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'''Multicarts''' are usually a single game cartridge that has more than one game on it. Since they are very easy to make, a lot of them are made by various pirate companies. They are most commonly found for the NES/Famicom, but they have been produced for many popular cartridge-based consoles, including the Atari 2600, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Mega Drive/Genesis, and Nintendo DS, among others.
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'''Multicarts''' are usually a single game cartridge that has more than one game on it. Since they are very easy to make, a lot of them are made by various pirate companies. They are most commonly found for the NES/Famicom, but they have been produced for many popular cartridge-based consoles, including the Atari 2600, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo DS, Vectrex, etc. Almost all multicarts released on the NES/Famicom are unlicensed, with the only licensed one being Donkey Kong Jr + Jr Math released in combination with the Famicom TV made by SHARP.
   
 
== Basics ==
 
== Basics ==
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=== Famicom/NES only ===
 
=== Famicom/NES only ===
 
* The copyright notices are usually removed from the games. Occasionally the logo is removed as well.
 
* The copyright notices are usually removed from the games. Occasionally the logo is removed as well.
* NES cartridges use "mappers"; mappers are special chips used to enhance later cartridge releases. There are over 100 mappers in total, but multicarts often only support mapper 0/NROM (which are cartridges with no mapper at all) and mapper 4/MMC3 (which is used in some late 80s - early 90s releases).
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* NES cartridges use "mappers"; mappers are special chips used to enhance later cartridge releases. There are over 100 mappers in total, but multicarts often only support mapper 0 (which are cartridges with no mapper at all) and mapper 4 (which is used in some late 80s - early 90s releases).
** Some multicarts also feature mapper 3/CNROM games. Usually there is no support for mapper 3 on the cartridges; the games are heavily modified to run on the multicart's own proprietary mapper.
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** Some multicarts also feature mapper 3 games. Usually there is no support for mapper 3 on the cartridges; the games are heavily modified to run on the multicart's own proprietary mapper.
 
* Games like ''[[Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game|Tetris]]'', ''TwinBee'', ''Dr. Mario'', and ''Arkanoid'' are often cut down in multicarts to turn them into mapper 0 games (see above). This causes some graphical glitches, but doesn't render games unplayable.
 
* Games like ''[[Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game|Tetris]]'', ''TwinBee'', ''Dr. Mario'', and ''Arkanoid'' are often cut down in multicarts to turn them into mapper 0 games (see above). This causes some graphical glitches, but doesn't render games unplayable.
 
* As they are developed for [[Famiclone]]s, some multicarts will not work properly on a real Famicom, if at all.
 
* As they are developed for [[Famiclone]]s, some multicarts will not work properly on a real Famicom, if at all.
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=== Other Systems ===
 
=== Other Systems ===
 
* On multicarts for all other systems, the games usually retain their copyrights. Known exceptions include some older Mega Drive multicarts.
 
* On multicarts for all other systems, the games usually retain their copyrights. Known exceptions include some older Mega Drive multicarts.
* Atari 2600 multicarts are usually reset-based with no menu system, and can have anywhere from 4 to 128 games (the latter meaning the player would have to ridiculously reset the console 128 times to fully navigate the menu). A handful of later cartridges instead had physical switches sticking out of the cartridge itself to select each game.
 
 
* SNES multicarts usually contain about 7 games without repeats.
 
* SNES multicarts usually contain about 7 games without repeats.
 
* Mega Drive multicarts are similar to those for the SNES, except some of them contain repeats.
 
* Mega Drive multicarts are similar to those for the SNES, except some of them contain repeats.
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* GBA multicarts often list most of the games in alphabetical order, apart from games beginning with one or two certain letters which appear earlier in the list.
 
* GBA multicarts often list most of the games in alphabetical order, apart from games beginning with one or two certain letters which appear earlier in the list.
 
* With GBA and recent Famicom multicarts, there are normally several larger Famicom/NES titles included among the frequently included games.
 
* With GBA and recent Famicom multicarts, there are normally several larger Famicom/NES titles included among the frequently included games.
* Nintendo DS multicarts typically include DS games exclusively and many of these contain at least 250 different games. Some of them have additional menu options for games from other systems (NES, Game Boy, etc.), but clicking on them does nothing.
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* Nintendo DS multicarts typically include DS games exclusively and many of these contain at least 250 different games.
 
* Many DS carts actually feature a micro SD card shoved inside the plastic (or sometimes just covered up with a sticker). They are likely based on [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_cartridge Flash Cartridge] hardware.
 
* Many DS carts actually feature a micro SD card shoved inside the plastic (or sometimes just covered up with a sticker). They are likely based on [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_cartridge Flash Cartridge] hardware.
 
* There is one known multicart for Nintendo 64. It features the original Mario Party trilogy and fifteen NES games, which seem to be running on an unidentified homebrew emulator.
 
* There is one known multicart for Nintendo 64. It features the original Mario Party trilogy and fifteen NES games, which seem to be running on an unidentified homebrew emulator.
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