DRAGON'S HEAVEN / DARK SEED

by TECHNOS / FACE

NEO GEO MVS NGM-000

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

This completely unknown neogeo proto was first discovered in 2016 by Brian Hargrove (NeoTurfMasta). It is incomplete, unfinished, and has no title screen. But his research did reveal the games original working title to have been "Dark Seed" which was later changed to Dragon's Heaven. In addition, the games developer was FACE, who had hired former TECHNOS programmers that had worked on Voltage Fighter. In fact, the development board which had the games rom data contained within was formatted very similarly to Voltage Fighter.

Voltage Fighter (NGM-094) was released in 1995 and the last title released by FACE was Money Puzzle Exchanger (NGM-231) in 1997. This results in several possible positions on the list where the games product number could have been. However, it is equally possible that the game was simply never assigned a product number and would not have been given one until it was further along in development. And so as a result of that, this proto discovery does not serve to help with solving the NGM product code puzzle.

It is possible to assemble a somewhat functional neogeo cartridge by merging the partial rom data from this proto and the missing rom data from another cartridge (such as Voltage Fighter). It is also hoped that someone will someday attempt to polish the game further and turn it into a fully playable game. In fact, the games producer, Kengo Asai, was found and Brian even sent him a copy of the game as a kind gesture. So he would certainly be the best person for the job, should he ever wish to take on the task.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- March 2015 -- Dragon's Heaven is purchased from Yahoo Japan Auctions.

-- April 2015 -- Brian rearranges the boards memory cards and brings the game to life.

-- September 2015 -- I was contacted by Jeff Kurtz who was serving as a liason between Brian and myself in an attempt by Brian to see if a trade was possible. I respectfully declined.

-- April 2016 -- Brian publicly reveals his discovery at the Midway Gaming Classic and posts about it in the NEO GEO forums.

-- May 2016 -- Producer Kengo Asai receives his sample of the game from Brian.

CURRENT STATUS: UNRELEASED


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