MiSTer FPGA – Moon Patrol (ムーンパトロール) / Irem M-52 Arcade [PB: 118,760]

Moon Patrol was one of the first arcade games I remember getting hooked on, along with Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Gameplay is fairly simple here, with a unique mash-up of shooting and platforming that always stood out to me in arcades. The game features the first use of full parallax scrolling, with simple controls to speed up or slow down your patrol buggy along with standard fire and jump buttons. Williams brought this Irem classic to the west with some great flyer artwork that I threw together for the intro wallpaper. A bit of the text is cut off at the top but I didn’t want to resize and lose any quality in the image.

Having a lag free way to play this was one of the reasons I originally got MiSTer in the first place late in 2018, along with the just-announced SNES core. Unfortunately there has been a sound issue where the music would cut out about 5 minutes after starting, usually leaving behind an annoying hanging tone. The core just got a fix for this a couple weeks ago, so I figured it was a good time to record a video for it. This is my current personal-best with 1 credit, making it to the W stage of the Champion course. It’s almost what I would consider a 1cc of the game, since the Champion course just repeats infinitely after you complete it. I’ll definitely be revisiting this in the future to try and attain that goal, and for further high scores after that.

The Intellivision Amico is supposedly getting a new version of this game, if it ever releases. It’s the only thing that interests me about that system currently, besides watching the hilarious fumbling that Tommy Tallirico is doing with PR.

Thanks to sorg & darfpga for bringing this arcade core to MiSTer. Thanks darfpga for the recent music playback fix also.

Moon Patrol arcade core 10-24-2021 build
A.K.A: ムーンパトロール

1 credit to 2-W. High Score: 118,760

Filter: Gaussian Sharp 05 // Gamma: Poly 2.3

Played using a Hori Real Arcade Pro VX-SA (with Seimitsu LS-62 lever) arcade stick & 1ms USB polling.

Video: Integer scaled to 1080p // HDMI to Datapath e1s capture card

Volume reduced 27%

00:00​​ – Boot
00:14​​ – Title / Demo
01:59 – Gameplay (To 2-W , PB: 118,760)

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None of this would be possible without the constant hard work of Sorgelig. It cannot be overstated how much he has done and continues to do for this project, since its beginning. You can support him either at his Patreon in the link below, or on Paypal, depending on your preference. MiSTer is a paradigm shift in how we can experience these classic games. This is a long-term preservation project that will continue to grow so that gamers today and in the future can experience these excellent systems as accurately and lag-free as possible. Donating what you can will help keep the updates coming. Thank you.

Patreon: https://patreon.com/FPGAMiSTer

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NOTE: I am not affiliated with Sorgelig and am only sharing these links as a fan of the project who wishes to see it continue to grow rapidly.


Github link for this core: https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Arcade-MoonPatrol_MiSTer

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I have personally ordered all my parts from https://www.MiSTerAddons.com and have been 100% satisfied with the quality and service there. (North American seller. If in a different region, check list linked above for best local shipping rates.)


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