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General Questions and Information Thread was More requests/B-Club, PSIV, and some game ID for now :/

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Incidentally, Non-Volatile Ram is a standard feature in every Atari Jaguar cartridge. Even games with no discernible reason to feature saves have them, and will usually at least save your options configurations until you reset using a similar button chord.

Funnily enough, there isn't enough RAM in the standard Jaguar cartridge to hold a park in Theme Park, so the Jaguar version of Theme Park features no saving at all lol.

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View PostOverlord, on 06 March 2017 - 03:02 PM, said:

Luckily for you, I have the manual.

Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament manual said:

Non-Volatile Ram (NVR)
This game features a special memory chip called NVR which keeps information permanently. It should work for up to 100 years, which is long after any battery back-up memory system will have failed. The information shown in the Statistics screen is kept in the NVR. If you ever want to clear this memory you need to hold down the buttons A, B, C and START on the controllers plugged into Control 1 and Control 2, simultaneously, when you are on the main menu screen. (Its [sic] meant to be difficult so that you don't lose your valuable data accidentally!)

I tried to find an english manual online to no avail.
Thank you for the info, really! Everyone had random names and stats when i got the cartridge.
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Don't know if these were out there before, but Giant Bomb has recorded some Sega PR VHS tapes that media outlets used to get:


They uploaded most of these quite some time ago but I've never seen them mentioned on here, so just posting them in case people here hadn't seen these yet. Not sure if Giant Bomb will upload stuff like this again for quite some time though, they already only upload VHS tapes once in a while and their video producer just left.

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Retro:

Explain.

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Buy it? Or someone in Spain buy it if they don't ship overseas.

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It's a whole €1 if you're keen

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Just perusing some old Mags...

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I still think it's really weird the Saturn didn't have 32X or Genesis back-compat

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Mega Drive, yeah.

32X? Why would they do that? It was a failed addon that SoJ didn't even like all that much.

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I always imagined that while Sega Hardware would be a somewhat confusing fragmented series of options, the 32-bit software releases could be platform agnostic. Say you buy the first Panzer Dragoon, and inside you find a cartridge and a CD.

Mega Drive with 32X - Cartridge only - Panzer Dragoon without textures, a bit slower, and with Mega Drive audio (equivalent to Starwing/Starfox).

Mega Drive with 32X and Mega CD - Use both Cartridge and CD to play the above with the CD audio soundtrack and some 32X-enhanced FMV

Neptune (Saturn spec without CD drive that has Mega Drive compatibility) - Cartridge only - same as 32X, but maybe a little faster, higher res, maybe some textures.

Neptune with CD add-on (upgraded to full Saturn spec, needs a larger bus connection than the original Mega CD) - Cartridge + CD - the full saturn game with textures and CD audio

Saturn - Panzer Dragoon as we know and love, with maybe faster loading times by utilising the Cartridge.

The cartridge contains the lo-fi game with some Saturn/Neptune textures for faster loading, and the CD contains the hi-fi version with CD audio and FMV available for the lo-fi game when paired with the Mega CD


No matter which upgrade path you chose, your software library stays the same. You could go the 32X route for a while, get to play the latest games earlier, but when you eventually upgrade to Saturn, you can take your software with you. Saturn too expensive? Get a Neptune and save up for the CD drive later.
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The problem there is that you end up with more hardware platforms on the go than HP has printer combinations (spoiler - it's a LOT). It's not very consumer friendly. I see what you're trying to say but it'd probably have been a disaster.

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It's the only way the 32X fits into the family. You'd handle the transition gradually, phasing out the Mega CD and 32X as the Neptune becomes available, and the prematurely early Saturn launch is potentially boosted by 32X owners grabbing Saturn launch titles for the lo-fi versions and locking them in to upgrading to Saturn eventually down the track. It's more or less the same as Master System titles advertising compatibility with various models and the power base converter on Mega Drive.

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View PostOverlord, on 17 May 2017 - 12:56 PM, said:

32X? Why would they do that? It was a failed addon that SoJ didn't even like all that much.

That's the entire point.

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View Postdoc eggfan, on 17 May 2017 - 05:37 PM, said:

It's the only way the 32X fits into the family. You'd handle the transition gradually, phasing out the Mega CD and 32X as the Neptune becomes available, and the prematurely early Saturn launch is potentially boosted by 32X owners grabbing Saturn launch titles for the lo-fi versions and locking them in to upgrading to Saturn eventually down the track. It's more or less the same as Master System titles advertising compatibility with various models and the power base converter on Mega Drive.

People actually bought Master Systems. =P

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