Re: Non-Japan/USA regional clone sets with gameplay/content differences
06/06/17 11:27 PM
> Here's a question I have. I know the "clones worth playing" question has come up on
> multiple forums over the years. Are there any non-bootleg regional clones that have
> gameplay or content differences from the parent set? I am trying to keep Japan and
> USA clones, USA because they are the versions I'd come across in a real arcade, and
> Japan because the USA/World sets often had difficult changes, cut content, or were
> otherwise gimped (Thunder Cross, Xexex, Lightning Fighters, Undercover Cops, the list
> goes on and on). But any point in keeping Euro clone sets? Non-Japanese Asian clone
> I'm looking for ones which are demonstrably different from the parent set, and from
> Japan and/or US sets. It could be stuff like retaining cut content or the difficulty
> curve from the Japanese version, but having English in-game text. It could be extra
> content of its own. But I am trying to weed out clones which are just like the
> parent, the USA or the Japan sets but for extra language support, or changing the
> title, etc. (For example, do I really need all the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
> I'm especially interested in Haze's info, he always has great insight into this
> stuff, but if anyone else can help, that'd be great. I am using history.dat and the
> driver notes in Github, but those aren't always enough help. Anybody else who can
> help, I would really appreciate it!
Gradius 3 (Japan) vs Gradius 3 (World)
The World versions had fewer enemies in their first 2 levels. This is most notable in the 2nd level, aka the Bubble Level.
Konami's Vendetta has guys in S&M bondage clothes attacking you on the 3rd level in the Japan version. These were changed for all other versions.
Konami's Xexex has a life meter in the non-Japan versions iirc. The Japan version is "one hit and you're dead."
Capcom's Final Fight had some censorship on the intro cut scene on its Non-Japan versions.
Konami's "Gokujou Parodius / Fantastic Journey" censored the hats of the American Eagle enemies in the non-Japan versions, for obvious reasons...
Rabio Lepus had cut scenes with a bunny girl in them that was removed from the US version.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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