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xXxTWO FACExXx
06-22-2009, 08:42 PM
In my quest to hunt down every last 32x game i've tried for about a month to locate a copy of DarXide for the 32x but I couldn't find any why is this game so hard to find?

Baloo
06-22-2009, 09:17 PM
Because they made very few copies of it, it was released only in Europe, and it was the very last game of any region released for the 32x. It goes for about $700+ dollars.

Chilly Willy
06-22-2009, 09:44 PM
Which is exactly why I play it on my flash cart. It's cheaper to buy the flash cart than to try to get one of those rare carts. I'm just surprised there aren't fake DarXide carts being sold.

TmEE
06-22-2009, 09:49 PM
32X is not exactly popular I guess :P

Nunzio
06-22-2009, 10:52 PM
What about Primal Rage? I thought that was the rarest.

Baloo
06-22-2009, 10:55 PM
Primal Rage is only rare in PAL form.

otaku
06-22-2009, 10:59 PM
I bet you can find one don't just check the usual places but dig deep check forums and ask around you can probably find a current owner who might sell (its a really good time to be in a buying position) how rare is the game what was the print run

Baloo
06-22-2009, 11:02 PM
The print one was really low, maybe 1000 copies or less? I don't think the number's been released though.

0x15e
06-25-2009, 12:35 PM
The print one was really low, maybe 1000 copies or less? I don't think the number's been released though.It's almost like it was released strictly as a formality. I'd bet whatever number they had printed was the minimum run at the manufacturing plant.

If you're buying it to play, don't. It's not worth the effort or money. It's kind of cool to see texture mapped polys on the 32X but once the novelty wears off, it gets boring quick.

xXxTWO FACExXx
06-25-2009, 12:41 PM
It's almost like it was released strictly as a formality. I'd bet whatever number they had printed was the minimum run at the manufacturing plant.

If you're buying it to play, don't. It's not worth the effort or money. It's kind of cool to see texture mapped polys on the 32X but once the novelty wears off, it gets boring quick.

Do you exactly own a real copy?

Da_Shocker
06-25-2009, 02:16 PM
I have played the rom and it's not worth the 300-400 dollar it goes of on ebay and they game is super rare. Talkin bout it pops up on ebay like once a year or so.

nissling
06-25-2009, 03:06 PM
It was the last game to be released for the 32X and originally, it was suppose to be a release title for the Sega Neptune which wasn't released.

I've also heard that you can only play it with 100 % PAL-hardware. It dosen't work with a modded 32X and a modded Mega Drive/Genesis as far as I know.

Chilly Willy
06-25-2009, 03:30 PM
It was the last game to be released for the 32X and originally, it was suppose to be a release title for the Sega Neptune which wasn't released.

I've also heard that you can only play it with 100 % PAL-hardware. It dosen't work with a modded 32X and a modded Mega Drive/Genesis as far as I know.

It works fine on the NTSC 32X as long as you change the country code in the rom header. That's easy to do for images, but for an actual cart, you'd have to use the Game Genie.

KnightWarrior
06-25-2009, 04:47 PM
But the Game Ganie won't work on the real cart..

Where is the ROM header..How can't a access it??

Chilly Willy
06-25-2009, 06:12 PM
I'm not positive how you'd do it on a 32X cart... the cart is actually at two places depending on circumstances. It may by at 0... but it may also be at 0x880000. You want to change 0x1f0 and 0x8801f0 to "U" (0x55). Personally, I changed the byte in the image with a hex editor and burned it to the flash cart.

Joe Redifer
06-25-2009, 07:05 PM
I'm just surprised there aren't fake DarXide carts being sold.

This one calls for the Bratwurst treatment.

KnightWarrior
06-25-2009, 07:13 PM
Thanks for the Info...

I wonder if it still possible to do a Repro of a US version of DarXide.

nissling
06-25-2009, 07:23 PM
...Or a repro of a regionfree version of DarXide. There's some regionfree 32X-games such as T-Mek, Primal Rage, Mortal Kombat 2 and some more.

KnightWarrior
06-25-2009, 07:37 PM
I don't see 0x880000 in Hex Workshop 6

Do I need to download something else

Chilly Willy
06-25-2009, 08:28 PM
If you're talking about a dump of the cart, the offset is 0x1f0 for a binary image. That corresponds in the Genesis when running to 0x8801f0.

KnightWarrior
06-25-2009, 10:26 PM
Yes, I'm talking about the dump, The Rom i'm veiwing it..I don't see any x in Hex Workshop..Where is it in the Hex Editior

Melf
06-25-2009, 10:33 PM
This one calls for the Bratwurst treatment.

Hell yes. I'd be all over a US version.

Chilly Willy
06-26-2009, 01:30 AM
Yes, I'm talking about the dump, The Rom i'm veiwing it..I don't see any x in Hex Workshop..Where is it in the Hex Editior

0x1f0 is a hexadecimal offset in C notation (the leading 0x means the value after the x is hexadecimal). Most hex editors show the offset in hex. That's 496 in decimal. At that offset in the dump should be an "A" for some dumps of the cart (that's what mine had). It will be surrounded by many MANY spaces (hex 0x20, decimal 32). Change that to "U" (hex 0x55, decimal 85) and then it'll run in NTSC mode.

0x15e
06-26-2009, 11:30 AM
Do you exactly own a real copy?I exactly played a flash cart on real hardware.

I guess it would be simple enough to repro it but ... why? I mean, really. When you get into repro territory, you may as well be playing a flash cart. They have no value as a collectible and the game just isn't fun enough to put the effort into all the printing required to make it nice.

KnightWarrior
06-26-2009, 04:32 PM
Would making a repro of DarXide..Make the price fall of the PAL version

0x15e
06-26-2009, 04:56 PM
Would making a repro of DarXide..Make the price fall of the PAL versionNo, IMO. The only people paying that much for it are collectors and as I mentioned, a repro is completely worthless to them.

Chilly Willy
06-26-2009, 06:25 PM
No, IMO. The only people paying that much for it are collectors and as I mentioned, a repro is completely worthless to them.

Yes, in fact, it COULD drive it up higher. Repos would stir interest, and that would get more people bidding on the real item.

Zebbe
06-26-2009, 06:37 PM
A very original-looking repro of that game would be used for evil purposes without doubt, pretty much like how people are doing with their Michael Jackson items right now.

mick_aka
06-26-2009, 10:18 PM
I seem to recall reading somewhere that DarXide had a bizzare run, in the 900's like 978 copies or something bizzare like that.

I suppose that could be how many made it to market, a run of 1000 minus any copies they gave away.

KnightWarrior
06-26-2009, 11:25 PM
Well Bratwurst could make it like the real thing :)

The Sports Guy
06-27-2009, 02:02 AM
A very original-looking repro of that game would be used for evil purposes without doubt, pretty much like how people are doing with their Michael Jackson items right now.

Yeah, I bet the price of MJ Moonwalker for Genesis just skyrocketed.

Dirt Ball Gamer
06-27-2009, 12:12 PM
Back when I had a little coin a few years back I came pretty close to buying a copy. I'm glad I came to my senses and bought tons of other games instead.

David J.
06-28-2009, 12:53 AM
What about Primal Rage? I thought that was the rarest.

It's uncommon at best in the US market. I saw two copies (dont remember the condition of each) back home when I was on leave recently.

mick_aka
06-29-2009, 03:50 AM
PAL Primal Rage is like rocking horse shit.

A collector friend of mine that helps with my website wanted me to pay 800 for his mint copy!

David J.
07-05-2009, 12:36 AM
Man, that's silly. I think the US version is region free... and I saw two copies for like $5 when I was home. I should have picked one up and sold it to you for that much. :p