Maybe Paul doesn’t know this information. He might be new to the Saturn. Not everybody’s owned a Saturn since they were released in 1994 and 1995. I really wasn’t talking to you since you’re NotANoob and demonstrated that you know everything…
The cart slot size is an issue with Third-Party cartridges. They’re not officially licensed by Sega so they may be built to size a fraction of a millimeter off. That’s why I DON’T remove my 4M once it’s secure and working.
You definitely have problems with that cart if it’s only working with SNK games… None of those ever used the 4MB cart Capcom utilized for its later Saturn ports. SNK was that competitive with Capcom even though Capcom’s cart ‘worked better.’ The Capcom ports with the 4MB were as close to the arcade as you could get for all intents and purposes. The SNK games sometimes slowed down and became choppy because they never had enough RAM even with the 1MB expansion cart!
Those 4M carts works with any Saturn regardless of region and video standard (including PAL). I have switch-modded Saturns (surgeries done prior to getting the 4M 18 months later!) and it doesn’t matter if they’re switched to ‘Japan’ or ‘US’ mode when I use the 4M in them.
You just got a bad cart it seems. If you can return it and get an exchange (which most importers will do within a 30-day period), great. I know in most cases they don’t do refunds unless an item hasn’t been opened.
You can buy the cart from overseas (Play-Asia is your best bet) or try NCSX.com … They used to have more solid import Saturn supplies but they’ve sold hardware excesses on e-Bay. They’re based in New York and definitely easier to do exchanges/returns with if you have a problem with a new 4M cart I see that they still have the Action Replay 3-in-1 which is the same cart that I have minus the PC connector. It’s $10 cheaper than what I bought.
Here’s the link for it from NCS – National Console Support, Inc. | Action Replay 4M Plus 3 in 1
IF I were to get another 4M cart now (inevitable because I have more than 1 Saturn), this is the one I would buy.
Can’t go wrong with NCS. It’s still one of the better importers in the US and they have excellent customer service. I did almost all my imports with them in the past before I found out about Play-Asia.com … NCS also tends to be a bit cheaper than the West coast importers, too.