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Posted by Tricob on .
I've seen some PAL releases which are actually French, not least of which is The Smurfs for the NES. But that particular release allows you to select the English mode before the game starts. That's kind of disorienting if you have the actual legitimate game and the package it came in, as everything is written in French ("Les Schtroumpfs") - game cartridge, manual, and even the box itself. I purchased it as part of a research project for the game, and my NES lockout chip was disabled, so it actually runs on my NTSC NES despite it being for a different region. The NTSC NES doesn't have the hardware to send any harmful PAL signals to your NTSC TV, so you can't do any damage this way. But if you want *full* NES PAL compatibility, you'll have to use the toploader version of the NES.

- Tricob.

"Glass Tiger for life! "

In reply to: Re: NTSC OR PAL posted by masterdragon on .
Putting it simple, about what matter for us:

NTSC and PAL means 2 main different (but not much in the end) pattern of frames/Hz and color system, originated from old times of analog TVs/screens for each countries grouped.

Putting it simple again:

Color nowadays doesnt matter much for consider worring between those 2 (the digital conversions make it equal), but:

NTSC = mostly made for run in 60/30 FPS (frames per second) scale
PAL = mostly made for run in 50/25 FPS (frames per second) scale

NTSC = english version means USA english (cuz US is NTSC standard)
PAL = english version means british english (cuz england and most europe = PAL)

NTSC in general is a best pattern/version for us to use in general nowadays (at least for us from Western World, but i believe even for worldwide, considering NTSC being more flat response/conversion for digital world.)

I am talk all in GENERAL, but im sure about games from all those old systems and for english language of games you can mostly count on it.

So, thas how you can tell, most PAL old games = 50 fps and british english
NTSC = 60 fps + american english

And btw, when starting games in ZSNES emulator (with a original rom copy), it shows right after loading the game: "VIDEO: NTSC" (most emulatores may show the same somewhere)