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    Also, the Cheats 'N Codes Volume 1 Gameshark disc kicks ass for import games on the Dreamcast. Plus, it's cheap. Mine booted my PAL copy of Rez when the Gameshark Lite wouldn't...
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    Today I just got (well, I think it is), a Datel Pro CDX. Basically it's a black cartridge with "Pro CD X" written on a narrow label.

    However, I put it in my Sega Mega Drive II (which is connected to my Mega CD II), and nothing happens.

    I have cleaned the connector thoroughly but I still get a blank display.

    I read earlier in the thread that there were two versions of these and my question is: how can I tell which I've got?

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    There are indeed two. One has a black / blue box and label, and is for the Mega CD 1, and the other (harder to find) has a red/ black box and label and is for the Mega CD 2.

    I am still looking for one, to see if it will work with my Multimega. Have tried the black/blue CDX, to no avail, and also tried a "CD Plus" cart, which also told me "not compatible with this BIOS" or something

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    As far as I know, none of the Datel carts are compatible with the CDX.
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    I've read the posts that state some of the Mega Drive convertors won't play games w/ lock-out chips. I recently bought a complete boxed Golden Axe 3 for super cheap ($5), but my Genesis (model 3) won't play it b/c of a lock-out chip. This is the first Mega Drive game that I have bought that won't work without an adapter on the Genesis 3.

    I was told the Nitro 2 convertor is the one to search for. Does anyone else know of a different convertor that will play games w/ lock-out chips?

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    I am pretty sure that a Mega Key 3 will do the trick also. But the Nitro 2 is the only one I know for sure will do it. I just got a brand new one for $20

    I keep meaning to pick up a couple more GA3s .. then I could try it with the other converters I have kicking around here and give some feedback ..

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    Sega Saturn- Maybe newbies dont know this, but if you own a game shark and hold down A,C, and X then hit start, it will load up your JP saturn games. About $5 is an exceptional start to import gaming.

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    On the subject of the Datel Sega/Mega CD convertors, neither of the versions will work on a Wondermega (if anyone cares ). Also, in regards to the scd-conv utility that changes the region code of a Japanese Mega CD to play on a Sega CD...has anyone tried the OPPOSITE way? Can you change the region code on a Sega CD to play on a Mega CD (specifically my Wondermega)? If so, has anyone done it with luck? I'm looking for a way to play my own legit copy of Snatcher on my Wondermega but cant unless someone can burn my copy and delete the region coding..

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    Of all the different converters that will let you play Japanese Hucards on a US system, does anyone know which is best for a Laseractive with the NEC module? Some of them look like they wouldn't even fit, the diving board kind looks like it would work but I'm afraid it's not going to be sturdy.

    I didn't even care until I found out about Battle Lode Runner. Four-player Lode Runner? Iím all over that!

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    I've got a NES converter made by a Belgian company named Horeleg (how about that for a stupid name), it's the GameKey mentioned before in this thread. I've got the Game Genie shaped version, which doesn't require a local cartridge. Very cheap plastic, and even cheaper electronics. It's got two ICs in it, both of which had their part numbers sanded off

    Now it doesn't work perfectly for me. Nearly all games have some graphic glitches, sometimes even making the game unplayable (Rad Racer). But the most annoying part is that the adapter seems to introduce a high-pitched noise into the sound system. This happens with any cart I plug in, even local games. I resoldered all solder points in the converter (like I said, very cheap electronics) but the problem remains.

    Does anyone have similar problems with NES converters, or suggestions for a solution? I was thinking RFI issues, could extra shielding or maybe capacitors across power supply lines help? Any electronics experts here?

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    SNES

    Super 8 by Innovation allows yoy to play NES, Famicom and SFC games on the SNES

    Genesis

    Game Genie by Codemasters allows you to play JAP NTSC Mega Drive games on Genesis models 1 and 2. I have not tried any PAL Mega Drive Games on it yet.

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    Does anyone know of a converter for PS2 games?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodshedPlague
    Does anyone know of a converter for PS2 games?
    THere's no such thing as a convertor for PS2 yet that I know of. You install a mod chip or rig your system for a swap disc trick. Either one is equally risky. That's it. I recommend gettinga Jp PS2 if you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxlords
    Quote Originally Posted by BloodshedPlague
    Does anyone know of a converter for PS2 games?
    THere's no such thing as a convertor for PS2 yet that I know of. You install a mod chip or rig your system for a swap disc trick. Either one is equally risky. That's it. I recommend gettinga Jp PS2 if you can.
    There are several routes you can go, one being a modchip, which I have installed with no risk at all. Sure it took some effort to install it, but as long as you are good with a solder gun, you'll be ok. I've been using my modded PS2 for over 2 years now with no problem.

    Another way to go is to use a swap disc. A local importer swears by a product called "Swap Magic 3.0." Here is their link

    http://www.swapmagic3.com/

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    Thank you very much for the help guys. I think I'll stick with getting a JP PS2, but still your help is much appreciated. Now to the new JP PS2 shmups.

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    Don't think I've seen anybody mention the Freeloader yet, but it's a great swap disc import enabler for GameCube.

    Does anybody know where I can get a Mega Key? Every time I've tried to buy one on ePay the listing gets cancelled. I need one so I can play The Wily Wars (I tried it on my Nomad and still got a lockout message).

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    Did anyone mention this?

    NES

    Famicom adaptor. Cheap. Can be found in some earlier NES games like Gyromite. You open up the game, take it off and use it.

    Just wondering. Wasn't sure if anyone had mentioned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keir to the nth power
    Of all the different converters that will let you play Japanese Hucards on a US system, does anyone know which is best for a Laseractive with the NEC module? Some of them look like they wouldn't even fit, the diving board kind looks like it would work but I'm afraid it's not going to be sturdy.

    I didn't even care until I found out about Battle Lode Runner. Four-player Lode Runner? Iím all over that!
    i'd be interested what kisado(?) converter looks like?
    I already have two different types of converters.

    cheers

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    Will a gameshark work for playing imports on an N64?

    Either the GAMESHARK VERSION 2.1 or GAMESHARK PRO 3.0 or 3.3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroomfunkel
    I am pretty sure that a Mega Key 3 will do the trick also. But the Nitro 2 is the only one I know for sure will do it. I just got a brand new one for $20

    I keep meaning to pick up a couple more GA3s .. then I could try it with the other converters I have kicking around here and give some feedback ..

    Vroomfunkel
    I just picked up Xenon 2 for European Mega Drive and went to play it using my Game Genie, but with no luck, of course I didn't have any codes for it. The message says it will only work on a European Mega Drive. I suppose this must be the region lockout. So I need to get a new convertor. Which one do you recommend? Magic Key, Mega Key, or Nitro 2? Also is the Honey Bee just a straight through skeleton converter? Thanks!

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    I heartily recomend the Nitro 2 - I have not found anything that it will not play, on any system. However, I just got a Magic Key III today, which I have heard very good things about. I'm gonna give it a whirl when I get back tonight, with Alien Soldier and Mega Man on the Nomad, and see what it can do.

    Vroomfunkel

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    I recommend the Mega Key myself. It plays everything including the lockoout games with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroomfunkel
    I heartily recomend the Nitro 2 - I have not found anything that it will not play, on any system.
    Question is though, just where can you find a Nitro 2 converter?!

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    The trouble with Mega Key adapters is that there are a large amount of adapters floating around that call themselves "Mega Key" adapters, and not all of them do work with lockout carts. I have been stung by that one before :/

    In my opinion, the Nitro 2 is a safe bet, because as far as I know there aren't any dodgy knock-offs of it that also call themselves "Nitro 2". If you get a Nitro 2 then you know you've got the real deal ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vroomfunkel
    The trouble with Mega Key adapters is that there are a large amount of adapters floating around that call themselves "Mega Key" adapters, and not all of them do work with lockout carts. I have been stung by that one before :/

    In my opinion, the Nitro 2 is a safe bet, because as far as I know there aren't any dodgy knock-offs of it that also call themselves "Nitro 2". If you get a Nitro 2 then you know you've got the real deal ...

    Vroomfunkel

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