The beginning

Somewhere in august 2013, when I connected and played on the SNES again after quite some time, I stumbled upon some great games that never existed for the PAL SNES: Secret of Mana 2 (Seiken Densetsu 3) and Earthbound.
While those where both expensive I bought them and kept wondering how those game could be made for my PAL SNES even though the games where never released in Europe.

My curiosity got the best of me and even before I received the games I ordered a SNES bit set to open the SNES console and SNES cartridges.
When the games arrived and indeed played fine on my original unmodified SNES console I couldn't resist opening them up.

That was the start of a still ongoing learning experience: can I just buy a chip with a random rom on it and solder it to the cartridge PCB? How do you bypass the NTSC security chip (CIC)? What does HiROM or LoROM mean? What's with the roms with or without headers?

Meanwhile I have the answer to all questions above and some more. Thanks to the great information sources on the web I have become quite skillful at replacing the 'donor' maskrom and adding any game you could want on it.

If you're interested in creating a reproduction yourself or if you want me to make you a reproduction just let me know.
By Stefan Nicodem Last updated: 28 January 2016, 19:55