I get asked a lot about “What are these cartridges” and “How do you load games off the HDD” on some of the equipment at my games nights.
The main reason why I use these methods is I really don’t want to have potentially expensive cartridges or discs, in the case of some games the prices of them has gone insane, id rather have a CD-r damaged than a real disc. I have had some games nicked in the past (including a nearly 100% Perfect dark).
DISCLAIMER, I will only use such devices on games machines that are no longer supported by the manufacturer and where possible I own the originals. I do not endorse piracy in anyway, DONT COPY THAT FLOPPY!!
Now I shall bestow upon you the methods like some kind of wizard of tech gubbins.
Main cartridge consoles
For the likes of the Mega drive, SNES, NES, N64, Master system, PC Engine I use handy little devices called “Everdrives” they offer a way of playing ROMs and Homebrew on the consoles they are for, id rather not have loose carts laying about, other flash carts are available, but to be honest they are all garbage (Do not ever get a Super UFO pro 8 for the SNES its a piece of rubbish).
Avoid the Ebay ones as they are Chinese clones and DON’T support the games they say they do instead grab from the official store, also if they go wrong he offers to fix them for free and is generally a top bloke.
Disc based systems
The Sega Saturn is modchipped these can be obtained on various sites, I do not have links as I got mine done years ago, I have recently become aware of another method of playing CD-Rs using an Action replay cart but you do need a way of playing CD-Rs, I am happy to do this mod my self, more info on THIS LINK.
I have recently gotten a Rhea for it, this replaces the CD-Rom drive with an SD card slot, no menu system for it yet, but ive been a bit of a clever dick with it and done this, if you want to get one they can be gotten from here
The Playstation 2 I use is a normal PS2 with no modifications, I do have a chipped one for trying discs, but what I use at my nights is one with a HDD, theres a few ways to get it to load off the HDD, the most popular way is using free Mc boot, this requires a memory card and a process that to be honest I cant be bothered doing, my method is much simpler, I use a simple program simply titled “Free Hard Drive Boot” (FHDB), all you need to do is put a file on the HDD and it runs on any none slim PS2. Info on how can be gotten from the following video.
The Playstations are mod chipped, I am currently waiting on the PSIO to save on discs.
The Wii on the other hand has tons of methods, the easiest is to use the “Letter bomb” method and a USB loader (personally use GX loader) to load the iso’s (I own most of them),Gamecube game loading is a bit more tricky, you need to use “Nintendont” and partition the HDD one side is FAT32 the other is the Wiis own file system, this makes adding Gamecube games a matter of ripping the ISO and dropping it on the HDD
The Gamecube (from my collection) is also mod chipped, since getting the Wii done I have hardly used it.
CD32/3DO/MegaCD these require no modifications to run back ups.
Amiga 600, this has a few options, but for the most part I use a HXC internal CF card mod for simple games and a Gotek USB disc drive replacement for everything else, the latter is a bit of a smeg to use, currently looking into making it less so
If there’s anything ive missed feel free to let me know.