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

Happy new 2015!

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

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

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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Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu Arrange Album

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

The CAVE Database

Sorry for the recent quietness here. I’ve joined the CAVE Database initiative and have spent most of my free time working on gathering material for the new site.

CAVEdb

The CAVE db hopes to fill the hole left after the CAVE-STG forum was closed down. We’ve been working hard on digging out reviews and strategy guides from the dusty Intertube archives and collecting information on releases, merchandise and other oddities.

Thanks to a whole lot of people stepping up, sharing their collections we’re a good bit on the way. But we still have a long way to go. If you’ve got something CAVE related you’re willing to share please drop us a line over at CAVEdb.com. We’re interested in hearing from you whether it’s a review, pictures of PCB’s, kits or other releases, photos from a Matsuri event or from your latest visit at the CAVE HQ.

Stay in touch and let us know if you see something you like or what you think is missing.

Progear no Arashi Conversion

Nice EPROM labels

I killed a Vampire Hunter CPS2 board!

Conversions are kind of a grey zone within the arcade world. They’re neither bootlegs nor originals and trading them is banned on many arcade forums. Instead of creating a copy from scratch you take an existing game and reprogram (usually by changing the chips) into another. While it is not considered ok by some this was done by the game manufacturers too.

Progear no Arashi and Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition are probably the most common conversions on Capcom’s CPS2 platform. Both are ridiculously expensive as originals and fairly easy to make conversions of.

After baking a few Naomi and MVS BIOS chips I wanted to try my luck with a Progear conversion. I picked a cheap Japanese Vampire Hunter as donor and got started.

Vampire Hunter CPS II B Board
Vampire Hunter CPS II B Board

The first thing I realized was that Vampire Hunter uses a PAL F type board which meant I would have to do the ugly patch, ending up with a cable across the board. If you can get hold of a PAL G board you won’t have to do this.

For the Progear conversion you will need:

  • ROM files (easily found all over the net)
  • 1 x 27C010 EPROM
  • 2 x 27C4096 EPROMs
  • 6 x M27C322 EPROMs
  • A programmer capable of programming the above IC’s
  • An EPROM eraser (if reusing IC’s)
  • About 30 cm wire (if donor board is a PAL F type)
  • Soldering/desoldering tools
  • A T-20 security torx (for opening the case)

The 27C010 and the 27C4096’s you can reuse if you have an EPROM eraser (if you don’t – get one). Though in my case the VH had 27C1001’s and I couldn’t any get them to work so I had to get a new 27C010. The M27C322’s are easily found on both eBay and AliExpress.

Erasing EPROM's
Erasing EPROM’s

Use a decent UV eraser for wiping the EPROM’s. Don’t build your own! You can find one cheap from eBay and messing around with UV light can make you go blind. I usually leave the EPROM’s for about an hour in the eraser for making sure that they’re blank.

Since CPS II boards are suicidal it’s also a good idea to remove the battery while converting and create a phoenixed board. For this you need phoenix version of the ROM files.

CPS II Battery and CC1 capacitor
CPS II Battery and CC1 capacitor

Desolder the battery from the board and short circuit the CC1 capacitor for draining the board completely from any residual charge and the remove all IC’s from the sockets.

Vampire Hunter PCB with IC's and battery removed
Vampire Hunter PCB with IC’s and battery removed

Now’s a good time to clean the board if it’s dirty. Wash it under lukewarm water using a mild detergent and a soft toothbrush. Rinse well and leave the board to dry for a couple of days. In case you have a hot air oven that can be set to a temperature of 35-40°C (85-105°F) you can speed up the drying process.

Next you need to set the jumpers correctly. There is a total of 28 jumpers on the board. Jumpers 1-6 above IC socket 1, 7-12 between sockets 2 and 12, 13-20 below socket 16 and 21-28 below socket 20. Depending on your donor board you might have to cut, solder and/or desolder the jumpers.

Jumpers
Jumpers

The jumper settings (from 1-28) are:

COOC CO OCOCOC COCOCOCO COCOCOCO (C = connected, O = open)

If you, like me, have a PAL F type board you’ll have to apply a patch cable from the BGS-B3F IC to pin C13 of the C1 connector across the board. Remove the BGS-B3C IC from the board and bend leg no 7 outwards so it no longer connects to the socket. Solder one end of the wire to the leg. Reinsert the IC and solder the other end of the cable to pin C13.

Patch cable
Patch cable

For programming the EPROM’s you’ll need a programmer with a 42 pin ZIF socket capable of handling the three chip types. I use a TOP-3000 universal programmer which can be found on eBay and other stores for about $150.

Once you’ve programmed the EPROM’s make sure to cover the windows on the chips. There are special metallic labels for this but normal electrical tape works just fine.

Insert the EPROM’s and take your game for a spin!

Testing the game
Testing the game

Case labels and manual can be found over at the ArcadeOtaku wiki. And for giving your board the last final touch print some nice looking EPROM labels.

Nice EPROM labels
Nice EPROM labels
Progear no Arashi CPII A and B boards
Progear no Arashi CPII A and B boards

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