Sega Saturn - USB DataLink

About Me



I have been a Sega Saturn owner since 1995.  Even though I have bought a few game consoles since, the Saturn is still my favorite system.  My background involves over 15 years of experience in the field of electrical engineering.  Luckily, over the course of my work experience, I have been exposed to all of the fields necessary to complete this project:  Circuit Design, Printed Circuit Board Layout, Microcontroller Programming, and Windows programming.

I am making less than minimum wage, selling this DataLink device, to keep the price low.  Any money that I make goes toward reimbursing my startup fees (software tools, chip programmer, pcb setup fees, ...ect).  I am doing this as a hobby, and to help out my fellow Saturn users.  Action Replay Plus cards are great, but they may occasionally decide to erase all of your game-saves.  It is definately a good idea to back them up once in a while.

This project started its life when my Action Replay Plus cartridge decided to die.  I lost 10 years worth of game-saves.  I looked around to find a device that could transfer game-saves, using current PC hardware/software.  Not finding anything, I decided to design my own.  After getting game-save transfers to work, I added the capability to download homebrew games to the Saturn.  I also have future software updates in mind, and will post them on this website as they are completed. However, I am doing this work in my spare time, so I can't make any promises for future new functionalities.


 Customer Feedback

Hopefully, there are still some videogamers out there playing Saturn who will find this device useful.  The following feedback has been given to me from people who have purchased this DataLink device:

The RetroCollect website recently wrote a review for the Saturn DataLink!  You can read about it here.

The very cool UK magazine, Retro Gamer, recently wrote a small article about the Saturn DataLink !  You can click on the image below to read the article.


I would like to thank SegaXtreme for hosting a vast amount of technical information on the Saturn, which was extremely helpful. Also, I would like to thank "legalize freedom!" for his thorough testing during the test phase.  Most of all, I would like to thank Charles MacDonald (, whose excellent documentation on the operation of the ARP cart made this project possible.