Was it because the TVs couldn't handle too much or something? Surely they could have made the consoles optimised for both settings, couldn't they? Games in US and Japan ran at their normal performance while on PAL territories they had the resolution, music and other kinds of slow downs thrown in, as well as the framerate was lowered. This kind of annoys me because now there's no reason to buy PAL copies of old cartridge consoles unless they're imports from US or Japan. Even all the roms that I have are from US and Japan as the Europeans were fucked. But during the 00's they began to change bit by bit, like for example, Crash Bandicoot PS1 games were mostly identical and the European Platinum edition offered analogue stick support whereas the US version didn't.