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Magical Drop III (c) 1997 Data East.

More characters, more gameplay modes, more frantic gameplay, more fun! This is what every videogame sequel should be, and the sequel to one of the best puzzle games for the Neo-Geo MVS is indeed a game not to be missed! Lots of fun for one or two players!


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0233

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3

=> [A] Catch balloons, [B] Throw balloons, [C] Shift the balloons a line down


Released on February 25, 1997 in Japan.

The game now features parodies of all the characters featured in the 22 cards of the major Arcana in a Tarot card deck. These are numbered from 0 to 21 as follows :

00. Fool

01. Magician

02. High Priestess

03. Emperor

04. Empress

05. Hierophant

06. Lovers

07. Chariot

08. Strength

09. Hermit

10. (Wheel of) Fortune

11. Justice

12. Hanged Man

13. Death

14. Temperance

15. Devil

16. Tower

17. Star

18. Moon

19. Sun

20. Judgement

21. World

Note that the only exception to this statement would be Black Pierrot since he does not appear in a Tarot card deck. Black Pierrot is an added bonus character to challenge really good Magical Drop 3 pros!

Note : In puzzle and adventure modes, only 8 characters are available : Fool, High Priestess, Emperor, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Justice and Star.

Default highscore table :


1ST D.E 5000 8 06:00

2ND D.E 4500 7 05:30

3RD D.E 4000 6 05:00

4TH D.E 3500 5 04:30

5TH D.E 3000 4 04:00

Soundtrack releases :

Magical Drop III - Pony Canyon / Scitron - PCCBX-00002 - Mar 21, 1997


The Japanese version of this game features LOTS of stuff unavailable in any other version :

* In Challenge Mode there is a story intro at the beginning explaining the reason behind the Magical Drop competition, an extra animation showing a close-up of the Magical Drop book as it opens, an ending for each character available in the game, a "Hard" difficulty setting, as well as a bonus fortune reading when you beat the Challenge Mode or you lose against the CPU and refuse to continue. All of this is absent in the USA & Europe versions.

* In Challenge Mode, each character has a unique set of quotes before a battle begins, this even applies in the battles against the end bosses Tower & Fortune. In the USA & Europe versions there are only two possible quotes before a fight for all characters :

Quote #1

CPU : Get out of my way!

Player : I'll never lose to you!

Quote #2

CPU : You want to fight?

Player : Now let's see who is better!

* In Adventure mode, each character has its very own story intro as well as its very own ending which is different from the one seen in Challenge mode. Additionally this mode plays like a board game in which you compete against three other characters on the board, and if any of the others get to Empress' castle before your character, you will get a generic bad ending. If you arrive on a tile already occupied by a CPU-controlled character, you will have 2 options :

1) The option on the right : you don't want to trouble and ignore the opponent (sometimes you will have to back off 1 tile)

2) The option on the left : you fight the opponent. If you win, he or she will be eliminated but it would be the same for you if you fail, so be careful!

In the USA and European versions, there is no storyline and the only character on the board is controlled by the player.

* Like in the previous game, each character has his/her own unique voice. The European version features less voice tracks and the USA version features a single voice track for all characters.


* Play as Father Strength : At the character select screen, highlight Strength, hold C and press A or B. This trick does not work nor in puzzle mode nor in adventure mode.

* Play with bonus characters : At the character select screen, highlight any character (Except World, World's number is 21 so she can't be used for this trick) and wait until the timer counts down to the number assigned to that character :

00 - Fool

01 - Magician

02 - High Priestess

03 - Empress

04 - Emperor

05 - Hierophant

06 - Lovers

07 - Chariot

08 - Strength

11 - Justice

13 - Death

15 - Devil

17 - Star

19 - Sun

20 - Judgment

Then push C only three times. Moon, Hanged Man, Hermit, Temperance, Tower and Fortune will appear and will now be selectable. This trick does neither work in puzzle mode nor in adventure mode.

* Secret Stages :

1) Moon (after level 6) : Finish the sixth stage without exceeding 90 seconds since the beginning.

2) Hanged Man (after level 6) : Finish the sixth stage exceeding 300 seconds since the beginning.

3) Black Pierrot (after level 10) : Finish the tenth stage with at least 150,000 points.


1. Magical Drop (1995)

2. Magical Drop Plus 1! (1995)

3. Magical Drop II [Model NGM-221] (1996)

4. Magical Drop III [Model NGM-233] (1997)

5. Magical Drop F - Daibouken Mo Rakujyanai! (1999, Sony PlayStation)

7. Magical Drop V (2012)


Producer : Naomi Susa

Planner : S. Katagiri

Programmers : Tac. H, Poconyan, M. Saiki

Graphic designers : S. Takeuchi, H. Hachiya, R. Sakurai, N. Ishizuka, S. Nishiwaki, Okakumi, I. Seta, T. Arakawa, H. Hashimoto, Y. Kaihou

Sound designers : Koremasa, Hiroaki Yoshida (MARO) (Gamadelic), NmRtk (Gamadelic), Sin

Voice actors : Yuichi Nagashima, Fumihiko Tachiki, Takehito Koyasu, Haruna Ikezawa, Tsumugi Osawa, Miina Tominaga, E. Tanaka, M. Sunada, Eriko, Ring-Ring, Gorilla, Zaku, Okakumi

Cast coordinate : Radon'86 (Junko Araki)

Recording studio : Japan Vistec (Osamu Iwata)

Publish : K. Oshima, T. Ebi, H. Miyashita

English translators : Mikio Brooks, Monika Hudgins, Siobhan Fallon, Ron Aughenbaugh

Debugers : K. Kusanagi, H. Ohtsubo

Special advisers : A. Wakabayashi (Nal), A. Shibazaki<3


* Consoles :

SNK Neo-Geo [JP] (Apr. 25, 1997; "Magical Drop III [Model NGH-233]")

Sega Saturn [JP] (Jun. 20, 1997; "Magical Drop III - Toretate Zoukangou! [Model T-1313G]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Oct. 30, 1997; "Magical Drop III - Yokubari Tokudaigou! [Model SLPM-86051]")

Sega Saturn [JP] (Oct. 22, 1998; "Magical Drop III - Toretate Zoukangou! [Sega Saturn Collection] [Model T-1318G]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Feb. 25, 1999; "Magical Drop III + Wonderful! [Model SLPS-01917~8]")

SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color [JP] (June 24, 1999; "Magical Drop Pocket [Model NEOP00480]")

Sony PlayStation [JP] (Mar. 01, 2001; "Magical Drop III + Wonderful! [Model SLPM 86755~6]")

Nintendo Wii (2010, "Data East Arcade Classics")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.34b5 [?]

Neo-Geo (Artwork available)


- 0.79u2: Added new gfx3 roms.

- 0.35b12: Changed description to 'Magical Drop III'.

- 0.35b5: Added missing sound1 rom ($0).

- 0.34RC2: Changed description to 'Magical Drop 3 / Toretate Zoukangou III'.

- 0.34b6: Changed description to 'Magical Drop 3 / Toretate Zoukangou'.

- 0.34b5: Added Magical Drop 3 (Data East 1997).


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* Calice

* FB Alpha

* Kawaks

* Nebula

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Romset: 22272 kb / 9 files / 7.94 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="magdrop3" sourcefile="neodrvr.c" romof="neogeo">
              <description>Magical Drop III</description>
              <manufacturer>Data East Corporation</manufacturer>
              <biosset name="euro" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 2)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="euro-s1" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="us" description="US MVS (Ver. 2?)"/>
              <biosset name="us-e" description="US MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="asia" description="Asia MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s2" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 2)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s1" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="mv1c" description="NEO-MVH MV1C"/>
              <biosset name="japan-j3" description="Japan MVS (J3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-hotel" description="Custom Japanese Hotel"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)"/>
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              <rom name="japan-j3.bin" merge="japan-j3.bin" bios="japan-j3" size="131072" crc="dff6d41f" sha1="e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" merge="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" bios="japan-hotel" size="131072" crc="162f0ebe" sha1="fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3" size="131072" crc="27664eb5" sha1="5b02900a3ccf3df168bdcfc98458136fd2b92ac0" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3o" size="131072" crc="601720ae" sha1="1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_2" size="131072" crc="2d50996a" sha1="5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_1" size="131072" crc="8dabf76b" sha1="c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_0" size="131072" crc="0c12c2ad" sha1="37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_3" size="131072" crc="b24b44a0" sha1="eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2" size="131072" crc="4fa698e9" sha1="682e13ec1c42beaa2d04473967840c88fd52c75a" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2o" size="131072" crc="e19d3ce9" sha1="af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_1" size="131072" crc="5dda0d84" sha1="4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_0" size="131072" crc="0ce453a0" sha1="3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="233-p1.p1" size="1048576" crc="931e17fa" sha1="4a95c4b79d0878485ce272e9f4c4f647bec0e070" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="233-s1.s1" size="131072" crc="7399e68a" sha1="b535ee56a0f0995f04674e676f6aa636ffad26aa" region="fixed" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sfix.sfix" merge="sfix.sfix" size="131072" crc="c2ea0cfd" sha1="fd4a618cdcdbf849374f0a50dd8efe9dbab706c3" region="fixedbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="000-lo.lo" merge="000-lo.lo" size="131072" crc="5a86cff2" sha1="5992277debadeb64d1c1c64b0a92d9293eaf7e4a" region="zoomy" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sm1.sm1" merge="sm1.sm1" size="131072" crc="94416d67" sha1="42f9d7ddd6c0931fd64226a60dc73602b2819dcf" region="audiobios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="233-m1.m1" size="131072" crc="5beaf34e" sha1="2905d26945932cddc2dd3a1dc5abba8aa3baee14" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
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              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="30" hbstart="350" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Switch" tag="IN0" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin Chutes?" tag="IN0" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="1?" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2?" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Autofire (in some games)" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)" tag="IN0" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="24" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Link Enable)" tag="IN0" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="IN0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="IN0" 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="0"/>

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