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  1. #2981
    If for nothing other than a laugh, my next few posts in this thread are going to be retro items I bought because I was a wee bit drunk.

    Despite having been long out of the retro loop, sometimes I'll see stuff and the old reflexes kick in, seeing mystery parcels arrive at the door some time later. First up is undoubtedly one of the most stupid ones as I no longer own either a PC-Engine or a Mega Drive, yet it didn't stop me. (Well, I have minis but they hardly count!)

    So, I bought this bundle from PCE Works, to be honest I could've cancelled this one but curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see how good a job they'd done of it, and I knew I could always chuck it back on eBay to get rid of it. So here we go with the Darius Alpha/Darius pack.



    The main thing that got me interested here was that it actually contained a reproduction HuCard of the daftly rare Darius Alpha. Having owned an original of this back in the collecting days (Which in comparison to todays madness I paid an almost decent £550 for) I wanted to see how close they'd got with this. And I have to say, it's pretty much spot on, apart from them thankfully putting PCE Works logos on to make it clear it's a repro.





    The 3D printed case and HuCard seem to be of a very high quality and I was actually pretty impressed, but then they also made some pretty nifty add ons. Since the game is enhanced on the Super Grafx, they also included a SGFX card slipcase for the game -







    On top of that there was a whole bunch of other extras. When you received the genuine Darius Alpha it came with a letter which there's a reproduction of. Also flyers, steel pin badge, an actual manual for the game (the original doesn't have one) Darius comics, postcards, comics etc. Yeah, it's all tat but it's all incredibly well done.



    Because I bought it early I was given the option of getting a bonus bundle that also included a Japanese MD copy of the unreleased Darius which recently featured on the MD Mini. Again, they've done an amazing job on this. The artwork and packaging is great, and the cart/manual/reg card are all as you would've expected an actual release to have looked. Only weird thing is they've used a hang tab case though?









    Oh, and the last thing included was 3D glasses for both games. Just for that final piece of tat.



    So yeah, that's what happens when I've had a few beers and I'm bored. No matter what you think of PCE Works though, and god knows I've slagged them off plenty of times myself, this really is a pretty impressive package. Which is of absolutely no use to me.

  2. #2982
    Lovely looking set and one I completely missed!

    think I could start a whole new thread on stuff I have bought when drunk! Glad it worked out ok for you on this occasion some of mine have been terrible choices.

    If the Mega Drive game is of no use, I’ll happily take it off your hands and you are right only some late MD releases in Japan had hang tabs, as a rule most didn’t.
    Last edited by dyer60; 19-05-2020 at 06:23 PM.

  3. #2983
    If the MD Darius never gets released by Joshprod/LRG/Columbus Circle etc then I think you are sitting on a goldmine there thanks to the hoops you had to jump through to get it.

  4. #2984
    Quote Originally Posted by dyer60 View Post
    and you are right only some late MD releases Iím Japan had hang tabs.
    Did the recent Columbus Circle games have hang tabs? I got the Jp version of Xeno Crisis which had a Jp cart but also had a hang tab on the box. I assumed there wasnít anyone producing the non-hang tab versions these days.

  5. #2985
    They only made a “few dozen” of the MD cart and it sold out in no time, no idea how many dozen that is though.

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  7. #2987
    Quote Originally Posted by Colin View Post
    If for nothing other than a laugh, my next few posts in this thread are going to be retro items I bought because I was a wee bit drunk.

    Despite having been long out of the retro loop, sometimes I'll see stuff and the old reflexes kick in, seeing mystery parcels arrive at the door some time later. First up is undoubtedly one of the most stupid ones as I no longer own either a PC-Engine or a Mega Drive, yet it didn't stop me. (Well, I have minis but they hardly count!)

    So, I bought this bundle from PCE Works, to be honest I could've cancelled this one but curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see how good a job they'd done of it, and I knew I could always chuck it back on eBay to get rid of it. So here we go with the Darius Alpha/Darius pack.



    The main thing that got me interested here was that it actually contained a reproduction HuCard of the daftly rare Darius Alpha. Having owned an original of this back in the collecting days (Which in comparison to todays madness I paid an almost decent £550 for) I wanted to see how close they'd got with this. And I have to say, it's pretty much spot on, apart from them thankfully putting PCE Works logos on to make it clear it's a repro.





    The 3D printed case and HuCard seem to be of a very high quality and I was actually pretty impressed, but then they also made some pretty nifty add ons. Since the game is enhanced on the Super Grafx, they also included a SGFX card slipcase for the game -







    On top of that there was a whole bunch of other extras. When you received the genuine Darius Alpha it came with a letter which there's a reproduction of. Also flyers, steel pin badge, an actual manual for the game (the original doesn't have one) Darius comics, postcards, comics etc. Yeah, it's all tat but it's all incredibly well done.



    Because I bought it early I was given the option of getting a bonus bundle that also included a Japanese MD copy of the unreleased Darius which recently featured on the MD Mini. Again, they've done an amazing job on this. The artwork and packaging is great, and the cart/manual/reg card are all as you would've expected an actual release to have looked. Only weird thing is they've used a hang tab case though?









    Oh, and the last thing included was 3D glasses for both games. Just for that final piece of tat.



    So yeah, that's what happens when I've had a few beers and I'm bored. No matter what you think of PCE Works though, and god knows I've slagged them off plenty of times myself, this really is a pretty impressive package. Which is of absolutely no use to me.
    Holy crap dude that's pretty freaking sweet

  8. #2988
    Does the game play ok on a super grafx etc? Quite tempted really.

  9. #2989
    It does Van, aye. The HuCard will play on all Japanese systems, the SGFX just gives it a bit of added grunt.

  10. #2990
    Quote Originally Posted by Colin View Post
    It does Van, aye. The HuCard will play on all Japanese systems, the SGFX just gives it a bit of added grunt.
    Very tempted, I have the normal SGFX boosted Darius and three other SGFX games, I just need two then to get the set.

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