Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Confusion - Live Broadcast BS F-Zero 2.


I posted a piece of music from this earlier, so I might as well bring this up now... excuse my lack of any organization.

Anyway, I'm sure a few of you have heard of "BS F-Zero 2". It was a Satellaview download, was it?... well, actually, it seems to also be multiple Satellaview Live Broadcast games, as well.

This actually confused me for a while - still does, honestly. There's no ROM dumps of the Live Broadcast versions, and it seems most of the internet forgot about it's existence. But then these vids got uploaded on NicoNicoDouga...

After an introduction to the hosts of the program, you get to practice, and then race, on "Forest 1". Wait, what's Forest 1? This track is not in any other game that I recall! And... there's no healing panels? Crazy! Imagine that in F-Zero X or GX!

And the music... what? "Highway Star"? The music played is the kind of stuff that people now try to S-Rank in Rock Band! In a way, fitting... but not expected.

One more video...

Unfortunately, so far only this one week is up. I'd love to see week 2. (Looking up old JP sites describe a "METAL FORT" track... could that be what week 2 has?)

Original NicoNicoDouga vids:
BS F-ZEROグランプリ2 第1週 part1
BS F-ZEROグランプリ2 第1週 part2
BS F-ZEROグランプリ2 第1週 part3
BS F-ZEROグランプリ2 第1週 part4

If anyone can get some more info on this for me, feel free to leave a message.


Anonymous said...

I believe you are wrong.
Live broadcast F-Zero 2 ROMs are available.
These are the ones that just show 2 screens with controls and a robot you can't exit from.
I hacked one of these a long time ago and it showed a racing demo and one of the introduction screens shown in the first video.

Kiddo said...

Those roms labeled "BS F-Zero Knight/King/Queen/Ace League"? They're merely "BS F-Zero Grand Priz" as far as I can get a proper title for them. This just makes things even more confusing.

I have videos for broadcasts of those - the format is a bit different. They also completely lack "FOREST" stages.

I've also played a bit of them on emulators - on SNESGT they play the closest to being accurate, although you are unable to clear laps and thus accumulate a score. (And again, no "FOREST" stages in any of them.)

The "FOREST" stages are not playable in the ROM labeled "BS F-ZERO 2 Grand Prix" either, which is a ROM that has the same title but plays under a different format regardless.

Kiddo said...

Adding another post to clarify some more. I really want the confusion over the F-Zero releases figured out eventually, so I'll supply whatever information I can.

On NicoNicoDouga the videos that match the ROMs going around are merely called BS F-ZEROグランプリ

The videos shown here, that do not match any known ROM dump, is called
BS F-ZEROグランプリ2

And as for the "Download" ROM called "BS F-Zero 2", some JP sites identify it as BS F- ZERO2プラクティス but I am uncertain of how reliable that is.

I'll put the BS F-ZEROグランプリ videos on my blog shortly now that this issue has come up again. It will show how they have a different format, which goes as such:

- Robot
- Title Screen
- Car info
- Practice 4 Courses
- Grand Prix 4 Courses
- Grand Prix "Bonus" Course.

compared with BS F-Zero 2's:
- Pictures of the cast members
- Weird pictures
- Title Screen
- Alternate between Practice and Grand Prix for the courses.

Also, the musical choices are different - BS F-Zero 1 uses mostly arranged/synthesized F-Zero music, while BS F-Zero 2 uses commercially licensed American Rock music. Again, I'll put up the BS F-Zero 1 vids to help show...

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