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Mega Drive unlicensed multi-carts

From Sega Retro

"Super 5 in 1", a typical unlicensed Mega Drive multi-cart.

A common practice amongst video game bootleggers is to combine two or more games into one - in the Sega Mega Drive's case, resulting in unlicensed multi-carts. Such an idea is particularly prominent in Asia and South America - often moreso than the act of releasing bootlegs of individual games.

The process is achieved by using high capacity ROM cartridges - with early games such as Tetris shipping on 256kB ROMs, multiple copies can be placed within a 2MB or 4MB ROM with room to spare. Sometimes a simple menu would be programmed to select between the titles, or a soft reset of the console is required to switch games.

Unlike the Nintendo Famicom, in which multi-cart sizes ballooned during the 1990s and 2000s (to the point where manufacturers would (often erroneously) claim a multi-cart contained hundreds of games), it is more common to see Mega Drive multi-carts contain between two and eight games - typically when a cartridge claims to have more than ten, it is a strong indication that games will be repeated, sometimes with very minor changes. Newer Mega Drive games are rarely seen in multi-carts, not only because of their size, but due to tighter security from developers.

Sega have released multiple officially licensed compilations, which save for an expected layer of polish, offer much the same thing.

Documentation

Thousands of Mega Drive mulit-carts exist, with new ones continuing to be created today. While Sega Retro is attempting to document as many of these cartridges as possible, the volume of releases and the desire for their creators to hide their identities makes this an extremely difficult, if not impossible task.

Our documentation of unlicensed multi-carts is at a very preliminary stage, and as such we are only able to reliably group multi-carts based on appearance (with the view that a similar aesthetic likely means they are related in some way). Most multi-carts lack any sort of obvious pattern, making it dificult to cleanly represent them on this wiki. For an unorganised collection of other known multi-carts, see the multi-cart project page.

Known series

In more recent years, bootleggers have chosen to label their produce more intelligently, and so newer multi-carts are generally easier to group together:

Due to the sheer volume of releases, special consideration has been made for some countries:

Group 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
2in1 MD Box FatalFuryTinyToon.jpg
2in1 MD Cart FatalFuryTinyToon.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ?? S707
4in1 MD Cart.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ?? S701
4in1 MD Cart Top S702.jpg
4in1 MD Cart Back S702.jpg4in1 MD Cart S702.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ?? S702
S705 MD Box.jpg
S705 MD Cart.jpg
Cart
8 in 1  ??  ?? S705
8in1 MD Box.jpg
8in1 MD Cart.jpg
Cart
8 in 1  ??  ?? S706
10in1 MD Box.jpg
S1001 MD Cart.jpg
Cart
10 in 1  ??  ?? S1001
12In1 MD Cart Pirate.jpg
Cart
12 in 1  ??  ?? S714

Group 2

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
SuperTwoinOne MD cover MUSHAWB3.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD cartback MUSHAWB3.jpgSuperTwoinOne MD cart MUSHAWB3.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD cover ShadowDancerCoI.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD cart ShadowDancerCoI.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Box TatsujinForgottenWorlds.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart TatsujinForgottenWorlds.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperSixinOne MD Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Six in One  ??  ??
Super Eight in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Box.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart Alt.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One (alt)  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Box AirWolfVerytex.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart AirWolfVerytex.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart KabukiRunark.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperTwoinOne MD Box SpiderManFantasia.jpg
SuperTwoinOne MD Cart SpiderManFantasia.jpg
Cart
Super Two in One  ??  ??
SuperThreeInOne MD Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Three in One  ??  ??
SuperFourinOne MD Box.jpg
SuperFourinOne MD Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Four in One  ??  ??
SuperFourinOne MD Box SDGAFSAB.jpg
SuperFourinOne MD Cart SDGAFSAB.jpg
Cart
Super Four in One  ??  ??
SuperFourinOne MD Box QTTR3AK.jpg
SuperFourinOne MD Cart QTTR3AK.jpg
Cart
Super Four in One  ??  ??
SuperSixinOne MD Box Alt.jpg
SuperSixinOne MD Cart Alt.jpg
Cart
Super Six in One  ??  ??
Super3in1 MD Box MahjongColumnsBlockout.jpg
Super3in1 MD Cart MahjongColumnsBlockout.jpg
Cart
Super 3 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Cart SSASSBK.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD cover SSASSBK 2.jpg
 ??  ??

Group 3

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
 ??  ?? JY-3203
 ??  ?? MR-012C
ZW-3204 MD Cart.jpg
Cart
 ??  ?? ZW-3204
2in1 MD Cart SMB2 Battlecity.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??

Group 4

2 in 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
2in1 MD Box SRBAB.jpg
2in1 MD Cart SRBAB.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Box RISMGP Alt.jpg
2in1 MD Cart RISMGP Alt.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD cover ShadowDancerMagicalHat.jpg
2in1 MD cart ShadowDancerMagicalHat.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD cover CoISpiderMan.jpg
2in1 MD cart CoISpiderMan.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD cover MysticDefenderColumns.jpg
2in1 MD cart MysticDefenderColumns.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Box DaimakimuraSVB.jpg
2in1 MD Cart DaimakimuraSVB.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Box TCFGHidingBall.jpg
2 in 1  ??  ??

3 in 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
3in1 MD Box WC92MsPacManSS.jpg
3in1 MD Cart WC92MsPacManSS.jpg
Cart
 ??  ?? 633
3in1 MD Box THCSVB.jpg
3in1 MD Cart THCSVB.jpg
Cart
3 in 1  ??  ??

4 in 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
4in1 MD Box BKFMSSAB 2.jpg
4in1 MD cart BKFMSSAB 2.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD cart BKFMSSAB 3.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Box BareKnuckleGoldenAxeIIStreetSmartAlienStorm.jpg
4in1 MD Cart BareKnuckleGoldenAxeIIStreetSmartAlienStorm.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ?? 1625
4in1 MD Box SonicTokiCoIQuackShot.jpg
4in1 MD Cart SonicTokiCoIQuackShot.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ?? 1626
4in1 MD Box DickTracyVerytexYochiSuperAirWolf.jpg
4in1 MD Cart DickTracyVerytexYochiSuperAirWolf.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Box MoonwalkerTF3BatmanSSS.jpg
4in1 MD Cart MoonwalkerTF3BatmanSSS.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Box RISRBSMGPAB.jpg
4in1 MD Cart RISRBSMGPAB.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD box MMSMJMMoW.jpg
4in1 MD Cart MMSMJMMoW.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box CoIQSTMTT.jpg
4in1 MD Cart CoIQSTMTT.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box GRABSEM Alt.jpg
4in1 MD Cart GRABSEM Alt.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box SonicASSSWW.jpg
4in1 MD Cart SonicASSSWW.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box FBCPCBSM.jpg
4in1 MD Cart FBCPCBSM.jpg
Cart
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box AB2ADGAAB.jpg
 ??  ??
4in1 MD Box MFDCRQ.jpg
 ??  ??

5 in 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
5in1 MD Box TFWKoPMPH.jpg
5in1 MD Cart TFWKoPMPH.jpg
Cart
5 in 1  ??  ??
5in1 MD Box TFWKoPMPH 2.jpg
5in1 MD Cartback TFWKoPMPH 2.jpg5in1 MD Cart TFWKoPMPH 2.jpg
Cart
5 in 1  ??  ??

8 in 1

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
8in1 MD Box TCKoPR3AKSVBSTT.jpg
8in1 MD Cart TCKoPR3AKSVBSTT.jpg
Cart
8 in 1  ??  ??

Group 6

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
TwoinOne MD Box DSSD.jpg
TwoinOne MD Cart DSSD.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ?? A-071
TwoinOne MD Cart CoIAB.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ??
TwoInOne MD Cart EMGA.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ??
TwoInOne MD Cart HURoS.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ??
TwoInOne MD cover NorthernKenTFIII.jpg
TwoInOne MD cart NorthernKenTFIII.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ??
TwoInOne MD Cart RamboIIITetris.jpg
Cart
Two in One  ??  ??
Two in One  ??  ?? Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Smart

Group 7

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
2in1 MD Box HeavyUnitGynoug.jpg
2in1 MD Cart HeavyUnitGynoug.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ?? K-0816
2in1 MD cover MoonwalkerWardner.jpg
2in1 MD cart back MoonwalkerWardner.jpg2in1 MD cart MoonwalkerWardner.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Cart BareKnuckleStreetSmart.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Cart FireMustangBonanzaBros.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Cart TwinHawkFireShark.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??

Group 8

Box scans Content scans Title Developer Release date Code Games included Comments
2in1 MD Cart GoldenAxeSoR.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD Cart ShadowDancerSonic.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD box FightingMastersDoubleDragonII.jpg
2in1 MD cart FightingMastersDoubleDragonII.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
2in1 MD cover SuperHangOnStreetSmart.jpg
2in1 MD cart SuperHangOnStreetSmart.jpg
Cart
2 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Cart RunarkSoRMFQS.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Cart SonicSDRITB.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Cart RunarkAlienStormGoldenAxeBareKnuckle.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Box MFFMSomethingQS.jpg
4in1 MD Cart MFFMSomethingQS.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??
4in1 MD Cart BKGAFWAS.jpg
Cart
4 in 1  ??  ??

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