Secret "Magic Key" menu in Gallforce

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By hamlet

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08-03-2019, 15:24

I stumbled across this old thread where Oscar mentioning a "Magic Menu" in Sony's Gallforce. Now by simultaneously activating the UP/DOWN button of the joystick in port 2 (while booting the MSX) I could actually call this secret menu (yeah, it's just such things that make me very happy after playing Gallforce for nearly 33 years).

Of course I immediately searched among my other Sony modules for similar events, even my games developed by HAL were not successful (but I do not own all of them to test).
I never heard about this, is this menu also known in other software titles or is it an odd case?

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By sdsnatcher73

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08-03-2019, 15:58

Maybe a patch could be made so that the “magic key” would actually be just a key pressed during startup?

By Sylvester

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08-03-2019, 16:32

Nice, i wonder if it would be possible to emulate this "joystick" with openMSX?

By Bastion Rebel

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08-03-2019, 16:53

in blueMSx activate dongle MagicKey in joystick 2 !!

By Sylvester

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08-03-2019, 16:57

ah, i see the Magic Key is also emulated in openMSX (just not mentioned in the user guide).

By MP83

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08-03-2019, 19:52

Interesting way to have a debug menu in your game. They even made a dedicated logo for Magic Key. Cute. Smile

By abura-chan

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14-09-2020, 12:57

Nice to meet you. I saw the article. nostalgic. I think Gall Force is still a masterpiece of MSX.
Regarding "magic keys", there are actually two types. The magic key in the uploaded photo is the normal version.
To activate the "magic key", you can short the joystick port with an electric wire, but there are some items that are not normally displayed.
The "secret magic key" shorts the terminals that are different from the usual ones. Doing so will increase the number of menus you can select.
The displayed position is under "FULL CREW".
I'll write about which pins to short out at a later date.
It's not a lie. Please wait for a while as the photos will be uploaded.
(It may be a strange expression because it is translated into English by Google. Please forgive me.)

By Sylvester

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14-09-2020, 13:18

btw, Sharksym released an ips patch to enable the menu in the rom: http://sharksym.egloos.com/m/5373032

By hamlet

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14-09-2020, 14:05

A secret menu within the secret menu?

By Pencioner

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14-09-2020, 14:38

abura-chan wrote:

Nice to meet you. I saw the article. nostalgic. I think Gall Force is still a masterpiece of MSX.
Regarding "magic keys", there are actually two types. The magic key in the uploaded photo is the normal version.
To activate the "magic key", you can short the joystick port with an electric wire, but there are some items that are not normally displayed.
The "secret magic key" shorts the terminals that are different from the usual ones. Doing so will increase the number of menus you can select.
The displayed position is under "FULL CREW".
I'll write about which pins to short out at a later date.
It's not a lie. Please wait for a while as the photos will be uploaded.
(It may be a strange expression because it is translated into English by Google. Please forgive me.)

Nice to meet you too. So there are some other secret options with other combinations, widely unknown?

By bsittler

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14-09-2020, 17:04

Is this magic key equivalent to holding "select" on an FM Towns controller? And is the "secret magic key" equivalent to FM Towns "run"?

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