12-12-2012, 11:46 AM
I am a huge MAME fan for a really long time. I love the idea of having MAME games available to play on my regular TV via a console that's always plugged in. Playing the latest and most CPU-demanding MAME games on the PC is great fun, but nothing beats sitting on the couch with the kids and playing some classic arcade games.
I am currently making my own compatibility list, just to be thorough. Starting with the latest complete build of MAME roms, I am using ROMLister to make category-specific groups of roms (sorted by type - platform, fighting, racing, etc - this is what ROMLister does very well). I do not include any clones in these gropus (I relalize that some unique games will get overlooked this way, like Hanglyman, for example, but I can always go back and get them individually if I like.)
Then I drop the category-specific roms onto the HDD, and play them one ata time, seing which ones play, which ones crash, and which ones need additional files. I make a note of every rom, by rom name, whether it is working or not. When I am done with the group (takes several hours at least, usually over a couple of days), I attach the HDD to the PC, delete the games that don't work, copy/archive the games that do work off of the WII USB drive, and load up the next group of roms, and repeat the process.
I'm about halfway done, and have collected about 200 roms that work guaranteed. When I'm all done, I'll obviously have to choose which games I want to put onthe system, since there is a 150 game limit. I also take personal notes about which games are lame, soso, great, etc. This will help in building a complete set of enjoyable, playable roms!
One thing I think is very important to know about playing MAME games on the Wii is, it seems that the Wii's memory gets clogged occasionally (sometimes frequently), and so a game that is reported as being unplayable, wil play, if you refresh the Wii's memory. So,m ,I have gotten into the habit of exiting back to the Wii main menu every two or three games I play, just to be safe. Then I load up the HBC and start MAME again. It takes a little while longer, but it is worth it to know that the games are playing or failing for sure. And, it beats having to get up and hard-boot the Wii because it hard crashed!
I haven't done a close comparison with my own compatibility results and the games listed at the beginning of this thread, but I will say that the list there is so exhaustive, it's a little overwhelming. I personally think there's no real need to know that every clone of a certain game works - as long as the parent works, you probably won't be wasting precious rom space loading up thre or four variants of the same exact game! But like I said, there are some exceptions - another great clone that is much more of its own unique game is Monkey Kong, a clone of Donkey Kong.
Anyway, I just wanted to add my two cents to this thread, and give feed back to all those retro game lovers like myself.
I also wanted to as if anyone has had trouble with v 1.o of Wii MAME - I haven't been able to get it to work, I consistently get a "cannot find roms" message. So I have stuck with v .6, which seems to be working well enough. Any feedback on this issue as well would be appreciated.
Thanks, and good luck to everyone with their MAMEing.
12-12-2012, 04:23 PM
You should post that list (as an Excel spreadsheet, maybe). It will be very useful to other MAMErs like us. Thanks in advance.
Originally Posted by squarebox
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12-14-2012, 09:29 PM
For the love of god. Post your progress!
12-19-2012, 12:22 AM
I was wondering, would it be useful to merge your hardwork with Toad Kings list of working roms here:
Originally Posted by squarebox
It's a link off the Wiibrew.org site . It has .4 in the description but it's coming off the Mame Wii 1.0 page, so I have a feeling it's current.
As well, I have Mame Wii 1.0 from Toad King working perfectly, it's great. You just place your roms in sd:\mame\roms and leave them in there zip format. Start with your owned older roms like Galagay and work your way up. It does work, and load times are super super fast, like 3 second load times Then your into the rom. Joust is a little funky, I found after adding a tonne of coins it seemed to save that state and it starts up properly now without the System Tests that are typical of roms from that time (um... that was my time, hum...)
12-19-2012, 12:29 AM
Hum, I have not seen Mame Wii version 1.1 , question where did you get it from? On Wiibrew.org or the official Google Code page it only seems to be version 1.0
Originally Posted by Edward Figueroa
I would LOVE to get my hands on something that supports the Nunchuck ! I need a joystick and am tired of playing with the GC controller thing
12-19-2012, 12:34 AM
Paperboy works just fine on Mame Wii 1.0 , play lots of it and it's fun! Zero slow speed issues.
Originally Posted by Fiery Phoenix
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12-19-2012, 12:39 AM
Strange, 1943 is in this list by Toad King (do a search in Firefox)
Originally Posted by Dogway
But it DOES NOT work on Mame Wii 1.0 , sucks because that is one of my all time favouite games!
12-28-2012, 08:59 PM
Hi, I too am working on this MAME WII EMU 0.5. So far I have Final fight, Cadillac and Dinosaurs and Xmen Arcade working. I am trying to get Pro Gear up, but after it loads it spits me back to the HBC. Anyone encountered this before? If anyone has a suggestion on how to get Pro Gear up, please let me know. Oh by the way, Simpsons works, but Knights of the Round doesn't seem to want to work. I have been loading games from my SD card, would I have better luck with a USB? Thanks for any help
12-28-2012, 09:03 PM
Oh sorry, misinformation! I am actually using ver 1.0 now. Maybe I should use 0.6 instead? I seem to get alot of can't find Rom or CHD file messages. Thanks
12-28-2012, 09:23 PM
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