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Nes, Super Nintendo / Re: My Reproduction Final Fantasy VI Naked & Exposed!!!
« Last post by targetrasp on March 18, 2017, 12:24:36 AM »
When I first starting losing saves to dead nes batteries I just used what I had. Pre-google days were rough! I'd take my sister's old stuffed animals that talked or purred or had a heart beat and cut the battery holders out of them. I'd desolder the battery holder on the pcb and solder in the one I pulled out of her toys. two aa batteries really adds the weight to a Nintendo cart!
Nes, Super Nintendo / Re: My Reproduction Final Fantasy VI Naked & Exposed!!!
« Last post by retro junkie on March 17, 2017, 08:29:11 PM »
No, the battery does not come off without a good solder. But it can come off with a sharp knife used to break the spot welds.  :lol Then you can take black gorilla tape, wrap it around that corner, and it will hold and work, surprisingly. I was just experimenting with the Japanese FF 6 until the repo arrived. It wouldn't let me play with the dead battery anyway. The tape holds the two contacts to the battery. I wouldn't guarantee someone not throwing the controller through the TV screen if they got two thirds in completing the game and one of the contacts came loose.  ;) I need to get me a soldering iron. I don't have one right now. Right now I am waiting on Tales of Phantasia. One thing that I have learned about the pricing on Aliexpress, the $15 games cart are the fake looking carts. The $18 carts are the ones that look authentic Nintendo carts with the screws.

Just a Note: In searching the Aliexpress site, use "snes games," "Super Nintendo games," and "super nes games." For some reason you will not get everything with just one of those searches.  ::)
Nes, Super Nintendo / Re: My Reproduction Final Fantasy VI Naked & Exposed!!!
« Last post by targetrasp on March 17, 2017, 06:26:57 AM »
On the real SNES / FAMICON carts, does the battery come off the Nintendo board easily?

The NES carts always required the battery holder to be desoldered and replaced to change a battery, I just wondered if that was something they changed in the 16 bit flavors.

I must say, I really like this idea of yours, I may start doing something similar.

Nes, Super Nintendo / My Reproduction Final Fantasy VI Naked & Exposed!!!
« Last post by retro junkie on March 13, 2017, 06:53:33 PM »
This Final Fantasy 6, or when it was released in the US it was labeled Final Fantasy 3. I am on my way of having my cake and eating it too. I am going to have those expensive RPGs that I never had until now. And I am playing them on my Super Famicom by way of inexpensive reproductions.

The two carts of the same game. Top is the reproduction for the SNES and the bottom one is the real thing for the Super Famicom. Boards are interchangeable and fit perfect.

The Nintendo board which looks impressive next to the reproduction. The battery was dead in this one. The game would boot up, but it would not let you play the game. A message would come up in Japanese. I can only guess what it actually said, "battery dead."

You can always find Nintendo on the real McCory. That seems to be the only way of identifying the real thing anymore.

The small PC board with a minimum showing of chips.

I sort of wonder if it is the advancement in technology? Or should I question the durability of such a board. 10 to 1 it will not last 23 years like the original hardware.

And the icing on the cake, that battery can be easily changed out. That is one thing that I like about these things. Again the reproduction shell was a high quality plastic with the metal screws, just exactly like the real Nintendo carts. They look authentic but open it up and the truth hits you. If anyone has a notion that they want to go on eBay and spend high dollars for what they think is the real game cart, I would ask the seller to open it up and show photos. I don't care if they have a perfect rating. They might not know what they have because they didn't know to look. Too many of these China reproductions are showing up on eBay. I spent only $18 for this repo, free shipping.
Wii (Revolution) / Re: New Legend of Zelda
« Last post by targetrasp on March 07, 2017, 05:48:32 AM »
I hate that Nintendo pulled stakes so quickly, although that may mean a spike in collectability..

I enjoyed being about to use all that crap I bought for my wii
Wii (Revolution) / Re: New Legend of Zelda
« Last post by retro junkie on March 06, 2017, 10:15:53 PM »
I understand that the Wii U consoles were recalled by Nintendo before the Switch release. So if I do decide on one it will have to be used for sure.
Wii (Revolution) / Re: New Legend of Zelda
« Last post by targetrasp on March 06, 2017, 08:36:01 PM »
still not much below their launch msrp but keep an eye out, they were discontinued January.
Wii (Revolution) / Re: Nintendo Switch
« Last post by targetrasp on March 06, 2017, 08:31:59 PM »
So I've had time to play my switch and Zelda is pretty awesome. There's absolutely nothing else on the system worth playing for the price offered. 1-2 switch is a small collection of mini games that should have been a advertisement kiosk solely to show what you could do with the different controller configurations. It's defiantly not worth the price of admission and I'd go so far as to argue it's worth as a pack-in game (as in not good enough to be a..). I'm not paying $25 for digital content so I'm only playing Zelda.

I think that only leaves bomberman, another skylanders iteration, and just dance - my kids don't even like that crap. Bomberman would be worth considering at half price, and in a few weeks skylanders and just dance will be five bucks and still not worth it.

Zelda is a near perfect game. I've got every Zelda outside of a few offerings on the Gameboy and Gameboy advance and Breath of the Wild gives every other Zelda at least a run for its money. I usually favor the Zelda games like The Legend of Zelda, A link to the Past, a link between worlds over OOT, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, but I really dig Breath of the Wild. there's some elder scrolls elements that have been borrowed that really work well for me. I will spend some time on this game!

Now, Nintendo... listen up - Mario, Starfox, Fzero, Metroid, Pikmin, paper Mario, splatoon, battalion wars and / or advance wars, donkey kong (more country less konga), punch out, Mario galaxy, Mario party / fortune street (something similar / just not as stale) and at least Mario rpg are first party ips that need to be taken seriously. Some aren't as critical as others but the vast majority of these need to be released on the switch with the polish and innovation they deserve. Give me a good Kid Icarus again. A new phenomenal first party release couldn't hurt but these are proven money makers when made into even decent games. you'd only have to release one or two a year if you really devoted some resources into making them excellent. lady yourselves out to the good third party developers to fill the library out, but vie not for games like call of duty 157 or madden insert next year here but for something new, innovative, and exciting. And for cripes sake, make the flippin controllers affordable. Not every game has to use the motion controllers. there's nothing wrong with a game only using a pro controller. No one will if they are 80 each though. Bring couch co-op back. You suck at online - at least pander towards  your strengths. One of the most attractive features of the wii was couch co-op, that worked, don't give up on it, you did on the wii u and look where that got you. (all those who want to argue this with me just look past the first wave of games).

there's more but I'm afraid I'm going to sound like every other net-nerd that has a fondness for Nintendo fueled by childhood nostalgia.
Nes, Super Nintendo / Saturday Morning Super Famicom Marathon!
« Last post by retro junkie on March 04, 2017, 07:36:42 PM »
(Original Cart, original hardware, on a retro cathode tube TV. The way it was meant to be.)

What other way to start a Saturday than to dive into a pile of games? Just going to give here a short burst of thought on each game as I play, I’ll stop, and give impressions.

Super Valis IV seems to be an adventure platformy, exploration, slasher treat. Enemies seem sparse at times, but that is why I included exploration. You run around exploring the level hunting for these gray blocks that I am thinking are some sort of power ups which adds to your attacks and, or, abilities. You use the “B” to jump, “y” to shoot, or slash, and the “X” for items. And you run across these enemies, more frequently in some areas. The easy level gives you a longer life bar. And that is only “one” life with some continues. You also get the item area prefilled. Normal level is more challenging with more aggressive enemies and so forth. And there are bosses at the end of each level. Only wished I could double jump because there are some places that I have not figured how to reach. Jumps are precise with the items hidden in unexpected places. The game grows on you as you play. No knowledge of Japanese needed to play this game. Everything I see is in English except for the stills in between that give a sense of a story. Can be found relatively inexpensive. Good Game!!!

GRADIUS III is my game. This was the first game that I purchased with my SNES back during the 16-bit era. Hours upon hours spent on this game. It was the relaxer for me after a hard days work. Still holds its own even after all these years, at least it does to me. Just had to have this for my Super Famicom too. This is the shooter (also called shoot’em up, or shmup) to have and the occasional slow down does not bother me. This is one of those shooters that I arm my ship to the teeth and if I get half way through the game then suddenly lose my ship, I turn it off or reset. I don’t want to start at the bottom piloting a puny little ship with nothing. Very English friendly. Can be found relatively inexpensive. Fantastic Game!!!!! Though I am bias toward this genre.

The COMBATRIBES is an arcade 2D side scrolling beat’em up with a mixture of Double Dragon and Final Fight. Got to clean up all that crime in the streets, no one else seems to care, right? This is pure repetitive beat’em up madness. If you like that sort of thing then this is total heaven for you. I love it. I find it humorous and fun. LOL, that first boss who comes out with what looks like a 2x12x10 ft board and starts to beat the tar out of me, whut? Only a life bar? I have to depend upon continues? Whelp guess who got beat to a pulp? I know there are those gamers that just can’t handle mindless stuff like this, but hey, this is arcade fun and it is what made the arcades the “arcade” back then. Then there are those “clowns” in the next stage……………. Only the story part is in Japanese, and it is very English friendly in gameplay, believe me. This can be found moderately expensive, but if you like this sort of thing, I’ll say that it is worth it. Great Game!!!!

Puyo Puyo 2 is one of those type of puzzle games I find intense and at the same time relaxing. The idea is loosely based on tetris in its concept, yet different enough to offer you a fresh experience. Love this sort of arcade gaming and find it does stimulate your thinking in a fun and enjoyable way. I found it easy to stumble my way through the menus, everything is in Japanese. And I was playing in no time. The gameplay, itself, is simple and English friendly. Can be found relatively very inexpensive. Great Game!!!

Super Ghouls n Ghosts (Chōmakaimura) considered a side scrolling platformer, with a bit of shooter element. A little guy in armor can so easily end up in his undies. The armor only protects you for one hit and then you are running for your life in your undies trying to find that power-up that will put you back in your armor. This game is one of those type games in which it seems difficult yet addicting at the same time. Very fun to play and intense. The gameplay makes you feel it was your fault that you just got turned into a pile of bones. I didn’t do that. Did I do that? If I can just, one more time, WAIT A MINUTE, that blasted ghost!! The game is well worth a purchase. Very English friendly. This can be found moderately expensive, but like I said, worth every penny. Fantastic Game!!!!

Hmmm.. this ends this marathon of gaming for today. I shall have more of these. I usually just purchase the cart by itself, but there are a few games here that I will, sooner or later, want the box and manual. And I like the Japanese artwork, so much more colorful and a lot of times with that manga or anime touch. And I hope this has been helpful for anyone looking to purchase a Super Famicom. Most often there are a lot of games in which you will find that the Japanese counterpart is less expensive than the US release on the SNES. And still accessible to anyone that only speaks English.

Nes, Super Nintendo / Re: My Reproduction Chrono Trigger Naked & Exposed!!
« Last post by retro junkie on February 22, 2017, 09:00:54 AM »
I know this is going to sound strange, but anything that looks clean and new I am suspicious about. It must look used with maybe blockbuster stickers on it.  :lol I have been getting my reproductions at Aliexpress. Just type in the search "Nintendo" or "Sega." So far, all the Nintendo reproduction games have been chips on a PC board. Any Mega Drive/Genesis carts have always been glops on a PC board, whether it be ebay or Aliexpress.

This is the extent of my Sega reproduction games. The Musha, Eliminate Down, & Gley Lancer I purchased just the PC boards from someone over ebay for like $15 a piece. This was back before I knew of Aliexpress. I placed them in original Sega carts. They were games that were dead and did not work. Got them real cheap over ebay, something like $2 free shipping.  I then got some reproduction labels and they look and feel good. The Cotton game I got from Aliexpress for the same price because of the case. They normally are around $5 loose cart.

The thing about the reproduction cart is that, it is, for some reason, taller than the originals. The board is only a third of the height. This makes the cart not fit the case very well. The case seems to be authentic in the size because an original  fits perfect. The reproduction cart is held together by plastic tabs. I have been thinking of looking for a cheap sports Genny game and a reproduction label for Cotton. Games work perfect.
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