Atomic Bomberman: How to open RSS sound files

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One of my favourite Bomberman games of all time. Insanity, loads of hidden features, wide variety of levels which affect your character, great music that gets you going and a VERY amusing array of character voices/insults.

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They just don't make games like this anymore.

So after 15 years or so, I wanted to grab some music off it for my MP3 player. Unfortunately, I completely forgot how to read the RSS file formats which the game uses.

As I discovered from GoldS on tcrf.net, the files are in a raw sound format, so RSS (back in the 90's) presumably stands for raw sound stream.

I couldn't get this to read properly in Adobe Audition, so I tried out an alternative called Goldwave.

When you've got this installed:

  • Open or drag in the sound file you want to play
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  • The default settings are perfect for opening the sound streams.
  • Leave it as Raw (snd, raw), PCM signed 16bit, little endian, mono, 44100 Hz.
  • Click OK and you can listen to it.

To batch process the 2,037 files, you'll need to define the format first. Otherwise, prepare to click "OK" 2,037 times upon import.

  • In the main menu, go to "Options" > "File Formats"
  • On "Undetectable types", click "Add"
  • Enter in "RSS" for the extension and copy the settings from above.
  • Save it and use batch process from the "File" menu.

I sure hope Interplay don't mind me giving these instructions out, but it's still an awesome game after so many years!

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13 comments:

  1. Sweet! Thanks so much, I'm addicted to bomberman and have been wanting the sounds as alerts on my smartphone for quite a while and could never figure out how to convert the sounds. My quest is now complete!
    THANK YOU, from one geek to another!

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  2. You're very welcome Brandy!

    I'm glad I could share the joy with another fan =)

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  3. When I save the sounds in a new format I seem to loose a second or so from the end. Do you have any ideas why this happend?

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  4. Not sure, mine seem to work fine when I saved directly to wav or ogg.

    Check if the format/bitrate/freq that you're saving to is different to the ones it is reading.

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  5. have downloaded goldwave, tried to open the files and it just says 'just says no audio content' any ideas??

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  6. ok just realised not all of them have audio data. sorry bout that. Thankyou so much for letting us know how to get the sounds! can't wait to put them on my phone haha!

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  7. Not a problem Morgan!

    I'm surprised that many people are finding this post, even though the game was released 15 years ago!

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  8. Thanks! Im going to attempt to rip the soundtrack... I missed it!

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  9. You sir, are legend

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  10. I'll call you god ! I was searching for this for so many years :') Thank you very very much !

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  11. Audacity does the same thing. Great sounds, now i can use them as ringtone.

    Cheers,
    Marius

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  12. Thank you for this :)

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