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Basically yes.  You have the same thing with any electronic part or item that doesn't sell well when introduced so few are made. Later, everyone wants one and they are hard to find. Remember when Nintendo redesigned the NES as a top loader? They only sold those for a short period of time, so they became relatively rare. Even more recently they released the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii, but since it was a compilation of already-released games they didn't make a ton of them. Guess what? Now you have to pay a foot and a leg to get a copy. My point is that anything made in limited quantities has the potential to have a high price tag at some point. Moral of the story, buy the items where few are made and keep then New in box for a few years as an investment.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Re: Nintendo NES Voltage Regulator Problem
« Last post by Iam2 Dead on October 15, 2017, 09:30:00 AM »

In the NES system the regulator voltages should be 9v input and 5v outout.  Use a genuine NES ac adapter to test as the cheap chinese adapters fluctuate and are usually DC.  Yes DC is OK, but for testing you should use Nintendo specified parts. The center post on the regulator is the ground.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Nintendo NES Voltage Regulator Problem
« Last post by Frank on October 13, 2017, 11:13:16 AM »
I am having a problem with my NES that I think may be caused by a bad voltage regulator, but I don't know what the voltage output should be in order to test it. Anyone?
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Re: Why Are Gamecube Component Cables So Expensive?
« Last post by Jack on October 04, 2017, 12:33:24 PM »
OK i gather this from what I've read since my question. I'm pretty sure it's a Nintendo proprietary chip so no one else could make it at the time. Plus it is most likely rare because it was only sold in limited quantities by Nintendo shop online and few wanted it. They didn't make that many. Am I right?
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Re: Game faulty
« Last post by Iam2 Dead on September 24, 2017, 10:38:08 AM »
Any number of things. It could be a broken circuit board trace line, a bad resister, a bad solder point, a bad capacitor, a bad chip.

If you've cleaned the contacts and see no visible problems by looking at the board, you would need a professional to test and repair it.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Game faulty
« Last post by lenoz on September 23, 2017, 05:49:23 AM »
Hi all, just wondering what could be causing my Super Mario All Stars game to be not working, have tried all the obvious things like cleaning contacts, trying in different consoles etc - just wondering is there a capictor or resistor that stops them from working when faulty (console reads game but on get black screen)

TIA - Laurie.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Re: N64 powers on but nothing else happens
« Last post by Wolfman on September 22, 2017, 07:31:02 PM »
Unlike the SNES, the N64 almost never breaks down. I'm assuming you checked AV cable and power brick? A bad power brick will often show a light, but will not power console. A lot of people don't know that. Final thing is to clean the console pins with a cleaning solution. Sometimes the problem is that something has been spilled and has dried on the console contacts. A dry contact cleaner will not help.

If all that has been done, it's most likely a bad diode, rectifier or voltage regulator. In that case you can either replace them from spare parts, or just get another motherboard.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / N64 powers on but nothing else happens
« Last post by lenoz on September 18, 2017, 08:31:56 AM »
Hi all, have an issue with N64 console as powers on fine but will not read games etc, I have cleaned cartridge contacts, console slot, memory slot and unit and tried just about everything else including stripping unit down to inspect main board which all looks good close up (magnifying head set) - I have 2 consoles (the other works just fine) tried interchanging memory paks - just wondering if there is anything else I could try or change out etc as console is in very good condition and is the first one I have come across that is this stubborn (have dealt with over 30 consoles)

TIA - Laurie.
Need help. Is the NES Blinking Light Win 72 pin connector replacement part a good investment for my NES? Will it really stop my NES from blinking without blowing in the game? Only those who actually have it respond please. No hearsay.

Well yes, if your game contacts are clean it will load every time. It won't blink ever because it bypasses the chip that causes that.
Accessories, Hardware and Technical / Re: Stuck Reset Button on Nintendo 64 System
« Last post by Bad Rappa on September 10, 2017, 07:37:33 AM »
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