Dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU (怒首領蜂 大往生): Cave 2002

Dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU is the fourth title in CAVE’s Donpachi series. Released in Japan on 4/5/2002. The Black Label version was released on 10/25/2002.

The kit consists of the following:

  • PCB (blue case)
  • POP
  • Marquee
  • Instruction strip
  • Manual
  • A4 Flyer
  • A4 promo flyer (optional)
  • Poster (optional)
  • Box (Cave / AMI style)

Artwork

Kit photos

PCB photos

Salamander 2 (サラマンダー): Konami 1996

Salamander 2 is the sequel to Salamander and a spinoff of the long-running Gradius series. It’s the first game in the Gradius series to incorporate 3D graphic elements into its base of 2D graphics. It runs on Konami GX hardware.

Artwork

Kit photos

PCB photos

Magical Tetris Challenge (マジカルテトリスチャレンジ featuring ミッキー): Capcom 1998

Magical Tetris Challenge (or Magical Tetris Challenge featuring Mickey in Japan) is Tetris like puzzle game featuring different Disney characters. It was released for the arcade on Seta Aleck64 hardware.

Japanese flyer

(SOURCE: KLOV)

PCB photos

Review and game play

(by HVC001)

Wyvern Wings (와이번윙즈): Semicom 2001

Wyvern Wings is a fast paced vertical shooter by South Korean developer Semicom. It’s a mixture of influences from Seibu Kaihatsu’s Raiden and Psikyo’s Strikers 1945.

North American flyer

(source: KLOV)

Kit photos

PCB photos

Gameplay

(by Martinoz O)

GD-ROM spine labels

I got a request for a post on the spine labels I’ve done for my NAOMI GD-ROM’s. Never really thought anyone would be interested in them but wrong I was :P

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I use a Brother QL-570 label printer and design the labels in Brother’s P-touch Editor. It’s got an express mode and a pro mode. For doing your own designs Pro mode is preferred. The GD-ROM spine measures 184 mm x 12 mm (H x W). Even though there is a 12 mm wide roll I use a 29 mm wide roll for printing the GD-ROM spine labels. The reason being that the QL-570 wants a bit of margins on all sides. For this reason I’ve also made the label 187 mm long.

GD-ROM spine labelResources

Here are a few image files for getting started. I’ve picked them all from the Intertubes and I don’t make any claims as to owning any of these.

And here’s my label design in case you want to use it :)

Naomi Spine Label

Happy new 2015!

Hoping you’ve had a great 2014 and wishing you a prosperous 2015! :D

I’m ending this year with a few doujin shmups and other shmup related items.

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