This page describes ROM carts, which are custom game cartrdges that can be loaded with multiple "roms" for each
system. I also briefly talk about Mod Chips for disc-based systems.
ROM carts allow you to play almost every game on original hardware with the original controllers. Most games
play flawlessly and work exactly like the original cartridge. Not only do I appreciate them for
"try-before-you-buy", but I find them really convienient: I don't have to constantly pull games off a shelf,
they're all right on one cartridge. Also, I don't risk damaging some of the really expensive and rare games I
have. That being said (and I know this may sound weird), if I really like a game, I'll always buy
the original. I don't know why it's important to me, it just is.
Below are all the ROM carts I know about for each system. I own all of the ones from Krikzz (plus a few
others) but I haven't been able to test every single one on this page. Almost all of these ROM carts are
SD-based, so you can just dump roms onto the card and not worry about annoying "flash utilities".
For obvious reasons, I can't provide links to ROMS. Luckily, there are
ROM packs available for many consoles that areexcellent and easy to find. Just google
"Smokemonster rompacks" and it should be the first thing that comes up. You'll need to register for a
free account to see the links though. If Smokemonster doesn't yet have a pack for your console, you can
try googling "console romset" and see what comes up.
Magic Wild Card: This produt is similar to the FDSStick (below), but allows you to
store ROMS on an SD card instead of using flash software. In my opinion, due to cost, the Magic Wild
Card is only a better option if you require an SD card: http://famicom.tech/
FDSStick: This is a USB-based rom cart that connects to the FDS RAM adapter
and emulates the Famicom Disk Drive. The cartridge-based ROM carts listed above can play FDS
games as well, however the expansion audio is emulated through mappers. Using this allows a more
accurate re-creation of the disk. Please see the video below for a full review: http://3dscapture.com/fdsstick/
A note on SD2SNES revisions and their audio differences:
-SD2SNES PCB Revisions A-F have slightly lower audio output.
-SD2SNES PCB Revision G was a quick fix for this, boosting MSU-1 audio to the correct levels but
introducing some noise.
-SD2SNES PCB Revision H (and newer) adds an audio opamp specifically for MSU-1 support, forever fixing
MSU-1 audio functionality. This finally standardizes the correct MSU-1 audio levels between real
hardware and emulators.
There was another Jaguar ROM cart called the Skunkboard. It requres a
connection to a PC and running a command line to load games. Also, saves are not supported. At the moment,
there's no place to get them, so the above ROM cart is the only option.
DS flash cards will either not work on 3DS system, or they will only play DS games. At the moment, the only way
to actually play 3DS ROMS is with a Gateway 3DS, or a Sky 3DS. Both of these flash cards are constantly being
updated, so make sure to do some research before buying.
*I'm not a fan of any of the Neo Flash carts; They're outdated and support is terrible. The
only advantage they offer is FM sound for SMS games (only relevant for the Master System and Genesis
ROM carts). Some more notes:
- The software setup is a pain!!! You have to use a USB adapter and their special software to
get games on the very small memory card they include, which is unlike almost every other ROM cart on this
Optical Drive Emulators (ODE's):
Optical Drive Emulators are devices that mimic the functionalty of an optical drive, but loads iso's from flash
media. They can be thought of as a "ROM cart for CD-based consoles":
3DO: All 3DO's except the Goldstar will play
CDr's without a mod chip. There is an ODE avaialble for all models though, however there are currently
problems with this website and I've had a few people tell me the seller is hard to work with. Please
proceed with caution: http://3do-renovation.ru/
Using 64GB SD
Many ROM carts are compatbile with 32GB SD cards and some are even compatible with 64GB! At the time of
writing this, I can confirm the SD2SNES and Everdrive64 are compatible with 64GB cards. Those
are the most important too, as their libraries are either close to or over 32GB. GBA Everdrives are
compatible with some brands of 64GB MicroSD cards, but there's been tons of issues overall with SD
support. Here's a thread with mroe info: http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=5431.0
Unfortunately 64GB support can be tricky and some (like the ones
mentioned above) require you to format the card as FAT32 and not exFAT. If you have a Windows machine,
it's easy to do with free software!:
Insertyour SD or MicroSD
card into your computer and load the SDFormatter software. Make sure to hit the "option" button and set "FORMAT SIZE
ADJUSTMENT" to "ON".
- Download the fat32formatter software and extract it to a folder on your computer (I just used the root
of my D:\ drive).
- Open a DOS window, navigate to where you extracted the
file and run the command "fat32format X:", replacing "X" with
the drive letter of your SD card (mine was "F:" in the pictures below).
- Hit enter after typing the command, then yes to all prompts.
If you get an error, close all Explorer windows (or any program accessing the card) and try
again. Click the picture below for a full-sized view.
This page wouldn't be complete if I didn't at least mention Mod chips. Almost every disc-based pre-HD system
has a mod-chip available to play burned games. You can find the best one for your model system by simply
searching Google, but I thought I'd mention the CD-based systems that don't need mod chips: They
just play burned discs with no modification. Please let me know if I missed any:
- TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine CD
- Sega CD
- 3DO (all versions except Goldstar)
- Philips CDi
- Neo Geo CD
- Sega Dreamcast (all versions pre-2001)
- Atari Jaguar CD (untested by me personally)
- Amiga CD32 (untested by me personally)
I hope you found all the info you were looking for. If not, check out this page or this forum, as they list many options for systems I've never even heard of before. Once
again, I'd like to mention that I own original cartridges (and discs) of all of my favorite games, but still
use ROM carts (and mod chips) for either convienience, or in try-before-you-buy scenarios. I was reluctant
to include this page on my website for a long time, as I was afraid people would buy these carts instead of
collecting the original games. It wasn't until a few of my game collector friends assured me that would
never happen: No matter what, game collectors will always want the originals.
Feel free to head back to the main page to see what else this site has to