Originally posted by Final Theory
You don't have to have a SNES to develop for the SNES. Do you really think that everyone that makes a SMW rom hack has a real SNES?
There are many high end SNES emulators that you can run on your PC and you could probably get away with making a full game and never running the actual code on real hardware. Of course if you did make a full game you probably would get a friend to run it on their flashcart just to double check.
Well... The teacher that gave the NES I mentioned yesterday. He actually owns a SNES with his wife. They gave some random guy their copy of Earthbound because he needed it to complete his collection. Also there's one of my friends who owns a SNES aswell! But they think it's broken and are too afraid to find out. Just like me with my Genesis! So yeah... Two people I know owns them but I own the other end of the 16 bit spectrum! Another thing aswell.
But on testing homebrew only on like ZSNES and COMPLETELY without the real deal! I flat out find it just wrong to NOT test out a game made completely from the ground up on real hardware. I mean it's not like hacking some officially licensed game that was made for and run on actual hardware! Especially when someday I would actually sell my homebrews on ACTUAL cartridges! At like conventions or order them online or whatnot! But I kinda don't feel like having to constantly give my teacher and my friend with their SNES,Who GOD knows if it actually does work! Just give them flash carts! Instead of owning one but... No thanks...
But If I do make homebrew for the Genesis... Having my friends play testing the betas would be impossible! Because I am quite literally the ONLY
person I know who actually owns a Sega Genesis! Nobody,NOBODY
else I know owns one as far as I'm aware of... Maybe one of my teachers owns one with no way of me knowing before hand! or maybe my best friend got one from that "old-school" video game store from a sales deal? WHO THE FUCK KNOWS!?!?!?!? I DON'T! Jeez this has gone on for an eternity!