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New Akai Katana Shin for Nesica WR with Type 2 by NAT, with a score of 8,182,786,108!

https://twitter.com/STG44118260/status/1269486546098335746
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by peg on June 06, 2020, 01:59:52 PM »
Thanks.

Can you confim that the usb dongle is tied to the I/O board?  I know that my USB dongle only works with one of my boards, and it appears to be tied to the I/O board/serial number (as I swapped them over to the other Cave PC and then it started working).  I eventually just hacked the ROM to bypass the dongle check on the other one so I didn't need to bother with it anymore (very simple to do actually, only need to change a few bytes in the OS image).
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CAVE Shop / Re: WTB: Rare CAVE PCB 7 titles
« Last post by mahesak on June 06, 2020, 10:33:20 AM »
Hello Saad,

The correct names for these 2 are:

Mushihemesama Home Matsuri Version Mushihimesama Cave Festival Version 1.5 (this was not a home exclusive - they were also sold to arcade operators)

Akai Katana Matsuri Home Futari Version Akai Katana Online Shop Limited Version (this was a home exclusive PCB - freeplay only).

Thank so much for correct words.
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CAVE Shop / Re: WTB: Rare CAVE PCB 7 titles
« Last post by zak on June 06, 2020, 05:56:40 AM »
Hello Saad,

The correct names for these 2 are:

Mushihemesama Home Matsuri Version Mushihimesama Cave Festival Version 1.5 (this was not a home exclusive - they were also sold to arcade operators)

Akai Katana Matsuri Home Futari Version Akai Katana Online Shop Limited Version (this was a home exclusive PCB - freeplay only).
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 06, 2020, 05:50:18 AM »

If you look at the serial numbers on them, they all end with a letter.  I have seen A,B,C letters at the end of the serial number.  My theory is that this letter corresponds to the type of motherboard that was used.
A = Asus motherboard,
B,C = Gigabyte motherboard


So far this is correct. The Asus ones do have "A" on the serial! All the Gigabyte boards have had "C" on the serial.

The I/O board can be used on both motherboards without a problem (I've tested this).

However, the USB drivers on the Asus and Gigabyte boards are different.

If you load the Gigabyte OS image on a Asus system (for example), Windows XP is loaded and the game looks for the USB dongle, but it does not recognise it.

You will need the Asus XP OS image for it to load. I know I'm repeating myself, just want to make this super clear for the next poor git who goes through hours/days of frustration.

Side note, in case anyone is interested. The case serial always matches the I/O serial ;)
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CAVE Shop / WTB: Rare CAVE PCB 6 titles (FOUND 2)
« Last post by mahesak on June 05, 2020, 11:56:18 PM »
Hi folk,
I am interested to buy some titles Cave PCB to complete my cave collection. I know price of them are high but I could pay. Or if you want to trade with my neogeo AES collection, I can do. We can talk for price or trade.

My PCB list is

Ibara Kuro Black Label (FOUND)
Death Smiles 2
Death Smiles Mega Black Label (FOUND)
DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
Mushihimesama Cave Festival Version 1.5
Akai Katana Online Shop Limited Version

Regards,
Saad
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Testing a bit of Akai Katana, another gorgeous game full of pretty effects.

I've been studying this for the past week (still don't fully understand all the elements of proper scoring - do i actually need to graze bullets with the captured orbs and gold?! or they mature on their own after a fixed time?) and i have a good idea on what it needs to properly run in mame.

As i assumed earlier and EOJ confirmed, type C slows down the game most, and it's a very noticeable difference in slowdown, with any of the ships, between an option full of matured orbs, small orbs and no orbs.

A guy on nico did pcb runs with all characters without ever going into Bubble mode (not an easy thing to do :oogle: ), which is very helpful for testing.
There are sections in this game where, especially with C and B, the game slows down so much that i think it's in single digits. Possibly the slowest slowdown in any Cave   cv1000 game.

B ship:


Cpu 47.00 mhz
Blitter delay 68%

C ship needs a faster Cpu clock and lower blitter value (60%), while A ship needs a lower Cpu and considerably higher (i settled for 72%) blitter.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 05, 2020, 05:03:18 AM »

Do you have pics of any of the ones you've opened or know the serials?

Hey D, I'll look into this for you.
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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by zak on June 05, 2020, 04:42:23 AM »
Do Vers A and B correlate with DS2s that were sold and those that were rented? Remember, CAVE had two options for this hardware: up-front sale, and rent/profit share:

http://cave-stg.com/forum/index.php?topic=472.msg9555#msg9555

You would see this on the rented system ;)

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CAVE Games / Re: Deathsmiles 2 [CAVE PCB, 2009]
« Last post by peg on June 05, 2020, 01:28:15 AM »
I don't know, but the ones with the Asus motherboard appear to be much rarer.  Of all the pics I have, only 1 of them has the Asus board (same one linked in the recent yahoo auction.

If you look at the serial numbers on them, they all end with a letter.  I have seen A,B,C letters at the end of the serial number.  My theory is that this letter corresponds to the type of motherboard that was used.
A = Asus motherboard,
B,C = Gigabyte motherboard

The majority of the ones I have pictures for have a C at the end of the serial, and they all use the gigabyte board. I only have 1 pic with a B serial and it also uses the gigabyte board (at least I think it does, the I/O ports on the back look the same as the ones with a C.

Do you have pics of any of the ones you've opened or know the serials?
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