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June 5, 2021 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Use an Optical Drive Emulator (ODE) to play Sega Saturn games on your Saturn via SD cards

Fenrir ODE for Sega Saturn
The Fenrir ODE for Sega Saturn is sold by Castlemania (and others), alleviating the need for that aging disc drive.
Modern gaming consoles suffer one large problem that doesn't effect older vintage systems. Moving parts. Sure, those optical discs hold a ton of data and the games became epically better looking, but I still play the Atari 2600 my parents bought me when I was twelve. That's not a likely option for newer optical drive based machines.

Moving parts like disc drives suffer from the wear & tear of spinning all the time. They heat up and don't have the lifespan we became accustomed to with video game consoles of the 70s and 80s. but modern technology has invented ways of bypassing vulnerable components and replacing them with digital options.

Got ROMs? Put them on an SD card and this Fenrir hardware lets you remove the optical drive from your Saturn and plug in the ODE (no soldering required) and you'll even benefit from faster load times! It has solutions for both 20 and 21 pin models and works with consoles sold in any region along with all expansion cartridges and the MPEG Video card. As modern game consoles age, this is a great way to play onward into the future!

Priced at around $140, you can breathe new life into your Saturn game console with this kit from Castlemania Games.

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