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Tomy/Mani licensed 4 in 1

posted by taizou @ 2012-08-05 03:50:37 Licensed

Even though I'm mostly just going to cover unlicensed stuff here, every so often I might come across something with the Nintendo Seal of Quality on it that's just as obscure as anything the likes of Sintax might turn out. Did you know there were two different officially licensed Gamecube cassette players? Seriously.

This thing here isn't quite so odd - it's a licensed multicart, made for the Chinese/HK market only, with four Tomy games on it: Ganbaruga, Raijinou, Zoids & Miracle Adventure of Esparks. It was actually released by Nintendo's HK distributor Mani (even though their name isn't on the cart itself) along with at least one other, containing Taito games. Presumably this was their official attempt to compete with the pirate multicarts flooding the market - but given that I've never seen one of these before and pirates are all over the place, it seems to have been met with minimal success. Interestingly Mani made it themselves in China, though - all other regions' licensed Game Boy games were made by Nintendo in Japan.



1posted by not drunk @ 2012-08-08 21:55:15

esparks conspiracy! don't be afraid

2posted by taizou @ 2012-08-10 13:50:55

i won't, my sober friend. also i just found out there's one of these carts with Nintendo games too, so that's a thing.

(DMG-601 CHN = Nintendo, DMG-602 CHN = Taito, DMG-603 CHN = Tomy... so far)

3posted by BigFred @ 2012-10-02 20:19:02

In japan this game was released as Taito Variety Pack. Mani just replaced the menu screen.

4posted by Dentifritz @ 2012-10-07 04:34:59

I've got a picture of this one boxed if ur interested in seeing it :)

5posted by Ooh La la @ 2012-11-15 15:15:47

This is a different version of MANI 4in1 compared to the Taito Variety Pack / MANI 4in1 that contained Bubble Bobble, Elevator Action, Chase H.Q. and Sagaia (which having their own split releases as well).

The real Menu+header+checksum is started at offset 0x78000.

I believed this is the 4th cart with Cartridge Type MMM01 (the other 2 were mentioned above and Momotarou Collection 2).

Can you make this available? It will always run as Adventure of Esparks on any non-supported emulators (lacking a proper MMM01 emulation).

I believed this have to go into the dat, or else the other datted MANI will stay alone forever...

6posted by ? @ 2012-12-30 16:49:22

Any news?

7posted by taizou @ 2013-01-03 16:14:42

Yeah, coming soon - been busy with stuff, sorry

8posted by taizou @ 2013-01-06 22:46:41

rom now available! http://hhug.me/?post=31

9posted by ? @ 2013-01-07 11:32:02


10posted by cx @ 2013-04-16 10:40:04


11posted by 恶趣味大王 @ 2013-10-26 11:18:34


12posted by Chowdit1 @ 2014-10-24 03:40:25

That is a weird looking cartridge board. o_O

13posted by 小凤 @ 2016-07-07 15:40:46


14posted by menzo95 @ 2016-12-05 19:18:40

No original

15posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-31 13:39:49

Judging by the up comments, this site has lots of traffic from China.