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mp_col3: MAME ROM Information.


Columns III - Revenge of Columns [Mega-Play] (c) 1993 Sega.

Align 3 or more items of the same colour vertically, horizontally or diagonally.


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 7.670442 Mhz), (2x) Z80 (@ 3.57954 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3438 (@ 7.670442 Mhz), (2x) SN76496 (@ 3.57954 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 96

Players : 2

Control : 8-way Joystick

Buttons : 3

=> [A] Rotate, [B] Crush Bar Attack, [C] Rotate


This game is known in Japan as 'Columns III - Taiketsu! Columns World' (translates from Japanese as 'Columns III - Showdown! Columns World').

Official Sega Mega-Play releases list :

[Mega-Play 01] Sonic The Hedgehog

[Mega-Play 02] Golden Axe II

[Mega-Play 03] Grand Slam - The Tennis Tournament

[Mega-Play 04] Tecmo World Cup

[Mega-Play 05] Streets Of Rage 2

[Mega-Play 06] Bio-Hazard Battle

[Mega-Play 07] Sonic The Hedgehog 2

[Mega-Play 08] ???

[Mega-Play 09] Shinobi III - Return of the Ninja Master

[Mega-Play 10] ???

[Mega-Play 11] Mazin Wars

[Mega-Play ??] Columns III - Revenge of Columns

[Mega-Play ??] Gunstar Heroes


The US version is completely different :

* "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen added.

* "Recycle It, Don't Trash It!" screen added.

* Sega Logo screen is shown during attract mode.

* More dip-switches.


Your score will increase every time you clear a set of jewels.


1. Columns (1990)

2. Columns II - The Voyage Through Time (1990)

3. Columns III - Revenge of Columns (1993)

4. Stack Columns (1994)

5. Super Columns [Model G-3226] (1995, Sega Game Gear)

6. Columns '97 (1997)

7. Hanagumi Taisen Columns - Sakura Wars (1998)

8. Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 (2000, Sega Dreamcast)

9. Columns Crown (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)


* Consoles :

Sega Mega Drive (1994)


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.100u2 [Guru, f205v]


- 0.127: Added 4x 'Unknown' dipswitch.

- 0.100u2: Guru added Columns III (Mega Play) (Sega 1993).

- 15th September 2005: David Haywood - Added Columns 3 (Mega Play). Seems to work correctly.

- 12th September 2005: Guru - Columns III arrived. Thanks to f205v.

Recommended Games:


Columns (Mega-Tech)

Columns II - The Voyage Through Time

Columns III (Mega Play)

Stack Columns

Columns 97

Hanagumi Taisen Columns

Romset: 544 kb / 3 files / 244.9 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="mp_col3" sourcefile="megaplay.c" romof="megaplay">
              <description>Columns III (Mega Play)</description>
              <biosset name="ver1" description="Megaplay Bios (Ver. 1)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="ver2" description="Megaplay Bios (Ver. 2)"/>
              <rom name="ep15294.ic2" merge="ep15294.ic2" bios="ver1" size="131072" crc="aa8dc2d8" sha1="96771ad7b79dc9c83a1594243250d65052d23176" region="mtbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="epr-a15294.ic2" merge="epr-a15294.ic2" bios="ver2" size="131072" crc="f97c68aa" sha1="bcabc879950bca1ced11c550a484e697ec5706b2" region="mtbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="3.ic2" size="262144" crc="a1602235" sha1="38751b585849c8966acc3f508714937fe29dcf5c" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="2.ic1" size="262144" crc="999b2fe6" sha1="ad967a28e4eebd7b01273e4e04c35a0198ef834a" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="1.ic3" size="32768" crc="dac9bf91" sha1="0117972a7181f8aaf942a259cc8764b821031253" region="user1" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="7670453"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="genesis_snd_z80" name="Z80" clock="3579545"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="mtbios" name="Z80" clock="3579540"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2612" clock="7670453"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="snsnd" name="SEGA VDP PSG" clock="3579545"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="sn2" name="SN76496" clock="3579540"/>
              <display tag="megadriv" type="raster" rotate="0" width="256" height="224" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2" service="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin slot 1" tag="DSW0" mask="15">
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/1 Credit" value="7"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="9"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 coins/1 credit - 5 coins/3 credits - 6 coins/4 credits" value="5"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 coins/1 credit - 4 coins/3 credits" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="15" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="6"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="14"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="13"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/4 Credits" value="12"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/5 Credits" value="11"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/6 Credits" value="10"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 5 coins/6 credits" value="3"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 4 coins/5 credits" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 2 coins/3 credits" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Free Play" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin slot 2" tag="DSW0" mask="240">
                     <dipvalue name="4 Coins/1 Credit" value="112"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="144"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 coins/1 credit - 5 coins/3 credits - 6 coins/4 credits" value="80"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 coins/1 credit - 4 coins/3 credits" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="240" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="96"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="224"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="208"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/4 Credits" value="192"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/5 Credits" value="176"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/6 Credits" value="160"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 5 coins/6 credits" value="48"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 4 coins/5 credits" value="32"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 coin/1 credit - 2 coins/3 credits" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name=" 1 coin/1 credit" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW1" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW1" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW1" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW1" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="512"/>

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