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Namco: A Genesis Collecting Guide


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Full credit to SuperGamBoy for this OP. 

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This guide took a bit longer to put together than I expected, but now that it's done the end result was quite satisfying.  It wasn't until the very end that I looked at everything in chronological release order and saw some neat patterns emerge.  This is the third "guide" I've done - check my signature for links to my guides on Konami releases and Sega Club games.

So for the Genesis, there are 12 Namco releases, one of which has 3 separate releases, resulting in 14 total games to collect.  Here I'll list them in roughly release order.  I used the release years from Wikipedia so it may not be perfect and I may not know which game was released first in any given year, but how I've presented it the patterns line up nicely anyway.

1. Phelios (1990)
2. Burning Force (1990)
3. Marvel Land (1991)
4. Quad Challenge (1991)
5. Powerball (1991)
6. Rolling Thunder 2 (1991)
7. Splatterhouse 2 (1992)
8. Rolling Thunder 3 (1993)
9. Splatterhouse 3 (1993)
10. Pac-Attack
11. Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (has 3 separate releases) (1994)
12. Weaponlord (1995)

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Here are all the games together, in what roughly should be chronological release order.

1. Phelios (1990)
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When Phelios was released, Namco did not yet have its own custom clamshells.  I've never seen Phelios with a registration card.

2. Burning Force (1991)
3. Marvel Land (1991)
4. Quad Challenge (1991)
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These three games all include the same registration card with the text "Join Our Fan Club and Receive a Free Poster"
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Also of note, Burning Force also did not have a custom Namco clamshell case.  From Marvel Land and after Namco releases began using their own clamshells, but from what I've gathered Phelios and Burning Force still used Sega-branded clamshells.

5. Powerball (1991)
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With the release of Powerball, the registration card changes slightly.  The back is still the same as Burning Force, Marvel Land, and Quad Challenge, but the front reads "Join Our Fan Club" and no longer offers a free poster.
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6. Rolling Thunder 2 (1991)
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Rolling Thunder 2 appears to be the last Namco release to have a "generic" registration card.  The registration card is unique to Rolling Thunder 2 but doesn't list the name of the game on the registration card itself.
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7. Splatterhouse 2 (1992)
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With the release of Splatterhouse 2, Namco games began getting custom registration cards for each game released.
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8. Rolling Thunder 3 (1993)
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With the release of Rolling Thunder 3, the registration cards began to shrink in size.
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9. Splatterhouse 3 (1993)
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10. Pac-Attack (1993)
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I do not yet own a CIB copy of Pac-Attack with the registration card.  I have a sealed copy in my collection and was able to confirm CIB contents via an eBay auction.

11. Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994)
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Pac-Man 2 has 3 releases for the Genesis.  The first release has a hologram on the cover and is in a Namco case.  The second release comes in an Acclaim case.  The second release may have fewer inserts than the first release, but I am not positive - this is the one game with contents of which I am not certain. The third release is a Majesco cardboard re-release.  My copy is sealed, but it should have only a Majesco Sales Inc. generic registration card.

[UPDATE]: It has come to my attention that there is another (fourth) release of this game.  The fourth release comes in a wide-style Acclaim clamshell case and the cartridge shell is also Acclaim branded and says "Assembled in Mexico" on the back.  I've added pictures as one of the respones to this thread.  This release has a Ballistic sticker on the back, so I would assume that this release includes the Majesco Sales Inc. registration card.

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The second release of Pac-Man 2 does not have a hologram on the cover.  In addition the G.A. rating of the game now has a red colored background.  The registration card is identical to the one for the first release.  
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With the release of Pac-Man 2, the registration cards rotate and are read vertically instead of horizontally.
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As mentioned above, the second release uses an Acclaim case (just like later Konami rereleases also used Acclaim clamshells; however Konami used black sticker to cover up the Acclaim logos.  Not pictured: the back of the cart for the first release reads Made in Japan, while the back of the second release says Assembled in Mexico (but is a Sega cart shell and not an Acclaim cart shell).  The cardboard box release uses a Sega cartridge shell and was Assembled in Mexico.  There may be a fourth release of this game. I am still investigating the variant and will update if I have more details.

12. Weaponlord (1995)
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Namco's final release for the Genesis was in a cardboard box.
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As I did not photograph a Namco case earlier, here is one for reference:
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Except for Phelios and Burning Force (Sega cases) and the second release of Pac-Man 2, every clamshell Namco release should use this style case.

Lastly, here are all the games lined up in the chronological release order I've outlined above.  You'll notice a very orderly progression of the spine designs:
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I would like to add, that any game with Namco engraving on back of cart will also say Namco on the inside of box near tray, others will have standard Sega logo if back of cart says Sega.  It's something I noticed only because I had a few Namco cover art inserts and needed to harvest proper boxes to appease my OCD.  I'm sure you covered this above but I just glanced at the thread briefly while at work here...will dive deeper later.

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10 minutes ago, RH said:

Any clue what a 100% complete, good copy of the first version of Pac-Man 2 goes for? I know it’s common as dirt, but that’s a lot of inserts, which are obviously easy to lose.

My guess is $20 and some luck on a CIB BIN. There are completed listings with an insert here and there, so it would probably be easiest to piece it together. I doubt people will ever be foaming at the mouth to have this 100% complete. Looks like a complete one went in August for $18 + shipping at auction.

Edit: Or get one now before Wata puts out an article!! Hype!

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15 hours ago, 8bitsupremacy said:

I would like to add, that any game with Namco engraving on back of cart will also say Namco on the inside of box near tray, others will have standard Sega logo if back of cart says Sega.  It's something I noticed only because I had a few Namco cover art inserts and needed to harvest proper boxes to appease my OCD.  I'm sure you covered this above but I just glanced at the thread briefly while at work here...will dive deeper later.

Good information. In my guide I had it listed that only Phelios and Burning Force had Sega cases instead of Namco, but sometime I should check the full list against that criteria and see if it all lines up.

Thanks for bringing this one over @RoyalT

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Bumping this because I have an orphan Registration Card that matches none of the above. Fan Club type rather than Contest. System order (Question 3) matches the card for Splatterhouse 2, as does the Namco logo on the reverse side, but it doesn’t have the game’s name printed in the lower right. Any ideas? 
 

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