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Arcadia 2001 and its compatibility with other Arcadia clones?

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The Emerson Arcadia 2001 was a console that had a ton of clones (some by Emerson, some not) and a lot of these clones have different cartridge ports, same hardware though. I've tried to look at pictures to see what's compatible with what, but the pictures don't help much. Looking at these two consoles, the dust flap where the cart goes in appears to be the same size, but the pinout may be totally different.

 

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I'm looking to buy an Arcadia system, but the original, the Arcadia 2001, is just too pricey. I've seen some clones, however, go for a lot cheaper; So I'm trying to see if i can find out which clones are compatible with the American release of the Arcadia 2001, meaning they have the same cartridge pinout. Some examples of clones I would be interested in knowing about would be the Bandai Arcadia, Tryom Video Game Center, Ekusera, or any that aren't in the PAL format. If anyone has any info on this, I'd love to hear it!

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Someone was selling (maybe still is) an Arcadia 2001 multicart.

You should ask him and his customers if their cart worked in their system. The French Advision Home Arcade is perfectly compatible, for example. The only difference is that the Advision had a notch on the cartridge port to give the cart a sort of way to not insert the cart backward, but it's added on the cart, so the multicart fits in.

It's a bit strange they bothered to add that, maybe it's an older version of the molds or something they removed from the US version so save costs?

 

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The notch doesn't prevent from inserting "flat" carts in, given the wide spacing and the rather "soft" plastic used.

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Someone was selling (maybe still is) an Arcadia 2001 multicart.

You should ask him and his customers if their cart worked in their system. The French Advision Home Arcade is perfectly compatible, for example. The only difference is that the Advision had a notch on the cartridge port to give the cart a sort of way to not insert the cart backward, but it's added on the cart, so the multicart fits in.

It's a bit strange they bothered to add that, maybe it's an older version of the molds or something they removed from the US version so save costs?

 

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The notch doesn't prevent from inserting "flat" carts in, given the wide spacing and the rather "soft" plastic used.

 

Thanks for the tip! Do you know the name of the guy who sells the multicarts?

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