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megadrive/genesis compatability

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:43 pm
by ahb
i just want to know what megadrive games are region locked on an american genesis (for example does pal taz escape from mars cartridge work on it?)

Re: megadrive/genesis compatability

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:34 pm
by learnedrobb
Short answer: No. It only accepts NTSC carts. PAL carts will not work without making modifications to the hardware.

Re: megadrive/genesis compatability

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:57 pm
by HEAVYface
loads of genesis games work on the uk megadrive.

loads of uk megadrive titles work on the japanese machine.

unfortunately i have no experience of trying to run uk md games on the genesis. but i don't see why it would be a problem for early titles, they seem to be universal up to a certain date.

some later titles appear to be region free too, the UK version of ristar works on the jap MD for instance.

Re: megadrive/genesis compatability

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:14 pm
by mainvein
best bet is to get an asian pal MD, plays everything from every region i've put into it

Re: megadrive/genesis compatability

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:14 pm
by F-zero
The megadrive has 4 jumpers, 2 are used per region.

Megadrives have either 50hz/eng (Europe/hongkong) 60hz/eng (america/canada) and 60hz/jap (japan)
I'm not sure what Korea and some other places received but it would have to be a combination of the above settings.
They were sometimes used for region protection. ie if a game checks for 60hz/jap and finds any other combination it will display a warning screen.

Do a search on the sega 16 forums and you should find a list of region locked games, if you have an american system you'll also need to find the thread on pal enhanced games as they don't run correctly at 60hz.