I thought this was rather interesting. I was already impressed by the accuracy of the emulation in the Saturn Tribute pack released last week, despite the latency issues. With the exception of some off-audio at the end of the Cotton 2 title screen the game played and sounded near-perfect.
So what is the Zebra Engine? It’s basically the name City Connection gave to an in-house solution that emulates the Saturn’s source code and hardware, primarily developed by Nozomu Akiyama who worked at Jaleco on the Saturn and Arcade versions of Game Tengoku CruisinMix special.
Its first appearance seems to have been in the Switch/PS4 version of that very game, but it seems like it might have been used to power Baroque’s Switch port as well because Saturn specialist Naoki Shimasaku worked on both that and the Saturn Tribute games.
Anyway, Switch homebrew enthusiasts and hackers have managed to find a way to inject any game into the Zebra Engine and the results are apparently really encouraging:
I’m sure more thorough testing is underway but I find it interesting that of the games in that video, only Daytona USA is marked down for lag issues.