INES Mapper 187

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iNES Mapper 187 is used for the 卡聖 (Kǎshèng) A98402 and similar boards, an MMC3-clone-bearing board with an NROM-like PRG-ROM register that can override the MMC3 clone's PRG-ROM bank, and supports 512 KiB of CHR-ROM. Used by:

  • Street Fighter Zero 2 (Kǎshèng/Hummer Team, not Street Fighter Zero 2 '97)
  • The King of Fighters '96 (Kǎshèng/Hummer Team)


NROM Override Register ($5000)

Mask: $F001

D~7654 3210
  M.NB BBb.
  | |+-+++-- Select 16 KiB PRG-ROM bank at CPU
  | |        $8000-$BFFF and $C000-$FFFF
  | +------- 0: Do not replace bit 1 (NROM-128)
  |          1: Replace bit 1 with CPU A14 (NROM-256)
  +--------- 0: Use PRG bank from MMC3; ignore $5000 bits 1-4/5
             1: Ignore PRG bank from MMC3; apply $5000 bits 1-4/5

Protection Read ($5000-$5FFF)

Mask: Unknown

The actual values that are returned are unknown; The King of Fighters '96 reads from here and only expects bit 7 of the value being returned to be set.

CHR A18 Control ($8000-$9FFF, even)

Mask: $E001

D~7654 3210
  M... ....
  +--------- Select CHR A18 Mode
              0: CHR A18=inverted PPU A12
              1: CHR A18=PPU A12

Basically, either sprites or background tiles will come from the the second 256 KiB of CHR-ROM. Note that setting bit 7 will still also activate the MMC3 clone's CHR A12 inversion.

MMC3-compatible registers ($8000-$FFFF)

Mask: $E001, see MMC3.


Similar Mappers

  • iNES Mappers 115 and 123 have similar NROM override registers, with Mapper 123's bits arranged a bit differently.
  • iNES Mapper 121 has the same CHR A18 behavior, drops the NROM override register, and adds more complex protection.