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Unreleased Mark III MyCard: Buggy Dash / Fighting Buggy
Post Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:38 am
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https://twitter.com/nana_hachimaru/status/536161602626527233



Release schedule from the April 1986 issue of Beep lists "Buggy Dash" (バギーダッシュ) for the Mark III as scheduled for March at ¥4,300. The first cartridge game (Fantasy Zone) didn't release until June. Cartridges were priced at ¥5,000, whilst cards were priced at ¥4,300.

It suggest that this would have been a card release, one of the missing product codes C-508, C-513, C-516, C-517, C-518?

Buggy Dash was later mentioned in the October 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer as possibly (but maybe not) getting a US release in 1989.

Here's the Japanese tweets about it;

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Beep 86年4月号に載ってるマークIII用発売予定ソフト『バギーダッシュ』。 他の号でスクリーンショットっぽい画像も見たけど出なかったゲーム。


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これ、スクショは見たことないのですが、タイトルからして「アップンダウン」ぽいですね。違うのかな。マイカードの未発売ソフトでしょうか。


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私の見た(覚えのある)絵は、見下ろし型縦スクロールレーシングという雰囲気でした。自車と思しきバギーが傾いてドリフトっぽい動きを見せていたのでコナミのロードファイターのダート版という印象でした。


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なるほど!移植ではない感じなんですね。うーん、気になりますねww

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:15 pm
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https://twitter.com/nana_hachimaru/status/536161602626527233



Release schedule from the April 1986 issue of Beep lists "Buggy Dash" (バギーダッシュ) for the Mark III as scheduled for March at ¥4,300. The first cartridge game (Fantasy Zone) didn't release until June. Cartridges were priced at ¥5,000, whilst cards were priced at ¥4,300.

It suggest that this would have been a card release, one of the missing product codes C-508, C-513, C-516, C-517, C-518?

Buggy Dash was later mentioned in the October 1988 issue of Computer Entertainer as possibly (but maybe not) getting a US release in 1989.

Here's the Japanese tweets about it;

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Beep 86年4月号に載ってるマークIII用発売予定ソフト『バギーダッシュ』。 他の号でスクリーンショットっぽい画像も見たけど出なかったゲーム。


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これ、スクショは見たことないのですが、タイトルからして「アップンダウン」ぽいですね。違うのかな。マイカードの未発売ソフトでしょうか。


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私の見た(覚えのある)絵は、見下ろし型縦スクロールレーシングという雰囲気でした。自車と思しきバギーが傾いてドリフトっぽい動きを見せていたのでコナミのロードファイターのダート版という印象でした。


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なるほど!移植ではない感じなんですね。うーん、気になりますねww


March 1986 Issue of Beep has a screenshot of a game in "This month's new releases" section (top right) that I don't recognise. Unfortunately the only image I can find is low res. It's difficult to read, and my Japanese abilities are super-basic Katakana, but I think it might be Buggy Dash.

Blue ones are Sega; top left: My Hero; bottom left: Gulkave; bottom middle: F-16 Fighter; and bottom right? seems to be for Mark III 4,300 Yen, which would make it a My Card release. Looks like buggy cars on it? And OCRing the tiny Japanese seems to suggest (the little that it could even attempt to recognise) as spinning around racing cars. Also, seems to mention March?

It doesn't look like it says "バギーダッシュ" as mentioned in the next issue, but maybe it still had a working title then. Hopefully an actual Japanese speaker can squint their eyes and read what it actually says.

Also note unreleased SG-1000 title Champion Ski in the news section.
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:44 am
Last edited by bsittler on Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:05 am; edited 2 times in total
It might be something like Fighting Buggy (ファイティングバギー)? In any case I see "drift", "spin", and maybe "car race" mentioned below it (katakana being more readable at that resolution)

I thought to buy the issue but so far prices look high https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/shopping/suruga-ya_znon6839

edit: it seems that was the name of a radio-controlled toy car in Japan in the early 1980's https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ファイティングバギー so perhaps it was a brand tie-in that died before release?

edit 2: also ¥4300 price is listed (as 4300円) alongside the title
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:36 am
I think you're right, it does look like Fighting Buggy! I guess they changed it to Buggy Dash to avoid infringing on the Fighting Buggy produced by Tamiya that you linked.

And yeah, that price for the magazine is ridiculous. I wouldn't pay that much out of principle. As the vast majority of my UK magazine collection has now been scanned maybe I'll sell those off and start buying Beep magazines when they come up at more reasonable prices.
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:22 pm
FWIW it seems at least one other 8-bit buggy race game also got cancelled around the same time (early 1986): MSX Buggy Jump (バギージャンプ) was an isometric-perspective racer apparently scheduled for release in Hudson's Bee Card format (similar to Sega's My Card/Sega Card but for MSX rather than SG-1000/Mark III/SMS, and also likely a predecessor to Hudson's later PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16/SuperGrafx HuCard/TurboChip format) that got as far as published screenshots in an ad https://twitter.com/loderun/status/1124268211908648960

Also ColecoVision got a Bump 'N Jump port a couple years earlier that somewhat resembles that Mark III screenshot, but I suspect that is more likely due to shared genre rather than shared code (screen layout and patterns are different.) There was a port of the same arcade game to the Famicom in 1986 as Buggy Popper but the graphics look fairly different so I don't think this is a case of platform misattribution in the Beep screenshot
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 am
Last edited by Bock on Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:05 am; edited 1 time in total
(I have manually extracted posts from https://www.smspower.org/forums/9485 into a new topic)

Courtesy of Game Preservation Society I got those photos:

"Fighting Buggy" (ファイティングバギー) screenshot from BEEP 1986年3月


Description says:
"敵の車と接触、ドリフト、スピンなどが続出するカーレース。(発売は3月ごろ)"

Translation: ~A car race that involves a lot of contact with enemy cars, drifting, and spinning. It will be released around March.

"Buggy Dash" (バギーダッシュ) listed in BEEP 1986年4月


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:55 am
Coincidentally the person who made the 2014 tweets noticed RT yesterday and dugged the same screenshot from the other issue, at the same time:
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気になってきたので発掘。
Beep 86年3月号より。
ひょっとして写真の天地逆?
ファイティングバギー?

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:41 pm
Thanks for this, it looks like it runs in mode 2, similar to F-16 Fighter, which released about the same time as this was due out. Maybe started off as an SG-1000 game?
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