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Hey everyone. Random question, but I was looking at a certain set of Saturn roms. I know they identify different versions, but does anyone happen to know what 4S, 5S, RE, etc. actually stand for? This obviously doesn't impact playing them, but i just feel like I "need" to know.

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What other letters are you seeing? They are listed by country like all other roms (though these are technically ISOs) 4S and 5S are iPhones. They have emulators too. Not sure what RE is. Was there more than one game listed as RE?

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10 hours ago, FlightRisk said:

What other letters are you seeing? They are listed by country like all other roms (though these are technically ISOs) 4S and 5S are iPhones. They have emulators too. Not sure what RE is. Was there more than one game listed as RE?

Definitely not iPhones lol. Just to make sure I'm not breaking any forum rules, it is the "Not Light Aqua" set which is all bin/cue.

For instance there is Fighting Vipers (USA) (4S) and Fighting Vipers (USA) (5S). I'm not home right now so I'm not sure which games had RE, but there were multiple instances of each throughout the USA set. 

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As far as I know they are version numbers, I tend to choose the higher ones but I've never found a comprehensive explanation as to what they mean :(

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I searched everywhere and I can't find an explanation. Maybe someone who has ripped these would know. And if a version is 4 or 5, what is the "S"?.

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6 minutes ago, FlightRisk said:

I searched everywhere and I can't find an explanation. Maybe someone who has ripped these would know. And if a version is 4 or 5, what is the "S"?.

So I remoted into my PC. There are so many different ones now that I am looking.

Fighting Vipers has (5S) and (6S) versions
Fighters Megamix has (RE)
Last Gladiators has (4S) and (5S)
Minnesota Fats has (R)
NBA Jam TE has (3S)
NHL All-Star Hockey (1S) and (2S)
NFL '97 has (Rev A)
NiGHTS into Dreams (RE)
Panzer Dragoon (1S) and (5S)
Street Fighter The Movie (8S)

There are a few other. There MUST be an explanation somewhere. In the end, it doesn't REALLY matter, but i just NEED to know lol. 

 

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Found this explanation on a forum

 

"Most of those numbers are disc pressing codes. Many games were popular enough that they had to make a lot of manufacturing runs, but those runs may have had some slight differences. Redump indicates these by the ring code.

The actual game data is same for all of those, the difference is mostly in small things, like one audio file being different, or offset by a few bits or something like that. So just pick one and play."

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6 minutes ago, Belgarath said:

Found this explanation on a forum

 

"Most of those numbers are disc pressing codes. Many games were popular enough that they had to make a lot of manufacturing runs, but those runs may have had some slight differences. Redump indicates these by the ring code.

The actual game data is same for all of those, the difference is mostly in small things, like one audio file being different, or offset by a few bits or something like that. So just pick one and play."

Awesome find! Can you share the link?

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