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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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* 9:38pm
Needing to update my lists when you have some time Lunar...

FrictionPin's For Trade List

Game Boy Advance Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance CB
Game Boy Advance Lady Sia CIB (and a loose copy)
Game Boy Advance River City Ransom CIB
Game Boy Color Zelda Oracle of Ages CIB
Nintendo GameCube Beyond Good and Evil CIB
Nintendo GameCube Disney Sports Basketball CIB (and a loose copy)
Nintendo GameCube Ikaruga CIB
Nintendo 64 Atomic Orange Console with Controller Loose
Nintendo 64 Mega Man 64 New
Nintendo Entertainment System Pro Wrestling CIB
Nintendo Entertainment System Zelda II The Adventure of Link CIB
PlayStation Final Fantasy VIII New Greatest Hits
PlayStation Portable Lord of Arcana New
PlayStation Portable Metal Slug XX CIB
PlayStation Portable Ultimate Ghosts and Goblins CIB
PlayStation Portable Untold Legends Brotherhood of the Blade CIB Greatest Hits
Super Nintendo Lufia and The Fortress of Doom Loose
Super Nintendo Romance of the Three Kingdoms III CIB
Super Nintendo Super Mario RPG CIB (and a loose copy)
Super Nintendo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV Turtles in Time Loose
Super Nintendo Zelda Link to the Past CB

FrictionPin's WTTF

Game Boy Kid Icarus Of Myths and Monsters CIB
Game Boy Zelda Links Awakening CIB (looking for a very nice copy)
Game Boy Advance Magical Quest 3 starring Mickey and Donald CIB
Game Boy Color Mega Man Xtreme CIB
Game Boy Color Mega Man Xtreme 2 CIB
Sega Genesis Splatterhouse 2 CIB
Sega Genesis Splatterhouse 3 CIB
Sega Genesis Truxton CIB
Nintendo Entertainment System G.I. Joe A Real American Hero CIB
Nintendo Entertainment System Super Dodge Ball CIB
NGPC Metal Slug 2nd Mission CIB
Sega Master System Golden Axe Warrior CIB
Super Nintendo R-Type III The Third Lightning Loose
Super Nintendo Wild Guns Loose
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
9:33pm
I've never owned one but I'm pretty sure most of them have an audio connector on the side of the cart.

Topic   Nintendo Switch!

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 7:13pm
Not sure if this has been confirmed here yet but I just watched a Treehouse video on the accessories and the Joycon grip that charges is NOT the one included with the console. The charging grip is only available separately.

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

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
6:56pm
Lunar wrote:
> Does the Gamecube use the same connector as SNES/N64? I can't recall. I'm contemplating
> a Cube/GB Player combo but I need component(which costs like $300 for a OEM), but
> I have those cheap 3 system component cables so hoping it will work.
>
>

The GC component cable has a proprietary chip inside, those generic ones won't work as an alternative, this is what keeps the price of the OEM cables so high.

Topic   Nintendo Switch!

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 3:44pm
You betcha, I understand the reach that is needed on the system which the 3rd party games would certainly provide, no doubt. My thinking was more along the lines of, let's say, most 3rd party games in the future getting releases on all 3 systems. The Switch versions will most certainly be gimped in some way as to provide those types of games on dissimilar hardware not designed to pump out the quality of an XBone or PS4. Sure, the portability option should garner some expectations that it's a give and take exchange but I fear, in the end, those types of games (as a whole) wouldn't be as successful as intended. And that, I believe, would cause 3rd party support to decline and future customers could see that as just another reason to bypass the system altogether. Not necessarily today, but let's say 2 years from now when the hardware differences will appear to be much greater and games are pushing those more powerful systems to their limits.

Sure, I see the Switch as an option for great things, especially given the right 3rd party games, those which are ports coming down the road or new ones being created. I just don't see it as a viable option to consider competition to the other two as it's just not built that way. The long and the short of it, I guess, is I believe Nintendo should be focusing on their strengths with this console, not necessarily their weaknesses.

Edited: That's not even mentioning the unknown differences in online play that a lot of 3rd party games use for their success and longevity.
FrictionPin
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12:10pm
I dunno, maybe I'm in the minority here but I don't think 3rd party support should be a widely needed option on the Switch. Sure, I welcome some of that but I certainly wouldn't want it to become a given that every game needs to come to all 3 systems. My thinking is that since N now has a single console/handheld, the benefits from all the various 1st party development is going to be HUGE, especially over time. And this is why I support them, their games. I don't own an PS4 or XBONE and doubt I ever will, I just prefer the style of games developed by N, that's probably what it all boils down to for me personally.

If I'm honest though, I wasn't super excited by the reveal as I really was hoping they'd be much further along in the quantity of games at launch and throughout the first year. I am also one of the guys who doesn't care about fps or resolution as my primary decision to support a given game. My preference is not in a FPS or realistic types of games, I don't look for games to simulate a real life feel, I'm playing a game to escape that. So, for me, Nintendo has always been my preferred system and the Switch looks like it will still provide me with those objectives. From all I've been reading online though, the masses are looking for just another way to play the same old games you can already play on the other consoles. Call me old fashioned, I just don't get why we need more of the same.

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

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
20-Jan
rykerrk wrote:
> Ugh, none of this crap used to happen. Some days I miss Windows 7. Something tells
> me I had this problem when I did a trial run of Windows 10 and that's why I bumped
> it back to Windows 7 originally

You're probably right there, Windows 10 takes too many liberties in an attempt to make the system easier to use for the masses. This, in turn, makes life harder for those who want to do something other than surf, watch movies and send an email. But I digress...

In other news, I bought a Genesis Model 1 with hookups and 2 controllers for $50 AND it came with 6 CIB games, woot!! Posted the pic in the "find of the week" thread so I won't put it in here too.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 20-Jan
It's most likely the overhead or drivers that Windows 10 is "helping optimize" for you, they like to help you do things you don't really need. The direct write takes out the buffering and writes straight to the disc. I'm just guessing but my thought is you're having trouble maintaining a consistent write to the disc. Taking out the buffer sometimes helps as it can get corrupted or overrun/underrun causing the datastream to be irregular when sending to the disc. The disc spins at a consistent speed and anything that interrupts or changes the speed of dataflow will corrupt the write. Also, stopping any background services can help too, like antivirus, backups, videos playing, etc.

I'd try the raw write first and it that doesn't work, check the block size (try 2048) or move the speed slider down to the halfway mark or all the way down if that doesn't work. Just try one thing at a time until you find it.

Topic   Find of the week

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
20-Jan
Picked this up for $50, not bad considering I was just planning on the console itself.

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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
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
20-Jan
rykerrk wrote:
> Speaking of CDRs, I'm having a nightmare lately trying to burn off some Dreamcast
> back-ups. Windows 7 I never had any issues but all I'm burning now in Windows 10
> are coasters. Imgburn the cache just eats itself within seconds, and Discjuggler's
> being a whore, too, but at least it acts like it's burned everything to completion.

Did you try using mode 2 and raw write with discjuggler?
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
19-Jan
I'll be honest, I haven't done this much tiny component soldering since the dark ages (my college years) but as long as my eyesight and steady hands hold out it's something I enjoy doing. We'll see if my frustration level has changed though for sure. ;) If we had something like the rasp pi back then, wow, but nope, it was z80's and assembly programming...ahh, the simpler days.

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 19-Jan
I hear you on the massive amount of random cables, connectors, converters, benders, etc but I didn't want to leave out that last piece just in case.

Yeah, this project is actually a little more than a hobby project too as we're talking a bunch of super tiny resistors and components that will drive you mad if you don't enjoy that type of thing. For me though, it was more of a way to get the thing in hand sooner because the last few posts I saw were them shipping a couple dozen built models at a time with big gaps in between. Unless they get some help putting those things together for people, it's going to take forever to make another 800 of them any time soon.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 19-Jan
@Gypsy You can order the DIY Kits. There are two, the advanced kit and the barebones kit. I ordered the barebones kit first (there were only 3 in stock about an hour ago) and then emailed about the other kit (out of stock currently). Matt said he has all the parts except the firmware chip which is due anyday now and would hold my order and ship the kits together. The last things you need are hte PSU/Remote (in stock) and the parts kit from Mouser (in stock).

Edited: Well, I guess the last thing you need is the DVI to HDMI adapter, at least I did as I'm coming out of the OSSC directly to my HDMI port on the TV.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 19-Jan
All the video quality discussion the last few weeks in this thread have really inspired me to get the rest of my consoles upgraded so everything is uniform.

Well, I decided to finally make an order for the OSSC today. Looks like they've been adding nice firmware features lately but I've been putting it off until they have the option for digital audio. That add-on is now coming in Feb so I started looking at the queue on the OSSC pre-built option. Wow, they are really, really behind. Looks like they just fulfilled order numbers in the 1700 range and pre-orders are already over 2500. Seems recently they're only filling very small batches at a time and it would take quite a while to catch up already. So, I just ordered the kits and extra parts to build it myself and skip the growing queue for the pre-built option.

Parts/cables for my last 2 consoles are arriving tomorrow so in about a month I'm hoping to finally be on RGB or HDMI across all my retro consoles. A long time coming for sure.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 15-Jan
Right, I was going on the previous discussion about not needing the best quality and offering an example of the 3/4 motherboard without the video benefits of the VA4. The one you linked, if it's a VA2 or 2.3 has the better video chip in it. There are just so many revisions it's hard to say with certainty on most models without opening it up. That's why I finally gave up on my Model 2 VA4 and went with the best option for Model 1 that I described previously. Those can be identified easily with the features on the outside of the unit.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
15-Jan
This might be what you're looking for. There were a few others out there but I think this was the "cleanest" one I could find in a quick search.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sega-Genesis-Model-2-Syste...
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 15-Jan
ErickRPG wrote:
> what's your input on the whole 3/4 thing? I'd have to for sure get a VA4 right?
> I mean not all "not full motherboards" have great sound and video right?
>
>

I'll link a photo of the VA4 here from the web so you can see what it looks like. I actually never found one in my almost year of searching so I went with the Model 1 w/EXT port and High Res Graphics writing on the top. For me, it was the best choice.

http://imgur.com/kglyTxp

I'm more of a video/sound quality type of person so the buzzing (some say hissing) noise bothered me on my previous Genesis. But @Gypsy is right, you want to get the solution that works best for you. If you don't need the (some would call) minor differences in audio/video quality, then don't waste time/money on the fine detail differences. If you go down this road you have upscales, cables, switchers and so on to further increase your investment in this stuff and the trade off might not be worth it after all the $$ is spent. I have a Retron 5 that we use often and while it's not my favorite way to play the games it supports, it works just fine until I get the rest of my consoles on RGB/HDMI.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 15-Jan
Gypsy wrote:
> FrictionPin wrote:
>> Gypsy wrote:
> |>> TL;DR if you really want a model 2 Genny get the 3/4 motherboard version (you
>> can
> |>> tell by seeing a picture of the bottom side of the system).
> |>>
> |>>
>>
>> Try to get the VA4 revision too, you don't want to deal with the video quality
> issues
>> on the VA3. Sound is close to the Model 1 on both of those revisions IIRC.
>
> Correct w/ composite which Erick will probably using so I should have mentioned that.
>

Agreed, that was my thinking there too. Biggest problem is they can be tougher to find given the fact that about half of the ebay sellers don't post pics of the bottom of the console and how sparce the 3/4 are to begin with.

Edited: Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I believe I saw something a while back on a way to get rid of those vertical lines. Hmm, not sure, maybe it was cable mod or something I read while looking into RGB cables for the Saturn...I'll have to try to find that again.

Edited Again: Found it. It's an RGB cable so it wouldn't apply in this scenario.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
15-Jan
Gypsy wrote:
> TL;DR if you really want a model 2 Genny get the 3/4 motherboard version (you can
> tell by seeing a picture of the bottom side of the system).
>
>

Try to get the VA4 revision too, you don't want to deal with the video quality issues on the VA3. Sound is close to the Model 1 on both of those revisions IIRC.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 14-Jan
Glad you were able to grab them at good prices @Gypsy

I read a bit more on the OSSC digital sound upgrade and the DIY kit is probably the option I would go for if I can get one in Feb. DIY all the way would be around $110US if I did all the work myself. Cost of a fully built OSSC and having the mod installed by vgp puts the total price at $225US (with PSU/remote). Still a good alternative price wise to the framemeister as your saving around $90 even getting a complete unit. While there are other options for making the analog sound get where you want it, I'd prefer to have it all digital going over the single HDMI out.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
14-Jan
I've been working on the move to RGB/HDMI for over a year now and I really need to just make it a priority to get it done. I was introduced to the difference a couple years back when doing some mod work for people in my local area through work. Had borrowed a PVM to test them on and fell in love right away. Not having the space myself until recently I've just been getting a part here and a part there for a while but this week I started buying up most of the rest to get all my consoles on RGB. Aside from the NES which I'll probably do HDMI direct and maybe the same with the N64 but I haven't decided for sure. I'll probably get the framemeister last because I'm tired of waiting for the OSSC to swap the analog sound for digital.

And as I was typing my OSSC comment, I wanted to double check the latest edition and see they now have a solution to bring digital audio to the unit with an add-on chip. Due in Feb 2017, I may have to hold off for a bit and get up to date on this again. It might very well be a better option for me than the framemeister now, hmm.

Also, I read above about people looking for WiiU and 3DS consoles and their prices. My local Wal-Mart (very rural area here) has 2 WiiU's at retail ($299.99) and 5 n3DSXL at retail ($199.99) as of two days ago. If you are intereseted and they are still in stock message me, I can grab one for you and ship it out for retail+actual shipping.

Topic   Nintendo Switch!

FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
13-Jan
No, Amazon is simply waiting until I go to bed before making the preorders live. Jokes on them, I'm staying up!
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
13-Jan
It does, but about 10 minutes ago the listing said sold out as well. Regardless, it's listed as in stock again but I'm gonna go for the bundle. Zelda is probably the only series I would buy in one of those special overpriced bundles.
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
* 13-Jan
Sun wrote:
> FrictionPin wrote:
>> I hope so, the regular edition is already sold out on Amazon. I bet it goes fast,
>> I'm in for a bundled edition fosho.
>
> I don't think it was ever up for pre-order.

This is how it's labeled and oddly enough it's back in stock already, lol.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&lo...
FrictionPin
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader
13-Jan
Sun wrote:
> Master Edition of Breath of the Wild looks like it will be everywhere:

I hope so, the regular edition is already sold out on Amazon. I bet it goes fast, I'm in for a bundled edition fosho.