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Cardboard Mini NES + Nes mini and Famicom mini themes



  • @ruckage

    Glad to see that you're back again.

    I would like to say a few words since we have a situation here that I would like to clear and add a few missing pieces.

    When I first joined this forum (3 months ago) I was looking for a different theme than what was available at that time so during my search I stumbled across this old petrockblock.com thread with the NewGen theme screenshots.
    As many others I was VERY amazed by its looks, design and layout so I looked you up and saw that you haven't been online for quite a while. Your last post didn't indicate that the NewGen theme will be released anytime soon.
    So I thought I use this opportunity and create a theme that is based on that NewGen layout and at the same time learn about this whole RetroPie and ES stuff as I go.

    However, do to lack of skills I was not able to recreate it near as good as the original but it was good enough for me to use personally and since others had admired your theme I thought why not share mine as some sort of replacement until the real NewGen theme will be released one day....or not.
    No one knew if you ever come back and it would have been a shame to not be able to use such a cool design. So great Job SEGA for creating the design in the first place and bravo to you for converting it to a very nice looking ES theme.

    As you could read in the readme file I did give credit to you and I did mention "your" theme by name.
    I tell you what, you release that NewGen theme of yours and I will remove all the Futura theme files from github and this forum. I don't really care if my Futura theme is available to others or not the initial goal was to use it only for myself anyways.

    took the dead Newgen theme and made the Futura Theme in your absence.

    There was nothing to "take" per se, except inspiration.

    edit: I take it back, he does mention me in the readme. However I still feel my original version is worth releasing - if only for the wide colour choice I have available.

    Absolutely, couldn't agree more. Release it, please.



  • @FlyingTomahawk said in Cardboard Mini NES:

    @ruckage

    Glad to see that you're back again.

    I would like to say a few words since we have a situation here that I would like to clear and add a few missing pieces.
    ...........
    I tell you what, you release that NewGen theme of yours and I will remove all the Futura theme files from github and this forum. I don't really care if my Futura theme is available to others or not the initial goal was to use it only for myself anyways.

    Hi @FlyingTomahawk, as I said I was initially just a bit annoyed as it looked like an exact copy and it didn't seem like I was even mentioned but I did see you mentioned me in the readme so I edited my post and it's all fine. There is no need to remove anything, we all build upon what others have made and choice is good for everyone. Newgen itself was inspired by the menus used on the PS2 genesis collection so I borrowed ideas myself to begin with.

    @lilbud said in Cardboard Mini NES:

    @ruckage what caused you to be ill? if you don't mind me asking

    Good question - I'd like to know that myself ;)
    It's basically a whole host of gastric problems. itstarted with really severe acid reflux years ago, I was given medication which suppresses acid production and that helped for a while. Then one out of the blue I found it difficult to swallow food and any food I ate seemed to remain in my stomach much longer than it should so I felt sick all the time so they game me another drug which again helped for about 3 years.

    Fast forward to about 1 1/2 years ago and all my symptoms and more came back with a vengeance- nothing helped, couldn't sleep could only eat small amounts and felt sick all the time. I've had loads of tests but no conclusive cause for all the symptoms - the only major finds so far are confirmed acid reflux and hiatal hernia (knew I had those anyway) and that my esophagus doesn't work so when eating and drinking food isn't pushed down as it should be - it pretty much drops down by gravity alone.
    Luckily I seem to get periods where I feel normal again, like now, fingers crossed I won't feel ill again for quite a while.

    Sorry for the wall of text, that was probably more info than you wanted :P



  • @ruckage Damn dude, hope you get better.



  • @lilbud said in Cardboard Mini NES:

    @ruckage Damn dude, hope you get better.

    Thanks.

    I've been busy this afternoon. I've drawn logos and made backgrounds for the following systems:

    Atari 2600
    Atari 5200
    Atari 7800
    Intellivision
    C64
    ZX Spectrum
    Sega Master system

    I'd like to do a few more and then I'll update the nesmini theme.



  • @ruckage Holy cow dude! You're an animal!

    Thank you SO much!!!



  • Just a quick post to show the logos I've drawn today so far.

    0_1487795516673_pixel logos.png



  • @ruckage Brilliant!



  • @ruckage
    Great use of color! To me everything looks authentic!



  • I've uploaded a new version to mega :) . You can find it Here: Nesmini theme v1.1
    Give it a try and let me know how it works.

    This version supports the following system:

    NES
    Gameboy
    Atari 2600
    Atari 5200
    Atari 7800
    Commodore 64
    Gameboy
    Gameboy Color
    Intellivision
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega Master System
    PC Engine
    TurboGrafx 16
    ZX Spectrum
    Retropie setup menu

    Below is an animated gif slideshow showing all the systems:

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  • @ruckage WOO HOO!!!! Thank you!!!



  • @ruckage This is simply amazing. Can I make a request for GBA & Genesis?



  • Wow me like alot!!!

    Would it be rude to make a request for snes, neogeo and maby psp? 😊



  • Hi Ruckage,

    Hope you don't mind but i made a version for the Japanese Famicom Mini using your template & the original Famicom Mini Menu.

    Feel free to tweak & add it into your next release :)

    Stuart.

    0_1487862079899_menu.png



  • @Stuart2773 said in Cardboard Mini NES:

    Hi Ruckage,

    Hope you don't mind but i made a version for the Japanese Famicom Mini using your template & the original Famicom Mini Menu.

    Feel free to tweak & add it into your next release :)

    Stuart.

    Looks really nice. I wonder if it would be better as an alternative for the whole theme though - so there would be two themes, a nesmini theme and a fammini theme?

    Edit: By the way, working on adding SNES, GBA, Megadrive/Genesis and Neo Geo at the moment. I also need to edit pc engine/TG16 as I forgot to adjust the boxart dimensions in the XML.



  • i have the NES Mini / Famicom Mini attract sequence loop mp3 if your interested incorporating that into the theme?



  • @Stuart2773 Would love that. I was going to hack it into mine if it couldn't be part of the theme.



  • @Stuart2773 said in Cardboard Mini NES:

    i have the NES Mini / Famicom Mini attract sequence loop mp3 if your interested incorporating that into the theme?

    Yeah, I have that MP3 actually playing on mine (great tune). You can't add it to a theme though, you have to setup an mp3 player and add a few lines to some scripts to make it play on startup and stop when games start etc.

    I found the tutorial for doing that on here somewhere - I'll see if I can find it and post a link.



  • Here's the tutorial for adding background music. Follow from the post made by Synack as it's easier than the method originally posted (the link should be roughly the right place in the thread).

    Add Background music to retropie

    By the way I actually found a famitracker version of that music (I can't remember who wrote it now) so you can export it to any length you like.



  • @Stuart2773
    Your famicom mini post has really gotten me thinking and I really like the idea of a famicom mini version of the theme.
    What I think I'm going to do is restructure the theme so that the header/footer area and system view logos are all separate elements, that way you could switch between the 'famicom mini' and 'nes mini' theme via a simple tweak in the main xml file.

    Will have to see how it looks though as the beauty of the nesmini theme is it's grey so works well with virtually all colours.



  • @ruckage

    sounds like a good idea, BTW, i just found that "famitracker version" ;)

    you may have to resize the theme window for boxart as the famicom used different game packaging:-

    0_1487867561207_Mini-Famicom-Shot-03.png



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