Play Unreleased Retro Games on the Real Thing

Star Fox, one of the greatest 3D space shooters ever developed, has a pretty decent fan base even after eighteen or so years. It had a sequel that was 99% complete, but it came very late in the Super Nintendo’s life and it was held off so that the next great Star Fox would be on the newest Nintendo console, the N64.

You could get the Japanese version, which aside from a couple debug routines, is complete, and you could play it on an emulator. While emulators are fine for most of us, anyone who has played a game on the real metal can quickly and easily pick out minor nuances.

Since playing Star Fox 2 on the real hardware is not a simple trip to the flea market, [Doug] went about ripping apart an old SNES cart and placing a eprom inside with the data from the game. Through that 8 page forum post you can see the project start, progress through different constructions, and result in 3 fully working carts, complete with custom labels.

Join us after the break for a quick video.

Comments

  1. If anyone cares, there’s a bounty for doing this with Wing Commander 2 for the SNES. You can talk to the site admins at http://www.wcnews.com for information, it’s a good community that is known for getting stuff done.

  2. Ben Foote says:

    This…is…awesome!

    Kudos for getting it to work on a real SNES. I was just thinking about how much I wanted to find the Star Fox 2 ROM and give it a play the other day…this is inspiring…and tempting.

  3. MrBishop says:

    If it was never released then how can we legally obtain the rom? Not to be that guy, I am just curious is all. Also great work man, I am not all that much of a Star Fox fan, but a buddy of mine is, and I am sure he will be glad to see this.

  4. Raizer04 says:

    Yet again the modders at moddedbybacteria prove again that they are serious in the modding world. If you havent checked out there site….you would be amazed!

  5. fartface says:

    Exactly, The poor company that made StarFox II is losing billions of dollars a second every time someone plays it! Why wont anyone think of these poor people!

    Oh wait, the arguments against Piracy on retro consoles dont stand up.. WE need to ignore that as we must protect the precious corporations!

  6. Philip says:

    I think this should be a featured hack, pong clock has been there too long now.

  7. Doug says:

    lol the corperations? nintendo let them invest a ton of money into the development of this game then just dropped it like it was a loosing lottery ticket. Im sure the developers would rather people enjoy their game than just have it forgotten

  8. anon says:

    nothing new. d4s did this a few years ago…

  9. andar_b says:

    Now if only someone could find Ultima 8 part 2. :p

    The damn BOX has been found, but not the code.

  10. CutThroughStuffGuy says:

    “anyone who has played a game on the real metal can quickly and easily pick out minor nuances.”

    Disagree.

  11. M says:

    So, was this originally a Star Fox 1 Cartridge to get the FX chip? I don’t understand where he got the parts besides the eeproms

  12. Jeannot says:

    it appears this hack was already done.
    http://www.generation-snes.fr/Forum/index.php?showtopic=178
    good feat nonetheless, didn’t know about this game!

  13. Doug says:

    oh im not saying i did it first and uhh cutthroughstuffguy there is no emulator that plays this game well they all run way too fast. M that cart used a stunt race fx board the one i just finished used a winter gold fx a cart that noone has been able to run the final english version of the game on

  14. Scuzz says:

    @CutThroughStuffGuy: And I Disagree with you. (Hey, if you don’t provide any arguments why the heck should I?)

    I totally respect the hack, but being an SNES lover, I’m curious: is the tototek Super Flash cart any different?

    http://www.tototek.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_8_11&products_id=39

    I was never too sure how the whole superFX chip thing worked with the super flash cart, I’m guessing it might not work.

    I dream of one day doing what tototek did and putting ram and an FPGA on an snes board with the superFX chip.

  15. abobymouse says:

    nice hack.

    It may have been better with a zif socket, to allow changing to different eproms without a bunch of soldering.

  16. Nope says:

    Awesome, someone should try doing this with a socket connector for interchangeable chips and rewriting. Anyways, fantastic project.

  17. Chris says:

    Here’s my question. I can do everything in this mod, including a clean chip install instead of a nest of wires, but the one thing I lack is the writer. Is it possible to find the rom already on a chip somewhere??

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