Read Sega Megadrive cartridges with Arduino Mega

An Arduino and video game enthusiast has documented a method of reading the contents of Sega Megadrive video game cartridges using an Arduino Mega board and some simple hardware. A Mega is required due to the number of connectors on the game cartridge, which connects to the circuit via an old ISA slot from a ‘486-era motherboard. Although simple, this project could possibly lead to methods of backing up the old Sega cartridges.

For more information, Arduino sketch and notes – visit the project web page. And we’re on twitter, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 


When projects such as the Sega cartridge reader outgrow the normal Arduino-compatible boards, running out of program and flash memory space, or you’re stacking on Ethernet and microSD shields, or all at once – it’s time to upgrade to the Freetronics EtherMega:

Quite simple the EtherMega is the fully-loaded Arduino-compatible board on the market today. Apart from being completely Arduino Mega2560-compatible, it includes full Ethernet interface, a microSD card socket, full USB interface, optional Power-over-Ethernet support and still has a circuit prototyping area with extra I2C interface pins. So if your project is breaking the limits, upgrade to the EtherMega today. 


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