You may be lucky. About 90% of the ones I see on ebay or yahoo auctions japan are paper-label, and this seems to reflect the relative numbers actually produced. It also seems that the embossed ones were from later in the production life cycle. And if my two units are any indication (probably false), the later units may have fewer problems (though maybe because they’re slightly younger or less-used during their lifespans).
Very interesting indeed! I just bought whatever was cheapest in 2004, ha ha. Definitely makes sense that if there were any revisions, the newer group would be smaller - they knew this thing was a failure from year one, I reckon. This also seems to indicate that they at least sold through the initial batch they made, which is an interesting data point I hadn't thought about much before. I've definitely not had any issues with my unit, and it's one of the few non-sega consoles I haven't had to recap, so that's something!
I got another embossed machine the other day - with good laser action - and its serial number was 5808279YC.
My theory about the serial numbers is that the first digit is the year (i.e. '5' = 1995), the second digit is the month (8 = August; X/Y/Z = October/November/December), and the next group of numbers is the unit number within the month. ...And the last character (in this case, 'C') seems to be some sort of hardware revision.
So this new machine would be unit # 8279 of August 1995 (if I'm right).
In any case, the embossed back case seems to have become available as early as serial 5808279YC.
_jash: SLG= Silly Lunatic Games/
Feb 2, 2023 19:04:13 GMT
tron: I hate strictlylimitedgames jash even more so when they get the rights for physical release of anything by taito.
Feb 5, 2023 11:22:34 GMT
spenoza: It occurs to me that this same limited physical release approach has hit other hobbies as well, like tabletop role playing games. Companies in that space that aren't Hasbro are all small and so they tend to do limited prints of books and then lean on pdfs.
Mar 8, 2023 20:23:43 GMT