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The Perils of 8M Pack Purchasing; Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero.

Callis spent over 500 bucks on an 8M Pack and all he got was this ROM dump.

“Shubibinman, you say? But that game’s actually pretty sweet! And the 8M Pack must be collectible if it cost that much!”

Why, yes, both of those are true. However, there is but one teeny-weeny little problem.

On the file name I marked a “(L)” key for it. Do you see where this is going?

If not, try opening the game up in BSNES.

Wait, what’s that? It’s not showing up on the menu?

Yep, that’s right, the game is locked out! Callis can not even play the game on his hardware! Nor will this specific ROM play on BSNES due to it’s high-accuracy emulation simulating the lockout.

6 thoughts on The Perils of 8M Pack Purchasing; Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero.

  1. Although I haven’t been able to obtain any Squaresoft 8M Packs, all the ROM header data for them suggests they all had unlimited boot-ups.

    Unfortunately, a list of every game with unlimited boot-ups would probably be small. I probably will try making that at some point, though.

    Off the top of my head, besides the Squaresoft titles, I believe (may need to double check) there’s Yoshi no Panepon, the Sutte Hakkun titles and Wario no Mori Futatabi, and a few other Nintendo first-party Satellaview originals. Also, -any- magazine/book ROM. Current track record seems to suggest that unique game demos (such as Super Famicom Wars BS Ban and Puyo Puyo Tsuu BS Ban) are unlimited as well, but don’t quote me on that. Also, Data Pack Add-ons for the Data Pack compatible games do not lock (Partly because they don’t even play on BS-X).

    Among games to expect to have the ability to lock, pretty much any game that’s identical in content to a retail cart, any third-party game (besides Squaresoft titles and unique demos), and, while I’m not certain of this but guessing this because of their rarity, most of the very early Satellaview releases. Soundlink games, of course, are gonna be locked right from the start.

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