Samsung Super Aladin Boy (AKA Sega Megadrive)

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    Retro Samsung Super Aladin Boy (AKA Sega Megadrive)

    Scouring eBay for some bargains, I keep coming across Korean versions of Megadrive Games.
    So, curiosity has finally got the better of me and I have learned something..

    Japanese companies could not sell in Korea unless they went through a 3rd party. This often included changing some of the chips in the machines too.

    The Sega Megadrive was known as the Samsung Super Aladin Boy (the master System was known as the Aladin Boy). Nintendo used Hyundai for their Korean releases.

    I found an interesting article here on the Super Aladin Boy/Sega Megadrive:

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    What that says above roughly translates as Super Aladdin Boy which is what the Koreans called the Sega Mega Drive. Yep, even though the Mega Drive name still appears on the machine and games they had to go ahead and give it a different name. However, all this had a reason. You see, back before the turn of the millennium Japanese companies couldn't sell their electronic goods in Korea without going through a 3rd party. Nintendo went with Hyundai while Sega went with Samsung. Samsung also released Sega's Master System in Korea under the name of Aladdin Boy, hence the Mega Drive being called the Super Aladdin Boy.


    As you can see above the actual hardware looks very similar to the Japanese hardware with a few little alterations. The main being the Korean text under the 16 BIT logo along with the Samsung logo replacing the Sega logo in the bottom right corner of the machine. Everything else is pretty much identical to the Japanese system. Although this system is actually made in Korea by Samsung. Samsung also manufactured the Master System and Saturn for the Korean market. The Saturn is a joke though. There's no reset switch even though the button is there and the whole system feels very cheap. Samsung even went to the trouble of removing the Japanese language option from the bios while leaving all the other language options intact and even more strange, not bothering to add a Korean option. Talk about childish!Below you can see photos from the Samsung Mega Drive PCB. It clearly states "made in Korea" by Samsung as well as having a whopping big Gold Star chip (now L.G.) on it as well as a Samsung one. The Audio chip is still by Yamaha and main CPU by Sega. The machine's region coding is the same as Japan as well. So all Japanese software will run on this Mega Drive as will the Japanese Mega CD and 32X.

    The bottom of the machine also looks the same as all others apart from these stickers. The big long sticker actually gives the addresses and phone numbers of all the Samsung dealers in Korea. Probably in case your machine dies and you need to get it repaired.The center sticker is your basic machine details such as power, serial number and maker. And of course the maker is marked as Samsung, not Sega.Finally there's 3 incan (name prints). I'm not sure what these are. They could be the prints of the shop where the system was bought or something entirely different. I really don't know.Below you can see the service center and serial stickers in higher detail by clicking on the thumbnail pictures.[Only registered and activated users can see links. ][Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Around the back of the system things do look quite empty. The PAL System has an RF out, AC in and Multi AV out. The Japanese system has all of those plus a modem port. The Korean Mega Drive though only has the Multi AV out and AC in. Looks like there's no call for a RF out in Korea and it seems unlikely that Samsung would bother to support the modem.

    Around the front of the machine near the ear phone socket we have two prices listed in Korean won. I have no idea what these relate to though since I don't speak Korean. The sticker is one of those wax based ones that sort of breaks off than peel off. I'm not sure if this sticker is put on to the machine by Samsung of the actual store. It does seem a bit odd for Samsung to do it though.

    Finally there's the control pad. As you've guessed it's just the Sega pad with Samsung's name printed upon it.

    So there you have it. The most rare of all Mega Drives available. The Koreans are not too keen on selling there older consoles to the none natives so not many of them manage to leave the country which is probably why you may have never seen this particular model before.
    Last edited by Goldberg; 22nd October 2013 at 02:43 PM.
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    The Super Comboy (Super Nintendo) article here:

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    Hyundai Super Comboy : The Master List (in English)

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    Over the last years, I’ve presented a bunch of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on this blog. I haven’t updated that area of my collection since then because I’ve been busy with other things, like finishing the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
    This article being *almost* completed, I decided to move on and spend some more time on gathering infos about Nintendo’s 16bit console Market in South Korea. It’s been a little more difficult for me to actually get my hands on Super Comboy games and shoot them from every angle like I did with the Super Gam*boy games ; mainly because of the global popularity of the Super Nintendo around the world. Popularity also means there’s a lot more people now than there used to be getting interested in purchasing those games when they appear which result in constant price increases. To be perfectly honnest this is one of the reason I haven’t been too keen on sharing my infos, as I’m quite sure this kind of article will brings new players into collecting Super Comboy games. Players that will surely go credit card crazy as soon as the next Complete-In-Box Super Comboy game pops-up. So I made a choice, I recently convinced myself that some games are now simply out of my league and decided to publish this piece anyway. Enjoy it

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    BEHOLD THE HYUNDAI SUPER COMBOY 슈퍼 컴보이 MASTER LIST !

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    GAMES

    As you can see on the Master List, I’ve counted 34 official Hyundai/Cost releases, 1 bootleg release and 1 official accessory so far. But there might be more, for exemple some variations still need to be accounted for as no real box pictures have been seen for them up to this day like the Super Mario Kart blue box. Also it seems that a lot of games were imported straight from japan, some carrying a very simple black & white instruction sheet in Korean (Romancing Sa-Ga 2)… hard to say how many of these are around in South Korea, besides it looks as if most of these were RPGs with a heavy load of japanese text. One can hardly consider them as real Super Comboy release (unlinke NBA JAM T.E. who was at least repacked by Hyundai).
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    •Bootleg :
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    •Japanese Import with black & white instruction sheet in Hangul (might be more of these around) :
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    Super Mini Comboy – 슈퍼 미니컴보이

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    HARDWARE REVISIONS

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    I’ve counted 4 different console revisions and 2 Joypad revisions :
    1) Console with English Buttons names, ON/OFF and POWER LED Embossed in English on the front plates (100% English)
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    2) Console with Hangul Buttons names, ON/OFF and POWER LED Embossed in Hangul on the front plates (100% Hangul)
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    3) Console with Hangul Buttons names and embossed POWER LED, but ON/OFF is embossed in English on the dark grey font plate (mixed)
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    4) Console with Hangul Buttons names, ON/OFF and POWER LED Embossed in English on the front plates but also printed in Hangul on the side. (Mixed)
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    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]3 different variations taken from my personal collection

    Again there might be more, these are just the obvious hardware revisions but I belive some motherboard were also different, check out this exemple :
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    Different Power plug, some are AC other are DC = means different revisions of the motherboard (I also believe some might have the plug-in sound board and some just the soundchip, I haven’t checked yet, but the one I’ve modified myself with stereo output had the sound board inside).
    Regarding the Joypad (SNSN-005 KOR), only 2 known variations :
    1) Start + Select buttons in English
    2) Start + Select buttons in Hangul

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    I miss my Snes!
     
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    {{909}} said:

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    very interesting, but not surprising with the Koreans.

    Its a shame they didnt do the same in the UK and have Alan Sugar manufacturing the NES.
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    Goldberg said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by {{909}} View Post
    very interesting, but not surprising with the Koreans.

    Its a shame they didnt do the same in the UK and have Alan Sugar manufacturing the NES.
    He wouldn't have brought that terrible console out that he did then!
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    Mystical_2K said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by {{909}} View Post
    very interesting, but not surprising with the Koreans.

    Its a shame they didnt do the same in the UK and have Alan Sugar manufacturing the NES.
    i wouldnt want that fuckwit anywhere near the SNES or any other classing gaming machine, he should stick to his own brand of shite
    You know he grew up as a little shitspark from the old shitflint and then he turned into a shitbonfire and driven by the winds of his monumental ignorance he turned into a raging shitfirestorm. If I get to be married to Barb I'll have total control of Sunnyvale and then I can unleash the shitnami tidal wave that will engulf Ricky and extinguish his shitflames forever. And with any luck he'll drown in the undershit of that wave. Shitwaves.
     
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    {{909}} said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystical_2K View Post
    i wouldnt want that fuckwit anywhere near the SNES or any other classing gaming machine, he should stick to his own brand of shite
    stung on an e-m@iler?
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    Goldberg said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by {{909}} View Post
    stung on an e-m@iler?
    Hahaha, the parents bought one of them when they went down to about 30 many moons ago.
    Was great at the time as we had an uncle working abroad and we used to dial up each morning to check the emails and send him a list of PS1 games I wanted him to get from the Hong Kong markets
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    Mystical_2K said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by {{909}} View Post
    stung on an e-m@iler?
    nope just hate the guy and the shite he produces, i would shove his e-m@iler right us his sugar coated arse
    You know he grew up as a little shitspark from the old shitflint and then he turned into a shitbonfire and driven by the winds of his monumental ignorance he turned into a raging shitfirestorm. If I get to be married to Barb I'll have total control of Sunnyvale and then I can unleash the shitnami tidal wave that will engulf Ricky and extinguish his shitflames forever. And with any luck he'll drown in the undershit of that wave. Shitwaves.