Looking good at this point! For testing I bypassed R5 with the method so "lazy idiot" that guides don't even bother to point it out. Wire in hole A, wire in hole B. No solder or switch.
NTSC-J Sonic Mega Collection
NTSC-US DOL-101 consoles, without boot disc.
English mode on APE's nicely modchipped cube:
My attempt to get Japanese on the spare non-modchip cube: