US Championship V'Ball (Arcade)
|US Championship V'Ball|
Also known as: US Championship Beach Volley V'Ball (JP)
US Championship V'Ball (pronounced "Vuhball") is the inspiring tale of two guys in the States who made $2,500,000 playing beach volleyball.
Present in the audio CPU at 0x0F80:
Technos B.V.Ball OPM/MSM6295(Oki) Sound System Date Jun/07/1988 (c) Copyright 1987,1988 Studio Loaple TEL 0423-23-3092
Graphics from an abandoned high score feature. The early graphics misromanize "rank" as "lank"; the corrected graphics appear later on in the ROM.
It's Cookie Monster and Big Bird! Their faces are hidden behind sign sprites in the final game - Technos might have got cold feet about this particular piece of copyright infringement. Tweety was apparently fair game, though.
Two more copyright/trademark-infringing graphics that were self-censored by Technos. Max Headroom grew a little facial hair, so he's completely different now, while the Atari logo joke ("Atari" means success, "Hazure" means failure) was removed entirely, leaving a blank spot.
The lengthy Japanese title was shortened in the US version.
- The Japanese version only supports 2-player cabinets, with the option to play against each other or together against the CPU. The US version adds a couple of DIP settings that enables support for 4-player cabinets as well, allowing for the possibilities of 2-on-1 and 2-on-2 matches as well.
- In the Japanese version, single player game times are 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, or 2:15, depending on dip switch settings. These values are all 15 seconds shorter in the US version.
- In the Japanese version, games go to 7 points. In the US version, games go to 10 points, making it harder to finish a match on a single credit.
- The player earns money after each match in the Japanese version. Since there's no high score screen and this is the only place the player's score is displayed, it's a bit pointless, so it's absent from the US version.
Rip images of the other vehicles.
The Japanese version plays a short cutscene after the first match that shows our heroes, George and Michael, heading out to a used car dealership to buy a truck. Looks like the good English from the intro is gone.
The cutscene is played again after each subsequent match for the rest of the Minor Circuit (the game's first loop), but with a different vehicle each time.