modding to play imports requires installing a dpdt switch and is pretty complicated. Backups are much easier. You just need to get a chip and plug the cd ribbon into the chip, then the chip into where the cd ribbon used to be in. They’re solderless. I think your best bet is to mod it with a chip, then get a cartridge to play imports.
Man that swap trick is NOT healthy for your saturn.
last chip i new of was just a passthru connector that connected to the cd ribbon cable, and that was it. it only allowed play of backups i believe. as for imports, you still had to use a par (par 4-in-1 i recommend obviously, im sure you know that) or whatever you choose to play import
The racketboy site says that you can change the region from the ISO itself. Is this true?
Say I set my Saturns region to Japan (when modding, you change jumper settings for this), would a region cart then allow me to play American games on my machine?
Would doing #2 change my Saturns intro to the Japanese intro (with different music and logo)?? (if so) That would rule!
For European region games, does the Saturn reset to 50hz mode? If so is there a way to get them to run in 60 (for obvious reasons)?
If #2 is possible, than I may be able to save money on a 4 in 1 solution alltogether, because my friend has spare 4m and 1m carts, and they are official Sega Japan carts which I would rather use anyway. I already beat Panzer Saga 10 years ago (before I chucked it on Ebay for a then impressive 150$), I’m only interested in playing shooters and fighters, 90% of which are Japan-only.
Funny story, I actually went to target yesterday, and I asked the clerk for an SDTV (standard def) that can be placed on it’s side. He just kinda looked at me funny and said “what do you need that for?”. I didn’t hesitate and said bluntly “In order to play import Sega Saturn shooters in Tate mode.” He goes, and no lie, “Oh, ok.” Like he knew what I meant lol. My friend w/ me was laughin.
Anyway that story was probably funnier to us I just realized but thought I’d share it anyway. They have a couple TV’s, a really big one for 119 that we both agreed looked like it could be placed on its side. My Tv, when you place it on its side, turns green. Then again, my sht is a Zenith from 1990.