Sega Mega Drive / Genesis

(See this page for an overview of all known hardware.)

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Important Notes

  • If you have an unused/sealed game, you should dump ROM and save data from the physical media before using it, and note in your submission if the physical media was new or sealed when you got it. This is to avoid inadvertent modification of the data and to help preserve the data in its unused/“factory” state. Its also a good idea to photograph the cart/packaging in its sealed state, in order to help with verifying it.
  • If the dump hashes don't match an already existing item in the relevant database, you should try and verify that the dump is correct before submitting it as a new dump or new version. You can do that by cleaning the contacts (or equivalent) and dumping again.

There are numerous dumping tools available for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, several for sale and many, many more open source electronics projects.

This is a super simple system that works really well, and is affordable and readily available. See our hardware page for shop links.

  1. Plug your game into the Retrode2.
  2. Make sure the voltage setting is at 5V.
  3. Connect the Retrode2 to your computer.
  4. The Retrode2 should now show up as a regular USB drive, and you can copy the ROM from there for further analysis.

The Sanni Cart Reader comes with Mega Drive / Genesis dumping capabilities by default. Follow the Sanni Cart Reader wiki for proper settings, and dumping instructions.

See instructions here for NES / Famicom dumping using the RetroFreak, the same setup applies to dumping Sega Mega Drive / Genesis.

  1. Make sure the '5V' setting is selected on the device (not the '3V' setting)
  2. Connect the Genesis adapter to the RetroBlaster
  3. Insert the cartridge or PCB into the adapter
  4. Open the RetroBlaster software (available on the RetroBlaster github)
  5. Navigate to the 'Sega Genesis' tab, and click “Dump ROM.” Choose the location and filename for your ROM
  6. A progress bar will indicate the status of the dump, and information will be displayed on the 'status' log when the dump is complete.
  7. You can also dump the SRAM from this same tab, by clicking the 'Dump SRAM' button

See this page.

  • carts/sega/mega-drive-genesis.txt
  • Last modified: 2022/09/28 22:08
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