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Sega Shooting Zone
Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:55 am
Don't know if it's been mentionned before, but I heard about it on some Japanese site and in Sega Arcade History book.

There's a scarce arcade cabinet / board in Japan that allows to play to 5 Master System games:

Marksman Shooting
Fantasy Zone
Gangster Town
Shooting Gallery
Black Belt

I can't find picture of the cabinet now but I'll post if I do.

The arcade board was auctionned yesterday (me stupid bidded too low):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170009807674
Attached are the pictures.

I suppose that the board is a standard early SMS 1 allowing to play any games, but those games were standard in the cabinet, with dedicated artwork and light phaser plugged in.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:04 pm
The big question is: If it's a Japanese arcade system, why aren't the games Mark III cartridges?
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:14 pm
I don't know.
On another hand, for a dedicated arcade system, I don't think it would have mattered. Maybe Sega thought it was even better if the system was not compatible with Japanese cartridges, not discourage game switching by arcade owners.

Well, maybe I got overboard saying it is Japanese only, but I only heard of that from Japanese source.

Tera's website says this:
【SHOOTING ZONE】シューティングゾーン/ARCADE/198?
マーク3を内蔵したアーケード向けマシン、複数のゲームを内蔵しており、制限時間内であればゲームの切り替えも可能。(海外のソフトがはいっているケースも多い) 光線銃もついており、国内未発売のガンシューティングゲームも楽しめる。(参照:DATA FILES!)

Babelfish translation:
[SHOOTING ZONE] Shooting zone/ARCADE/198? If for the arcade which builds in mark 3 we build in the machine and the plural games and it is during restriction time, also change of the game is possible. (The case where the software of the foreign country has entered is many) also the light ray gun has been attached, it can enjoy also the cancer/gun shooting game of domestic not yet sale. (Reference: DATA FILES! )


The link is down unfortunately (I may have an old site backup at home).
Notice how it mention that the games were often switched by arcade owners, with other SMS games.

It was released in 1987.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:26 pm
The board was bought by geraldcoy, so the info will make its way public soon! I have had a small amount of contact with him in the recent past, and he seems keen to supply info. Isn't he a regular here? Either way, I'll be dropping him an email over this one :)
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:37 pm
Cool. I'm not sure to know who he is, so I'm glad to hear that (since I lost the auction :P).
There's a EPROM on it, perhaps a dedicated BIOS. I'm under the impression that the 5 cartridges are standard SMS cartridges.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:59 pm
http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=703&page=1#1875
Sega Sharp Shooter hardware.

http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=704
Sega System E wich is also SMS based hardware.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:41 pm
A friend of mine sent me screenshots of a unit that was showed on a facebook page.

*ADMIN* Deleted the big Facebook capture PNG, attached the original JPG in their original size below.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:53 pm
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A friend of mine sent me screenshots of a unit that was showed on a facebook page.


That would be my Facebook post/cabinet :)
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:54 pm
Congrats on finding those Zeetech!

Would you mind opening the cartridges and taking a picture of them? I'm curious to find out if the ROM inside are identical to the final version or not. Otherwise it would be amazing to get them dumped :)
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:11 pm
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Congrats on finding those Zeetech!

Would you mind opening the cartridges and taking a picture of them? I'm curious to find out if the ROM inside are identical to the final version or not. Otherwise it would be amazing to get them dumped :)


I believe they're standard SMS carts. And are interchangeable.

The rarity is in the hardware and cabinet itself.

A cabinet has not come up for sale in a decade. And this is the only documented MINI cab to ever surface.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:43 pm
> I believe they're standard SMS carts. And are interchangeable.

Well it'd be better to confirm it, opening them to see if they are EPROM or Mask ROM would be a first step.

It's a really cool cab!
It looks similar (in vibe) to the Sega Mark III Soft Desk:
http://www.smspower.org/forums/9026-SegaMarkIIISoftDesk10WasWhatGameSystemDoIHav...
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:46 am
I will check the games a little later to confirm.

That cabinet is the closest I've seen to mine. Shame it was destroyed/lost in a fire almost a decade ago.

Would have loved to have compare the two.
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:40 am
Yes losing the other cabinet was quite depressing for me (though I assume Youltar lost more in the accident). It's a good thing we managed to save all the boards tho.

Thanks for checking, and again congrats on that find! When you get it running it would be lovely to see it in action.

PS: Posted a copy of your original FB photos

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:48 pm
it won't allow me to upload videos.

Msg me your Facebook name and I'll send you a video of it running.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:50 am
Attached are some video + photos of the cabinet provided by Zeetech.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 am
Zeetech sent me a picture of the sticker that says:

5つのゲームが楽しめる!
シューティングゾーンミニ

"You can enjoy 5 games!
Shooting Zone Mini"

So interestingly this small cabinet actually has a name, "Shooting Zone Mini"

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:03 pm
Sounds kind of like the Ni****do Playchoice-10, maybe this was Sega's version
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:02 pm
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Sounds kind of like the Ni****do Playchoice-10, maybe this was Sega's version


to some degree yes. However, unlike the Playchoice10 that plays mini pcb's, the shooting zone cabinets play STANDARD master system carts.
and i think thats what makes it very special in my opinion.
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