There is no copy protection on this console. It is after all the first game console to use CD-ROM for games, as early as 1988. The catch is that you have to burn it as a mixed media CD, so that audio and data are seperate. If burned properly, it will be recognized as an audio CD in your PC. Another thing, like with most early CD consoles, you MUST burn at 1x. Anything faster will cause issues reading the disc, trust me. Have tried 4x and that didn't work out for me at least. 1x always does the trick.
It does also exist EverDrive flash cartridge for the HuCard games, which is also quite handy. If you feel old school regarding backups, you should get one of the old floppy copy devices for it. Not really practical, but fun to own in a collection.
The PC Engine is a really nice game console. Well worth owning. A lot of great games for it!
No problem, steve. It is true that the great games does cost a bit, especially with the obi spine. If you are patient, you can always find the games at decent prices. The best is to have a contact in Japan that can check out the retro game stores and pick up games, a lot cheaper usually.
The real issue with burning these CDs is finding a CD-ROM burner that actually does 1x. Modern burners doesn't do that anymore. I'm using an old SCSI 2x CD-ROM burner from 1997.
Highly recommend Castlevania Dracula X for it. Double Dragon is also a really cool beat 'em up for the system. The real benefit with the CD-ROM is the high audio quality.
Which system card did you get with it? Version 3.0 is the latest one and the most recommended at it supports all CD-ROM and Super CD-ROM games. Lower version probably isn't compatible with Super CD games. It is also a seperate firmware card for those CD games called Arcade CD-ROM.