Gentlemen, it gives me tantric delight to present to you the future of yesterday's entertainment, today!
That is correct, soon you too can look as flabbergasted as the good folks above by this marvel of modern science, that most illustrious of turn-of-the-century technological implements, the Stereoscope. Though I can not guarantee that you will look half as posh doing so.
Anywaste, I have located those illusive 3D patches for various X68000 games made by a group of madmen back in the early 90's, just as the second stereoscopic 3D wave, having sprung up in the mid 80's by way of many an 8bit systems, had subsided.
I will chronicle the little virtual sleuthing adventure that this hunt took me on, because it certainly did dig up some rather fascinating details.
I had forgotten all about the existence of stereoscopic 3D support on the X68000 until a thread popped up here asking for the aforementioned patches. As the X68000 is my favourite gal the prospects of exotic gaming quickly got a raise out of the old brow. The other brow very quickly followed suite when I discovered that there was allegedly a patch for Akumajo Dracula X68000, on only whispered of in dank forgotten corners of the interweb super complex.
It would seem all that stood between me and such esoteric refreshments was cheaply acquired Famicom 3D goggles, and those long lost patches. The Glasses were easily won on Yahoo, so all that remained was to put on my best sleuthing hat and go digging in the dark abandoned alleyways of the web for those patches that wished not to be found.
The first thing that my search netted me was an old post covering the topic on these very forums, one in which I had posted no less. Oh, how quickly we forget.
Before long I abandoned the use of english search terms for Japanese ones. This gave me the one lead that put me on the right track. I found an old blog post by some Japanese fellow that was waxing nostalgic about fond memories of having played those fabled 3D patched games. A single sentence in the blog was all that was necessary to crack this case. He mentioned where he had acquired the patches. Thus, their origin was revealed to be a periodic Takeru floppy publication called Denno Club.https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/満開製作所
115 of these self bootable floppies were eventually released by them, and each filled to the brim with all sorts of interesting goodies invaluable to the pre-historic Japanese computer jockeys. Games, software, tools, music, pictures, oh my!
Alas, the next problem presented itself. I now knew that one, or several, of these floppies had to contain the patches. But how could any sleuth hope to trace down these 115 individual super obscure floppy images for further perusal? A quick search on yahoo revealed that the purchase of these floppy images was in the realm of possibility, but would, as expected, come at a rather lavish price.
One small detail regarding the Denno club did give me hope though. According to the website the 115 Denno club floppies were eventually compiled and released on three CD's. This surely was the way to go, but if Japanese users were traditionally Squamish about sharing abandonware floppies, then they would surely be exponentially less likely to upload huge CD images.
Thus it was with a heavy heart that typed in the search terms, fully bracing myself for disappointment. Fret not though, dear reader, for we were all saved by those westerners and their cavalier pyrating ways!
It seems that the kind souls at Archive.com had taken it upon themselves to host all three ISO's, dumped by some unsung privateer. I raise my glass to ye good sir, and your disregard for intellectual property! Yo, Ho, Ho and a bottle of rum!https://archive.org/details/cdrom-dennouclub-perfect1https://archive.org/details/cdrom-dennouclub-perfect2https://archive.org/details/cdrom-dennouclub-perfect1997
After searching for the term "3D" on those ISO's I happened upon three floppy images that contain material relevant for us raiders of the obsolete and esoteric.
It was within these that I happened upon the last fascinating chapter of this saga. Among the text documents provided with the patches was one from a so called "society for proliferation of stereoscopic gaming", or some such. These fellows had taken it upon themselves to help popularise and spread the 3D gaming potential of the X68000, since Sharp themselves apparently had no interest in doing so. Not that I can blame Sharp, they must have seen the writing on the wall as stereoscopic gaming, a staple of the most popular 8bit systems of the day, had failed to make any inroads, and subsequently withered away like a flaccid manatee carcass washed ashore.
Ah, stereoscopic 3D, this seems ever to be your fate each time consortiums decide to band together and force you back to life once every 30 years or so.
This X68000 stereoscopic society even went as far as promising to back hobbyist efforts with monetary rewards. It makes me wonder who it was that was bankrolling that operation, and why?
In the end several games ended up obtaining 3D patches. Akumajo Dracula, Dragon Spirit, Space Harrier and Xevious. Reading the patch notes of one of the authors it seems that he had plans to support other games, he mentioned that Etoile Princess was out of the question due to some technical issues, and how he wished he could do Nemesis 90' Kai, but these efforts must have not netted any success since I cannot find any patches other than the above.
Because I am such a gentleman I've decided to go through the trouble and provide you with a zip containing working patched HDD versions of the games as well as floppy images. The only game that I could not get to work on the HDD was Space Harrier, so that one you'll have to play the old fashioned way, via a floppy.
One last note, one of the floppy images actually provides alternative patches that enable the use of 3D glasses via the joystick 2 port, which would be useful for people with X68000 models without the Stereoscopic port. I did not apply these patches, so I leave that exercise to you.
In addition, those Denno CD's are filled with all sorts of other goodies. So any prospecting X68000 users are sure to unearth some valuable nuggets if they go digging.