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I thought Japanese consoles had the same generation indicator that the US models did, but apparently I'm wrong. I did a little digging and found this though:

From the above: 

"You can also get a good clue of NTSC-J revision from serial number alone.

The first two numbers of the serial are Manufacturer Code, the third number is the last digit of Manufacture year. (For Example, my va0 is 059; 05 for 'UGO DENSHI' manufacturer and 9 for 1999 date)

As well, apparently Sega changed from 'Sega Enterprises' to 'Sega Corporation' shortly before they removed MIL-CD. (Nov 1 2000)

So if your dreamcast says "Sega Corporation" under the model no in ANY region, it's very unlikely to read backups.

http://dreamcastgaga.blogspot.ca/2013/05/mil-cd-comptability.html?m=1 is the boss who gathered all that info, but it helped me snag a va0 for dirt cheap. Helps a ton if it's a console youre looking at online."


This also looked helpful: http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21336

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