The Pirates of Dark Water

This is a PAL sample, different than the USA Prototype on SNESCentral, but another copy of the white label version. Apart from being in a case, there are only a handful of differences between all the versions I compared: USA Prototype, Europe and Europe Sample. For the most part, the USA Prototype matched the Europe final closer than the Europe Sample did.

Titles - USA Prototype / Europe / Europe Sample

The Europe Sample title has the string SAMPLE VERSION clearly at the top. The missing PRESS START is simply not picture as it blinks in all version.

USA Prototype Title Europe Title Europe Sample Title

Title - Europe Sample
Title - Europe
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License - USA Prototype / Europe Sample

As noted on SNESCentral the license screen has been shuffled around, moving the license string LICENSED BY NINTENDO to the title screen.

License - Europe Sample
License - USA Prototype
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Options - USA Prototype / Europe Sample

The Europe Sample has a LEVEL SELECT, as seen on The Cutting Room Floor article that lets you toggle between 01, 04 and 05, this is missing from the USA Prototype version.

Options - Europe Sample
Options - USA Prototype
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Game Select - USA Prototype / Europe Sample

The Europe Sample has the options higher up, which is harder to read.

Select - Europe Sample
Select - USA Prototype
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Level 1 - Dragon’s Maw - USA Prototype / Europe Sample

The USA Prototype appears to have no shadow under the player, but is otherwise the same from what I saw. The flying creatures are randomly placed in the background.

Level 1 - Dragon's Maw - Europe Sample
Level 1 - Dragon's Maw - USA Prototype
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Screenshots

Sunsoft Logo Intro Text Frame 1 Frame 2 Ren Bio Character Select Map 1 Map 2 Level 5

ROM Info

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Pirates of Dark Water, The (Europe) (Sample).sfc
       Name: DARK WATER               Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Euro/Asia/Oceania          Video: PAL
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Bad 0xBBA9 != 0xBC87   Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: E3986DBF
        MD5: 4C3814F5BE295994785F749A6C5425A4
      SHA-1: D14BA08717BDFF5082F3D8E7730A6E62C27B7998
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Pirates of Dark Water, The (Europe).sfc
       Name: DARK WATER               Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Euro/Asia/Oceania          Video: PAL
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xE82F            Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 4C4782B5
        MD5: CD4DF66A9798365D5A766FCFF18B4377
      SHA-1: DAED2AA89DFC2FB4DE1C690C2E26ACF271C0AA31
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Pirates of Dark Water, The
    Country: Europe                  Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: Fighting                 Genre 2: Brawler

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Pirates of Dark Water, The (USA) (Prototype).sfc
       Name: DARK WATER               Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: USA                        Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xF8AA            Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 2BB26C4A
        MD5: 097DA94A3066DA59D1D31F4C54BAD041
      SHA-1: 524B7252FB07C7085D6539DA91BF2F9E18C92D8B
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Pirates of Dark Water, The (USA).sfc
       Name: DARK WATER               Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: USA                        Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xE87B            Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 7CA0CA4D
        MD5: E57FF9A6F8A23935A1171F871C0CE68F
      SHA-1: EE8CB83B46B0DFCE33CBBFA16BF0C713FBF288BA
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Pirates of Dark Water, The
    Country: USA                     Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: Fighting                 Genre 2: Brawler

If you happen to know the game well and find more differences, or can translate any of the screen shots above- please update this post on GitHub or contact me!

The Pirates of Dark Water (USA) (Sample) - Cart The Pirates of Dark Water (USA) (Sample) - PCB Front



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