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.

Pandora’s Box – A New (Fake) Challenger Appears

I was doing a bit of searching around on Twitter for anything related to the Pandora’s Box – because you never know when you might run into something – and I came across an ad for an item on eBay. This appears to be the first clone of the Pandora’s Box 6 that I’ve seen to this point. The PB6 was just released less than 3-4 weeks ago. I didn’t expect the blog post I made only 2 days ago to be made obsolete this quickly. Let’s take a closer look.

A Pandora’s Box 9, eh?

Okay, so you know I am instantly going to take a look and let’s see what we’ve got for pictures here.

The people who created this clone did their homework.

Okay, looks like someone new has stepped into the Pandora’s Box fray then because this is the first time I’ve ever seen any of the pirate boxes make this close an attempt to replicate the real thing before. From the only pictures available to me, it looks like they’ve done a damn good job. From the angle above, we can see that the casing is exactly the same as well as the fan opening in the middle. On the bottom left side, we have the same exact type of sticker that 3A Game uses to denote the date of manufacture. This clone reads as September 2018.

The attention to detail here in this clone is actually quite striking

Here we see a copy of the official Pandora’s Box sticker normally on the top right side of the board. I almost imagine that they chose to call it the Pandora’s Box 9 simply because they could get away with just mirroring the 6 from the original sticker easily. The English marking on the sticker is something the originals have as well, an easy way for them to see if they have an English or Korean version of the Pandora’s Box. 

Another thing to mention here is that because of the style of box matching the real PBs, this one is also meant to have it’s side with all the connections exposed through a large slot in an arcade console case. So this is yet another detail the cloners got right and indeed in arcade consoles I’ve seen that advertise having the Pandora’s Box 9, it shows the same large rectangular slot that the board slides into before it is secured to the case.

USB1 is for the USB stick with games. USB2 is unknown. USB3 is for connecting to PCs/consoles.

What’s also interesting is that it is clearly a clone of the Pandora’s Box 6 instead of 5 because of the arrangement of the USB ports. Most of the previous Pandora’s Boxes had one USB port for the 8GB USB stick that contained the games that would be inaccessible from the outside if placed in an arcade console box. This clone, just like the Pandora’s Box 6, actually moves the port to the exposed side alongside the two other ports. One of these ports usually has a rubber stopper in it (perhaps it is used as a serial port?) and the other is for plugging a USB cable into for use with PC and game consoles. As far as I can tell, the main reason for this change with the Pandora’s Box 6 is because of the added ability to add your own games. You wouldn’t want to add a few games and have to open up your arcade console to insert and remove the stick constantly. Nothing about the Pandora’s Box 9 advertises the ability to add your own games that I’ve seen yet.

Unfortunately, there is no other information on this Pandora’s Box 9 that I’ve seen so far aside from sales sites. No one I’ve seen to this point has reviewed it or posted any videos about it yet. The Pandora’s Box 6 videos only really started trickling in the last two weeks as boxes start to get into owners’ hands. I intend on doing some videos on it myself soon. I am extremely interested in purchasing this Pandora’s Box 9 myself to take an in-depth look at it but money’s not going to allow that to happen at the moment… so maybe next month or something, we’ll see.

Conclusion

This bootleg is so well done that without having it in my hands, it seems almost indistinguisable from the real thing. Even the number of games isn’t too outlandish compared to the Pandora’s Box 6 (1300 vs 1500). I’m very impressed and can’t wait to see more about it. Expect an updated version of the “how can you tell if it’s fake vs. real” guidelines soon.