An update on the SNES preservation project

As you may already know, I've completed the Japanese Super Famicom collection in late 2014.

Since that time I've mostly been focusing on the European collection and also in writing my various emulators, however I have completed work on the most valuable 100 titles already. That leaves about 1,350 titles to go, which is just ... a lot. A whole lot:

byuu's complete SNES collection
Complete Japanese SNES collection (byuu)
Plus I also moved to Japan last year, so I don't currently have access to them anyway.

Given that, I'm going to be delegating the task of scanning these games to the Game Preservation Society instead. I will be lending them my complete set for approximately 2-3 years to complete this task.

The immediate problem we're facing is, "how do we ship this many games to Japan from the US safely and affordably?", and to that aim, I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Neither myself nor GPS have experience with a set of this volume.

Now then, what will happen with the project there? Unlike my rather amateur setup with 600 DPI scans, the GPS performs 1200 DPI scans with proper alignment, tagging, cataloguing, etc. This will save me an immeasurable amount of time, and also result in higher quality work being done. The details of how access to the scans will be allowed, and how funding is raised to commit to the thousands of hours required to do all of this work, will of course be out of my hands. The hope of everyone, including myself and GPS, is of course to maximize access to this material for everyone.

No plans have been decided presently regarding the manuals. If the boxes alone take thousands of hours, the manuals would take tens of thousands. The amount of time and money required to properly scan tens of thousands of pages is immeasurable. Everyone of course wants these preserved as well, but there are limits to what non-profits and hobbyists can do. Still, it is hoped that something can be worked out there within the next 2-3 years.

I will be handling the cartridge and PCB documentation the same as always, which will be made available on my SNES Preservation Project page as per usual: the game SHA256 hashes and metadata so very beneficial for emulators will be provided. There are no undumped images in this set, just to get that out of the way.

Anyway, again the central issue right now is how to work out the shipping. More details will follow once that is done. Thanks for reading!


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