Friday, January 8, 2016

Multi Game Doctor Bung Enterprises Review

I bet you've heard of Bung Enterprises before, mostly known for their recent Gameboy copier called GB Xchanger, which by the way is the most sold GB copier ever. In the past Bung was known for their V64 copier, Doctor V64 and back in the SNES/Genesis days it was the Multi Game Doctor series which put food on the table in the Bung employee homes.

Eve before the MGD series Bung made a lot of Famicom accessories, and was even rumored to be the producer of the chips for STD's Game Action Replay such as Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes hack, which was wrong tho. Bung created a lot of Game savers for the Famicom and they later turned into actual Famicom copiers. But today these copiers have a huge dissadvantage, they're using the old Famicom Disk System 3" Disk format. These disks were widely available at the time the Famicom was the king of videogame consoles, but today its near impossible to get empty disks and if you're lucky to find some you'd have to pay a lot of money for them, I was once offered some, brand new, for $12 each, so I ofcourse bought a lot, erhmmm NOT!

In the 1990's when Famicom clones were made and distributed widely, Bung created their own Famicom clone which also included a copier device. By this time Bung had learned that the  3" format was long gone and they threw in a 3½" standard PC disk drive instead. The unit included a keyboard, joypads and was sold as a teching system for kids to learn how to program, write and then play Famicom games after school.

I've been told by Bung that the Dr. PC Jr., as it was called, sold quite well in China and was used by schools. Around 1997 they planned to rerelease the Dr. PC Jr. in an english version, was only released in Chinese earlier, due to high demands from the NES "scene". Bung first wanted to get rid of their old stock of Chinese units and these were sold for $150, and they quickly ran out of units.

A new set of copying tools were said to be released around june 1997, but as far as I know these disks were never distributed to the public, however I have heard of people who own these disks, but have been unable to obtain a copy.

The system ofcourse didnt use the so called "iNES" header system as it was invented before  Marat Fayzullin (Author of the iNES emulator) invented his header. Bung's header was called dnes (doctor nes?) by the emulation scene and "converter" programs were made to change game ROMs with iNES headers to ROMs with dNES headers.

But then it was as if Bung lost interest in rereleasing the Famicom copier and the English version never reached consumers. Today its near impossible to get one of these units.
-  8 bit 6502 compatible CPU and Nes compatible PPU
 - 512K byte(4M bit) DRAM for CPU
 - 512k byte(4M bit) DRAM for PPU
 - Built-in floppy disk drive (1.44MB, 3.5")
 - Built-in parallel/printer port
 - Built-in TI voice chip to support voice effects
 - Built-in video, audio and RF output
 - Built-in standred PC keyboard port
 - Includes two joypads
 - RF cable
 - PC type mouse (using the joypad #2 to connect a mouse)
 - Copies only Famicom cartridges
 - Runs on both PAL and NTSC tv's
 - Plays atleast 800 Famicom games
 - Windows X, like, GUI
 - Only version available is Chinese