RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast - Issue 14: Add-Ons, Enhancements & Adapters

RetroCollect-FM-Issue-14-Add-Ons-Enhancements-AdaptersDuring the earlier years of the video game industry, companies such as Sega and Nintendo trialled various methods of keeping their dating hardware alive. Instead of releasing new consoles and casting away the old, the latest technology was often crammed into add-ons and expansions to gift older systems an added boost of power. Although seeming like the perfect solution on paper, these enhancements didn't always turn out as planned.

No matter which of the many add-ons available you look at - whether it be the Famicom Disk System, Mega CD, or Super Game Boy - gamers will no doubt tell you that the end result was often market fragmentation and confusion. With developers showing reluctance to code for a yet-to-be-installed userbase, parents unsure whether games would run on the platforms their kids owned, and usually a difference in price, the life of these add-ons was often limited. Despite this though, countless classics eventually arrived on these enhancements, although amongst a sea of failed ideas and questionable conversions.

With more than enough to be discussing, the RetroCollect FM hosts Chris, Tom, and Katsu sit down to discuss just about everything they can power up their favourite consoles with - as long as there's room for additional power supplies!

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Last Updated ( 04 December 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) btribble 2014-12-16 22:42
Another great episode! However this being the Internet I am obliged to mention a few add-ons that were not mentioned, the 1982 Starpath Supercharger (Turning the Atari 2600 into a cassette loading super-system), and the 1983 Coleco Adam (turning the ColecoVision into a full-fledged computer). Natch, each had their own unique games. Easy enough to look up but below are the Wikipedia pages.
(Link to this comment) btribble 2016-02-24 03:07
Just found out about this, and what was my first thought? Add a comment to the podcast message board that will likely be read by no one! Anyhow, there was an add-on for the Super Famicom by Bandai called the "Sufami Turbo". It has two slots and allows for the data to be shared between two games (on a very limited basis as it turns out)... The device also allowed Bandai to produce their own cartridges at a cheaper rate, though as it turns out only a few were released.

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