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BP

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« on: November 04, 2007, 09:15:05 PM »
Do you have a story about a Nintendo product surviving a traumatic experience? Tell us!
Just now, I found Super Mario 64 DS and Planet Puzzle League in this small plastic/rubber game case I have (it only holds two). It is definitely NOT watertight. My game cards were soaking wet. I dried them enough to not damage my DS, and I found they still work, saves still present and all. I hope the labels don't take it too hard though...
I still wouldn't intentionally put my games through the wash. I need to be less absent-minded.
All your dreeeeeeams begiiin to shatterrrrrr~
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007, 09:23:10 PM »
Same thing happened with my MKDS card. Left it in my pocket, and realized the next morning that it was put in the washer and drier. I went down the basement and even heard it banging against the inside of the drier. Mom took it out and gave it to me when it was done. Put it in my DS, all data intact.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

WarpRattler

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007, 09:25:21 PM »
Plenty of stories about Game Boy games going through the wash and still working perfectly with saves intact. One story about me accidentally dropping the Gamecube down a staircase while transporting it between floors and it still working perfectly (though I imagine this wouldn't be the case if there was anything plugged into any of the ports, or if I had the screen for it back then).

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2007, 09:46:49 PM »
My Super Mario 64 DS card once went halfway through the wash before I wondered where it was. It was fine.
When TEM was at my house, we used two Zappers as props for various projects, and we forgot to bring them inside. Overnight, it rained. Plugged them into my NES the next morning and they worked like a charm.
That was a joke.

« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007, 09:53:26 PM »
I remember when I used to drop/throw/shake my Game Boy Color, it would reset. That was the only faulty thing about it.

N64 Chick

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007, 09:58:32 PM »
I'm a super careful person so I can't say that any of my Nintendo stuff as had any traumatic experiences lately. However, I was rather violent back in the N64 era and sorta took it out on the N64 controllers. They didn't quite make it to say the least.

Also, some odd years back, I found this video of some guys dragging a GCN behind a truck for a mile or so, hurling it across their yard, then taking a sledge hammer to it. Oy...
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MaxVance

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007, 10:05:28 PM »
I also have made sure to take particular care of my Nintendo products. Though I don't really have any such experiences (at least that I can remember), this Game Boy on display at the Nintendo World store clearly shows its durability.

Remember that your first Goomba boldly you walk? When Mario touched that mushroom being brought up more largely remember that you are surprised? Miscalculate your jump that pit remember that it falls?

SolidShroom

  • Poop Man
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2007, 10:18:13 PM »
A lot of my DS and GBA cartridges are squeaky clean. Also, I know of a guy who threw his GBC out a window, and it was fine. Nintendo systems are truly powerful. Sony systems, however, are much different.

MEGAߥTE

  • In flames
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2007, 10:31:26 PM »
The first GameCube I owned I bought from a friend.  Their family had taken it with them on a trip, and at a rest stop they put it on the roof of the car, and forgot to pack it up again when they set out.  At about 30MPH it rolled off of the roof and down the interstate.  It was scratched up on all 10 corners (main corners plus lid), but still worked perfectly.

Of course, this was still when Nintendo made their hardware in Japan.  My Wii broke just by having it on.

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2007, 10:52:23 PM »
Meanwhile, Sony seems to somehow be making products that at least feel solid. Is this what success or loss does to you?
That was a joke.

Kojinka

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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2007, 07:52:49 AM »
I played my GCN during an electric storm.  The power went flickered, and I couldn't get the cube back on.  I thought it had fried, but when I plugged it into a different outlet, it was functioning as if nothing happened.   The event traumatized me a little bit.  It certainly taught me not to play console games during an electrical strom.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2007, 11:31:05 AM »
My very first Game Boy Color went through a lot of abuse. As of now, it's screen is crakced and crushed, the battery spring is bent out of shape, and there's some residue in the cartridge slot. Yet the other day I inserted Pokemon Red and it worked fine.

My N64 and Gamecube have both had liquids spilled on them and they run like nothing happened.

My Wii has been kicked over a couple of times and there's no sign of damage.

Not a Nintendo system, but my PS2 has been stepped on, dropped, left in the sun, and has food stuck to it and it still runs fine. So I guess all those stories of Sony making shoddy products aren't completely true.
As a game that requires six friends, an HDTV, and skill, I can see why the majority of TMK is going to hate on it hard.

« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2007, 11:37:37 AM »
I don't have any stories about my systems (I was very careful, and somewhat OCD about my stuff), but my fiancee's Super NES has a big hole in the front area of it, where one of her sisters/her stepped on it. The SNES still works, as they all still play their favorite SNES games, but I just saw it as weird.

Also, they were cleaning out their garage for a garage sale, and my fiancee found her old Gameboy Pocket. It's a green one that looks like it's been through just about everything, but it still works. I'll take a picutre of them sometime (the SNES and GB).
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2007, 11:11:38 PM »
My old DS fell on the floor a couple times, and it still worked. Other than that, I try to take good care of my systems. I'm especially gentle to the DS lite.
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Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2007, 12:33:01 AM »
Wiggles: Depends on when/where the PS2 was made.
Toad: Yeah, SNESes consist largely of empty space. http://www.chupnet.com/photos/secondsnes.jpg
That was a joke.

Glorb

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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2007, 02:29:21 PM »
I once stomped on a spare GC controller of mine to see if it would break (stupid, yes, I know). It took a while to cause any visible damage, but it was still functional for a few days afterward.
every

SolidShroom

  • Poop Man
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2007, 03:58:20 PM »
Meanwhile, Sony seems to somehow be making products that at least feel solid. Is this what success or loss does to you?
What? Also, every Sony console I've owned has broken, except my PSP. I dunno what to think about the PS3. I imagine they might be durable, considering they weigh like 20 pounds, but you have to wonder about their long tern durability. PS2s slowly lose the ability to read discs until you void your warranty to turn that small white cog. I had to do that, and it still doesn't read discs very well. Also, my first PS1 was destroyed in a lightning storm, and the second was destroyed when my sister knocked it over. Also, my small white PS1 with the screen still works, but the screen is mangled, it won't stand straight up.

I've never lost a Nintendo system.

« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2007, 08:26:17 PM »
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2007, 08:39:02 PM »
It's a veteran of the Gulf War.

« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2007, 11:04:14 PM »
I once stomped on a spare GC controller of mine to see if it would break (stupid, yes, I know). It took a while to cause any visible damage, but it was still functional for a few days afterward.

It DOES sound pretty stupid.

I don't really get why people intentionally like to test the durability of Nintendo's products. I'm sure they do enough of that in NCL.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2007, 11:38:20 PM »
If it was first-party, I'm mad.
Anyway Solid, the PSP light (as opposed to heavy) is a pretty slick little piece of plastic. And PS3s are pretty substantial.
That was a joke.

Glorb

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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2007, 04:13:59 AM »
Yes, it was first-party. In fact, it was a Wavebird. If it helps, it was originally my brother's.
every

Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2007, 10:14:42 AM »
You're stupid.
That was a joke.

« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2007, 11:18:08 AM »
I second Chup.

Really, WHY would you (or anyone, for that matter) wanna destroy something that was money well spent?

I pondered the same thing whenever someone said they'd go buy an Xbox just to destroy it.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Glorb

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« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2007, 10:56:40 PM »
You're stupid.

Well, that's clever.

And here comes the part where people scold me for talking about injuring awesome Nintendo hardware in a thread about injuring awesome Nintendo hardware.
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WarpRattler

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« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2007, 11:20:24 PM »
The thread isn't about injuring it on purpose, though. So, thirded.

BP

  • Beside Pacific
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2007, 01:10:45 AM »
Fourthed. Send something to me next time you want it broken and I'll gladly send you fake pictures.
All your dreeeeeeams begiiin to shatterrrrrr~
It's YOUR problem!

Sqrt2

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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2007, 05:10:58 AM »
I've had a N64 controller have it's analogue stick break off. Due in part to playing Mario Party and Paper Mario so much. :)
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Glorb

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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2007, 02:43:37 PM »
The thread isn't about injuring it on purpose, though. So, thirded.

So? It's not like it's your controller, or anyone else's. Honestly, I don't see how calling me stupid because I broke something is good for anything. If I hear that you did something dumb, would it do anything useful if I called you stupid?
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SolidShroom

  • Poop Man
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2007, 05:10:55 PM »
Well uhh, none of this changes the fact that you're stupid for destroying the wavebird, when you could have given it to me. :D

« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2007, 10:27:07 PM »
So nobody here has tested something, anything, ever?  He wanted to see how strong it was, so he tried to bust it up.  It wasn't like he ran into your house, stole yours, and proceeded to whack it with a hammer.  There is nothing that says he is not allowed to destroy the remote if he so pleases.  Plus, it's not as if he does this on a daily basis, it was just a one-time event.  So, lay off him.
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Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2007, 10:35:46 PM »
Smart people do not damage things for the purpose of damaging them. Anyone's things.
That was a joke.

« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2007, 11:04:16 PM »
And decent people don't jump on a guy for one thing that he's done.  One small thing.
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« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2007, 11:13:53 AM »
Hey, it wasn't HIS controller, either. It was his brother's. Did his brother tell him it was okay to?
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Glorb

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« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2007, 03:45:28 PM »
Sure did. Even though I'd owned it for about half a year after he gave it to me, I actually called him up and asked permission. He said, "Yeah, sure, it's yours, do whatever you want."
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Reading

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« Reply #35 on: November 09, 2007, 04:29:53 PM »
One time, I dropped my DS onto the treadmill in my basement while I was playing it. It dropped 4 feet and hit the metal part at the bottom and flew about a foot. The game froze, but when I turned it off and on again it worked fine.

OK, maybe "fine" is too strong a word...since I'm not sure if that incident was related to my DS's right speaker breaking or not. I can't exactly remember, but it seems to have happened later...or something. That's why I use headphones now. :P
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Chupperson Weird

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« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2007, 07:35:21 PM »
Some early DSes had built in sound problems.
That was a joke.

« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2007, 12:11:42 AM »
Sometimes my DS would give off this weird echo noise with the speakers, as if one of the speakers was lagging. Opening and closing the thing would fix the problem.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

BP

  • Beside Pacific
« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2007, 01:39:21 AM »
That happened with me a lot playing SM64DS on my coughfirst DS. Only SM64DS though.
All your dreeeeeeams begiiin to shatterrrrrr~
It's YOUR problem!

« Reply #39 on: November 10, 2007, 06:17:32 PM »
Some early DSes had built in sound problems.

Some GBASP's have this problem too, as my GBASP does (strangely, only the first Wario Ware game and Mario VS DK).

I have noticed a sound problem sometimes on my DS, and turning the sound down for a few minutes seems to help it, as well as closing/opening the DS. Though, if it's a Mario game, it won't help if Mario says something as the DS is closed (I love this game!)
Kinopio is the ultimate video game character! Who else can drive a kart, host parties, play tennis, give good advice and items, and is almost always happy??

Boo Dudley

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« Reply #40 on: November 10, 2007, 08:39:27 PM »
I was playing SM64DS today and decided to reset.... well it was when the character was walking through a door, and the next room was loading. It reloaded and told me the data was corrupted, and everything was erased (most importantly: my 9999 score in poker). after I tried to start over and test whether the save would take, it still kept telling me the data was corrupted. I took out the card, put it back in and started it up. Not only was it not telling me the data was corrupted, everything was restored.

I don't understand it, but it should hold some testament to durability.

Kimimaru

  • Max Stats
« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2007, 08:58:39 AM »
A long time ago, I used to play The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. When I stopped playing it for about 6 years because my Super Nintendo stopped working. 6 years later, I played it again and it was still saved! My game usually gets erased at the end of the day.
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Linkin800

  • Choppy words and a sloppy flow
« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2007, 01:59:38 AM »
No one might not belive this but one day when my freinds were over for the night (this was about when we were 9 im 14 now) Well anyways when we were sleeping one of freinds woke up early and wanted to play my brand spankin new game cube but the color cords wernt pluged in the back of the tv. (this was a big tv to) So he went to plug them in and tryed turning the tv around guess what happens.

The tv falls out of the entertainment center and falls ontop of my n64 AND game cube (they were sitting next to each other) and it just crunches one side of my game cube and makes the game inside my n64 get smashed into it.

Well my game cube and n64 work perfectly like nothing ever happend. But the big tv...not so much. We had to get rid of it becuase when it fell it broke somthing inside of it so it dosent turn on anymore. So yah my parents wernt to happy about it But me I was thanking the lord that my game cube and n64 were ok. Ill try getting some pics of my half smashed game cube later. You cant really tell the dammage on the n64 besides the game that was on it at the time (Donkey Kong 64) but i ended up selling it to help me get a Wii
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« Reply #43 on: November 30, 2007, 02:18:31 PM »
I had something very weird happen to my copy of Warioware Touched.  One day when I turned the game on, the game data was all erased!  I know that  I or anybody else did not erased the data.  I turned it on and off for a few times and it appeared that all of the save data was erased and that it would not save any new data. 

I tried another DS game to see if it was fine.  It was, so I knew it wasn't the system's fault.  When I went back to Warioware, all of my save data was restored!!!  I have no idea how that could happen.

« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2007, 07:06:21 PM »
Let's see...

One time my Animal Crossing DS game got washed and dried. It still works find today.

Another time I dropped my DS Phat (Which has been recently thrown away due to too much damage) at my friends's hard wood floor. It cracked the side. it still worked fine. But later my sister broke it...in half.

MaxVance

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« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2007, 07:37:18 PM »
But later my sister broke it...in half.
Were you playing Pokémon at the time? If so, did you just encounter a shiny Pidgey?
Remember that your first Goomba boldly you walk? When Mario touched that mushroom being brought up more largely remember that you are surprised? Miscalculate your jump that pit remember that it falls?

WarpRattler

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« Reply #46 on: December 04, 2007, 07:11:00 PM »
Sister, not girlfriend.

MaxVance

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« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2007, 06:46:09 AM »
You're forgetting that I'm from the South. That sort of thing is okay here.
Remember that your first Goomba boldly you walk? When Mario touched that mushroom being brought up more largely remember that you are surprised? Miscalculate your jump that pit remember that it falls?

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