Nintendo SNES PlayStation finally uncovered! [READ THE FIRST POST BEFORE POSTING!]

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  1. sabre470

    sabre470 Site Supporter 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015

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    Thanks HI_Ricky!

    A very rough translation of the article linked to these pictures seems to indicate that the cartridge with the OS on it is broken/malfunctioning. Although we can see some sort of bios screen above, still good to know that it's working even partially.
     
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  2. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    My analysis of the insides shows that the SuperDisc is apparently just your regular SNES with a CD drive. It doesn't have any powerful chips.
    The cartridge is more interesting, it has 2 SNES WRAM chips. Considering the SNES only has one, and the amount of WRAM is 128KB, we can say the cartridge has 256KB of WRAM. It also has 8K of static CMOS RAM (the chip at the top) and then your expected SuperDisc BIOS.

    Also the copyright is 1991, which suggests it has been worked on quite early on at around the release of the Super Famicom.
    Pretty neat.
     
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  3. NintenFan

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  4. Moo

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    It's great that he finally booted it up. I imagine it felt great to play a game of Street Fighter 2 on the system.
     
  5. Riki

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    Someone used active flux maybe?
     
  6. takeshi385

    takeshi385 Mojarra Frita Bandit

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    Wow a Bios and everything, I wonder if software can be made for it, if it is just more ore less a mockup. Doesn't really matter, there's only a few of these out there.
     
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    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

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    Now that we have pics of its insides, all we need is a dump of the cart and the custom chips and someone can start reverse engineering it. Someone could make new Super CD consoles and games for it at that point.
     
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    Reading through that Google translated article, does it really mean that the Father bought some crockery from his old company, and when they turned up this SNES CD was also there in a box???!

    >According to Father Terry said, he was originally a company called Advanta Corporation's work until the company went bankrupt in 2009, the company's court auction items.At that time he had spotted a group of the company's cups and saucers, so the Internet to US $ 75 bid for a few boxes of items including cups and saucers batch.After Terry received several boxes of items that was found in addition to the batch of cups and saucers he wanted, but also with some music CD and game cartridge, but this machine just put together with the game cartridge.<

    Seriously, that is some crazy luck if it meant that! Best $75 he will ever spend!
     
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  9. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    See, that is where I personally feel differently about this. I think it's incredible that this system has shown up and can be seen working, but I do not see any point in reverse engineering it.

    To truly appreciate the possibilities and nostalgia the SNES CD would have given, it would have had to have been released at the correct time, and have games made by the likes of Nintendo, Square, Capcom etc. Making games for it now would just not be the same. It's a little like the Konix Multi-System emulator available these days - it's incredible this has ever been achieved, but without the console housing and moving chair all us UK loving gamers saw so often in magazines back then, it's just not the same...

    Someone recently got Road Avenger running on a stock SNES using a special cartridge with tech in it that could not have been achieved back in the early 90's. If there is no additional hardware inside this unit, we already have the possibility of making CD style games on the SNES, so it makes the whole reverse engineer a moot point.
     
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  11. Borman

    Borman Digital Games Curator

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    We reverse engineer it for preservation, that is why. There is so little hardware out there, and no guarantees what is out there will work for long. Preserve now while we can.
     
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    +1
     
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    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    So, after almost everybody gave them the advice to not turn it on before opening it and checking the boards, what did they do? Get an AC adapter somewhere and turn it on.

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    Later on the article, they mention the CD drive doesn't work. Yeah... why i'm not surprised? I can't guarantee they broke it, but why do it in the first place? Specially when they were going to meet someone with skills to check if it was working. If they wanted to turn it on so desperately, why not do it months ago? Oh well.
     
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  14. dclover56

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    I think the CD drive doesn't have enough power.
     
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    They turned it on long ago. How do you think that guy knew it was called the Super CD in that early video?
     
  16. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    By looking at it. http://i.imgur.com/HvBKn1x.jpg
    What's that logo over there in the middle?
     
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  17. crissybwoy

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    Logo says Super Disc
     
  18. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    No one really called it Super CD. Or it's a slip up. It happens.
     
  19. rob black

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    Where are all the people calling it fake now? lol
     
  20. Moo

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    ok, I didn't know it was on the system.
     
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