X

Trivia

Hard

Which Game Console’s Cartridges Featured In-cartridge Co-processors?

Atari 6800
SNES
PlayStation
Sega Genesis
An FX GSU-2-SP1 co-processor within an SNES game cartridge.
Lusheeta/Wikimedia

Answer: SNES

Nintendo invested an enormous amount of money in developing and marketing their Super Nintendo Entertainment System and they wanted to maximize the life cycle of the console. Rather than limit games to only accessing the hardware within the SNES console itself, Nintendo built support into the console for in-cartridge processors. When a game came along that needed extra processing power, they could simply add a processor to the board within the cartridge to help out.

The first game to feature such a co-processor was Pilotwings (1991). Pilotwings was followed by dozens of co-processor enhanced titles including: Super Mario Kart, Star Fox, and Mega Man X3. If you’re curious as to whether an old game has an added processor or not, cartridges enhanced with an onboard processor included an additional 16 pins, 8 to each side of the original pins. Simply flip the cartridge upside down and look for the additional pins.

Trivia

Very Hard

What Company Did Google Almost Sell Out To For Less Than A Million Dollars?

Trivia

Hard

The First Companion Character Link Has In Any Of The Legend Of Zelda Games Is?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Was The World’s First Code-Breaking Computer?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Oldest Surviving Playable Sound Recording Captured What?

Trivia

Hard

Iconic Children’s Toy Play-Doh Got Its Start As?

Trivia

Hard

Which Children’s Show Features Sets Rendered By The Unreal Game Engine?

Trivia

Hard

The Most Critical Feature Of A Gargoyle Is That It Is?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Second Generation Game Console Boasted The Most Titles?

Trivia

Easy

Standardized Time Keeping Was Brought About By The Advent Of What?

Trivia

Hard

The First Satellite To Orbit The Sun Did So When It Missed What Target?