MEGA drive

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The pi­rate For­got­ten Worlds cart here doesn’t have any com­pany lo­gos, and its car­tridge uses the western shell de­sign but with a notch cut out to fit Ja­panese ma­chines. Le­git­i­mate games don’t do this. When you start the game, the Sega logo is cor­rupted – pi­rates used to com­monly re­move of­fi­cial brand­ing in this fash­ion.

Since Sega al­lowed third party pub­lish­ers to man­u­fac­ture their own Mega Drive games, there’s no sin­gle cor­rect type of board or chip – but typ­i­cally they’ll fea­ture com­pany lo­gos of some kind, as seen on the le­git­i­mate car­tridge.

The pi­rate game has no of­fi­cial lo­gos on the chip or the board, and as you can see it’s a bit grubby inside.

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