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Topic   The Retro Trade Thread Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo NEC PC Engine Sega Sega Saturn PlayStation Sega Dreamcast 3DO Sega CD

FrictionPin
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* 28-Mar
Lunar wrote:
> I think everything @FrictionPin owns are in protective plastic. I didn't even know
> they made a size for NGPC box, or is it for something else that just happens to fit?

Yep, every game in my collection has a protector mainly because it's all stored in my unfinished basement right now and dust is a killer down there. A lot of stuff is in boxes and crates too so that helps them from being crushed or corner banged when I'm digging through them to find something to play.

That protector is made for a Game Boy Box, it's just a bit bigger than NGPC so it worked great. Same with the game box, that's a GB boxed game protector I think. I've got so many different sizes I get them confused but I'm the type of person who has to have them in those things. I've always been that way with my sports cards, comics, etc...it's a habit.

Only handheld systems get the protectors though, not console boxes...I mean...that'd be weird.
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
Did Ryu get hit by gamma rays, he's jacked up now? Put the smack down on that guy, way to go.
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
Yeah, some of the later edition changes made for a much more complex array of options in vs battles. And, that's really what put me out of the game was my inability to keep all those options straight and actually use them. That's why I figured OG SFII would be great for me but obviously I'm gonna have problems there too, lol. Some practice is in order for sure.
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
I thought they did, I think invicibility was added later. I remember they nerfed the hits on Tatsu in SSFII
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
DefaultGen wrote:
> They ended the promo early today citing lack of funds. Sweet.

Hey, those guys gotta eat right...
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
LOL, I discovered FightCade a few days ago and just had my butt handed to me in SFII a little while ago. The guys on there are like world class, I'm just a noob.

Topic   Modems?

FrictionPin
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* 28-Mar
While I don't have cable internet anymore, you'll want to get something like this.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&lo...

You can easily beat the price they are offering you AND get something that provides some future proofing so you don't need to replace it again next time you upgrade the speed on your service. The model I linked will be good for you up to around 300Mbps as that's the upper range of the wireless speed. Some other things to consider is how far away your wireless devices are, floors in your house, etc. The range on this won't be super great and NetGear is notorious for giving those speed estimates a little too high especially if you aren't using their WIFI adapaters in your equipment. Range is key when estimating speed, so the further away you are (or more walls/floors in between) the slower your connection speed is back to the cable modem.

Be sure you check the other models, there is one slightly cheaper and one a little higher. These have range/speed/connection differences that may be a better fit for your particular needs.

Topic   The Retro Trade Thread Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo NEC PC Engine Sega Sega Saturn PlayStation Sega Dreamcast 3DO Sega CD

FrictionPin
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28-Mar
DefaultGen wrote:
> for you Nt Mini people, does it play 50Hz PAL games at the proper speed on a
> plain old US TV?

Yep, it sure does. There is a PAL mode setting in the menu you need to turn on to get it to run the correct speed.

Topic   What are your favorite 10 games of all time?

FrictionPin
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28-Mar
A couple are games that I probably wouldn't play today but were staples at the time oozing with nostalgia...

PC Wizardry Crusaders of the Dark Savant
PC Bards Tale
NES Super Mario Bros
A26 Yars' Revenge
PC Masters of Magic
SNES Street Fighter
NES Mega Man 2
N64 Super Mario 64
NES Legend of Zelda
PC Daggerfall

Topic   Paprium (New Genesis Beat'em Up)

FrictionPin
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28-Mar
I followed suit and used the 10% coupon, $62.10 for the Standard JUE.

Topic   Rare 3DS games FS/FT

FrictionPin
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28-Mar
Tito30 wrote:
> I thought I'd post here before I hit up eBay. I have the following harder to find
> 3DS games and memorabilia:
>
> Bravely Default Collectors Edition  * new *

I'm looking for this one, undamaged in great shape as an upgrade. Feel free to CML to see if I have anything of interest for ya.

Topic   The Retro Trade Thread Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo NEC PC Engine Sega Sega Saturn PlayStation Sega Dreamcast 3DO Sega CD

FrictionPin
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28-Mar
People don't like giving those two games up very much I guess, never had an option to trade for either in the last couple years. Just said, what the heck and bought 'em although I did get them both for a great price on the same day. I miss trading...
FrictionPin
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28-Mar
My #1 and #2 wantlist items have officially arrived, woot! Felt great moving them from Want to Collection this morning.

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FrictionPin
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27-Mar
PlayYing wrote:
> FrictionPin wrote:
>> Lunar wrote:
> |>>  * laughing out loud * just noticed the Hattori Hanzo! We just need 1 more for a team!
> |>>
>>
>> Thought about using Earthquake instead but I went with my alter ego instead of
> my
>> doppleganger  * laughing out loud *
>
> Not as familiar with SNK as I am with Capcom, is there a Dan type character I can
> be?

Hmm, I'd probably go with Haohmaru as he has moves like Ryu/Ken/Dan although I think Galford's might be a better fit...cause he has a killer dog helping him out. You know, the guy who's trying to be like the other guys but also stands out doing his own thing.
FrictionPin
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27-Mar
Lunar wrote:
>  * laughing out loud * just noticed the Hattori Hanzo! We just need 1 more for a team!
>

Thought about using Earthquake instead but I went with my alter ego instead of my doppleganger  * laughing out loud *
FrictionPin
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27-Mar
Interesting, I had to read up on the PS2 as I haven't had one in many moons. Component output is 480i while RGB is 480p with sync on green. I'd imaging component should look better through the iScan but RGB shouldn't see much (or any) difference if your TV is running it in 480p mode as it'd just be a passthrough. How do PS1 games look on it through that RGB connection?

Topic   3 Year Anniversary Contest - Win a Game!

FrictionPin
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27-Mar
Hands of Stone Ronnie Garvin. Happy Birthiversary!!

Topic   Post photos of your favorite childhood toys...

FrictionPin
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* 27-Mar
Stompers, how could I forget those! We used to take them apart and combine 3-4 engines with extra wheels glued on to have more traction. Then we'd tie a string to a pool ball rack and see how could pull the most pool balls from one end of the table to the other. Stomper pulls, awesome stuff! Wish I had pictures, my cousins and I destroyed a lot of stompers in our day trying to get bragging rights.

Topic   The Retro Trade Thread Nintendo Entertainment System Super Nintendo NEC PC Engine Sega Sega Saturn PlayStation Sega Dreamcast 3DO Sega CD

FrictionPin
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27-Mar
DiamondDave wrote:
> Iunno, old cores + new components = half faking it anyways, why pay a premium for
> that? Cores ain't gonna last forever, sheeeeeit.

Actually yeah, the cores will outlast the original chips. Cores are to the original chips what ROMs are to carts. Until a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have figured myself for another clone console person after the Retron 5 but that's apples to oranges there. The Mini is overpriced for sure, they could easily cut that thing $100 if they wanted to. I honestly believe they did the custom aluminum milled case as one way to keep the cost high. It's a quality built piece of equipment but certainly is the Cadillac model for NES fans. Hardware virtualization can identically simulate the original hardware, unlike software emulation, this works at a much lower level and doesn't need to emulate but instead, simulate.
FrictionPin
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27-Mar
For me, the cores and completely new components on the board all around were big wins. Obviously that's a personal preference but I have both and will get more use out of my mini moving forward. Actually I might even setup one in my office and leave the other for the main setup, I dunno yet.
FrictionPin
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27-Mar
Lunar wrote:
> So I got a Top Loader NES from the steals thread, now I have to decide if I should
> go RGB or HDMI mod...suggestions?
>

Absolutely the HDMI mod, I put one in my top loader a while back and it's fantastic. The crapty pics I took from my PC monitor didn't do it justice, on an HDTV it's stunning. A bit pricey for sure, already modded systems go for $400 and up so that's when you start thinking about a mini. If you do it, get the light kit too, it's only a couple bucks and is nice to have an LED under the power button since Nintendo didn't bother with high end bells n whistles like that themselves.

Topic   Retron 5

FrictionPin
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* 27-Mar
I've had one for a couple years now. Bought it used, basically for new price as I found one locally. We used it as the main console in the living room for quite a while for NES/SNES/GEN as well as a few GB games. The biggest reason I got it was for the HDMI out and convenience of a single console that covers many different cart types.

It has some nice features and some that are kinda crapty. The system dumps your save files from the cart to the console which is a good way to easily backup your saves in case you have a battery die on you down the road. It's also able to write the save from the console back to the cart too. Since it's software emulation, there are the usual drawbacks to that type of system ie; colors, compatibility issues, sound differences, etc.

We've had no issues using our original controllers for NES, SNES, GEN on the system, as well as the 8bitdo wireless controllers. The system has noticable lag in most games, although honestly I didn't do a lot of testing with TV modes, different settings, as it was just a casual gaming device for us that we using on family game night.

Now, the biggest drawback for me is the death grip it puts on your carts. The NES slot is the worst, at least on my unit. My son was doing most of the cart swapping and he had a heck of a time getting the carts in there so that they'd read and recognize the cart. Sometimes it took a few tries to get that done. When removing the cart you will have a really tough time unless you rock it side to side to get the thing out of there. I never did put any expensive carts in that slot because I was afraid of damaging the pins.

After about 6 months of use, you could literally hear a scratching sound removing and inserting NES carts. After hearing this noise and stopping my kids from doing any further game swapping I checked to see if I could identify the issue. Sure enough, one of the pins on the connector is pulled up a bit causing it to grind when the cart is inserted or removed. I pushed the pin back down again and we used it for another 3-4 months but then it happened again. I'm not sure if this is because of the force it takes to insert or the grip it has on the cart when removing but I eventually just removed it and put all the original consoles back in place again.

I'd still use it for casual gaming but I wasn't comfortable enough with it to use as our main system because I was afraid to use more expensive carts with it. All our carts work just fine in their original consoles, I'd just recommend an adult be the one to do the game swapping on this system to be sure proper care is used. Kinda think that the kids were just a little too rough with it and put the carts in/out at an angle instead of straight up and down alignment. Didn't notice this problem as much with the other slots but that could just be because we mostly played NES games on it.

All that said I was shocked when I looked at prices for these things used, I figured they'd be way cheaper. I'd be wary of getting one from a random ebay person though considering the fragile nature they seem to have.

Topic   MAME High Score Competition! Game #15: Ninja Baseball Batman

FrictionPin
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27-Mar
This Ninja Baseball Bat Man is one of those games that doesn't show your score after you die unless you hit the leaderboards. Finally got a high enough score to take a pic.

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FrictionPin
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27-Mar
The 2nd stage boss in C&D is toooouuuuugh! On to Ninja Baseball Batman for a bit before bed...

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Topic   Post photos of your favorite childhood toys...

FrictionPin
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26-Mar
I loved forts, cowboys & indians as a kid, my Fort Apache set was setup all the time for battles.

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And of course as a C&I fan, I had to have a cap gun and I wasted so much allowance on rolls of caps it wasn't even funny.

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My favorite outdoor passion, aside from baseball was building my own ramps to jump over crap with my bike. We jumped wagons, cinder blocks and even other kids but mostly, this happened...

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What 70's kid didn't have one of these? I also had one of these later which was Hulk and a Spider-Man too I believe.

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And then I grew up and fell in love with electronics after getting one of these...which I promptly took apart to see how it worked the same day my folks bought it. They were SUPER HAPPY about it too, I can still "feel" their happiness as I remember those fond memories.

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