A lot of contemporary video game players take online communications for granted—after all, online services have been a standard feature in consoles for nearly fifteen years at this point. However, before the ubiquity of the internet there was a time when some clever cartridges let gamers run up to the bleeding edge of technology and peer into the future.
Today, let’s close out our cartridge series by taking a look at a few cartridges that offered some form of connectivity for otherwise isolated consoles. As always, this isn’t a comprehensive list of everything that existed—it’s just a brief survey at some of the more notable or interesting high points.
I really miss the days of whacky console addons.
Gaming as a whole is dead to the old school hardcore fans like us. But I will admit I loved tinkering around in the days of Xband and Sega Channel, the Netlink for the saturn and finally built in dialup (and optional broadband) for the Sega Dreamcast. If you have a Raspberry pi, and old usb modem and software called DreamPI, the latter 2 can be used to pay games online again. This is mostly thanks to people reverse engineering and emulating the old server software, with some custom redirects, for these games.