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Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/15 22:15
Nintendoid!
Joined 2013/9/9
USA
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Long Time User (6 Years) 30+ Game Ratings
Here you guys go, I am the one who got the Virtual Fishing off of eBay.
I've attached a zip file of the game and many padded copies too. Let me know what you find inside of it.

I just felt I had to do this and preserve it.


Other info: I bought it from Justin swegart, he didn't want to sell it outside of Ebay, I believe he wanted to be anonymous from me but I guess he doesn't realize PayPal still tells me who he is. Which is unfortunate soI had to pay tax and eBay fee.

He claims to have received this from a private collector from California. Thats all I could figure out.



-Also this was an expensive purchase so if you would be so great and generous I would appreciate any donations. I have Venmo @VB-Schwanck or message me for Anything else you want to tell me.

Again thank you if you do and if not Its okay too.

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#2
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/15 22:29
Nintendoid!
Joined 2013/9/9
USA
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Internal photos

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#3
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/15 23:34
PVB Elite
Joined 2011/7/1
Germany
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That’s pretty cool. Will try to have a look tomorrow. Thanks for dumping.
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#4
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 0:14
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Joined 2018/6/26
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It looks like it's exactly the same as the final game.

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#5
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 0:34
PVB Elite
Joined 2013/6/17
Canada
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Thanks for sharing!

Please put some black electrical tape or something over those ROM chip windows. If they absorb enough light the chips will start erasing.
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#6
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 2:15
Nintendoid!
Joined 2013/9/9
USA
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I plan to use a label maker to cover up.

Hope it isn’t a final version copy
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#7
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 10:24
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Joined 2016/9/18
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Its possible there is some interesting data beyond the end of the Virtual Fishing ROM. Btw, could you post high resolution photos of both sides of the cart and pcb?

Also, its probably better to use something more substantial the label marker to protect the data.
Edited by Hiccup on 2020/2/16 11:26
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#8
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 12:42
Nintendoid!
Joined 2006/10/2
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Can anyone explain to me why PCBs have those windows on them? Is there a reason they were designed to be so vulnerable to light?
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#9
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 13:04
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/8/20
30 Posts
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 13:41
Edited by Yamagushi on 2020/2/16 14:34
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#10
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Posted on: 2/16 13:22
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/8/20
30 Posts
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
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