Monday, 13 March 2017

Its not unusual~

Purist don't like this notion, but it is a good way to get the big picture sometimes.

Go to heaven indeed...

Sunday, 12 March 2017

At least it was "Honest"..

Upon powering up the Pipi and Bibis board, I realised I have the sanitised version for the Hong Kong market. You can see "For Hong Kong" on the bottom bezel. And Toaplan licensed the game to Honest Trading LTD...hmmm..sounds paradoxical?

Anyway, the trade off will be I can play this game with the public and nobody will have a clue as to its seedy past. Yay censorship!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Titular Toaplan Title get! Plus last KOF title to my collection.

Another Toaplan title to the pile. 
It is an unusual title as Toaplan decided to do some more Snow Bros. related gameplay with a bit of flesh.
And my final title to complete my KOF collection for the MVS.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Some PC-Engine loving...

PC-Engine, NEC/Hudson's Famicom killer, which in fact was successful in its aim. However, the same can not be said overseas.
In my humble opinion, it was the only console that pulled off the "life-support" mantra for an ageing hardware. In the most tasteful redesigns too.
Pictured here is one of the last large sized Hu-Card for the system. 
This is my setup I had since 25-27 years ago. It has been modified to output RGB signals as well as composite.
It took forever for the replacement power supply to come and also the RGB cable but it was worth it seeing it power up again.
My CD games collection:
Will need to source a PSX to PCE adapter and I can use my arcade panels to play the machine on the big screen.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy New Year and my haul so far...

Happy new year everyone!

Upon returning from my holiday, I saw a listing on Trademe for 33 game pcbs at $1 reserve. Given the local pick up criteria and also the untested status of the board, I figured it would be a good opportunity to take a punt on what I thought it was all worth. 

Board on carpet...say no more. I placed an autobid on the last minute of the auction and it went for half my expected amount. Suffice to say I am sure NZ is not really a good country to sell arcade boards.

The seller was able to identify these games from the batch:

"Record Breaker
Teenage Ninjya Turtles
Devil world
Hyper Olympics x2
Calibre 50
Side Arms
Dragon Ninjya
Rally Bike
Mr Heli
Shoot Out
Beast buster
Twin Cobra
Sky soldiers
Pit Fighter
Ghost & Gobrins
Dragon Buster
Tumble Pot
Karate tournament 
WS Superstars
Double Dragon 2
Section Z
3x unknown"

I was more intrigued by the unknowns:

 The first board seems like Super Pang..

The second one has "Gigas" written on the board which corresponds to a SEGA arkanoid clone.

The third game has "Kung Fu" written on it but one of my forum members debunked the probability of Kung  Fu Master being the game.

The last unknown is Vapour Trail by Data East. There are two broken boards on Trademe for $10 each should I need parts to get this game going again.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Gradius II: GOFERの野望 & In The Hunt completed repair.

Thanks to Mon Ami, I have now got a great Konami game to my collection and also restored my Irem classic.

Gradius II is a conversion from Hard Puncher, one of only 2 boxing games I have in my collection and unfortunately I am a lover not a fighter.On paper, the Konami Twin 16 hardware is a monster...two 68000 processors and multiple sound controller chips and in some ways, I am impressed with the result.

Here you can see how much arcade board estate has been reduced from the conversion. Mon Ami has really outdone himself this time. I was giggling like a little girl when I opened it up and saw the result.

The backside of the board is equally impressive.

I always felt Konami arcade game colour palate are rather flat, but this game ups the colour use quite a bit. Also the title screen is pretty epic.

Apart from Asteroid, I think Gradius II pays homage to rock (ahem, space ice...) blasting as a source of tension and demonstrating the fact you need firepower to get anywhere in this game. Sorry folks, no Konami code available here.

Here I am playing my second ever credit on this game. While I was playing I noticed the announcer absent from the game so I have since sent the board back to check on a controller chip in the sound section of the board. And until that time, I shall wait another day to "Shoot the core!".

The second game I got back was my fixed In the Hunt from Irem. It was in a pretty bad condition when I first received it, dressed in cobwebs and possible humid storage conditions. I was surprised it even powered up and play. Alas, the sprites were faulty having at least 1 bad layer of scrolling tiles that is present on the title screen, intermission  screens and also explosion animation. It was a nightmare to fix as it seems the problem all lies on the CPU section of the board.

As luck with have it, a faulty Major Title 2 board has been on sale in the local auctions for the price of a meal for 2 in KFC. I bought it for Mon Ami without hesitation as I was feeling like a lucky punk that day.

The gamble paid off and now I have a working In the Hunt board. Thank god M92 CPU and ROM boards are interchangeable, I salute you IREM engineers!

Let's go hunting! In a great twist of irony, it is the enemies that is hunting the player.

Not since Metal Slug that so much emphasis is placed on the animation of firepower.

To be honest, I really suck in this game. I need a bit more time getting use to the pace as the screen only scrolls as fast as the player.