Pandora’s Box 9 – Diving Into The Game List

I contacted a seller for the Pandora’s Box 9 clone and requested the game list. We’re going to take a look through it and compare it to the Pandora’s Box 5 and 6 official boxes. We’ll then see if there are any conclusions to draw from the comparison afterwards.

The Game Lists

Here are the 3 PDF game lists for you to download and take a look at for yourself. Let me know if I missed anything interesting or got something wrong.

We Have To Go Deeper…

Probably the first thing we should do is compare the Pandora’s Box 9’s game list against the version it appears to be imitating the most, the Pandora’s Box 6. Here’s a partial comparison (first 700 or so games) of the games from my quick look through.

Games Newly Added To Pandora’s Box 9 
  • Star River Guard
  • Super Marvel Heroes
  • Sprint 2
  • American Wrestling Federation
  • Runark
  • Mat Mania
  • Ohgon No Siro
  • Success Joe
  • Warriors Armored
  • Super Muscle Bomber: International Blowout
  • Muscle Bomber Duo: Ultimate Team Battle
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Tough Turf
  • Main Event
  • Super Mouse
  • Syusse Oozumou
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Mole Attack
  • Zwackery
  • Big KinKong 3 (likely Donkey Kong 3?)
  • Kangaroo
  • Intrepid
  • Spelunker
  • Hcastlee
  • Driving Force
  • Fast Freddie
  • Fly-Boy
  • Logger
  • The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea
  • Kung-Fu Taikun
  • Dream Shopper
  • Mariner
  • Marine Boy
  • Cook Race
  • Liberator
  • Taxi Driver
  • Strength & Skill
  • Karnov
  • Time Limit
  • Space Chaser
  • Mouser
  • Lasso
  • Discs of Tron
  • Megadon
  • Marvin’s Maze
  • Pitfall II
  • Monte Carlo
  • Xybots
  • Legend of Makai
  • Victory Road
  • Normandy Landing
  • D-Day
  • Pandora’s Palace
  • City Connection
  • Kero Kero Keroppi No Issyoni Asobou
  • Crash
  • Targ
  • Skull & Crossbones
  • Wonder Boy 4TH Warrior
  • Kamikaze Cabbie
  • Mister Viking
  • Sega Ninja
  • Crystal Castles (likely joystick hack)
  • Guzzler
  • Talbot
  • Freeze
  • Sindbad Mystery
  • Naughty Ghost
  • Springer
  • Jack Rabbit
  • Hunchback
  • Gold Bug
  • Rastan
  • Nastar
  • Magic Worm
  • Jungler88
  • Mr. Goemon
  • Leprechaun
  • Youjyuden
  • Hero
  • Megatack
  • City Bomber
  • Combat Hawk
  • Navarone
  • Cutie Q
  • Catacomb
  • Streets of Rage II
  • Pac-Land
  • Scorpion
  • Saint Dragon
  • Turtle Ship
  • Dragon Buster
  • Golden Axe II
  • Super Locomotive
  • The Pit
  • Combat Patriots
  • Captain America (likely Captain America and the Avengers)
  • Urban Elite
  • Demon
  • Future Spy
  • Pure Green Corps
  • Gaoshan warriors
  • Side Track
  • Trio
  • Hunter

Games From Pandora’s Box 6 Missing On Pandora’s Box 9
  • Kaiser Knuckle
  • Survival Arts
  • Dragon Master
  • Time Killers
  • Blazing Tornado
  • Schmeiser Robo
  • Top Ranking Stars
  • Shogun Warriors
  • Knuckle Bash 2
  • Alligator Hunt
  • Ultra Toukon Densetsu
  • Dyna Gear
  • Action Hollywood
  • Blood Storm
  • Night Slashers
  • zunzunkyou No Yabou
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 1
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Judge Dread
  • Elevator Action Returns
  • Arabian Magic
  • Light Bringer
  • Dark Seal2
  • G.I. Joe
  • Steel Force
  • D-Con
  • SD Gundam Psycho Salamander
  • Ikari III – The Rescue
  • Kero Kero
  • Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Commando
  • Devastators
  • Blasto
  • Ironclad
  • Sexy Parodius
  • Super Spacefortress Macross II
  • Gokujyou Paroudius
  • 4-D Warriors
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Hyper Duel
  • Darius Gaiden-Silver Hawk
  • Koutetsu Yousai Strahl
  • Spectrum 2000
  • Cobra-Command
  • Ufo Robo Danger
  • Cosmic Cop
  • G-Loc Air Battle
  • Xexex
  • Vasara2
  • Vasara
  • Change Air Blade
  • Ultra X Weapons
  • Twin Cobra II
  • Cyvern
  • Sengeki Striker
  • Gekirindan
  • Gunlock
  • Lightning Fighters
  • U.N. Defense Force: Earth Joker
  • R-Shark
  • Silver Millennium
  • Varia Metal
  • Final Star Force
  • Gun & Frontier
  • Super Space Invaders ’91
  • Star Fighter
  • Lethal Thunder
  • The Last Day
  • Twin Hawk
  • Sand Scorpion
  • Ashura Blaster

While looking at the list of gamelist files, I made a little diiscovery: Almost every single one of the games that were in the Pandora’s Box 6 but somehow didn’t make it onto the Pandora’s Box 9 are almost entirely games that were newly added to Pandora’s Box 5. If you open up the Pandora’s Box 5 game list, you’ll see the games that were newly added from the 4S+ are marked in Green and they are almost all the same as those missing on the Pandora’s Box 9.

Another set of games that are missing from the Pandora’s Box 6 are the “3D Games” that are included. These games are all actually PlayStation 1 versions likely running under PCSX ReARMed. I believe they boot directly into the character selection screen, likely with the use of loading a save state along with the game when launching. And those games are…

3D Games From Pandora’s Box 6 Missing on Pandora’s Box 9
  • Tekken
  • Tekken 2
  • Tekken 3
  • Street Fighter EX Plus
  • Street Fighter EX2 Plus
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat 2
  • Mortal Kombat 3 Trilogy
  • Mortal Kombat 4

Conclusion

It looks like this Pandora’s Box 9 is actually a Pandora’s Box 4S+ with additional games added to it and using the hardware cloning of the Pandora’s Box 6, as it seems like all the games that were added to Pandora’s Box 5 were missing. It’s hard to say what’s really going on without having the box here with me yet, but I would hope that the hardware inside is at least a decent quad core processor matching the Pandora’s Box 5. We’ll have to see when the first videos pop up on YouTube to be sure, I guess.