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    CRV: Look at the end of the video, where the name input screen is. Some credits are at the bottom.

    Benjamin: SFX and music are without doubt different and of far superior quality in the Tengen version. I don't know about the graphics, they look very similar.
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    The graphics look the same, but the sound quality is definitely way better in the Japanese version. Same songs, better sound. Especially the level 2 tune.


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    The graphics in the Japanese version look pretty much like the arcade game to me (even the same fonts), whereas the EA version looks more garish (they obviously tried to add some more detail, but the color is washed out).

    I've tried contacting Jun Amanai, who was apparently the project leader on this at Tengen Japan. Hopefully, he will respond.

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    Graphics were 1000% better than the NES, I give it a 7 just because if you have a whole room of people hanging out this is a great game for passing the controller around. Good game, need skill to play it though.
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    The video posted earlier in this thread is long gone, but I've found a different video with (what appears to be) the rare Japanese version released by Tengen:



    The music sounds far, far better, and the port itself looks more arcade-accurate.

    Also, I'd love to hear more about how well the Atari trackball works with either version of the game -- specifically, whether it allows for the same kind of control that you get in the arcade, since I understand that Atari trackballs have a joystick emulation mode and a true trackball mode, and it sounds like only the latter would really give you the arcade "feel".
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    Yeah, that's the Tengen version.

    I'm reading here that the Sega Mouse (released in Japan and Europe; different from the Mega Mouse released in the US) is compatible with Tengen's Marble Madness and can be flipped over and used as a trackball.

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    Quick question: what's a fair price (give or take) for the Tengen/Japanese version of Marble Madness, CIB and in clean shape? None of the rarity guides I've consulted have anything on it, and it looks like the game still hasn't been dumped.

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    Here's a video featuring the Tengen version's options screen. I'm not sure what "widescreen" means in the case of this game.

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    I have the game now....

    Edit: Widescreen does fill the screen, while there'd be black bars on each side in normal mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christuserloeser View Post
    I have the game now....
    Ain't it great? The Tengen version is just so much better.

    BTW do you have any trackballs to test with the game? I'd be interested to know which brands/models work. I've been meaning to buy a trackball specifically for this purpose, but if multiple models work I'd love to buy one that I can also use with my VCS (best), SMS, or Genny.

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    I used the Sega Sports Pad (for the SMS) on the EA Mable Madness (set to "Control" mode) and it works pretty well. I wish I knew where to get the Japanese MD version.

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    There's one on Ebay right now with a BIN of $71.80. I've seen it in the past for much less -- I think a few months ago a copy was hovering around ~$30, though I don't remember whether that was the final sale price.

    I paid about $63 shipped for my copy from a seller in the UK, which I think is actually the most I've ever spent on a single game, new or used. I have no regrets. Overall it seems pretty scarce but I can't get a fix on exactly how rare it is, partly because it's been so overlooked.

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    Hey so I've looked online and can't find any codes at all (for EA version).

    Anyone know any codes? How about for Game Genie?

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