Darwin 4078 get! Also, fixed some layout issues.

Last night I had a small shmupmeet at home and one of my guests presented me with a very nice gift - a Data East "Darwin 4078" PCB! He knew how I had longed to own this game, but it really never pops up for sale, so he gave me his board. Thanks a lot, Sticky! As I added this game to my list of vertical games, I noticed that somehow the page's layout has been messed up, so I fixed it. In other news, I'm almost done with the supergun I'm building, so I had it running all of last night so my guests could play horizontal games on my TV without me having to rotate my screens. It was quite a success, I'm happy to say. I'll do a write-up of my supergun buil when I'm 100% done with it along with a list of used components. BONUS! Here are a couple of Youtube videos from my shmupmeet last night: ...
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Translations of interviews featured in Japanese ‘Shooting Gameside’ magazine

Translations of interviews featured in Japanese ‘Shooting Gameside’ magazine

blackoak from shmups forums has posted some very interesting interviews lately: The Basiscape composers interview: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41741 A Toaplan interview (with Tatsuya Uemura): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41213 A Raizing interview (with Sotoyama Yuuichi & YokooKenichi): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41408 A Doujin shmup interview: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41475 And a HUGE CAVE interview (with Junya Inoue, Manabu Namiki, Takashi Ichimura, Hiroyuki Tanaka, S. Yagawa, Akira Wakabayashi & Tsuneki Ikeda): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41649  ...
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I got me some SPARK!

I got me some SPARK!

Today I received a the latest offering from modern time alchemist, Toodles. Behold THE SPARK. This little piece of high-tech will turn your SANWA JLF into the equivalent of SANWA's long gone epic FLASH 1 optical joystick. I really wanted to test this properly (with some game I really know, like Ketsui) today, but due to some other hardware giving me a hard time (no TATE screens, PS360 start button not working), I only had the chance to test it with the XBLA port of SEGA's classic, Shinobi. The stick felt very nice, but I'm sure I'll be needing a much harder spring to really enjoy it. Also, my only JLF (I've never liked 'em that much) was rebuilt from a bunch of scrapped ones I had laying around the house, so not a prime candidate for a good test. The SPARK PCB however performed wonderfully, and the installation took about 10 minutes, most of that time went into removing an LS-32 from one of...
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Easy EGRET II speaker upgrade

Easy EGRET II speaker upgrade

EASY EGRET II SPEAKER UPGRADE How to put a 2.1 speaker system into an EGRET II with or without intrusive measures. Very easy to do as long as you know how to do it and what you'll need. Speaker choice After a whole-heartily recommendation (i.e. "these are cheap, mate") I went with the Logitech s220 as they are at an extremely good value. Pros: The smaller speaker will fit in the originals place by a slight wedge-in manoeuvre The bass is "just right" and is small, so it fits very well behind the coin box The little wired remote has volume control and a speaker muting phones outlet Very competitive price Cons: Doesn't have bass adjustment on the remote Doesn't fill the hole made for speakers in the cabinet completely, but that's easily solved with some pieces of cardboard Parts needed (to keep JAMMA compatibility) If you plan on keep running your JAMMA PCBs in your cabinet and not only stereo, line-output systems such as CPS2, NAOMI, a PC or...
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How To: Install a non-PCB joystick in a 5-pin harness

How To: Install a non-PCB joystick in a 5-pin harness

Connecting a 5-pin JST-H solution "for dummies" When is this needed? Many Japanese cabinets (or well built console Arcade sticks) use a JST 5-pin connector that will install a SANWA JLF or a Seimitsu LS-32-01 quick and easy (see the picture above) in their control panels. So? Well, sometimes you want to mix it up, and bring in something without that handy 5-pin JST-H connector available. There are some very nice sticks out there, like the SUZO 500 (it's ugly, but very hard to beat for shooting games) that with a custom shaft can blend in like a good weave in your cabinet. I will use my custom built stick for this guide, but any stick using 4 microswitches can be hooked up this way. How do you recommend I do this? I've always been doing harnesses for my non-PCB equipped sticks, but I figured out a way to use a worn out JLF...
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