Models 2 are said to be more reliable though I'm pretty sure it's an urban myth.
>>2963680 >None. Get a modchip and a stack of CDRs. Seconded. Enjoy the games. Collect on the side if you will but don't hesitate to test stuff out by burning discs, the Saturn has quite a fascinating library. Spend money on accessories instead, like 10 controllers for a huge Bomberman party at your place.
>>2963680 >None. Get a modchip and a stack of CDRs.
Seconded. The hassle of buying/collecting saturn games just ain't worth it. Especially when so many of them have broken jewel cases or are missing manuals (and therefore the front cover) etc. So much easier to just get a 40 buck modchip and some CDRs and go to town downloading random shit from that vast japanese library and trying things out.
>>2964653 I havent noticed any problems. Pretty standard loading times. And of course it all depends on the game. The SNK fighting game ports like KoF have annoying load times between every round, for instance. Thats the only time I ever even noticed annoying load timss
>>2963680 A mod chip is always nice but you can get a big stack of games for the same price. I pick things up for ¥50-100 all the time. So like 50+ games for the same price. Also pseudo is an option if you can find a cheap card.
>>2970186 I've been thinking about doing this for years. $60 for a Japanese console sound decent? Seen a few at the flea market recently from a seller I know well, might be able to knock him down as low as $45.
Is this the cart I'm looking for? No mod chip required, just disc swapping?
and yes that's what you're looking for. you don't need it for disc swapping -- it's best to burn ISOs patched for the console's region imo -- but the action replay will get around that anyway. no modchip needed. disc swapping all the way until you feel like someday getting a modchip if ever, i never did.
>>2970286 One more dumb question here. Does that action replay cart work on both J and U systems? As in, I could buy a console from either region, buy the cart and play authentic games from both regions without issue? Just want to be perfectly clear before I start impulse buying Japanese Saturn games like an idiot.
>>2970352 >swapping I would not recommend doing this trick just to save a few $. You risk breaking your Saturn's motor by doing this dangerous technique. even if you have done it a 100 times, on the 101 time it might go horrible wrong.
if you buy a JAP Saturn then you obviously don't need it for JAP games though. but if you're using a US Saturn for JAP games then yes, you'll want the AR4in1. you're going to want it regardless for games that require more RAM like Street Fighter Zero 3.
>>2970378 >You risk breaking your Saturn's motor by doing this dangerous technique.
THIS IS AN URBAN LEGEND.
The reason the drive doesn't spin up after extended swapping is because the laser can't see the disc anymore. This is caused by - slamming the disc on the tray, which pushes the tray lower, which makes the laser lose focus over time - handling discs by holding the surface of it between your index and thumb, which makes them dirty, which makes it harder for the laser to see the disc - using CDRs in general, that have weaker reflective properties than normal CDs, again making it harder on the laser to see the disc.
This will heavily increase the wear on the laser because whenever it doesn't see something, it will re-read stuff until it gets it right (or times out).
And when the laser dies, the drive will not spin up, because it thinks the drive is empty.
>>2963403 A PSX :^) Doesn't really matter what model you go for, any will do, but it does matter what region you pick. I would personally go with NTSC JP because most of the good games are japan-only and English versions (if they even got a release) on the US machine are getting to be ridiculous in price.
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