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  • SuperBas 31 Oct 2013 13:10:14 1,469 posts
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    I bought an Everdrive MD flashcart for my Sega Mega Drive. I am very pleased with my purchase, so here's a forum thread to promote the website.

    http://krikzz.com/

    These are handmade by a nice chap in Ukraine. I only own the Mega Drive one, but am so pleased with it that I will definitely buy the N64 version some time in the future.

    Pro's:
    - All games on the original hardware!
    - No more switching cartridges!
    - No need to spend over 20 for a copy of Sonic 3!

    Con's:
    - These carts are pretty expensive. However, if you can name at least 5 games you still want to play on your console, but don't own, an Everdrive would be a smart decision as that will set you back as much.
    - Not 100% compatibility. Virtua Racing is not supported. :(

    Edited by SuperBas at 13:46:31 31-10-2013
  • mal 31 Oct 2013 13:33:59 22,724 posts
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    Yeah, I've been tempted by them but the price is just a bit too steep for me. Still, I've got a Retrode so it would be neat to be able to do the reverse too.

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  • SuperBas 31 Oct 2013 13:47:32 1,469 posts
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    I didn't own Sonic 3, Ghouls n Ghosts, and Streets of Rage 1 & 2 yet. If I wanted to own the real games, I would need to spend as much as the EDMD costs. That pretty much justified it for me.

    By the by, these carts are sold at http://shop.retrogate.com/ by the maker himself. The EDMD is around 61GPB in total, shipping and shell included. Put 20 aside for 3 months and you have a sweet Christmas present for yourself!
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 15:59:48 1,498 posts
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    I've always seen 'emulators' and 'the real deal' as two sides of the fence. I don't understand why you'd insist on the real hardware then spend 60 to avoid playing real games on it.

    You could have a softmodded Xbox for half that money.

    Edited by Psiloc at 16:07:59 31-10-2013
  • DFawkes 31 Oct 2013 16:14:46 23,431 posts
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    If I wanted anything do do with piracy, I'd have bought Assassins Creed 4 ;)

    Though seriously, I do prefer real games if I'm using the real hardware. I'd prefer to just emulate them otherwise. It's nice there's an option though, should you want to play legal homebrew which I'm sure is all anyone will use it for at any time. Just like all those emultors for Android which I've only ever used for homebrew. Yes siree :p

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  • danathjo 31 Oct 2013 16:20:23 7,446 posts
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    retro towers is a UK based website where I got mine (snes) from, if you are looking for something that plays all the super fx games etc there's also the snes2sd (or something similar) but you're looking at quite a price hike and bar Megaman X games it would be cheaper to buy the carts

    but yes, big fan
  • danathjo 31 Oct 2013 16:24:18 7,446 posts
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    @Psiloc unlike coinops/mame etc on a Xbox these play 100% like a genuine cart

    I can see why people prefer the real deal though for obvious reasons!
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 16:28:31 1,498 posts
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    Someone explain it to me.

    If money's the issue (and let's face it, points 1, 2 & 3 of those pros are all "piracy is cool") I simply don't see why you wouldn't go all-in on your nefarious deeds and use an emulator.

    Fair enough not wanting to sit at a desktop emulator, of course, but this is what softmods are for.

    Whoever's selling these for 60+ is completely taking the piss as far as I can see.
  • bobdebob 31 Oct 2013 16:29:41 592 posts
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    SuperBas wrote:
    I didn't own Sonic 3, Ghouls n Ghosts, and Streets of Rage 1 & 2 yet. If I wanted to own the real games, I would need to spend as much as the EDMD costs. That pretty much justified it for me.

    By the by, these carts are sold at http://shop.retrogate.com/ by the maker himself. The EDMD is around 61GPB in total, shipping and shell included. Put 20 aside for 3 months and you have a sweet Christmas present for yourself!
    None of those games are all that rare or expensive, especially Sonic 3 and SOR 1 & 2.
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 16:31:55 1,498 posts
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    @danathjo Well it doesn't work with the SVP chip but I take your point. I would be completely blown away if you could honestly tell the difference between the Xbox and the real thing though, console based emulators in general can sidestep a lot of issues.

    CoinOps is excellent by the way. I use the lite version just for the arcade games though, obviously :)

    Edited by Psiloc at 16:39:15 31-10-2013
  • danathjo 31 Oct 2013 16:41:27 7,446 posts
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    .

    Edited by danathjo at 16:43:08 31-10-2013
  • danathjo 31 Oct 2013 16:42:38 7,446 posts
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    well yes, chipped games are still a problem :p

    also, I do think it did feel different via the everdrive for me but that might be more down to playing it on a super nintendo pad instead of a big chunky original Xbox one!
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 16:54:04 1,498 posts
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    You know I might be a complete dick about this and go home and try them side by side. I'm sure Coinops lite has one or two console games and I'm bound to have real copies of them.
  • danathjo 31 Oct 2013 17:03:59 7,446 posts
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    Would be interesting to know, got rid of all my original retro machines due to space and opted for coinops 5/vision afterwards.
  • mal 31 Oct 2013 17:16:22 22,724 posts
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    This is the best reason for a Everdrive MD:



    The prices may be high, but that's to be expected for a smart device with such a small run. Too much for me, especially as I now play most of my carts and discs via emulation anyway, but I can see the value for developing and testing emulators.

    Edited by mal at 17:17:53 31-10-2013

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  • SuperBas 31 Oct 2013 17:22:23 1,469 posts
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    Why not just play these games on an Xbox? For the same reason some people love their Ford Anglia over a Fiesta. Nostalgia.

    As for piracy:

    How is being able to play games on the original hardware a pro-piracy argument? Secondly, how is buying a second hand Mega Drive cartridge on eBay helping Sega any more than using a flash cart?

    An original game with box, cartridge and manual on eBay for all those games are around 10 to 15 GPB for the buy it now option. I choose to spend a little more and get a flash cart.

    Edited by SuperBas at 17:26:12 31-10-2013
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 17:37:42 1,498 posts
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    Ah well fair enough, the audios different, at least with the coinops emulator. Seems to only affect MD games too just to crap all over my point :)
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 17:47:48 1,498 posts
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    Disagree with literally everything SuperBas is saying though, just can't be bothered with the point by point thing.
  • Trowel 31 Oct 2013 17:58:32 17,929 posts
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    SuperBas wrote:
    An original game with box, cartridge and manual on eBay for all those games are around 10 to 15 GPB for the buy it now option. I choose to spend a little more and get a flash cart.
    I come at it with the same argument but from the opposite direction - I recently worked out that my SNES games are worth about 700 in total, so I can choose to sell them all, but still play them as they are meant to be played.
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 18:03:10 1,498 posts
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    And if that's not nostalgia I don't know what is :)
  • SuperBas 31 Oct 2013 19:01:07 1,469 posts
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    Sweet, if my parents bought me 700 worth of MD games when I was young, this thread wouldn't exist. :p

    Still waiting for a your reasoning on how Konami makes money when I buy Contra Hard Corps on eBay lad!
  • Psiloc 31 Oct 2013 19:22:03 1,498 posts
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    I never made that claim, I was just brostl

    Edit: fucking phone

    ...bristling at what I thought was the suggestion it was about something other than cost, plus I thought xbox emulation was near perfect now (it isn't).

    I don't think we have any issue really, if anything you should join my anti-emulator crusade!

    Edited by Psiloc at 19:25:35 31-10-2013
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