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techromnu: MAME ROM Information.


Tech Romancer (c) 1998 Capcom.

A futuristic robotic fighting game from Capcom.


Sony ZN-2 hardware

Main CPU : PSX (@ 16.9344 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 8 Mhz)

Sound Chips : SPU (@ 8 Mhz), Q-Sound (@ 4 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 640 x 480 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 65536

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 6


Released in September 1998.

This game is known in Japan as "Choukou Senki Kikaioh".


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Recycle It, Don't Trash It!" screen.


Time-release bypass : You must have access to the machine's test mode to use these codes (Note : There may be 2 test modes available on the machine. It's not the Service Mode dip switch).

* Enable Gourai Early

It normally takes 200 hours for Gourai to become available. If you have access to the machine's test mode, you can enable Gourai in less than 5 minutes.

1. Enter the Sound & Voice menu in test mode.

2. Input this code with the Player 2 controls : Left, Left, Right, Right, Guard, A, B (a sound will indicate that the code was correctly entered).

3. Exit test mode without any other modifications.

Gourai will now be the middle character on the character select screen.

* Enable Dark Pulsion, Dixen EX, and Wise Duck Olrosso early. It normally takes 600 hours for Dark Pulsion, Dixen EX, and Wise Duck Olrosso to become available. If you have access to the machine's test mode, you can enable Dark Pulsion, Dixen EX, and Wise Duck Olrosso in less than 10 minutes.

1. Follow the steps in the 'Enable Gourai Early' code if you haven't already done so.

2. Enter the Color menu in test mode.

3. Input this code with the Player 2 controls : Down, Down, Up, Up, B, A, Guard (a sound will indicate that the code was correctly entered).

4. Exit test mode without any other modifications.

Dark Pulsion, Dixen EX, and Wise Duck Olrosso will be available to the right of Rafaga, but will only be usable in Hero Challenge mode.


Original concept by : Shoji Kawamori

Mechanical design : Shoji Kawamori, Kazutaka Miyatake

Design director : Shida Eiji

Initial character design : Naoki Fukuda

Motion & Modeling design : Katsuhiro Nakano, Shinji Sakashita, Sayuri Shintani, Toshikazu Matsumoto

Background design : Daisuke Nakagawa, Yoshio Nishimura, Kazumi Teramoto, Yoko Fukumoto

CG Movie : Koichi Takeda

Programmer : Kohei Akiyama, Ryoma Ikeda, Katsuo, Kenji Yamaguchi, Kazuo Yamawaki

Music : Yuki Iwai

Sound effect : Takeshi Kitamura, Hiroshi Ohno

Planner : Eiichiro Sasaki, Ryozo Tsujimoto

In cooperation with Studio Nue.

Producer : Takashi Shono


* Consoles :

Sega Dreamcast (2000)


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.102u2 [Arzeno Fabrice]

0.74u2 [?]

0.72 [?]

0.37b7 [?]


- You can only enter service mode if you press F2 during the startup screen. Layne (ID 00794)


- 0.144u4: Changed description of clone 'Kikaioh (Japan 980914)' to 'Choukou Senki Kikaioh (Japan 980914)'.

- 0.133u1: Renamed (techromu) to (techromnu).

- 0.102u2: Arzeno Fabrice added Tech Romancer (EURO 980914). Renamed (techromn) to (techromu).

- 0.82u2: Tourniquet, Olivier Galibert, smf, R. Belmont, [red], Malice, Renegade, Twisty, Dox, BUT and many other MAME.net board users helped out to find the missing ZN protection key - Game now playable.

- 0.74u2: Added Tech Romancer (USA 980914) (Capcom 1998) and clone Kikaioh (JAPAN 980914).

- 0.72: Added Tech Romancer (USA 980914) (Testdriver).

- 0.37b7: Added Kikaioh (JAPAN 980914) (Testdriver).

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* ZiNc

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Romset: 54016 kb / 10 files / 36.5 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="techromnu" sourcefile="zn.c" cloneof="techromn" romof="techromn">
              <description>Tech Romancer (USA 980914)</description>
              <rom name="coh-3002c.353" merge="coh-3002c.353" size="524288" crc="e860ea8b" sha1="66e7e1d4e426466b8f48a2ba055a91b475569504" region="user1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="kiou_04.2h" size="524288" crc="08aca34a" sha1="768a37f719af5d96993db5592b6505b013e0d6f4" region="user3" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="kio-05m.3h" merge="kio-05m.3h" size="8388608" crc="98e9eb24" sha1="144773296c213ab09d626c915f90bb74e24487f0" region="user2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="kio-06m.4h" merge="kio-06m.4h" size="8388608" crc="be8d7d73" sha1="bcbbbd0b83503f2ed32527444e0da3afd774d3f7" region="user2" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="kio-07m.5h" merge="kio-07m.5h" size="8388608" crc="ffd81f18" sha1="f8387a9d45e79f97ccdffabe755638a60f80ccf5" region="user2" offset="1000000"/>
              <rom name="kio-08m.2k" merge="kio-08m.2k" size="8388608" crc="17302226" sha1="976ba7f48c9a52d24388cd63d02be08627cf2e30" region="user2" offset="1800000"/>
              <rom name="kio-09m.3k" merge="kio-09m.3k" size="8388608" crc="a34f2119" sha1="50fa992eba5324a173fcc0923227c13cad4f97e5" region="user2" offset="2000000"/>
              <rom name="kio-10m.4k" merge="kio-10m.4k" size="8388608" crc="7400037a" sha1="d58641e1d6bf1c6ca04f6c98d6809edaa7df75d3" region="user2" offset="2800000"/>
              <rom name="kio_02.2e" merge="kio_02.2e" size="131072" crc="174309b3" sha1="b35b9c3905d2fabaa8410f70f7b382e916c89733" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="kio_03.3e" merge="kio_03.3e" size="131072" crc="0b313ae5" sha1="0ea39305ca30f376930e39b134fd1a52200624fa" region="audiocpu" offset="28000"/>
              <rom name="kio-01m.3a" merge="kio-01m.3a" size="4194304" crc="6dc5bd07" sha1="e1755a48465f741691ea0fa1166cb2dc09210ed9" region="qsound" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="CXD8661R" clock="100000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="8000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="spu" name="SPU" clock="33868800"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="qsound" name="Q-Sound" clock="4000000"/>
              <display tag="gpu:screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="640" height="480" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="6" coins="2" service="yes" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="DSW" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="imperfect" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="65536"/>

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