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What’s the cheap­est and eas­i­est way to back up save files from car­tridges?

Alex Har­ford via Twit­ter

Right now we use the Retrode 2, a usb car­tridge reader which sup­ports the snes and Mega drive na­tively, and a va­ri­ety of other sys­tems via plug-in car­tridges. We’ve found that most games work fine, but that some games don’t (par­tic­u­larly third­party ones) – we couldn’t get the data from NBA Jam Tour­na­ment Edi­tion or Mi­cro Ma­chines 96.

The Retron 5 can also ap­par­ently do this for the sys­tems that it sup­ports.

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How do you get a PAL Dream­cast to play Ja­panese games? Mike J Fitzger­ald via Twit­ter

There are two good ways to do this, ei­ther with a mod or with a boot disc. The mod is a re­gion-free re­place­ment Bios chip, which will en­able you to play discs of any re­gion with no ex­tra fuss – just pop the disc into the tray as nor­mal and go. Boot discs like dc-x are cheap and non-in­va­sive, but you have to start the con­sole with them each time you want to play an im­port game. They do also al­low you to force VGA on some games, which is nice.

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How do you ease your chil­dren into retro gam­ing? An­thony Bull via Face­book

durable car­tridge-based sys­tems are the best starters – the likes of the Mas­ter sys­tem, snes and GBA. These of­fer sim­ple games with time­less char­ac­ters your child will recog­nise, in­clud­ing dis­ney games, Poké­mon games and the likes of sonic and Mario. Af­ter all, you don’t want your child’s friends ask­ing, “What’s dizzy?” Nick finds that be­ing sin­gle means that he won’t ac­quire chil­dren, so he can just play games him­self rather than wor­ry­ing about what they’re in­ter­ested in, but you may feel this is rather too dras­tic.

[Dream­cast} If you want to play im­ported Ja­panese games on a PAL Dream­cast, you have a cou­ple of op­tions open to you.

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