Bear with me on this one, it might sound odd at first.
Suggestion: Button/key combination to load the auto save state.
The idea of using this is to create an auto state that you want to always be able to load back to, regardless of how you use your standard save states. Setup for it will involve setting up the desired auto state, then disabling auto save state option while keeping auto load state enabled. This effectively becomes a more powerful alternative to resetting the game. There are two practical (and very useful, I might add) scenarios where this can help with setting up the best gaming experience possible:
- For skipping BIOS or company logo screens and getting straight to the game on startup. This can cut several seconds of play time, particularly if you don’t use a speedup option.
- For loading a specific game in a multi-game compilation and having the start of that game reload upon “resetting” it (which is actually just reloading the auto state). Think of the games where you could effectively make standalone releases of games (or certain versions of them) where they’d otherwise not exist. Super Mario All-Stars, Dragon Quest I & II, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy, Konami GB Collection, etc.
Obviously there’s a caveat: Using this means of “resetting” games will ignore/negate any changes made to the native save file (if a given game has that feature). Of course, since people will need to set up the auto states beforehand to take advantage of this, they should likely be aware of this fact already. If not, it can still stay there as a power option.
What do you think?