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taizou

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« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2012, 07:13:29 PM »
oh it was a while back, must have been a few years ago now.. I do have a bunch of pics I havent put up anywhere though. like, tons of stuff. I've been sorting through it all recently for the potential revamp I mentioned earlier.

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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2012, 08:16:44 PM »
Is any of your non uploaded stuff from auction sites?

I'm still curious to know if there are any games left I haven't seen. Till now, Sickertus/Jonathon had uploaded box or card shots of everything except for about 10-15 of the 'missing' games. Shots can be seen here:

http://www.atariage.com/forums?topic=199329-fs-bitcorp-gamate-collection/
http://s663.photobucket.com/albums/uu353/sickertus/Gamate%20game%20cards/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20


Then theres also this page which shows a couple of rarer games like Fist of Thunder, Kiki Inland, and 10萬個為什麼:

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/ckkh10/422733


And also this page which has manual and box shots of Fist of Thunder, 10萬個為什麼 (K1-001) and 天羅煞 Heaven Clash (c1-058):

https://picasaweb.google.com/taiwangamate/GAMATE


Most interesting on that page though is a shot of the box for 火爆英雄 (c1-065) which is the only instance of the game seen so far. Shown on the left here (the album also has a shot of the back of the back):




So yeah, if you notice that you have any auction shots that show games not seen so far, then that would be interesting to see.

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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2012, 04:26:50 AM »
Managed to get a complete copy of Metamorphosiser, another UMC release. Apart from the ridiculously awesome name, the game turned out cooler than I was expecting. Its a side scrolling platformer with a cool post apocalyptic theme and impressive graphics. You choose from 3 different weapons, then you journey through destroyed streets and sewers and stuff fighting all kinds of crazy enemies. The instruction manual shows 4 bosses, but then only displays a question mark for the 'Dark Lord' final boss, so I'm curious to see that  ^_^ Somewhat tough game, I've played it a few times now and have gotten up to the 2nd boss.

Heres a few quick shots I took (notice the in-game title is 'Tough Guy')




Also interesting to note that the copy of the game I got is the same copy that can be seen in the only decent box photo of the game on the net from Retrotrader. When I first discovered taizou's gamate section last year and went to retrotrader there were no gamate games listed, so I figured it was sold out years ago. A month back though I randomly ended up at the retrotrader site again and noticed it had just been majorly updated, and noticed that the gamate section was listing games again. I emailed the guy and he indeed still had Metamorphosiser, complete and mint. I bought it immediately, for about the same price that a loose cart of the game sold for from 3rdman's recent gamate collection sale, so I guess I got lucky on that one. Goes to show how crazy acquiring games for this system is, and also how depressing it is that the cool and interesting gamate games from UMC are so unbelievably rare.


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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2012, 05:49:33 AM »
Ahh yes, the best handheld ever created!
I will complete and release a working link cable very soon, the real trouble for you guys will be aquiring 2 consoles + 2 copies of a linkable game title. ;)
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« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2012, 04:32:16 AM »
My second copy of Baseball finally arrived, but I've been having difficulties with the link cable project. At this point, the results seem to differ from console to console. I did succeed to get the Baseball title screen to appear on two separate consoles with just one game card for a split second though.

The expansion port only has 5 pins, I figure:
 data in, data out, clock, ground & +5v.

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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2013, 12:21:52 AM »
Haha well some crazy new Gamate collector is on the loose. First some Spanish guy put up an auction for a boxed game #60 (Further Adventures of Hannibal the Cat) for the crazy price of $200 US. I figured no one would bid, but in the closing seconds one guy actually did. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gamate-Further-Adventures-of-Hannibal-the-Cat-RARE-/221211489538?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item33813b7502&nma=true&si=1FKjGXfdN%252BA1B%252FPD6%252FOBrWlDr%252B8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Obviously wanting to capitalize on this guy, the Spanish seller then put up an auction for game #70 (Which is now the highest numbered game known) and doubled the price to $400 with a buy it now. Of course it sold. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gamate-ULTRA-RARE-C1-070-/221216074554?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3381816b3a&nma=true&si=1FKjGXfdN%252BA1B%252FPD6%252FOBrWlDr%252B8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Up until now the highest that gamate games have sold for was when me and Jonathon Lux (who's now stopped collecting) fought over some auctions for super rare stuff, but even those only got to about $100 or less.

I'm kinda tempted to put up a bunch of my rare games now with $500+ BIN's lol.
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2013, 12:12:41 PM »
Jesus Christ what. That's ridiculous.

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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2013, 01:44:58 PM »
I hate the Gamate.  The quality of the machine is pure shit imo, owning three "new" machines, but they all have damaged screens.  Such quality control, yay!  

I wonder who else is collecting these things, paying such crazy prices?  If I had a machine with a good screen, I would try to get a complete set, but $100 a pop is probably the most I would pay for a cart, and that would be for the rarer ones.

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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2013, 02:19:42 PM »
I have three and the screens are all okay. (Okay as in "not damaged" anyway, two are the super-blurry type that render games with small fast-moving objects practically unplayable). Are yours the earlier (90-91) Bit Corp ones or the later (93-94) UMC ones? Mine are all early ones, I wonder if their quality control slipped later on...

(and me personally I stopped buying Gamate games when prices went over like $50.. which I guess was kinda my fault since my site and the Retro Gamer article I contributed to probably did a lot to raise awareness of the system... oh well! sorry guys)

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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2013, 03:45:35 PM »
taizou
Apr 19 2013, 02:19:42 PM
I have three and the screens are all okay. (Okay as in "not damaged" anyway, two are the super-blurry type that render games with small fast-moving objects practically unplayable). Are yours the earlier (90-91) Bit Corp ones or the later (93-94) UMC ones? Mine are all early ones, I wonder if their quality control slipped later on...

(and me personally I stopped buying Gamate games when prices went over like $50.. which I guess was kinda my fault since my site and the Retro Gamer article I contributed to probably did a lot to raise awareness of the system... oh well! sorry guys)[/quote]Two of mine are from 91, one is from 93; the one from 93 is in the best shape.  All were bought as new old stock, all have black marks on the screen making it unplayable, though the one from 93 has the smallest spot, wheras the others have spots so large, it covers basically everything.  Maybe it is the humidity in Taiwan, but I have never seen this problem before, never saw it on a Game King, Game Boy, Game Gear here, and saw it only once on a Super Vision...that says to me, that the quality of this thing must be shit.

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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2013, 09:55:40 AM »
I have 2 gamate's. Both of them had good screens with no problems, although one of the gamate's suddenly stopped working one day completely randomly and I haven't been able to get it to run since lol.

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« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2013, 09:24:00 PM »
C1-070 英斯克戰爭  <--- ?
Insect War

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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2013, 08:25:41 PM »
Pretty cool, notice the copyright is 1995! :)

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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2013, 08:00:23 AM »
oh wow, so I guess they kept this thing going right up until the Super A'can came out.

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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2013, 07:23:38 PM »
taizou
May 5 2013, 08:00:23 AM
oh wow, so I guess they kept this thing going right up until the Super A'can came out. [/quote]I was surprised about that too.
I don't know if I can beat the game to get to the credits, it's a bug-themed Gradius clone that has 6 stages.