I just wanted to let all of you guys know what one of my all time FAVORITE video game accessories is. That would be the Action Replay PLUS cartridge for Sega Saturn! My thoughts on this product is first that it is incredibly ingenious. It acts as a memory card, a ram card, cheat code provider, and allows games from one region to be played on another region console.
This little guy does some amazing stuff! First of all as you probably know, some Saturn games (especially a lot of Capcom titles) require extra ram. While there are a few options on the market, this one in my opinion puts all the rest to shame. This is because not only are you getting the necessary ram from the cartridge, this thing allows you to play Japanese games on an American system or European and vice versa! Yes, if you didn’t know, some of the most fun games for Saturn were never released in America due to the overwhelming success of the Playstation 1. Well that didn’t matter too terribly much because with one of these puppies you can still play all the best games, even if you have a PAL Sega Saturn!
This is one of my favorite examples! This game is really fun for Saturn and you couldn’t get it in an American version. The only drawback is obviously most people can’t read Japanese. However in today’s world, one can simply google the controls and objectives of the game(s).
Also we all know that the batteries die in Sega Saturns, and this product acts as a memory card as well, leaving peace of mind that you game was indeed saved.
And for all of you cheaters out there, this thing has preloaded codes on it and allows the user to save more to it! However, I am not that experienced with this feature as I try hard not to cheat, the farthest I’ll usually go is exploiting a glitch or a built in secret, for example in the Mario games on NES.
I think this product was an awesome example of the ingenuity that the video game industry is capable of. Some people saw the Saturn as a troubled console, while others truly saw the full potential of this amazing console. Yes the Saturn was plagued with having its battery and got crushed by Sony, but I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the Saturn was indeed one of the best systems produced!