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3 hours ago, Jei said:

Nope the disc is repo too. The ‘old school’ logo on the disc is the company that produce them.

 

You’ll still need a modded machine or pseudo to play them


See I thought that and then wondered why anyone would buy a CD-R and also the centre of the disc has what looks like similar markings to a Saturn disc. But I take it that it is just a CD-R and not a pressed disc in any way?

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@Ketchup - They’re pressed but don’t have the wobble required for a Saturn to read them without mod. It’s nothing new, even back in 1994 these were around and often referred to as ‘silvers’.  Printers etc have obviously progressed since then which makes the repo element of the case/instructions a lot better than back then.

 

This is the Facebook page of the particular group that supplied that one in the screenshot. Scan back to around feb and you’ll see videos of the production element.

 

https://m.facebook.com/OldSchoolRetroartGames/

 

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1 hour ago, MikeBeaver said:

And if you want a real EA2R, get your cash out ;)

Yeah, watching it steadily climb up over the last 20 years has been pretty depressing. It's around £250 for a copy in decent condition now. I wish I'd just stumped up the £80-odd people wanted in 2010. :P

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In case people haven't seen it yet the Satiator is finally out and it will I suspect change the options for people who want to play games on the Saturn from any region on an unmodded Saturn along with homebrew from a digital image. There not cheap at around £200 I understand, but it just plugs into the back of a SEGA Saturn and away you go. You still need the cartridges for RAM and ROM games. First batch has already sold out, but the official site is here: https://www.satiator.net/

 

 

There are still a few bugs with a couple of games at present, but looks very promising and I'm keen to get one myself.

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The Satiatior is obviously the king of Saturn ODEs purely because it's plug 'n play and keeps the drive active.. but I always wanted an mpeg / VCD card to go in that slot, to make the console 'complete'. 

 

Back when I was buying Saturn hardware & games they used to go for about £30. Now I think you'd be lucky to find one for quadruple that cost.

 

Fenrir ODEs are £100 and ship from France rather than California, so there's that option too.

 

And for those with healthy drives I think it's worth noting that modchips cost £15 from source and require a single wire to be soldered:

 

https://retrogamerstuff.com/collections/best-sellers/products/phantom

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Just bought a white jap saturn and am very excited! Bought the hyperkin HDMI cable as seems a reasonable solution, and an action replay to play all regions. That satiator looks tempting mind but it's a lot of cash 

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3 hours ago, bluejmc2005 said:

Just bought a white jap saturn and am very excited! Bought the hyperkin HDMI cable as seems a reasonable solution, and an action replay to play all regions. That satiator looks tempting mind but it's a lot of cash 

Is the Satiator ever in stock?

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2 minutes ago, bluejmc2005 said:

 

I saw the cost and didn't look any further, out of my reach at present sadly 

I've got a JP Grey Saturn stock and a JP Grey Saturn that can play CDRs and boot all regions and I'd still be very interested in the Satiator at some point, seems like the best option but like you say it's not cheap.

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24 minutes ago, merrychan said:

I've got a JP Grey Saturn stock and a JP Grey Saturn that can play CDRs and boot all regions and I'd still be very interested in the Satiator at some point, seems like the best option but like you say it's not cheap.

I'll be keeping an eye.....

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Satiator has been in stock a few weeks now: https://www.satiator.net/Satiator_p_12.html

 

I have one and it's the best ODE I've ever used. Incredibly elegant, so straightforward and - like the best stuff - just works. It's expensive so I'd never recommend it universally, but if you have that much money going spare and think you'd get some use out of it, I can't recommend it highly enough.


The first time you slot it in then put the battery/VCD cover back on the console and realise you cannot see the Satiator at all unless you want to? Magical. I'm a bit in love with it.

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11 minutes ago, ianinthefuture said:

Satiator has been in stock a few weeks now: https://www.satiator.net/Satiator_p_12.html

 

I have one and it's the best ODE I've ever used. Incredibly elegant, so straightforward and - like the best stuff - just works. It's expensive so I'd never recommend it universally, but if you have that much money going spare and think you'd get some use out of it, I can't recommend it highly enough.


The first time you slot it in then put the battery/VCD cover back on the console and realise you cannot see the Satiator at all unless you want to? Magical. I'm a bit in love with it.

 

You are killing me.....

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19 minutes ago, ianinthefuture said:

Satiator has been in stock a few weeks now: https://www.satiator.net/Satiator_p_12.html

 

I have one and it's the best ODE I've ever used. Incredibly elegant, so straightforward and - like the best stuff - just works. It's expensive so I'd never recommend it universally, but if you have that much money going spare and think you'd get some use out of it, I can't recommend it highly enough.


The first time you slot it in then put the battery/VCD cover back on the console and realise you cannot see the Satiator at all unless you want to? Magical. I'm a bit in love with it.

 

$300 us inc. shipping plus whatever import charges apply :-/

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5 minutes ago, bluejmc2005 said:

 

$300 us inc. shipping plus whatever import charges apply :-/

I didn't get any import charges on it, but this was the end of last year and can never be guaranteed.

 

Like I said though, can't recommend it universally because it's a couple hundred quid for a luxury toy. It's really good if you can afford it and actually want it to use it, though.

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3 minutes ago, ianinthefuture said:

I didn't get any import charges on it, but this was the end of last year and can never be guaranteed.

 

Like I said though, can't recommend it universally because it's a couple hundred quid for a luxury toy. It's really good if you can afford it and actually want it to use it, though.

Easy enough to get ROMs on it? 

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Considering you could put the entire Saturn library on the thing Id say its a bargain. Saturn games have shot up in price over the last few years, Panzer Dragoon Saga alone costs more than the price of 2 of these. Add to that fan translations for games like Grandia, Castlevania, Policenauts and Shining Force 3 and its a bit of a no brainer. Ive got a MODE from Terraonion and am using an SSD which has been amazing so far and a great alternative.

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50 minutes ago, Major Britten said:

Also recommended are the retro bit wireless controllers, pretty much identical to the official pads, only wireless :)

 

ordered that in blue this morning!

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1 hour ago, Major Britten said:

Also recommended are the retro bit wireless controllers, pretty much identical to the official pads, only wireless :)

 

I got one of these on a whim, to see if it worked, and it's brilliant - you just retrofit an existing, official controller with the board. I'd have gone with the 8bitdo version as it's cheaper, but that doesn't come with a Saturn dongle. You can use them on Saturn via a Brook SD adapter, mind.

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4 minutes ago, spanky debrest said:

 

There's a an almost complete redump set on Archive.org, search for "redump.ss.revival" and you should find it.

thanks mate - wont let me download, says too large for zip on the fly - any ideas other than clicking each individual rom lol

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