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Saturn Cartridges

Saturn Homebrew Cartridges

This page is about some homebrew cartridges for Sega Saturn :

- USB dev cart
- Saturn Gamer's Cartridge

Too many cartridge models ? Here is a simple comparative chart for each of them #smile#
(Action Replay specs are given for reference only)

Cartridge Name Connectivity RAM ExtensionMain Feature
Action Replay Parallel Port, @10KB/s 4MB RAM Cheap, easy to buy
USB dev cart USB port, @300KB/s No extra RAM Fast USB transfer
Saturn Gamer's Cartridge#new#SD card, @40KB/s #new# No extra RAM XL-sized memory cartridge ! #new#

Came here to see Saturn homebrew cartridges pictures ? If so, gallery section is for you #smile#

Gallery
Saturn homebrew cartridges gallery
(click on the link to see more)

USB dev cart #anchor#

USB dev cart is a cartridge that plugs into Saturn cartridge port and allow USB-based fast data transfer between your Saturn and PC.
Main purpose of this cartridge is to upload binary/executable data to your Saturn, easing the development of homebrew applications on Saturn.
Note: I have not designed this cart from zero by myself. It is the result of antime's work.

What a Saturn USB dev cart looks like
USB dev cart rev 3
(More pictures here)
Some USB dev carts ready to ship
USB dev carts,
first batch I assembled #smile#
USB dev cart Rev 3
"Rev 3" cartridge, first public version by antime
USB dev cart Rev 1b
"Rev 1b" cartridge
USB dev cart Rev 1b
"Rev 1c" cartridge
USB dev cart Rev 2e
"Rev 2e" cartridge
USB dev cart (front)
USB dev cart
in official memory cartridge case.
USB dev cart (left)
Hole for USB connector
(hand-made ...)

Saturn Gamer's Cartridge #new# #anchor#

Codename : "SD MemCart" : this cartridge features a SD card interface and emulates backup memory cartridge behavior on SD card.
Fed up of limited memory size of your official memory cartridge ? Me too #smile#
Fed up of not being able to share your favorite Saturn RPG saves via internet to your gaming friends ? Me too #smile#

Gamer's Cartridge main features :

- Play import games (*1).
- Play CD-R backup copy of your games. (*2)
- Memory cartridge on SD card. (*2)
- Dump Saturn internal backup memory to SD card.
- Play small homebrew programs from SD card.

(*1) Bypass game region protection, so some games optimized for NTSC may not work well on PAL systems, and vice-versa.
(*2) Direct (in-game) save access, with relatively good game compatibility. Please check Pseudo Saturn Kai compatibility list for details.

I plan to add few more features in cartridge's firmware (upgradeable on user side). Please check my blog from time to time in order to be informed about latest features additions #smile#

Gamer's Cartridge with SF3sc1
Gamer's Cartridge (early prototype),
direct save example with
Shining Force III Scenario 1 :
video, making-of.
Gamer's Cartridge with Dezaemon 2
Gamer's Cartridge (release version),
direct save example with
Dezaemon 2 : video.
Gamer's Cartridge Rev 3.3 (a)
Gamer's Cartridge, PCB "Rev 3.3 (a)"
(More pictures here)
Gamer's Cartridge Rev 3.3 (a)
The same "Rev 3.3 (a)" cartridge, with shell

Wasca cartridge #anchor#

Under development. #trifaq# #crash#
Links : wasca.info (for buyers), wasca on github (for developers).
Also, you can check my blog for any non-official informations about Saturn cartridges and other miscellaneous things.

What this page is providing to me ?

This page is providing you ready-to-use Saturn Homebrew cartridges, as well as their PCB source files, and other technical stuff.

Basically, cartridges here (which includes PCB layout, ICs parts list, firmware source code) are open source, so if you are OK with electronics, SMD parts soldering and cartridge firmware installation, you can try to assemble your cartridge by yourself.
If you are beginner in electronics and motivated enough, this is a good occasion to learn electronics #smile#
But if you focus on using an homebrew cartridge for your beloved Saturn, then you may prefer to order a ready-to-use unit here.

Prices

Note : Currency used is USD (US Dollar, $).

Cartridges (with shell) :

- USB dev cart price : USD 47.
- Gamer's Cartridge price : USD 68.

Remarks about cartridge shell :

- Shell is made from Action Replay cartridge shell.
- Black or white color are available. Most available color is black.
- Shell is in used state, and shell cutting job is handmade.
- What it looks like : picture 1, picture 2.
- By default, I sell cartridges with shell. Please let me know if you want cartridge PCB without shell.

Shipping :

Carts are shipped from Japan, and shipping price is described in EMS homepage in "Up to 500g" row.
EMS currency is JPY (Japanese Yen), and I convert it to USD when contacting your order details.

Examples :

- Shipping to USA is JPY 2000.
- Shipping to Europe is JPY 2200.

Shipping within Japan :
日本国内の場合はゆうパックで発送いたします。
注文処理の簡略化のため、送料は日本全国一律USD6(約600円)を請求いたします。
※ 実際の送料はゆうパック料金表、「60サイズ」区分です。

Saturn Homebrew Cartridge Order Form #anchor#Stock last updated : 2017 August 10



Your email address:
Subject:
Cartridge ID:
Gamer's Cartridge (PCB Rev 3.3 (b)) + "Cassini" label : USD 68
Gamer's Cartridge Gamer's Cartridge

Gamer's Cartridge (PCB Rev 3.3 (b)) + "CDROM" label : USD 68
Gamer's Cartridge Gamer's Cartridge

Gamer's Cartridge (PCB Rev 3.3 (b)) + "PCB" label : USD 68
Note (2017/07/24): very few labels remaining.
Gamer's Cartridge Gamer's Cartridge

Gamer's Cartridge (PCB Rev 3.3 (b)) + "Deza_White" #new# label : USD 68
Gamer's Cartridge Gamer's Cartridge

Gamer's Cartridge (PCB Rev 3.3 (b)) + "Deza_Black" #new# label : USD 68
Gamer's Cartridge Gamer's Cartridge

USB dev cart (PCB Rev 3.4) + label : USD 47
2017/08/07 : Out of stock, and production/support stopped.
USB dev cart USB dev cart USB dev cart
2017/08/10 : Out of stock. Will be available back this Autumn.
2017/08/10 : ご好評につき在庫切れ中です。10月下旬頃までに在庫を準備する予定。
You need to specify :

- A valid email address, so that I can contact you to continue ordering.
- Which country the dev cart need to be sent, in order to estimate shipping fees.
- The ID of cartridge you want to purchase. If not specified, I pick a random cartridge model for you.


Note #1 : It may require few days for me to reply to you. Please be patient. And don't re-send the some "did you read my message ?" email everyday : if I don't have time to answer one email, then I won't certainly have time to answer several emails #trigic#
Note #2 : In order to prove you're not a machine, please enter this homepage's webmaster favorite video game console name in "Turing Test" (*1) field. The name of this favorite video game console fits in 6 letters and is case insensitive.

How ordering a cartridge works :
By clicking on "Send" button, an email containing your order informations is sent to me.
Then, after receiving your message, I transmit you the total price and when I can ship your cart to you. (If I got complete cart in stock, I can ship it within few days.)
After that, and if everything is OK, I ask for your shipping address, in order to write EMS shipping form.
When your cart is ready to be shipped, I send you my paypal address where you need to send the money to.
After receiving the money, I send you your cartridge by EMS and your parcel tracking number by email.

カートリッジ注文の主な流れ:

1. カートリッジ機種、ケース色やラベルの仕様決定
2. 注意事項の同意
3. 送付先の決定
4. 送料を含めて料金の確定
5. ラベルの貼り付け、送り状の準備等
6. お支払い
7. 送付及びゆうパック追跡Noのご連絡


Note about cartridge firmware :
By default, Pseudo Saturn Kai is installed in your cartridge.
It's possible to upgrade cartridge firmware on your side. Please do it at your own risks.
I'm not responsible of any damage caused by firmware upgrade !


(Common sense) rules around ordering process :

- Please don't contact me if you currently don't have money to purchase a cartridge : it's a waste of time for both of us.
- No preorder, no reservation. I simply don't like to sell something that is not assembled/flashed/tested/etc.
- No credit. I receive money, then send cartridge.
- I wait for payment for two (2, 1.414…2) days. If payment is not received after this delay, cartridge is put back for sale.
- I'm not a machine, so salutation words ("Hi", "Regards", etc) in your message are always appreciated #smile#
- Don't. Send. Many. Emails. At. Once. Grouping all your messages in a single one is better #magic#

その他注意事項:

- カートリッジの注文はメールの交換で行いますので、注文フォームにてメールアドレスを入力してください。
- スパムメール対策のため、「ホームページ管理者の好きなゲーム機(英字6文字)」のチューリング・テストを入力してください。
- お支払いの通貨はUSD(米ドル)です。
- お支払いのタイミング「仕様確認後、送付前」です:予約や着払い等は対応していません。
- 返品、交換等も対応しません。
- デザエモン2向けの説明及び操作手順等はデザエモンDBにて参照できます。

Dezaemon DB


Pour commander une cartouche Saturn #anchor#

(For French customers only #beret#)
Si vous habitez en France, je vous conseille de grouper plusieurs commandes via le forum de Darius, afin de réduire les fdp.

#darius#
Darius-sensei

- Infos diverses : [TUTO] cartouches , pour tout savoir.
- Topic de ventes : Les Nouvelles Ventes de Darius - Ca Vient d'Arriver.

カートリッジの代行注文 - Cartridge Order via proxy in Japan#anchor#


「サターンのカートリッジ、欲しいな」、でも「ペイパルアカウントは持っていまい」、もしくは「怪しげな個人ホームページから購入したくない」または「cafe-alphaのブロークンジャパニーズはわかりにくい」などのお悩みの方はプレイングネットワーク殿経由でのご購入はいかがでしょうか.

※ ご購入後、カートリッジの使い方等について不明点がありましたら、直接こちらへお問い合わせください。

Disclaimer #anchor#

Gamer's Cartridge is "just" a XL-sized memory cartridge using SD card which also plays CD-R games. It won't play commercial games from SD card.
And, Gamer's Cartridge doesn't features extra RAM, so the few games requiring it (Metal Slug, and several fighting games. Complete list available on satakore.com) aren't compatible with Gamer's Cartridge.

Cartridges are hand-made : electronic components are hand-soldered, holes for LEDs and SD card socket are drilled and filed by hand, labels are printed, cut and sticked by hand, etc. So please don't order cartridge here if you're expecting to get something made at professional quality.

(Same disclaimer as above, translated in Japanese)
Gamer's Cartridgeでは拡張ラムが搭載されていませんので拡張ラムを使用するゲーム(SNKゲームなど、一覧表はこちら)は非対応です。
カートリッジは手作りですので、細かい出来上がりについて敏感な方は注文をご遠慮下さい。

Download #anchor#Last updated : 2016-06-13

You can extract files from archives by using 7zip software.

#new#SEGA_Saturn_USB_devcard_Win7_64.pdf USB dev cart setup manual
for Win 7 64 bit
#new#SatLink_20170119.7z Software for use on Windows OS
(sources included, works with Pseudo Saturn Kai)
usb_dev_cart_driver_20120723.7z Driver for use on Windows OS
(online readme)

PCB sources :

20160601_usbcart-kicad_r1a.7z Rev 1a PCB sources
usbcart-kicad_20121012_Rev1b.7z Rev 1b PCB sources
usbcart-kicad_20121202_Rev1c.7z Rev 1c PCB sources
20140801_usbcart-kicad_r2e.zip Rev 2e PCB sources
20140801_usbcart-kicad_r2f.zip Rev 2f PCB sources
20160601_usbcart-kicad_r31.7z Rev 3.1 PCB sources
20160601_usbcart-kicad_r33.7z Rev 3.3 PCB sources
20160601_usbcart-kicad_r33_a.7z Rev 3.3 (a) PCB sources
#new#20160714_usbcart-kicad_r33_b.7z Rev 3.3 (b) PCB sources
#new#20140714_usbcart-kicad_r34.7z Rev 3.4 PCB sources
KiCad 2012-01-19 installer (Win32, 146MB) KiCad used to design PCBs until Rev 3.x
(MD5: 123A626FD4DE4341AC556E4BB8D92EAE)

Source files/old files that are not needed for cartridge normal usage :

SatCom_release_20131014.7z Software for use on Windows OS [Old]
(sources included)
usb_cartrom_20130607.7z USB dev cart firmware sources [Old]
(online readme)
usb_cartrom_20120723.7z USB dev cart firmware sources [Old]
SatLink_20120723.7z Software for use on Windows OS [Old]

Note #1 : Some of these softwares are adapted from antime's homepage.

Note #2 : Win7 64 bit setup manual is provided by the courtesy of Duranik team #smile#

Changelog:

- 2016/11/14: Added Rev 3.3 (b) and Rev 3.3 PCB sources.
- 2016/06/13: Added Rev 3.1, 3.3, 3.3 (a) PCB sources, and Kicad "2012-01-19" installer (Win32).
- 2014/09/09: Added "Rev 1b" PCB sources.
- 2014/11/21: Added "Rev 2e" and "Rev 2f" PCB sources.
- 2013/10/14: Added updated firmware sources.
- 2013/06/18: Added Win7 64 bit setup manual.
- 2013/06/07: Added "Rev 1c" prototype PCB and latest firmware sources.
- 2012/07/23: First release of USB dev cart firmware, driver and software.

Cartridge Labels #anchor#Last updated : 2016-07-28

Several labels are available for download here. Please choose and print your favorite one #smile#

cartridge label

Name : Cassini.
Label that will remember you the good old times when Sega codenamed their projects with planets names #smile#
Credits : Nasa/JPL (Saturn picture) and jjennings089.
cartridge label

Name : PCB.
A label for thoses who like to route PCBs #smile#
Credits : jjennings089.
cartridge label

Name : CDROM.
Label designed for Gamer's Cartridge PCB Rev 3.3 and Rev 3.3 (a).
Credits : Thales Peres.
cartridge label

Name : Deza_Black.
#new# Label for Dezaemon 2 fans #smile#
Credits : beebaraka (artwork) and Dezaemon DB (editing).
cartridge label

Name : Deza_White.
#new# Label for Dezaemon 2 fans #smile#
Credits : beebaraka (artwork) and Dezaemon DB (editing).
cartridge label

Name : PCB2.
Label designed for Gamer's Cartridge PCB Rev 3.3 and Rev 3.3 (a).
cartridge label

Name : USB.
Label designed for USB dev cart.
cartridge label

Name : USB_BW.
Label designed for USB dev cart.
cartridge label

Name : Rev 3.1.
Label designed for Gamer's Cartridge PCB Rev 3.1.
cartridge labels
What label look like after being printed and cut.

Want to print a label for your cartridge ?
No problem : please use the ready-to-print (A4 size) image below #smile#

#new#labels_deza_20170317.pdf (6 MB) (PNG, 7 MB) Dezaemon 2 labels in a single A4 page
labels_20160728.pdf (3 MB) (PNG, 8 MB) All other labels above in a single A4 page

FAQ #anchor#

Q: What is the difference between Gamer's Cartridge and USB dev cart ?
A: USB dev cart allows fast USB transfer between Saturn and PC and also plays CD-R games : it's useful for Saturn homebrew software developers, not very useful for other people.
Gamer's Cartridge is a XL-sized memory cartridge using SD card which also plays CD-R games.
If you want to have fun in playing Saturn games (especially the ones using backup memory cartridge such as RPGs, Dezaemon 2, etc.), then Gamer's Cartridge is the best choice for you.
If want to play Saturn games, and occasionally make some small homebrew programs, Gamer's Cartridge choice is still OK since it allows to execute homebrew programs from SD card.
If you want to do intensive Saturn game/application development, with large programs and data files, gdb usage, etc, then you may prefer USB dev cart.

Q: Can I play official/backup Saturn games when using the USB dev cart ?
A: Yes, Pseudo Saturn Kai allows this.

Q: My cartridge doesn't works !
A: Please contact me in order to describe precisely what's wrong with your cartridge.
If your cart can be repaired, all the shipping fees, as well as the money needed to purchase replacement ICs are at your charge.
(Note : each cartridges are tested before shipping.)

Q: Can you discount your carts ?
Q: PCB costs x $ from that manufacturer, ICs cost y $ from that seller, so how about selling your cart at x + y $ ?
A: Short answer : I. don't. discount.
Detailed answer : x + y is parts/material costs. You forgot to add the following items in cartridge cost :

- Shipping costs from PCB manufacturer and ICs salers.
- Risks taken when producing several carts at once (if I make 10 PCBs and sell only 3, what should I do with the remaining 7 ones ?)
- Time taken to solder ICs, to flash firmware(s), to test cartridge.
- Tools and consumables items cost : soldering flux, tin, soldering iron, etc, etc.
- Time spent in designing this homepage, costs for hosting it.
- Time spent in desigining cartridge PCBs.
- Time spent in developing cartridge firmware.

I probably forgot a lot, but I hope you understood : cartridges are developped, assembled, tested and supported on my free time. I don't plan to pay my loans from selling Saturn cartridges : I have a regular job for this.
I set cartridge price to something reasonable for an homebrew item, and hope to sell enough carts in order to pay current cartridge prototyping costs. If I charged everything listed above, I doubt cartridge individual price would even fit in a 3 digits USD price.
Maybe your culture is tolerant regarding price discount. I personally hate price discount.

Q: I want to make a custom cartridge ! Are you ready to listen to my requirements and specifications ?
A: NO. Because I do Saturn things for fun during my spare time.

Q: Where are the tools in order to use USB dev cart under Linux ?
A: Please go to antime's homepage in order to find transfer tool for Linux.
Please contact me if you want something to be fixed/improved in antime's ftx tool. In this case, you will need to test modified version of ftx on your side.
Note: before shipping, USB dev carts are tested under Windows. I don't guarantee it will work on Linux.

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