This might be a stupid question but does anyone know who dumped all of the old console roms floating around the internet?

This might be a stupid question but does anyone know who dumped all of the old console roms floating around the internet? It's kind of a difficult topic to find info on considering the legal nature of rom images, but because of the historical nature of warez groups that existed back in the day I figured there would be some info remaining pertaining to the original rom dumps. Assuming of course they weren't all dumped anonymously. I'm also curious if they existed before the advent of actual emulators that could play them. Is there anyone who was around at that time that could provide some insight, it's an interesting topic to me and I wish I could find more to read about.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Back then we had rom dumping groups that would sometimes add their own intros to the roms they dumped. Nointro was named that because it did proper dumps without adding intros or other bullshit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      yeah I vaguely remember a few gba roms that had intros by mode7. I guess that's kind of what I'm asking. I can easily find info on those groups, but I was wondering if there were similar groups for like NES and SNES games because I'm having a much harder time finding them and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that emulation was not really viable in the early 90s, so roms weren't distributed in the same way. I know warez were distributed and played on actual hardware using certain devices, but I still don't know if there were any actual groups dumping these files or if it was anonymous chinese guys or something. I also remember there used to be many bad dumps of games, so there were likely multiple people dumping them and then they found their way to various emulation sites eventually. Textfiles has a lot of cool old nfo files from release groups and cracktro releases and stuff, but almost all of it is for pc, amiga, etc.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also I found this, I'm going to sort through it and see if I can dig up anything interesting. It's a database of almost every scene release from the 80s, 90s and most of the 200s.
    https://archive.org/details/predb

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >This might be a stupid question
    It definitely is. But not nearly as stupid as your whole fucking backstory. Why do zoomies do this? It makes people want to punch you in the face instead of help you.
    No one knows who dumped """all""" the ROMs. There are tens of thousands of them and most have been dumped many times by many people.
    They existed long before software emulation of consoles. They were originally used for hardware emulation of cartridges. Either through an EPROM emulator, a backup device, bootleg etc.
    I was around "at that time" as I've been dumping since the late 70s. There's plenty of information about this online. Plenty of misinformation as well. I'm sure you'll get lots of that ITT.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      you could be less of a cunt about it old man

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I literally couldn't

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's how you know he's legit. All the old hacker types were pricks.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This isn't true, quit trying to LARP about shit you weren't alive for. Games were dumped by the same scene groups who dumped PC games of the era. Many of those NFO's have been archived. Game & Watch Gallery 2 for GBC was dumped by the group Eurasia. LoZ:OoT was dumped by HitSquad on November 18th, 1998. 3 days before it was officially released in stores for the initial Japan release. It was supplied to them by someone with the handle "Rico". Console games weren't treated any differently than any other games.

      https://i.imgur.com/68Y3qOZ.gif

      This might be a stupid question but does anyone know who dumped all of the old console roms floating around the internet? It's kind of a difficult topic to find info on considering the legal nature of rom images, but because of the historical nature of warez groups that existed back in the day I figured there would be some info remaining pertaining to the original rom dumps. Assuming of course they weren't all dumped anonymously. I'm also curious if they existed before the advent of actual emulators that could play them. Is there anyone who was around at that time that could provide some insight, it's an interesting topic to me and I wish I could find more to read about.

      There used to be some NFO archives that had shit going back to the 80's, but only a few remain and focus on more recent PC releases. NFOrush was the best for this, but I only see the GBC and N64 packs on archive.org.
      https://archive.org/download/nforush_packs
      Download and open up and check the nfo files yourself to see who dumped what and when.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        As a follow-up, here's a short look at who did what and when back in the N64's scene days. You'll notice not all known games got dumped, or at least NFOrush didn't have the NFO files for those games.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >quit trying to LARP about shit you weren't alive for
        >LARPs about shit it wasn't alive for
        Imagine being too retarded to work out that November 18th, 1998 is over 20 years later than when the first 2600 games were dumped. Back to le tiktok zoom zoom.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're still trying to pretend there was a warez scene before anyone had any BBS's to connect to? The only people fucking with computers in the 70's were people in colleges on mainframes. I've shown proof of my argument, you've just made claims. Until you can post some proof, I have no choice but to believe you are a LARPing zoomer.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >You're still trying to strawman?
            No. That would be you zoom zoom. The only thing you've proved in that you're a projecting larping fool. One who's lost so bad you've had to start making up imaginary arguments to cope.
            >The only people fucking with computers in the 70's were people in colleges on mainframes.
            Holy fucking zoom! The Apple II, PET and TRS-80 all came out in 77. TI and Atari both released home computers in 79. There were a fuckton of cheaper hobbyist machines, even earlier than that.
            Seriously, just fuck off back to tiktok already.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    back in the 90s, irc was the best way to grab roms and they were all dumped using chinese copiers/rom dumpers which used headers etc...

    was pretty common to run into roms with built in cheats at the startup or bad dumps in general

    later on, better methods came about, and new romsets were made with correcting dumps and verifications

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For anyone interested I found what I was looking for.
    https://datomatic.no-intro.org/index.php?page=search&s=64
    You can search and find many different versions of rom dumps dating back a long time. Lots of cool info in here.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You might be looking for the Goodsets roms (GoodNes. GoodSnes, GoodGen...) it collected all kind of roms out there, even the bad dumps. They weren't updated in a really long time.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/GoodTools

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      holy shit, this brings me WAY the fuck back to my early emulation days. It's crazy how things have changed without realizing. I remember I would prefer Goodsets over nointro for the longest time simply because nointro was missing a lot of games at the time in their sets. They've beyond caught up and now even have aftermarket/homebrew dumps and they also keep adding beta/prototypes to their arsenal. I think the most curious dumps are of ROMs used in the mini consoles and other novelty retro toys mostly because they have updated registered trademarks or different information in the game.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember back in the 90s I would buy Game Boy Mega Cartridges which was clearly pirated software copies by Chinese or whatever on one game boy cartridge.
    How did they copy the games on one cartridge?
    Wouldn't they have to extract each game from a single cartridge aka create a dump and then put them all together on a new cartridge with a computer or how did they do it? I would assume this was also them dumping each rom separately just to collect them all for one piracy cartridge?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's just code. So say you have a 1mbit cart, and your games are all 64kbit junk. You can easily fit a few dozen games on with a basic menu that just says "load code at X, or X+64, or X+128, etc.", and all you need to do is adjust the offsets.

      Of course, most of those carts were tiny so they just had the same couple of games repeated endlessly.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not a stupid question at all!

    No-Intro is a good place to look at like you discovered to see the little bits of history they have on where the dumps came from. I thought it was pretty interesting to see games like the original MK on Genesis have a dump come out before the official release date.

    One neat fact I heard not too recently was during a stream of someone who worked with lost levels, who noticed a game he had on NES didn't have a rom out there at the time. The game was Arkista's Ring which he helped get dumped. Pretty cool to know the rom that most people have now came from your own cart!

    If you're interested in this stuff, look into no-intro, redump, ect and see about contributing what you can about the games you have. I only started just recently myself but I was able to dump a homebrew NES game that people had been after for over a decade.

    There's a discord for all of this stuff that's been friendly and helpful as hell. Check it out!

    https://discord.com/invite/AHTfxQV

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      where do they upload their stuffs? i checked their website and they're just infos, no roms to download.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember using a small site called Motoki's Game Center which had sailor moon game roms and some other weeb games

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did it. It was me.
    Catch me if you can, Nintendo.

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