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Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution Cartridge GBA Rom Download [UK / EUR]

Discussion in 'Pokemon GBA Event Distributions' started by Professor Oak, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. Professor Oak

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    About the Aura Mew Distribution:

    This is the distribution cartridge used for the Aura Mew event distribution in the United Kingdom, then later other European counties.

    In the United Kingdom the Aura Mew was distributed at participating Toys "R" Us stores as part of the Pokémon Summer Day Camp event. The overall distribution period was from August 2 to 26, 2007.

    This was the last Generation 3 Pokemon distribution. For a Generation 3 distribution this was quite late on as Pokemon Diamond and Pearl had already been released in all regions with the exception of Korea by this point, marking the start of Pokemon Generation 4 in most regions.

    So what do we have here? Well this is a rom dump of the Aura Mew event distribution used in the United Kingdom. You can use this to distribute yourself your own legitimate Aura Mew exactly as if you had attended one of the Aura Mew distributions 10 years ago back in 2007.

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    Credits:

    This release was made possible with significant financial contributions from the following people: Deoxyz, HaxAras, InsaneNutter, Invader Tak, Joska, Shank, theskipster, theSlayer, WALD0 and YoshiMoshi.

    You might be surprised to learn that this Aura Mew distribution cost a significant amount of money to obtain, it’s thanks to the above contributors this has been preserved and yourself and future generations are able to enjoy this at no cost, the way it should be.

    Everything that made this release possible has taken around a year’s worth of planning to come together.

    Download:

    Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution Download [English]

    Distributing the Aura Mew:

    The Aura Mew can be distributed on both emulators and real hardware.

    A video showing the Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution in action on real hardware:



    A video showing the Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution in action on an emulator:



    Equipment required to make use of this distribution on real hardware:
    • 2x GBA's
    • 1x link cable (The official Nintendo cable works, 3rd party cables might not work)
    • 1x Distribution Cart (This is what we have the rom of) so you can use a GBA Flash Card
    • 1x English language Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen, FireRed cart (Can be from any English language region)

    To distribute an Aurea Mew on real hardware:
    1. Save your Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen, FireRed game and have at least 1 free slot in your party (the more free slots you have, the more Aura Mews you can distribute)
    2. Turn off the GBA with your Pokemon Game in
    3. Turn on the GBA with the distribution cart inside. (It is presumed that you know how to write and load the Aura Mew distribution rom to the flashcard you own)
    4. Connect your GBA link cable to the GBA with the Aura Mew distribution in and the GBA with the Pokemon game in which will receive the Aura Mew
    5. Turn on the GBA with your Pokemon game in which will receive the Aura Mew, holding Start and Select to enter Multiboot mode.
    6. After a couple seconds you’ll see a coloured Nintendo logo appearing on the GBA which is going to recicve the Aura Mew.
    7. You’ll see a screen that tells you a Pokemon is being received, after this has finished the Aura Mew will be in your party.
    8. Now turn off the GBA which recicved the Aura Mew, turn it on again as normal and load your save game. You will find Aura Mew in your party.

    Fix the Backup Error Message:

    The backup error message has no impact on the actual distribution, it simply saves a counter which will count the total number of Aura Mew's distributed.

    On emulators if you see the “Backup Error” message for the distribution counter this is because unlike the 10ANNIV distribution, the Aura Mew distribution actually saves the distribution count. For the saving to work properly on an emulator ensure the save type is set to "Flash 128K" and not "Flash 64K", otherwise it will display "Backup Error”.

    For VisualBoyAdvance-M this can be done buy going to Options > Game Boy Advance > Configure > Flash Size = 128K

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    If you get this error on real hardware this likely means the flashcard doesn't support 128K flash saves, however you can use the SRAM patcher functionality on GBATA to patch the rom:

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    I can confirm this works on a 15 year old Flash 2 Advance flashcard:

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    If you are using the Everdrive before loading the rom go down to "ROM Settings" and set "Save Type" to FLASH 128K, then select "Apply". After this the distribution counter should work as intended. This has been confirmed working by @Deoxyz.

    European Aura Mew Distributions:

    Unlike the English 10ANNIV distribution rom, the Aura Mew rom contains the multiboot files for every language (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) of Aura Mew the distributions. This makes obtaining the language variant roms of the Aura Mew functionally pointless, as this rom can provide their same functions.

    Deoxyz will provide more info of this in due course along with releasing his Aura Mew hacks for French, German, Italian and Spanish regions.
     

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  2. Deoxyz

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    My elaboration on this should be pretty short. If you watched my emulator video linked above, it shows that this rom distributes every language of Aura Mew if you're using an alternate language rom/cart. Of course Japanese doesn't work since Japan had no Aura Mew (just to clarify). At this point, this makes the only uniqueness of the language variant roms of the Aura Mew being the user interface text.

    However... The additional information I wanted to provide, is that in addition to it having all Aura Mew variant multiboots in the rom, the code also contains every languages variants' UI text. While there is no option to change the text displayed, nor could I (successfully) find any particular bytes that trigger the displayed language, this was still easily solved by reordering the text. What I mean by this is that basically instead of having English first listed in the rom's hex, I swapped a different language with all the English lines, and repeated it with every language until I had 4 more roms that solely display each language. My UI variant romhacks will all be attached to this post, for those who want them.

    While I doubt this is the exact way the official variant roms select UI language (possible I suppose?), from what we now know all Aura Mew roms are likely 99% identical, with a few bytes that likely select the UI language. But with this, we have absolutely no need to pay for the Aura Mew language variant roms. I'd like to see them simply for research on how the language is selected, but unfortunately I can only foresee them ever being obtained by prices which are completely unjustifiable, given that the English rom provides anything we really need from them.

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  3. ronaldo99

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    What a christmas gift!

    Thanks to all the contributors!
     
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    Thanks to all that made this possible, now I can finally finish my Pokedex in Gen 3 :D
    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!
     
  5. Deoxyz

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    The second post has been updated with the information I wanted to provide.

    Also, for those who need help to get it working with an emulator, see my post from the 10ANNIV rom thread, which also applies for this rom, minus the tricky stuff related to the selection menu freezing.
     
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    Neat, sorry I couldn't really help getting it.

    But now with this, and the Colosseum Bonus Disks and the Aurora Ticket distro, we have official ways of getting all four event-only legendaries for Gen. III. I guess all that's really missing is Mysticticket now.

    (Of course, Japanese Bonus Disk is inconvenient if you don't own any of the Japanese games, but it works. And I have JP carts anyway.)

    I prefer MYSTRY Mew, but Aura Mew distro is next level in terms of official-ness.
     
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    VERY happy to see this available. It's also nice to see this ROM will work with all the European language versions. Wasn't expecting that considering the UK 10th Anniversary distro only works with English games.

    I guess this is all we're gonna get for Gen 3 distros, unless a miracle happens and a US Mystic Ticket or 10th Anniversary distro pops up. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.
     
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    @Invader TAK
    There's a possibility of getting the other European 10ANNIV variants in the future, but I don't know if the prices will be justifiable. Especially considering how insanely hard it was to get contributions for something as sought after as Aura Mew. Not like language variants are the most interesting, nor really sought after. At least we don't have to really worry about the Aura Mew language variants, even though I'd love to compare their hex with this one. It all depends on how much interest I can get behind these roms, and of course the price. I won't fight for them with only minimal financial support like I did for Aura Mew. Not worth the trouble.

    As for other stuff, anything that hasn't already leaked from Nintendo isn't something I'll honestly ever expect, but nothing is impossible. Also considering we don't know what every collector may secretly have. The only other roms we know for certain exist with private collectors are the European Eon Ticket (has language select menu), UK Aurora Ticket (which supports Emerald), Negaiboshi (Wishing Star) Jirachi, PCJP 5th Anniversary Eggs, and... one other which I still probably shouldn't talk about in public, though that information is hidden somewhere around here if you look hard enough.
     
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    I stand corrected! Also doesn't the UK Aurora Ticket distro contain the French, Spanish, German and Italian Wonder Cards as well?
     
  10. Deoxyz

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    I'd assume so, since I've never heard a mention of language variant roms/carts of the European Aurora Ticket, and we know such wondercards exist.
    It's just as hard for me to ask simple questions about these roms as it is obtaining them.
     
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    So we know that someone has the UK Aurora Ticket. But is he/she willing to sell the rom? Or we don`t even know who has it?
     
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    @fabio00
    I think one of my contacts has it, but I don't remember for certain. It was last mentioned about a year ago. Other than the 10ANNIV variants, I personally would assume this to be one of the more likely roms we may be able to obtain in the future. But as of now, it hasn't been involved in any discussion of future deals, so I don't expect it to be up for sale for quite a while. Same case for that "secret" rom, but likely much longer.

    The Japanese roms I don't think will ever be let go from the particular source I know has them. I know that a few other people have some Japanese roms, but they were spoken of indirectly and in past-tense, so I don't know how, or if, I could contact them. At the same time they probably wouldn't want to sell anyway.

    As for the European Eon Ticket, I have not even the slightest idea who has it, I've just been told by a reliable source that it's out there somewhere.

    So what we can look towards for next year, is probably just the 10ANNIV variants. Maybe the Euro Aurora Ticket, but it's not high probability at this point. There's also someone with Gen 1 Mew Red/Blue cart that we could possibly get the savefile from, but I never contacted the person so I don't know for sure. Again, anything else all depends on how much financial support I can get. Aura Mew was hell that can't even be described.
     
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    When you say Gen I Mew cart you mean the thing that was inside the machine? If that´s the case so it is awesome, I never expected to hear that :D
     
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    No, not the distribution cart from inside the big machines. I don't know if those still exist, but regardless I highly doubt any has ever leaked from Nintendo.
    I was talking about the direct trade version that used a regular Red/Blue cart sealed in a GBP and loaded full of Mews, basically just like Mystery Mew.
     
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    Still amazing.
    Those people who copied the save files a long time ago really are impressive.
    It must have been the person who was making the distribution that copied that save to a device. I`am wondering if that person copied
    the save before or after the distribution...
     
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    Well the one I'm talking about isn't a copy, it's the original cart with the seal still on it, it's just cut loose from the GBP it was originally in.
    The part that worries me is that it likely hasn't been dumped, which means it has a chance of being totally lost as soon as that battery dies.
    I know someone attempted to deal with this person before, but it didn't seem to get anywhere, so I figure I'd have to make their time worthwhile with a significant payment.
    So it is naturally missing several Mews, but considering this is only one of the two I've seen with a private collector, it's definitely worth going after if we want to get one of these saves preserved.
     
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    When you mencioned the Eon Ticket rom I remembered that I have a photo of the menu of the cart, don`t know if you already know this.[​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I've seen it. I wish it was clearer, but unfortunately, that's the only picture I've ever seen of the Eon Ticket cart.

    Guess I'll drop these pics too while we're on the subject.
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    Negaiboshi (Wishing Star)

    I don't have any other pics of non-public roms, except a description of the uniqueness of the "secret" rom.
     
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    The Jirachi one is really different from the rest and being a japanese distribution makes it even more special :)
     
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    Im happy that I was able to make a small financial contribution towards this. These carts are stupid expensive, and he has poured in thousands of his own dollars to make them available to anyone. If you are in a position to contribute the next time a new cart shows its face, please consider doing so. It all adds up and makes it possible. Thank you Deoxyz for all your contributions and work to preserve and archive these carts. The next time an opportunity comes up, let me know and Ill gladly contribute again. (L)
     

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