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    Default Marble Madness: Have you beaten the madness?

    This is one of the games from my childhood that I've played countless times and have never beaten. After every time I play, I get more discouraged from playing for a longer period of time. I always end up at the 5th level.

    F!@# Marble Madness.

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    Only on the PS1 Midway's Greatest Hits Volume 2 with a dual shock and the sensitivity settings adjusted right.

    I can get to the Ultimate Race (level 6) in the arcade or on my MAME cabinet with a trackball, but typically blow it.
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    I made it to the final stage once on the NES version. Also blew it.


    Quote Originally Posted by ACiD View Post
    F!@# Marble Madness.
    I concur. I like it and all, but still....

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    I beat the nes version once. It was a fluke. It was pretty anticlimactic too. I remember the ending being pretty lame.

    I got damn close to beating the genesis version once too.

    I find the version on midways arcades greatest hits pretty unplayable. It just doesn't work right without a trackball (rampart on that comp had the same issue). However, I do play it in mame with a trackball and that's awesome!

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    Yes, and it didn't take me long. First time I reached the fourth stage, in the next one the fifth, and I beat the game the next day. I've always wanted to finish it without dying, but the best I've done is falling two times out of the circuit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    I find the version on midways arcades greatest hits pretty unplayable. It just doesn't work right without a trackball (rampart on that comp had the same issue). However, I do play it in mame with a trackball and that's awesome!
    There is a trackball if you're playing it on the PS1.Heck that's how i was able to beat the game years ago,my frist time to.

    Btw the PS1 trackball is by nyko.

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    The one I've played and failed the most at is the NES version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    I beat the nes version once. It was a fluke. It was pretty anticlimactic too. I remember the ending being pretty lame.

    I got damn close to beating the genesis version once too.

    I find the version on midways arcades greatest hits pretty unplayable. It just doesn't work right without a trackball (rampart on that comp had the same issue). However, I do play it in mame with a trackball and that's awesome!
    I think that you're confusing your collections...

    I agree that the ports on "Midway Arcade Treasures" on the PS2/XBOX/Gamecube set (which also has Rampart) are terrible.

    I'm not a fan of most of the ports of games in those collections (with the exception the PSP collection. They did a good job there).

    But, the one on THIS game plays fine IMO if you adjust your analog sensitivity in the options menu. There's no options to adjust sensitivity in the PS2/XBOX/GC collections for some odd reason.

    I've never tried it with the PS1 trakball, which I own, so I should give it a try ... it should work fine as it has mouse compatibility and that's all the trakball was on PS1.

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    This was probably my least favorite NES game as a kid, because I was terrible at it! So frustrating!! Never beaten it, and I doubt I've even played it in the last decade or so.

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    I had a Mattel handheld LCD version of Marble Madness when I was a kid that I beat (it only had a 100 some odd levels programmed into it). I'd been meaning to look into playing the real game since.

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    I owned the NES version as a kid and cleared it many times. Finally played the arcade version a couple years ago at Funspot and failed miserably.

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