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Pirates of Dark Water, The
Game Code: 8P Genre: Fighting / Brawler
US Title: Pirates of Dark Water, The US Publisher: Sunsoft
Japan Title: not released in Japan Japan Publisher: -
Title in Kanji: Title in Kana:
European Title: Pirates of Dark Water, The Europe Publisher: Sunsoft
Developer: Sunsoft Players: 1-2 (simultaneously)
Accessories: none Special Chips: none
Save: none

Pirates of Dark Water is a Final Fight clone involving characters from the title cartoon. Don't expect anything mindblowing as you beat up various enemy pirates through dreary sea-faring scenes. - Evan

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If you are a fan of the ill-fated 90’s television series and enjoy beat ‘em up’s, then this is the game for you! While the gameplay does not step out very far from Final Fight’s shadow, the range of difficulty and the well-rendered levels are quite redeeming. Players may choose from Ren, Tula, or Ioz as they fight Bloth and his cronies (including Mantus and regular miniboss Konk) for the thirteen treasures of Rule. Fans will be pleased as many levels were closely modeled after episodes from the series, including a shooter-style fight for the island of Pandawa. While the T.V. series was cancelled before Ren and his friends collected all the treasures, PODW devotees ought to be interested in the game’s ending. Fun to play, and a rare find to-boot. - J.D. Smith


Prototypes

Region Cart/PCB scan Dump Status State of Completion Source Notes Details
USA yes dumped near final prototype cartridge Gameplay is identical to final link
PAL yes undumped likely near final prototype cartridge Says "sample" on the title screen link

Cartridge label information

Region Country Serial Code notes Scan
Americas USA SNS-8P-USA regular release link

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PCB Information

ROM Chip ID Region Known Man. Dates PCB Type CIC SRAM Decoder/ Logic Circuit Special Chips
SNS-8P-0 (front) USA 9402 SHVC-1A0N-20 D411A There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips

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Box information

Region Country Serial Code Notes Front Scan Back Scan
Americas USA SNS-8P-USA regular release link link

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Bibliography

  • Nintendo Power, Pak Watch - Gossip Galore, Publication date: December 1992, Volume: 43, Pages: 113

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