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The Old Grey Brick, She Ain't What She Used To Be - A Game Boy Thread

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I started using these specifically because I cracked the fucking housing on Emerald when I tried to close it with a 2032 inside. These fit much more comfortably.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
I don't suppose you could use those batteries and holders on a Super NES game, could you? I replaced a couple of batteries in some Super NES games years ago, but the seams around the edge of the carts weren't as tight as they should have been.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Yeah, the batteries used are either CR2016, CR2025 or CR2032. They're fairly interchangeable, the difference being the thickness and how long they last. You're not advised to go for a much higher number than what's in the cartridge if you want to be able to close it again
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Looking into it, I think these are the recommended ones for SNES carts. I popped open Mario World to take a look and it seems like one of them would fit fine.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I love replacing cartridge batteries. I wish I owned more games to do it with. I'm a weirdo, I know lol
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
So when are we getting decent DS cases and screens? My original DS is very poorly and I want to improve it as much as I did my Game Boys.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Probably another ten years. The ones out now are apparently extremely low quality.
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
I suspect it's also dependent on when the emulator handhelds do the two-screen thing.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
If the emulator handheld itself doesn't have two screens, it ain't worth it imo
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Only tangentially Game Boy-related, but I finally went ahead and fixed the problem that was keeping me from using the N64 Transfer Pak, so now after owning one for twenty years I can finally play Pokémon Stadium 2 the way it was meant to be played. I love dumbass Nintendo accessories.

 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
What was the problem with it? I opened up a Transfer Pak to clean it a few months back, and there's not a lot in there lol. Was it a badly seated cable or something?

It sucks that most third party controllers don't work with the Transfer Pak. Luckily, Pokemon Stadium 2 will let you plug it in to the second controller port and play Gold/Silver/Crystal/Red/Blue/Yellow with the first controller, which means I can sit back and play with a wireless controller. Hopefully the Switch N64 controller will be compatible with the Transfer Pak...
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry

I'm a little surprised this Frankenstein's Monster wasn't mentioned already. Tito and a friend put together a Game Boy Advance with both TV out and Joy Con compatibility, because sure, why not? (Actually, the D-pad on an SP is so flush with the shell that it almost lies flat, and is not much fun to use. Adding external controllers may not be such a crazy idea after all.)
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
That thing is awesome, but having to pair the joycons using a PC every time you turn the thing on makes it only really interesting to me as a proof of concept, really. Hopefully someone can come up with a fix where using it is a bit more practical.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
What was the problem with it? I opened up a Transfer Pak to clean it a few months back, and there's not a lot in there lol. Was it a badly seated cable or something?

It sucks that most third party controllers don't work with the Transfer Pak. Luckily, Pokemon Stadium 2 will let you plug it in to the second controller port and play Gold/Silver/Crystal/Red/Blue/Yellow with the first controller, which means I can sit back and play with a wireless controller. Hopefully the Switch N64 controller will be compatible with the Transfer Pak...
Third-party N64 memory cards, rumble paks, etc generally had slightly thicker PCBs than OEM ones; so the expansion slots on my childhood N64 controllers had pins that were bent slightly too far to make adequate contact with official accessories. I went in and bent all of them back into position with an eyeglass screwdriver. It worked on one, but I actually fucked up and broke the port my second controller, so be careful if you wanna try it.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him)
Oh dear. Didn't the original NES Game Genie also have that issue with the PCB being marginally thicker than it was supposed to be?
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Third-party N64 memory cards, rumble paks, etc generally had slightly thicker PCBs than OEM ones; so the expansion slots on my childhood N64 controllers had pins that were bent slightly too far to make adequate contact with official accessories. I went in and bent all of them back into position with an eyeglass screwdriver. It worked on one, but I actually fucked up and broke the port my second controller, so be careful if you wanna try it.
Ah, I see. I did use a third party memory card as a kid but not all that often, so my controllers seem fine. The problem I had with my childhood N64 controllers were that apparently my sister and I were absolutely filthy children. Those things were GROSS
 

muteKi

Hashtag give it to gilly
The Nova "doesn't go"

An old businessman's tale I'm afraid. "Nova" is a latin-root word. Nobody in a place where there's even a risk of that meaning "doesn't go" would fail to recognize what the car's name is. I believe snopes used the comparison example of a hypothetical "Notable" dining set collection
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
An old businessman's tale I'm afraid. "Nova" is a latin-root word. Nobody in a place where there's even a risk of that meaning "doesn't go" would fail to recognize what the car's name is. I believe snopes used the comparison example of a hypothetical "Notable" dining set collection
I think you misunderstand human nature here. While the intended meaning is clear, if you're looking for a way to take the mickey out of somebody's car, it's right there. And everybody who's looking for a car to buy will also see the jokes coming.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Oh dear. Didn't the original NES Game Genie also have that issue with the PCB being marginally thicker than it was supposed to be?
Not sure about the Game Genie but I know early NES games had thicker boards. If you replace a NES cartridge connector they recommend making sure the first few games you play aren't from the first few batches (eg: don't be a Tegan and ruin your NES by trying to play Mario/Duck Hunt on your brand new connector).
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I hear the RIPS IPS V5 kit for the DMG is crappy? Is that right? V4 was nearly perfect, so I'm shocked they've messed it up.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I hear the RIPS IPS V5 kit for the DMG is crappy? Is that right? V4 was nearly perfect, so I'm shocked they've messed it up.

What's wrong with it, and where are you hearing that? I don't have it, but yeah, I'm curious too, how they'd mess up a later version of something that worked haha
 
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