Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

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Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

Post#1 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:01 am

So I managed to get hold of a copy of Power Smash Tennis (The Japanese version of Virtua Tennis) and took it online. I thought there was just an online site and leaderboards, but it looks like there's a fully fledged online versus mode too! As can be expected of a Japanese release at this point in time, the versus mode is offline (The connecting process works, but there's no server to connect to), and while the Homepage option works, the site is awaiting transfer (Though it does properly re-route you to Dreampipe!). Dreampi Companion also doesn't recognise you're online in the game yet either, so the option doesn't light up in your Library.

Here's the Network Option in the Main Menu, as well as how to select each online mode.
Network Option.jpg
Network Versus 001.jpg


VERSUS
Terms of Service screen and the Translation
Network Versus 002.jpg
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Phone Call Charges screen and Translation
Network Versus 003.jpg
Network Versus 003_1.jpg


Dialling Up/Connection Screens (Translated)
Network Versus 004.jpg
Network Versus 005.jpg


Connection Failure (Translated)
Network Versus 006 FAIL.jpg
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Re: Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

Post#2 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:03 am

HOMEPAGE
Homepage Screens
Network Webpage 001.jpg
Network Webpage 002.jpg


Original Address and Dial Up Confirmation
Network Webpage 003.jpg
Network Webpage 004.jpg


Dialling In and Dreampipe Landing Page
Network Webpage 005.jpg
Network Webpage 006.jpg

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Re: Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

Post#3 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:45 pm

http://dreamarena.org/dreampipe/powersmash/
Just converted and translated the Power Smash website, ready for Dreampipe to upload. As soon as this is uploaded it will be available to browse via the in-game browser on your Dreamcast. We can then rebuild the Rankings database (and pray that someone, somewhere can revive the KDDI playable Japanese titles).

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Re: Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

Post#4 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:42 pm

Roareye wrote:http://dreamarena.org/dreampipe/powersmash/
Just converted and translated the Power Smash website, ready for Dreampipe to upload. As soon as this is uploaded it will be available to browse via the in-game browser on your Dreamcast. We can then rebuild the Rankings database (and pray that someone, somewhere can revive the KDDI playable Japanese titles).

Cool!
But I will admit, I was doing some research the other day, and that KDDI thing, is really interesting. It seems that alot of online dreamcast games in Japan used it. :geek:

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Re: Virtua Tennis Online [Power Smash Tennis]

Post#5 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:30 am

The KDDI issue doesn't affect websites on Japanese games, sites will work just the same as they do on PAL/US games.

It does affect the multiplayer though. It's an interesting oddity, essentially we'd need to program a Pi to act as a switchboard emulating the KDDI system but the thing was only in Japan to begin with and has long since been out of commission. Shouma and several others have looked into it, some games are more doable than others, but it's quite a hurdle to jump.

The main thing is going to be finding files if a game required them. Daytona USA needs a VMU file (which we have), Power Smash needs a Power Smash Match Ticket (which we don't) - though it's possible the ticket is stored to an isao account and not downloaded.

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