Ukichi's website was found in January of 2002 JANUARY 2002 UKICHI's WEB PAGE IS FOUND. UKICHI = "LUCKY SPACE". HISTORICAL RECORD OF DISCOVERY. AND SO IT ALL BEGAN. JAPAN SECRET UNDERGROUND ROM CLUB MEMBER #1 WHO WAS UKICHI? SECRET ROM CLUBS...SERIOUSLY?
Way back in January of 2002, while I was doing some of my late night internet searching, I stumbled upon a Japan geocities web page. The page was mostly an FAQ or a "how to" on the NeoRageX emulator. It was all in Japanese and at the time, there were not any translator applications available. However, a picture is worth a thousand words, and long story short, the web page used several screen capture images throughout the descriptions which were used to depict what was being discussed in greater detail.
Ukichi was the FIRST source ever found that had 100% confirmed NEOGEO proto games. More importantly, they were also confirmed to be "safeguarded" because the rom data had been copied and saved onto a computer and was confirmed working in an emulator. What we did not yet realize at the time, was that this source would later come to be known as a member of the "Japan secret underground rom club". A club whose membership required the contribution of an as of yet undiscovered and/or undumped NEOGEO rom, which upon joining would result in the member subsequently gaining access to all of the previously contributed rom data files, conditionally given only after a swarn promise of absolute confidentiality and non disclosure agreement. Yeah, it's like that.
Think I'm exagerrating? Don't believe they exist? Here's proof of one:
UKICHI's WEB PAGE IS FOUND.
UKICHI = "LUCKY SPACE".
HISTORICAL RECORD OF DISCOVERY.
AND SO IT ALL BEGAN.
JAPAN SECRET UNDERGROUND ROM CLUB MEMBER #1
WHO WAS UKICHI?
SECRET ROM CLUBS...SERIOUSLY?