Hidden Palace Community Group Buy (February 2020)

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A public fundraiser to secure various Xbox/PlayStation/PlayStation 2 prototypes was conducted sometime in February 2020 by Hidden Palace over the site's Discord. These prototypes are PAL in origin and most likely originated from Spain for use in magazine review/previews. The prototypes were received sometime in late March and most were dumped and showcased during various livestreams on the site's official Twitch channel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to acquire additional drives to finish the project, the release was delayed until August of 2020 where prototypes were released in sets by system every week.

All disc based prototypes were dumped using various versions of DICUI (a GUI frontend for DIC, or "DiscImageCreator"). Some discs presently have issues with DiscImageCreator but were able to be dumped consistently with CloneCD. Any prototypes stored on EPROMs were dumped with either a True-USB PRO GQ-4X programmer or a Retrode2 if supplied on a PCB. Prototypes stored on optical media such as DVD/CD/BD were dumped with various drives using either SATA/IDE interfaces directly connected to a Windows 10 workstation's motherboard or by use of a UGREEN SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 adapter. Here are the list of drives/hardware that was utilized to create the dumps:

  • Plextor PX-760A CD-RW/DVD-RW drive flashed to firmware 1.07 (two drives) (PS1/PS2/XBOX (DVD-R)/SATURN)
  • Plextor PX-W4012TA CD-RW drive flashed to firmware 1.07 (PS1)
  • LG WH14NS40 (SVC NS50) flashed to Asus BW-16D1HT 3.02 firmware (PS1/PS2/PS3/XBOX (DVD-R))
  • LITE-ON DS8A8SH with firmware KH61 (PS2/XBOX (DVD-R))
  • Samsung SH-D163B flashed with Kreon 1.00 firmware (PS2/XBOX (DVD-R and pressed)/360)
  • True-USB PRO GQ-4X EPROM programmer (EPROMs of any system, loose or taken from PCBs)
  • Retrode 2 (PCBs)

We did a number of streams on our Twitch channel showcasing and dumping the prototypes live which you can still check out here.

The "prototypes obtained" list will grow as releases are made.

We'd like to thank all those who donated for all the prototypes featured in this lot. We'd like to thank b-damandude, baruk0, Cliff Racer, DarthDub, Demon, DRW, burninrubber0, ehw, Fred Wood, HorrorTroll, kabojnk, KailoKyra, Kneesap, kuriatsu, LedInfrared, mementomori, RetroReversing.com, Sazpaimon, StarlightChaos, The Swarming Dark, TheAdmiester, TiKAL, TONY9675, XJR9000, mlk, ZeaLiTy, and Zoda-Y13. Without your help we would have never been able to acquire and preserve so many prototypes.

Prototypes Obtained (Unique Builds):

These are prototypes that have been confirmed to be unique in comparison to their final builds.


 SystemDateRetail build datesRetail release dates
.Hack Infection Part 1 (Jan 9, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 29 January 2004 18:01:59JP Apr 3, 2002
EU Feb 14, 2004
US Aug 28, 2002
JP Jun 20, 2002
EU Mar 26, 2004
US Feb 10, 2003
Amplitude (May 27, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 227 May 2003 11:49:56JP Unreleased
EU Aug 18, 2003
US Feb 21, 2003
JP Unreleased
EU Sep 26, 2003
US Mar 24, 2003
BMX XXX (Oct 9, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 29 October 2002 04:58:14EU Nov 3, 2002
US Oct 16, 2002
EU Dec 5, 2002
US Nov 19, 2002
Bakuryu (Nov 27, 1999 prototype)PlayStation27 November 1999 15:23:58JP Jun 15, 2000
EU Jun 16, 2000
JP Sep 14, 2000
EU Sep 8, 2000
Black (Aug 16, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 216 August 2005 00:40:55JP Feb 1, 2006
EU Jan 9, 2006
US Jan 9, 2006
EU Feb 24, 2006
US Feb 28, 2006
Bubsy 3D (Mar 13, 1997 prototype)PlayStation13 March 1997 11:15:18US Oct 22, 1996
EU Jun 19, 1997
US Nov 25, 1996
EU Aug 13, 1997
Capcom Fighting Jam (Oct 29, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 229 October 2004 16:06:49JP Oct 14, 2004
EU Nov 17, 2004
US Sep 28, 2004
JP Dec 2, 2004
EU Feb 12, 2005
US Nov 16, 2004
Cardinal Syn (Feb 27, 1998 prototype)PlayStation27 February 1998 23:37:10US Jul 9, 1998
EU Apr 29, 1998
US Jun 30, 1998
EU Jun 1998
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku (Jun 7, 2006 prototype)PlayStation 27 June 2006 16:08:20EU Jul 25, 2006
US Aug 21, 2006
EU Aug 25, 2006
US Mar 6, 2007
Cold Winter (Feb 9, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 29 February 2005 04:24:55EU Apr 6, 2005
US Feb 8, 2005
EU Jun 3, 2005
US May 11, 2005
Crisis Zone (Jun 18, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 218 June 2004 20:17:50EU Aug 3, 2004
US Jul 27, 2004
EU Sep 17, 2004
US Oct 19, 2004
Dancing Stage EuroMIX (Sep 1, 2000 prototype)PlayStation1 September 2000 11:13:46EU Sep 28, 2000
EU Feb 16, 2001
Dead or Alive (Apr 22, 1998 prototype)PlayStation22 April 1998 12:52:32JP Feb 4, 1998
US Feb 28, 1998
EU May 28, 1998
JP Mar 12, 1998
US Mar 31, 1998
EU Jul 1, 1998
Dead or Alive (Jan 10, 1998 prototype)PlayStation10 January 1998 01:15:38JP Feb 4, 1998
US Feb 28, 1998
EU May 28, 1998
JP Mar 12, 1998
US Mar 31, 1998
EU Jul 1, 1998
Dead to Rights (Apr 25, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 225 April 2003 11:39:40JP Jun 15, 2003
EU Jun 20, 2003
US Sep 28, 2002
JP Aug 7, 2003
EU Aug 22, 2003
US Nov 18, 2002
Dynasty Warriors (Jul 15, 1997 prototype)PlayStation15 July 1997 11:33:52JP Jan 31, 1997
US May 2, 1997
EU Sep 29, 1997
JP Feb 28, 1997
US Jun 30, 1997
EU Dec 1997
EJay Club World: The Music Making Experience (Jun 27, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 227 June 2002 16:56:03EU Jul 19, 2002
US Dec 11, 2002
EU Aug 30, 2002
US Jul 30, 2003
EyeToy: Play (Mar 19, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 219 March 2003 15:06:44JP Nov 5, 2003
EU May 20, 2003
US Sep 9, 2003
JP Feb 11, 2004
EU Jul 4, 2003
US Nov 4, 2003
Guilty Gear Isuka (Oct 6, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 26 October 2004 01:17:00JP Jun 22, 2004
EU Apr 28, 2005
US Sep 1, 2004
JP Jul 29, 2004
EU Jun 30, 2005
US Nov 2, 2004
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Dec 20, 1999 prototype)PlayStation20 December 1999 10:21:52JP Sep 15, 1999
US Feb 2, 2000
EU Feb 3, 2000
JP Oct 14, 1999
US Mar 31, 2000
EU 2000
Killing Time (Apr 28, 1997 prototype)PlayStation28 April 1997 22:36:20
King of Fighters 2002 (Apr 7, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 27 April 2005 12:24:02JP Feb 6, 2004
EU Jun 21, 2005
JP Mar 24, 2004
EU Oct 7, 2005
Little Big Adventure (Jan 27, 1997 prototype)PlayStation27 January 1997 14:00:52JP Jun 1, 1996
EU Feb 24, 1997
JP Jul 19, 1996
EU Mar 1997
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Aug 8, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 28 August 2002 09:45:10JP Aug 20, 2002
EU Oct 2, 2002
US Sep 12, 2002
JP Sep 19, 2002
EU Nov 29, 2002
US Nov 18, 2002
Midnight Club: Street Racing (Oct 17, 2000 prototype)PlayStation 217 October 2000 16:06:54JP Jan 17, 2001
EU Nov 10, 2000
US Sep 22, 2000
JP Mar 1, 2001
EU Dec 8, 2000
US Oct 25, 2000
Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny (Jul 24, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 224 July 2002 13:05:54JP Feb 1, 2002
EU Jun 27, 2002
US Aug 9, 2002
JP Mar 7, 2002
EU Oct 4, 2002
US Aug 27, 2002
RoboCop (May 14, 2001 prototype)PlayStation 214 May 2001 17:17:22EU Nov 27, 2002
JP Jul 3, 2003
EU Dec 5, 2003
Soulcalibur III (Oct 4, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 24 October 2005 19:39:41JP Oct 17, 2005
EU Oct 7, 2005
US Sep 23, 2005
JP Nov 23, 2005
EU Nov 18, 2005
US Oct 25, 2005
Spice World (Apr 28, 1998 prototype)PlayStation9 April 1998 16:58:34US Jun 25, 1998
EU May 12, 1998
US Jul 31, 1998
EU Jun 16, 1998
Syphon Filter 2 (Dec 23, 1999 prototype)PlayStation23 December 1999 11:38:16US Feb 16, 2000
EU Feb 22, 2000
US Mar 14, 2000
EU Jul 20, 2000
Syphon Filter 2 (Jan 27, 2000 prototype)PlayStation27 January 2000 14:27:32US Feb 16, 2000
EU Feb 22, 2000
US Mar 14, 2000
EU Jul 20, 2000
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (Jun 22, 2007 prototype)PlayStation 222 June 2007 17:52:17EU Sep 4, 2007
US Sep 25, 2006
EU Nov 2, 2007
US Sep 18, 2007
Tekken 4 (Jun 13, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 213 June 2002 15:37:43JP Mar 11, 2002
EU Aug 10, 2002
US Aug 6, 2002
JP Mar 28, 2002
EU Sep 13, 2002
US Sep 23, 2002
TimeSplitters 2 (Aug 25, 2002 prototype)PlayStation 225 August 2002 00:53:22JP Jan 7, 2003
EU Sep 25, 2002
US Sep 13, 2002
JP Feb 27, 2003
EU Oct 18, 2002
US Oct 8, 2002
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (Jan 7, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 27 January 2005 18:10:16EU Mar 5, 2005
US Feb 16, 2005
EU Mar 24, 2005
US Mar 21, 2005
Tombi! (Feb 3, 1998 prototype)PlayStation3 February 1998 04:12:50JP Dec 2, 1997
US Mar 22, 1998
EU Jun 19, 1998
JP Dec 25, 1997
US Jul 16, 1998
EU Aug 28, 1998
Transformers (Mar 22, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 222 March 2004 11:45:01EU Mar 27, 2004
US Mar 23, 2004
EU May 7, 2004
US May 11, 2004
Vib-Ribbon (May 30, 2000 prototype)PlayStation30 May 2000 20:13:20JP Oct 20, 1999
EU Jun 12, 2000
JP Dec 12, 1999
EU Sep 1, 2000
Viewtiful Joe (Sep 2, 2004 prototype)PlayStation 22 September 2004 10:06:18JP Jul 29, 2004
EU Aug 13, 2004
US Jul 20, 2004
JP Sep 9, 2004
EU Oct 1, 2004
US Aug 24, 2004
Warhammer 40,000 - Fire Warrior (Jul 7, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 27 July 2003 23:45:12EU Aug 16, 2003
US Oct 9, 2003
EU Sep 26, 2003
US Nov 17, 2003
Without Warning (Aug 8, 2005 prototype)PlayStation 28 August 2005 19:50:44EU Sep 6, 2005
US Sep 23, 2005
EU Oct 28, 2005
US Nov 1, 2005
XIII (Aug 7, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 27 August 2003JP Jun 3, 2004
EU Oct 26, 2003
US Oct 23, 2003
JP Aug 5, 2004
EU Nov 28, 2003
US Nov 18, 2003
XIII (Jul 31, 2003 prototype)PlayStation 231 July 2003 09:59:46JP Jun 3, 2004
EU Oct 26, 2003
US Oct 23, 2003
JP Aug 5, 2004
EU Nov 28, 2003
US Nov 18, 2003
Xena: Warrior Princess (Aug 10, 1999 prototype)PlayStation10 August 1999 17:30:32US Aug 14, 1999
EU Aug 19, 1999
US Sep 30, 1999
EU Aug 17, 2000


Damaged Prototypes:

These are prototypes that have had issues while dumping.

Platform Game Label Build date Notes Disc image
Sony PlayStation Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles Jedi Power Battles LucasArts SLES-02607 3-16-00 M1.1 For Press Review Purposes 2000-03-16 11:04:00 Predates first available final by one day. Disc has white dots on the underside. Might be removable? Jedi Power Battles LucasArts SLES-02607 3-16-00 M11 For Press Review Purposes.jpg
Sony PlayStation Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style Wu Tang PSX Preview 1999-09-09 20:20:37 Predates first available final but almost one month. Burnt on a cheap CD-R, can barely be read anymore. Wu Tang PSX Preview.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Virtua Figher 4 PREVIEW NTSC VIRTUA FIGHER 4 FEBRUARY 2002 2002-02-01 11:35:00 Pre-final US prototype. Disc has a large scratch. PREVIEW NTSC VIRTUA FIGHER 4 FEBRUARY 2002.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Jackie Chan Adventures PREVIEW PAL JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES June 2004 ? Predates the only final build (the PAL one) by at least 2 months. Disc does not read in any drive. JACKIE CHAN PREVIEW PAL JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES June 2004.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Rez REZ PS2 OCTOBER 2001 PAL PREVIEW 2001-10-04 17:42:38 Predates the first Japanese retail build by five days. Disc consistently fails to read sector 2584 in any drive. REZ PS2 OCTOBER 2001 PAL PREVIEW.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror August 2007 Review PAL 2007-07-27 15:48:06 Predates first available final build by almost two months. Disc seems to fail around sector 2159168 with "MEDIUM_ERROR - L-EC UNCORRECTABLE ERROR" or "HARDWARE_ERROR - TIMEOUT ON LOGICAL UNIT" Syphon Filter Dark Mirror August 2007 Review PAL.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Jet Li: Rise to Honour RISE TO HONOUR January 2004 PREVIEW PAL 2004-01-16 19:16:12 PAL prototype. Predates first available PAL build by a few days. Seems to error out at sector 396352 and 446528. PREVIEW PAL RISE TO HONOUR January 2004.jpg

Final/Matched Discs:

These a discs that are a perfect match to either a final build or a build that was already released in some shape or form.

Platform Game Label Build date Notes Disc image
Microsoft Xbox Brute Force MS03007E-T 05-09-03 MICROSOFT CONFIDENTIAL BRUTE FORCE RETAIL TEST DISK 2003-05-07 18:56:08 Perfect match for PAL final. Brute Force MS03007E-T 05-09-03 MICROSOFT CONFIDENTIAL BRUTE FORCE RETAIL TEST DISK.jpg
Microsoft Xbox Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma M:I Operation Surma REVIEW VERSION 2003-10-30 15:09:32 Almost matches final. Contains an additional blank folder. XBE is a perfect match but is signed differently. MI MISSION IMPOSSIBLE OPERATION SUMA REVIEW VERSION.jpg
Microsoft Xbox Outrun 2 Outrun 2 REVIEW 2004-08-21 07:12:08 This dump matches both us/pal final but the .xbes are signed differently. Outrun 2 PREVIEW.jpg
Sega Saturn Sonic R Sonic R 1997-10-17 14:04:58 PAL final Sonic R Plain disc proto.jpg
Sega Game Gear Sonic Blast Sonic Blast 1996-07-17 09:11:00 Matches Sonic Blast (Jul 17, 1996 prototype), but dumped from EPROMs 220px
Sony PlayStation Bloody Roar: Hyper Beast Duel Title: BEAST FORMAT: PSX NTSC Date: 26-9-97 1997-08-22 15:03:18 Matches Japanese final BEAST FORMAT PSX NTSC Date 26-9-97.jpg
Sony PlayStation Capcom vs. SNK Millennium Fight 2000 Pro PS CAPCOM vs. SNK 2000 PRO JPN-0036 PREVIEW ONLY NTSC 2000-3-29 2002-03-13 02:44:02 A match for the Japanese final. Contains a watermark just before the PVD. PS CAPCOM vs SNK 2000 PRO JPN-0036 PREVIEW ONLY NTSC 2000-3-29.jpg
Sony PlayStation Frogger Frogger PAL PSX #75 1998-06-19 01:10:00 Perfect match for PAL final. Frogger PAL PSX 75.jpg
Sony PlayStation Tekken 3 Tekken 3 PAL Review 1998-09-12 14:55:56 Matches PAL final. Tekken 3 PAL Review.jpg
Sony PlayStation Rushdown Rushdown 14/09/98 Version: Take 1 1998-09-12 14:55:56 Matches PAL final. Rushdown 140998 Version Take 1.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 10,000 Bullets 10,000 Bullets PREVIEW CODE 2005-07-07 20:37:48 Same as PAL final, image contains different disc mastering 10,000 Bullets PREVIEW CODE.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Aggressive Inline AGGRESSIVE INLINE NTSC PS2 REVIEW CODE 2/5/02 2002-04-25 05:45:20 US final, image contains different disc mastering AGGRESSIVE INLINE NTSC PS2 REVIEW CODE 2502.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Altered Beast ALTERED BEAST PS2 PREVIEW 2004-11-26 15:31:10 Same as PAL final, image contains different disc mastering Altered Beast PS2 Preview.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 EyeToy: AntiGrav EyeToy AntiGrav REVIEW PAL FEBRUARY 2005 2005-02-09 01:28:00 Matches PAL final EyeToy AntiGrav REVIEW PAL FEBRUARY 2005.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Just Cause Just Cause PREVIEW CODE SPAIN 2006-06-16 22:20:19 Matches PAL final JUST CAUSE 2 PREVIEW CODE SPAIN.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance PlayStation 2 Preview Code 2002-10-18 12:07:46 Matches US final. Mortal Kombat Deadly AlliancePlayStation 2Preview Code.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 The Matrix: Path of Neo MATRIX PATH OF NEO PRESS REVIEW CODE 2005-09-26 11:13:01 Perfect match for PAL final. THE MATRIX PATH OF NEO REVIEW PS2.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Tekken 5 PREVIEW NTSC TEKKEN 5 March 2005 2005-02-08 00:13:32 Perfect match for PAL final. TEKKEN 5PREVIEW NTSCTEKKEN 5 March2005.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Polaroid Pete POLAROID PETE (PS2) BETA REVIEW 14/01/02 P 2001-12-15 14:05:08 Perfect match for released prototype. POLAROID PETE (PS2) BETA REVIEW 140102 P.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 S.L.A.I: Phantom Crash S.L.A.I: Phantom Crash BETA TRIAL CODE NOT FOR RESALE 2005-02-01 14:51:40 Matches already released proto S.L.A.I Phantom Crash BETA TRIAL CODE NOT FOR RESALE.jpg
Sony PlayStation 2 Destruction Derby Arenas Destruction Derby Arenas BETA TRIAL CODE NOT FOR RESALE 2003-09-04 08:19:50 Matches already released proto Destruction Derby Arenas (Pressed disc, unsure if beta).jpg