Game BASIC for Sega Saturn: in-depth guide

Hi, folks... Been poking around these forums and really enjoying them. I thought people here might be interested in an article I recently posted on how to get started with Game BASIC for Sega Saturn:

https://flybacklabs.com/sega-saturn-homebrew-with-game-basic/

This goes through how to get started, including how to properly run the PC-based tools and connect to the Saturn from a modern PC. I also found that it runs great with Mednafen and its keyboard emulation, so you don't even need the special hardware if you want to experiment.

I'm actively working on fleshing out more in-depth tutorials, like 3D graphics and sound, as well as translating some of the Japanese documentation to English. I've also found a couple programs that I don't think anyone else has archived (or at least, they're not in the awesome Satakore game database) and will be documenting those soon.

I think this is a really fun but overlooked tool. I'd love to see a few more people using it!
 
man, I imported this back in the day. But with the manual completely in Japanese, and my lack of programming skills at the time.. I never did anything with it. I probably sold it for way too little money too.

thanks for posting that!
 
[Mega long-time lurker, first time poster? Active on Sonic Retro and Hacker News.]

This is, seriously, one of the *coolest* things I've ever read! I absolutely cannot thank you enough for this awesome contribution to the Saturn Homebrew dev community!

I would, myself, be seriously; super interested in continuing to follow along with the 2D and 3D graphics examples if you would care to finish them! <3
 
[Mega long-time lurker, first time poster? Active on Sonic Retro and Hacker News.]

This is, seriously, one of the *coolest* things I've ever read! I absolutely cannot thank you enough for this awesome contribution to the Saturn Homebrew dev community!

I would, myself, be seriously; super interested in continuing to follow along with the 2D and 3D graphics examples if you would care to finish them! <3
Glad you enjoyed! I absolutely will keep the tutorial going. I have lots of projects I like to tinker with, so I tend to jump between them. But I'll be getting back to this one soon.
 
Did you check that article ? And do you know if the program is in Satakore database ?

Yes, actually! I came across that a month or so ago. I was able to determine that it's "Zone.zip" originally developed by Bits Laboratory, available here:


Satakore uploaded it here as "3D Shooting Game":

 
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