I completely, honestly, unironically love Mercado Livre so much. The site, which is Latin and South America’s answer to eBay, is available in several countries, but let’s be honest: when it comes to awesome merchandise, no one can top Brazil, the home of pão de queijo, Tec Toy and wonderful pirated things. This isn’t to say that we condone piracy, but really:
Who wouldn’t want to buy “Super 12 in 1”? I mean, c’mon! There’s Battletoads, Duck Tales, Pikachu and Sonic all on one Game Boy (surprisingly not “Game”) cart! In fact, most of the golden pirated Sonic games from Brazil aren’t from modern games (where the pirated material look s mostly identical to the real games) but from the Mega Drive era, where things just get downright silly.
If you think Sonic 4 is passe, you’ll be happy to know that this game has Sonic 5 on it (clearly the prequel to Sonic 6), and apparently as a bonus has Sonic Adventure 2.
Alternately, you could just skip directly to “Sonic Adventure 5,” also for the Game video game system. However, if you’re turning to the Mega Drive and looking for quality, I’d recommend checking out the following pirate titles:
Though I must say when I saw the last cart was a “Sonic the Hedgehog/Top Gear 2” combo title, I was sort of secretly hoping it’d be this:
Oh well. Pirates are good, but they’re never that good, it seems. There’s always just something a little off about what they do when making a cart.
And sometimes, when I say a little off, I mean literally:
But bear in mind that pirated carts are not all Mercado Livre has to offer a Sonic fan! Tune in tomorrow for even more Brazilian merchandise.
I love pirated shit, they always give me a laugh. xD Though I really like the artwork on the Pirated cart of Sonic & Knuckles… I would love to have that in my possession…
I *think* the pirated S&K art is from the cover of an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly from 1994.
It is from that mag, I have it.
I kinda laugh at it now, but living in Argentina in the 90’s wasn’t so fun when *trying* to buy original stuff… always having to deal with shitty copies, and treated like a freak when asking game shopers if they had the true original… I truly, really envy you guys!
are piracy and unofficial releases still happening much these days?
I noticed this the other day when I decided to go hunting for stuff for Sega Retro. There’s more illegal games on that site than legitimate ones… and even half the legitimate carts were imported from North America!
Madness? THIS! IS! SONIC RETRO!
(sorry, couldn’t resist the 300 reference.)
In fact, as a Brazilian myself, I had many (and some of these) pirated carts back in the day when I was a kid. Gotta love the Brazilian market! =D
I gotta ask, do the play just the same as the official games but with the SEGA menus removed from them? Or do they play horrible with broken music and graphics?
I’ve played some of these, and they play just like the official ones. 🙂
Well, most of them play just like the original… except for my Sonic 3D Blast pirate. It have the SEGA screen removed, but also, the music that was supposed to play in the introduction animation doesn’t play either. Plus, the score tally have some serious math issues ~_~.
hehehe…I’ve seen many of those myself…Where I live (Chile, but Im Australian…part of my family lives here) there are many of of those around pawn shops and markets…but if you look on websites like “mercadolibre” you can still find original stuff…thats where I still buy games too…
I’m Brazillian XP
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I had a friend who had the Super 12 in 1. I don’t think I ever played it though, but I’m almost certain I saw it along with his few other GBC games.
heyyy i´m brazilian !! humpf kkk yes we heave “pão de queijo” or translating to english ” breed of cheese ” ( strange !! o.o ) and about these pirate games .. hum.. milions are saled in brazil .. but has produced and manufactured on paraguay !!!!i remenber the sega genesis made on paraguay.. and this consoles has bizarre .. heave frame skip and manymany fails… i heave today on my desk one cartridge of sonic 3 .. and these cart is the argetinan cartridge whit sega logo glitch !! has saled on são paulo city on “santa efigenia ” street .. in this plane you can buy this carts for 5 dollars .. but not oly pirated cartridges.. they heave many original jap carts like kid chamelion os sonic 1 whit covers and manuals never opened ! for 50 dollars ( 100 reais ( brasilian money )) and anothers surprises like unused dreamcsts sega saturn 32x etc. i heave buy another day one cartridge of sonic & knuckles original in this place .. never used two ! is a very cool place .. a paradise from geeks !
and yes .. if you go search hard you cand search the sonci 2 beta on santa efigenia street.. because this cartridge has very popular in brasil !!
and thats last cartridge image of sonci 2 is original..this cartridge has distribuited by tectoy whit genesis megadrive 3 (actualy on 7 version ( beliveme tectoy continuous producing the genesis megadrive http://www.tectoy.com.br )
I honestly had no idea SS liked Top Gear.
My sister had the pikachu game on our snes (the game is so wrong in so many levels XD), and I had that sonic game on snes too (Sonic 4), but i sold everything to buy a ps1.
Also, tectoy now sells a genesis with a guitar hero clone (named “Guitar Idol”), a guitar-like controller, and a superb console design. Pure Awesomeness.
and yeah im brazillian too
Haha, I used to have that Sonic & Knuckles cartridge … I must have it somewhere around here.
Strangely enough, on the other side of the pond, we Portuguese look at all that stuff and think “it comes from China or Macao or something I dunno”
s3 cart is really necessary toplay s3&k ??? look my video =>: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qKcLaYXuGA my s3cart is one argentine pirate and heave sega logo glitch and another problems.. but if i use original s&k cart on s3 the glitches hasfixed by s&k original cart..maybe the s&k cart heave the full s3&k game but only run the rom if heave serial code for sonic 3 …
There are many original products at Mercado Livre. Many more than pirates…
Ha! But most stuff that is sold here in Brazil are not made here, but in the “China” of the Americas, which is Paraguay!
If you like Mercado Livre things, you should visit Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. It’s from where all these cool things come from (imported from China/Taiwan and reselled to Brazilian street vendors – “sacoleiros” and “camelôs”).
They are much cheaper there than in Brazil and they’ll be much glad to accept US Dollars for payment. So, Americans don’t even need to do currency exchange at that place.
And if you need some reason other than piracy fetish to visit there, don’t worry: that city is located near the world-famous Iguazu Falls in the Triple Frontier between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Mercado Livre has all kinds of weird shit, from strangest pirates ever to the brazilian release of Knuckles Chaotix. Really, just look around and have fun.
There are real pirate gems like Pocket Monsters for the Mega Drive and weird OFFICIAL games, courtesy of Tec Toy, like “Férias Fustradas do Pica-Pau”(Something like Woody Woodpecker’s Fustrated Vacations), for both the Master System and Mega Drive.
Dude, where’s part 2 of this? It’s been like 3 weeks since you posted this…er…post…and said “stay tuned for more pirates tomorrow!” WHY NOT HAPPEN
Also, 3/4 of a Sonic 2 cart ftw
Sonic 3D Blast 5 on GBC???? I know about HORIBBLE music and graphics… Pirates r weird
????? Sonic Adventure 2 in “Game” cart ?????