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SuFami Turbo

The SuFami Turbo is an accessory released by Bandai for Nintendo's Super Famicom system and was released in 1996, retailing for ¥3,980 JPY.

The unit would be inserted into the Super Famicom and offer its own two separate cartridge slots. The idea being that not having to rely on Nintendo to manufacture expensive cartridges for game distribution would cut down on the costs of game distribution. The product itself was officially endorsed by Nintendo, under the condition that Bandai would handle all aspects of hardware manufacturing itself.

The dual slot design would allow multiple games to communicate with each other, the idea for the game in slot 1 to be the one that's currently being played and the game in slot 2 being the one providing additional data for the game currently being played. Of the thirteen games released for the SuFami Turbo, nine of them can link up.

This system scrapes metadata for the “sufami” group and loads the sufami set from the currently selected theme, if available.

Grouped with the “snes” group of systems.

  • Emulator: RetroArch
  • Folder: /userdata/roms/sufami
  • Accepted ROM formats: .st, .fig, .bs, .smc, .sfc, .zip, .7z
MD5 checksum Share file path Description
d3a44ba7d42a74d3ac58cb9c14c6a5ca bios/STBIOS.bin

Place your SuFami Turbo ROMs in /userdata/roms/sufami.

RetroArch (formerly SSNES), is a ubiquitous frontend that can run multiple “cores”, which are essentially the emulators themselves. The most common cores use the libretro API, so that's why cores run in RetroArch in Batocera are referred to as “libretro: (core name)”. RetroArch aims to unify the feature set of all libretro cores and offer a universal, familiar interface independent of platform.

RetroArch configuration

RetroArch offers a Quick Menu accessed by pressing [HOTKEY] + South button (B SNES) which can be used to alter various things like RetroArch and core options, and controller mapping. Most RetroArch related settings can be altered from Batocera's EmulationStation.

Standardized features available to all libretro cores: sufami.videomode, sufami.ratio, sufami.smooth, sufami.shaders, sufami.pixel_perfect, sufami.decoration, sufami.game_translation

ES setting name batocera.conf_key Description ⇒ ES option key_value
Settings that apply to all cores of this emulator
GRAPHICS API sufami.gfxbackend Choose which graphics API library to use. Vulkan is better, when supported.
⇒ OpenGL opengl, Vulkan vulkan.
AUDIO LATENCY sufami.audio_latency In milliseconds. Can reduce crackling/cutting out.
⇒ 256 256, 192 192, 128 128, 64 64, 32 32, 16 16, 8 8.
THREADED VIDEO sufami.video_threaded Improves performance at the cost of latency and more video stuttering.
⇒ On true, Off false.

libretro: snes9x

libretro: snes9x configuration
ES setting name batocera.conf_key Description ⇒ ES option key_value
Settings that apply to all systems this core supports
REDUCE SPRITE FLICKERING (UNSTABLE) global.reduce_sprite_flicker Enhancement. Remove the thirty-two sprites per line limit. Crashes certain games.
⇒ Off disabled, On enabled.
OVERCLOCK (UNSTABLE) global.reduce_slowdown Overclock the SNES CPU (Gradius 3, Super R-Type).
⇒ Off disabled, Light (load times) light, Compatible compatible, Max (demanding games) max.
SUPER FX OVERCLOCK global.overclock_superfx Enhancement. Reduces slowdown in mode 7 games.
⇒ 50% 50%, 60% 60%, 70% 70%, 80% 80%, 90% 90%, 100% 100%, 150% 150%, 200% 200%, 250% 250%, 300% 300%, 350% 350%, 400% 400%, 450% 450%, 500% 500%.
BLEND HIGH-RES MODE global.hires_blend Blur high-res mode, allowing for better transparency effects.
⇒ Off disabled, Merge merge, Blur blur.
CONTROLLER 1 TYPE global.controller1_snes9x
⇒ SNES Gamepad 1, SNES Mouse 2.
CONTROLLER 2 TYPE global.controller2_snes9x Lightguns can only be used in port 2.
⇒ SNES Gamepad 1, SNES Mouse 2, SNES Multitap 257, Super Scope 260, Konami Justifier 516, M.A.C.S. Rifle 1028.
CONTROLLER 3 TYPE global.controller3_snes9x Konami Justifier P2 is daisy chained from controller 2, appears as port 3 to system.
⇒ SNES Gamepad 1, Konami Justifier (P2) 772.

Here are the default SuFami Turbo's controls shown on a Batocera Retropad:

For further troubleshooting, refer to the generic support pages.

  • systems/sufami.txt
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