Team Radish Presents
Tomy Tutor / Tomy Pyuuta Cartridge Archival Set
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE FILE BEFORE USING THIS DISTRIBUTION!
The Tomy Tutor, its younger Japanese brother the Tomy Pyuuta and English cousin the Grandstand Tutor were early 1980's home computers developed by Matsushita Electronics. While relatively unknown, the computer featured a 16-bit microprocessor and could be called a low-cost evolved version of the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. The computer flopped in Japan, the UK as well as the USA but a few of us had run-ins with these pieces of hardware due to galactic intervention. While in all honesty a lot could be done with a Tomy Tutor, the main attraction was its small library of games.
Up until recently there really wasn't much of a serious drive to publicly archive the ROM data contained on Tutor and Pyuuta cartridges. In fact for many years the only ROM archival dumps had been hacked and were not accurate images of the original cartridge content. That changed in 2011 when clean archives of every US released Tutor cartridge, as well as many Japanese Pyuuta cartridges, appeared online. Unfortunately this file wasn't hosted for very long and soon became hard to come by, at least in a clean and complete archive. With what little information there is on the Tomy Tutor spread across the Web (even the premier Tomy Tutor webpage is fairly disorganized) this project was created to maintain a current archive of Tomy Tutor firmware and cartridge images. I created this archive because I grew up with a Tomy Tutor, it was the first computer I ever used, and more people should be able to experience its software library.
The goal of this archive is to provide a source where all the current Tomy Tutor / Tomy Pyuuta archival images can be preserved in the same place. You don't have to join a forum, or pay to access a file service, or dig through a newsgroup, or go to a website with a thousand ads, or follow links just to find that they don't go anywhere, or know a secret handshake, or any of that. This archive was created for those who would like to relive their days with the Tomy Tutor and others curious about the hardware. Additionally I find a great deal of the secrecy surrounding this platform to be simply absurd. The information and files should be out there, easy to find, easy to enjoy. Please leave your air of entitlement at the door. I pine for the day everything Tutor / Pyuuta is archived and a multicart can be manufactured. Things have gotten a lot better in the past few years with the serious push to archive the Tutor / Pyuuta software catalog and robust support in MESS / MAME.
No documentation was included with the
original image archive that was used as the original backbone of this package.
As of Release 2, some of the newly added cartridge images were obtained
from specific people. These sources are credited at the end of this
file, under the "Revisions Over Previous Versions" heading. If you
have any information about who provided any uncredited cartridges, created
the backup images, anything at all then please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to both credit and thank you. I did not create any
of these images, I am simply maintaining an archive.
How The Archive Is Structured...
Three folders should be in the archive. "Archives" includes an individually zipped, virgin copy of each file in the archive package. (if you need a program to unzip the files, I suggest 7-zip from http://www.7-zip.org) "BIOS" contains the 16k and 32k Tomy Tutor firmware, the Tomy Pyuuta firmware, as well as a .zip file "readybios.zip" with all three files properly renamed for usage in MESS (Multi Emulator Super System). "Cartridges" contains unzipped .bin images of every cartridge included in the archive. MESS is NOT included in the archive and can easily be found online. If you need help with MESS please search online and ask in the appropriate communities.
Please note that the MESS driver for the
Tomy Tutor / Tomy Pyuuta was updated in MESS release 0.157 to include correct
mapping for 32K cartridges, allowing Baseball to work correctly. You
must use MESS 0.157 or later for all the cartridge images included in this
release to work correctly. Additionally as of MESS release
0.162, MESS and MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) have been combined
into a single emulator, branded under "MAME."
Of Included Cartridge Images by File Name...
|trafjama.bin||Traffic Jam (Alternate Dump / Image)||Unknown||Unknown|
Known Cartridges Currently Not Archived...
We are always constantly seeking out new
archival images as they appear online. As more are released the archive
will be updated. At the time of this release the following known
Tomy Tutor / Tomy Pyuuta cartridges and cassettes have yet to be archived.
|GajiGoji||UNRELEASED Pyuuta Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Jack In The Box||UNRELEASED Pyuuta Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Color Graphics Demo||None||None||JPN|
|Booby Prize Quiz||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Dash! 100 Meters||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Field Horse Racing||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Moon Landing||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Mouse's Cheese-Stealing||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Out-Puzzle||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Rescue Copter Jr.||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Ski Jumping||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
|Tag (Jintori)||Data Recorder Cassette Game||Pyuuta||JPN|
Known Cartridges Currently Not Archived But Shown as Dumped at MESS.org...
Although archival images of the following
cartridges have not been located and may not be currently available, they
are shown as dumped on the MESS.org "Needed Games To Be Dumped" listing.
This list should be treated as a "dumped but not yet released" listing.
As soon as the cartridge images are obtained they will be added to a future
General MESS Setup And Usage...
General MESS 0.157 Setup...
For a basic MESS 0.157 setup, after downloading and unzipping MESS from an official source you will need to make two folders in the mess/roms/ directory.
Label one "pyuuta" and another "tutor". Extract the respective BIOS files from the "readybios.zip" file in the "BIOS" folder of this package and place them in the directories outlined below:
The mess/roms/tutor/ directory MUST have
the following in it:
The mess/roms/pyuuta/ directory MUST have
the following in it:
Then copy the cartridge images from the "Cartridges" folder in this package to the respective mess/roms/ directory. Tutor games can be put in the Pyuuta folder and vice versa, but on the initial load of either MESS driver you will have to browse to the directory where the cartridges are.
General MESS 0.157 Usage...
Once in MESS, the Scroll Lock key will toggle between FULL and PARTIAL keyboard modes. It is important to have PARTIAL enabled.
Press Tab and select "File Manager" then "cartridge (cart)" then navigate to the directory where the cartridge images are and select the cartridge you'd like to load. The emulator will reset (you may need to press Scroll Lock to toggle back to PARTIAL keyboard mode) and the cartridge will be loaded.
Controller configuration can be handled via pressing Tab and selecting "Input (this System)" and changing key configurations.
To exit, make sure you are in PARTIAL keyboard mode and press Esc.
Further details on how to configure and
use MESS should be searched for online.
Possible Changes In Next Version...
Addition of currently unavailable cartridge
images. For the foreseeable future, this release should be considered
"complete" as it features archival dumps of every commercially released
Revisions Over Previous Versions...
Additions In Release 6 (04/25/2021):
Additions In Release 5 (09/04/2016):
Additions In Release 4 (01/24/2016):
Additions In Release 3 (01/11/2016):
Additions In Release 2 (01/10/2016):
Additions In Release 1 (01/29/2013):