SNS-102 Controller Tear Down

I acquired a SNS-102 controller and wanted to do a teardown to see if there was anything special about this SNES controller vs the original SNS-005 controller. I only recently found out this controller existed after watching MLiG’s First Party Controllers video. Naturally when Try said there was something “different” about the controller I had to […]

Single-Flash 32Mbit Virtual Boy Cart

Kevin Mellott has just announced an updated version of his single flash carts.  These are designed for use with his custom programmer and are aimed at dev’s looking to sell their own homebrew. The carts feature 8kx8 SRAM, which means your savegame files will be stored after the Virtual Boy is powered off, without the need […]

Furrtek Demonstrates Decapping Process

Furrtek has just posted a video that gives us a glimpse into how he decaps his chips and how he begins his reverse-engineering process.  To anyone unfamiliar with this, please allow me to explain: In order to create accurate FPGA (hardware emulation) cores, you essentially need to recreate the original hardware in HDL (Hardware Description […]

Nintendo Power Cartridge Manual Scanning Project Complete

Last year, I reported on an effort by Gc8tech to scan the rare Nintendo Power Cartridge Service Manual in high resolution. The Nintendo Power service (not the magazine of the same namesake) was a kiosk based flash cartridge that Nintendo offered in Japan, where users could buy an SF-Cassette that could be reflashed with games […]

Weekly Roundup #183

Here’s this week’s roundup!  An audio-only version, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and for direct-download:  https://www.retrorgb.com/podcast/?name=2020-01-08_183.mp3 Video available on YouTube (above), LBRY and Bitchute:  Please consider signing up as a supporter!  Either hit Join, tip or pledge on this video, or sign up through the following services: https://www.patreon.com/retrorgb  / https://www.subscribestar.com/robertneal  / https://bitbacker.io/user/robertneal/ 00:25  […]

Everdrive N8 Pro v2.03 Firmware

Krikzz is continuing to push out updates for both the original N8 and newly released N8 Pro ROM carts for the NES and Famicom.  This current v2.03 update ads three new mappers, while also fixing issues with three existing ones: New mappers: 208, 195, 261 Changed FDS autoswap controller. Fixes for mapper 99, 198, 4 […]

SD Gundam – English Translation Completed

Developer Thunderstruck has just completed the English translation of the  Virtual Boy game SD Gundam.  The game previously had all most of the in-game text translated, but this patch finishes the original work and even includes the end credits. Sometimes people underestimate the importance of game translations.  While they’re not as flashy as full game […]

Retro Scaler A1 Released

A $225 linedoubler has just been released from Irken Labs, called the Retro Scaler A1.  It accepts 15KHz (240p/480i) signals and doubles that to 31KHz / 480p VGA. The project has been in the works for about two and a half years and Irkin Labs seems to be focusing on special features not commonly found […]

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