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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.


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.