloured artworks. I have uploaded all the scanned manuals in my possession - available in the usual "Sofware" section.

    A catalogue from a British videogame expo fair, which took place in 1983, mentions the CreatiVision system as distributed by Leisure Zone. This seems to confirm that VTech had attempted to promote their system in UK at the time. No mystery that several units found in Europe are marked "UK PAL".

    Two obscure books of programs have surfaced recently, one being the "Funvision" version of the "First Book of Programs for the Wizzard" containing the same programs as the Wizzard version, but of course all references to Wizzard have been changed into Funvision. The second book is even more obscure and it is a book of listings of programs and games for the Salora Fellow and Manager (Finnish versions of VTech Laser 200 and Laser 2001). A few listings were converted into BASIC text file, cassette and floppy disk "dumps" by our friend Kym Greenshields. These files are now available for download in the usual "BASIC Programs" section.

    A lot of scans of Finnish Salora and VTech Laser 2001 editions of game cartridges, boxes and manuals were submitted by our Finnish contributor, that is a 'regular' on this website: Jarkko. Thanks so much for the invaluable help!

    Last but not least, I recently took part to a Youtube live event dedicated to homebrew production for retro-systems. I spoke about my experience as designer and producer of the Multicart, Diagnosticart, and my approach to the preservation of the CreatiVision. The video is available (in Italian only, with subtitles) at this page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVhUg-0W1dU


    Below is the complete list of new entries added to the site database:

    - Hi-tech package for '83 (UK, Toy Trader, 1983)
    - Le macchine per giocare (Italy, Video Magazine, 1983)
    - Markkinakatsaus -85 (Finland, Mikrobitti, 1985)

    - First book of programs for the Funvision (Australia, 1983)
    - Kotitietokoneiden Ohjelmavihkonen Fellow/Manager (Finland, ca 1984-85)

    - There are 3 good reasons why you should visit... (UK, Toy Trader, 1983)

    Releases/Hardware - Consoles
    - CreatiVision (UK PAL w/Chinese sticker and Tennis cartridge) (box)
    - CreatiVision (U.S. NTSC) (box, pictures pack)

    Releases/Software - Cartridges
    - Air/Sea Attack (Japan CreatiVision) (box)
    - Astro Pinball (Laser 2001) (box, manual)
    - Astro Pinball (Salora Manager) (box, manual, cartridge)
    - Crazy Chicky (Laser 2001) (box, cartridge)
    - Locomotive (Laser 2001) (manual)
    - Planet Defender (Laser 2001) (manual)
    - Planet Defender (Salora Manager) (box, manual)
    - Police Jump (Japan CreatiVision) (1st edition box, b/w manual)
    - Police Jump (Japan CreatiVision) (customer service card)
    - Sonic Invader (Japan CreatiVision) (1st edition box, b/w manual)
    - Tennis (Japan CreatiVision) (1st edition box, b/w manual)

    Releases/Software - Cassette tapes for CV
    - Concentration (Dick Smith Wizzard) (WAV recording)

    Releases/Software - Cassette tapes for Laser 2001
    - Sonic Invader (Salora Manager) (cassette scan at high resolution)

    Releases/Software - Floppy disks for Laser 2001
    - Tekstinkasittely (Word Processor) (Salora Manager) (box, diskette)

    Emulation/BASIC programs
    - Concentration (Dick Smith Wizzard) (listing, screenshot)
    - Aakkostusohjelma/Sort (Salora Manager) (listing, screenshot)
    - Hirsipuu/Hangman (Salora Manager) (listing, screenshot)
    - Merkki/Editor (Salora Manager) (listing, screenshot)

    I wish to express my infinite gratitude to all the old and new friends who very generously devoted their time to collect and share information and photos of their obscure and rare items with me: Mauro Spadazzi, Jarkko Pitajamaki, Kym Greenshields, Ian Baronofsky, Ian Sterne, Bob Mihajlovic, Takaaki Sugimoto and Proudrow (watch his collection on Youtube here).

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  4. 14th August. It is a very special day in my hometown. Traditionally, my townsfolk would be doing the "Candelieri" festival, a 500+ years old parade - now UNESCO-listed. Not happening this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, unfortunately!

    Let's find another way to feel happy and busy this weekend. I suggest the read of the new issue of RetroMagazine World! It's a free-press, free-for-download 60+ pages PDF magazine in English and Italian. It is packed with articles, reviews and in this issue a 7-page interview with myself. I speak about the genesis of this project back in 1999, I tell anedoctes, explain the programming process and also present a few other projects from my past.


    I have made available two small PDFs containing the magazine cover and the interview, one in Italian and one in English. Both files are available for free download in the Press Review section.

    I hope you enjoy the read! A special wish in my hometown's style: "A zent'anni!" (wishing you to live 100 years!).

    URL: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/sim/


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