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    Quote Originally Posted by thesegadude View Post
    Did everyone's pre-order get cancelled. Or is Play-Asia just cancelling some because they over sold their pre-order allotment?
    I'm going to guess that either most were cancelled, or people who didn't have theirs cancelled are keeping very quiet. My bet is that they only received a handful of copies.

    Given the extremely limited print run, I wonder where they were supposed to be sourcing them from.

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    For anyone who is interesting in seeing the finished product I received my copy today. I purchased it from ebay, I kept my eye on Play Asia but wasn't able to place an order before they listed it as sold out.

    The first thing i'll say is the plastic sleeve of the game case is a bit too small which resulted in the cover being a little creased. Annoying, but i'm not returning the game to Japan over it. So I had to swap the case for an original Sega case and the cover now fits great. I should also note that the cover art is reversible, featuring the original design on the reverse side for those that dislike the new version.

    Here are some pics:

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    The quality of the prints is excellent, although the paper is a little thin in my opinion, and the manual is in full colour. I'll talk more about the cartridge and game in the next post.

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    So, on to the cartridge, just like the box art and manual the print quality of the cartridge label is top notch. The shell is slightly transparent, and has the Columbus Circle name on the back instead of SEGA. The PCB is quite chunky in my opinion, so I really hope this isnt going to damage my console in the long run.

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    I also took the plunge and opened the cartridge up as I really wanted to see the PCB. There are two screws under the rear label as well as four clips that need to be popped open. I was really hoping this game wouldn't have a reprogrammable chip with a black blob on top of it, thankfully it doesn't. It looks interesting to me, but I don't know much about this sort of thing, so can anyone tell me anything of note about the board and chips?

    IMG_20190619_213814.jpg IMG_20190619_213817.jpg

    The game itself runs great in my model 1 console. The text in game has been updated slightly here and there, such as to add 2019 and other logos. I've only played through to stage 3 but so far all seems great. I am happy to own an official release of this game as the chance of me finding an original copy are very slim.

    If anyone has any questions please let me know.

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    Sorry but yes a PCB that thick will bend your cart pins, as it looks the same as those cheap chineses aliexpress knockoffs. Supposedl you can get the proper thickness with sand paper or something, look it up but be careful. As for the chip, do anyone still use regular eeproms like the ones back then or not anymore? What are those other 4 for? Memory controller, capacitors (guess not)?

    Also why is manufacturing date in the future? I guess it's not an actual date?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    Sorry but yes a PCB that thick will bend your cart pins [snip]
    I've since compared the board thickness to a genuine Sega board (Thunder Force III) and they are actually both the same thickness, the only difference is the Gleylancer board doesn't taper down to a point at the end like original Sega boards do.

    In any case if this was to be an issue you can simple plug the cartridge into a game genie, that way if any damage does happen it will just be to the game genie and not the console.

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    Sand it down a little bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by serbusfish View Post
    I've since compared the board thickness to a genuine Sega board (Thunder Force III) and they are actually both the same thickness, the only difference is the Gleylancer board doesn't taper down to a point at the end like original Sega boards do.

    In any case if this was to be an issue you can simple plug the cartridge into a game genie, that way if any damage does happen it will just be to the game genie and not the console.
    Yes that's what I do myself actually. Anyway I was talking about the thickness of the pin-end of the PCB, which is thinner than the rest of the cart on official games.
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    Retro Core released a video about it


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    For those of you that have this: Are your manuals printed correctly? I saw some pics on Twitter of poorly printed manuals (edges cut off, that kind of thing).

    Also, there are apparently still copies of this available in Tokyo stores for 6000 yen.

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    Looking at the size of that PCB makes me think I dodged the bullet there. Wouldn't use that cart without a bypass cart of some sorts to protect the pins of the console. Manual being done poorly is just icing on top.
    Well, guess I'll never have a official release of this game in my library...

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    Thanks for sharing the pics serbus! I appreciate getting an eye on the overall quality of it as well.

    I'm still bummed about my order getting cancelled, but maybe I can snag one eventually.
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    So is this actually much different/better than this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    So is this actually much different/better than this?
    Apparently yes? The PCB is the correct thickness, it's not a glob top, the cover insert is high quality and reversible, the label and cart look good, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    So is this actually much different/better than this?
    Attachment 15035

    This PCB is what china/aliexpress uses now. Unbranded. Not sure if they copied/pirated Krizz PCB design or vice versa. It's an unhealthy 3.3V flash design.

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    I don't care about 3.3V regarding the console's health but aliexpress flash roms tend to fall apart quite easily, I'm not even sure that is because of the voltage error which is supposed to damage the cart long before it damages the console (if ever). Half of them stop working after 1-2 weeks. Also my aliexpress repros do not even use a full pcb but hard plastic replacement for the surface that doesn't have any circuitry on them (which is a lot): has this improved?
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