Btw, DK status has been discussed some other thread. Waiting for our new custom sound chip to get ready so we can release the SGM Pro.
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Let me explain why things are the way they are:
Back in late 2015, I was back, I shipped the SGM 2nd run, and I planned for 2016. We planned something like this:
First half 2016: Penguin, Gradius and SGM 3rd run
Second half: DK, Pac-Man and SGM Pro
In fact, boxes for DK and PM DX were printed with the SGM PRO support logo on it. We felt behind schedule with everything during the year, so we decided not to release Pro in 2016. Around the end of that year the idea for the new console come back, but we were still going to release the Pro later in 2017, so I had time to finish DKA and PM DX to release with it. Then Cardillo struck. In the process I lost a lot of investment, including 300 Pro boxes that had been printed with the CV logo.
I will be honest with you, the whole Cardillo thing took a toll on me. Really lost the drive for anything for a while. So we floated between an Intellivision module, a new Coleco compatible console. With the new console and considering the Pro high costs because of the way we were doing it, it seemed logical to cancel the pro and go with the console. Until we got into a race. In the meantime I am delaying and delaying DKA and PM DX, waiting for the sound solution.
Then, earlier this year, the exact week we had the Intellivision module up and running, Intellivision announces they were planning a new console. So now we had two active trademark owners on both CV and Intellivision fronts and that is when I took the courage to make the decision to go with my own console. And just recently the Phoenix made it clear there is no space for two CV compatible consoles (considering the costs and investment involved), so I don’t regret the decision.
DKA and PM DX are still on hold waiting though, so we resumed work on the Pro, the old original Pro, until something happened after RWX in September. The interest for OMNI was clearly there, and well, it isn’t everyday you get to work with Ted Mayer, Ed Averett, Rob Fulop and others, so we thought that OMNI deserved more. Gone was the off the shelf chipset, replaced by a custom chipset. It happens that the OMNI sound chip, the omnivox, is perfect for the Pro, and less expensive than the off the shelf solution we had before. So we now can have the Pro at about the same price as the regular SGM.
There you have it, the full story. And yes, DKA and PM DX and Gradius DX will all work just fine with the regular SGM but will offer much improved sound with the Pro.
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So I'm not subscribed to this thread as it was just a poll so I missed these posts, not even sure how I stumbled upon it today but I've been spending time with my Arcade1Up machines lately so maybe I'm out of the loop.
Anyway so I'm at the latest post and going "is this April Fools?" 'cause this has to be some kind of joke, right?
SGM Pro again? Really?
I'm sorry man, and you know I've been a supporter since Space Invaders Collection and sure as hell am not a troll, but I think its time for me to tap out on this one.
I've gotten the first run SGM, rode along waiting for DKA and any other SGM games, stuck with this when you were going to make a clear shell for the SGM the said "no" then released some protos years later for crazy $$$ on eBay to raise funds for another project.
Then you were making a Pro at some point, then cancelled it, said you weren't going to make it, moved on, came out with some more runs with the new packaging and the "smoked" shell and like an idiot I picked one up and got rid of one of my first run SGM's cause who needs three of them, am I right?
All the while waiting and waiting and waiting for DKA, not giving up when you said we'd need the SGM Pro to play it, then we wouldn't when you cancelled it, then you moved onto an entirely new retro console that wouldn't play ColecoVision games then yet another that would, and DKA was going to be out by Christmas cause you said it would.
Now we're back to the SGM being back on, DKA needed it again for whatever reason, and you're going to do this along with two other consoles and develop games all the while?
I'm sorry man but its all been just a little too much for me at this point.
I wish you the best I really do but I'm gonna stick with my 3/4 arcade games for now and leave this one by the side of the road.