Super Nintendo (SNES) Reproductions are the new sensation among retro gaming collectors. These SNES reproductions are games that have been reprogrammed and recycled to have and play a new game that has either, never been released in the United States, is a prototype, a fan made game, or a hack of an original game. The process of making a SNES reproduction is quite complicated; you have to be really tech savvy in order to pull off one of these beauties. Luckily there are online sites that do all this work for you.
Collectors who are crazy about Super Nintendo games, often learn how to do SNES reproduction because they enjoyed playing Japanese import games on a computer emulator (PC software that plays ROMs, SNES games), but the feeling of retro gaming was not quite there yet. They prefer to play Japanese import games on the actual console and in English. Research is a principal factor to be able to know all the technical aspects of a SNES cart and understand them. Once you learn the SNES specifications you can recycle old unwanted SNES cartridges, which are called donor carts, and turn them into legit Super Nintendo reproduction; you won’t really know the difference between a repro and an original game! Only games that can be legally made into reproduction are as mentioned before are: fan made games, never before released in the US, and prototypes that never made it in the market. Some of the best titles of reproductions include:
Secrete of Mana 2
Legend of Zelda BS
Megaman and Bass
Dragon Ball Z RPG
The cons about Super Nintendo reproduction carts, is that all the information to learn how to make them is free online. Anybody can learn how to make games, and can start making illegal copies of games that were commercially released on the U.S. This is a great issue for collectors because it will be harder to recognize between a reproduction cartridge and an original cartridge of a rare/expensive game online. Most of the reproduction cartridge makers, are collector who are well-intentioned and will not sell any illegal copy of a game. But, there are people that buy from repro makers, and re-sell this games on eBay, or other sites as “VERY RARE” games at ridiculously high prices.
The prices for a reproduction cartridge can range from 55 dollars to 100 dollars. The price depends on what kind of parts are needed, the quality, and whether the game includes a reproduction box and reproduction manual, or a universal game case, or just the cartridge.
If you plan on collecting reproduction cartridges be very careful, and research the place where you are buying them from. SNES reproductions are helping bring back memories to collector, but can bring bitter experiences if the buyer/collector is not well informed.