How did Japanese software make its way to Europe in the late 80s/early 90s?

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By Latok

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22-06-2005, 13:07

I was browsing through some old magazines yesterday and I read a lot of reviews of Japanese games which weren't localized. We know now, back then, typical Japanese games such as Snatcher didn't make their way to Europe. This means someone selected the titles which were suitable to import. Is it known who did that back then? Was it mainly one person or more? How was it possible that there were cracked versions of original games available, MUCH sooner than the original titles itself through import channels? Actually, a pretty fucked up situation Smile

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By Sonic_aka_T

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22-06-2005, 16:37

Someone bought it, someone else cracked it, we copied it? Wink

By flyguille

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22-06-2005, 16:46

Smile
in argentinia all the games cracked already were from spain.

By Latok

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22-06-2005, 16:56

I want names Tongue

By Repair-Bas

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22-06-2005, 16:59

Ton de Winter in The Netherlands

By Latok

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22-06-2005, 20:07

Cheers Bas, did he crack or had a link in Japan through which he got the games? It's just, I noticed the MSX scene in the late 80s/early 90s was just as small as nowadays, actually. They were talking about 'MSX being dead' in those days too, it's reaaaally funny to read Smile This implies though, that there most probably really were only a few people who were responsible. From whom got Martos all them originals and stuff? It interests me Smile

By Maggoo

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22-06-2005, 20:12

I remember back in those days, a lot of cracked games I saw mentionned "cracked by SMA" or "cracked by martos" (can't remember which) and "Imported by The Boss". Just got to figure out who "The Boss" was.

By flyguille

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22-06-2005, 20:28

cracked by PJS or something like that

By flyguille

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22-06-2005, 20:29

martos ... i remeber having a lot of games cracked by martos

By Samor

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22-06-2005, 20:48

Martos, SMA, The Boss - indeed, I remember those as well....

There was some guy called GertJan or something I think, he imported Korean carts at a time I think, a little later in the 90's... I remember it was kinda strange (he admitted himself) that the guy who was selling games also wrote reviews in ..it's probably been MCCM.
(Does anyone have/remember the picture of the "Slak" that was once on a cover? I liked that; in fact, I even imitated the drawing in Designer Plus myself, but that one got lost)

By Repair-Bas

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22-06-2005, 20:49

Ton de Winter works together with A. de Gooier from Zandvoort.
In Zandvoort was it possible to change your computer to 256 kB and buy games from Ton de Winter for 10 guilders each.
Ton was the person with Parodius at the Fair in Dan Haag and I bought the first original Parodius there (the only one at that moment)

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