(XML) Why does a Game not have a Release?

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hornpipe2
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(XML) Why does a Game not have a Release?

Post by hornpipe2 » 20 May 2017 02:31

I pulled the SNES P/C dat file and am working on a custom filter Perl script to move cloneof= around, remove JPN roms, etc.

I have run across a number of entries that have a Game, with Description and ROM elements, but no Release associated. What does it mean when a game doesn't have a Release? Or, really, what's the meaning of the Release element in the XML?

In most cases, it looks like Beta, Prototype, Arcade, etc... but there are some things in here that DO have a retail release. Star Fox, Donkey Kong Country, etc. And most of THOSE seem to be earlier versions of a later revision.

Here's a sample snip.

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WARNING: No release for 90 Minutes - European Prime Goal (Europe) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for ActRaiser (USA) (Arcade)
WARNING: No release for Addams Family, The (USA) (Arcade)
WARNING: No release for Addams Family, The - Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (USA) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Mighty Max (USA) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Air Management - Oozora ni Kakeru (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Akagawa Jirou - Majotachi no Nemuri (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Aladdin (USA) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Alien 3 (USA) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Angelique (Japan) (Premium Box)
WARNING: No release for Angelique - Voice Fantasy (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Out of this World (USA) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Aoki Densetsu Shoot! (Japan) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Arabian Nights - Sabaku no Seirei Ou (Japan) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Arcus Odyssey (USA) (Proto)
WARNING: No release for Ardy Lightfoot (Japan) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Aretha (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Aretha II - Ariel no Fushigi na Tabi (Japan) (Beta 1)
WARNING: No release for Aretha II - Ariel no Fushigi na Tabi (Japan) (Beta 2)
WARNING: No release for Ryuuko no Ken (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Atlas, The - Renaissance Voyager (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Axelay (USA) (Sample)
WARNING: No release for 3 Jigen Kakutou Ballz (Japan) (Sample)
...
WARNING: No release for Derby Jockey - Kishu Ou e no Michi (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Derby Jockey 2 (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Derby Stallion III (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Derby Stallion III (Japan) (Rev 2)
WARNING: No release for Derby Stallion III (Japan) (Rev 1)
WARNING: No release for Desert Fighter (Europe) (Beta)
WARNING: No release for Dokapon 3-2-1 - Arashi o Yobu Yuujou (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country (Europe) (En,Fr,De)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country (USA)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country (USA) (Rev 1)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country - Competition Cartridge (USA)
WARNING: No release for Super Donkey Kong (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country 2 - Diddy's Kong Quest (Germany) (En,De)
WARNING: No release for Donkey Kong Country 2 - Diddy's Kong Quest (USA) (En,Fr)
WARNING: No release for Super Donkey Kong 2 - Dixie & Diddy (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Super Donkey Kong 3 - Nazo no Kremis-tou (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Doraemon - Nobita to Yousei no Kuni (Japan)
WARNING: No release for Down the World - Mervil's Ambition (Japan) (Sample)
WARNING: No release for Dragon Ball Z - Super Butouden (Japan) (Sample)
WARNING: No release for Dragon Ball Z - Super Butouden 2 (Japan)

hornpipe2
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Re: (XML) Why does a Game not have a Release?

Post by hornpipe2 » 20 May 2017 02:52

There are also <game> entries with "(Proto)", "" and "(Demo)" that have <release>, though these would never have had "retail" releases.

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Apocalypse II (Europe) (Proto)
Barbie Vacation Adventure (USA) (Proto)
Batman (USA) (Proto) [b]
Batman - Revenge of the Joker (USA) (Proto)
Bobby's World (USA) (Proto)
Congo - The Movie - Secret of Zinj (USA) (Proto)
Corn Buster (Europe) (Proto)
DSP1 Tech Demo (USA) (Demo)
Eurit (USA) (Proto)
Falcon (USA) (Proto)
Firearm (USA) (Proto)
Fireteam Rogue (USA) (Proto 2)
Jeff's Shoot'Em Up (USA) (Proto)
Jelly Boy 2 (Japan) (Proto)
Lobo (USA) (Proto)
M.A.C.S. Basic Rifle Marksmanship (USA) [b]
Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (USA) (Proto) [b]
Mickey's Playtown Adventure - A Day of Discovery! (USA) (Proto)
Mr. Bloopy - Saves the World (USA) (Proto) (1995-02-16)
Mr. Tuff (Europe) (En,Fr,De,Es,It) (Proto) (1994-12-05)
Mr. Tuff (USA) (En,Fr,De) (Proto) (1994-07-12)
Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing (USA) (Proto)
Network Q Rally (USA) (Proto)
NFL Football (Europe) (Proto)
Nightmare Busters (Europe) (Proto)
Pinkie (USA) (Proto)
Power Slide (Europe) (Proto) (1994-04-12)
Prime (USA) (Proto)
Pro Action Replay (Europe) (Unl) [b]
Pro Action Replay MK2 (Europe) (v1.1) (Unl) [b]
Rap Basketball (USA) (Proto)
RHI Roller Hockey '95 (USA) (Proto)
Shadow, The (USA) (Proto 2)
Shadowhawk (USA) (Proto)
Shooter (USA) (Proto)
SM Choukyoushi Hitomi (Japan) (Unl) [b]
SM Choukyoushi Hitomi - Bangai Hen (Japan) (Unl) [b]
SM Choukyoushi Hitomi - Bangai Hen 2 - Maki no Love Love Panic (Japan) (Unl) [b]
SM Choukyoushi Hitomi Vol. 2 Remix (Japan) (Unl) [b]
SM Choukyoushi Hitomi Vol. 3 (Japan) (Unl) [b]
Sound Factory (Japan) (En) (Proto)
SpellCraft - Aspects of Valor (USA) (Proto)
Squaresoft Mode 7 Demo (USA) (Demo)
Star Fox 2 (Japan) (Proto 2)
Steven Seagal Is The Final Option (USA) (Proto)
Super Disc (Japan) (En) (v0.95) (Proto)
Super Full Metal (Europe) (It,Sv) (Proto)
Super Shadow of the Beast (USA) (Proto)
Super X-Terminator 2 Sasuke (Japan) (Unl) [b]
Sylvester and Tweety (USA) (Proto 2)
Taiwan 16 Mahjong II - Horoscope Girls Edition (Hong Kong) (Unl) [b]
Tinhead (Europe) (Proto)
Universal Soldier (USA) (Proto)
Wile E's Revenge (Europe) (Proto)
X (Japan) (Proto)

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