R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition Unboxing

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    If just a few years ago someone would tell me that new SNES cartridges would still be manufactured and sold in 2018, I would have dismissed it as wishful thinking. However Retro-Bit is here to materialize all of those wishful thoughts. They have been re-publishing classic cartridge-based games recently like the Data East Classic Collection and the Jaleco Brawler's Pack. They even went ahead and released a brand-new HDMI-compatible console, the Super RetroTRIO Plus, that plays original NES, SNES and Mega Drive carts on the same device (albeit not without some flaws)! The team is on a modern-retro spree and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon as they recently released the R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition and Holy Diver Collector’s Edition. The company generously sent samples of each for us to check out and in this article, we’ll take a look at what the R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition packs!


    Retro-Bit’s R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition came out last month in the U.S but it was released only a few weeks ago in Europe. The whole thing comes in a classy hard embossed Collector's Box with a minimalist design featuring the titular spaceship’s outline in the starry expanse that is space. Opening it up, you will find the following goodies and oh, does it come with goodies!

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    Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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    Given that this Collector’s Edition is limited to 2900 copies, this numbered certificate can get quite handy for full bragging rights to show off your cool new retro collection.


    Hard Covered Notebook

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    This lined notebook is practical for its pocket size and even features some rad arts from the game!


    Retro-Bit x FigPin Limited Edition Enamel Pin Set

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    To commemorate this limited release, the two pixelated pins pictured above were included. Those charming pins are perfect to attach to your jacket or bag to add some style in your gamer’s outfit :)

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    Original Art Prints

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    Three postcard-sized prints featuring high quality art from of anime artist OtaKing have been added to the stash. They really do portray the vibrant action and colorful aspect of R-Type! OtaKing even made a fan anime short inspired by the game before which you can check out below:



    Exclusive Sticker Collection

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    Additionally, you get two sheets of stickers featuring vibrant designs from the game’s elements to satisfy your sticker needs.


    Original retail box with game cartridge and color manual

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    Given the plethora of exclusive stuff that comes with this set, you’d be forgiven to have forgotten about what might be the most important item in the box: the actual game. Packed in an authentic SNES box is the game cartridge. This time around Retro-Bit has finally opted for a more faithful cartridge design and this one boasts the European SNES cart design. The first 1,000 units come with a special limited edition space blue colored cartridge but mine is the regular black version. However Retro-Bit did not include a dust cover as they did in their previous cart releases but it's not that much of a problem as you can safely store the cart in the box. The instruction manual includes the official instructions in both English and Japanese giving some introduction to the game, controls and details the effects of the in-game items/power-ups. It also features some more arts from OtaKing.


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    Note that the cartridge comes with two games: R-Type III and Super R-Type, which you can choose at the startup screen. Both were developed for the SNES by Irem when the console was still current-gen, with Super R-Type releasing in 1991 and R-Type III in 1993. The premise of the series is as follows:

    I did not have the opportunity to play them before but for retro games, they do hold up pretty well when it comes to having a good time and the games reminded me of Space Impact on the old Nokia phones. Both titles have similar horizontal side-scrolling shooter gameplay. Booting the titles up for the first time on the Super RetroTRIO Plus, I had hours of 16-bit fast-paced space shooting fun with varying opponents in large levels, loads of exciting power-ups that modify your weapons and original mecha and monster boss fights all in some glorious upbeat retro tunes. To up the fun, R-Type III even features a two player mode! The ease to pick up this game and the ensuing fun that every level generates make both titles easily replayable, even if you keep on crashing the R-Type against hostile fighters and space debris as you get carried away by the fast action.

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    At an MSRP of $59.99 or €64,99 in Europe, the R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition is definitely a recommended product for its high quality and quantity contents! That is, if you can get your hands on one...

    R-Type III & Super R-Type Collector’s Edition European Trailer:


    P.S: Stay tuned as we unbox the Holy Diver Collector’s Edition later this week!

    [UPDATE]

    Following concerns regarding the authenticity and cost of this set, a Retro-Bit representative reached out to point the following:

     
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  1. EddieEddie90

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    Way to make some insta cash grab. Why are all companies doing this so often nowadays? don't get it...
     
  2. _Chaz_

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    You bought a $60 Super Nintendo cartridge printed in limited quantities to play on an LCD through a repro console?
     
  3. Captain_N

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    Id buy one if it was not $60. I can make the same cart and box for $15. All these new re releases are all reproductions unless its a brand new game then its called unlicensed. I made a kick ass Star Ocean, Tales of phantasia and secret of mana 2 cart.

    How about making r-type 2 on snes then placing that on the cart? These companies will re-release the same old game but refuse to make a brand new game that is made the same way the retro games are that will run on an actual snes.
     
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    That's Pretty Good!
     
  5. kuwanger

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    Got a copy of Super R-Type at a thrift store for like $3-$5 (forget the exact price). Have yet to see R-Type III, which I like a lot more, for nearly as cheap. Would not pay $60. Something like Retro-Bit Generations looks almost okay (if horrible emulation). Would love to know how much of, if any of this, is legal though. :/ Not just the games but the emulators, as there's been way too many companies violating Snes9x's license. If the games are legal, then RB Generations would be a cheaper fashion to legally get roms.

    Edit: Looked a bit more and they have an updated version called Retro-Bit Super Retro-Cade. The statement is also made that they have the official blessing of all the right holders (AFAIK), so it should be legal. Anyways, the point is there are probably better options than this.

    Edit2: And I decided to purchase a Retro-Bit Super Retro-Cade. Watched a few Youtube videos, most of which were useless. Going to probably write a review because I do get rather sick of just how bad most reviewers on Youtube are. :/
     
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  6. The Real Jdbye

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    I'm sorry but that does not look like an authentic SNES box. The mention of "16-bit game cartridge" and the avoidance of any mention of Nintendo just screams bootleg to me, but I guess this was licensed from the publisher but not from Nintendo, so they can't use the Super Nintendo name or logo. It's too bad because it otherwise looks like a nice box.
    Great games too, though I vastly prefer Super R-Type because I find R-Type III to be way too hard.

    I wonder if Nintendo would even be open to officially licensing reprints like this. Probably not, as they aren't the ones manufacturing them, and they don't have factories set up to make these anymore anyway (or they might be doing it themselves if they saw there was demand...)
     
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    Why didn't we ever get R-Type II on SNES? We got 1 and 3, which is weird.
     
  8. kuwanger

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    Super R-Type is an amalgam of R-Type I & II. Unlike other companies--*cough*Square*cough*--, IREM decided to avoid any naming confusion and chose to go with R-Type III.
     
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    That's actually cool of them, very nice! Was the Gameboy Color port of R-Type just the first game then?
     
  10. Prans
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    There itself.
    To everyone concerned about the authenticity and price tag of this product, a Retro-Bit representative wanted to point out the following:

    I will update my post to address these concerns.
     
  11. kuwanger

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    As far as I know, it offers both I and II and a DX mode (which I think is just I+II, but I could be wrong). Here's a quick video from someone on Youtube if interested:


    I'd throw in that personally, I really don't like most the various R-Type ports because they're so crippled in appearance compared to the original. Having said that, the SMS is pretty impressive for an 8-bit port and the PCE version looks really amazing considering.

    And for ~$10 more you get a whole system and 88 more games (more if v1.1) on the Super Retro-Cade. Having said that, apparently Super Retro-Cade (and hence Retro-bit in general) is one of the publishers using open source software and is listed on the Retroarch blog as likely using snes9x code. *sigh* I'll guess I'll find out when I get it.

    In any case, I wouldn't use ebay (or Amazon) as a good way to gauge the price of things unless you include the requirement that you must have the game within n many days. As much as I like R-Type III when I played it, it's not like I'm in some drought of good games to play (playing CrossCode), and most the enjoyment of thrift shop shopping is precisely getting games or systems for a good deal. Ridiculously high ebay prices aren't a good deal. Legally licensed repos at $60 aren't a good deal.
     
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  12. duwen

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    I bought the Jaleco Brawlers cart and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really wanted to get this too - I already own a complete-in-box Super R-Type, but R-Type III has always been one of those carts I regret trading in 20+ years ago.
    I was going to order the NTSC version (despite living in a PAL territory) as I always prefer to play SNES games "full speed" on my NTSC console; can you confirm that the PAL release of this uses the identical roms to the NTSC version and whether it utilises a PAL CIC chip or is truely 'region free'?
     
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  13. seam

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    how ridiculous..
     
  14. Prans
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    There itself.
    so I asked the Retro-Bit representative regarding your query and got the following answer:

     
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    Thanks! Kind of what I was hoping would be the case.
    I guess that means they either bypass the CIC chip or are using a region free version.

    What they say about the cart and not the rom being responsible for the region is mainly true, but there are certain cart based games that differ from region to region due to 'fixing' pal slowdown within the rom. The aspects of the cart that affect multi region play are the cart shape and the CIC chip - NA, EUR, JPN all have their own unique CIC chips that need to be detected by the console (hence the region converters that read the CIC from another cart), and the cart shape means an NA cart won't fit in a EUR SNES or JPN SFC, etc.
     
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