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'''''DoDonpachi Campaign Version''''' (alternatively known as '''''DoDonpachi Blue Label''''' or '''''DoDonpachi Special Edition''''') is a rare revision of ''Dodonpachi'', a 1997 arcade shmup developed by CAVE and credited with popularizing the "Bullet Hell" subgenre.
  
'''''DoDonpachi Campaign Version''''' (alternatively known as '''''DoDonpachi Blue Label''''' or '''''DoDonpachi Special Edition''''' is a rare revision of ''Dodonpachi'', a 1997 arcade shmup credited with popularising the "Bullet Hell" subgenre. ''Campaign Version'' is a remixed edition of the game, featuring redone color palettes for the backgrounds and larger enemies, increased difficulty through faster and more complex bullets pattern and tougher enemy placement, and the addition of "Hyper Mode", a mechanic where the player can activate an invincible super-powered state at the cost of increased the game's dynamic difficulty. Hyper Mode would be re-introduced and expanded in ''DoDonpachi'''s official sequel, ''DoDonPachi DaiOuJou''
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''Campaign Version'' is a remixed edition of the game, featuring redone color palettes for the backgrounds and larger enemies, increased difficulty through faster and more complex bullet patterns and tougher enemy placement, and the addition of "Hyper Mode" - a mechanic where the player can activate an invincible super-powered state at the cost of increased the game's dynamic difficulty. Hyper Mode would be re-introduced and expanded in ''DoDonpachi'''s official sequel, ''DoDonPachi DaiOuJou''.
  
 
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''Campaign version'' was only handed out as a prize for winners of a contest. As a result, it is extremely rare and has yet to be dumped.  
"Campaign version" was only handed out as a prize for winners of a contest. As a result, it is extremely rare and has yet to be dumped.  
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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According to various sources, ''Campaign Version'' was the prize for winners of a contest held by CAVE to promote the upcoming Sega Saturn port of ''DoDonpachi''. Contestants were asked to submit the highest possible score in a 72-hour period. It is unknown how many boards of ''Campaign Version'' were given as part of the contest, as well as the exact timeframe or location of the contest itself<ref>https://www.arcade-history.com/?n=dodonpachi-campaign-version&page=detail&id=4436</ref>.
  
According to various sources, ''Campaign Version'' was the prize for winners of a contest held by CAVE to promote the upcoming Sega Saturn port of ''DoDonpachi''. Contestants were asked to submit the highest possible score in a 72-hours period. It is unknown how many boards of ''Campaign Version'' were given as part of the contest, as well as the exact timeframe or location of the contest itself<ref>https://www.arcade-history.com/?n=dodonpachi-campaign-version&page=detail&id=4436</ref>
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ShouTime, an arcade game archivist, managed to locate a copy of the game in 2016<ref>http://forums.gamengai.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=553&start=400</ref> and hinted that the owner was open to letting him dump the game, although there has been no public update on this matter as of 2017.  
 
 
ShouTime, an arcade game archivist, managed to locate a copy of the game in 2016<ref>www.gamengai.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=28319#p28319</ref>, and hinted that the owner was open to letting him dump the game, although there has been no further advancement on this matter as of 2017.  
 
  
 
==Availability==
 
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Multiple playthroughs of ''Campaign Version'' have been recorded over the years, one being featured in a tape given to subscribers of the defunct arcade game magazine ''Gamest''.
 
Multiple playthroughs of ''Campaign Version'' have been recorded over the years, one being featured in a tape given to subscribers of the defunct arcade game magazine ''Gamest''.
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A post to the Sammy House blog in 2009 included a few pictures of ''Campaign Version'' such as the title screen, legal notice, and circuit board<ref>https://blog.goo.ne.jp/summyhouse/e/9003ab783f31b5a6f07cebf88188649b</ref>. One notable difference can be seen in the legal notice, where the text "This game is for use in Japan only" from the original Japanese version has been replaced with "This game is for use in ZBL-NAI only," ZBL-NAI being the name of one of the contest winners.
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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DDPCVTitle.jpg|Title screen photo from the Sammy's House Blog post.
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DDPCVLegal.jpg|Legal notice for Campaign Version.
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DDPCVPCB.jpg|Campaign Version circuit board.
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DDPCVROMs.jpg|ROMs labelled "12/22 Campaign"
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Latest revision as of 23:45, 6 September 2021

Dodonpachji campaign version.PNG

Game's title screen.

Status: Lost

DoDonpachi Campaign Version (alternatively known as DoDonpachi Blue Label or DoDonpachi Special Edition) is a rare revision of Dodonpachi, a 1997 arcade shmup developed by CAVE and credited with popularizing the "Bullet Hell" subgenre.

Campaign Version is a remixed edition of the game, featuring redone color palettes for the backgrounds and larger enemies, increased difficulty through faster and more complex bullet patterns and tougher enemy placement, and the addition of "Hyper Mode" - a mechanic where the player can activate an invincible super-powered state at the cost of increased the game's dynamic difficulty. Hyper Mode would be re-introduced and expanded in DoDonpachi's official sequel, DoDonPachi DaiOuJou.

Campaign version was only handed out as a prize for winners of a contest. As a result, it is extremely rare and has yet to be dumped.

History[edit | edit source]

According to various sources, Campaign Version was the prize for winners of a contest held by CAVE to promote the upcoming Sega Saturn port of DoDonpachi. Contestants were asked to submit the highest possible score in a 72-hour period. It is unknown how many boards of Campaign Version were given as part of the contest, as well as the exact timeframe or location of the contest itself[1].

ShouTime, an arcade game archivist, managed to locate a copy of the game in 2016[2] and hinted that the owner was open to letting him dump the game, although there has been no public update on this matter as of 2017.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The game was exhibited at the 2006 edition of Cave Matsuri, an annual convention for CAVE's games[3]. The game was also present at the Tokyo arcade Daytona III for a time[4].

Multiple playthroughs of Campaign Version have been recorded over the years, one being featured in a tape given to subscribers of the defunct arcade game magazine Gamest.

A post to the Sammy House blog in 2009 included a few pictures of Campaign Version such as the title screen, legal notice, and circuit board[5]. One notable difference can be seen in the legal notice, where the text "This game is for use in Japan only" from the original Japanese version has been replaced with "This game is for use in ZBL-NAI only," ZBL-NAI being the name of one of the contest winners.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Gamest VHS.

References[edit | edit source]