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  1. So I wanted to provide a general overview of how Nintendo/GF originally created the savefile that was used on these FireRed carts. It's been said in the past that they filled a completed FireRed savefile with 426 Mews, and then copied the save to hundreds of retail carts to send to Toys R Us stores across the country to use for the distribution. This is true, but what hasn't been said publicly is how the Mews themselves were generated. I decided to share this visual that I had made about a year ago, which helped me better visualize what we had learned from the data about the generation process. Basically what they had was a very similar version of the pokemon distribution software/rom that we all know from 10ANNIV, etc. This software however completely filled the party with Mews, rather than just generating one at a time. (This is likely similar to what we saw with the Shroomish/Barboach test distributions in the German Debug Ruby rom.) They started with only one pokemon remaining in the party (possibly the over-leveled Blastoise seen in the Hall of Fame), then ran the distribution software which generated their first group of 5 Mews. The "Blastoise" was then released, and the first 4 Mews were placed vertically, top to bottom on the bottom right side, in Box 14. The distribution software was ran again, then the next group of 5 Mews were moved to the PC in the same order, with the 5th Mew on top of the previous column. This process was repeated many times until every single PC box was full. working backwards from Box 14 to Box 1. When the final group of 5 were generated, the 3rd Mew from that group was move to Box Slot 1,1 to fill the last hole in the PC. The 5th Mew from the first group generated remained in the party the entire time. And while trivial, for whatever reason, the first two Mews from the third-to-last group were shifted upwards two slots in Box 1, with the 5th Mew from the second-to-last group placed in the middle of the column rather than at the top. The distribution software was ran one final time to generate a Mew to fill the last empty slot in the party. Since this last Mew was generated by itself, there's no relative data to reference, therefore impossible for us to recreate it. The other 5 party Mews were able to be recreated based off data from the Mews generated in their same group of 5. Though what wasn't possible until a few days ago was recreating them to also include their trashbytes. While trivial, trashbytes are important for legality and preservation purposes. That's why the 5 recreated party Mews weren't public until now. Thanks a bunch to @ajxpk for successfully cracking this case. Every time we think we've gotten as far as we ever will regarding Mystery Mew, somehow we get lucky and gain another step forward. Who knows if Mystery Mew #426 will ever surface... It's possible someone who attended the original distribution in 2006 still owns a cartridge with Mew #426, but it's unlikely they'll ever know they have the most important Mew from this event.
  2. Iirc, the Eon Ticket can only be shared from a game which received it directly from the distribution device.
  3. Absolutely admirable work! Thanks for sharing this, it's a handy modern alternative for distributing GSC Mystery Gifts.
  4. If I haven't grown out of it yet at this age, I don't think I ever will. At least in regards to playing what I already love. There's no telling if the franchise may eventually stray far enough from the core concept enough to turn me away for good to all future titles. But even with the increasing casualization the past few generations, I still remain optimistic for the future. I'll keep playing current titles as long as they're still fun in some way to me. And even with LGPE, while I think it's too simplified for me, as long as it's a separate line of the core series, I don't see how it won't at least be fun to play in short spans when you don't have the time to get too invested. A separate line like this is also good to spit out during the down years like this to hold us over until the next big new games get released, eg Pokemon Switch 2019, because the last down year in 2015 was a killer bore for me. But now I think I'm straying of onto another topic, so I'll stop on that note. There's also other aspects that keep me going though. Like the ongoing effort of historical and event preservation, to make sure we don't loose important pieces of the franchise's past. When more unseen distribution software surfaces, and stuff like the amazing Gold/Silver beta demo, these get me just as excited as a new game does.
  5. I think Pokemon Colosseum and GoD are also considered "main series" (or "side series"), because they aren't spin-offs either, however they aren't "core series". I think the important point is to understand the different categories, whatever you may call them. Personally, if this formula was the future of the series, It'd be majorly disappointing and I would end my support immediately for the franchise onward. However as we know, 2019 is supposed to be the "real" Switch RPG that was hinted at during last year's E3. That makes me totally fine with LGP/LGE being it's own thing, even if it turns into it's own "Let's Go" line with future releases to better suit casual fans. I'm still waiting to see more detailed information. Regardless, I don't think this game will be bad in any sense, considering this isn't the future of the "core series" formula. I think it'd be fun to play through a 3D Kanto (even if it is similar to XY/ORAS graphics), something easy to pass the time during boredom without getting as invested in it as with a core game. I don't see why it wouldn't at least be enjoyable. I always said I don't want another Kanto remake unless it features a new story taking place years after GSC (or a prequel), so lets hope it isn't just a watered down RGBY. In summary, I'm totally okay with this as long as we'll still be getting the regular formula RPGs, which we are. Also, something to note is that Gale of Darkness teased us with Bonsly and Munchlax before Gen IV was even out. That's probably what they're doing in LGPE with that "special" pokemon they teased.
  6. There's no Japanese Aura Mew, but I'm sure you just mistyped that. They probably got leaked through Nintendo employees. The distribution devices were likely pretty much always in possession of the event team handling the distributions. I don't think theft from the distribution locations was a possibility until the mass produced carts appeared during Gen IV and V. Because by then any random GameStop, etc employee could take it when the event was over.
  7. It wasn't mail-in in 2005 during the original events. It's just that Nintendo of Italy continued to provide a service on their website up until a few years ago (or still?) for players to mail them their carts. That's how we had all the wondercards dumped a few years ago. But regardless the cart/rom could have leaked just like any other cart, originating through employees themselves.
  8. It works with all the European languages, so it has all the respective wondercards. That being English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Think about Aura Mew for example, it's the same case just without wondercards. That's what makes this superior to our American Aurora Ticket rom, along with having Emerald support.
  9. I figured I should give quick update on this to close the loose ends. Updates from Jenn were slow paced due to real life and such, but our talks have come to a close. Turns out her friend's cart was actually a Red as well, and it being a Blue must've been a false memory. The savefile was indeed erased though as I had predicted. Unfortunately, this cart has also since then been removed from the system it was sealed in, so we won't have any new pictures to archive as I was hoping for. That's about it. Now with all my questions answered, she shipped my dumper back to me a few days ago. So the savefile we obtained in January will indeed likely be the only one we will ever archive from this event, which we are extremely lucky to have in the first place. I guess now we can look forward to the preservation effort keeping up the momentum of the last year or so, hopefully bringing us more rare data to archive. Unfortunately I'm not sure how much is left sitting around with collectors.
  10. I don't mind paying the $5 a year, rather I'm thinking of longevity. I sometimes still complete/re-complete the NatDex when playing any of the older games. Come the day in 10 years or whenever and the 3DS/Switch PokeBank servers goes offline, we won't even have access anymore. I also don't like DLC for this reason, so when I buy a game I prefer it complete.
  11. National Dex. Collectors and completionists don't want to settle on it being PokeBank exclusive behind a paywall. Return to featuring more exploration options and less linearity. It makes it more fun and worth playing after you finish the main game. (eg. giving Ultra Space full potential) Less hand-holding. I'm tired of the slow and boring beginnings with forced Trainer School bullshit, etc. Stop hyping things just to end up with lost potential (eg. Ultra Megalopolis, Zygarde, etc.) Longer post-game stories. Rainbow Rocket was fun, but too short. Perhaps continue Rainbow Rocket (post-game or not), as Giovanni hinted this was only the beginning of his new scheme. Lessen the ongoing Kanto pandering, rather just have references to all regions. (Alolan forms of only Kantomon is one example of this problem) More in-game Mythicals like Deoxys and Celebi. No Kanto remakes until we at least have Gen IV and V If Kanto, make it a new story that takes place after GSC, or alternatively a prequel to GSC that allows travel to Johto.
  12. A couple months ago I had tried using @suloku's seeder with the Meteor rom, and it did not produce a shiny. Iirc, nature, etc was all identical to a Wishmkr using the same seed, just not shiny. But if a shiny Meteor is indeed possible, there must be something different with its multiboot that needs to be accounted for.
  13. So this Yellow was just someone's personal cart that had been traded a Mew, right? Because otherwise I didn't know of any Yellow carts being used for the actual distribution. But being held in December 1999 could technically make that a possibility I suppose. (You can respond in our email convo if you want, since I don't know how long you plan on visiting here again)
  14. There were no other multiboots besides the four we found. As for DS ROMs, we dug into these and found everything last January.
  15. To make sure I'm understanding this correctly, the question marks only appear if either injected into Gen II, or traded when the savefiles aren't on Virtual Console? Then it's not really as big of a problem as I thought as long as VC trading is correcting the terminator.