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Sega Pico/Beena Thread.

#271 User is offline Prototype 

Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:13 AM

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I have a question about the existence of a particular game. The Sega Retro wiki lists the existence of a "Ninja Sentai Kakuranger" game released for the Pico, however the release year is unknown, the serial number is just guessed, and I can't seem to find any evidence of this game existing. Is this an error, or is there simply an undumped game floating around out there?

I know that some Kakuranger assets were used in the Bandai compilation "Tanoshiku Asonde Nouryoku Up!! - Tanoshii Youchien" from '94, but I don't think that this is what was being referred to.

Any clues, intrepid detectives?

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 11:48 AM

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Our Pico coverage isn't good, mostly because... there was no (English) Pico coverage to speak of before we came along. There was a list vaguely pointing in the direction of games - no photographic evidence, and IIRC a lot of it was wrong. I think there's a few other "games" in a similar position - I couldn't prove they existed.


Quick search gives a clue as to why this particular one might be wrong, though:

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"おえかきれんしゅうシート5"

This isn't a game, but chances are it's been mistaken as one. I think these are replaceable pads? All I know is that there's at least five others and they're all undocumented.

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:50 PM

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I'm not exactly sure of what those things are... but I guess you're not far from the truth... there's some info here (in Japanese)... in fact there's a lot of Pico curiosities in that Japanese blog ... like that Pico TV (of which I have never heard of) ... here's the home page...

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I don't know, what's odd about that is that the picture above seems to feature the characters from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman from 1998-1999 (Loosely adapted to Power Rangers' "Lost Galaxy" season that ran in 1999). Ninja Sentai Kakuranger on the other hand ran from 1994-1995 (even more loosely adapted as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' "Ninja Quest" story arc in 1995). This isn't like the US where Power Rangers were originally an ongoing storyline for years so retailers could get by using new suits for older material, either; Super Sentai featured a new set of heroes for each season from the start and was already very well established by the 1990s.

Of course, what's interesting is that the Japanese characters in the logo look closer to the Ninja Sentai Kakuranger logo than they do the Seijuu Sentai Gingaman logo? I don't know any Japanese so I can't make heads or tails of what the logo actually says.

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 09:45 PM

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Actually, they're the characters from Gekisou Sentai Carranger, from 1996, which was adapted into Power Rangers Turbo. Kakuranger was two seasons prior. Now, I believe that the above image is actually being sold on eBay at the moment, and looks to be some kind of replacement cards for the touchpad thing on the Pico. Now, due to the yearly refresh of Super Sentai and it's associated merch-train, chances are if there was actually a dedicated Kakuranger Pico game, it would've been in '94. However, given the existence of "Tanoshiku Asonde Nouryoku Up!! - Tanoshii Youchien" from '94 which includes a few small Kakuranger minigames, I'm really not sure if an actual Kakuranger game was released.

Carranger's follow up Denji Sentai Megaranger got a Pico release too. But I don't think Gingaman did. They're the Rangers with the weird Charlie Brown zig-zags. Carranger look like.. well, cars.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 04:09 PM

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So then.

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"Beenaland" (ビーナランド)

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"Picoland" (ピコランド)

Explain.


(There are a lot of undocumented arcade machines like this)

#277 User is offline biggestsonicfan 

Posted 27 November 2018 - 05:52 PM

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 27 November 2018 - 04:09 PM, said:

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Waitaminute...

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That's suspiciously similar to Dinosaur King, among other games, tech... do you think these types of cabs were repurposed or the card systems technologies were just an evolution from this Beena/Picoland into the mini card based systems Sega distributed later on?
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 12:28 PM

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Yeah there's a lot of sharing going on - Sega had a whole line of cabinets aimed at children which never left Japan... and I don't understand any of them. Recently I've come across a set of Kids Medal games which share similar cabinets, and there are 349485039248032 variants of Mushiking/Dinosaur King and it's truly frightening.

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Though maybe not as bad as Love and Berry: Dress Up and Dance!. Just looking at it makes me want to wash my hands.

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