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February 11 2015

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Stone Age Gamer: Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Those who follow the blog already know the Skooter flash carts I acquired for Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo: Mega Everdrive and SD2SNES, respectively. With them you can record images of game ROMs on an SD card and play them on a real console, exactly like the original cartridge. The Master Everdrive is flash cart popular for the Master System, and it was my last acquisition. My third flash cart.

But those who follow the Skooter Blog also know that I do not have a Master System. Have even thought about regaining one several times, but always end up putting off due to not find exactly the model I want – Master System II da Tec Toy, Alex Kidd in memory and the Summer Games cartridge (California Games) – and also due to the Mega Drive be compatible with all Master System games, executing them without any emulation, just like the real hardware, by also relying on the Master System processor on your board, as a co-processor.

Note that o Mega Drive need an adapter to run the games Master System, known as Power Base Converter, because the format and the pinning of the cartridges is different. The adapter is coupled to the input of the cartridges Mega Drive, and the cartridge Master System is coupled to adapter. The adapter also has a pause button, as the Master System has the break in the console and you can not pause it otherwise in Mega Drive, and also has an entry cards and 3D glasses. Games cards were never released in Brazil, then here the entry ended up known only as the 3D glasses connector.

But with a Mega Everdrive needless to Power Base Converter, just select a Master System game on the menu that he already active Master System mode Mega Drive and runs the game perfectly, without any adapter. The Mega Everdrive has a button on the cartridge to make the Master System pause function. Only the 3D Glasses connector missed out. Even games that use the Pistola Light Phaser can be played, as I showed in another article.

The question now is probably: Why then purchase a Master Everdrive? The explanation lies in another accessory that acquire and am awaiting the arrival: the PowerBase Mini FM. For quite some time, a Canadian, responsible for db Electronics created a new adapter for Mega Drive use Master System games. This adapter was eventually named PowerBase Mini, to be much smaller than the original adapter. It also has a pause button, but has no entry cards or 3D Glasses.

Recently the same developer, db Electronics, created this new version of PowerBase Mini, that is PowerBase Mini FM. The FM name is because this new adapter include the same sound chip FM that is present in the first editions of the Master System Japanese: o Yamaha YM2413. This chip was never included in the North American versions, nem no da Tec Toy, and ended up being exclusive to the Japanese. Some mods were launched in recent years include allowing the chip in an American Master System, some of them making use of the Master System expansion port, you just never been used by official accessories. But anyway it is necessary to weld at least one pair of wires in the Master System PCB, which should rule out those who prefer to leave their consoles without changes. The PowerBase Mini FM brings the Master System FM sound to the Mega Drive, what is unprecedented, for no Mega Drive has the FM chip. Nay: any modification to the original hardware is not necessary.

Never heard of the Master System FM sound? But know that many games have the FM sound available to run on compatible consoles, and this even includes Tec Toy cartridges. Here is the list of games that have sound FM:

  • After Burner
  • Alex Kidd BMX Trial
  • Alex Kidd – The Lost Stars
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Altered Beast
  • Aztec Adventure
  • Blade Eagle 3D
  • Bomber Raid
  • California Games
  • Captain Silver
  • Casino Games
  • Cloud Master
  • Cyborg Hunter
  • Double Dragon
  • Fantasy Zone II
  • Fantasy Zone – The Maze
  • Galaxy Force
  • Global Defence
  • Golvellius
  • Great Golf (only Japanese version)
  • Kenseiden
  • Lord of the Sword
  • Miracle Warriors
  • Monica in Dragon Castle
  • OutRun
  • Parlour Games
  • Phantasy Star (only Japanese version)
  • Poseidon Wars 3D
  • Power Strike
  • Rampage
  • Rastan
  • Rescue Mission
  • R-Type
  • Scramble Spirits
  • Shinobi
  • Space Harrier 3D
  • Spell Caster
  • Thunder Blade
  • Tri Training
  • Time Soldiers
  • Ultima IV
  • Watchful
  • Wonderboy in Monster Land
  • Wonderboy III
  • Ys
  • Zaxxon 3D

The FM sound tends to be well above the sound generated only with 3 sound channels + standard PSG sound noise. Although FM chip only be available in the Japanese islands, most games kept the FM sound source when they were released in the West. The code is only idle when the console does not have the FM chip, and the sound PSG runs in its place. As for the list of exceptions, the Phantasy Star already has a patch to translate Japanese to English version, eliminating or inconvenience.

But PowerBase Mini FM only accepts Master System cartridges. Unfortunately you can not connect the Mega Everdrive it. The db Electronics does not like flash carts. He is adept of philosophy that you must own the original cartridge to play certain game, although the original cartridges are no longer being produced for decades. Then it is unlikely to arise an adapter in order to allow the FM sound in Mega Drive through a Mega Everdrive with Master System games.

That is where it comes the Master Everdrive. With him and more PowerBase Mini FM You can play all 46 list of games up with the FM sound in Mega Drive. And also you can play any other Master System game (except 3D) with the sound standard PSG, as such to the Mega Everdrive.

My Mega Everdrive and my SD2SNES were purchased from Retrogate Store, creator of the store Mega Everdrive. But Master Everdrive I preferred to get in Stone Age Gamer, pea Retrogate Store only sells the version that is just the board, and I prefer the version that comes into the cartridge. Versions “Deluxe” of Stone Age Gamer are more expensive, but always comes with a number of very cool extras: do paint cartridge “donor” where two or more color options, label following the style of console games, case with label also in the console games of style, SD card also labeled, manual color instructions, and adhesives.

I chose the color Pitch Black. Note that o Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition) is custom, then take a few days to produce and posting. After posted came only 14 days.

I will owe the test Master Everdrive for the time being, because PowerBase Mini FM has not yet reached, but you can already go giving some photos:

Package with Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Package with Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Package with Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Package with Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Invoice do Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Invoice do Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Opening the package with the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Opening the package with the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Cover the back of the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Cover the back of the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Side of the case of Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Side of the case of Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Manual do Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Manual do Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Manual and adhesives Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Manual and adhesives Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), in its case

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), in its case

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), still sealed

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), still sealed

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), still sealed

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition), still sealed

SD card that comes with the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

SD card that comes with the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition) and SD card that comes with it

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition) and SD card that comes with it

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition) and SD card that comes with it

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition) and SD card that comes with it

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Back of the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Back of the Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

SD compartment Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

SD compartment Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Case Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Case Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Case Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

Case Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)

And behold the tracking information package:

Data Local Situation
22/01/2015 17:38 CSD [Removed] Delivery Effected
22/01/2015 09:46 [Removed] Out for delivery to the recipient
21/01/2015 07:49 CTE CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP Routed
Referred to CDD [Removed]
15/01/2015 19:56 CTCI Paraná – Curitiba / PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP
15/01/2015 19:54 International Treatment Unit – BRAZIL / BR Awarded
Freed peels alfândega
15/01/2015 09:13 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – Curitiba / PR Routed
In transit to customs supervision – Customs supervision / BR
15/01/2015 09:12 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – Curitiba / PR Awarded
Received / Brazil
11/01/2015 04:53 UNITED STATES Routed
In transit to International Treatment Unit – BRAZIL / BR
08/01/2015 16:13 UNITED STATES Posted

And the purchase summary table:

Product Name: Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)
Name Original: Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition)
Store: Stone Age Gamer
Value: US$ 119,99
Current value: US$ 119,99
Payment Method: PayPal
Shipping Type: USPS First Class International
Shipping Fee: US$ 19,95
Package Home Country: U.S.
Purchase Data: 02/01/2015
Submission Date: 08/01/2015
Data Delivery: 22/01/2015
Time in Transit: 14 days
Declared content: video game accessory
Type Marked Content: Merchandise
Declared Value: US$ 19,99
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value:
Tax Value:

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Update (05/11/2015): Added a video showing Master Everdrive (Deluxe Edition):

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Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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