DoDonpachi Campaign Version (lost arcade game remix version; 1997)
DoDonPachi Campaign Version (alternatively known as DoDonPachi Blue Label or DoDonPachi Special Edition) is a rare revision of DoDonPachi, a 1997 arcade shmup developed by CAVE and credited with popularizing the "Bullet Hell" subgenre.
Campaign Version is a remixed edition of the game, featuring redone color palettes for the backgrounds and larger enemies, increased difficulty through faster and more complex bullet patterns and tougher enemy placement, and the addition of "Hyper Mode" - a mechanic where the player can activate an invincible super-powered state at the cost of increased the game's dynamic difficulty. Hyper Mode would be re-introduced and expanded in DoDonPachi's official sequel, DoDonPachi DaiOuJou.
Campaign Version was only handed out as a prize for winners of a contest. As a result, it is extremely rare and has yet to be dumped.
History[edit | edit source]
According to various sources, Campaign Version was the prize for winners of a contest held by CAVE to promote the upcoming Sega Saturn port of DoDonPachi. Contestants were asked to submit the highest possible score in a 72-hour period. It is unknown how many boards of Campaign Version were given as part of the contest, as well as the exact timeframe or location of the contest itself.
Eric "ShouTime" Chung, an arcade game archivist, managed to locate a copy of the game in 2016 and hinted that the owner was open to letting him dump the game. However, there have been no public updates about this as of 2022, and ShouTime left the MAME scene in 2021 to work with exA-Arcadia, so it is unknown if anybody else can dump and upload the game.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Multiple playthroughs of Campaign Version have been recorded over the years, one being featured in a tape given to subscribers of the defunct arcade game magazine Gamest.
A post to the Sammy House blog in 2009 included a few pictures of Campaign Version such as the title screen, legal notice, and circuit board. One notable difference can be seen in the legal notice, where the text "This game is for use in Japan only" from the original Japanese version has been replaced with "This game is for use in ZBL-NAI only," ZBL-NAI being the name of one of the contest winners.
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