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Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:39:49 am »
This came up on my Twitter feed. Turns out this conversion makes Gradius III on the snes slowdown free!
Itís especially great on the bubble level.

https://twitter.com/hackervilela/status/1126003826614513665?s=21

If you told me in the 90ís I could play this game on my SNES without slowdown in 2019, I would have scoffed.  But it has happened and it looks glorious!
Gonna try this out soon.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 01:55:09 am »
Really impressive! It looks super difficult. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 01:55:18 am »
Damn that's cool!  One of the first games I got for the snes back in the day...  I wonder if anyone is going to sell the modded carts. 

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 03:37:51 am »
After playing this for a little bit, I would totally buy a conversion cart of this. It feels like arcade Gradius quality now!

I havenít seen any slowdown, but also the game is a lot harder at full speed. Especially in the 2nd (bubble) level. It took me a while to adjust to the frame-rate particularly at parts I remember had bad slowdown. Before you used to be able to use the slowdown as an exploit on plotting yourself out of a sticky situation. But with this version you have to react quickly, like a normal shmup!!

This feels like what the developers intended; itís one of the nicest looking Gradiusís, and now it plays smooth at full fps.

This is fantastic.  :applaud:

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019, 10:20:18 am »
What a cool mod. I see it also has a Super Mario World version as well. Seems like that would lend itself well to the rom hacking community that creates the super difficult levels since it allows more on-screen entities at a time.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 03:44:55 pm »
I thought that I would be terrible at it and hate it, but it's super fun when you don't have to guess just how slow things are going to be. It's amazing. Gradius III is one of the best SNES games ever now, IMO.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2019, 04:04:45 pm »
Damn that's cool!  One of the first games I got for the snes back in the day...  I wonder if anyone is going to sell the modded carts.
I wonder how rare carts with the SA-1 chip are. In the US, it looks like only five or so games were released with it. The most popular game was Super Mario RPG.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2019, 04:16:36 pm »
Well there's whatever the suped up super everdrive is called, but my regular super everdrive plays 99% of the games I want to play just fine and I'm not paying $300 for gradius 3. 

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2019, 05:43:47 pm »
Damn that's cool!  One of the first games I got for the snes back in the day...  I wonder if anyone is going to sell the modded carts.
I wonder how rare carts with the SA-1 chip are. In the US, it looks like only five or so games were released with it. The most popular game was Super Mario RPG.

You can nab a PGA Tour 96 cart for <$10 on ebay right now. Same with PGA European Tour.

SA-1 chip carts seem to be pretty easy to obtain, and if it's just a matter of burning a rom then you can get this onto a real cart for pretty cheap. In fact, I'm going to look into doing this now.

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2019, 09:48:35 pm »
Hmm... I wonder if yots could recommend a good rom burner. 

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Re: Gradius III converted to SA-1 ( no slowdown!)
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2019, 02:36:01 pm »
Damn, this game is kicking ---my bottom---!  I am having a hard time getting passed the Moai statues level.
But I'm still enjoying the speed. It's still pretty amazing to see some of the areas you were used to slowdown be run at silky smooth full-frames.  :applaud: