[Review] Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

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.

Motivation

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.

Mas eu acho surpreendente que ainda existam cartuchos de Mega Drive sendo fabricados, but 25 anos após o lançamento do console, por pior que sejam. O público-alvo é certamente o pessoal que não é colecionador, mas comprou um Mega Drive second hand, ou um dos clones novos que aceitam cartuchos, apenas para jogar mesmo.

Há quem condene esses cartuchos por conta do fator “piracy”. Não concordo com eles. De fate, é certo que esses cartuchos não são produzidos sob licença da Sega ou de qualquer outra desenvolvedora. Mas cartuchos do Mega Drive já estão fora do mercado há mais de 20 years, não é como se as pessoas tivessem a opção de comprar um original. E lojas virtuais de consoles recentes não contam, pois não rodam no Mega Drive.

Há quem condene esses cartuchos porque eles desvalorizariam os originais. Também não concordo. O sujeito que só quer jogar não vai pagar os altos valores que colecionadores pagam, e os colecionadores não tem interesse nesses cartuchos. São coisas separadas e o preço de um não afeta o preço, ou a raridade, other.

Finally, há quem condene esses cartuchos porque eles podem danificar os consoles, por falhas no projeto que visa apenas produzir algo funcional com o menor custo possível, sem preocupação com a preservação dos consoles. Com esses sim, eu concordo, e isso será abordado neste artigo.

Give way, a minha aquisição do Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress foi para satisfazer minha curiosidade quanto à qualidade dessas reproduções, e trazer uma analise detalhada para vocês, 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 lançado para o 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 e também porque a arte americana é a mesma que a Tec Toy usou no Brasil.

Purchase made in 06/08/2017, arrived in 10/10/2017. It was not taxed.

Unboxing e Análise do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress

The Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress veio em uma caixinha declarada comoMemory Cards”, no valor de US$ 9,03.

A Caixa com o Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

A Caixa com o Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Eu imaginava que o Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress não seria grande coisa, mas ele é bem pior do que eu pensava. To begin, a caixinha é tudo de ruim: o plástico dela é ruim e mal cortado, com rebarbas. O plástico transparente que segura a capa é mal cortado. O berço do cartucho também é mal dimensionado, de modo que o cartucho não encaixa direito. E a capa também não tem uma impressão muito boa.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, in your box.

A etiqueta do cartucho também é mal impressa. A cola é ruim, tanto que a etiqueta já veio descolando. Furthermore, a arte não é da etiqueta do cartucho original, e sim uma versão mal recortada da capa, redimensionada sem preservar o aspecto.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

O cartucho também é tosco. Sem parafusos, fecha apenas por encaixe. O formato e as inscrições não são nada fieis aos originais. Há um orifício na lateral para permitir que o cartucho também encaixe nos consoles japoneses, que tem uma trava mecânica.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Olhando por fora já dá pra ver algo estranho na placa. Ela é grossa demais. As placas originais são mais finas. O uso de placas grossas assim deve forçar o slot desnecessariamente.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Ultimately, já dá para ver que trata-se de uma reprodução bem ruim, pior que muitas reproduções que se encontrava nas locadoras na época em que o Mega Drive reinava.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your little box. Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpreCastle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouseouse, and your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your little box. Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your little box. Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpreCastle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouseouse, and your box.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your little box. Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, and your box.

Also check out the video of the unboxing from the Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress:

Hora de abrir o cartucho e ver como ele é por dentro. É aí que as coisas ficam ainda mais bizarras. A placa de circuito é bem pequena, tão pequena que não chega no ponto em que ela se travaria no cartucho. Foi usada uma extensão plástica para deixar a placa do tamanho mínimo para este encaixe.

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

A placa é dupla-face. Mas só há componentes de um lado. E são apenas dois componentes: um diodo, e um chip-on-board, que fica coberto por esse componente preto que pode ser visto na foto. No canto esquerdo ainda dá para ver um ponto da placa sem verniz, preparado para algum outro componente que está ausente.

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Por dentro do Cartucho de Mega Drive da AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

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.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Mega Drive cartridge of AliExpress: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, operation.

Tracing

These are the tracking information package, according to AliExpress:

  • 2017.10.10 18:16 (GMT-7): Delivery successful
  • 2017.10.10 11:19 (GMT-7): Shipment at local distribution center
  • 2017.08.31 15:22 (GMT-7): Shipment with local shipping company
  • 2017.08.31 15:22 (GMT-7): Started customs clearance process
  • 2017.08.22 05:35 (GMT-7): Departed country of origin
  • 2017.08.17 17:00 (GMT-7): Shipment accepted by airline
  • 2017.08.17 16:59 (GMT-7): Shipment left country of origin warehouse
  • 2017.08.17 16:59 (GMT-7): Shipment dispatched
  • 2017.08.17 16:59 (GMT-7): Shipment at country of origin warehouse
  • 2017.08.10 04:03 (GMT-7): Waiting for pick up

And these are the tracking information package, According to the post office:

10/10/2017
18:16
Delivered to the addressee object
10/10/2017
11:19
Object out for delivery to the recipient
08/09/2017
08:13
CURITIBA / PR
Object forwarded
de CENTRO INTERNACIONAL em CURITIBA / PR for operating Unit Released without tax. Delivers 40 d useful / BR
31/08/2017
15:22
Object received by the post Office of Brazil
Visit My environment Imports
21/08/2017
12:49
CHINA / CN
Object forwarded
of Country in CHINA / CN to country in BRAZIL / BR
17/08/2017
16:59
Object posted
Visit My environment Imports

Table-Summary

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
Value: US$ 9,04
Current value: US$ 10,43
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: China Post Registered Air Mail
Shipping Fee: Free
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 06/08/2017
Submission Date: 17/08/2017
Data Delivery: 10/10/2017
Time in Transit: 54 days
Declared content: Memory Cards
Type Marked Content:
Declared Value: USD $ 9.03
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

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.

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Olá Skooter!
It's all right?
I'm not a electronics technician, but I suspect this analysis René, Since I have a mega everdrive for years and my game is reset and my friends too.

Frank
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Good Review very detailed. I have 2 Mega drives. And I can say it's war machine . Don't spoil easy. So relax and enjoy . Abrcs

Marcus Cardoso
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I have one of those AliExpress cartridges of 112 in 1, and even I liked it, works fine. And paid R$40, Ta complicated buy original cartridges, a Sonic 2 they're asking $60 ~ 80 and look that came along with the Console.