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2.7.2004 - The Long (Long) Overdue Jack 2nd Birthday Update!

  • Happy Birthday Jack! I can hardly believe that it's already my lads 2nd birthday this weekend (Sunday 4th of July, his birthday being the most important thing happening that day, we don't celebrate independance day over here in the UK, we're vaguely aware it involves something to do with turkeys). Time sure has flown by and he's shot up, but at the same time I have trouble remembering what it was like before he turned up, you know, like having free time. It's had its ups and its downs, but its all been great fun and given me a perfect excuse to buy all those cool looking new toys that you just couldnt justify to the wife buying for yourself...
  • Crikey, would you believe this update was supposed to go out in February? Me neither, o well :)
  • I've been somewhere beyond the busyness event horizon for the first half of this year what with one thing and the other, and this sites one of the things that have unfortunately been put on the back burner in the "should do soon before people think I've died" pile, so I've finally got around to tidying it up and getting it in some sort of shape for an update.
  • Thanks to everyone for still sending stuff in and keeping me up to date on some things while I've been so busy, I really appreciate it all even if I don't say it all the time, which leads me on to another points...
  • Email woes...
    I decided in a fit of peak to update my email client (god knows why as Eudora was working perfectly) to Thunderbird, which was very nice, so I imported all my messages and address book into Thunderbird and got rid of Eudora...
    So, I come to update the site which I always do on my laptop. Normal procedure for me was to copy the Eudora dir to the laptop (Eudora keeps *everything* in its own directory), read and update the site from the emails deleting them as I go, so I tried this with Thunderbird, and no, it didn't work, at all, seems it keeps its files randomly scattered around the hard drive and abuses the registry, much screaming and ranting ensues.
    So, I decide that I was better off with Eudora and install it again, then I try to import all my stuff back from Thunderbird to Eudora, but noooooo, you cant import from Thunderbird to anything, more screaming and ranting ensues.
    So, after some creative emailing I've managed to salvage the lions share of the emails but I've lost some of them, and crushingly also lost the best part of my entire address book, which is a real pain in the arse as I'd amassed a decent collection of contacts over the year.
    I've actually cleared my entire backlog with this update, so if something you sent me isn't included it was one of the ones that got lost (Shannon, I know one was yours, with the 10th mix stuff), I'd appreciate it if the usual suspects would touch base just so I can confirm a decent working email address for you all, ta.
  • Its nice to get pretty much up to date with the backlog as it means that I can start doing a couple of things I've wanted to do for some time to the site, nothing groundbreaking, I ditched the whole PHP/SQL idea when it became obvious I couldn't wrap my head around it and seeing as I'm a control freak (thanks for pointing that out OG) I couldn't cope with that ;)
  • Maybe some nice little touch's and some useful stuff to boot will make it into the next update (hopefully anyway), we'll have to see. it shouldn't take as long as this one with any luck, as long as this POS laptop doesn't go downhill anymore. The 3D card doesn't work, the battery is knackered, the screens intermittently on the blink meaning I have to run it through and external monitor, o, and it locks up at seemingly random, good eh? Anyone got one they want to give me? ;)
  • Anyway, on with the update...

    Sega Updates
  • Renamed Next Generation Hardware to Naomi 3 Hardware, just because its using an as yet unknown Imagination Technologies Power VR type setup and it sounds better until it gets a final name, some sort of sword again no doubt :)
    Apparently the first models have already been shipped out to Sega for testing/development purposes.
  • Merged Toy Fighter and Waffupu on Naomi Hardware as they are the same game, "Waffupu" (or "War Hoop") was actually the original code name for "Toy Fighter", thanks to Colin Williamson for the information.
  • Added some screenshots to Sonic Boom on System 16B Hardware at last, thanks to Arzeno Fabrice.
  • Added Super League screenshots to System 16B Hardware as well, hurrah!
  • Added Dragon Treasure and Dragon Treasure 2 to the Naomi GD Rom Hardware page.
  • Added Periscope Flyer on Mechanical Hardware, thanks to Dedan Anderson.
  • Changed the hardware description for the Chihiro Hardware, it seems like it has actually got an upgradable RAM board instead of the standard XBOX's 64mb, found this out after being sent a picture of an Outrun 2 crate with a "MEMORY 512MB" sticker on the side of it (thanks to Shane Wells) and also in an article about the upcoming XBOX version of Outrun 2 having porting issues due to having to cram the port into 64mb of RAM.
  • Added picture of the new Sega Router used for linking games up on Chihiro Hardware, looks like they're turned away from fibre and moved on to a more standard 100meg lan, thanks to Shane Wells.
  • Added a title screen to Virtua Tennis 2 to Naomi Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added a title screen shot to Air Rescue on System 32 Hardware thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added cabinet photo and flyers for Ollie King on Chihiro Hardware, thanks to Dave.
  • Added Arrow Flash to Mega-Tech Hardware thanks to Robert.
  • Added Japanese flyers for Outrun and Turbo Outrun on Outrun Hardware, thanks to Dean Oates.
  • Added Japanese flyers for Galaxy Force and Power Drift to Y Board Hardware, this includes the pretty amazing revelation of a linkable 4 player Power Drift, thanks to Dean Oates.
  • Added Japanese flyer for Thunderblade on X Board Hardware, thanks to Dean Oates.
  • Changed description of the Outrun maps, thanks to Travis.
  • Added Virtua Fighter 4 to the Naomi 2 GD-Rom page as well as the Naomi 2 page, it exists in both formats, thanks to Jonas Andersson.
  • Added better cabinet photo to Star Wars Trilogy on Model 3 Step 2.1 Hardware.
  • Added Flyers to F-Zero AX on Triforce Hardware.
  • Added Twin Cabinet to Hotrod on System 24 Hardware.
  • Added flyers to Virtua Cop 3 on Chihiro Hardware.
  • Added loads of cabinet pictures for Crackdown on System 24 Hardware.
  • Added much better cab picture for Gain Ground on System 24 Hardware.
  • Added cabinet shot for Tecwar on Model 1 Hardware.
  • Added map marquee for Turbo Outrun on Outrun Hardware.
  • Added Grand Prix/Missile Flyer to Mechanical Hardware page.
  • Added a PCB picture for the System 16 Hardware to JAMMA PCB converter board on the Unique Hardware page, proving it does exist and was an official product ;)
  • Added some much better flyers for Apollo 13, Godzilla, Goldeneye, ID4, Lost In Space, Southpark, Space Jam and Twister on Whitestar Pinball Hardware.
  • Added some much better flyers for Batman Forever, Baywatch and Mary Shellys Frankenstein to Sega Pinball Hardware.
  • Added Four Million BC to Sega Electromechanical Pinball Hardware page.
  • Added sit down cabinet shots Star Trek on G80 Vector Hardware.

    Atari Updates
  • Added Phoenix Hardware page and hardware description for it and moved Wayne Gretsky's 3D Hockey to it, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added Street Drivin' to Hard Drivin' Hardware page, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added much better hardware description to Seattle Hardware, and added note about Widget Boards on Cal Speed and Vapor TRX, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added much better hardware description to Flagstaff Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added screenshots for San Francisco Rush, San Francisco Rush The Rock on Flagstaff Hardware.
  • Added screenshots to Vapor TRX on Seattle Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added pcb photo to Gauntlet Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo to 6502 Black and White Raster Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo for Sprint 1 on 6502 Black and White Raster Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added cabinet photo for Tournament Table on Unique Hardware.
  • Added cabinet photo for the Road Runner prototype on Laserdisk Hardware.
  • Updated the Atari Slapstick page thanks to, erm, someone... I lost who sent me the information, sorry :(

    Capcom Updates
  • Added screenshots for (the spectacularly bad) Judge Dredd on ZN1 Hardware.
  • Added pcb photo for Sony ZN1 Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added Plasma Sword and screenshots to ZN2 Hardware Page, thanks to Brian A. Troha.
  • Added Tech Romancer screenshots to ZN2 Hardware Page thanks to Brian A. Troha.
  • Added screenshots for Justice Gakuen : Legion of Heroes to the ZN1 Hardware Page.
  • Added PCB picture for Commando Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.
  • Added PCB picture for Section Z Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.

    Konami Updates
  • Right, OK, I was right, Beatmania II DX 9th and 10th Style *ARE* on Bemani PC Based Hardware, shame on all of you that doubted me, huge thanks Implant and especially to Shannon Keevers who provided a Beatmania II DX 9th Style manual and some pictures, so there, nyah nyah :-P
  • Added some pictures and screenshots for Dance Dance Revolution Karaoke Mix on Bemani Unknown Hardware, thanks to David Kenneth Borrero.
  • Added main pcb photo and type 4 daughterboard photo to GX Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added some nice cabinet photos to Drummania 9th Mix, Guitar Freaks 10th Mix and DDR Extreme on Bemani System 573 Digital Hardware, thanks to Jeffrey van Gorkum.
  • Added the cabinet for Beatmania III : The Final to Firebeat Hardware, thanks to Jeffrey van Gorkum.
  • Added screenshots to Beatmania, Beatmania 2nd Mix, Beatmania Dreams Come True and HipHopMania Complete Mix 2 on DJ Main Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Battle Tryst on M2 Hardware thanks to NFG.
  • Added PCB picture to Mystic Warrior Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.
  • Added PCB picture for Bucky O Hare on XEXEX Based Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.
  • Added PCB picture to TMNT2 Based Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.
  • Added PCB picture to TMNT Based Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.

    Midway Updates
  • Added much better hardware description to Seattle Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles.

    Namco Updates
  • Added System 258 Hardware Page.
  • Added Sega Chihiro Hardware Page (yes, oo-er missus).
  • Renamed Super System 22/23 to System Super 22/23, as per PCB markings.
  • Added Dragon Chronicles II to the System 246 Hardware Page.
  • Added Idol Master and screenshots to Unknown Hardware (looks like System 246 to me..)
  • Added some nice hardware pictures to the System Super 23 Hardware page, thanks to Guru.
  • Added Tekken 5 to System 258 Hardware Page.
  • Moved Wangan Midnight Maxi Boost from System 246 Hardware to Sega Chihiro Hardware.
  • Added title shot to Final Lap 2 to System 2 Derivative Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added Ghoul Panic (the English name for Oh! Bakyuuun) and some screenshots and cabinet pictures to System 12 Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Moved NFL Classic Football from Unknown Hardware to System 10 Hardware, thanks to Fuzzball.
  • Moved Angler King from Unknown Hardware to System 23 Hardware, thanks to Mikko Larvala.
  • Moved Professional Baseball 2002 from Unknown Hardware to System 246 Hardware, thanks to archie4oz.
  • Added Seishun Quiz Colorful High School / Ren-ai Quiz High School Angel and flyers to System 10 Hardware.
  • Added flyers for Time Crisis 3 on System 246 Hardware.
  • Added flyer for Xevious 3D/G on System 11 Hardware.
  • Added instructions to Technodrive on System 12 Hardware.
  • Added much better PCB picture to Namco System NB-2 Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.
  • Added much better PCB picture to Namco System 2 Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.

    Taito Updates
  • Added Rabbit 2 to the Naomi GD-Rom Hardware page.
  • Added Go For The Gold to Taito H System Hardware, the alternate name for Recordbreaker.
  • Added PCB photos to the FX-1A Hardware page, thanks to Guru.
  • Added screenshots to Typhoon Gal on Fairyland Story Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshots and hardware description to Racing Beat on Taito Z Hardware.
  • Added cabinet photo and flyers to Space Invaders Anniversary Edition on G-Net Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added Space Invaders Colour version to 8080 Hardware, thanks to Guru for getting the wrong end of the stick but inadvertently causing me to realise I'd left out what he'd though I'd included instead of the original...or something...
  • O, and added PCB pictures for Space Invaders as well, thanks to Guru.
  • Renamed all the Densya de Go!'s to Densha de Go!'s on JC System Type C Hardware, thanks to Renaud Dayen.
  • Moved Pocchitto Nyaa from Unknown Hardware to Neogeo Hardware, thanks to Andrew Cassady.
  • Moved Dark Awake from Unknown Hardware to Naomi Hardware as it was the pre-production name for Chaos Breaker.
  • Added screenshots to Victorious Nine on Fairyland Story Hardware.
  • Added flyer to Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble on Naomi GD Rom Hardware.
  • Added PCB picture for New Zealand Story Hardware, thanks to Stefan Lindberg.

    Other Updates
  • Added Golden Tee '99, Golden Tee 2K and World Championship Bowling to the Incredible Technologies 32-Bit Hardware page, thanks to Brian Troha.
  • Added better screenshots to the Golden Tee games on the Incredible Technologies 32-Bit Hardware page, thanks to Brian Troha.
  • Added screenshots and specs for Radikal Bikers and Surf Planet on Gaelco 3D Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles's work in MAME and Fausto Car?
  • Added Gaia Crusaders and Fever S.O.S. with screenshots to Cave Hardware.
  • Added screenshots to Mahjong Hyper Reaction on SSV Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added additional specs for Drivers Edge on ITech 32 Hardware, as it uses more hardware than normal, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshots of Demolish Fist to Atomiswave Hardware, thanks to Marcelo Sena.
  • Added Ranger Mission and Knights Of Valor 3 to Atomiswave Hardware, thanks to Shambles.
  • Added King Of Fighters Neowave with screenshots to Atomiswave Hardware, thanks to Juan Pablo C?r Jurado.
  • Added screenshots to Martial Masters on PGM Hardware thanks to Vorador Vetetuasaber.
  • Added screenshots to Power Instinct 2 on Cave Hardware, thanks to Christian for reminding me I'd forgotten them..

    Other Bits...
  • I haven't had much time to play games recently, but when I have I've been playing Project Gotham 2 on the xbox (I'm mad into my racing games), that is, when I manage to get in front of the TV between kids programmes.
    Its pretty cool and is sating my racing lust until Gran Turismo 4 comes out (o, and Outrun 2, but that's kinda different) and makes a sedate change of pace from the all out mach 10-turned up to 11-sonic assault-total carnage of F-Zero GX, which I still play until my eyes water and my brain shuts down due to sensory overload.
  • British Telecom suck in so many ways its not even funny, they've just decided to sneakily impose download limits on usage as from the end of the year, so that'll be me migrating then, consider my spleen vented about that one.
  • Jelly, ice cream and birthday cake for me this weekend with my lads 2nd birthday blowout, time to eat enough to make myself sick. Theres nothing quite as terminally sweet and bad for you as party food is there? I mean, if you turned up at one of these things on a diet about thet only thing you'd end up having to eat would be the cocktail sticks.
  • I managed to get hold of a Buzz Lightyear for the lad as well (Toy Story 2 is one of his favorite films, in fact, he's a huge fan of most of the pixar films), and as they say in the films its just a cool toy.
    I don't know who's going to be playing with it more at the moment, but I suppose I have to give it up on Sunday, ya boo sucks.
  • O, and I managed to unsuccessfully avoid my 30th birthday, sorry to anyone who knows me as I was being an unbearably miserable pain in the arse on the run up to it.
    Its not as bad as I first feared though, it's kinda like waiting for an operation, getting all wound up and thinking the worst in the leadup to it, then waking up and finding its all happened and against all expectations you aren't dead,

    Cheers,

    Toby... (To Infinity!...And Beyond!)

27.2.2004 - Spring (erm, ok, winter) Cleaning...

  • Although there are a few updates here and there that have mainly consisted of the stuff that's been hanging around on my hard-drive for far too long and forgotten about, this update has largely been a spring cleaning effort. There's been loads of behind the scenes updates and other really boring things that no-one but me cares about, but bleh, it's my site and it was untidy, so there :-P
  • OK, this *was* going to be a small spring cleaning update, but I never got round to uploading it and now it's turned into a normal, in fact quite large, update, specially as the delay took it to after the AOU2004, the big Japanese arcade show.
  • Arcade news time!
  • I haven't mentioned it up until now (as its mildly depressing), but as you may be aware Sammy, them of the pachinko machine and mahjong fame (or not, if you live in the western world) have now taken over Sega and control the company, they look to be moving in their own management. The current company line is that Sammy want Sega to concentrate on their arcade division, whether this actually pans out we'll have to see, but concentrating on the arcade market seems like a good thing to me as this is where they've always been strongest in my mind (but I'm biased, sue me ;)
  • Also, if you've been keeping up on current events you'll be aware of Sammy's plan to take over the world as far as arcade games are concerned. Not happy with taking over Sega they have now secured all the intellectual rights for SNK/Playmore's back catalog, giving them an enviable back catalog to plunge into. In addition to this SNK/Playmore have finally decided to ditch the NeoGeo in favor of Sammy's Atomiswave system, and all the new games will be released on this new system instead, 'bout time I say.
  • Anyway, on with the update...

    Sega Updates
  • Added Next Generation Hardware page, and added Virtua Fighter 5 and Sega Rally 3 to it. There isnt any publically hinted name for this new hardware, but it's apparently not based on any current console technology and is a significant advance in technology from currently available arcade hardware.
  • Updated (at last, yay!) the system specs for Hikaru Hardware, they're finally correct, thanks to Fujix for help with the translations!
  • Added Sharp Shooter Hardware and five games, thanks to Erick, who found the board lurking in a huge auction lot.
  • Added Key Of Avalon : Summon The New Monsters to Triforce Hardware.
  • Added Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned to Naomi 2 Hardware.
  • Added World Club Champion Football Serie A 2002-2003 Ver.2 to Naomi 2 Satellite Hardware.
  • Added The Quiz Show to Naomi Satellite Hardware.
  • Added Chaos Field to Naomi Hardware with a flyer.
  • Added title shot to Quest Of D to Naomi 2 Hardware.
  • Added screenshots for Gekitou Pro Yakyuu to Triforce Hardware.
  • Added different course maps to Outrun on Outrun Hardware, thanks to Deano.
  • Added Outrun Deluxe PCB to Outrun Hardware, thanks to Deano.
  • Added better PCB shots to Model 2, Model 2A and Model 2B thanks to Eddie Keller.
  • Added screenshots and renamed Dead Or Alive 2 2000 to Dead Or Alive 2 Millennium on Naomi Hardware, thanks to Arzeno Fabrice.
  • Added Dynamite Baseball (the original one) to the Model 2A and 2B Hardware pages, as I don't know what one its actually on, and it could well be on both.
  • Added prototype Virtua Fighter screenshots to Model 1 Hardware page, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added better screenshots to Golden Axe The Duel and Virtua Fighter Kids on STV Hardware, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added cabinet photo of Ayrton Senna playing Super Monaco Grand prix on X Board Hardware, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added better screenshots for Daytona USA on Model 2 Hardware, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added cabinet photo of Moto Raid and Sega Rally to Model 2A Hardware page, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added better screenshots for Sega Ski Super G and Wave Runner on Model 2C Hardware, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added better screenshots for Fighting Vipers, Ski Champ and Harley Davidson on Model 3 Step 2 Hardware, thanks to Mitaine.
  • Added better screenshots for Spikeout to Model 3 Step 2 Hardware, thanks to either Tomas or Tormod (sorry, lost email about it)
  • Added better screenshots for House Of The Dead on Model 2C Hardware.
  • Added better screenshots for Super GT and Virtua Striker 2 on Model 3 Step 1.5 Hardware.
  • Added better screenshots for Sega Rally 2 on Model 3 Step 2 Hardware.
  • Renamed MVP Base Ball to M.V.P. and added a title screenshot on System 16B Hardware, thanks to Arzeno Fabrice.
  • Added better Hardware picture of Naomi Hardware thanks to The Sheep.
  • Added better Hardware pictures of Naomi 2 GD-Rom and Naomi GD-Rom (they're shells are basically the same)
  • Added some notes to a couple of games on Medium Scale Attractions, thanks to Thomas Butters.
  • Added a cabinet photo of Punching Bag on Mechanical Hardware, thanks to Mike T.

    Atari Updates
  • Added some pcb photos to Hard Drivin' Hardware, thanks to Guru, worth looking at for the size of the damn thing.
  • Added San Francisco Rush 2049 Special Edition to Denver Hardware, thanks to Kevin a.k.a. NIVEK.
  • Added Neutron Star to the Pinball Hardware section, thanks to Larry Hastings.
  • Added Accelerator to the Unknown 80's Prototype Hardware page, thanks to Larry Hastings.
  • Renamed the Prototype Hardware pages to Unknown Prototype Hardware pages. This way their size is kept down, if I know their hardware I will move them to their respective sections and mark them with "Prototype" next to the year, it makes more sense to me this way...
  • Sorted out and moved a lot of prototype games around into their right sections.
  • Moved Quiz Show from Discrete Hardware to Unique Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch.
  • Added screenshot to Wolf Pack and moved it to 6502 B&W Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch.
  • Moved Qwak and Runaway from 80's Prototype Hardware to 6502 Colour Hardware.
  • Added improved screenshots to Sprint 1 and Sprint 2 on 6502 B&W Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch.
  • Removed references to the Banshee and changed the CPU from R7000 to R5000 on Denver Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles.
  • Added proper screenshots for Food Fight on Atari 68000 Hardware, thanks to David Haywood for reminding me.

    Capcom Updates
  • Nothing this update (apart from the spring cleaning)

    Konami Updates
  • Sorted out the Satellite Terminal Hardware Page, added Mahjong Fight Club 3, Battle Climax (best/worst name every btw), lots of screenshots and cabinet shots.
  • Added Wartran Troopers to Viper Hardware page.
  • Added World Soccer Winning Eleven Arcade Game Style 2003 to Pyson Hardware.
  • An apology, the screenshots for Polystars on M2 Hardware actually come from Lawrence's NFG site, thanks for his permission to continue to use the pictures (told you I'd remember it this time!)
  • Added better screenshots to Vs.Topgun on Vs. Hardware, thanks to Tomas.
  • Added better screenshots to Hyper Athlete on GV/Baby Phoenix Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added better screenshots to Winning Spike on GX Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added better screenshots to Simpson's Bowling on Unique Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added Pop'N'Music 11 and Marquee shot to Firebeat Hardware, thanks to S Harato.
  • Added Drum Mania 9th Mix & 10th Mix and Guitar Freaks 10th Mix & 11th Mix to Bemani System 573 Digital Hardware.
  • Added Beatmania II DX 10th Mix to Bemani PC Based Hardware
    Yet again someone argued the hardware doesnt exist, and someone else says it does again. Its staying where it is for the moment as there are 2 upgrade kits available for it, one from 1st/8th Mix to 10th Mix (expensive), and from 9th Mix the 10th Mix (cheap), so there must be a decent difference in the hardware to justify this extra cost (this was the case when the old Bemani Hardware changed from analog to digital) If anyone has any *definate* information, please let me know.

    Midway Updates
  • Added cabinet photos to Arch Rivals on MCR 68K Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.

    Namco Updates
  • Added Tekken 5 to the System 246 Hardware Page.
  • Ditched the Namco Future page and merged it with the Unknown Hardware section, as it was redundant.
  • Added Ron Fa Mahjong to the Unknown Hardware page.
  • Added NFL Classic Football to the Unknown Hardware page, thanks to Fausto Cara.
  • Added some much better screenshots, cabinets and artwork for Dragon Chronicles on System246 Hardware, thanks to S Harato.
  • Updated the specs for Thunder Ceptor Hardware, thanks to BUT.
  • Added screenshots to Great Sluggers '93 on Namco NB1 Hardware, thanks to Phil Strofflinos work in MAME.
  • Added cabinet photo to Midnight Club Maxi Boost to System 246 Hardware, thanks to Kevin Williams.
  • Updated the NB-2 Hardware specs, thanks to Guru via R Belmont.
  • Moved Point Blank 3 from System 10 to System 11, thanks to Brian A Troha.

    Taito Updates
  • Added Chaos Breaker and Zooo to Naomi GD-Rom Hardware.
  • Added Cyber Sterra to Unique Hardware page.
  • Added screenshots for Super Speed Race and Super Speed Race Jr on Z80 Unique Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch.
  • Added screenshots to Zoids Infinity on System 246 Hardware.
  • Added cabinet photo to Zoids Infinity on System 246 Hardware, thanks to Kevin Williams.
  • Added cabinet photo for Sagaia on Ninjawarriors Hardware, thanks to BloodF.
  • Added PCB picture to Joshi Volleyball Hardware, thanks to Troy.

    Other Updates
  • Added Seta Aleck64 Hardware page, as it looks interesting and there's virtually no information about it outside of Japan...
  • Added better hardware photos and some screenshots for Demon Front and DoDonpachi II to PGM Hardware, thanks to NFG.
  • Added screenshots for DoDonPachi Dai-Ou-Jou, Ketsui, The Gladiator and Knights Of Valor 2 on PGM Hardware, thanks to Mag. Andranik Ghalustians (Raidenfighter Kirov)
  • Added screenshots for Espgaluda on PGM Hardware, thanks to Click_Stk.
  • Added better hardware and logo shot to Atomiswave Hardware.
  • Added flyers for the Atomiswave system, Guilty Gear X 1.5, Rumble Fish and Demolish Fist on Atomiswave Hardware.
  • Added Metal Slug 6, Samurai Spirits AW and The King of Fighter 2004 to Atomiswave Hardware.
  • Renamed Super Tank War to Super Tank Attack on Microprose 3D Hardware, thanks to Al Kossow.

    Other Bits...
  • I've been playing EVE Online recently on the PC, quite good fun really and I've been blasting round space making a nuisance of myself quite a bit recently :)
  • I also finally got hold of a copy of ICO the other day for the PS2, what a great atmospheric game, its also like gold dust in the shops (in the UK)
  • O, In case you wondered I didn't go to the ATEI show this year, it decided to snow in the UK on the last 2 days of it (when I was going), and as I live out in the wilderness I couldn't actually get to London as the trains all ground to a halt. I was pretty gutted and didn't get to meet all the people I planned to see while I was there, and missed all the new and interesting toys, bummer :(
  • Anyway, that'll do for this time,

    Cheers,

    Toby...

7.1.2004 - Going Forth (but not multiplying)...

  • Three years, and now onto my forth. You'd have thought that I'd have got bored of it by now, but no, it still holds that certain fascination that it always did. This is in no small part due to the seemingly never ending support that I receive from all sorts of people that submit information, pictures, or even just moral support.
    It's come to the point, as much as I can make out, that there isn't much information left scattered around the internet about the older games that I don't have included somewhere in the site, and searching for information to prove/disprove anything I have on the site is usually useless due to the massive amount of plagiarism of my work.
    I have become increasingly reliant upon your submissions and the work in MAME and other emulators to obtain screenshots and information of the more obscure or hard to find hardware/games/information than ever, so I'm always grateful for any and all help that comes in through my mail box!
  • This was quite a big 'ol update and actually took me a quite a while to go through and sort all the stuff out, and even then I've still got some stuff to do, but that can wait for later on though ;)
  • This updates special mention goes out to Fausto Car?who seems to have come out of no-where and taken it upon himself to wander around the site correcting stuff, updating stuff I missed or forgot to do and generally being an all round helpful chap, thanks Fausto!
  • Also, thanks for the continued huge support from Guru and Greg Fife, thanks guys, I appreciate it :)
  • You know when you've taken a long time with an update when Guru sends you jpg's of games and before you finish the update RB or someone sends you png's ;)
  • O, and for those of you who keep asking, NO, for the 1000th time, I don't want to do a NeoGeo section, its rubbish, I hate it, go away.
  • Anyways, on with the update...

    Sega Updates
  • Overhaul of the System 24 Hardware page, added new/better screenshots to Bonanza Bros., Dynamic Country Club, Hot Rod, Hot Rod Turbo, Quiz Ghost Hunter, Quiz Rouka ni Tattenasai and Rough Racer. Thanks mainly to Olivier Galiberts work in MAME.
  • Added Dive Bomber and Motopolo to the Mechanical Hardware page, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added screenshots and much better cabinet shot to Sega Driving Simulator on Naomi 2 Hardware.
  • Added screenshots to Daytona USA 2 Power Edition on Model 3 Step 2.1 Hardware, thanks to Tomas Dahlgren.
  • Added much better screenshots to D.D.Crew on System 18, thanks to Jonathan Darke.
  • Added better title screen for Stadium Cross on System Multi32 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for Scud Race and Virtua Striker 2 on Model 3 Step 1.5 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for Harley Davidson and Virtua Striker 2 '98 on Model 3 Step 2 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for Shienryu on STV Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added title shot for Virtua Tennis on Naomi Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added Super Cobra to the Licensed Hardware page, thanks to Geoffrey Middleton.
  • Added a note about the Shinobi 3 screenshot on MegaPlay Hardware, thanks to Rafael Rigues.
  • Updated specs for Space Position, Gigas and Gigas MkII on Sega Z80 Based Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added much better photos of the Naomi Motherboard, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo to the VCO Object Hardware Page, thanks to Guru.
  • Added cabinet photos to Missile on Sega Mechanical Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Space Tactics on Unique Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Championship baseball on Z80 Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Moved Ollie King from Naomi 2 Hardware to Chihiro Hardware, thanks to Kevin Williams.
  • Added Borderline screenshots to VicDual Hardware thanks to David Haywood.

    Atari Updates
  • Added better screenshots for San Francisco Rush The Rock - Alcatraz Edition on Flagstaff Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for San Francisco Rush on Flagstaff Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for California Speed and MACE on Seattle Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshot for Area 51/Maximum Force Combo on CoJag Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshots for Wayne Gretsky's 3D Hockey on Unique Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added specs for Knuckle Bash on Atari Licensed Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for Road Riot 4WD on G42 Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots for Road Riot's Revenge on GX2 Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Updated some of the comments in the Atari Prototype Hardware section.
  • Added screenshots, pcb and cabinet shots to Tank and Tank Cocktail on Atari Discrete Hardware page, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Updated the specs for the Gaelco games in the Licensed hardware section, thanks to Guru.
  • Moved Qwak from Centipede Hardware to 80's Prototype Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch and Greg Fife.
  • Added screenshot for Sprint 4 to 6502 Black and White Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch and Greg Fife.
  • Added screenshot for Sprint 8 to 6800 Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch and Greg Fife.
  • Added Volleyball to Discrete Hardware Page, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added better screenshots to Bradley Trainer to 6502 Vector Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet shots to Video Pinball and Flyball on 6502 Black and White Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet shots to Lunar Lander on 6502 Vector Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added Runaway to 80's Prototype Hardware, thanks to Stefan Jokisch and Greg Fife.

    Capcom Updates
  • Added Hyper Street Fighter II : The Anniversary Edition to CPS2 Hardware page (just when you thought you'd seen the last of it, gah)

    Konami Updates
  • Re-Added Bemani PC Based Hardware, thanks to "Implant" from Japan.
  • Renamed Baby Phoenix Hardware to GV / Baby Phoenix Hardware after some moaning by everyone ;)
  • Moved Simpsons Bowling from GV / Baby Phoenix Hardware to Unique Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added PCB picture to Pyson Hardware, thanks to James.
  • Added Powerfull Baseball '96 to GV / Baby Phoenix Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added screenshots for Powerfull Baseball '96, Susume! Taisen Puzzle Dama, Wedding Rhapsody and Hyperathlete to GV / Baby Phoenix Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Merged Hyper Athlete and Track and Field on GV / Baby Phoenix Hardware, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added better screenshots for Crypt Killer on GQ System, thanks to R Belmont.
  • Added better pcb photos to M2 hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added screenshots to Bishi Bashi Champ Mini Game Senshuken on Unique Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added a couple more screenshots to Polygonet Commanders, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Moved Space King 2 from Unknown Hardware to Konami 8080 Hardware, thanks to Geoffrey Middleton.
  • Moved Max Mile from Unknown Hardware to Laserdisc Hardware, thanks to Geoffrey Middleton.
  • Added some comments about some bootlegs and descriptions, thanks to Geoffrey Middleton.
    On the Konami Z80 Hardware page. Space Pilot is a Bootleg of Time Pilot.
    On the Scramble Hardware Amigo is an Amidar Bootleg, Mariner & 800 fathoms are the same game.
    On the Konami 6809 Based Hardware, Venus is a Bootleg of Gyruss.
    On the Double Dribble Hardware, Far West is an Iron Horse Bootleg.
    On the Contra Hardware, Kontra is clearly a Bootleg title.
  • Removed Hogans Alley from Konami Playchoice 10 Hardware, it was by Nintendo, thanks to Geoffrey Middleton.
  • Added better (read "correct") system photo for Firebeat Hardware.
  • Added some cabinet photos to Gunfight on 8080 Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.

    Midway Updates
  • Added Electromechanical Hardware Page after Greg Fife kept on banging on about it ;)
  • Added better screenshots for Cruis'n World and Off Road Challenge to V Unit Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshots to Biofreaks, Carnevil, Blitz and Blitz 99 on Seattle Hardware, thanks to Aaron Giles and Fausto Car?
  • Updated the specs for most of the later DCS Audio games, as they were found to be the wrong speed recently, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added screenshot and cabinet photos to Professor Pacman on Astrocade Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Joust on Williams 6809 Rev 1 Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Wargods on V Unit Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Mortal Kombat II on T Unit Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Arch Rivals on MCR 68K Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added screenshot and cabinet photos to Paddle-Ball on Discrete Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Rally-X (midways version) on Licensed Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.

    Namco Updates
  • Added Wangan Midnight : Maxi Boost to System 246 Hardware.
  • Added better screenshots to Solvalou and Starblade on System 21 Hardware.
  • Added better screenshots to Namco Classic Collection Vol.1 on Namco ND-1 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Emeraldia and Tinkle Pit on System NA-1 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Numan Athletics and X-Day 2 on System NA-2 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Burning Force, Kyuukai Douchuuki, Metal Hawk and Valkyrie No Densetsu to System 2 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Final Lap 3 on System 2 Derivative Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Aqua Rush and Mr Driller on System 12 Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Battle City and Super Xevious on Namco Vs.NES Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added title screen to Ace Driver Victory Lap on System 22 Hardware, thanks to Phil Strofflino and Fausto Car?
  • Added better screenshots to Fourtrax, Lucky and Wild and Suzuka 8 Hours on System 2 Derivative Hardware.
  • Updated screenshots and specs on Thunder Ceptor Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Updated specs for Kosodate Quiz My Angel 1/2 and Tank Battalion on Namco Unique Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Updated pcb photo for System FL Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Updated pcb photo for Namco ND1 Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Updated pcb photo for Pacland Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added cocktail cabinet photo to Pacman on Pacman Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.
  • Added cabinet photos to Mappy on Super Pacman Hardware, thanks to Greg Fife.

    Taito Updates
  • Added Panic Road to the Unknown Pre '90 Hardware page (blah, yes, I know), thanks to Guru.
  • Updated the Taito JC System Type C Hardware specs, thanks to Fausto Car?nd Guru.
  • Added better screenshots to Magical Date EX on FX-1A Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Moved Monkey Mole Panic and The First Funky Fighter to Taito Licensed Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Updated the specs for Twin Eagle & U.S. Classic on Taito Licensed Hardware page, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Updated the specs for Fairyland Story Hardware, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Updated all the specs for the Z System Hardware games individually, as they're all slightly different, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added pcb photo for the uber rare single board F3 Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo to F2 System Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo to L System Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photos to Z System Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added pcb photo for Dark Mist on Licensed hardware, thanks to Guru.

    Other Updates
  • Added a (half-arsed) PGM Hardware section, to be filled out later, ran out of time and forgot ;)
  • Added a Gaelco 3D Hardware section.
  • Added a SSV Hardware section, thanks to Fausto Car?
  • Added better pcb photos to Seibu SPI Hardware, thanks to Guru.
  • Added PCB picture to PGM Hardware, thanks to Wolfgang @ arcadebase.de
  • Added PCB picture to Kaneko Nova System, thanks to Wolfgang @ arcadebase.de
  • Merged Sen Kyu and Battle Balls on Seibu SPI Hardware, same game.
  • Added Force Five, Guilty Gear Isuka, Rumble Fish and Salaried Worker Golden Taro (meh?) and Sammy Vs Capcom to Sammy Atomiswave Hardware page.

    Other Bits...
  • With the arrival of 2004 comes my impending 30th birthday, this officially sucks. I'll probably get more and more surly as the months go by and be totally unmanageable in May, look out for me breaking people in half on the messageboards that I haunt and sacrificing people at random. Sending me beer and stuff is probably a good way to fend off the feeling of impending doom though.
  • In other news, Christmas, I mean, sheesh, I'm sure I never got as many presents as my lad got this year, if he plays with every one of them for about 5 minutes he'll still not get through them all by next crimbo, we had to put an extension on the bottom of the tree just so they all fit under it, santa seems to be favoring him this year, and I had bugger all under there. Them's, as they say, are the brakes.
  • Outrun 2 got released a couple of weeks back, it's ace, go spend all your money on it when it appears in your local arcade, you won't be disappointed :) (its in the Trocadero in London if you live local)
    But dont forget F-Zero AX as well, its almost as good as Outrun 2, which beleive me is praise enough ;)
  • ATEI's at the end of the month, looking forward to that, should hopefully have some piccys and maybe some news from that on the next update!

    Cheers,

    Toby... (Getting owned by Gradius IV again...)

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