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ashuraj: MAME ROM Information.


Ashura Blaster (c) 1990 Taito.

A vertically scrolling shoot'em up game.


Taito B System hardware

Prom Stickers : C43

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz), Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (FIRE, BOMB)


Released in March 1990.

Developed by Visco (in the 2th stage, you can see 'Visco').

The kanji characters on the titlescreen read 'Ashura'. Ashura is a demon related to fighting.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'REX'.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


In this game, there is no back fire from enemies, like in other similar shoot'em ups. So you do not have to worry to be hit, after you pass certain enemies.


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.131 [Tirino73]

0.37b3 [Jarek Burczynski]


- The continue screen doesn't appear correctly. ponzicar (ID 01011)


- 0.131: Tirino73 added Ashura Blaster (World). Renamed (ashura) to (ashuraj).

- 19th April 2009: Tirino73 dumped Ashura Blaster (World). This romset comes from an original PCB.Differences are: Booting notice (Jap vers.) and cycling FBI logo (US vers.) screens removed.Copyright string same as jap version. Like other versions,this game runs on the Taito B-System.

- 0.106u3: Added 'Cabinet' dipswitch.

- 0.37b4: Added clone Ashura Blaster (US). Added dipswitches 'Flip Screen', 'Difficulty' and 'Bonus Life'.

- 0.37b3: Jarek Burczynski added Ashura Blaster (Japan) (Taito 1990).

- 26th May 2000: Jarek Burczynski added Ashura Blaster to the Taito-B driver.

- 14th February 1999: Vixen dumped Ashura Blaster (Japan).

LEVELS: 6 (endless)

Other Emulators:

* FB Alpha

* Raine

Recommended Games (Helicopter):

Super Cobra


Sky Army




Tiger Heli

Vs. Raid on Bungeling Bay



Battle Chopper

Combat Hawk

Twin Cobra

Twin Cobra II

Chopper I


Silk Worm

Twin Eagle

Twin Eagle II - The Rescue Mission


Ashura Blaster

Thunder Strike

S.S. Mission

Desert War


Romset: 2112 kb / 8 files / 868.6 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="ashuraj" sourcefile="taito_b.c" cloneof="ashura" romof="ashura">
              <description>Ashura Blaster (Japan)</description>
              <manufacturer>Taito Corporation</manufacturer>
              <rom name="c43-07-1.50" size="131072" crc="d5ceb20f" sha1="59bc9468d7f43d3b1388c2915fafeba7e2cf13a5" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="c43-05-1.31" size="131072" crc="a6f3bb37" sha1="6959f3bcbcd2d5b13c95dcfd7a536541dcab49f8" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="c43-06-1.49" size="131072" crc="0f331802" sha1="e7ed01b0d664c4db6ea9acc54b57e674e10685aa" region="maincpu" offset="40000"/>
              <rom name="c43-04-1.30" size="131072" crc="e06a2414" sha1="77ebe1e61b6303f328757de2c90fae6588026414" region="maincpu" offset="40001"/>
              <rom name="c43-16" merge="c43-16" size="65536" crc="cb26fce1" sha1="7cc60326455c7bb2ca543ddfd4002462cc079837" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="c43-02" merge="c43-02" size="524288" crc="105722ae" sha1="1de5d396d2a4d5948544082c471a15ca1b8e756c" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="c43-03" merge="c43-03" size="524288" crc="426606ba" sha1="961ec0a9dc18044adae433337bfa89d951c5207c" region="gfx1" offset="80000"/>
              <rom name="c43-01" merge="c43-01" size="524288" crc="db953f37" sha1="252591b676366d4828acb20c77aa9960ad9b367e" region="ymsnd" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="270" width="320" height="224" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="2" coins="2" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSWA" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Cocktail" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Flip Screen" tag="DSWA" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSWA" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Sounds" tag="DSWA" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="8" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSWA" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="48" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSWA" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="192" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="128"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="DSWB" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hardest" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="DSWB" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="every 100k" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="every 150k" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="every 200k" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="every 250k" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="DSWB" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="48" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Allow Continue" tag="DSWB" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="64" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSWB" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="4096"/>

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