Dark Sun Issue #1
Hi and welcome to the first issue of Dark Sun a new e-mag.
Dark Sun is devoted to covering news relating to consoles and
emulation, none of that warez kiddie stuff here. In the first
issue you will find an interview with Lord Esnes, news about
the Final Fantasy 2 translation and some little console scene
tidbits as well as a list of NES ROM sites. The first issue
may not have many articles, but they are interesting (I hope)
-Interview with Lord Esnes by XscrawlX
-Final Fantasy 2 updates
-Console scene news
-NES ROM sites
AN INTERVIEW WITH LORD ESNES
Dark Sun: Hello Lord Esnes
DS: I am interviewing you about your SNES emulator for dos, ESNES.
This interview will be for WILD_'s new e-zine
esnes: hmmm, hehehe
DS: (If you have trouble saying or understanding something, just
ask : ))
DS: First I would like to congratulate you on your excellent
progress. ESNES is really proving itself as THE snes emulator to get.
esnes: but there is some very good emulators out
DS: Explain how things started with esnes, what inspired you to do it,
how you learned, etc.
esnes: snes97 has a lot of Future, it is THE snes emulator to get,
DS: Yes it does.
esnes: hehe, please give a question, I can't do a redaction in
DS: Ok. What inspired you to make esnes?
esnes: it was september, I started to download some snes emulators,
but it weren't working. When I was a boy, I loved the snes, and I
wanted play the games of the snes in a PC.
DS: So you decided to make yourown?
esnes: yes, I decided, but when I started I said myself : it can't
work, it is very difficult, even I left esnes after of the version
0.01b, but I went back ;-)
DS: That's cool. So was it hard to learn C WHILE making esnes??
esnes: a bit, but I have enjoyed doing esnes, yet I need learn better
C, but at least now I can understand the pointers ;-)
DS: Rumors about esnes 1.0 have been spreading. When do you plan
to release this?
esnes: I never know when I go to realease the next version, it
could be out tomorrow or the next week or the next year, I don't
DS: What do you plan to have in esnes by say next year?
esnes: hmmm, esnes is my university project, I want present it in
june, after god 'll say
DS: So will esnes continue to be free?? VSMC97 is great but the
cost detracts from the value
esnes: I was thinking about it, if someday esnes runs the 95 % of
the games ( sound included ), it could be shareware ( but real
shareware same as pkunzip ), i 'll give the complete version,
and if someone want pay me, ok, anf if someone wantn 't pay me, ok
DS: So if it does become shareware...
DS: What would make the shareware different?? Atimer??
esnes: no, I 'll give the complete version
esnes: then if someone think that he need pay for use esnes, then ok
DS: so more of a donation?
DS: So will esnes ever contain a Debugger?
esnes: I don't know, yet
DS: Ok. Everyone would really like a debugger, makes it much easier
to translate games.
esnes: but do a good debugger is a hard work
DS: Yes it is.
DS: So what have you learned about emulation since the project??
esnes: I don't know, some about the snes
DS: Well it's great that someone realizes that the emulation scene
is not one to have a price put on it
DS: Well. Thank you for your time.
*You heard it from Dark Sun first!
Lord Esnes's homepage is located at
The latest version of ESNES can be found there (0.10a). ESNES is one
of the best SNES emulators around. It is fast and free :-) It also
runs a large number of SNES ROMS.
FINAL FANTASY 2 JAPANESE TRANSLATION
The Final Fantasy 2 translation is going very well. Demi has come
up with a great looking font and Demi and Som2 are both hard at
work. Currently 15% of the story has been translated and about 95%
of the shops are done. Look for progress updates and new screen
shots when they become available at
CONSOLE SCENE NEWS
-N64 price is dropped to $149
-NES copiers available for ~$150 from Carl Industries. They
include a full NES, and english menus. Many more features.
Call 1-800-Carl-Ind to order yours today. Only 5 left so act fast.
-Sega has begun development on their next-generation home system
code named "Black Belt" It will be available in 1999 in the US.
-The Final Fantasy 3 Japanese NES ROM has been released. It was
found by EFX on a Final Fantasy tribute page. Rumor has it that
Som2 and Demi will be starting work on translating FF3 soon!
-QNES has made some major progress and look for it soon
NES ROM SITES
Well thats all for the first issue. I hope to have more
people contribute articles for the next issue which will be out
Monday March 31, 1997. Look for an indepth look at QNES next
issue as well as reviews of all the SNES emulators and more console
news. See you next issue :-)
Date: Mar. 17, 1997|
Authors: WiLD and XScrawlX
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