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Earlier I posted about an eBay experiement to win some discounted Nintendo games… so what were the results? Well Battletoads had a counter offer of $10. Maniac Mansion’s offer was declined. I never heard back on Thunder and Lighting or Clu Clu Land.
Ducktales was accepted, as was 1943, which I didn’t mentioned in the original post. Each were accepted for a total of 4.99 a piece (including shipping!)
This is good news as it would mean that 20% of the games offered at $4.99 were accepted. It could just be a foluke, I don’t have a large enough data sample to conclude this… but it is encouraging. So lets try it again…!
Several months back after I added the “Make As Offer” icon to http://www.videogamepriceguides.com/ I had a wild idea of making ridiculously low offers on a bunch of games to see what kind of return or response I would get.
To do this experiment I’ve decided on the following rules:
- The Nintendo game must have an average price of $5.00 or more
- Shipping for the game must not be more than 3.99
- There must be 25 copies or more available
- The seller must have a rating of 98.5% or better
- No offer will be for more than $1 unless the price with shipping is less than $4.99
- The game must be located in the 48 states
Anyways, I don’t have the worlds largest budget so I’m going to limit this experiment to five games only. The ones I’ve picked are as follows:
Game #1: Battletoads… averages about $10. Shipping is free, so I’m offering $4.99
Game #2: Thunder & Lightning… averages about $11. Shipping is $2.92 so I’m offering $2.07
Game #3: Duck Tales… averages about $11. Shipping is $1.90 so I’m offering $3.09
Game #4: Clu Clu Land… averages about $12. Shipping is $3.00 so I’m offering $1.99
Game #5: Maniac Mansion… averages about $12. Shipping is free, so I’m offering $4.99
Best offers can run on for 48 hours. I’ll post an update after all five offers expire…
I mentioned in an earlier post about cleaning NES games that the best thing to do is to open the cartridge and use a pencil eraser on the contacts. I don’t advocate any type of actual cleaner, and using brasso on a video game is bad because brasso contains an acid.
So what happens when you get a game where there is oxidation on the contacts? Well, first of all what exactly is oxidation? It’s basically rust. It happens when an electron is lost between two elements. It can actually happen to many different things, and not just metal.
Oxidation in a cartridge can only come from two places… the first is from people blowing into the cartridge. Your saliva is wet and it’s gonna ruin the contacts. The other is simply from living in an extremely humid environment. It could be because you simply live somewhere humid, or your home is humid such as from a swamp or evaporation cooler. It would take a few years of this exposure to actually show the oxidation, but since Nintendo games are around two decades old its a common problem to find.
So how do we fix it? Well with my cheap Terra Cresta I received I had to resort to desperate measures. The contacts were oxidized… BADLY! One of the worst I had ever seen. So rather than sand it off with a nail file like I’ve seen elsewhere, I chose to resort to a modification of a tactic I mentioned earlier about cleaning labels. Your Thumb! It is one of the most abrasive things in the world (as is all of your fingerprints) They are constantly being regenerated, and for the purposes of cleaning a cartridge.. well if it doesn’t hurt your finger it probably won’t hurt your cartridge.
All you need to do is open the cartridge. Take the board out and set it somewhere. Pour some Comet or Ajax cleaner into a cup or on a paper plate. Next, wet your thumb under the sink. It needs to be wet, but not dripping. The moisture is only to make the cleanser stick to your finger. The moisture is not meant to “clean” the cartridge it simply acts as a “glue” to make the abrasive powder stick. Infact, once you press your wet thumb into the powder, the powder should remain looking dry. If it darkens because of the wetness then you’re thumb was too wet!
With your powdered thumb start rubbing the contants avoiding any area in the green and above. Go slowly. Go in circles. Repeat if necessary. This will not scratch the contacts at all, and it should leave them super shiny with all oxidation removed. Use a dry cloth to remove any excess powder that remains.
Thats it, thats all you need to do! Go clean your Nintendo games. Do it. Now!
Ok, so as you can see it’s the start of level three of Burgertime. 100k was achieved on level 1. 75k was achieved on level 2. 12 lives in reserve. Notice that I didn’t say earned. Also notice that the screen shot looks different from previous ones. That’s because it was achieved on the Nintendo DS. That’s right, NES Burgertime on the DS. Don’t ask how or why. Just know that I can’t and won’t claim the score to be legitimate. It’s all part of my method to decypher the grouping for level 2.
I’ve been thinking about re-tiling my bathroom with the sunset from Rygar… it just looks so cool:
The NES version kinda looks like a pink football…
The arcade one looks the best! But it would probably take thousands of tiles, and I’m lazy, and I’ll probably mess it up some how. So maybe Rygar wouldn’t be the best way to decorate a bathroom… because….
The Japanese art for the game speaks for itself!
When thumbing through an old copy of Gamepro Magazine, I stumbled on this advertisement for Goal! on Nintendo. I don’t know anything about the sport of soccer, but this advertisement teaches me alot. First of all it teaches me that a kick to the crotch is an acceptable move. I’m being sarcastic of course, but if this was true then soccer just got interesting…
Now does page two of the ad imply that the kick to the crotch has resulted in the fatality of the Goalie? Sudden Death should be the name of this game.. Not Goal! Nintendo ads are the best.. and this one just gave me an idea for a new label… details later.