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 😛

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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

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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

Soul Calibur III Arcade Edition DVD cover inlay

Showing off your games is so much more fun than just storing them, right?

But how fun is it when they look like this?

SCIII DVD

Not at all. Really.

Luckily the dongles for Namco’s System 246 & 256 games uses the same cases as memory cards for PlayStation 2 games. Scavenging your nearest flea market for cheap PS2 games will provide you with cases for your games. Flea markets are usually better than second hand game stores if you want to find them cheap. I managed to pick up four (more or less) clean cases at $1 each on my last hunt.

Now, a PS2 case alone doesn’t go bling. You’ll of course need a nice inlay as well. I’ve created a template in Photoshop that I use as a base for all my inlays.

System 246 template

There’s a few sites that offer hi-res scans of inlays for a wide variety of games but if you wanna make it zing you’ll create your own.

An arcade game is not a console game.

An inlay measures 285 mm x 190 mm (approx. 11.2″ x 7.5″). Use scans, screen shots and game info from the web to assemble a unique inlay for your games.

SCIII inlay

Resources

Here’s a link to my template file and a couple of resources you can use for your covers. There’s tons more on the Intertubes. Good luck 😀