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Don’t Be Square (18-01-2015) (N64 Techdemo)

Don’t Be Square by Sebastian Mihai is techdemo with source code available, helpful for starting programming on a Nintendo 64.

Release notes:

Man, this one was a pickle to develop for. The Nintendo 64 SDK compiled for Windows is finicky at best. Some of the platform code won’t compile like it does on Linux, and the compiler seems to either generate misaligned code or wrong CPU opcodes. Not a pleasant one to develop for, that’s for sure!

Nonetheless, if you’re interesting in making Nintendo 64 homebrew games, this tech demo could be a decent starting point.

http://sebastianmihai.com/main.php?t=113&n=Nintendo-64-development-Don-t-Be-Square

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ScummVM v1.6.0 (misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

Release notes: 1.6.0

New Games:
– Added support for 3 Skulls of the Toltecs.
– Added support for Eye of the Beholder.
– Added support for Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon.
– Added support for Hopkins FBI.
– Added support for Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths.
– Added support for The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime.
– Added support for the Macintosh version of Discworld 1.

General:
– Added a new save/load chooser based on a grid of thumbnails. This is only supported for resolutions bigger than 640×400. The old chooser is still available and used for games without thumbnail support. It is possible to select the old one as default too.
– Rewrote VideoDecoder subsystem.
– Added Galician translation.
– Added Finnish translation.
– Added Belarusian translation.
– Using the mouse wheel on a slider widget now changes the value by the smallest possible amount. This is more predictable than the old behaviour, which was to change the value by “one pixel” which would sometimes not change it at all.
– Updated MT-32 emulation code to latest munt project snapshot.
– Added FluidSynth settings dialog, mainly for reverb and chorus settings.
– Fixed crash on certain Smacker movies.

Cine:
– Improved audio support for Amiga and AtariST versions of Future Wars. Now music fades out slowly instead of stopping immediately. Sound effects are now properly panned, when requested by the game.

CGE:
– Soltys contains a puzzle requiring the ALT key to be pressed while clicking on an object. This puzzle has been disabled on devices not using this key.

Drascula:
– Resolved multiple UI issues with the original save/load screen.
– Added advanced savegame functionality, including savegame timestamps and thumbnails and the ability to load and delete savegames from the launcher. It’s now possible to use the ScummvM save/load dialogs.
– The F7 key (previously unmapped) now always shows the ScummVM load screen. The F10 key displays either the original save/load screen, or the ScummVM save screen, if the user has selected to use the ScummVM save/load dialogs.

Dreamweb:
– Now that the game is freeware, there is a small extra help text showing the available commands in the in-game terminals when the player uses the ‘help’ command. Previously, players needed to consult the manual for the available commands. Since this reference to the manual is a form of copy protection, this extra line can be toggled by the ScummVM copy protection command line option.

Groovie:
– Simplified the movie speed options, and added a custom option for The 7th Guest. Movie options are now “normal” and “fast”, with the latter changing the movie speed in T7G to match the faster movie speed of the iOS version. The game entry might need to be readded in the launcher for the new setting to appear.

SAGA:
– Added music support for the Macintosh version of I Have No Mouth and, I Must Scream.

SCUMM:
– Implemented Monkey Island 2 Macintosh’s audio driver. Now we properly support its sample based audio output. The same output is also used for the m68k Macintosh version of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
– Improved music support for the Macintosh version of Monkey Island 1. It now uses the original instruments, rather than approximating them with General MIDI instruments, and should sound a lot closer to the original.
– Added sound and music support for the Macintosh version of Loom.
– Handle double-clicking in the Macintosh version of Loom.
– Major bugfixes in INSANE (the Full Throttle bike fights).

TOUCHE:
– Added support for Enhanced Music by James Woodcock (http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/category/scummvm-music-enhancement-project/).

http://scummvm.org/news/20130531/

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ScummVM v1.4.0 (misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

Release notes: 1.4.0 (2011-11-11)

New Games:
– Added support for Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos.
– Added support for Blue’s Birthday Adventure.
– Added support for Ringworld: Revenge Of The Patriarch.
– Added support for the Amiga version of Conquests of the Longbow.

New Ports:
– Added PlayStation 3 port.

General:
– Fixed the ARM assembly routine for reverse stereo audio.
– Added support for building with MacPorts out of the box.

AGI:
– Implemented sound support for the DOS version of Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood.

AGOS:
– Implemented support for loading data directly from InstallShield cabinets in The Feeble Files and Simon the Sorcerer’s Puzzle Pack.
– Fixed loading and saving in the PC version of Waxworks.
– Fixed music in the PC versions of Elvira 1/2 and Waxworks.

Groovie:
– Added support for the iOS version of The 7th Guest.

Lure:
– Fixed crash when trying to talk and ask something at the same time.

SCI:
– Added better handling of digital vs. synthesized sound effects. If the “Mixed Adlib / MIDI mode” checkbox is checked, the engine will prefer digital sound effects, otherwise their synthesized counterparts will be preferred instead, if both versions of the same effect exist.

SCUMM:
– Implemented PC Speaker support for SCUMM v5 games.
– Fixed priority bug in iMuse. As a result the AdLib music should sound better, since important notes are not interrupted anymore.
– Implemented CMS support for Loom, The Secret of Monkey Island and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
– Improved palette handling for the Amiga version of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Broken Sword 1:
– Fix freeze in Windows demo.
– Fix crash when using cutscene subtitles pack with the Macintosh version.

Tinsel:
– Fixed deleting saved games from the list of saved games (from the launcher and the in-game ScummVM menu).
– The US version of Discworld II now shows the correct title screen and language flag.

Android port:
– Fixed plugins on Android 3.x.
– Moved the default saved game location to the SD card.

http://www.scummvm.org/news/20111111/

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Myth64 Player (19-08-2011) (N64 Application)

Myth64 Player by Conle is a video player for the N64 Myth Cart. It uses a custom video format
and was made without using the official SDK.

http://www.neoflash.com/forum/index.php/topic,7130.0.html

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ScummVM v1.3.1 (misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

Release notes:

General:
– Improved audio device detection and fallback. There should be no more silent errors due to invalid audio devices. Instead ScummVM should pick up a suitable alternative device.

Mohawk:
– Added detection entries for more variants of some Living Books games.

Tinsel:
– Fixed a regression that made Discworld uncompletable.

SAGA:
– Fixed a regression in Inherit the Earth’s dragon walk code which was causing crashes there.
– Fixed a regression causing various crashes in I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

SCI:
– Added detection entries for some Macintosh game versions.
– Audio settings are now stored correctly for the CD version of EcoQuest 1.

SCUMM:
– Fixed graphics bug in FM-TOWNS versions of games on ARM devices (Android, iPhone, etc.).

http://www.scummvm.org/news/20110712/

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ScummVM v1.3.0 (misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

General release notes:

1.3.0 (2011-05-28)
New Games:
– Added support for Backyard Baseball.
– Added support for Backyard Baseball 2001.
– Added support for Urban Runner.
– Added support for Playtoons: Bambou le Sauveur de la Jungle.
– Added support for Toonstruck.
– Added support for Living Books v1 and v2 games.
– Added support for Hugo’s House of Horrors, Hugo 2: Whodunit? and Hugo 3: Jungle of Doom.
– Added support for Amiga SCI games (except Conquests of the Longbow).
– Added support for Macintosh SCI1 games.

New Ports:
– Added WebOS port.

General:
– Added support for loadable modules on platforms without a dynamic loader (GSoC Task).
– Added Danish translation.
– Added Norwegian Bokmaal translation.
– Added Norwegian Nynorsk translation.
– Added Swedish translation.
– Added Debug Console to Cine, Draci, Gob, MADE, Sword1, Touche and Tucker Engines.
– Closed significant memory leaks. RTL should now be more usable.

AGOS:
– Closed memory leaks in Simon 2 and Feeble Files.

Cine:
– Corrected memory leaks and invalid memory accesses. Future Wars should be more stable.
– Made Operation Stealth completable, though significant graphical glitches remain so not official supported.

Drascula:
– Added German and French subtitles in the Von Braun cutscene (#3069981: no subtitles in scene with “von Braun”).
– Improved French translation of the game.
– Added support for “Return To Launcher”.

Gob:
– Fixed “Goblin Stuck On Reload” bugs affecting Gobliiins.

Kyra:
– Closed memory leaks.

Parallaction:
– Corrected issue which could cause crash at engine exit.
– Closed memory leaks in Nippon Safes Amiga.

SCI:
– Added a CMS music driver for SCI1 – SCI1.1 games.
– Added an option to toggle undithering from the ScummVM GUI.
– Added several previously missing parts of the game state in saved games, such as game played time, script created windows, the script string heap and information related to the text parser in old EGA games.
– Added support for SCI1.1 magnifier cursors.
– Added support for the keypad +/- keys.
– Added support for the alternative General MIDI tracks in the Windows CD versions of Eco Quest, Jones in the Fast Lane, King’s Quest 5 and Space Quest 4.
– Added support for the alternative Windows cursors in the Windows version of King’s Quest 6.
– Added support for simultaneous speech and subtitles in the CD versions of Space Quest 4 and Freddy Pharkas.
– Corrected resource loading leaks.
– Corrected several problems and issues in the Skate-O-Rama rooms in Space Quest 4.
– Corrected several issues in Hoyle Classic Card Games.
– Fixed several graphical glitches (like, for example, parts of the screen that weren’t erased correctly under some rare circumstances).
– Fixed several script bugs.
– Fixed several pathfinding related issues and lockups (like, for example, a lockup in the shower scene of Laura bow 1 and pathfinding in some screens during the chase sequence in Laura Bow 2).
– Fixed several music related glitches and possible lockups (like, for example, a rare music lockup that occurred when loading a saved game outside the palace in Quest for Glory 3).
– Fixed possible problems and lockups in the character import screens of Quest for Glory 2 and 3.
– Fixed a bug that caused a lockup in the SCI1 CD version of Mixed Up Mother Goose, after Tommy Tucker’s song.
– Fixed a script bug in the CD version of King’s Quest 5, which caused a lockup under certain circumstances when going outside the witch’s house in the dark forest.
– Function keys now work correctly when the num lock key is on.
– Improved support for fanmade game scripts.
– Improved support for non-English versions of games.
– Made several enhancements and fixes related to MT-32 music (e.g. reverb).
– Music is no longer out of tune when loading saved games.

SCUMM:
– Improved support for FM-TOWNS versions of games.

Sky:
– Fixed crashes on sequences for several ports (Android, OpenGL, …).

Teenagent:
– Closed memory leaks.

Tinsel:
– Closed memory leaks in Coroutines.
– Added enhanced music support for the German CD “Neon Edition” re-release of Discworld 1.

Touche:
– Corrected memory leaks and minor issues.

Tucker:
– Added workarounds for several issues present in the original game.

SDL ports:
– Closed memory leaks in Mouse Surfaces.

Android port:
– Switched to the official NDK toolchain for building.
– Fixed GFX output for various devices.
– Fixed various crashes.
– Switched to the native screen resolution to improve text readability.
– Added support for pause/resume.
– Added support for games using 16bit graphics.
– Increased the performance significantly.
– Added support for the “Fullscreen mode” option. Unchecking this keeps the game’s aspect ratio.
– Added a new graphics mode for linear filtering.
– Overhauled the input system (see README.Android).
– Added a MIDI driver based on SONiVOX’s Embedded Audio Synthesis (EAS).

Nintendo DS port:
– Added support for loadable modules.

PSP port:
– Added support for loadable modules.
– Added image viewer.

PS2 port:
– Added support for loadable modules.

Wii/GameCube port:
– Added support for loadable modules.
– Fixed 16bit mouse cursors on HE games.

http://www.scummvm.org/downloads/

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MGC 2011 (N64 Demo)

retroactive released a Nintendo 64 Demo called “MGC 2011”. The Demo itself is rather amazing and comes with a couple of scenes – overall it’s an excellent production.

http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=56794

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ScummVM v1.2.1 (N64 misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

General release notes:

The last ScummVM release in this year just has been released. This is a maintenance release and is aimed to fix several important bugs since 1.2.0. Particularly we added Hungarian and Brazilian translations of the GUI, and made bugfixes to the Cruise, Groovie and Lure engines.

Changes:

1.2.1 (2010-12-19)

General
– Add Hungarian translation.
– Add Brazilian Portuguese translation.

Cruise:
– Fixed a problem with Raoul appearing when examining the Book

Groovie:
– Fixed a regression that made the Russian version of T7G crash.

Lure:
– Fixed several NPC movement bugs

http://scummvm.sourceforge.net/downloads/

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ScummVM v1.2.0 (N64 misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

General release notes:

CABAL (Coalesced ‘Adventures beyond Architecture’ League) finally came alive, and now for real. Yes, truly, it took us just 6.5 years, and today we are eagerly announcing that a universal adventure game interpreter, playing SCUMM, AGI, and SCI games has been released.

From now on, it is available on ScummVM’s downloads page (Look for version 1.2.0). You may jump straight there, or stay a bit longer and see what cool new features are included.

As you have probably already realized, this release has support for SCI, and moreover, the list of compatible games goes beyond the original FreeSCI which was merged about 1.5 years ago. We support Conquests of Camelot/the Longbow, Castle/Island of Dr. Brain, Codename: ICEMAN, EcoQuest 1&2, all four Hoyle games, Freddy Pharkas, Jones in the Fast Lane, King’s Quest I-VI, both Laura Bow games, Larry up to 6 (low-res 6 only), Police Quest 1-3, Quest for Glory I-III, Space Quest up to V and a few others. Incredible work by the FreeSCI team and our own SCI engine team!

Early SCI 16-color games can be optionally undithered by ScummVM, making them look much better. To see a comparison between undithered graphics and the original, watch this video produced by one of our SCI engine developers and see for yourself.

Besides SCI, we have added support for yet another Coktel Vision game called Fascination and we have a number of new ports: Android, Dingux, Caanoo and OpenPandora. Unfortunately we had to declare the PalmOS port officially dead.

As usual there are tons of engine-specific bug fixes. Take a look at the release notes if you want to know more. But wait! We would like to tell a little bit about another long-awaited feature new in this release. After all these years we are finally going international, and the ScummVM GUI can be translated into any language (well, almost any). Right now we have Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian localizations. Besides this there are a lot of smaller improvements like tooltips, radio buttons, improved usability and we support more games running from original media without the need to shuffle the game files.

Enough talking! Now it is time to download ScummVM and start playing!

Changes:

1.2.0 (2010-10-15)

New Games:
– Added support for Fascination.

New Games (Sierra SCI0 – SCI1.1):
– Added support for Castle of Dr. Brain (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Codename: ICEMAN.
– Added support for Conquests of Camelot.
– Added support for Conquests of the Longbow (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus.
– Added support for EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest.
– Added support for Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist.
– Added support for Hoyle’s Book of Games 1.
– Added support for Hoyle’s Book of Games 2.
– Added support for Hoyle’s Book of Games 3 (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Hoyle Classic Card Games.
– Added support for Jones in the Fast Lane.
– Added support for King’s Quest I (SCI remake).
– Added support for King’s Quest IV (SCI version).
– Added support for King’s Quest V (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for King’s Quest VI (low and hi res).
– Added support for Laura Bow: The Colonel’s Bequest.
– Added support for Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra.
– Added support for Leisure Suit Larry 1 (SCI remake) (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Leisure Suit Larry 2.
– Added support for Leisure Suit Larry 3.
– Added support for Leisure Suit Larry 5 (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Leisure Suit Larry 6 (low res).
– Added support for Mixed-up Fairy Tales.
– Added support for Mixed-up Mother Goose.
– Added support for Pepper’s Adventures in Time.
– Added support for Police Quest I (SCI remake).
– Added support for Police Quest II.
– Added support for Police Quest III (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Quest for Glory I/Hero’s Quest.
– Added support for Quest for Glory I VGA remake.
– Added support for Quest for Glory II.
– Added support for Quest for Glory III.
– Added support for Slater & Charlie go camping.
– Added support for Space Quest I (SCI remake) (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Space Quest III.
– Added support for Space Quest IV (EGA and VGA).
– Added support for Space Quest V.
– Added support for The Island of Dr. Brain.

New Ports:
– Added Android port.
– Added Dingux port.
– Added Caanoo port (based on the GP2XWiz port).
– Added OpenPandora port.

General:
– Removed the outdated PalmOS port.
– Switched to the “fast” DOSBox OPL emulator.
– Fixed a crash in the rjp1 player code affecting the FOTAQ Amiga version.
– Added support for more original media layouts.
– Added support for GUI localization.
– Improved GUI by adding tooltips and radiobuttons.
– Improved GUI usability by hiding more irrelevant options not supported by specific games.

AGI:
– Fixed number of GFX glitches.
– Made PIC drawing code picture perfect.
– Added support of MIDI devices.
– Added support for accurate Tandy sound emulation. Switched to it as default.

Broken Sword 2
– Fixed missing speech in some cutscenes.
– Fixed a memory leak that would eventually cause the game to hang. (#2976008 – BS2: Game lockup in British Museum)

Drascula:
– Fixed number of GFX glitches.
– Made many cutscenes smoother.
– Changed behavior of items menu. Now it shows up on mouse up.

Groovie:
– Added support for the Macintosh version of The 7th Guest.
– Added support for custom MT-32 instruments.

KYRA:
– Fixed some minor graphical glitches.
– Implemented formerly missing recreation of some in game items.
– Added support for playing Kyrandia 3 with the original CD file layout.

LURE:
– Fixed bug where Goewin could get stuck in the Weregate
– Fixed issue with Ratpouch repeatedly moving between two rooms
– Fix for Goewin losing her schedule after Were-cave
– Fix for player getting stuck in sewer exit room

Parallaction:
– Made part one of The Big Red Adventure completable.

SAGA:
– Fixed graphics glitches in several scenes.

SCUMM:
– Several improvements in Maniac Mansion NES.

PSP port:
– New backend design: fixed minor graphical issues and enabled 16-bit support.
– Enabled playback of MP3 files using the Media Engine. This means that the port is optimized for MP3 files (as opposed to OGG).
– Many optimizations. Everything should run faster.

Wii port:
– Added support for USB2 mass storage devices (requires The Homebrew Channel >= v1.0.8 with IOS58).

GameCube port:
– Added support for DVDs with the ISO9660 file system.

GP2X port:
– Added support for dynamic engine plugins (experimental).
– Reworked control system and better touchscreen support.

GP2XWiz/Caanoo port:
– Improved downscale code to minimise ‘tearing’ corruption.
– Reworked control system and better touchscreen support.
– Renamed backend from GP2XWIZ to GPH to better reflect the supported devices.

http://www.scummvm.org/downloads/

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SMPlayer v1.0 (N64 Application)

SMPlayer is a simple music player for the N64, which plays Ogg-Vorbis, MP3, and MIDI files from a ROM or from SD card.

http://www.neoflash.com/forum/index.php/topic,6311.0.html

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