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Magical Drop III

| 1997
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Units produced: Data East Corporation
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(4)
Number of Players: 2
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MAME folder name: magdrop3

Display: raster 320x224 @ 59.19Hz (59.19 pixclock)
Sound: 2 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver neodrvr.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 0; Savestate: unsupported

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Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


WIP:

- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.


LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)


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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip


Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Magical Drop III (c) 1997 Data East.

More characters, more gameplay modes, more frantic gameplay, more fun! This is what every videogame sequel should be, and the sequel to one of the best puzzle games for the Neo-Geo MVS is indeed a game not to be missed! Lots of fun for one or two players!

- TECHNICAL -

Runs on the SNK "Neo-Geo MVS" hardware.
Game ID: NGM-233

Players: 2
Control: 8-Way Joystick
Buttons: 3
=> [A] Catch Balloons, [B] Throw Balloons, [C] Shift the balloons a line down

- TRIVIA -

Magical Drop III was released on February 25, 1997. This is Data East's final arcade video game.

The game now features parodies of all the characters featured in the 22 cards of the major Arcana in a Tarot card deck. These are numbered from 0 to 21 as follows :
00. Fool
01. Magician
02. High Priestess
03. Emperor
04. Empress
05. Hierophant
06. Lovers
07. Chariot
08. Strength
09. Hermit
10. (Wheel of) Fortune
11. Justice
12. Hanged Man
13. Death
14. Temperance
15. Devil
16. Tower
17. Star
18. Moon
19. Sun
20. Judgement
21. World

Note that the only exception to this statement would be Black Pierrot since he does not appear in a Tarot card deck. Black Pierrot is an added bonus character to challenge really good Magical Drop 3 pros!

Note : In puzzle and adventure modes, only 8 characters are available : Fool, High Priestess, Emperor, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Justice and Star.

Default highscore table :
Name Score Reactions Time
1ST D.E 5000 8 06:00
2ND D.E 4500 7 05:30
3RD D.E 4000 6 05:00
4TH D.E 3500 5 04:30
5TH D.E 3000 4 04:00

Soundtrack releases (for limited edition):
Magical Drop III - Pony Canyon / Scitron - PCCBX-00002 - March 21, 1997

- UPDATES -

The Japanese version of this game features LOTS of stuff unavailable in any other version :

* In Challenge Mode there is a story intro at the beginning explaining the reason behind the Magical Drop competition, an extra animation showing a close-up of the Magical Drop book as it opens, an ending for each character available in the game, a "Hard" difficulty setting, as well as a bonus fortune reading when you beat the Challenge Mode or you lose against the CPU and refuse to continue. All of this is absent in the USA & Europe versions.

* In Challenge Mode, each character has a unique set of quotes before a battle begins, this even applies in the battles against the end bosses Tower & Fortune. In the USA & Europe versions there are only two possible quotes before a fight for all characters :

Quote #1
CPU : Get out of my way!
Player : I'll never lose to you!

Quote #2
CPU : You want to fight?
Player : Now let's see who is better!

* In Adventure mode, each character has its very own story intro as well as its very own ending which is different from the one seen in Challenge mode. Additionally this mode plays like a board game in which you compete against three other characters on the board, and if any of the others get to Empress' castle before your character, you will get a generic bad ending. If you arrive on a tile already occupied by a CPU-controlled character, you will have 2 options :
1) The option on the right : you don't want to trouble and ignore the opponent (sometimes you will have to back off 1 tile)
2) The option on the left : you fight the opponent. If you win, he or she will be eliminated but it would be the same for you if you fail, so be careful!
In the USA and European versions, there is no storyline and the only character on the board is controlled by the player.

* Like in the previous game, each character has his/her own unique voice. The European version features less voice tracks and the USA version features a single voice track for all characters.

- TIPS AND TRICKS -

* Play as Father Strength : At the character select screen, highlight Strength, hold C and press A or B. This trick does not work nor in puzzle mode nor in adventure mode.

* Play with bonus characters : At the character select screen, highlight any character (Except World, World's number is 21 so she can't be used for this trick) and wait until the timer counts down to the number assigned to that character :
00 - Fool
01 - Magician
02 - High Priestess
03 - Empress
04 - Emperor
05 - Hierophant
06 - Lovers
07 - Chariot
08 - Strength
11 - Justice
13 - Death
15 - Devil
17 - Star
19 - Sun
20 - Judgment
Then push C only three times. Moon, Hanged Man, Hermit, Temperance, Tower and Fortune will appear and will now be selectable. This trick does neither work in puzzle mode nor in adventure mode.

* Secret Stages :
1) Moon (after Level 6) : Finish the sixth stage without exceeding 90 seconds since the beginning.
2) Hanged Man (after Level 6) : Finish the sixth stage exceeding 300 seconds since the beginning.
3) Black Pierrot (after Level 10) : Finish the tenth stage with at least 150000 points.

- SERIES -

1. Magical Drop (1995, Arcade)
2. Magical Drop Plus 1! (1995, Arcade)
3. Magical Drop II [Model NGM-221] (1996, Arcade)
4. Magical Drop III [Model NGM-233] (1997, Arcade)
5. Magical Drop F - Daibouken Mo Rakujyanai! (1999, PlayStation)
6. Magical Drop V (2012, Arcade)

- STAFF -

Producer : Naomi Susa
Planner : S. Katagiri
Programmers : Tac. H, Poconyan, M. Saiki
Graphic designers : S. Takeuchi, H. Hachiya, R. Sakurai, N. Ishizuka, S. Nishiwaki, Okakumi, I. Seta, T. Arakawa, H. Hashimoto, Y. Kaihou
Sound designers : Koremasa, Hiroaki Yoshida (MARO) (Gamadelic), NmRtk (Gamadelic), Sin
Voice actors : Yuichi Nagashima, Fumihiko Tachiki, Takehito Koyasu, Haruna Ikezawa, Tsumugi Osawa, Miina Tominaga, E. Tanaka, M. Sunada, Eriko, Ring-Ring, Gorilla, Zaku, Okakumi
Cast coordinate : Radon'86 (Junko Araki)
Recording studio : Japan Vistec (Osamu Iwata)
Publish : K. Oshima, T. Ebi, H. Miyashita
English translators : Mikio Brooks, Monika Hudgins, Siobhan Fallon, Ron Aughenbaugh
Debugers : K. Kusanagi, H. Ohtsubo
Special advisers : A. Wakabayashi (Nal), A. Shibazaki<3

- PORTS -

* Consoles :
SNK Neo-Geo [JP] (April 25, 1997) "Magical Drop III [Model NGH-233]"
Sega Saturn [JP] (June 20, 1997) "Magical Drop III - Toretate Zoukangou! [Model T-1313G]"
Sony PlayStation [JP] (October 30, 1997) "Magical Drop III - Yokubari Tokudaigou! [Model SLPM-86051]"
Sega Saturn [JP] (October 22, 1998) "Magical Drop III - Toretate Zoukangou! [Sega Saturn Collection] [Model T-1318G]"
Sony PlayStation [JP] (February 25, 1999) "Magical Drop III + Wonderful! [Model SLPS-01917~8]"
SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color [JP] (June 24, 1999) "Magical Drop Pocket [Model NEOP00480]"
Sony PlayStation [JP] (March 1, 2001) "Magical Drop III + Wonderful! [Model SLPM 86755~6]"
Nintendo Wii [US] (February 19, 2010) "Data East Arcade Classics [Model RVL-P-R26E]"

- CONTRIBUTE -

Edit this entry: http://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=1445&o=2


Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 100626 00000000 FFFFFFFF No more level gain Survival game only
00100000 100112 00000303 FFFFFFFF Unlock Secret Characters Wait for 2 seconds to be able to select Hanged Man, Moon, Hermit, Temperance, Tower and Fortune
60000000 000000 00000000 00000000
00000020 100611 00000001 FFFFFFFF Always have Quota=001 PL1 Battle game only
00000000 100611 000000C8 FFFFFFFF Always have Quota=200 PL1 Battle game only
62000000 000000 00000000 00000000 Select Card PL1
00010000 1000FA 00000000 FFFFFFFF Fool
00010000 1000FA 00000001 FFFFFFFF Magician
00010000 1000FA 00000002 FFFFFFFF High Priestess
00010000 1000FA 00000003 FFFFFFFF Empress
00010000 1000FA 00000004 FFFFFFFF Emperor
00010000 1000FA 00000005 FFFFFFFF Hierophant
00010000 1000FA 00000006 FFFFFFFF Lovers
00010000 1000FA 00000007 FFFFFFFF Chariot
00010000 1000FA 00000008 FFFFFFFF Strength
00010000 1000FA 00000009 FFFFFFFF #Hermit# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000000A FFFFFFFF #Fortune# The Boss
00010000 1000FA 0000000B FFFFFFFF Justice
00010000 1000FA 0000000C FFFFFFFF #Hanged Man# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000000D FFFFFFFF Death
00010000 1000FA 0000000E FFFFFFFF #Temperance# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000000F FFFFFFFF Devil
00010000 1000FA 00000010 FFFFFFFF #Tower# The mighty mid-boss
00010000 1000FA 00000011 FFFFFFFF Star
00010000 1000FA 00000012 FFFFFFFF #Moon# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 00000013 FFFFFFFF Sun
00010000 1000FA 00000014 FFFFFFFF Judgment
00010000 1000FA 00000015 FFFFFFFF World
00010000 1000FA 00000016 FFFFFFFF #Black Pierrot# The bonus card
00010000 1000FA 00000017 FFFFFFFF #Strength's Father# The last card
00010000 1000FA 00000080 FFFFFFFF Fool (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000081 FFFFFFFF Magician (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000082 FFFFFFFF High Priestess (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000083 FFFFFFFF Empress (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000084 FFFFFFFF Emperor (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000085 FFFFFFFF Hierophant (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000086 FFFFFFFF Lovers (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000087 FFFFFFFF Chariot (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000088 FFFFFFFF Strength (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000089 FFFFFFFF #Hermit (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000008A FFFFFFFF #Fortune (CPU)# The Boss
00010000 1000FA 0000008B FFFFFFFF Justice (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 0000008C FFFFFFFF #Hanged Man (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000008D FFFFFFFF Death (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 0000008E FFFFFFFF #Temperance (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 0000008F FFFFFFFF Devil (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000090 FFFFFFFF #Tower (CPU)# The mighty mid-boss
00010000 1000FA 00000091 FFFFFFFF Star (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000092 FFFFFFFF #Moon (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FA 00000093 FFFFFFFF Sun (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000094 FFFFFFFF Judgment (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000095 FFFFFFFF World (CPU)
00010000 1000FA 00000096 FFFFFFFF #Black Pierrot (CPU)# The bonus card
00010000 1000FA 00000097 FFFFFFFF #Strength's Father (CPU)# The last card
60000000 000000 00000000 00000000
00000020 100651 00000001 FFFFFFFF Always have Quota=001 PL2 Battle game only
00000000 100651 000000C8 FFFFFFFF Always have Quota=200 PL2 Battle game only
62000000 000000 00000000 00000000 Select Card PL2
00010000 1000FB 00000000 FFFFFFFF Fool
00010000 1000FB 00000001 FFFFFFFF Magician
00010000 1000FB 00000002 FFFFFFFF High Priestess
00010000 1000FB 00000003 FFFFFFFF Empress
00010000 1000FB 00000004 FFFFFFFF Emperor
00010000 1000FB 00000005 FFFFFFFF Hierophant
00010000 1000FB 00000006 FFFFFFFF Lovers
00010000 1000FB 00000007 FFFFFFFF Chariot
00010000 1000FB 00000008 FFFFFFFF Strength
00010000 1000FB 00000009 FFFFFFFF #Hermit# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000000A FFFFFFFF #Fortune# The Boss
00010000 1000FB 0000000B FFFFFFFF Justice
00010000 1000FB 0000000C FFFFFFFF #Hanged Man# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000000D FFFFFFFF Death
00010000 1000FB 0000000E FFFFFFFF #Temperance# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000000F FFFFFFFF Devil
00010000 1000FB 00000010 FFFFFFFF #Tower# The mighty mid-boss
00010000 1000FB 00000011 FFFFFFFF Star
00010000 1000FB 00000012 FFFFFFFF #Moon# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 00000013 FFFFFFFF Sun
00010000 1000FB 00000014 FFFFFFFF Judgment
00010000 1000FB 00000015 FFFFFFFF World
00010000 1000FB 00000016 FFFFFFFF #Black Pierrot# The bonus card
00010000 1000FB 00000017 FFFFFFFF #Strength's Father# The last card
00010000 1000FB 00000080 FFFFFFFF Fool (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000081 FFFFFFFF Magician (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000082 FFFFFFFF High Priestess (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000083 FFFFFFFF Empress (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000084 FFFFFFFF Emperor (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000085 FFFFFFFF Hierophant (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000086 FFFFFFFF Lovers (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000087 FFFFFFFF Chariot (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000088 FFFFFFFF Strength (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000089 FFFFFFFF #Hermit (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000008A FFFFFFFF #Fortune (CPU)# The Boss
00010000 1000FB 0000008B FFFFFFFF Justice (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 0000008C FFFFFFFF #Hanged Man (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000008D FFFFFFFF Death (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 0000008E FFFFFFFF #Temperance (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 0000008F FFFFFFFF Devil (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000090 FFFFFFFF #Tower (CPU)# The mighty mid-boss
00010000 1000FB 00000091 FFFFFFFF Star (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000092 FFFFFFFF #Moon (CPU)# A secret card
00010000 1000FB 00000093 FFFFFFFF Sun (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000094 FFFFFFFF Judgment (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000095 FFFFFFFF World (CPU)
00010000 1000FB 00000096 FFFFFFFF #Black Pierrot (CPU)# The bonus card
00010000 1000FB 00000097 FFFFFFFF #Strength's Father (CPU)# The last card
60000000 000000 00000000 00000000
62000000 000000 00000000 00000000 Select Cartridge/NeoGeo Type Enable it DURING the neogeo bios booting sequence. If you miss the boot sequence reset and THEN enable it. The Home (NEOGEO) setting may open up other aspects of the game or it may even make the game unplayable.
00010000 10FD82 00000080 FFFFFFFF Arcade (MVS)
00010000 10FD82 00000000 FFFFFFFF Home (NEOGEO)

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file
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