In 2014 I wrote here on Skooter Blog on how not all Mega Drive are the same. Later I compared the sound of a Mega Drive III Tec Toy and a Sega Genesis the first model.
But these differences are not unique to Mega Drive. Virtually all console presents changes in internal components throughout your life cycle, Although externally they continue equal or nearly equal, complicating the lives of who wants to buy a specific version.
And with the Super Nintendo was no different, He went through several internal reviews, the main one of which occurred in 1995, with the emergence of a PCB named 1Chip. She takes that name because the CPU and the two Super Nintendo PPUs were combined in a single chip, probably to cut costs.
The fact is that the Super Nintendo 1Chip has considerable differences with regard to previous models. Perhaps the main her is the image. The Super Nintendo 1Chip presents a remarkably sharper image.
The Super Nintendo of my childhood 3Chip model (or 2Chip), specifically the review 2/1/2 (CPU v2, PPU1 v1, PPU2 v2), do I have to 1993 today. But I also have a 1Chip (review 2/1/3), I won a few years ago. Here are some screenshots comparing them. In both cases, the Framemeister XRGB Mini was used with the same settings and the capture was done with Elgato Game Capture HD60, so the only variable was the console.
Tip: Open the links of the images in two separate tabs, switch between the tabs to see the difference.
The graphical differences have made the Islands 1Chip quite sought after. Sellers generally charge more expensive when they know those differences and are selling this review. A lot of people who already had a Super Nintendo from another model tried to buy a 1Chip. There are even those who bought several in hopes of finding some 1Chip.
Furthermore, there 3 different 1Chip reviews, and there's not much consensus on which one is the best, Since there are small variations even within the same review, but the latest 1Chip-03, seem to be the most sought after, Although they are the only ones who need a against to emit the signal CSYNC, What does not occur in other.
In Brazil find a 1Chip isn't so hard, Since Nintendo came late here, by Playtronic (joint venture of gradient and Star) and then the Gradient. My 1Chip is the Gradiente. Most of the islands of Playtronic are 1Chip. And the consoles with manufacturing Gradient label seem to be all 1Chip.
But not all are advantages in Super Nintendo 1Chip. The review is also known for presenting some glitches in the graphs of some games, effect of “Ghost” in some funds, and white levels too high. The last SD2SNES firmware to back some attempts to circumvent these limitations. The Byuu, author of BSNES/Higan, I said 1Chip is so different internally that resembles a clone system.
For these and others I'm in doubt if it really is worth investing time and (Very much) money in search of a Super Nintendo 1Chip. Yes, I understand very well to get the best image possible in the original hardware, otherwise I wouldn't be using my Super Nintendo with a cable RGB SCART w/CSYNC and multicoax and an Framemeister. The question is whether it is worthwhile to accept glitches and other problems in Exchange for a slightly higher sharpness.
I personally have never used the Super Nintendo 1Chip as my main console. The Super Nintendo of my childhood 3Chip review 2/1/2 do you do this role. In part by special affection for him be with me since 1993, and also because my 1Chip has a defect: the RESET button doesn't work.
This week I even tried repair RESET button of my Super Nintendo 1Chip to test him as Super Nintendo main for a while. But unfortunately your PCB is not in good condition, the tracks are lost around the reset and oscillator (remnants of a nut transcoding?), and I ended up giving up on him. Trashed.
For a moment I thought about buying another Super Nintendo 1Chip, but I know how hard it is to find a Super Nintendo in good condition today, even more specific template. Who has a Super Nintendo well maintained, no scratches and latches, without oxidations on the boards, tagged gifts and stored, etc. not sell or ask too expensive for him. I don't see the My 3Chip in any way, because he is in perfect state of conservation, as I have shown here in Skooter Blog.
I think if we are giving up originality and making concessions to glitches in favor of better image on Super Nintendo, a more appropriate path is the Analogue Super Nt. Yes, I know it's not an official product, and that is not cheap, but it offers the best image you can get today with a Super Nintendo, better than 1Chip, and without latency as the emulators. Its core, running on FPGA, is based on early versions of Super Nintendo and, therefore, without glitches. He combines the best of all versions of Super Nintendo.
I know that the Super Nintendo 1Chip is an official product, but like Byuu said, It's practically a clone. And clone on clone… Remember, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition It is also an official product, but it's not true to the original hardware, being just an emulator, and even less than the Higan, which is the best emulator of the Super Nintendo and without any relationship with the company.
Ultimately, for those who do not have a Super Nintendo, There are good reasons for wanting an original console, No matter which version is. There are also good reasons to buy Analogue Super Nt. And there's even good reasons to buy Super Nintendo Classic Edition or only emulate with the Higan. It all depends on what we are seeking. May be the original experience factor, can be the nostalgia factor, may be the search for the best image, can be the best cost-benefit, and can be all together and mixed.
But for me, with my use, Today I see little motivation to go after another Super Nintendo 1Chip. On the other hand, I am very interested in Analogue Super Nt and am considering go on pre-sale for classic model, that will be posted on September. The black model is with prompt delivery, but the classic I like better. And is a new product, without the surprises that sometimes appear when we bought a console used by the Internet.
With the Analogue Super Nt I would have the best of both worlds: have the original Super NES still of the first reviews, to answer the question the original experience and nostalgia, for being my Super Nintendo kindergarten. And also would have, with the Analogue, the best chart, all digital via HDMI, without SCART cables or upscalers.
And you? How to play Super Nintendo? Has one or more Super Nintendo? Which review? Is there a clone? Prefer emulators? Which model of the Analogue Super Nt Please you more? Tell us in the comments.