For several days, a retrogaming compilation intended for a niche audience has been making a lot of talk. And this for unexpected reasons. Indeed, it was discovered that the latter runs its games using a SEGA Saturn emulator. And that it is relatively easy to use it to run other games on the SEGA 32-bit console. Extensive research provides more information on its compatibility.
Videos now give an idea of what the SEGA Saturn emulator for Nintendo Switch gives. Since it was discovered that the Cotton Guardian Force Tribute compilation runs using the ZebraEngine emulator, players with the Japanese version have kept trying on Switch different titles from the catalog of the Saturn.
And one of them decided to take video captures to document the process. Indeed, the person behind the YouTube channel Stranno posted a series of videos in which he shows how Saturn games turn out on Switch via ZebraEngine. The videographer explains that he has tested about 100 games and that he estimates the level of compatibility at 85%.
And in his videos he shows around 85 games tested. He explains in order for things to run smoothly, overclocking is necessary. And it also indicates that future tweaks should resolve compatibility issues. He also specifies that this Saturn emulator for Switch is a port of SSF, the very first console emulator from SEGA. Developed by a Japanese man under the pseudonym of “Shima, “this emulator has been around since 1999.
An unexpected second life on Switch for Saturn games
For the record, it is paradoxical to see so many Saturn games run so well on Nintendo Switch. Indeed, the Cotton Guardian Force Tribute compilation has been strongly criticized for the quality of its emulation. The three included titles suffer from significant input lag, which makes the playing experience unpleasant.
It therefore appears that ZebraEngine works better with other games than with those officially marketed. Note, however, that the Japanese publisher of Cotton Guardian Force Tribute promises upcoming updates improving the situation.
As previously indicated, the Cotton Guardian Force Tribute compilation, which runs using a SEGA Saturn emulator, will soon be entitled to a boxed version on Nintendo Switch (and PS4) in Europe. The latter will only be offered in small quantities on the Strictly Limited Games Shop. All information about this physical version is available at this address.
What do you think of these videos of the emulator in action? Do they impress you? How would you like Saturn games to be officially sold on Switch? If yes, which ones ? Give us your opinion in the comments below.