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Update: 1/15/2017

There's been a fad in the media lately of people finding glitches or odd tricks in old video games that may be somewhat obscure, but have actually been known and documented on various websites and videos for years, and acting like those tricks are completely new. The most recent case in point was people acting like the sliding glitches in Super Mario World were only recently unearthed when they not only appear in the top results on search engines for "Super Mario World glitches", but can also be found being performed in YouTube videos that are several years old. A good rule of thumb if you think you've discovered something in a game that's decades old and has been thoroughly played and dissected by now is to do a quick search (Bing, Google, whatever your choice site is) to see if someone has already mentioned it. Chances are, someone has, and there's probably also an explanation as to why it happens.

On that note, I found this in River City Ransom years ago, but never made a video until now. I didn't think it was necessary because I figured people would just try the trick themselves. However, now I'm concerned that someone will try it, and then claim they're the first to discover it. So, here it is:

This is what (sometimes) happens when you start a new game in River City Ransom, but don't touch any buttons. Enjoy!


Update: 1/14/2017

Hello, everyone. I believe we may have (somewhat) solved a video game mystery that's over a decade old. Perhaps you remember that whole "L is Real 2041" mystery from Super Mario 64? In case you don't, there's a mysterious star statue in the castle courtyard that has a plaque with nearly indecipherable writing on it, as seen in my screenshot here:

Here is the tile ripped from the game in its native resolution:

For years, players thought the upper row said, "L is Real 2041", and deduced that it was some vague hint at Luigi being hidden somewhere in the game.

I think it's possible that we finally deciphered the tile's handwriting, although we can safely say it has nothing to do with Luigi and likely was never intended to.

It was already known for a few years that the upper row of letters actually says, "Eternal Star", not "L is Real 2041". The plaque being sitauted on a star sculpture, and the final level of Mario Party being called "Eternal Star", easily back up this theory.

But nobody was able to tell what the second row said, although many sources agreed it was likely an artist credit for whoever made the sculpture.

If we're right about what it says,'s nothing earth-shattering, but it makes the most sense of anything I've heard:

"Eternal Star By Super M", as in "Super Mario".

The real question is...what's the deal with this thing? Obviously, it has nothing to do with Luigi, but certainly it must have some purpose, right? I don't know, but I can speculate that since the final level of Mario Party is the Eternal Star, it may have been planned to have such a level in Super Mario 64 at one point, and maybe this was intended to be the gateway to it. Perhaps this was overruled by the developers wanting Bowser's final battlefield to take the shape of a star when he pounds the floor as the fight goes on instead of being on a star to begin with.

Credit goes to my co-admin, Minerva K Red for being the one who came up with this particular theory, although really it grew out of the combined efforts of the community's sleuthing:

Original Topic of Discussion @ Port Saiid


Update: 12/20/2016

Port Saiid Situation Update: I'm giving Yuku until January 1st to resolve the ongoing issues with the Port Saiid forums. If the forums are not fully-functional, at normal speed, and with a working advanced search feature by then, we are going to look at other options for the site forums.

Some of us are suspicious that Port Saiid has gotten too large with almost 17 years worth of posts, and that's why it won't work right anymore. If that's the case, we can move to my backup Yuku board, which is much smaller. If Yuku in general is the problem, we'll have to move to another service altogether.


Probably messing up the tables again, but I'll post this anyway: Although the character limit doesn't make it a suitable replacement, we do suggest signing up for and following us on Twitter if you want to keep up with us in times when the forums are down. Here are some of our accounts:

Flying Omelette: @FlyingOmelette
Pero (Me): @Pero_Velasquez
Daryn: @Minerva_K_Red
Dominic (Agisuro): @Dom_Lom_DeMarco

You can find some other familiar names by looking over our following/followers lists.


EDIT: Woo-hoo! Pero and I are playing Update Tag!

Port Saiid Members Twitter List!


Update: 11/23/2016

Minor Update #1: Port Saiid Pipeline is working again.

Over the holiday weekend, I'm going to attempt to recode the front page so that when Pero updates, the tables won't get messed up.

While the Port Saiid Forums are up and running, they are still slow and our search function is offline, so we're still not ready to make an official statement saying we're back yet.

And now the real reason for this update, I need help solving a little mystery that is dogging me about the original SNES release of Final Fantasy III (better known as Final Fantasy VI, but using the American nomenclature because this glitch might be specific to that version.)

Several people within the community, including myself, recall running into a bug in the Phoenix Cave where getting into battles would cause the game to wildly glitch out and become unplayable. Either graphics would scramble and glitch or the screen would go black. In my experience, I remember the music would keep going, but I had no control over anything. Starting from the last save and going back into the Phoenix Cave would not fix it. The battles would always glitch out on that file, leaving us unable to get Locke and the Phoenix Esper. (This is, BTW, how some of us discovered there are minor variations in the ending if you don't have certain characters as some of us went on to finish the game without Locke.)

Back when we experienced this issue in the late 90's, we discussed it on internet message forums, and it was (at that point in time) possible to find people mentioning it outside of our community. Those people speculated that it was a defect in first-run cartridges, though we have no concrete evidence of that.

Today, it seems impossible to find any mention of this glitch anywhere outside of this small website. I'm wondering if part of the issue is that most people play the game emulated or play one of the remakes, or if they are playing it on an SNES cartridge, it might not be a "first-run" (if that even has anything to do with it). I'm fairly certain we didn't have a group hallucination.

Please help us investigate this. If anyone else has experienced this glitch, please write in to the staff email on the "Contact" page to tell us about it. If anyone has a video of it, that would be even better!

Minor Update #2: While it is possible to see a similar glitch in the Phoenix Cave by having Relm sketch certain monsters there, this is not the same as the well-known Relm Sketch Glitch. As I recall, the glitching and blank screens would happen immediately upon entering a battle, regardless of party members, and it was impossible to do anything, let alone select "Sketch" from Relm's menu. Other people have claimed to run into it without even having found Relm in the World of Ruin at all.


Update: 11/2/2016

Hello, everyone. Port Saiid, our official forums, are currently down because Yuku (the site that hosts the forums) is moving various old boards to a new server. We do not have an ETA for when it will be back, but are hoping it will be soon. We will post an announcement when it's back. Thanks for your patience.


Update: 10/11/2016

Hey, everyone. The Memory Card is no more. My staff and I closely monitored the exit link activity on this page for over a month and the truth of the matter is...nobody was using it. Since all the sites that were in it can be found on the Links page, and some of them are no longer updated, we saw it fit to finally lay it to rest for good.

In other news, just like Ninja Boy 2 and Super Ninja Boy, I've unearthed previously undiscovered passwords for the SNES game, Ultimate Fighter:

This code for a rather fancy-pants Sound Test is just one of several I found hidden in the ROM. For the whole lot of them, see this Twitter thread:

Update: 10/7/2016

Previously undiscovered "Ultimate Password" for Super Ninja Boy (SNES) has been found!

Enter Z? at the Password Screen

You'll be taken to the last town of the game, before the final boss, with maxed stats, experience level, and items.

A little history here: The special passwords for this game were all cracked and first posted to the internet by the Port Saiid/ community, way back in the mid-90's. Somehow or another, we all managed to miss this one until now. If you look around various sites that have codes for this game, you'll notice they don't have it, either. That's because the internet trail on this information all spread from our original postings about it, and since we didn't find this one, no one else learned of its existence.

It's difficult for me to remember the exact process by which I figured out the passwords, but if I had to guess the reason we all missed this one is because it's the only one that contains a symbol. The rest are all two-letter combinations. We may have all given up trying to enter passwords with symbols after so many of them proved fruitless.

There is also a dummied password to display the ending sequence in the ROM, but it's redundant anyway since the ending can also be viewed from the Information Mode.

For more on this, see this Twitter thread:

Update: 10/6/2016

The rest of the Ninja Boy 2 passwords have been found, but there is a catch. The only other one besides the Music Test code that works without hacking is +ND, which will show the ending. The letter "E" is replaced with a + symbol in the password table, but it will still work.

The other passwords are all three-character codes that call up various debugging features, but cannot be entered during normal gameplay because the third character does not appear in the password table. However, by editing the ROM, they can be re-enabled. There are quite a few of them, and to fully explore them, check out this thread on my Twitter account:

And this thread shows where the passwords can be seen in the ROM:

Update: 10/5/2016

After 23 years, I have found a previously undiscovered code in the Game Boy game, Ninja Boy 2.

Enter three musical note symbols on the password screen.

And you'll be taken to a screen with a Music Test.

This is significant to me because almost all of Culture Brain's titles that have passwords have special passwords for things like sound tests, viewing the ending/cutscenes, and starting with powered-up characters. I actually found a lot of these passwords for The Magic of Scheherazade, Flying Warriors, Little Ninja Brothers, and Super Ninja Boy many years ago, but this game always eluded me due to the lack of vowels in the password system.

When I first played this game in 1993, I was certain it had a sound test in there, but I couldn't find it. I noticed text for one (as well as some other extra modes) appears in the ROM, so I knew it had to be there somewhere. On a complete whim, I tried entering the musical note a few times, and almost couldn't believe it when it happened. Seems so obvious in retrospect, but I think I'm the first to find it.

Will keep looking for passwords to access the Information and Message modes...

Update: 9/7/2016

Hello, everyone. FO has informed me that she is not likely to be writing any capsule reviews or making any other updates for awhile. I also want to reiterate that this site no longer accepts any kind of advertising, per our policy. For some reason, we are still receiving emails about this, even though we have clearly stated that in the contact rules.


Update: 7/16/2016

April 2016 Capsule Reviews

Also, a note on the Inindo: Way of the Ninja stuff in the previous update: Another possibility is that there may still be a time limit on other versions of this game, and that may be why the manual mentioned it. However, as it stands, this time limit does not exist in the SNES version. I haven't played any of the other versions and probably won't, so I can't confirm if the bad ending exists on them or not. The Wikipedia article seems thoroughly convinced it does exist, but as of yet, I have seen no evidence of it. Manuals are known for having errors. In fact, there is another mistake in the SNES Inindo manual in the very same paragraph that mentions the time limit: It says the game will end if everyone is frozen in battle, but this isn't true. The battle will end in "defeat" and you'll be ejected back to the overworld or dungeon, but your characters will still be alive.

Update: 7/4/2016

I've solved a mystery that has haunted players of Inindo: Way of the Ninja for well over a decade. I can confirm with 100% certainty that the manual lied - there is no "bad ending" for failing to beat Nobunaga (the game's final boss) in a time limit, and here is the proof:

The manual states, "...there is a 20 year time limit for victory which must be met or the game will end. If victory is not achieved by January of 1601, the game will end."

Well, as you can see in my screenshot, the game is still going in February 1601. I even went to the end and beat Nobunaga and the ending was exactly the same.

To be sure that the manual didn't simply state the incorrect date, I checked through all the game's dialogue by opening the ROM in Notepad. It does not seem as though any of the game's text is compressed, and there is no dialogue pertaining to an ending where Nobunaga dies of "old age" or under any circumstance other than you beating him at the end of the game. The only difference depends on if you're playing the harder path or the easier path (the harder path has extra dialogue pertaining to the sorcerer Nicolai who is not present on the easier path).

So, then why does the manual say that? I believe it's a remnant of a change during development. This dialogue appears with the text for winning territorial battles:

"'s army unified Japan!"

It is not possible to unify Japan because no one's army will ever invade Omi (Nobunaga's home land), but it's very likely that the original idea was to beat Nobunaga in the territorial battles and that it had to be done by January 1601. This idea was removed, but a reference to it was left in the manual by mistake.

Update: 6/11/2016

Stuff I Wrote: March 2016 Capsule Reviews

Looks like we're going to need a 2016 Update Log, soon...


Update: 5/15/2016

Pero is out-of-town visiting family this weekend, so I thought I'd surprise him by updating myself. There are two announcements:

1. The RSS feed has changed again (hopefully for the last time). If you were subscribed to the old one, you'll have to change over to the new one.

2. February 2016 Capsule Reviews

That's all. ~FO

Update: 4/3/2016

Hello, everyone. As much as I'd like to say this is a late April Fool's Day joke, for better or worse, it's not. My name is Pero Velasquez. I am now in charge of The original hostess is no longer capable of keeping the site updated or maintained, so she has turned control over to me and our mutual friend, Daryn (aka, Minerva K Red).

I'm not sure what I'll be doing with the site in the foreseeable future. For now, I will maintain it as an archive and answer questions. The "Contact" button, which was previously defunct for several months, now goes to a page with a new site email address and general guidelines for contacting us.

I have removed the Jukebox Updates section that was at the bottom of this page because it is unlikely I will update the music as I do not have the know-how for that. My partner, Daryn, does but says she's not likely to have time for it right now.

As a matter of principle, I will not be accepting ads for this site. I have removed all expired ads and will only honor the remaining ads until the time runs out.

Memory Card has been scaled down to remove defunct and seemingly unrelated sites.

Unfortunately, I cannot restore the Equinox Shrine because of a DMCA Takedown Notice. Questions about that game should be deferred to the forums. Since I've actually beaten it, I can probably answer them. I've replaced the link in the menu with the Zelda: Ocarina of Time Shrine.

That's about it for now. -Pero

Update: 2/14/2016

I just learned the final fate of my childhood Donkey Kong arcade machine.

For those who don't know this story, a place near where I used to live in New Jersey as a child rented arcade machines. I developed a strange fascination with the Donkey Kong game and it became directly responsible for me becoming a video gamer, moreso than any other single game.

Eventually that place phased out the arcade games and changed owners, so I never saw the machine again for years...until one day, as an adult, I went to Seaside Heights, NJ, with Crawl and we found an arcade there. I could tell by distinguishing damage marks that the Donkey Kong cabinet was in fact the same one that had been rented by that market that I had played years ago as a kid.

Several years ago, I knew about Hurricane Sandy and the fire on the NJ boardwalk, but I didn't become aware until recently of just how badly damaged and/or destroyed most of the businesses there were. I think I heard that a rollercoaster was damaged in the storm and an ice cream shop (which I remember going to) had burned down. But, actually, pretty much everything was burned down, including the arcade that housed the Donkey Kong machine.

So, yeah, there you have it. I guess if there's any consolation, it's that I know it had a good final run where people enjoyed it and even posted pictures of it online.

Also, since attention got diverted by that weird "hidden file" fiasco and it's also related to games I played as a child, I'm reposting

Robot Rescue: A 30-Year Search For the Game That Time Forgot

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