• 8 years 10 months ago
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    anyone know why Nintendo never corrected their original NES machine back in the 80's? That annoying blank screen and flash when loading a game refusing to work unless you'd blow on the cartridge connectors? Some carts preferred cold air blown on them while others liked warm moist air. It still amazes me that handicap never had an impact on sales back in its day.
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      $$$$$$$$$$$$
      They didn't correct it in the 80's because the were still in big demand then. Alot of people ended up buying new systems thinking they were broken when the keep flashing blue screens and what not. Nintendo simply sat back and enjoyed the ride
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        yea also i think it was mid 80 or early 90 you could call the coumpany and send it in and they would fix it for you
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          Didn't they eventually make a new design for the NES where you plugged the game in from the top like the SNES and the N64? I think that probably would have helped with that.
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            hulkamania85 wrote:
            Didn't they eventually make a new design for the NES where you plugged the game in from the top like the SNES and the N64? I think that probably would have helped with that.


            Yeah, the Toploader, but it was too little too late. The SNES and Genesis had already taken over the lounge rooms by then.
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              Badkitty wrote:
              $$$$$$$$$$$$
              They didn't correct it in the 80's because the were still in big demand then. Alot of people ended up buying new systems thinking they were broken when the keep flashing blue screens and what not. Nintendo simply sat back and enjoyed the ride


              The 80s were the pinnacle of decadent spending and people were so materialistic it was amazing. Many didn't think twice about dropping money on another console. In today's world people are like "I have to PAY to send my broken X-box to have it repaired while it is under warranty?? WTF?!?!"
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                yea i still have a old toploader
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                  My brother first bought the NES for Christmas back in 1986, one of the best systems around. My brother played a batch of games like "Super Mario Brothers", "Top Gun", "Section Z", "3D Worldrunner" and other games that I do remember from 20 years ago. But now, I still have my NES system and it works fine. I don't have a toploader version, I have a VCR like version. By the time I turned my game on, the screen blinks. I was trying to get this thing working until I warmed up the game. While I was playing the game, the game sometimes had glitches. Those are my fond memories of my NES. It is a classic. One of my all time greats.
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                    A friend once called the Nintendo hotline to ask about the best way to fix a bad cartridge. The hotline person told him that whatever he does, don't blow into the cartridge. Apparently the moisture in your breath does even more damage to the contacts. Plus, like most kids, all I ate while playing Nintendo were mass-produced cream filled pastries. The sugar on your breath was also bad for the cartridge apparently. God I wish I could go back to those days!
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                      anyone suffering from nes blinking screen on front loader models the solution is relatively cheap. new conectors are readily available on Ebay for about 10 dollars. installing it requires some screwdriver skills but not brain surgery either
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                        I remember at first it was just an inconvenience, then it turned into a pre game ritual that was second nature. My SNES is now starting to do the same thing, but it took alot longer
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                          hulkamania85 wrote:
                          Didn't they eventually make a new design for the NES where you plugged the game in from the top like the SNES and the N64? I think that probably would have helped with that.


                          Yes, they did make one around 1993 or so, but even though the flashing screen problems were kept to a minimum, vertical lines appeared on the screen whenever you played a game. It happened to many gamers who had the toploader.
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                            cypher1919 wrote:
                            I remember at first it was just an inconvenience, then it turned into a pre game ritual that was second nature. My SNES is now starting to do the same thing, but it took alot longer


                            Same here. I used to blow it, shake the cartridge, and inserting it in different ways. Doing these things to get the game to work was really bothering me until 10 years later, when it took twice as long to get it to work. My Gen. is doing that now on some games.
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                              Toonhead83 wrote:
                              cypher1919 wrote:
                              I remember at first it was just an inconvenience, then it turned into a pre game ritual that was second nature. My SNES is now starting to do the same thing, but it took alot longer


                              Same here. I used to blow it, shake the cartridge, and inserting it in different ways. Doing these things to get the game to work was really bothering me until 10 years later, when it took twice as long to get it to work. My Gen. is doing that now on some games.


                              When I was little, I either blew or licked the slot on the bottom of my SNES carts. Hey, I was young! Gimme a break!
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                                one has to remember that the nes cartridge had to come in perfect contact with it’s reader. Anything that blocked its connection would harm the graphics, sound etc. I used rubbing alcohol and those plastic nes cart holders to ensure their tidy quality…could never get it quite right. I used to get so furious blowing into each cart I began to use the ol’ toss and fling into the couch and of course, as a last resort, the vacuum. The good ol’ days. With snes I never had a problem with that. I was a little more anal since I had to buy the system and most of the games all on my own. =)~
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