Help Determining Rarity of this Resident Evil 1 Windows 95 CD-Rom Game

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What's up guys & gals? First time here. I'm a long time RE fanatic as I'm sure most of you are too!

So I scored a giant tote of PC games for free a few days ago. About 200 total, all from the 90s and many big box versions, some still sealed. I’ve already done some research on eBay and I have quite a few easily worth $30 and much higher.

This Resident Evil one caught my eye quickly as I’m a big fan of the franchise. I didn’t think it was anything special but figured I’d look up its the value. At this point I’ve searched the web as much as I possibly can and cannot find the same one, disc or cover art. I have found the same back insert image though.

When it’s in my optical drive it shows up as RE_ASIA so I know it’s an Asian version of the game. I’ve Googled the hell out of the CPC.BI0D1 product code on the back of the case with minimal results. But it’s the actual disc that’s been impossible to find anywhere. I’ve Googled the CAP. X3-01 code and haven’t found anything about it. I also find it odd that the back insert says CAPCOM CO., LTD. 1996, 1997, but the disc says 1995, 1997.

While the inserts have some wear and yellowing the disc is so close to being absolutely mint. I’ve seen other common versions of RE1 for PC sell for decent amounts so I’m thinking this has to be worth a good amount more.

Please share your thoughts and any info would be awesome. Here’s some pics. Thanks in advance!



 
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Hey Romero,

As an amateur collector of RE games and merch I would probably point out that if this was indeed the Asian version it’s likely the game would be called “Biohazard” I could be wrong as I only collect console editions of the games but all my NTSC (Japanese/Asian) copies of any RE games are called Biohazard.

You could check by installing some VMware on your pc and installing windows 95 and then installing the game.

Either way it looks like it’s in decent nick so even as a US/European copy it may be worth something. Although I’m really not good at valuing the games as I tend to keep all mine.

Hopefully this info might be useful to you.
 
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Hey Romero,

As an amateur collector of RE games and merch I would probably point out that if this was indeed the Asian version it’s likely the game would be called “Biohazard” I could be wrong as I only collect console editions of the games but all my NTSC (Japanese/Asian) copies of any RE games are called Biohazard.

You could check by installing some VMware on your pc and installing windows 95 and then installing the game.

Either way it looks like it’s in decent nick so even as a US/European copy it may be worth something. Although I’m really not good at valuing the games as I tend to keep all mine.

Hopefully this info might be useful to you.
Thanks for the reply. And I'm Steve Wonda, not Romero, Romero had liked my post, thats why his name was at the bottom.

I'm aware that Asian copies should be called Biohazard. That's what's really odd about this one. If you look at the rear of the front insert booklet it does say Capcom Asia. And when the disc is in my optical drive is shows up as RE_ASIA. I might just go ahead and try to install some VMware to see what's up with this. I still find it odd that I can't find an image of this exact disc on the web. I'm very good with finding just about anything online and this ones got me stumped. I'm thinking it could possibly be some sort of misprint or factory error. If I do manage to get it installed I will post back and share my findings.

Thanks again.
 
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Oops sorry Steve :biggrin: did I mention I’m new on here and I’m viewing this on my phone not my laptop haha let me know how u get on!
It's ok, I'm new here too. My first time ever being here was 2 nights ago when I signed up to ask about this. Glad to see there are some friendly members here, and I have a guy newer than me trying to help me out ha ha. Seems like a forum I'll be visiting often.

I forgot to mention something. An internet buddy of mine from another gaming forum(Spray1@WeMod.com) was able to find this CAP.X3-01 disc dump info at redump.org yesterday. The matrix mastering code information is the same as my disc. Which confirms it's Asian region with English language. Link: http://redump.org/disc/31972/

Ok so I just went ahead and tried to install it on my Win 10 PC, just to see what would happen. And no, I haven't installed any VMware. It installed but I got an error about directx or something like that, but let's not worry about that. While I can't get the game to even try to launch it did create a folder in Program Files(x86) named RESIDENT EVIL, in that folder is a folder named USA, in that folder there are obviously many others. I'm able to play the audio files in the Voice folder with VLC media player and they're English language as I expected.

Not really sure what else I can learn about this at this point. I'm just glad I got the tote of games before it made it's way to the dump. I was originally going to pick up some free PC towers/peripherals that were left behind at a rental property my brother in law's mom owns. I was told the stuff was probably 5-10 years old and when I got to the location they were all ancient white(now almost yellow) dinosaurs from the 80s & very early 90s. I passed on them but when she asked if I wanted a tote with some old software in it I said sure, I'll take it just to help get something out of this place for you. Glad I did. I'm a big Half-Life fan and while I have all of them on Steam I never had the physical copies and now I do, with a lot of expansion discs too.

 

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I don't think it's all that unusual for the rest of East Asia to have different, more Americanized variants of games and consoles from Japan.
I mean, China, Korea and Hong Kong got these:


And you can order games from China through Play-Asia that contain English text and language tracks that are otherwise unavailable in Japan
 
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I don't think it's all that unusual for the rest of East Asia to have different, more Americanized variants of games and consoles from Japan.
And you can order games from China through Play-Asia that contain English text and language tracks that are otherwise unavailable in Japan
I know that. It's just that if you try finding another one of the exact copy I have it's pretty much impossible. I sell a lot of rare and hard to find stuff so I'm always searching the web to find others to compare mine to. I'm always able to at least find a couple completed eBay listings or images of the item at a collector site etc... I still can't find any images online of the disc or cover art in jewel case like the one I have here. This is Resident Evil we're talking about, a very popular franchise, so I still find it kind of crazy that no one else has ever uploaded images of this version. That to me tells me it has to be at least a fairly rare version of the game. The last time I had something like this it was a mid 90s west coast gangster rap CD that I ended up getting close to $200 for on eBay, and in my opinion it was garbage. I'm more just glad I saved the tote of games from making their way to the dump.
 

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I'm not an expert on this, however I remember reading somewhere that what the disc says in your optical drive has nothing to do with its country of release. So in this case "RE_ASIA" may simply mean that the disc itself was burned in Asia but sold and marketed to a European country, for example.
 
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I'm not an expert on this, however I remember reading somewhere that what the disc says in your optical drive has nothing to do with its country of release. So in this case "RE_ASIA" may simply mean that the disc itself was burned in Asia but sold and marketed to a European country, for example.
That's accurate. I did manage to get it installed and in program files(x86) in the Resident Evil folder is a folder titled USA with all the game files/folders so it is that version of the game. Still a rare find with this cover art and disc graphic.