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    Genesis NTSC Asia Mega Drive

    hi there, it's been a while since the last time i was an active member here

    I just picked this from eBay and i thought it may be of interest:



    As the box suggests it's an asian market model, but rather than the usual PAL-50hz variant, it is NTSC-60Hz. I didn't even know there was a specific asian box with NTSC logo, i assumed that places in Asia that has NTSC-60hz rather than PAL, just imported JP relases?

    so this is what i got, an asian box that contains an Asian-shelled Mega Drive with a legit VA7 Japan motherboard (i assume) since jumper settings are 60hz-JP and has no RF. Also, notice the weird power brick, never seen any alike.

    What really puzzled me is the serial: MK-1600-16.
    Afaik such serials are seen in PAL-50hz relases only, no matter the country, since i always seen them coded as 837-xxxx for 60hz US and JP. Searching for "MK-1600-16" on Google didn't help. The closest one is MK-1601-15 but that's some european model.

    does anyone have infos about this relase? if you need better pics just tell!
    http://www.sega-16.com/forum/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=27048&dateline=127929  0160

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    16 is the region code for Taiwan. Can you post a picture of the label? 15 is the region code for China, PAL-D models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKK View Post
    16 is the region code for Taiwan. Can you post a picture of the label? 15 is the region code for China, PAL-D models.
    Here:

    http://www.sega-16.com/forum/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=27048&dateline=127929  0160

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    Thanks for posting, the label should have "MADE IN TAIWAN" on it (serial number begins in "0"). There's one or two other inconsistencies, such as the "Asian Specification" sticker lacking a 670-xxxx part number. Would have to see a picture of the board to confirm 100% whether it's a legit release, or a high quality clone.

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    no problem, just made a shot of it with an actual camera rather than phone:
    http://i.imgur.com/ZvRBaK6.jpg

    avoided direct link this time, too big
    i've seen some HQ clones pictures around, but i never seen any going as far as using protected logos even on ICs and PCB!
    http://www.sega-16.com/forum/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=27048&dateline=127929  0160

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    Cool, this is the first legit one that I've seen. The ones with region code "16" are usually clones, but they we're obviously copied from an official Taiwanese model. This one's from 1992, there's also MD2 consoles with this region code (MK-1631-16), again, heavily cloned (but I think that there must also be some legit ones that they were originally cloned from). The PAL Asian ones are "1601-07" PAL B(VE) [South East Asia], "1601-11" PAL-I [Hong Kong], and "1601-15" PAL-D [China].

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    thanks a lot for your time! Funny that craploads of clones comes from such an unnoticed release
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    Most of the firms making clones back then were Taiwanese. I guess that they just cloned their local models. For the same reason there was also bootleg games based on official Asian MD & GG releases.

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    It’s definitely based on a Japanese VA7 board though they left the EXT port unpopulated. Yes, Japanese VA7 consoles (including mine) still had their EXT ports… unless there was a JP VA7.5 that I haven’t seen.

    I think it’s strange that the month part of the serial number is all zeros. The latest date code I see is 9239 on the clock crystal which makes it Sep 21-27, ‘92 according to the ISO standard. If my JP VA7 is anything to go by, that would’ve gotten an Oct or Nov, ‘92 serial during final assembly. I’d love to see the date stamped inside the shell, if possible, like this one:

    (late JP VA6 from September 1992)

    …or this one:


    (JP VA7 from July 1992)

    Yes, July 1992 according to the serial numbers though the case is stamped June and the latest components are from May.

    Japan produced VA7 consoles for their domestic market in June and early July, 1992 then reverted to VA6 for some reason… probably where you see the double-mark in July on the picture that shows cumulative date markings. The component date codes support this because they are significantly newer on the JP VA6 board. I don’t know when or if they ever switched back to producing VA7 consoles for Japan since I can’t find any later examples but this Taiwanese example shows they produced more of the JP VA7 boards, at least, and it was clearly populated later too.

    TecToy similarly based their Brazilian variant on the USA VA7 and left the RF modulator footprint unpopulated, as you can see in Rafael Rigues’ video here:
    https://youtu.be/KAErvGTSypA

    Screenshot:


    No VA6.8 for Brazil. PAL-M must not be affected by the early chipset compatibility issues preventing them from releasing the Model 1 VA7 and Model 2 VA0 in PAL50 territories.

    As for the clones being based on this model of the Taiwanese Mega Drive, possibly, but the outer shell of this clone still has the “AV Intelligent Terminal High Grade Multipurpose Use” ring text, which predates VA7 so I think the Taiwanese clones started earlier:
    Video highlights on IMGUR.

    I hate sharing one of those fake restoration videos where some sicko pretends to “restore” something he dirtied up for a staged video but it is still interesting because it gives us a view of the inside of one of these clones. I have to give credit anyway so here is the original link:
    https://youtu.be/e2cT10AX-S4

    I did spot another clone for sale in Italy but I can’t tell if the model number in the label says -15 or -16. This one is more like a VA7 with no ring text:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/13392357866...mis&media=COPY

    Because the eBay listing won’t be around forever, here is another IMGUR highlight video.

    …and the I/O panel that gives it away as a clone:


    The seller doesn’t seem to realize it is a clone but the DIN5 gives it away… just like the one in that fake restoration video. This clone would not support RGBS. I have seen Asian PAL-I with RF in a JP style case but it also had the remote corner-mounted power jack indicating an international-style VA6 or earlier board inside (not JP).
    Last edited by WeStillPlay; 04-12-2022 at 12:29 PM.

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