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kov: MAME ROM Information.


Knights of Valour (c) 1999 IGS.

A very good beat-'em-up with lots of special moves and great artwork.


IGS PGM hardware

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 20 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 8.468 Mhz)

Sound Chips : ICS2115 (@ 8.468 Mhz)

Control per player: 8-way joystick

Buttons per player: 4


Released in February 1999.

Licensed to Alta for Japan distribution.

This game is also known as "Sangoku Senki" (translates from Japanese as 'Knights of the Three Kingdoms').

Based on the Three Kingdoms saga.


"Knights of Valour Plus" is an upgrade with some differences :

* The bonus after every stage is higher for the original version.

* The colour of the lifebar is different for the 2 versions (yellow and green).

* The three secret characters in the original version are already unlocked.

* 2 new characters, the white Huang Zhong and the red Zhang Fei.


* Play As Diao Chan : Press B, C, D, Up, Right, Down, Left, Up, Right, Down, Left.

* Play As Xu Zhu : Press Left, B, C, Up, D(x2), B, C, Right, B(x3), C, Right, C(x2), B, C.

* Play As Zhang Liao : Press D, B(x2), C, D, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, B, C, D.

* Play As Zhuge Liang : Press Down(x2) B, Left, Down, Right, C, Left, Up, Right, D, Left(x2), B.

* Internet Ranking Mode : To play in the Internet Ranking mode, hold Up+B on first player and Down+C on second player before pressing Start.


1. Knights of Valour (1999)

2. Knights of Valour Superheroes (1999)

3. Knights of Valour 2 (2000)

4. Knights of Valour 2 - Nine Dragons (2001)

5. Knights of Valour 2 - Bushou Retsuden

6. Knights of Valour Superheroes Plus (2004)

7. Knights of Valour - The Seven Spirits (2004)

8. Knights of Valour 2 - New Legend (2008)

9. Knights of Valour 3 (2011)


Executive producer : Ray

Directors : Zhong Ren Gau, Keith Young, Andy Chu

Programmers : Alf, Why, Fred Liao, Yao Wen Lo, Mssheir, LTH

Hardware : Franklin Wu

Stylists : Joseph Chang, Muta Chen, Chun Lung Wu, Benson, Hark Lin

Pictures : Yao Kun Lai, Szu Chiang Wu, Pon-Pon Peng, Su Ping Chen, Abthony Ling, Yu Jem Lin, Gui Xin Xu, Hanks, Chia Sen Yeh, Mei Sen Chune, Hsien Chin Chou, Hsu Wei Chu, Feng Chiu Fu, Sheng Kai Chang, Ricky, Sung Chih Lin, Elvis Chen, Yang, Jeffrey Chang, Owl, Leo

Music conductor : Ray

Music & Sound effects by : Eddie Yao, Dean

Producers : Ko-Chu Lee, Paulchiang, A.C. Chen, Tzung-Hui Cheng


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.61 [ElSemi, David Haywood]

0.60 [?]


- 0.145u5: Changed VSync to 59.17 Hz.

- 8th October 2010: Smitdogg - We got a Knights of Valour cart. I wasn't really sure if it was an undumped version or not but 95% of the KOV dumps we have still need their protection read so didn't have much to lose buying it. It turns out it's kovplusa. It uses an IGS 027 chip, not 027A as it's currently marked in the source.

- 0.137u1: Renamed (kovj) to (kov100).

- 0.130u3: XingXing added PGM video ram mirroring, this fixed a glitch in clone (ver. 104). Changed description of clones 'Knights of Valour Superheroes / Sangoku Senki Superheroes (ver. 104)' to 'Knights of Valour Super Heroes / Sangoku Senki Super Heroes (ver. 104)' and 'Knights of Valour Hero (ver. 101)' to 'Knights of Valour Super Heroes Plus / Sangoku Senki Super Heroes Plus (ver. 100)'. Renamed (kovh) to (kovshp).

- 0.130u2: David Haywood disabled protection simulation for several sets. This demotes Knights of Valour & Knights of Valour Plus to NOT working as there is no dump of the internal rom. Added ARM7 (20MHz) CPU3.

- 0.130u1: Changed description of clone '(ver. 322)' to '(ver. 104)'.

- 0.109u1: ElSemi hooked up ARM protection ASIC internal rom for clone 'Knights of Valour Superheroes', though it doesn't work yet. Added ARM7 (20MHz) CPU3.

- 0.78u1: Added clone Knights of Valour / Sangoku Senki (ver. 100, Japan Board).

- 0.61: ElSemi added Knights of Valour / Sangoku Senki (ver. 117) (IGS 1999) and clones (ver. 115) and Plus (ver. 119).

- 26th May 2002: David Haywood added Knights of Valour to the PGM driver with much thanks to ElSemi for valuable information.

- 0.62: Added clone 'Knights of Valour Superheroes / Sangoku Senki Superheroes (ver. 322)' (Testdriver).

- 0.60: Added (Testdrivers) Sangoku Senki (ver. 115) and (ver. 117).


Other Emulators:

* FB Alpha

* Nebula

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Knights of Valour

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Knights of Valour 2

Knights of Valour - The Seven Spirits

The Crystal of Kings

Romset: 57344 kb / 9 files / 19.0 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="kov" sourcefile="pgm.c" romof="pgm">
              <description>Knights of Valour / Sangoku Senki (ver. 117)</description>
              <biosset name="v2" description="PGM Bios V2" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="v1" description="PGM Bios V1"/>
              <rom name="pgm_p02s.u20" merge="pgm_p02s.u20" bios="v2" size="131072" crc="78c15fa2" sha1="885a6558e022602cc6f482ac9667ba9f61e75092" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pgm_p01s.u20" merge="pgm_p01s.u20" bios="v1" size="131072" crc="e42b166e" sha1="2a9df9ec746b14b74fae48b1a438da14973702ea" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="p0600.117" size="4194304" crc="c4d19fe6" sha1="14ef31539bfbc665e76c9703ee01b12228344052" region="maincpu" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="kov_igs027a.bin" size="16384" status="nodump" region="prot" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="pgm_t01s.rom" merge="pgm_t01s.rom" size="2097152" crc="1a7123a0" sha1="cc567f577bfbf45427b54d6695b11b74f2578af3" region="tiles" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="t0600.rom" size="8388608" crc="4acc1ad6" sha1="0668dbd5e856c2406910c6b7382548b37c631780" region="tiles" offset="180000"/>
              <rom name="a0600.rom" size="8388608" crc="d8167834" sha1="fa55a99629d03b2ea253392352f70d2c8639a991" region="sprcol" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="a0601.rom" size="8388608" crc="ff7a4373" sha1="7def9fca7513ad5a117da230bebd2e3c78679041" region="sprcol" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="a0602.rom" size="8388608" crc="e7a32959" sha1="3d0ed684dc5b269238890836b2ce7ef46aa5265b" region="sprcol" offset="1000000"/>
              <rom name="a0603.rom" size="4194304" crc="ec31abda" sha1="ee526655369bae63b0ef0730e9768b765c9950fc" region="sprcol" offset="1800000"/>
              <rom name="b0600.rom" size="8388608" crc="7d3cd059" sha1="00cf994b63337e0e4ebe96453daf45f24192af1c" region="sprmask" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="b0601.rom" size="4194304" crc="a0bb1c2f" sha1="0542348c6e27779e0a98de16f04f9c18158f2b28" region="sprmask" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="pgm_m01s.rom" merge="pgm_m01s.rom" size="2097152" crc="45ae7159" sha1="d3ed3ff3464557fd0df6b069b2e431528b0ebfa8" region="ics" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="m0600.rom" size="4194304" crc="3ada4fd6" sha1="4c87adb25d31cbd41f04fbffe31f7bc37173da76" region="ics" offset="400000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="20000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="soundcpu" name="Z80" clock="8467200"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="prot" name="ARM7" clock="20000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ics" name="ICS2115"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="448" height="224" refresh="59.170000" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="4" buttons="4" coins="4">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Music" tag="DSW" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Voice" tag="DSW" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="4" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free" tag="DSW" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Stop" tag="DSW" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <configuration name="Region" tag="Region" mask="15">
                     <confsetting name="China" value="0"/>
                     <confsetting name="Taiwan" value="1"/>
                     <confsetting name="Japan (Alta license)" value="2"/>
                     <confsetting name="Korea" value="3"/>
                     <confsetting name="Hong Kong" value="4"/>
                     <confsetting name="World" value="5" default="yes"/>
              <driver status="preliminary" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" protection="preliminary" savestate="supported" palettesize="2304"/>

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