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    [MYSTERY SOLVED: Universe BIOS Easter Egg!] Windjammers: Secret "ASCII Pong" mode?

    Recently, I bought WindJammers. But a weird thing happened.

    Plugged it in before cleaning, and the sound was all terrible. Poor choice, but I started wiggling the cartridge while it was on.

    The game froze, and the text "ASCII PONG" appeared at the top. Two tetris-like paddles could be moved up and down, and pressing 'a' button tossed a 'ball' that could be deflected back-and-forth.

    I get the feeling that this is something widely-known, but I can't find anything about it on the internet.

    Anyone seen this before? Any way to access it that doesn't involve cartridge-tilting?

    I did take a video, if anyone is curious.

    Update: video added


    https://youtu.be/0Slqk4kpRQA

    Video is trash because I thought this was something 'everybody knows' about. I can try to reproduce for a better video, but of course I've cleaned the cartridge contacts since then...

    You can't even see the 'tetris piece' paddles, which is real lame. They were hardly visible IRL, though.
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    I've seen this before. Take a video or a picture.

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    Nice find! You should post the video.
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    This is the first time I've ever heard of this!

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    Would love to see the video as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyo View Post
    Nice find! You should post the video.

    https://youtu.be/0Slqk4kpRQA

    Video is trash because I thought this was something 'everybody knows' about. I can try to reproduce for a better video, but of course I've cleaned the cartridge contacts since then...

    You can't even see the 'tetris piece' paddles, which is real lame. They were hardly visible IRL, though.

    (Editing original post to include this video link, for future visitors)
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    It's a UniBIOS easter egg, bring up the in-game menu, I think highlight third option, then press 1P Left + 1P C + 2P Right + 2P C or something. I guess your cart glitching out your board caused this to load somehow.

    edit: the reveal thread:
    http://www.neo-geo.com/forums/showthread.php?19117

    It's 1P Left + 1P Start + 2P Right + 2P Start actually

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanAdamKOF View Post
    It's a UniBIOS easter egg, bring up the in-game menu, I think highlight third option, then press 1P Left + 1P C + 2P Right + 2P C or something. I guess your cart glitching out your board caused this to load somehow.

    edit: the reveal thread:
    http://www.neo-geo.com/forums/showthread.php?19117

    It's 1P Left + 1P Start + 2P Right + 2P Start actually
    Oh, awesome. Can't wait to try this when I get home.

    Really glad this isn't some mystic and unreproducible item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyo View Post
    Nice find! You should post the video.
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