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Hummer Team
SFZ297HummerTeamIntroScreen
Example of a Hummer Team copyright.
Origin Taiwan
Years 1992-2006
Consoles Famicom, VT03
First Game Jing Ke Xin Zhuan
Last Game Final Fight 3 (probably the last as a full team)

Harry's Legend (last known stand-alone game)
ZDog plug & play system (last known release)

Sounds used Hummer Sound Engine (all games except Final Fight 3 & Tiny Toon 6)
Engines used Somari engine, SFII Engine, and others
Aliases Somari Team, Hummer Technology Co., Ltd, Simmer Technology Co., Ltd
Games published by Ge De Industry Co., Yoko, J.Y. Company, NT, Rinco, Trump Grand, ABAB Soft, Zechess
Related companies C&E

Hummer Team (悍馬小組, Hanyu Pinyin: hànmǎ xiǎozǔ) was a pirate game developer that originated in 1992 after a few members left C&E. They were known for making what many consider decent NES ports of games that were on more advanced consoles along with having games published by many different companies including SuperTone, Yoko Soft, Ge De Industry Co., J.Y. Company and KaSheng. The team seems to have significantly reduced in size during the 64-bit era, but the remaining members continued to make games until at least 2006, mostly for multicarts and plug & play Famiclones (later VT03-based). Hummer Team ceased to exist after the release of the ZDog.

Aliases

  • Somari Team (used before 1995) - For some reason, Supertone misspelled Somari Team as Someri Team on both AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting and Somari covers.
  • Jing Tay Team (Seen in Tiny Toon Adventures 6) - As a reference to J.Y. Company.
  • Copyright (As seen in SMW & Aladdin - technically not an alias but still an identifying factor, most developers don't write the word "Copyright" in full)
  • Hummer Technology Co., Ltd. / Simmer Technology Co., Ltd. (2006)

Staff

  • Hummer Cheng - Head, sound designer, programmer in Titenic. One of the remaining staff members in 2006 (ZDog director).
  • Silvers Lin - Programmer, producer, was part of C&E. Name can be found in Aladdin through a hex editor. Possibly "Hung Hsiang _ Lin" in Donkey Kong Country 4, may also be "Light Lin" in Street Fighter IV (although Light Lin is credited for graphics, which Silvers Lin is not known to have worked on in other games).
  • Kathy Chen - Graphics, was part of C&E. Credited as Kathy Chiang in Tiny Toon Adventures 6. Could be Lidia Jam in Street Fighter 2.
  • Carroll Wu - Graphics. One of the remaining staff members in 2006 (ZDog graphic artist).
  • Chris Ho - Programmer on Titenic and one of the remaining staff members in 2006 (ZDog programmer).
  • Stevin Hseih - (Engine) programmer. S.S Hsieh in Donkey Kong Country 4.
  • Terrissa Mao (Yao?) - Graphics, Yao appears on the background of the first stage in Street Fighter Zero 2 '97. Possibly credited as Sakula on DKC4 (pronounce: Sakura).
  • Say Lee - Graphics, credited in Tiny Toon Adventures 6, and SAY appears next to YAO in SFZ2'97. Possibly credited as Freeman on DKC4.
  • Y.Y.C - Graphics, was credited in Earthworm Jim 3 and Donkey Kong Country 4. He/she could be "Huei Fan" credited in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 4

This is a list of people who have appeared in Hummer Team's credits. However, it is unknown if these are real people or just nicknames:

All the names used before J.Y. Company era (particularly in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Street Fighter IV) are too hard to track because they are a lot more generic and different than the ones used in 1997.

Games

These are games that are known to be made by them.

SuperTone, Ge De Industry, and Yoko Soft era:

J.Y. Company and KaSheng era:

These were made by only a few members of Hummer Team after 1998. Their original publisher is unknown, although some of these games were rereleased by ABAB Soft, and some were only released on a 15-in-1 multicart by an unknown company. Panda Adventure on the Super Cool Boy 4-in-1 has a Rinco (Ramar International) logo in the tiles, and Ramar produced some game cartridges around 2000 that were only sold in mainland China,[1] so they may have been the original publishers. Some of these games later appeared on Trump Grand Famiclones such as the Power Joy Supermax.

Plug & play consoles

Zdog

Zdog

These consoles were produced by Zechess Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese company that existed from around 2005-2006 run by Handel Liao - whose name also appears in the source code of ABABSoft's website - and they contain the last known games developed by Hummer. They are largely VT03-based although each contains at least one older game which still runs in standard Famicom mode.

  • Samuri - 60 games, includes individual levels from the "Hummer" hack of Somari plus newer VT03 mini games.[2]
  • ZDog - comes with a toy dog which carries the actual console unit in its backpack. 44 games, which can be accessed through one of three modes: a standard game list, a map screen or a virtual pet style mode. Games include levels from Titenic, the Ping Pong game listed by ABABSoft plus similar VT03 mini games to the Samuri.

Logo and mascot

45-in-1 (JY-120A) (Unl) -U--!- 002

J.Y. Company's logo

In numerous Hummer Team games there is a three-eyed sun/sea urchin hidden in the ROM; it can generally found by a button code and/or a sprite editor such as Tile Layer Pro, although sometimes (such as in Aladdin) it is incorporated into the level graphics.

A common misconception is that this is Hummer Team's logo, but it is in fact J.Y. Company's, who published many Hummer games as well as numerous other pirates. This is why it isn't present in Hummer's games that are published by NT (Earthworm Jim 3 and Street Fighter Zero 2 97), but is present in Ei-How Yang's games published by JY, such as Mickey Mania 7 and Contra Spirits (which was published with a Hosenkan Electronics Co., Ltd. label).

Hummer

Hummer

Hummer Team itself is not known to have had a logo, but from 2005-2006 they used a horse named Hummer as its mascot (a play on the Chinese characters for "Hummer" which mean "brave horse"). Hummer's first known appearance was in a hack of Somari on the 15-in-1 multicart, and he would later go on to star in many games on both the Samuri & ZDog plug & play consoles, as well as appearing on both consoles' intro screens. A pink cat called Pink Jelly also features prominently in these games, again having appeared first on the 15-in-1 cart.

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