Dreamcast Link Cable

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Dreamcast Link Cable

Post by 5tephan » Fri Sep 20, 2002 7:14 am

I'm sure you also heard about this "Dreamcast Link Cable" but could anyone tell me how to use it, or better use for what???

I like to play Alien Front Online in some kind of DC home network, but I don't think it's possible, what do you guys think about it?
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Post by Hawq » Fri Sep 20, 2002 1:13 pm

Theres not many games that use the link cable but the ones that do are quite good, the only one I can remember at the moment is F355 challenge it's quite sneaky about it as I think it's hidden in a menu somewhere (cant remmeber exactly, no link cable so I never tried it). Theres others, Virtual On might use it not sure though.
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Post by Lartrak » Tue Sep 24, 2002 3:24 am

Of course Virtual on uses it! I've known several people who bought two DCs, two twin stix, two TVs and a link cable just for Virtual On (total cost of like $500, a lot cheaper then the arcade machine). That's how popular that game is. I can't judge it as I've never used the twinstix and it stinks on a regular controller.
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Post by [UR4]Dutch » Mon Sep 30, 2002 4:45 am

I bought 2 DC's for F355 and Virtual On. Well worth the money. With F355 it's a hidden menu, in the main or options-menu you have to press two buttons at the same time to reveal network-mode.

On the box of my linkcable it also states Capcom VS SNK. I can;t find it in the manuals though.
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Post by sixteen-bit » Mon Sep 30, 2002 2:35 pm

[UR4]Dutch wrote: On the box of my linkcable it also states Capcom VS SNK.
I believe that was a mistake/misprint though someone with the link cable should confirm this; I am not 100% certain.
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Post by ShadowofBob » Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:45 pm

sixteen-bit wrote:
[UR4]Dutch wrote: On the box of my linkcable it also states Capcom VS SNK.
I believe that was a mistake/misprint though someone with the link cable should confirm this; I am not 100% certain.
I think it means between the Neo Geo Pocket and Dreamcast, not a Dreamcast and another Dreamcast.
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Post by [UR4]Dutch » Tue Oct 01, 2002 2:23 am

I don't know for sure. I never played the game a lot since the PAL version does not support VGA. Also, the NTSC version of Daytona USA supports link-up. PAL version doesn't. I have no clue why anyone would like to link consoles for a fighting game. Especially a 2D Beat-Em-Up......

Racinggames make perfect sense. The overall advantage of F355 is clear, the graphics are just like a singleplayer game and the opponent is much better than the other CPU controlled cars.
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Post by Hawq » Tue Oct 01, 2002 2:11 pm

ShadowofBob wrote:
sixteen-bit wrote:
[UR4]Dutch wrote: On the box of my linkcable it also states Capcom VS SNK.
I believe that was a mistake/misprint though someone with the link cable should confirm this; I am not 100% certain.
I think it means between the Neo Geo Pocket and Dreamcast, not a Dreamcast and another Dreamcast.
You're quite right, I think the link between the DC & NGPC versions opened up new extras in the game, characters & stuff.
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Post by Lartrak » Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:54 am

Have the KOS guys or anyone else figured out how to use the link? Quake/Doom linked up might be fun.
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Post by AlexAtkinUK » Tue Oct 08, 2002 4:22 am

Actually I dont believe the NTSC version of Daytona USA does support the linkup as I tried it and it didnt work, neither did the Japanese one.

I have read that there was a special limited edition PAL version of the game that does linkup, either that or ONLY the PAL version does linkup, in order to make up for not doing online play. I never verified this as after buying the cable because it was supposed to play Daytona and trying two versions that didnt I wasnt willing to waste any more money.

If anyone wants a Dreamcast linkup cable (preferably in you are in the UK) then let me know, its useless to me as its too much hassle to make it a serial cable although I could do with one.
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