Japenese Xbox 360! Yay!

By | 2017-02-24

So I have done it again, I’ve gotten myself another Xbox 360! This time I got hold of a Japanese Xbox 360, my first one! It should be my sixth Xbox 360 if I remember correctly.

So why buy myself a Japanese Xbox 360? Easy, to play great Shmups! I can’t really justify buying CAVE PCB’s for as much as 700€ to 3000€, the prices also seems to rise every day. Xbox 360 releases is probably the second best option until we see more PC releases (come on Degica! I will buy them all, I promise!).

I got my first Xbox 360 on release date back in December 2005 and it worked for half a year before it decided to hit me with RROD. Over the years I had to get several Xbox 360 consoles due to malfunctions and guarantees not covering the problems… When my forth Xbox 360 broke down and support refused to help me transfer my digital game licenses (EVERY XBLA games released to date) to the new console I raged and said to myself “NO MORE money to Microsoft!”. The next day I did JTAG my new console and stopped buying games. I still got my JTAG Xbox 360 and it still works, the only problem is that I can’t go online with it and since I want to support the game developers I like it hasn’t been used in 5 years. A Japanese Xbox 360 will be a new start.

I will connect this Xbox 360 to my Sega New Net City with my pad hacks and a Xbox 360 VGA cable, console will run in 640×480 which hopefully will work terrific with the 31kHz monitor, monitor will be rotated vertically. I own a scanline generator that I will try and use, not sure how it gonna look but I can always skip it if I don’t like it.

The external power supply delivered with a Japanese Xbox 360 use 100 volt, in Sweden we use 230 volt which could be a problem. The Xbox 360 I bought had a 230 volt power supply so I didn’t had to use my spare. I may use the 100 volt adapter later on (if seller finds it), depends on the load my converter in the cab can handle, don’t want it to burn.

Japanese Xbox 360 without HDD but now with a Samsung 128GB USB flash drive.

The console were only delivered with a memory card and no hard drive so I installed a Samsung 128GB flash drive so I can install all games, it will minimize noise and wear on DVD player.
Took an hour to do all updates to the Xbox, I guess it hadn’t been updated in a few years. Shmups are usually rather small so it would probably be enough with a 32GB flash drive to install all games I will get.

I already own Guwange, Triggerheart Excelixa, KOF Sky Stage and Ikaruga that’s found on XBLA, all these games is playable in TATE.
Figured it would be to much hassle to buy from Japanese marketplace so I bought myself a US Xbox Gift Card so I could buy Bullet Soul and Bullet Soul Infinite Burst which both are region free (but not released in EU). I also got myself some games from Play-Asia, eBay, Loading.se and Stompp @ Arkadtorget.se.

These games below are already here or on it’s way. 🙂

  • Espgaluda II Black Label (Limited Edition with face place)
  • Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra
  • DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu Black Label
  • Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5
  • Deathsmiles
  • DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
  • DoDonPachi DaiOuJou Black Label Extra
  • After these were bought I got a offer on something great. What it’s? Will be a secret until it arrives, will do a separate post about it. ^^

 

Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 and Deathsmiles

 

Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra

 

Espgaluda II Black Label (Limited Edition with face place)

I am still looking for…

  • Shikigami No Shiro III
  • Mamoru-kun Wa Norowarete Shimatta
  • Raiden Fighter Aces

Raiden Fighters Aces is ridiculously expensive so will probably not get it.


I haven’t checked but I think I might be able to get some of these games on the Japanese Xbox Marketplace. Physical copies is still preferred, it has it benefits to have a physical disc on a old console like this but not needing to handle discs has it perks as well. I know there are more great shmups on Xbox 360 but since I own a lot of them on Steam and I don’t need duplicates I will skip them. It’s enough to own Ikaruga on 4 platforms… But what the heck, how many different Pac-Man games haven’t I bought over the years?

Will post an update when I got everything running in the cab.

Gill

Danmaku Unlimited 3 Pre-ordered!

By | 2017-02-24

Title: Danmaku Unlimited 3
Release date: March 9th, 2017
TATE: Yes! Will add to TATE list when confirmed everything is working.

March 9th when kids are asleep I know what I will be doing, Dorogan are releasing Danmaku Unlimited 3 the successor of Danmaku Unlimited 2 which were a terrific Shmup.

Do you pre-order at: http://doragongames.com/danmaku3/
You will get a DRM-free version as well as a Steam key for only 9.99$! Getting a DRM-free version is great because then I can run it in a cabinet without worrying about internet connection.

 

Pre-order done!

 

Steam site is found HERE and launch trailer is found below.

Gill

Electrokit order arrived.

By | 2017-02-23

So now I have everything needed for my pad hacks. Time to get started working… in a month or two.

Gill

Electrokit.com order for Pad Hacks etc.

By | 2017-02-21

Today I ordered PCB boards, logical gates and some other small stuff from Electrokit.com. The main reason for the order are the logical gates which I will use for my pad hacks to get some more functionality, will show more when it’s done.

I also decided to buy myself a PCB holder, the solution I use today isn’t smooth to use. This PCB holder only cost me 10€ so I thought it would be worth to try it out, reviewers at Amazon are happy with it so hopefully I will as well.

Gill

Another Candy cab! Yay!

By | 2017-02-16

In 4-6 weeks I will own my second NNC. Today I did a down payment for a Sega New Net City, it arrives to Johanmarsta (Arkadtorget.se) in Rosersberg, he got a full container arriving directly from Japan!

I really hope that the cab is in a decent condition… We will see in a month or two. Wish me luck! ^_^

Gill

An Oath to the Stars

By | 2017-02-16

Title: An Oath to the Stars
Release date: Q2 2017?
TATE: YES! Confirmed here https://twitter.com/attilioHimeki/status/817403088759832576
Steam greenlight: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=631521991

An Oath to the Stars is another Greenlit Shmup I’m looking forward to! This was first planned for release Q3 2016 but now got a release date that says Q2 2017.
Game seems to get most of the stuff I look for in a Shmup, it have Co-Op, TATE, lot of bullets and a good soundtrack.

I know it will support TATE but that’s all I know about it, hopefully game support 640×480 so I can play it in my cab.

Gameplay trailer.

It looks great and rather fluid. Gameplay trailer only shows like three kind of different enemies and never much on the screen at once. I wish it will be more like Crimzon Clover so I can feel the adrenaline pumping, at least it looks like boss fights will be able to fix that!
Bullet patterns seems straight forward and bullets are easy to spot.
What I like is the UI, looks simple and combo/multiplier seems easy to understand. That’s not something I’m used to when playing Shmups. Hopefully we will get more information on score system closer to release.

I look forward to play this Q2 2017. If everything works alright it will be added to my Steam TATE list!

Gill

GameCorner.se converted to English!

By | 2017-02-16

I decided to convert the whole layout and homepage to English.
All the old content done in Swedish will remain as it is while all new content will be written in English.

As said before English ain’t my native tongue so beware, you will find grammar that don’t belong in this world! ^_^

Cheers.

Gill

Ghost Blade HD, Steam!

By | 2017-02-14

I’m looking forward to every Shmup presented for Steam release and the one I looking forward for most at the moment is Ghost Blade HD.

With TATE support, online ranking and fab graphics Ghost Blade HD looks terrific, hopefully gameplay is equally good! It’s verified to have a 8.99€ price tag which hopefully will make it sell good.
Steam release date, March 8th!

 

Now I only hope Degica Games will present something new soon, been quite quiet since DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu release!

Gill

English or Swedish, that’s the question…

By | 2017-02-14

So far almost every post has been done in Swedish. I will from now on do some posts in English to reach more people who might be interested in what I share.

Disclaimer! English ain’t my native tongue and you will certainly see some strange grammar!
Disclaimer 2! I won’t spend the time to change the language in the site navigation, should probably not be a big problem.

Cheers!

Gill

TATE @ Steam, v.1.1!

By | 2017-02-14

New list with games I own on Steam that supports TATE!

Added Fire Arrow Plus
Added ARCADE GAME SERIES: Ms. PAC-MAN
Added ARCADE GAME SERIES: PAC-MAN
Added ARCADE GAME SERIES: DIG DUG
Added ARCADE GAME SERIES: GALAGA

 

The list, v.1.1!

Gill