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|title=<center>Frogger: Ancient Shadow (PC port)</center>
 
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|image=AncientShadowPC.png
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|imagecaption=The PC port's title screen.
 
|status=<span style="color: orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
 
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'''''Frogger: Ancient Shadow''''' is a 2005 puzzle platformer developed by Hudson Soft and published by Konami. The game was released 27 September 2005 on the Playstation 2, Xbox and Gamecube with a PC release coming out the following year. However, unlike prior PC releases in the franchise the game was not released on a physical disc but instead was offered as a download through a streaming service one could only access with the Konami Live Online Game Controller.
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''Frogger: Ancient Shadow'' is a 2005 puzzle platformer developed by Hudson Soft and published by Konami. The game was released September 27th, 2005 on the Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube '''with a PC release coming out the following year'''. However, unlike prior franchise PC releases, the game was not released on a physical disc, but was instead sold as a USB game controller. When the controller was plugged in to a computer, the game would then be downloaded to the machine.<ref>[https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060509005294/en/Konami-Announces-Blockbuster-Lineup-Electronic-Entertainment-Expo Business Wire 2006 lineup of then upcoming Konami titles, including the Konami Live Online ''Frogger'' controller.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref>
  
==Lost PC Port==
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==PC Port==
In August 2006, Konami released two versions of the Konami Live Online Game Controller, one being Frogger: Ancient Shadow and the other being the Konami Arcade Collection (which included re-releases of Time Pilot, Scramble, Ye Air Kung Fu and Contra). The controller itself used the same technology produced by QiGo and Oberon Media that powered another similar product called NetJet.  
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In August 2006, Konami released two versions of the Konami Live Online Game Controller, one being ''Frogger: Ancient Shadow'' and the other being the ''Konami Arcade Collection'' (which included re-releases of ''Time Pilot'', ''Scramble'', ''Ye Air Kung Fu'', and ''Contra''). The controller itself used the same technology produced by QiGo and Oberon Media that powered another similar product called NetJet.<ref>[https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/konami-plugs-into-fun-with-konamir-live-online-game-controllers Game Industry.biz announcement of the Konami Live Online USB controllers.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20</ref>
  
With Frogger: Ancient Shadow, the controller would work as DRM and connect the user to the servers that were holding the game files. As you played the game, the servers would in turn stream and download the necessary files needed to progress as you went along. The servers for the Konami controller were discontinued in July 2012, rendering both games inaccessible, resulting in the PC port for Frogger: Ancient Shadow being lost with Konami never re-releasing it in any manner unlike the titles from the Arcade Collection.
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With ''Frogger: Ancient Shadow'', the controller would work as DRM and connect the user to the servers that were holding the game files. As you played the game, it would download the necessary files from the servers. The servers for the Konami controller were discontinued in July 2012, rendering both games inaccessible, resulting in the PC port for ''Frogger: Ancient Shadow'' being lost with Konami never re-releasing it in any manner unlike the titles from the ''Arcade Collection''.
  
 
On August 16th, 2020, two Highway Frog Discord users named Kneesnap and Flairieve were able to pull some files and the game's executable from the latter’s old hard drive, revealing how the Konami Live Online Game Controller accessed the files necessary to run it. Their goal is to reconstruct the PC version by importing assets from other released versions of the game.
 
On August 16th, 2020, two Highway Frog Discord users named Kneesnap and Flairieve were able to pull some files and the game's executable from the latter’s old hard drive, revealing how the Konami Live Online Game Controller accessed the files necessary to run it. Their goal is to reconstruct the PC version by importing assets from other released versions of the game.
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The reconstructed PC port was completed and released on September 12th, 2020, however the original PC files after the first two worlds of the game still remain missing.
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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File:AncientShadowPCgameplay.png
 
File:AncientShadowPCgameplay.png
 
File:Konami_Live_Frogger.jpg
 
File:Konami_Live_Frogger.jpg
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File:Ancient_Shadow_Error_Screen.png
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
{{Video|perrow  =2
 
{{Video|perrow  =2
 
   |service1    =youtube
 
   |service1    =youtube
 
   |id1          =-lW5KpJYuvA
 
   |id1          =-lW5KpJYuvA
   |description1 =Commercial for the controller + showcases brief gameplay footage
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   |description1 =Commercial for the controller + showcases brief gameplay footage.
 
   |service2    =youtube
 
   |service2    =youtube
 
   |id2          =St8XupJAios
 
   |id2          =St8XupJAios
   |description2 =Ancient Shadow gameplay
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   |description2 =More gameplay footage.
 
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==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
*[[Net Jet Games (partially found inaccessible Tiger Electronics brand games; 2007-2009)]]
 
*[[Net Jet Games (partially found inaccessible Tiger Electronics brand games; 2007-2009)]]
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[https://forums.lostmediawiki.com/thread/3247/frogger-ancient-shadow-konami-controller/ Forum post relating to Ancient Shadow's PC port]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20071008054642/http://www.konami.com/Konami/ctl3810/cp20103/si1587686/cl1/frogger_ancient_shadow/ Archived Konami site listing for ''Frogger: Ancient Shadow''.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20071005194533/http://www.konami.com/Konami/ctl3810/cp20119/si1728326/cl1/konami_live_online_game_controllers_frogger/ Archived Konami site listing for the Konami Online Live Controller.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20
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*[https://forums.lostmediawiki.com/thread/3247/frogger-ancient-shadow-konami-controller/ Forum post relating to ''Frogger: Ancient Shadow'''s PC port.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20
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*[https://highwayfrogs.net/thread/60/pc-port-restoration/ Highway Frogs forum relating to the PC port's reconstruction.] Retrieved 18 Aug '20
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*[https://highwayfrogs.net/thread/61/pc-port-download/ Highway Frogs forum post related to the reconstruction's release.] Retrieved 12 Sep '20
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==References==
 
==References==
*https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/konami-plugs-into-fun-with-konamir-live-online-game-controllers
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*https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060509005294/en/Konami-Announces-Blockbuster-Lineup-Electronic-Entertainment-Expo
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20071008054642/http://www.konami.com/Konami/ctl3810/cp20103/si1587686/cl1/frogger_ancient_shadow/ Archived Konami site listing for Frogger: Ancient Shadow]
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20071005194533/http://www.konami.com/Konami/ctl3810/cp20119/si1728326/cl1/konami_live_online_game_controllers_frogger/ Archived Konami site listing for the Konami Online Live Controller]
 
*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lW5KpJYuvA
 
  
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[[Category:Partially found media]]
 
[[Category:Partially found media]]
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Latest revision as of 08:09, 27 January 2021

AncientShadowPC.png

The PC port's title screen.

Status: Partially Found

Frogger: Ancient Shadow is a 2005 puzzle platformer developed by Hudson Soft and published by Konami. The game was released September 27th, 2005 on the Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube with a PC release coming out the following year. However, unlike prior franchise PC releases, the game was not released on a physical disc, but was instead sold as a USB game controller. When the controller was plugged in to a computer, the game would then be downloaded to the machine.[1]

PC Port

In August 2006, Konami released two versions of the Konami Live Online Game Controller, one being Frogger: Ancient Shadow and the other being the Konami Arcade Collection (which included re-releases of Time Pilot, Scramble, Ye Air Kung Fu, and Contra). The controller itself used the same technology produced by QiGo and Oberon Media that powered another similar product called NetJet.[2]

With Frogger: Ancient Shadow, the controller would work as DRM and connect the user to the servers that were holding the game files. As you played the game, it would download the necessary files from the servers. The servers for the Konami controller were discontinued in July 2012, rendering both games inaccessible, resulting in the PC port for Frogger: Ancient Shadow being lost with Konami never re-releasing it in any manner unlike the titles from the Arcade Collection.

On August 16th, 2020, two Highway Frog Discord users named Kneesnap and Flairieve were able to pull some files and the game's executable from the latter’s old hard drive, revealing how the Konami Live Online Game Controller accessed the files necessary to run it. Their goal is to reconstruct the PC version by importing assets from other released versions of the game.

The reconstructed PC port was completed and released on September 12th, 2020, however the original PC files after the first two worlds of the game still remain missing.

Gallery

Commercial for the controller + showcases brief gameplay footage.
More gameplay footage.


See Also

External Links

References