SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

NEW SAROO Firmware V0.5 Brings BIG Changes

On May 15, 2024, TPUnix released new firmware update V0.5 for the SAROO Sega Saturn Flashcart, bringing some much needed features and improvements. Firm V0.5 Changes Finally, the stock firmware has alphabetical auto-sort, which comes as a huge relief, as the lack of this feature was the primary reason that many folks have gone with […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

Should You Buy a SAROO Saturn Flash Cart?

The SAROO (SEGA Saturn flash cart) project by TPUinx has been building steam over the past year since our initial coverage, and many folks have picked one up to see what all the fuss is about. From the project’s initial conception a decade ago to its dormancy and revitalization, it finally came to market last […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

Artemio Urbina’s 240p Test Suite Finally Hits Saturn!

After years of waiting, we finally have Artemio’s 240p Test Suite now on SEGA Saturn care of hitomi2500, who’s ported it as their submission to SegaXtreme‘s annual Saturn homebrew game competition! According to hitomi, however, this port of the Suite is [currently] a work in progress, and calibration results based on this port could be […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

Major Update to Pseudo Saturn Kai, Satiator Menu Kai Released!

The team behind the most widely used Sega Saturn softmod released a significant update to cap off 2023. Pseudo Saturn Kai V6.541 comes to the Saturn scene after about two years of development and testing, according to lead tester privateye. The team, lead by developer cafe-alpha, added a new menu with cheat support for users […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

SEGA’s TGA 2023 Live Premier Stuns Fans

Last night, SEGA sent a massive SHOCKWAVE across social media platforms with their ‘POWER SURGE: SEGA REVEAL TRAILER – TGA 2023’ live premier! Fans were absolutely buzzing about this megaton BOMB of an announcement: Several classic and beloved SEGA franchises are making a comeback via and handful of series reboots currently in development. POWER SURGE: […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

SHIRO! EDITOR’S CORNER PODCAST – EP 19: Chat with Audi Sorlie

Join SHIRO! for a chat with Audi Sorlie of Limited Run Games talking SEGA Saturn, NEC PC-98, Japanese Visual Novels, Digital Foundry, game music composition, physical media & the current state of the games industry and several other retro gaming topics! Podbean Version: https://segasaturnshiro.podbean.com/e/ec_ep19

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

Interview: Retro-Bit on Saturn Wireless Pro

The SHIRO! crew caught up with Ryan Engstrom (aka Archades Games), an independent tester working alongside Retro-Bit at the 2023 Portland Retro Gaming Expo. We discussed their upcoming 2.4Ghz Saturn Wireless Pro Controller, a wireless Saturn-inspired (and Saturn compatible) pad with two thumb sticks, four shoulder buttons and all the fixings of a modern controller. […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

INTERVIEW: 7SHADES talks Saturn Development at PRGE 2023

Back in 2021, SHIRO! had the opportunity to interview the then Saturn homebrew community newcomer, 7Shades, regarding his shadow-dropped title, CUBECAT. At that time, the game was still fairly early in development, and the engine was still undergoing constant changes. Fast forward to this past weekend at PRGE 2023, and SHIRO! caught up with 7Shades […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

Interview: Retro-Bit Unveils Early Dreamcast Pad Prototypes

The SHIRO! team caught up with Rich and Andy from Retro-Bit at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and we were focused primarily on covering the much anticipated Saturn Wireless Pro Controller. However, the Retro-Bit guys had another trick up their sleeves that caught us completely by surprise! It turns out they’ve been working on both […]

SaturnDave (Sega Saturn, SHIRO!)

NEW! Saturn 3D Analog USB Adapter

Hardware developer & tinkerer Takusan (aka GEEKY Fab) just recently announced the release of a new USB-C adapter module for the Saturn’s 3D Analog Control Pad, aka the Sega “Multi Controller” or “marucon” (マルコン) in Japan. The primary aim of this device (according to its creator) is the use of the 3D control pad on […]