Super Nintendo

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Cartridge Adaptors will generally run most games on the SNES. The cartridge shape for the Pal SNES games and Super Famicom (The Japanese version of the SNES) is the same but the US cartridge shape is squarer and will not fit into a unmodified SNES without an adaptor in between the cart and console. Alternatively, you can file down the … Read More

Sega Saturn

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The easiest way to play import games on a Saturn is via an adaptor that plugs into the cartridge slot behind the CD Drive. Ideally, look to get one that is a memory cartridge as well as allowing imports to be played. This will help you play about 95% of import games. There are some games that require a 1MB … Read More

Sega Master System

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Luckily, there is no region protection on the Master System so carts from the US will work fine. There are a few games that will not work due to problems with NTSC/PAL differences but it’s a very small number and not really worth worrying about.

Sega Dreamcast

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Playing import games on a Dreamcast is very straightforward- Just get hold of a DC-X disc, available from places like Ebay and Videogameimports.com and pop that disc in first. When the screen prompts you to change disc, simply remove the DC-X disc and put your import game in. This method works for most import Dreamcast games – among the exceptions … Read More

Sega 32X

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Unfortunately, there are no current adaptors available that will allow you to play a US or Japanese Game on a UK 32X system. Also, the machines themselves have to be inserted into a machine of that region too, i.e. a US 32X System will only work in a US Mega Drive (Genesis) and not in a UK Mega Drive. If … Read More

Nintendo 64

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Playing imports on an N64 uses a similar to that of a SNES – your best bet is to try and pick up an import adaptor on Ebay and use an PAL Cartridge to piggy-back onto the back of the adaptor. Results can vary depending on the import game you’re trying to play and the PAL game you use to … Read More

Nintendo Entertainment System

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Unfortunately, although the US NES Carts look identical to those produced in the UK, they will not run on a PAL System without a little intervention. Getting the NES modified is one option if you can find someone to do it, but there are also a few adaptors available. Probably the easiest one to to get hold of would the … Read More

SNK Neo Geo

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Thankfully, there is no region protection on the Neo Geo AES system – you can take any game from any region and it’ll work in any AES machine. However, the region your machine is from will determine a few factors in the game – For example, if you put a US ‘Samurai Shodown’ cart into a Japanese AES machine, you’ll … Read More

Sega Mega Drive

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In the early days of the Mega Drive, the biggest hindrance to playing import games was the shape of the cartridges themselves. A Japanese cartridge won’t physically fit into a UK machine, although a US (Genesis) cart will. The easiest way to play these old Japanese games is with anything that you can put in between the machine and the … Read More

Sega Mega CD

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There are two methods for playing Import Mega/Sega CDs on a UK Mega CD – one rather fiddlier than the other. The easiest method is to get hold of a Datel CDX Cartridge which you pop in the cartridge slot before loading the CD up. However, there are a few revisions of the cartridge and it can be hard to … Read More

Nintendo Gamecube

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Playing import games on a Gamecube is very simple. You’ll just need to buy a Freeloader disc which is available from places like Ebay and¬†Videogameimports.com. Put your Freeloader disc in first and when prompted on-screen, take out your Freeloader disc and put your import disc in. The success rate of this disc is very high – the only problems I’ve … Read More

Handhelds

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This guide covers – Atari Lynx Neo Geo Pocket / Neo Geo Pocket Color Nintendo DS, DS Lite and DSi Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance Nintendo Virtual Boy Sega Game Gear Thankfully there is NO region protection on any of these consoles so the only barrier to you playing import games on these would be … Read More