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Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 19:06
VB Gamer
Joined 5/21
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Hello all, I was sent here from Seattle Retro Gamers on Facebook. Where there was some previous discusion.

I have in my possession an authentic, functional, 1995 prototype cartridge of Bound High for the Virtual Boy.

It is as of yet unclear to me what version of the game I have? If it is the same or different than the buggy->patched ROM used to make the repros? What is the easiest way for me to determine the version?

I have included pics of the cartridge and PCB. (I apologise my phone camera sucks.)

Any further information, or insight would be appreciated.

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#2
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 19:30
PVB Elite
Joined 2012/7/9
USA
791 Posts
Top10 PosterLong Time User (6 Years) 20+ Game Ratings
Interesting, prototypes are always VUE (E) BA3A with boards twice the size extended beyond the case.

Your cart is VUE (F) BA3A and also a normal sized board, which means itís probably a finalized cart. I would estimate that it was likely used to show reviewers right before release.

The only real way to know is to either rom dump it for comparison or just play it.
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#3
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 19:33
PVB Elite
Joined 2014/6/4
USA
537 Posts
Long Time User (4 Years) 20+ Game Ratings
Glad to see you were able to get pictures and sign up without a problem! I hope everyone here can help you get the answers you're looking for!
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#4
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 20:45
Virtual Freak
Joined 2016/5/12
USA
83 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
ahh... this just makes me feel we are one step closer to Dragon Hopper.
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#5
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 20:51
VB Gamer
Joined 5/21
14 Posts
Quote:

The only real way to know is to either rom dump it for comparison or just play it.


Yes, the next problem being my VB is experiencing display issues which I hope to address in the next week or two.

Then playing it and deciphering if the know bugs are present or not?

I played through several levels with no obvious issues before the display really crapped out. Though I am new to this game and was not attempting to identify bugs.
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Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 21:04
PVB Elite
Joined 2014/6/4
USA
537 Posts
Long Time User (4 Years) 20+ Game Ratings
Quote:

Cpt. F. wrote:
Quote:

The only real way to know is to either rom dump it for comparison or just play it.


Yes, the next problem being my VB is experiencing display issues which I hope to address in the next week or two.

Then playing it and deciphering if the know bugs are present or not?

I played through several levels with no obvious issues before the display really crapped out. Though I am new to this game and was not attempting to identify bugs.


If you're close to Lynnwood, WA and want to give it a go on a working VB, you're welcome to come by my place and give it ago (as well as any other games you wanna try out). I can always load up the dumped version on my FlashBoy+ and we could do a side by side comparison (I have 2 VBs)
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#7
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 22:01
PVB Elite
Joined 2012/7/9
USA
791 Posts
Top10 PosterLong Time User (6 Years) 20+ Game Ratings
Quote:

Cpt. F. wrote:
Quote:

The only real way to know is to either rom dump it for comparison or just play it.


Yes, the next problem being my VB is experiencing display issues which I hope to address in the next week or two.

Then playing it and deciphering if the know bugs are present or not?

I played through several levels with no obvious issues before the display really crapped out. Though I am new to this game and was not attempting to identify bugs.


Itís an awesome game; Iíve had the pleasure of owning a reproduction since 2012, thanks to MineStorm. I am amazed that you have an actual copy of it though, as yours was actually used in the original process.

I recommend having your led screens soldered permanently, so you will never have to worry about the issue ever again.
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#8
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 22:11
Nintendoid!
Joined 2006/10/2
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ContributorLong Time User (12 Years)
Very cool. Care to fill us in on how you came to own it?
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#9
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 22:39
PVB Elite
Joined 2013/6/17
Canada
1014 Posts
Long Time User (5 Years)Top10 Poster10+ Game Ratings
Quote:

Cpt. F. wrote:
Hello all, I was sent here from Seattle Retro Gamers on Facebook. Where there was some previous discusion.

I have in my possession an authentic, functional, 1995 prototype cartridge of Bound High for the Virtual Boy.

It is as of yet unclear to me what version of the game I have? If it is the same or different than the buggy->patched ROM used to make the repros? What is the easiest way for me to determine the version?

I have included pics of the cartridge and PCB. (I apologise my phone camera sucks.)

Any further information, or insight would be appreciated.



Very cool! The most interesting part to me is the presence of the battery, since that game doesn't support saving games.

As everyone said, it's best to either dump it, or play through it and compare it with the rom that's out there. There's tons of people on here who can help, depending on your location.
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#10
Re: Bound High 1995 proto cartridge- Authentic
Posted on: 5/21 22:50
PVB Elite
Joined 2011/7/1
Germany
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Dumping is the best way to tell if it is legit. If the rom is identical to the buggy or patched rom itís most likely not legit due to the way those have been build. The current rom is known to be the final version so I doubt there would be any ingame differences.

Maybe someone can tell from looking at the board if it is fake. That would be even easier.
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