PowerBase Mini Adapter


I review the new PowerBase Mini adapter, which enables you to play Sega Master System games on any Sega Genesis model system.

Clarification:  Price is actually $39.99, and both the Nomad and Genesis 3 have to be modded for this to work; not the cart itself.

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John “Gamester81” Lester started playing video games at a very young age. His first ever console that he played was a Colecovision, quickly followed by an Atari 2600, and his passion for video games hasn’t stopped. In 2008 John decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called Gamester81 by reviewing rare and retro video game systems and games. His show quickly grew in popularity, and he became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.

He is also one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers Podcast which is a bimonthly podcast for people and video games of all generations.

Some of John’s other hobbies includes collecting Star Wars memorabilia (YouTube channel Starwarsnut77), playing classic arcade games (YouTube channel Gamester81Arcade), watching sports, and listening to music. John is a big fan of the 80’s and 90’s and in 2009 started a YouTube channel called NEStalgiaholic where he talks about nostalgic items and memories from his childhood.

To see some of John’s video’s in 3D visit his YouTube channel Gamester81in3D.

Favorite Systems: Colecovision, Commodore 64, NES, & SNES.

Favorite Games: Donkey Kong Arcade, Atari Star Wars Arcade, Super Mario 3, Final Fantasy II, & Goldeneye 007

  • Erek Ladd

    Good review John! I was hoping you’d mention comparability with the Retron 5. Too bad it doesn’t read flash carts or homebrews.. And I’d get this just to play Dynamite Dux in HD 🙂

    • John Gamester

      Dynamite Dux…LOL so funny… Thanks Erek.

  • Joe Goes Retro

    I bought the Power Base Mini when I bought my Retron 5. I never had any experience with Master System games until now. So far I have Rampage, Hang On, Space Harrier and Wonder Boy. I’m definitely looking forward to trying more.

  • GaminTank

    That’s a neat add on. I had no clue the Power Base Converter didn’t work on the Model 2 Genesis/Mega Drive. My favorite Master System game has to be Sonic 1. It’s the only one I played.

  • MaximumRD

    Sorry John but FYI the Retron 5 will never play Flashcarts because an update cannot correct this, it is a probelm with hardware, the way cartridge slots work in interacting with the cartridge, it will sadly never be fixed be it simply cannot be. Fortunately Flashcarts DO work great with the Super Retro Trio.

    • John Gamester

      Wow, I appreciate you letting me know that, and that’s too bad. 🙁

    • lancep2014

      Super job I hope in a later video to see if works with the Retrogen as I have it and I think I saw it work but I just don’t know. Wean he does the NES to SNES version of the Retrogen I hope to if something like the below will work.


      your right about the Retron 5 and flash carts since it’s eumaltor just like rebiuting your NES using something like an Raspberry PI computer board wound be. In that case your games are running off software in Linux.

      I don’t I know but I think thing’s the NWC 1990 Reproduction Cartridge work with Retron 5

  • BILLYonaire

    Would the Power Base Converter work on a model 2 Genesis if I plug it into an adaptor or a Game Genie? Does it work with the Super Retro Trio?

    • lancep2014

      As don’t own the Super Retro Trio or the Power Base Converter can’t say YES or NO. I will get The Power Base Converter Mini ASAP. The Game Genie thing I don’t will work based on this. The Super Boy add-on for the SNES if you wanted to play game boy games with the Game Genie you needed the Gameboy version and a adapter. So I’m sure you will need the Master System version of Game Genie.

      • BILLYonaire

        Basically, I was wondering if the Power Base Converter can’t be used on a model 2 Genesis solely because of its shape. Will it work using an adaptor or a Genesis Game Genie without punching in any codes as a pass through? BTW, there is no Master System Game Genie.

        • lancep2014

          I just something an 240pin to 70pin like thing then no. If it like the Retro Gen and works by System on Chip then may be.