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. Before
proceeding, I strongly recommend checking out the warnings section!
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://magicwildcard.com/
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/
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 on a flash card 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.
There's also a way to completely flash your 3DS and all versions are supported. I haven't tried it
myself yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do: https://3ds.guide/
Most ROM carts from reputable manufacturers are safe to use. Even if some are more electrically
"correct" than others, it's my opinion that any potential wear-and-tear is worth the tradeoff. That being
said, there are some carts you should absolutely stay away from - Most notably the Neo Geo 161-in-1
and the NES 100-in-one carts. Those absolutely have the potential to damage your consoles and in my
opinion are not worth the risk! René from db Electronics posted a few great articles explaining
this. Sadly, trolls keep misinterpreting his article, but you're smart enough not to listen to trolls,
right? Of course you are :) Here's links to his articles, as well as a silly video we made;
While the video is silly, all the facts we stated are true. Maybe come have a laugh with us?
I've linked to all ROM carts I've used, however some manufacturers have questionable reputations. With so
many good resellers out there, I strongly recommend either avoiding the problematic sellers, or buying
different carts altogether. Here's who to lookout for:
*1 = TerraOnion / The Neo SD Team Products marked with '*1' are made by
TerraOnion / The NeoSD Team. I've generally had good experiences with their hardware, but their
customer support is nothing less than shameful - They've earned a reputation of getting their buyers banned
from forums just for asking questions, stealing their customer's video footage and using it as their own,
lying about purchases (even when order numbers and receipts are presented) and publicly shaming people for
re-selling their products for the same price they bought them for (not price
gougers!). As a result, I still link to their products (and even own one myself), but I STRONGLY
recommend purchasing them from reputable resellers and not their store directly; This way any
customer service or support issues are handled through the store and you'll never need to correspond with
the team themselves. Also, the store linked above sells them for the same price and generally ships
very fast, so there's a good chance you'll get it faster anyway.
*2 = Neo Flash
The Neo Flash carts (no relation to the Neo SD team) are outdated, only available from one seller 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)...but Krikzz' Mega Everdrive x7 also supports FM sound via a
newer firmware update. There's literally no reason I can think of(including cost!) to use the Neo
Flash carts. More specifics:
- 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 list.
*3 = 3do-renovation.ru
I've had a few people tell me the seller is hard to work with and will ignore emails for months even after
payment is made. I never spoken with them at all, but please proceed with caution.
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 *3: 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