In this article we analyze a Mega Drive cartridge with the game Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, acquired on AliExpress, shop Sophie's Game Shop.
Those who follow the Skooter Blog know that I have a Mega Everdrive. With him I can play any game of Mega Drive, except the Virtua Racing, so that I wouldn't have to buy a cartridge of Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse to be able to play it in the console, No Emulation.
Of course I would like to have a beautiful collection of original Mega Drive cartridges, and nor need the Mega Everdrive, but the cost of the cartridges and the space required to store them prevent me from taking that idea further.
Reproduction cartridge, as those sold in AliExpress has no value to collectors. Pirates of the old cartridges to have, but these… hardly be worth something some day. So who has a Mega Everdrive has no reason to acquire them.
But I'm actually surprised that still exist of cartridges Mega Drive being manufactured, but 25 years after the release of the console, No matter how bad they are. The target audience is certainly the staff is not collector, but bought a Mega Drive second hand, or one of the new clones that accept cartridges, just for playing same.
Some people condemn these cartridges due to the factor “piracy”. I do not agree with them. De fate, It is true that these cartridges are not produced under license from Sega or any other developer. But Sega Genesis cartridges are already out of the market for more than 20 years, It's not as if people had the option to buy an original. And virtual stores recent Islands don't count, does it run on Mega Drive.
Some condemn these cartridges because they devalue the original. Nor do I agree. The guy who just wants to play will not pay the high values that collectors pay, and collectors have no interest in these cartridges. They are separate things and the price of one does not affect the price, or rarity, other.
Finally, there are those who condemn these cartridges because they can damage consoles, by flaws in the project to just produce something functional at the lowest possible cost, without concern for the preservation of the islands. With these rather, I agree, and this will be discussed in this article.
Give way, my acquisition of Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress It was to satisfy my curiosity about the quality of these reproductions, and bring a detailed analysis for you, the Skooter Blog readers.
E por que a escolha pelo Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse? Porque este é um de meus jogos favoritos. Além disso eu comprei o remake launched to the Playstation 3, então de certo modo eu paguei os desenvolvedores. Portanto não venha me encher com isso… 😛
A Compra do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress
The store Sophie's Game Shop, e também outras lojas da AliExpress vendem reproduções de jogos de Mega Drive, Super Nintendo and Nintendo, tanto com caixinha quanto soltos. Optei pela versão com caixinha. Algumas lojas também gravam qualquer ROM que o cliente queira, além dos anunciados, e imprime capas personalizadas.
Também é possível escolher pelo cartucho no formato americano ou japonês, além da arte japonesa, americana ou europeia. Optei pelo cartucho no formato americano e arte americana, para combinar com meu Sega Genesis and also because the American art is the same as the Tec Toy used in Brazil.
Purchase made in 06/08/2017, arrived in 10/10/2017. It was not taxed.
Unboxing and Genesis cartridge Analysis of Aliexpress
The Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress It came in a canister as stated “Memory Cards”, no valor de US$ 9,03.
I imagined that the Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress It would be no big deal, but it is far worse than I thought. To begin, the box is all bad: plastic it is bad and cut badly, with burrs. The transparent plastic that holds the cover is badly cut. The cartridge cradle is also poorly dimensioned, so that the cartridge does not fit right. And the cover also has a very good impression.
The cartridge label is also poorly printed. The glue is bad, so that the label has come unglued. Furthermore, art is not of the original cartridge label, but a badly cropped version of the cover, resized without preserving the aspect.
The cartridge is also rough. screwless, only close-fitting. The format and the inscriptions are nothing true to the original. There is a hole in the side to allow the cartridge also engages the Japanese islands, having a mechanical lock.
Looking out already you can see something strange on the board. It's too thick. The original plates are thinner. The use of thick plates so should force the slot unnecessarily.
Ultimately, now you can see that it is a very bad play, worse than many reproductions that was in the rental at the time the Mega Drive reigned.
Also check out the video of the unboxing from the Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress:
Time to open the cartridge and see how it is inside. That's where things get even more bizarre. The circuit board is very small, so small that it does not arrive at the point where she would lock the cartridge. a plastic extension was used to make the minimum size for this fitting plate.
The board is double-sided. But there are only components of a hand. And there are only two components: a diode, and a chip-on-board, which is covered by this black component that can be seen in the photo. In the left corner you can still see a point of unvarnished plate, prepared to any other component that is absent.
Last year, René of dB Electronics wrote an article about the danger of using flash cartridges. There he analyzes the circuits of some multigame cartridges and Everdrive of China. In short, the recommendation is to use the Everdrive carefully and do not use Chinese cartridges. But even in the René there is a circuit as bizarre as that of cartridge Sophie's Game Shop.
Mega Drive cartridge test of AliExpress
After seeing how this Mega Drive cartridge is inside, I was willing to light him on fire immediately. But in the name of science, I decided to do a test to see if he is able to work.
I put it in my Sega Genesis, with some effort as I predicted, because the Board is too thick. I turned on the console and it worked. I let the game run just a couple of minutes to document. Then, I turned off the console, I removed the cartridge. And I'm never going to let it, or any other similar, get close to my console.
These are the tracking information package, according to AliExpress:
And these are the tracking information package, According to the post office:
|Delivered to the addressee object|
|Object out for delivery to the recipient|
CURITIBA / PR
de CENTRO INTERNACIONAL em CURITIBA / PR for operating Unit Released without tax. Delivers 40 d useful / BR
|Object received by the post Office of Brazil
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CHINA / CN
of Country in CHINA / CN to country in BRAZIL / BR
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Por fim, We got the table-summary of purchase:
|Product Name:||Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse|
|Name Original:||Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse 16 bit MD card with Retail box for Sega MegaDrive Video Game console system|
|Store:||AliExpress | Store: Sophie's Game Shop|
|Current value:||US$ 10,43|
|Payment Method:||Credit Card Visa International|
|Shipping Type:||China Post Registered Air Mail|
|Package Home Country:||China|
|Time in Transit:||54 days|
|Declared content:||Memory Cards|
|Type Marked Content:||–|
|Declared Value:||USD $ 9.03|
I thought that this Mega Drive cartridge would be bad, but I didn't think it would be that bad. It was worth it just to be able to do this analysis, as far as I know is the first on the Internet.
My recommendation is: do not buy! Pass away. Preferably buy an original or buy a Mega Everdrive (aware that it also has its problems, under René). If you have to buy a pirate, that at least is the old school, I still use EPROM or something like that.