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arkretrn: MAME ROM Information.


Arkanoid Returns (c) 1997 Taito.

The 3rd chapter in Taito's legendary 1 or 2-player bat and ball game, in which players once again control a paddle and must try to rebound a ball into patterns of bricks to remove them from the play area.

Each level is patrolled by enemies and certain bricks, when hit, release power-ups which then roll down the screen and can be collected by the player.

While the 3rd chapter contains 50 brand new levels for players to fight through, the actual gameplay itself remains unaltered from the first 2 games. The only real differences are a revamp of both the graphics and sound, as well as a number of minor enhancements to the in-game power-ups.


Taito F3 System hardware

Prom Stickers : E36

Main CPU : 68EC020 (@ 16 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 16 Mhz)

Sound Chips : ES5505 (@ 15.23805 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 232 pixels

Screen refresh : 58.97 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 4

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4


Released in February 1997.

Zachary Hample holds the official record for this game with 1,589,770 points on June 5, 2000.


1. Arkanoid (1986)

2. Arkanoid - Revenge of DOH (1987)

3. Arkanoid - DOH It Again (1997, Nintendo Super NES)

4. Arkanoid Returns (1997)


Planners : Atsushi Taniguchi, Yuji Koga

Programmed by : I.T.L.

Program support : Shunsuke Ono

Character designers : Chiho Maeda, Mari Fukusaki, Tomohiro Kagawa

Sound : Yasuhisa Watanabe (YACK), Ishikawa Babio (BABI)

Designer : Kumi Mizobe


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1997)


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.37b11 [Bryan McPhail]

Artwork available


- 9th September 2007: Mr. Do - Some more instruction cards for more games courtesty of Tormod: Arkanoid Returns.

- 0.106u12: MASH added plds ($0, 200, 400, 600, 800 - pal16l8a-d77-09.bin, pal16l8a-d77-10.bin, palce16v8-d77-11.bin, palce16v8-d77-12.bin and palce16v8-d77-14.bin) to Arkanoid Returns.

- 0.105u1: Changed description to 'Arkanoid Returns (Ver 2.02J 1997/02/10)'.

- 16th January 2001: Bryan McPhail fixed some memory corrupting bugs in the Taito F3 driver.

- 0.37b11: Bryan McPhail added Arkanoid Returns (Japan) (Taito 1997). Known issues: Bats can fly off one side of the screen and appear on the other - analogue input problem. Input bit to switch between analogue/digital control panels for Arkanoid is not found.

- 15th January 2001: Bryan McPhail finally submitted his Taito F3 driver, which is not graphically perfect and crashes hard sometimes but has complete ES5505 sound emulation thanks to Aaron Giles, Ian Schmidt and R. Belmont. Not all games are working due to 68020 core bugs, but these are: Ring Rage, Arabian Magic, Riding Fight, Grid Seeker: Project Stormhammer, Gunlock / Rayforce, Super Cup Finals / Hat Trick Hero '93, Top Ranking Stars, Light Bringer, Kaiser Knuckle / Global Champion, Bubble Bobble 2 / Bubble Symphony, Space Invaders DX, Taito Power Goal / Hat Trick Hero '95, Quiz Theater - 3tsu no Monogatari, Akkanvader, Moriguchi Hiroko no Quiz de Hyuu!Hyuu!, Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again, Puzzle Bobble 2X, Kyukyoku Tiger 2, Bubble Memories, Cleopatra Fortune, Puzzle Bobble 3, Arkanoid Returns, Kirameki Star Road, Puchi Carat and Pop 'N Pop.

- 17th October 1998: Dumped Arkanoid Returns (Ver 2.02J 1997/02/10).


Other Emulators:

* Raine

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Romset: 5890 kb / 18 files / 2.02 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="arkretrn" sourcefile="taito_f3.c">
              <description>Arkanoid Returns (Ver 2.02J 1997/02/10)</description>
              <manufacturer>Taito Corporation</manufacturer>
              <rom name="e36-11" size="262144" crc="b50cfb92" sha1="dac69fc9ef03315b11bb94d19e3dfdc8867b08ed" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e36-10" size="262144" crc="c940dba1" sha1="ec87c9e4250f8b2f15094681a4783bca8c68f576" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="e36-09" size="262144" crc="f16985e0" sha1="a74cfee8f958e7a32354d4353eeb199a7fb1ce64" region="maincpu" offset="2"/>
              <rom name="e36-08" size="262144" crc="aa699e1b" sha1="6bde0759940e0f238e4fa5bd228115574ff927d8" region="maincpu" offset="3"/>
              <rom name="e36-12" size="262144" crc="3bae39be" sha1="777142ecc24799b934ed51ac4cd8700bb6da7e3c" region="audiocpu" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="e36-13" size="262144" crc="94448e82" sha1="d7766490318623be770545918391c5e6144dd619" region="audiocpu" offset="100001"/>
              <rom name="e36-03" size="262144" crc="1ea8558b" sha1="b8ea4d6e1fb551b3c47f336a5e60ec33f7be525f" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e36-02" size="262144" crc="694eda31" sha1="1a6f85057395052571491f85c633d5632ab64865" region="gfx1" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="e36-01" size="262144" crc="54b9b2cd" sha1="55ae964ea1d2cc40a6578c5339754a270096f01f" region="gfx1" offset="c0000"/>
              <rom name="e36-07" size="524288" crc="266bf1c1" sha1="489549478d7016400af2e643d4b98bf605237d34" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e36-06" size="524288" crc="110ab729" sha1="0ccc0a5abbcfd79a069daf5162cd344a5fb225d5" region="gfx2" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="e36-05" size="524288" crc="db18bce2" sha1="b6653facc7f5c624f5710a51f2b2abfe640177e2" region="gfx2" offset="180000"/>
              <rom name="e36-04" size="2097152" crc="2250959b" sha1="06943f1b72bdf325485356a01278d88aeae93d87" region="ensoniq.0" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pal16l8a-d77-09.bin" size="260" crc="b371532b" sha1="7f875f380e69d14326a036a09d2fda7554b73664" region="plds" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pal16l8a-d77-10.bin" size="260" crc="42f59227" sha1="1f0db7489b49c00603ea51d130c9dfc237545390" region="plds" offset="200"/>
              <rom name="palce16v8-d77-11.bin" size="279" crc="eacc294e" sha1="90679d523d90c1f8d2ecbd7b6fac2861f94cf107" region="plds" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="palce16v8-d77-12.bin" size="279" crc="e9920cfe" sha1="58b73fe65f118d57fdce56d781593fc70c797f1b" region="plds" offset="600"/>
              <rom name="palce16v8-d77-14.bin" size="279" crc="7427e777" sha1="e692cedb13e5bc02edc4b25e9dcea51e6715de85" region="plds" offset="800"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68EC020" clock="16000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="68000" clock="16000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ensoniq" name="ES5505" clock="15238050"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="232" refresh="58.970000" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="4" buttons="4" coins="4" service="yes" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
                     <control type="dial" minimum="0" maximum="4095" sensitivity="25" keydelta="25"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="8192"/>

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