[GB] The Chessmaster Confusion

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NGEfreak
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[GB] The Chessmaster Confusion

Post by NGEfreak » 24 Jun 2008 20:56

Recently, there was a new Chessmaster version dumped:

Chessmaster, The (Europe) [CRC: 02852E24] [Cart Serial: DMG-EM-NOE] [ROM Serial: DMG-EMX-0]


It appears that there are 3 different versions of this game released for Game Boy Mono!

1.) Released in 1990:
Chessmaster, The (USA, Europe) [CRC: 0C1D2B68]
Chessmaster, The (USA, Europe) (Rev A) [CRC: 59ED370C]

2.) Released in 1993-1994:
New Chessmaster, The (USA) [CRC: C7FFC203]
Chessmaster, The (Europe) [CRC: 02852E24] [Cart Serial: DMG-EM-NOE] [ROM Serial: DMG-EMX-0]
Chessmaster, The (Japan) [CRC: 82150E4A] [Cart Serial: DMG-EMA] [ROM Serial: ?]

3.) Released in 1998:
New Chessmaster, The (Japan) (En,Ja) [CRC: 5E1C3E8D]



Maybe the first game was only released in USA, hence the European version of the second game was just called Chessmaster and not New Chessmaster like the USA version?

What is "The Chessmaster: Special Edition"? The box title of New Chessmaster (USA)? A box scan is available at GameFAQs.

Has anyone one of the other versions, so we can have a look at the ROM serials?


Note: Only Chessmaster, The (Europe) [CRC: 02852E24] and Chessmaster, The (Japan) [CRC: 82150E4A] are verified.

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Re: [GB] The Chessmaster Confusion

Post by hydr0x » 25 Jun 2008 09:12

NGEfreak wrote:Maybe the first game was only released in USA, hence the European version of the second game was just called Chessmaster and not New Chessmaster like the USA version?
That's what I suspect. When researching my PAL GB Mono list I only found one "The Chessmaster" game. And no different boxart or anything like that either.

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Re: [GB] The Chessmaster Confusion

Post by BigFred » 25 Jun 2008 10:02

In europe there is only The Chessmaster. As the serial indicates it is an euro-only dump.

The US-release got the serial DMG-EM-USA. I suppose it matches

Chessmaster, The (USA, Europe) (Rev A)
Chessmaster, The (USA, Europe)

especially since I got an image of a cart with DMG-EM-USA-1 (Rev A?)

Then we have The New Chessmaster USA - code is DMG-N5-USA and New Chessmaster Japan by Altron which features again a new serial: DMG-ACHJ-JPN

I don't know of any Special Edition. Either it is an older name for one of the released titles (looks like it is supposed to be New Chessmaster) or cancelled I guess.
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Re: [GB] The Chessmaster Confusion

Post by FitzRoy » 13 Jul 2008 02:18

This is all too common for European games. I would move to serials instead of regions when labelling roms for applicable systems, but that's just what I'm doing for my personal dats. Makes it a lot easier to coordinate dumping, too, to know which serials are thought to yield what data.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (USA, Europe)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (Europe) (En,Es,It)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (Europe) (Fr,De,Nl)

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (CGB-BABP-EUR, CGB-BABE-USA) (v1.0)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (CGB-BABX-EUR) (v1.0)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire (CGB-BABY-EUR) (v1.0)
Last edited by FitzRoy on 13 Jul 2008 02:23, edited 2 times in total.

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