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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by EOJ on June 11, 2020, 06:25:46 AM »
Well, I should have said "I know OF Japanese collectors". I don't know them personally. I can poke around a bit and probably find one of them, but as soon as I say I want to make the ROM data available to others I'll probably get the silent treatment.  :(
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 11, 2020, 05:17:12 AM »
I don't know. Maybe if someone asked them? It's not exactly a popular game, but Japanese aren't known for putting ROMs up for download.

Can you ask them for us, please? Would be amazing to get version 1.00 and 3.00 preserved and playable  :)

They just need to copy/paste the contents of the USB stick (they don't even need to create an image).

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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 11, 2020, 05:09:17 AM »
Nice work man!  :righton:

Did you have to copy the cracked 2.00 dongle data to the OS DATA partition, or is it USB plug and play even on a version 4.00 OS DATA partition?
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 11, 2020, 05:06:56 AM »
I got version 2.00 working now, thanks to Zak for posting the data!



Just played through it and...it just ends after level 4?  Is there some sort of criteria you need to satisfy to get to the final stage?  I was credit feeding so maybe that's it although I credit fed all the way through all 5 levels in version 4.00 earlier.

Also, this version only has 2 playable characters instead of 4.  There's probably other differences but I'm no expert at the game so I can't say what.

I needed to hack the .exe to get it to work, and it turns out the offsets are different from version 4.00.  I was able to find the correct values to alter based on searching through the binary and matching the hex strings with those of version 4.00, although it was non-trivial to find them.

Anyway, here are the addresses to alter in version 2.00 to skip the key check:
40630: 74 EB
48B47: 72 EB
A43AD: 0F E9
A43AE: 84 CF
A43AF: CE 00
A43B2: 00 90
A46A4: 74 EB


Note: you still need the dongle attached for it to run, it just doesn't matter if the key on it matches your i/o board or not.

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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by rtw on June 11, 2020, 02:30:00 AM »
Nice work peg!  :)
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by EOJ on June 11, 2020, 12:21:32 AM »
I don't know. Maybe if someone asked them? It's not exactly a popular game, but Japanese aren't known for putting ROMs up for download.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by peg on June 11, 2020, 12:14:46 AM »
They won't release them?  I never understood that, especially since it's not like some rare/expensive pcb and you are risking damaging it like with SDOJ or the rare CV1000 games.  It's literally just a usb stick.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by EOJ on June 11, 2020, 12:08:00 AM »
I know Japanese collectors who have all four versions.  ;) Ver 3.00 is apparently favored by some.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by peg on June 11, 2020, 12:07:07 AM »
I'm kind of surprised this still even exists given the short amout of time it was out.  I guess version 1.00 and 3.00 are lost to time.

Zak is a hero for finding this.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by EOJ on June 11, 2020, 12:05:11 AM »
It was playable in the arcades. They released a new Ver every month or so. Vers 1.00 - 3.00 are basically location test-type versions (CAVE have said they released an unfinished game and tried to finish it ASAP but it took them four versions to do that). I arrived in Japan in early August 2009 and Ver 4.00 had just been released so I didn't get a chance to play the earlier versions (which began in May 2009).
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