6 August 2014

Pickups 10: Famicom Cartridges 10 (06.08.2014)

Yes, as you guessed that, I am making a post of my recent pickups for Famicom. ;)
This is going to be a little bit special one, as I am also going to bring a little overview of one cartridge, which I got specially for my friend.

So, without any delaying, let's get started.
I won these cartridges at one auction for really cheap price (something like less than 4 USD for one cart ;)).

  • Buggy Popper (aka. Bump'n'Jump)
  • Challenger
  • Kero Kero Keroppi no Daibouken
  • Shin Jinrui - The New Type (aka. Adventures of Dino Riki)
  • Yoshi no Tamago (aka. Mario & Yoshi)
Nothing really much to say about these cartridges, other than a few things that you probably might not be aware of:
  1. In Shin Jinrui - The New Type, you can control a little caveman boy both with the first player controller and the second player controller. This "easter egg" or whatever it can be called is pretty cool, and I wasn't really aware of it, until I found it on my own, although I think that every NES/Famicom games already knows about it, so I am just a noob :P Anyway, I think this was done, so two players could play this game, without the need to pass the controller over to another person, so both of them may use their own conrtollers, so if one player dies, the second player just uses his controller to continue playing the game. This works with other Hudson Soft games, like Doraemon, Championship Lode Runner, Milon's Secret Castle, Bomberman, Felix the Cat, etc..
  2. If you play Challenger for Famicom on a PAL Famiclone, the train on the first level will run much faster than it should. It must be some sort of bug with the game data, but this happens only if you play this game on PAL Famiclone. It works without any bugs on NTSC machines.
I also got 10 empty cartridge cases to save my naked PCBs from wearing off completely.
By the time I made this photo, I already saved four of them.

So, I'll just quickly show you the cartridges that have the labels on them ;)
Not including Nigel Mansell's World Championship Challenge, I made the labels for these cartridges myself.
So, since I was able to save some PCBs from wearing off completely, I'll list what games were actually included of them (that you see of this photo already with the cartridge case and custom labels).
  • Nigel Mansell's World Championship Challenge
  • 2-in-1 Felix vs Jerry (Tiny Toon Adventures hack), Darkwing Duck 2 (Super Contra hack)
  • 8-in-1
  1. Rockin' Kats
  2. Top Gun Second Mission
  3. Hunt for Red October
  4. Snake Rattle'n'Roll
  5. Palamedes
  6. Battle Tank
  7. Top Gun Second Mission (repeat)
  8. Hunt for Red October (repeat)
  • 12-in-1 "Hwang Shinwei"
  1. Magic Jewelry (sadly, it doesn't work on this cartridge)
  2. Tetris [Tengen]
  3. Chinese Chess [TXC Corp.]
  4. Dr. Mario
  5. Taiwan Mahjon 16 [Sachen?]
  6. Gomoku Narabe Renji
  7. Block Force [RCM]
  8. Hayauchi Super Igo
  9. Arkanoid (more extra lives)
  10. Flipull
  11. Super Mario (hacked title screen to read "2", level select option to start on any level from world 1, two glitchy soundtracks)
  12. Tank 1990 (Battle City hack)
The last two were actually pretty heavy, once I insterted the PCBs of them into the cartridges, as they are actually built on EPROM chips technology, as opposed to glob-top technology, which is much cheaper.
Now I will show you these "TSK DANDYK" cartridge cases more closely to you ;)
The front side.
The back side.
Inside the cartridge case.
To my knowledge, these TSK DANDYK cartridges originally came from Omsk, the Russian city, back in 1990s, when Dendy was really popular in my country. These cartridge cases, apparently, are still being produced today. The plastic case is not close to the one used in official Famicom carts, but it's good enough, if you want to have some not so expensive cartridge cases to save some of your old naked PCBs for Famicom ;)
Sadly, not all of my PCBs could be inserted into this cartridge case, and some of them are held with some round plastic tabs, as opposed to the ones from the left and right sides, as it can be seen from the right side of the cartridge case on the picture above. :)

Now, here comes something special...
The front side.
The back side.
The top.
This is a reproduction cartridge of Akumajou Densetsu for Famicom... but IN ENGLISH!!
It was assembled by mr-volk user from GBX.ru forums (Большое спасибо за данный картридж, mr-volk!), who also makes reproductions carts of Famicom Contra, Crysis Force, and to my knowledge, Gimmick as well.
As you can see, this cartridge looks like other Konami VRC6 games they released after Akumajou Densetsu, like Mouryou Senki Madara (1990) or Esper Dream II (1992). Also Lagrange Point, which used VRC7 sound hardware, has the same cartridge shell as here.

So, let's compare this cartridge to the official copy of Akumajou Densetsu.
So, we can already see some differences, which I am going to list down below:
1) The cartridge shells are of different height. The reproduction one is a bit bigger than the original one.
2) The front labels are a bit different. On the reproduction cartridge it says "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse", but the label itself is taken from the original artwork. The Konami copyright and the ID number of the cartridge are presented on the label though... I don't think that end labels being different are worth mentioning here...
3) The back labels are different. Even though I don't really know Japanese that well, I can tell that the original game that used to be on that reproduction cartridge was some Konami VRC6 game that supported save battery. I have almost the same label on my Hoshi no Kirby cartridge. To think about it, it's quite funny.
But as for the save battery, the seller told me that it was removed from here, as Akumajou Densetsu doesn't support saving, but password system.

Video Game System Liko KL-235 + original Akumajou Densetsu & Dendy Junior 2 + reproduction cartridge.
Well... since I haven't posted a video about it, I also decided to make a video of this reproduction cartridge, running on Dendy Junior 2 Famiclone. The video will be posted below, when it's going to be uploaded on YouTube...
Yes, the English translated ROM by Vice 1.0 is included on that cartridge, to my knowledge.
Actually I played that translated version on emulator a long while ago, and it was translated very well, so that's really cool to see that translation on this cartridge ;)
Here's the video demonstration of this reproduction cartridge, running on Dendy Junior 2 Famiclone:

And, in case you are wondering, VRC6 soundchip in the actual cartridge works just like it should. There's no problems with it. I tested this cartridge on numerous Famicom consoles I have, including Famiclones, and I get the same result as with original Akumajou Densetsu cartridge: works fine! ;)

I got this cartridge just for my friend. I might actually try getting another reproduction cartridge like this in the future, but I have a feeling that I got used to the original Japanese version, as well as got used to the original Nintendo font. I don't know... I might get it in the future for myself, if I ever decide to do so...

So, that's it for now. Hope you enjoyed reading this.
Until next time!
(C) SomeRussianMarioDude Productions (2014)

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