New arrivals 09/03/14

Street Fighter Zero 2 「ストリートファイターZERO 2」

Boxed but not complete (I presume). Came with marquee, two instruction strips and manual.

Shikigami no Shiro 3「式神の城 III」

Not working. The HD is corrupt and first attempt to fix didn’t work out so I need to borrow a fresh disk and clone it.

Taito Type X+

The Type X+ is a Type X with a more powerful graphics card. Battle Gear 4, Half-Life 2: Survivor and Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon are games developed specifically for the X+ but most of the normal Type X games also run on the X+ unless they’re incompatible with the graphics card.

DonPachi glass

Very nicely presented glas with Colonel Schwarlitz Longhena from DonPachi. I have no idea when or where you could get hold of this.

Game music

Picked up a few Cave related albums as well;

  • Cave Love
  • Mushihimesama Arrange CD -Haitenai Densetsu-
  • Rendezvous
  • Celebrity of the voice premium compilation album “Voice bowl”
  • Capcom Music Generation Progear no Arashi Original Soundtrack
  • DO-DON-PACHI DAI-FUKKATSU Original Sound Track

New arrivals 08/01/14

Puzzle! Mushihimetama「虫姫たま」

The only non-shooter game by Cave released on the CAVE CV1000 hardware. It is also the only Cave release to have a song playing during attract mode.

Mushihimetama PCBMushihimetama marquee

Dig Dug

This is the Namco version of Dig Dug, released in 1982. It uses the same pin-out as Galaga. Still waiting for a JAMMA converter so I can take the game for a spin.

Dig Dug PCB 1 Dig Dug PCB 2Dig Dug marquee

Arcana Heart / Arcana Heart FULL! 「アルカナハート」

Arcana Heart was first released in 2006 by Yuki Enterprise. Later in 2007 after Examu had acquired Yuki a patch called Arcana Heart FULL! was released adding more characters to the roster.

Arcana Heart FULL! PCB

Arcana Heart equipped with the FULL! upgrade and the original version to the left. The pin-out on the PCB is JAMMA but video out is only by VGA. As far as I know this is the only PCB based game with this combo.

Arcana Heart marquee

Cosmic Smash

Released in 2001 by Sega for the Naomi system, Cosmic Smash is a combination of squash and break-out.

Cosmic Smash cartridge

Taito F3 motherboard

Taito F3 motherboard

New arrivals 07/07/14

Moudya「モウディヤ」

A coin drop type of puzzle game from Etona. Released in 1995 and the only arcade game ever published by Etona.

Moudya PCB Moudya marquee

Arcana Heart 2「アルカナハート2」

A 2D douijin style fighting game with an all female roster from Examu. Released in 2008 for the ex-BOARD system.

Arcana Heart 2 cartridge Arcana Heart 2 marquee

Puchi Carat「プチカラット」

A ball and paddle game (much like Arkanoid but with a different theme). Released for Taito’s F3 system in 1997.

Puchi Carat

Space Invaders Anniversary「スペースインベーダー アニバーサリー」

Released for the 25th anniversary of the Space Invaders game in 2003 for the G-Net system. The game contains several different versions of Space Invaders released throughout the years.

Space Invaders Anniversary

Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection marquee (Naomi style)

Tekken 5 DR marquee

Otenami Haiken「おてなみ拝見」

A collection of mini games released for Taito’s G-Net by Success in 1999.

Otenami Haiken cartridge Otenami Haiken marquee

Espgaluda

Espgaluda flyer

Flyer

Espgaluda (エスプガルーダ) released in 2003 by CAVE. It is the spiritual prequel to CAVE’s renowned ESP Ra.De. and was followed by Espgaluda II.

Espgaluda is widely considered to be the most accessible of CAVE’s shoot ‘em up titles. The basic mechanics of the game are simple compared to other CAVE titles but still offers a challenge to any player aiming to score high.

A complete arcade PCB kit consists of game PCB, four PCB feet, instruction sheet, marquee, pop, instruction strip, 50 A5 sized flyers with inserts for Arcadia magazine/mobile games, a letter from CAVE and, of course, a box.

Other releases

Espgaluda was released  for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The PS2 version contains different playing modes; such as arcade, arrange and simulation; gallery, and a walkthrough DVD video featuring replays by Clover-TAC and KTL-NAL. In simulation mode the player can change different parameters of the game play. Arrange mode offers redesigned stages, new fighters and a remixed soundtrack.

In 2005 Espgaluda was ported to the i-mode mobile phones in Japan.

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G-net shmups

I brought one of my G-net mobo’s to Monouchi’s Taito Station last weekend for firing up some shmups on one of his Egret II’s.

For having only 20+ titles available in total the G-net actually boasts quite a few shmup games. I’m still missing Ray Crisis but we played through the ones I have. I must say I enjoyed Psyvariar ~Revision~ the most. Interesting scoring mechanism and a great soundtrack! XII Stag is an odd gem with its horizontal firing system. Shikigami no Shiro delivers as usual.

Finally having gotten Space Invaders Anniversary I ran through a few of the versions in the game and it’s quite remarkable to back 30 some years to the birth of the shmup genre.

Of course we had to play some Cave titles as well for restoring the order ;)

Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu Arrange Album

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Original title 怒首領蜂大復活 アレンジアルバム
Other titles Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu Arrange Album
DO-DON-PACHI DAI-FUKKATSU Arrange Album
Catalog number CVAS-06
Release date 11/25/10
Publish format Commercial, enclosure
Release price 9240 JPY (package price)
Media format CD
Classification Arrangement
Published by Cave
Composed by Manabu Namiki (並木学), Azusa Chiba (千葉梓), Yoshimi Kudo (工藤吉三)
Arranged by RESONATOR [Kenji Ito (伊藤賢治), Kohta Takahashi (高橋コウタ)]

Notes

Enclosed with the DO-DON-PACHI DAI-FUKKATSU Ver. 1.5 Limited Edition (JP) and Dodonpachi Resurrection Deluxe Edition (EU/US) releases for Xbox 360.

Arrangements: Kohta Takahashi: 01 – 05, 07 – 16 / Kenji Ito: 06

Tracklist

01 Select 4:48
02 Stage1 5:06
03 Stage2A 4:23
04 Stage3A 5:21
05 Stage4A 3:30
06 Boss1 3:05
07 StageClear 2:52
08 Stage2B 3:59
09 Stage3B 5:15
10 Stage4B 4:09
11 Boss2 1:23
12 Stage5 4:34
13 FinalBoss 3:48
14 TrueFinalBoss 3:35
15 Ending 3:16
16 NameEntry 5:04
Disc length 64:08

Examu ex-BOARD

Examu ex-BOARD arcade systemThe Examu ex-BOARD was released in 2008 and as Taito’s Type X2 it was based on Windows XP Embedded. Only four games were ever released for the ex-BOARD:

  • Arcana Heart 2 (March 2008)
  • Suggoi Arcana Heart 2 (October 2008)
  • Daemon Bride (July 2009)
  • Arcana Heart 3 (December 2009)

A fifth title was planned but never saw the daylight: Monster Ancient Cline.

The rise and fall

Examu pushed the ex-BOARD as their own proprietary arcade platform under the slogan “For the future of arcade games.”. The system had many similarities with Taito’s Type X2 system. On certain points it was more well designed; fanless (quiet), no PSU (quiet), cartridges (instead of hard drives and USB dongles), a well thought through case (easy to work with). The Type X2, released the year before) on the other hand already had better specs than the ex-BOARD.

The ex-BOARD relied on copy protection built into the motherboard (as opposed to Type X2′s dongles). This would sadly become the downfall of the ex-BOARD. The protection was way too weak and with Arcana Heart 3 being cracked within days after initial release Examu decided to retire the ex-BOARD and move future releases to Taito’s Type X2 and NESiCAxLive platform.

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ex-BOARD unit

The I/O PCB

The I/O PCB

The motherboard

The motherboard

The parts

The parts

Daemon Bride

Daemon Bride kit box

Specifications

  • CPU: fanless Via C7 NanoBGA2 (X86)
  • Chipset: Via CN700, VT8237R Plus
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (with VRAM sharing)
  • Video: Integrated S3 UniChrome Pro AGP graphics with MPEG-2 decoding acceleration
  • Audio: VIA VT1618Cidec 192kHz/32bit 8 channel AC’97
  • Network: 10 or 100 Mbit/s Ethernet
  • Video I/O: JAMMA, 2 x VGA, composite and S-video
  • Sound I/O: JAMMA and 2 x stereo (RCA)
  • Input: JAMMA (joysticks and buttons 1 – 4) plus buttons 5 and 6 via separate molex connector
  • USB: Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Power: JAMMA supply 12V 5A or special power supply adaptor with AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 1.7 A
  • Size: 317.8 mm x 250mm x 104.2mm
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Embedded
  • Flash Disk: 512MB/1GB/2GB

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JAEPO 2014 (Namco Bandai)

Less than an hour left until JAEPO 2014 opens the doors and I’m going through some of the line ups already released. Today the turn has come to Namco Bandai.

Namco Bandai has a rather short line up but nonetheless a couple of notable news. First one up is a theater style shooter / rhythm action (!?) game featuring AKB48.

Sailor Zombie ~AKB48 Arcade Edition~ (セーラーゾンビ ~ AKB48 アーケード・エディション ~)

zonbi AKB48 is turning zombie in this odd mash up of shooting and rhythm action. The theater style cab looks interesting. I for one hope we get to see a few clips of this one in action!

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme vs. Maxi Boost (機動戦士ガンダム EXTREME VS. MAXI BOOST)

gundam01The 11th release in the Gundam franchise brings us the MS110 aircraft and supposedly a mode where you can battle other players toons on-line. When playing your character/aircraft can be stored on-line and battled out by other players. The new opening song will be released at the venue.

Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (湾岸ミッドナイトマキシマムチューン5)

wangan5Also Wangan Midnight gets an update with new elements added to the competition racing. And like ID8 Infinity’s D coins, Wangan has its Maxi G that can be used in game to pimp out your ride even further.

Super Alpine Racer (スーパーアルペンレーサ)

alpenArcade skiing is back in this new version of Alpine Racer. The cabinet boasts vertical 55″ monitors and promises a whole new experience of the trill racing down the slopes. The games are networked and up to 8 players can go head to head in the same race.

Other games

Namco Bandai has a few more titles in the line up. Prize games, photo booth and medal games, for instance Super Sea Story in Okinawa 3 (海物語 IN 沖縄 ウキウキバケーション); a medal game for all ages. An updated Dead Storm Pirates SP can be spotted in the line up but details remains unknown. A few more already released games will be available on the venue.

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