The original Master System requires no modification to
get RGB output, but there are different cables for different models. The SMS 2 has no A/V Multi-out, so it
requires a mod to get RGB. More info is below:
The Japanese MK-2000 looks like an SMS model 1, but requires a different cable that has no components inside.
Here's links to each:
The original Sega Master System (shown upper left
picture) is the most common SMS console found outside of Japan and supports both cartridge and card games.
Since it has the card slot, it's also compatible with the 3D glasses adapter.
The MK-2000 was only released in Japan. Although
it looks similar to the SMS 1, there are some significant differences: The MK-2000 has the 3D adapter built
directly on the motherboard and has the FM Audio chip built-in as well (more FM audio info below).
More importantly, it's cartridge slot only accepts Sega Mark III cartridges. The Mark II and III
were the predecessors to the SMS. You can use SMS games by purchasing a basic cartridge
SMS2SG1000 Pro's: Uses the top cartridge
slot, so no modification needs to be made to the console; Just plug and play. Con's:The game cartridges look a little silly sticking that high up above the
console. If you're using a Master Everdrive, it's recommended you useOSv7 with
this adapter. As an FYI, after flashing to OSv7,the SD
card needs to be re-formatted to FAT32.
SMS Gender Adapter Pro's:Sits
behind the unit, so your console always looks "clean". Con's:A small bit of plastic needs to be cut for
it to fit properly & if you're using cartridges, it's a pain to go behind the unit each time to
switch it out. Also, there's some compatibility issues with some games and ROM carts. If you're using a Master Everdrive, it's recommended you useOSv6 with
this adapter. As an FYI, after flashing to OSv6,the SD
card needs to be re-formatted to FAT16.
II consoles require a mod to output RGB. Depending on the video chip used on your
motherboard, adding RGB might be as simple as adding an output connector, but in some cases an RGB bypass
board is strongly recommended. More info on this soon!
SMS Games on a Sega Genesis / Mega
Sega Genesis / Mega
Drive consoles can play Master System games through a converter or roms. This is not
emulation, the Genesis console actually has SMS hardware inside it and supports 99% of the SMS
library; Some games require the original controller, but patches are available (see
ROM carts will play SMS roms without any modification required. If you plan on
using original cartridges, you can get Sega's official cartridge adapter called the Power Base
Converter, which supports cartridges and cards. In my opinion, a better solution for playing SMS
cartridges on a Genesis is db Electronic's Power Base FM, which also supports SMS games with FM
sound! They also have a much cheaper, "basic" version available for just $20!: http://db-electronics.ca/shop/
"Jailbars" are a common and annoying problem on all SMS
consoles. In my opinion, the best way to fix the issue is by bypassing the SMS motherboard as much as
possbile. I have a page with instructions and details on how to do this, however newer solutions will
soon be available: http://www.retrorgb.com/smsrgbbypass.html
Play SMS Games with a Genesis
If you use a Genesis controller to play SMS games (via either the SMS or Genesis), some games won't work
correctly. If you're using a ROM cart, you can actually patch those games to work with either controller. Here's a link
to instructions (free login required to download the patches): http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=1203.0
If you love the SMS, buy the original and get the cable
linked above. If you only plan on playing a few SMS games or have limited space, just get a Genesis and one of
db Electronics' Power Base Converters. It’ll give you almost the same experience (SMS on Genesis
isn't emulation), the SMS controllers work in the Genesis and even the 3D
glasses work fine.