MAGIC MASTER / MAHOU JUKU

by SAURUS / TAKUMI

NEO GEO MVS NGM-000

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

A 1996/1997 puzzle game co-developed by the third party licensee Saurus and Takumi. The game offers 8 different characters to choose from, including Azul, Peule, and Ripple. Play mechanics are enhanced with the added technique of forming chains, and of course, two player head to head competition is also available.

Although this game has been given proto status, it does not currently fit anywhere in the NGM list. The most logical location where it could reside, is currently speculated to be another game. Therefore, a shuffle would be required before it could be placed there. Saurus populates several positions on the game code list near the area where Magic Master might fit, including Stakes Winner 2, right beneath the empty position at location NGM-127.

Saurus developed a total of 9 games for the NEOGEO sytem, only 7 of which were officially released. It was not uncommon for them to co-develop software with other companies. For example, they teamed up with System Vision for Ragnagard, and with SNK for Irritating Maze. It is unclear as to why this particular game went unreleased, but perhaps the bigger mystery is why they limited Ironclad Brikinger to only the NEOGEO CD system.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- January 1997 -- According to the unreleased game list, Magic Master is location tested.

-- February 1997 -- Magic Master is shown at the 1997 AOU (Amusement Machine Operator's Union) Show in Tokyo, Japan.

-- March 1997 -- Gamest Magazine publishes a full page article on Magic Master with screenshots.

-- January 2005 -- Emulated shots surface which prove that the games rom data has been dumped.

CURRENT STATUS: SAFEGUARDED


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