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#1
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/17 23:16
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/8/20
25 Posts
Oh, please tell me you used antistatic foam??
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#2
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 22:28
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/8/20
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Schwanck wrote:
Thanks everyone for your work and contribution. Iíll add these labels inside so in the future this could be prevented again.

Too bad I spent to much and the story wasnít different. Gonna take a long time to pay off.



I have plans of what Iím going to do with it and should be done tomorrow.


Eh, I wouldn't bother with the stickers. For it to end up questionable again in the future, someone would have to deceive the next buyer, and if they are willing to do that, they'd just remove them.

Also, thanks to your pics, each board has tiny differences and your specific board is now distinguishable if anyone were to try and sell it as something different in the future.
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#3
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 21:35
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/8/20
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Ah, well I can agree with you about the title of "prototype", technically these are a developer cart rather than an actual prototype. But it's the name that stuck, so in that sense, they are all refereed to as prototypes, the content certainly has a big impact, but it's still a neat and rather uncommon item anyway.

I've heard of them selling a while back on yahoo auctions, but beyond that, I've only ever seen 3 of these for sale. The Virtual League Baseball one, which has an even more ridiculous price tag but it believed to be authentic, the copy of Panic Bomber (1 of 2 known and documented copies), and this one. I know of a 4th one that sold, but I believe it was a private sale, I never actually saw it for sale publicly. Even then, Virtual League Baseball might have never actually sold due to it's price, though I haven't seen it listed in a good bit now, prior to that it was listed for years. So even without something authentic flashed on it, it's still neat as a generic BA3A cart. It still is a rather uncommon collection piece that's missing from many really nice collections that I've seen due to it's rarity.
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 21:51
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#4
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 20:05
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Joined 2019/8/20
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If the binary matches with the final version of the game you can not call that a prototype anymore. It would be more of a review version if legit.

It's still on a prototype cart. Whats on it beyond that just affects it value, not whether it's a prototype or not.
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With the final version of the game and no other content on it, the board is not worth 2000 USD. :(
The board alone maybe 350-500.
In my opionion, for that much money, the seller should have given much more proof of the content.

Sadly I have to agree, without any history on it, and with a questionable chip and dump, it's worth much much less than the 2000.
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That said, I dont think that even a real prototype (early version of the game) of Virtual Fishing would be worth 2000 USD.

An undumped prototype for Virtual Fishing would very likely be worth that if not more. Being undumped and unique makes it much more valuable for those with deep pockets.


But regarding the cart, it is still a very uncommon quite hard to find item. They rarely leave collectors hands, and when they do they're likely to end up in the hands of someone who's not going to part with it in the future. You'd probably have a hard time returning it, as it was still as advertised. And even if you did, it's gonna be a while until another one, especially one of the few verified ones, pops up again.
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#5
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 14:22
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Joined 2019/8/20
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I was looking over the images and the chips. The chips on this prototype are Texas Instruments, which seems rather odd for a Japanese cart. Looking up the chips, the data sheets are from 1997, however I'm unable to tell if that's when production started or just when this revised data sheet was released. The date code I believe is YMLLLS. Which would mean a year of 5, and a month of 3. This could be 03/1995, which would put it around what it should be, however it could also be 03/2005 which would mean the chips came much too late. Looking at the listings images, I do notice one of the chips use to have a sticker on it, which was removed. That's also not a good sign, while it's possible it was like that going back to development, it's also possible it was removed to erase the chips and flash the dump onto the cart.


I would recommend contacting "Benjamin Stevens". He's rather knowledgeable on the prototype carts. He may be able to help you with verifying the authenticity of the cart. Here's his profile. https://www.planetvb.com/modules/userc ... ?section=profile&uid=1643
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 15:40
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 15:48
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 16:01
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#6
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 14:04
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Joined 2019/8/20
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I missed that another prototype went up for sale. If you don't mind my asking, it looks like it listed at $2000, did you make an offer or did you pay the full asking price?

@pinmagic - The hole is for erasing the data. Shining light into the hole erases the chip so it can be rewritten with something new. It's a rather old method.

Also, I was thinking this was one of the known prototypes, but I was mistaking it for Virtual Bowling. You should definitely do some research on this one for values sake. There were some blank prototype carts that came out a while back and people just wrote random dumps onto them. It's history will highly impact it's value. There are seven known EP-ROM carts out there that are easier to verify due to their public history. Faceball, Virtual Bowling, Space Pinball, Jack Bros, 2 Panic Bombers, and Virtual League Baseball for known EPROM carts. There is also a Bound High Flash cart. It would definitely be worth your time and effort to try and establish some authentic history behind this one, the easiest way would have been some difference in the ROM, but it seems there isn't any unfortunately.
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 14:41
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 15:34
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#7
Re: Are misprints common?
Posted on: 1/23 23:24
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Joined 2019/8/20
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clonecman wrote:
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vuefinder83 wrote:
these misprints aren't common, but they do happen. I have a Wario Land demo cart that has white along the tops of the letters on the Virtual Boy logo where there shouldn't be.


I wonder if all Wario Land demo carts have this error? Mine does as well, and every one currently on ebay has this same error.


I was gonna say, I believe they actually all have that same error. Mine does as well, and when I was looking around and noticed it, I never found one that didn't.
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#8
Re: Batterie wechseln bei Wario Land
Posted on: 2019/11/25 1:55
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Joined 2019/8/20
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#9
Homebrew Box Template
Posted on: 2019/11/17 2:30
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Joined 2019/8/20
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I was working on this for a while. I was gonna do a bit more with it, such as get it professionally printed to test coloring and sharpness, then make some final adjustments. But I've been incredibly busy lately and just decided to release it for the community to have at it. Hopefully someone with more time and artistic talent than myself can continue on with it and make an even more flawless box. If you do, I ask that you keep it public. I spent a lot of time on this myself specifically with the intent on having a public box.

Almost everything can be turned on and off individually. It's essentially a fully customizable box template. The box cuts and sizing of everything is all extremely accurate as well, I measured everything out by hand. I recreated the background and most of the elements of the box the best I could. First image is pretty much everything turned off, second image is pretty much everything turned on. The file is a PDN (Paint Dot Net) file and I had to put it in a RAR archive as it was a hair larger than the max file size. Enjoy.

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Edited by Yamagushi on 2019/11/17 2:54
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#10
Re: LF: Virtual Boy Game Box Inlays
Posted on: 2019/10/26 15:00
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Joined 2019/8/20
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Another option if you are interested in making them, https://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb ... php?topic_id=7303&forum=3

You might also be able to get some repro makers to print them on quality cardstock and send em to you for cutting and assembly.
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