Category Archives: New Arrival

PSIO Switch Board Installation

The PSIO development cartridge, that I had preordered in June 2017, finally arrived this month. The whole package is very well made and looks almost like a genuine Sony PlayStation peripheral. The cartridge requires a modification before use, the PSIO switch board installation. The switch board detects the presence of the cartridge and switches the signals from the ODD to the parallel port.

PSIO package
PSIO package

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Tennokoe 2 RGB Output

2018 will be a great year for the PC Engine. Terraonion, the maker of the NEOSD cartridge, has announced the Super SD System 3 add-on.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to use it with my Duo-RX and GT, and the SuperGrafx is too bulky and ugly to take it out for gaming. I ordered a cheap CoreGrafx from Yahoo! Japan Auctions which came with a Tennokoe 2 backup memory device attached to the expansion connector.
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Neo Geo MV2FS at Home

Neo Geo games and hardware have been a part of my life for many years. As I was looking at store displays during the early 90s, I was amazed at how huge these game carts were in comparison with other consoles, such as the Nintendo GameBoy.

In the late 90s, the emulators NeoRAGE and NeoRAGEx introduced me to the world of Neo Geo and arcade emulation. At that time, MAME didn’t yet have the capacity to emulate those games properly and at a decent speed. Later on, when MAME finally became a useable Neo Geo emulator, it became quite easy to add new released games and dumps to the source code, and play them as well.
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GameCube with GCVideo, Qoob Pro and IcedCube Case

This is a GameCube that I acquired recently. It has a true HDMI output and blue controller ports.

HDMI GameCube
HDMI GameCube

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3RADD – The 3-D Sound For Video Games And PCs

An unusual SegaSaturn accessory: The 3RADD – A sound enhancer with SRS psychoacoustic technology, read a review on this japanese blog. A scan of the manual.
The effect with audio sources is quite nice, it boosts the sound and positions it around your head. The technology is used in all kinds of devices and software, e.g. the Windows Media Player (SRS WOW).

The imprint on the PCB reveals that this is actually the Game Gizmo 3D (or 3-D) by Calypso Micro Products. This is what a found with the new information:
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Philips CDI 450 & 550 and Mad Dog McCree

More Philips CDI stuff arrived this week: The twins CDI 450/00 and CDI 550/00. While the 450 is a very common low-cost model I’ve never seen a 550 before (actually the 450 + DVC was sold as 550).

Philips CDI 450 & 550
Philips CDI 450 & 550

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View LaserDisc subtitles with TVGuardian 101

Most US LaserDiscs have CC subtitles, to view them outside the US you need a CC decoder.

The TVGuardian 101 is a terrible device for uptight people that detects and censors words like “hell” in the CC subtitles. It also mutes the audio when an offending word or sentence was detected. For more details see the Manual that is available here: TVGuardianOwnersManual101.pdf.

When the filter is turned off this device is a very cheap alternative to CC decoders and can be used to superimpose CC subtitles on the LaserDisc video signal.

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Samsung DVD-N505 NUON Enhanced DVD Player

Finally received a NUON Enhanced DVD Player, the missing VLM link between Atari Jaguar CD and Microsoft Xbox 360.  It’s in a very bad shape and came without remote control but it works like a charm and even plays games on DVD+/-R and homebrew games on CD-R.

These players are quite rare and show up only once in a year. The model I got is Samsung’s last European NUON DVD player, the DVD-N505 without controller ports. There are two hacks to add controller ports though. I going for the latter hack and will add mini-DIN connectors to the Logitech Gamepads soon.

SegaSaturn Twin-Stick

Even though I am collecting as many different SegaSaturn peripherals as I can find, I successfully avoided the Twin-Stick until last week. Mainly because of it’s huge size and small library of supported games. Well, here it is:

SegaSaturn Twin-Stick

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Akazukin Cha-Cha and PC Engine Fan Special CD-ROM Vol.2 for PC-FX

Two more items for my PC-FX collection:

Akazukin Cha-Cha: Osawagase! Panic Race! and PC Engine Fan Special CD-ROM Vol.2
Akazukin Cha-Cha: Osawagase! Panic Race! and PC Engine Fan Special CD-ROM Vol.2

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