SEGA Kunoichi 2.02 SDK!

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SEGA Kunoichi 2.02 SDK!

Post#1 » Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:58 am

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https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/au ... 1019551129

I'm very excited to share with you more details about SEGA Kunoichi SDK 2.02!

Before proceeding, please allow me to specify that unfortunately I were not able to access the contents of the disc, as buyer is currently unknown. I approached this with the intention of finding specific files from AM2 Naomi Library SDK, but what I have found, even if different, is worth to report!

Thanks to an uncredited person, file details emerged and matched up perfectly with library strings used in games or Katana SDKs.

What is Kunoichi SDK?

Kunoichi SDK 2.02 is part of an exclusive series of unreleased SEGA Naomi SDKs aimed to third party developers during 1999-2001.
According to strings present in later Naomi games, there are at least 5 known versions:

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Kunoichi Ver.0.06zrTEST2 , 0.99, 2.02 , 2.06 , 2.07


Even if Kunoichi SDK 2.02 CD is branded as Naomi from the outside it is packed with Dreamcast on the inside!

This SDK were supposed to work on top of Shinobi / Ninja / Kamui2 libraries and plugins, that may have helped developers to create games for both Arcades and DC system.
But in fact, no Dreamcast port of those Kunoichi-developed Naomi games has strings of its libraries.

It's plausible developers could choose to install Katana DC libraries (lib folder) or Naomi Kunoichi libraries (lib.kn2 folder), as evidenced by separate lib folders and setups:

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set_dc2.bat / set_nm2.bat


Lib folder includes exactly the same filenames of "Dreamcast SDK for Sega Library Ver.2.00J", and so it does the utility folder packed with latest version of 3DSMax Ninja plugin known for 3DSMax3, used for creating models & animations in .NJ / .NJM format.

* Image taken from Dreamcast SDK for Sega Library Ver.2.00J 3DSMax3 plugin *
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The only specific Kunoichi lib files, in comparison to the other KATANA SDKs were a dedicate folder named NLAjamma, certainly related to Jamma boards and a single kn2.lib, probably holding the entirety of Naomi functions it had.

In conclusion I were quite surprised this CD didn't have any element coming from base AM2 Naomi Library v.0.8 / 0.99, nor any NLObjput model format, so this makes Kunoichi SDK an unique library from SEGA.

A last curiosity, none of below mentioned games used Version 2.02!
This makes it harder to track developer that originally owned it.

You can find a WIP list of games developed with Kunoichi Library here:

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Game Title
Kuru Kuru Chameleon
La Keyboard XYU
Lupin the 3rd - The Shooting
Lupin the 3rd - The Typing
Mamonoro
Melty Blood Act Cadenza
Melty Blood Actress Again
Musapeys Choco Marker
Mushiking The King Of Beetles - Mushiking II
PSYVARIAR 2
Puyo Puyo Da!
Radirgy Noa
Samba De Amigo
Senko No Ronde
Shikigami No Shiro II
Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden 4
Shooting Love 2007 Exzeal
Shootout Pool
Street Fighter Zero3 Upper
Super Shanghai 2005
Tetris Kiwamemichi
Tokyo Bus
Trigger Heart Exelica
Under Defeat
Usagui Yamashiro MahjongHen
Virtua Athlete
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S.
Wave Runner GP
WWF Royal Rumble


Original Auction items list:

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2021年 11月 21日 14時 22分 追加)
CD-ROM 内容:
doc(フォルダー)
driver(フォルダー)
include(フォルダー)
include.kn(フォルダー)
lib(フォルダー)
lib.kn(フォルダー)
sample.kn(フォルダー)
Submit(フォルダー)
utl(フォルダー)
_DEISREG.ISR
_ISREG32.DLL
DeIsL1.isu
DeIsL2.isu
directory.txt
kn2ver.txt
kunoichi2.txt
release.txt
set_dc2.bat
set_nm2.bat
SetupKn2.doc
upgrade.txt
version2.txt
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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#2 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:57 am

Never thought the day would finally come! Hopefully the buyer is looking to preserve and share, it would be exciting to see what the talented community can do and learn with this.

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#3 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:18 am

Amazing it would be nice if it get's shared along with lot of the other sega sdk's that still not around.. I have most but there are a few that just in collectors hands

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#4 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:43 am

I also hope it will be shared

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#5 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:13 am

damn over $4000 already. I was gonna try to get it but I am out lol

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#6 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:25 am

Is this the final source key needed to downgrade and port all the Naomi games to Dreamcast then?

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#7 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:17 am

Dirge Of Ram wrote:Is this the final source key needed to downgrade and port all the Naomi games to Dreamcast then?


it has nothing to do with porting NAOMI games to DreamCast

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#8 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:07 pm

Dirge Of Ram wrote:Is this the final source key needed to downgrade and port all the Naomi games to Dreamcast then?

To make it short, a complete Naomi Library SDK is a shortcut for reversing game functions using that library. That's immense from a reversing and modding point of view ( Create new models / functions related to textures loading / memory allocation, debug print.. ), but it does not address hardware / programming differences between Naomi and DC.
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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#9 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:28 am

Just had to know why the bids was going so high up but understood.

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Re: SEGA Naomi SDK finally surfaced on yahoo auctions!

Post#10 » Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:15 am

I have important updates to report very soon. :D
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