Feature Packed sd2snes Flash Cartridge To Be Produced And Made Available By Everdrive Creator KRIKzz

Feature-Packed-sd2snes-Flash-Card-To-Be-Produced-By-Everdrive-Creator-KRIKzzIf you were impressed by the tech demo of Road Avenger running on the Super Nintendo recently, get ready to experience the technical feat running on your own Super Nintendo sometime soon. KRIKzz who has created the vast range of Everdrive flash cartridges has agreed to manufacture the ultimate ROM solution to the SNES, the sd2snes.

The main draw to this new entry to the flash cartridge market is without a doubt the implementation of hardcore Super Nintendo developer byuu's MSU-1 chip. Not only will this allow playback of all your existing Super Nintendo ROMs, but the addition of the more expansive and adventurous homebrew hacks/releases. This includes the likes of Super Mario Odyssey (which features a techincally impressive CD quality soundtrack), Chrono Trigger with full FMV support and obviously the new addition of Road Avenger for the Super Nintendo.

As many of the die hard retro gamers will already have access to either a SNES Powerpak, Super Everdrive or the NeoFlash SNES Myth flash cartridge, a lot of convincing is going to have to be done to pry open their cash strapped wallets. The sd2snes creator has created a wealth of videos showcasing the sd2snes cartridge in action, which he hopes will prove the cartridge's superior features.

Of these demonstration videos, the most impressive of all has to be this anime music video from Vandread running flawlessly at full speed on the Super Nintendo.

For those technical gamers amongst us, here is the current list of features set to be included inthe sd2snes cartridge:

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC support (tested up to 64GB; no exFAT support so SDXC cards must be reformatted using FAT32)
  • High quality push-push memory card slot
  • Fast ROM loading (~9MB/s)
  • Fast menu navigation
  • High resolution menu (512×224) for adequate display of long file names
  • Real Time Clock
  • Supports ROM size up to 128MBit (96Mbit actually implemented)
  • Automatic near-time SRAM saving to SD Card (while the game runs). Some limitations apply:near-time saving is switched to periodic saving when a game is found to use the SRAM as work RAM.
  • Automatic saving is disabled when MSU1 is used. SRAM is saved on reset.
  • Enhancement chip support (see below for implementation status)
  • SuperCIC key (SNES CIC clone):enables operation on unmodified consoles of all regions
  • supports software 50/60Hz switching on SuperCIC enhanced consoles (to be performed by sd2snes firmware, not yet implemented there)

KRIKzz recently confirmed his involvement and plans to manufacture the sd2snes flash cartridge, however there has been no release date announced as of yet. Expect much more on this new development shortly as soon as more information surrounding this project is known.

Link: sd2snes status, information and features
Source: KRIKzz's sd2snes announcement 


Last Updated ( 15 January 2012 )  

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(Link to this comment) JoeTheUseless 2012-01-16 08:59
This looks pritty damn good im guessing due to the SD card free available storage games can implant huge amounts off storage space well surpassing a snes cartridges so snes homebrew debuggers can easily im guessing programme there own games on the pc or download readily available roms and transfer it to the SD card without limitations and wth all the funky hardware extras pritty much do what they want i proberly will never buy one off these but its fasinating what people can do hope theres a Megadrive one oneday :D
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