Category Archives: NES and SNES
For a long time Goodwill has been a good source for LEGOs and Video Games for me , but sometimes I’ve just broken even when reselling. To prevent others from losing money , I thought I’d make a guide.
(NOTE : This Guide is for older Systems , not Modern.
KNOWING WHICH GAMES ARE OF LITTLE VALUE:
Though there’s a few exceptions , most SPORTS Video Games for SEGA Genesis , NES , SNES , N64 , and others are basically worthless unless you intend on doing something like making a Video Game Reproduction with it.
Also Games that were EXTREMELY POPULAR , especially Pack-Ins (Games included with the System) are , though fun , virtually worthless. They were mass-produced , so many of them are out there.
Lastly , GAMES BASED ON TV SHOWS , GAME SHOWS , OR BOARD GAMES are usually useless. Though TV-Show Based Games can be worth some , most are not.
Now , let’s assess Games with Value. My local Goodwill charges a flat rate of $5 for Games , so these titles should bring in more money than that so you will profit.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA , especially Gold Cartridge Games , usually carry some value.
METAL GEAR : SOLID (GBC) is a rare title , but it’s usually readily available for a high-ish price .
SEGA SATURN GAMES are generally worth lots of money. There are few that are worth less than $10.
I hope this guide helps you , GOD BLESS!
NES. Known also as the Famicom (“Family Computer”) or just “Nintendo” , the Nintendo Entertainment System still stands strong today as a functioning System , and there are also companies today making reproduction NES’s . But if you’re like me and using the original products , you may have encountered problems with them , some due to age , and some due to design. You may think your old NES is worthless because it won’t function , but there is almost no way that it CAN’T be returned to functioning order ; as an added bonus , most of the methods can be used with common household products or with cheap materials.
Problems include scrambled images , the NES turning on and off rapidly , and it not functioning. This occurs from dirt / dust on the 72-Pin connector (“Cartridge reader” for those who don’t know) or on the Cartridges , and the blinking is put into action by a chip (“10NES” lockout chip) designed to lock out pirated or unlicensed Games (Supposedly , cutting the fourth pin on this lockout chip will eliminate the blinking , but I’m not willing to risk). Lastly , the 72-Pin connector may be over-worn.
Those who grew up with the NES remember blowing the Cartridge to get the Games to work with the System. That will work temporarily , but not only will the problem return , but it blows the dust and/or dirt into the insides of the Cartridge.
You will not want to blow the contacts of the Cartridge , but instead clean it with a Q-Tip or a specially designed Cleaning Swab:
It’s not required to resume function , but it is good to clean the insides if possible , but Cartridges often use special screws that can only be unscrewed with a special bit. These bits can be purchased online and are easy to find.
Follow this guide for cleaning the Cartridge and repeat if needed. Now that the Cartridge has been taken care of , we must evaluate the 72-Pin connector.
Cleaning the dust or dirt from the 72-Pin connector CAN be done by putting rubbing alcohol on a Cartridge and putting it in the NES , but this is not really a good idea , as it is not designed to clean the System and whatever dirt on the Cartridge is possibly transferred to the Pins and vice-versa. I recommend getting a NES Cleaning Kit. I bought my NAKI NES Cleaning Kit at my favorite store for a buck , and it really helps out.
This Cartridge is designed to clean the 72-Pin connector by the included solution (likely just rubbing alcohol) being applied to the “Contacts” and the Cartridge being inserted into the NES. Also , the solution can be applied to the swabs and , as shown above , can be used to clean the Cartridge contacts.
I hope my guides help you in getting your NES running! Thank you for reading , GOD BLESS!
Me and Nace10 (from http://www.brickarchives.wordpress.com/ ) were speaking about the new relationship between SEGA and Nintendo , and we spoke of how they hated each other before.
We talked about how amazing it was that SEGA and Nintendo were in a constant battle during the 90’s (“The Console Wars”) but are now joined to make games for Mario’s commercial arch-nemesis , SONIC. During the Console Wars , SEGA had the 16-bit Genesis that immediately took over the 8-bit NES (and , thus , Genesis does what Nintendon’t). It’s higher definition graphics and hit game Sonic the Hedgehog rocketed the system into the record books , and right into Nintendo’s territory. Nintendo responded with the Super Nintendo , a 16-bit console equal to the Genesis. But , SEGA already secured their place. Nintendo eventually took over with the Nintendo 64 , with 64-bit graphics that overran the 32-bit Saturn , one year after the Saturn’s creation. Shortly after , SEGA’s Dreamcast over-took Nintendo , but it faced another enemy: Playstation 2. At the time it came out , SEGA stopped making systems completely , and now they just make games.
Now that Sega and Nintendo (unofficially Segtindo) have joined , maybe we can expect a new system! With two of the best video game console companies joined , there is no limit to the possibilities.
I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the viewers that flooded in when I posted about Segtindo . I was one of the first people to blog about it , and it gained me tons of viewers and comments. Thank you guys , please comment , GOD BLESS!