Homebrew Seiken Densetsu 3 Cart
By John Weidman
This is not a standard Nintendo proto -- it's a custom
cart conversion done by me. I don't know if you qualify
it as rarity or not but it's so cool I thought I'd send
What do you do if you want to play a Seiken Densetsu
3, a Japanese game, in English on your SNES. There is
a high quality English translation for the game available.
You could play it on a backup unit but I was looking
for an in cart solution. I wanted an SD3 cart I could
plug into the SNES and play. I wanted the cart to use
the standard SNES cart form factor; I didn't want a
Frankenstein cart that was twice the size of a real
cart or something that wouldn't quite fit in a standard
cart shell. You can replace the ROM in a SNES cart but
since Nintendo uses a slightly non-standard ROM pinout
you'll have to do some re-wiring to get it to work.
This re-wiring is minimal for small ROMs but for a 32Mbit
ROM you've got a major problem which likely will prevent
installation in a standard cart shell. I solved it by
using an adapter to convert a 32Mbit TSOP EPROM to a
Nintendo DIP pinout. The quality of this thing is phenomenal.
I can hardly believe how well it turned out -- and I
This method should work quite well for other games as
well. I keep thinking that one day I'll do a Tales of
Phantasia English cart.