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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Leaked DS ROMs... Fact or Crap?

I'm leaning towards hoax, but hear me out.

I found this 47 MB torrent which claims to be a copy of Sonic DS leaked by Nintendo of Europe. The webpage, which linked to this torrent is not known for it's credibility (Some mishap with stealing DSemu and claiming it as their own). A guy in this forum thread says that the picture of Sonic below is a rip from the ROM. Although that doesn't seem to be the case.
The Sonic from Sonic DS has fingers.....this 3D model doesn't. :P

BlazeHedgehog wrote:

I've heard someone at the Sonic Cult has already admitted to Sonic NDS ROM being hoaxed, from within the Cult itself, even. After scanning through the ROM with a hex editor, it seems that's mostly true. Unless the ROM is either:

#1) Extremely encrypted or
#2) A bad dump or
#3) Extremely compressed

All that's in there is seemingly random data. They did a nice try at trying to simulate a "header" for the game, but the header for the Sonic DS ROM looks nothing like a typical ROM header - again, mostly random data with a few bits of text injected in to it (obvious stuff like copyright info).

And while I'm no genius when it comes to looking at stuff in hex editors, I've looked through NES, Genesis, GBA, N64 and SNES ROMs as a comparison as to how a normal ROM for dumped games looks, and it doesn't appear to match.

I guess since we have no way to test the ROM (no working emulator) we can't get a definitive answer, but right now crap is definitely outweighing fact.

4 Comments:

  • If you still have the rom
    you can always try this emu for it
    it was made for ds roms but no way
    of knowing if it works till ya try it!
    http://www.ndsemu.com/
    enjoy. ;)

    By Blogger Mr_evilguy, at December 29, 2004 at 4:54 PM  

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