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BS-X, Prototype, Unreleased & Other Unique ROMs
Umi Tsuri Meijin - Suzuki Hen (Japan) (Prototype)
- - Matthew Callis

海釣り名人 スズキ編

A really incomplete prototype, many features missing and the skill portion of the actual fishing is missing.

Title - Final / Sample

The title is enhanced with a nice background on the container for the options. The C glyph is also updated to be a little less pronounced.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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Prologue - Final / Sample

Most notable, there is no prologue, just a placeholder.

Title - Final
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Options Menu - Final / Sample

The options menu is updated to look more interesting in the final build.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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Championship - Final / Sample

The background image has been changed, notably the fishing lure, the bottom of the fish, and the waves.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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In Game - Fishing - Final / Sample

The in game is very different, options are missing and there is no time, and the sky is yellow.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Umi Tsuri Meijin - Suzuki Hen (Japan) (Prototype).sfc
       Name: _____________________    Company: Banarex
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 32 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 200ns (SlowROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Corrupt, Bad 0xCC2F    Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: C7939DBF
        MD5: AF0D2B82D1C99D5A6121CA9E9E11E37A
      SHA-1: F932A6D3F051835C5F6B8687E61023B0A47FDFC6
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Umi Tsuri Meijin - Suzuki Hen (Japan).sfc
       Name: ウミヅリメイジン スズキヘン       Company: Electronic Arts Japan
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 16 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0x291E            Game Code: AUFJ
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: BA2A817C
        MD5: FFEF33F8DBECDED3778982D7E8BD4133
      SHA-1: 79D9DC9DB69F46FCDDBE9AFB42FC9B3CF69881B5
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Umi Tsuri Meijin - Suzuki Hen
    Country: Japan                   Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: Sports                   Genre 2: Fishing

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!

PCB Scans coming soon!

Down the World - Mervil's Ambition (Japan) (Demo)
- - Matthew Callis

ダウン・ザ・ワールド

An interesting demo, all it does is loop with a banner between scenes, nothing really playable. Seems cheaper to just use a VHS tape.

Title - Final / Sample

The title is replaced with a sales banner with a release date. I didn’t even see a similar screen in the final.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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Extra Intro Scene

There is an extra intro sequence not in the final demo. Any help translating the strings would be wonderful!

Dialog 1 Dialog 2 Dialog 3 Dialog 4 Dialog 5 Dialog 6 Dialog 7 Dialog 8 Dialog 9 Dialog 10 Dialog 11 Dialog 12 Dialog 13 Dialog 14 Dialog 15 Dialog 16 Dialog 17 Dialog 18 Dialog 19 Dialog 20 Dialog 21 Dialog 22

Extra Outro Scenes

There is also an extra few outro sequences not in the final demo. Any help translating them too, would be wonderful!

Dialog 1 Dialog 2 Dialog 3 Dialog 4 Dialog 5 Dialog 6 Dialog 7 Dialog 8 Dialog 9 Dialog 10 Dialog 11

Demo - Final / Sample

The only differences seem to be moving objects and the text slightly offset.

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---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Down the World - Mervil's Ambition (Japan) (Demo).sfc
       Name: DOWN THE WORLD           Company: ASCII Co./Nexoft
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 16 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Bad 0x2229 != 0x5751   Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 75D8E363
        MD5: 575F8EAC8E976357113EA433D27A7CF4
      SHA-1: 9BBB61002610D9C4BB1EB423F5FB78BC083F1CA1
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Down the World - Mervil's Ambition (Japan).sfc
       Name: DOWN THE WORLD           Company: ASCII Co./Nexoft
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 16 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0x5627            Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: F1110FAD
        MD5: F72D2187295B9803E29E810CBD2C78DA
      SHA-1: 75DF5E4E2D577703EEDEDDEBA2314924DAE32263
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Down the World
    Country: Japan                   Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: RPG                      Genre 2: Unknown

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!

Down the World - Mervil's Ambition (Japan) (Demo) - PCB Front

Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Japan) (Sample)
- - Matthew Callis

少年忍者サスケ

Identical except for the header to the Beta that has been circulating for a long time. More than anything it just confirms the Beta versions authenticity, as they rest of the file is identical, basically adding header details as seen below. This at least has a date of 1994-07-26 from an EEPROM label.

Not sure what the real differences are, it seemed very similar except everything noted below.

Title - Final / Sample

The title is different by stopping a few pixels off and missing the copyright info.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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Sample

These appear to be the same as final, here for show.

Dialog 1 Dialog 2 Dialog 3 Dialog 4 2 Player Screen

1: Replace 4 bytes at offset 0x7fb0 with 4 bytes
2: Insert 13 bytes at offset 0x7fc0
3: Delete 8 bytes at offset 0x7fc6
4: Delete 5 bytes at offset 0x7fd0
5: Replace 1 byte at offset 0x7fdc with 1 byte
6: Replace 1 byte at offset 0x7fde with 1 byte
---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Beta).sfc
       Name: SASUKE                   Company: Unlicensed
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 12 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Bad 0x36BD != 0x7A04   Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 316419D3
        MD5: 8CCA90891728B558962D2E012D859097
      SHA-1: 6A129CB34AD65CD91F4EB27D3F318C0B205AE9F3
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Japan) (Sample).sfc
       Name: SHONEN NINJA SASUKE      Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 12 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Bad 0x3930 != 0x7A01   Game Code: EO
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: B8A87C29
        MD5: 64B27EC10F5FD59D7A4E546EF951BCB3
      SHA-1: F6F8946B4BA0A88E8FD3511E1D6CAD51EB25E0B4
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Japan).sfc
       Name: SHONEN NINJA SASUKE      Company: Sunsoft
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 12 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xEEFA            Game Code: EO
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: C2D10E95
        MD5: 8FE73BB73145A217BE9E610020B5FE35
      SHA-1: 7C20C21DA24876EFEFD4BA915929C265EBAA6CA5
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Shounen Ninja Sasuke
    Country: Japan                   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!

Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Japan) (Sample) - PCB Front Shounen Ninja Sasuke (Japan) (Sample) - PCB Back

3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Japan) (Sample)
- - Matthew Callis

3次元格闘ボールズ

This is the same version that has been around for a while, this is just a verification of it with board scan. The sample is missing the OPTIONS option.

Title - Final
Title - Sample
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Differences between this and final are few, with the biggest (hex) at the end being nulled out in the final:

1: Replace 1 byte at offset 0x1d1e with 1 byte
2: Insert 1 byte at offset 0x1d39
3: Delete 1 byte at offset 0x1d3a
4: Insert 9 bytes at offset 0x1df1
5: Delete 9 bytes at offset 0x1df2
6: Replace 12 bytes at offset 0x1f30 with 12 bytes
7: Replace 1 byte at offset 0x7cb8b with 1 byte
8: Replace 63 bytes at offset 0xfff00 with 19 bytes
9: Insert 32 bytes at offset 0xfff14
---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: 3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Japan) (Sample).sfc
       Name: Ballz                    Company: Media Rings Corp.
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: DSP-1                        ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 200ns (SlowROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Bad 0x9F71 != 0xC0BB   Game Code: ABZJ
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: FFF8C139
        MD5: 56F5C0F9559AE498E5C1FC0AF59A6C97
      SHA-1: 39AB72CFCB4B14129574069CCE200DE63F26CC8B
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: 3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Sample)
    Country: Japan                   Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: Unknown                  Genre 2: None

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Ballz 3D (J) [!].sfc
       Name: Ballz                    Company: Media Rings Corp.
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 0 Kb
       Type: DSP-1                        ROM: 8 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 200ns (SlowROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xC0BB            Game Code: ABZJ
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: F0810694
        MD5: 5403A00958BCB9A3D3FD714C48115E7E
      SHA-1: 0CACA71401B96B3AB42EC89E9BCF7AF82B1BD3D4
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: 3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz
    Country: Japan                   Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: Unknown                  Genre 2: None

If you happen to know the game well and know the differences between these two, please update this post on GitHub or contact me!

3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Japan) (Sample) - PCB Front 3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Japan) (Sample) - PCB Back

Granhistoria - Genshi Sekaiki (Japan) (Sample)
- - Matthew Callis

グランヒストリア 〜幻史世界記〜

A very early, sample cart. Claiming to be 75% complete on the cart label. From May 16th, with a planned release date of May 31st, which it also didn’t make as it was released on June 30th, 1995.

Some quick differences are the Debug Mode, and new added text styles and word choices in the final version. The ROM has an internal header at 0x7FD8 of GRANHISTORIA but the ROM, dumped many times with the same checksum, is insisting it is HiROM and not LoROM.

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Granhistoria - Genshi Sekaiki (Japan) (Sample).sfc
       Name: _________~___________    Company: Unlicensed
     Header: None                        Bank: HiROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 262144 Kb
       Type: Normal                       ROM: 16 Mb
    Country: Unknown                    Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Corrupt, Bad 0xCE36    Game Code:
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: D7415D06
        MD5: 1CAB1930BF771BDCDAB4999DBBD849F1
      SHA-1: 85502DB9F32E64472E40F122A081B64A8037F9CC
--------------------------Database--------------------------
    ROM wasn't found in the database (possible bad dump).

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
       File: Granhistoria - Genshi Sekaiki (Japan).sfc
       Name: グランヒストリア~ゲンシセカイキ~     Company: Banpresto
     Header: None                        Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None                        SRAM: 64 Kb
       Type: Normal + Batt                ROM: 16 Mb
    Country: Japan                      Video: NTSC
  ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)         Revision: 1.0
   Checksum: Good 0xC717            Game Code: AIRJ
---------------------------Hashes---------------------------
      CRC32: 4AA7F384
        MD5: DCE9998F26DE33FA4FE5586D966A4478
      SHA-1: 9AC9496AAC5F5C2BAF277A918598B20260AA99B2
--------------------------Database--------------------------
       Name: Granhistoria
    Country: Japan                   Revision: 1.0
     Port 1: Gamepad                   Port 2: Gamepad
    Genre 1: RPG                      Genre 2: Unknown

Title - Final / Sample

The title is different with the hero having a cape on and the logo letting not having a gradient as it does in in the final version.

From gh_ips_patch: 電源ON直後のメーカーロゴ

Final:無音

Sample:ロゴの表示と同時に音楽が再生される。

Title - Final
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Intro - Final / Sample

The intro wording has changed slightly, gone from less kanji to more kanji. They typeface itself is also slightly different. The color fades in and out and was caught mid animation.

From gh_ips_patch: OPデモに使われているシーン(映画の予告CMの様に、主要シーンがいくつか入る)が無い。歴史年表は、製品版とは別の場所を指していたりしています。

Intro - Final
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Dialog - Final / Sample

The dialog screen is slightly more centered in the final version.

Dialog - Final
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Orbs - Final / Sample

The orbs have changed.

Orbs - Final
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Name Entry - Final / Sample

The name entry is missing the numbers in the sample version.

Name Entry - Final
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Final / Sample

The game is very different, especially the intro routine, but how or what is happening I can’t speak to. Hopefully someone knowledgable will chime in.

Update: April 25th, 2016 Some kind folks have chimed in!

From gh_ips_patch: 歴史一覧の部分、製品版と結構違う(でもこれはストーリーが進行すると書き換わるので、イベントが減った/増えたとなる訳では無いと思う)

From gh_ips_patch: セリフは、違いが沢山ありすぎて書き出せません。推敲前の文章のような、荒削りな感じを受けます。

From gh_ips_patch: 効果音が少ない。就寝時、回復アイテム使用時。

From gh_ips_patch: 盗賊の森で盗賊と戦ったあと、製品版ではイベントになるのですが、サンプル版はタンドとガイナスターが出てきて連戦になります。あっさりとゲームオーバーになりました。

You can see more of work on typographic error restoration on their website, 「グランヒストリア~幻史世界記~」 誤植修正ips-patch配布所 (兼、製作記録).


From Liana Kerr:

So far I just feel grateful they changed that blocky mess they were using for the typeface. There are minor differences in the text, such as changing “it’s truly like a dream” to “I’m truly happy” and spacing it better. The major differences increase emotional impact or clarify. The scene where Toll (the blue haired guy) dies particularly. He walks away slowly, the way the text is spaced is more dramatic, he says his fiancée’s name one more time (Lu). Instead of going straight to the name screen, Chronicle (white orb) explains that in this world you need a name. After naming, in the old version it reads “20 years until the end of the world” (the countdown continues through the game), Chronicle in the finished version explains that you’ve been granted 20 years, after which you can no longer stay in this world.

Which raises even more questions, but does count as some sort of clarification to what is a confusing intro sequence. The difference I found most interesting and showed how the emotional level was increased was when Red Sphere (RS) sees Lu. He is inhabiting her fiancée’s body and they have an awkward conversation. He comments on her after she’s gone.

Old: “Good night. So that was the girl who is to be married tomorrow?”

New: “So that’s the girl Toll would have married tomorrow… Sleep well, poor girl…”

Which is one of the most poignant lines in the game, I think. So I’d imagine there’s lines like that all over. From a cursory look at the villagers, they say the same things but their locations are different. So while the second screenshot you posted of talking to a villager looks very different, the content is just switched. The next big sequence also plays out a little more dramatically in the final version, though the content is about the same, because a bandit attack on a wedding to steal part of a mechanical god isn’t complete without someone yelling “Die!”.

Then there are several differences in the timeline and character list (select 世界記 from the menu to see both). Mostly minor; one minor character was cut from the final list, and a couple more were added. Some don’t have final sprites, and there are some events shuffled around in the timeline, and some that aren’t described. It’s the saddest, most ambitious game from that era I can think of, and although it’s flawed I love it.

There was a major change to the character screen – the very last guy, Kain, never should have been there. It’s a plot point that you don’t know anything about him at the beginning of the game. So it’s interesting he was there at all.

Status - Final
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Post Death - Final
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Girl - Final
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Man - Final
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Entry 1 - Final
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Entry 2 - Final
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Entry 2B - Final
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Debug Mode

Hitting the Y Button cycles through maps, mostly breaking the actual game play but sometimes you can walk around and interact which is neat considering the game is hard to play without knowing Japanese.

Debug Mode Debug Mode Debug Mode

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Debug Mode Debug Mode Debug Mode

Debug Mode Debug Mode Debug Mode

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!

Granhistoria (Japan) (Sample) - Cart Front