INES Mapper 136

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INES Mapper 136 is used to denote the Sachen 3011 board, used by four early releases from Joy Van/Sachen:

  • 未来小子 (Wèilái Xiǎozi, "Joy Van Kid", original Taiwan release of Metal Fighter µ with Chinese title screen) (TC-008)
  • 蝶變 (Diébiàn, "Incantation", original Taiwan release of Galactic Crusader with Chinese title screen, often incorrectly rendered as Japanese "Chou Hen") (TC-009)
  • 四川麻將 (Sìchuān Májiàng, "Mahjong Trap", original Taiwan release of Shisen Mahjong - Seifuku Hen) (TC-010)
  • Mahjong Companion (alternative version, more common version use mappers 79 or 139 instead.


  • CPU $8000-$FFFF: 32 KiB switchable PRG ROM bank (only used for Mahjong Companion)
  • PPU $0000-$1FFF: 8 KB switchable CHR ROM bank


Mapper 136 uses a custom IC (real number "JV001", fake marking "GS63030-A") serving as a latch, adder and inverter. There are five registers: Input (6 bits), Output (6 bits), Register (6 bits), Mode (1 bit) and Invert (1 bit).

Mask: $E103
Read $4100-$4103: [..RR RRRR]: Read Register. Bits 4-5 are inverted if Invert==1. Bits 6-7 are open bus.
Write $4100: When Mode==0: Bits 0-5 of Register := Input, bits 0-3 being inverted if Invert==1.
             When Mode==1: Bits 0-3 of Register incremented by one, bits 4-5 unaffected.
Write $4101: Invert := Written value bit 0.
Write $4102: Input := Written value bits 0-5.
Write $4103: Mode := Written value bit 0.
Write $8000-$FFFF: Output := Register; written value is ignored.

In Mapper 136, bits 0/2 of the 8 KiB CHR ROM bank number (CHR A13..A15) come from Output bits 0-2, and the 32 KiB PRG ROM bank number (PRG A15) comes from Output bit 4:

8 KiB CHR ROM bank number := (Output &7);
32 KiB PRG ROM bank number := (Output >>4) &1;

Sachen's original 3011 circuit board only supported CHR ROM switching. The connection to switch 32 KiB PRG ROM was obtained by soldering an additional wire/resistor.

Games will check the lower four or six bits of $4100 for the correct value after several increment and inversion operations as a copy-protection measure.

Similar Mappers

  • Mapper 136 is almost identical to INES Mapper 132 with only 32 KiB PRG-ROM except in the value read from $4100 due to Mapper 136 having four (28-pin JV001 ASIC) versus Mapper 132 having three adder bits (24-pin 05-00002-010 ASIC).
  • INES Mapper 147 expands CHR-ROM size to 128 KiB and additionally supports 128 KiB PRG-ROM, switched in 32 KiB amounts.
  • INES Mapper 172 is similar to Mapper 136, connecting the six CPU bits in reverse order due to the JV001 ASIC being mounted upside down.

See also