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All that Glistens is not Golden
Deadmoneycash
Feb 28 2018, 08:06 AM
I'm going to assume it is made in China as well. Maybe we can get a confirmation of that?

So this does make me wonder if the Australian OoT cart is made from TAN or GREY plastic and painted gold color? Meaning the gold paint could be scratched exposing a colored plastic underneath.

Now please correct me if I am wrong but the NTSC OoT cart is a gold color but it actually is the color of the plastic we are seeing and not a paint correct? Meaning it is unscratchable as in there is no paint to remove from its surface?

Yes. Made In China.
Australian Gold controller
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The Ocarina of Time carts are painted gold. Scratches or not, taking apart a game is pretty simple with a Hex Bit.

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Wow. I did a quick search of Majora's Mask carts online and i didn't expect to see so many that cracked and broke into pieces like glass! That's strange.

@Houghton,
Different colored shells underneath Gold Zelda carts is a possibility. :eh:

For right now, i'm going to explain an interesting fact that i only recently wrapped my head around.
Yes, the PAL version of Majora's Mask is a darker hue of gold than the NTSC version. It actually does look like the same gold plastic mold as ours, but darker.
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Now, here is the differences between the Australian and NTSC versions of Ocarina of Time.

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I had an acquaintance of mine from Australia take these pictures for me.
Yes, the AUS Ocarina of Time cart is brighter.

It's actually the same color as Gold N64 controllers!
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This may not be news to some, but it's something that isn't compared too often.
That is a Gold controller from Australia, and it is Tan underneath judging by the wear.


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Amazing isn't it!?
And yes, i am a Pittsburgh area native. About 40 miles south in the suburbs.

Ryan Ross actually has a twin brother from what i recollect.
I guess he was a Sega kid. X_D

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@Shangyou,
Things are coming full circle. ;)

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Overload!!
Look under Wario. I went to school with Ryan Ross. He was in my sister's grade. Guess he didn't make the cut.

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If Cananon says it's Made in Japan, then it is confirmed.
He is this site's first owner of this controller and i appreciate his input.
Thanks for sharing mate.



Here is my NP100 controller. I'm an original owner.
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You can easily pull the cord down to see the color underneath, as well as in the seam.
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Tan of course. Quite a bit to take in here.

The ink stamp in the bottom left corner is an 8, but looks smudged. So the individual wrote it bigger in the middle, but not after switching markers after testing that one marker was getting low. :lol:
I'm only speculating at the moment about why the number 8 is written in the middle.
Besides that, i'm starting to think that the 97 is the year these chipboards are recorded as.

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Deadmoneycash wanted to see some insides of controllers, so i wanted to showcase the japanese MK64 Black/Grey controller. Made In Japan
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I honestly wasn't sure what to expect upon opening it, but it is here for good measure since it is Mario Kart 64 related.
There are some differences compared to the other Made in Japan controllers, but it does have the resistors.
Aside from the Grey shell having the number 6, i found it interesting that the Black shell and the black thumbstick housing both have the number 5.

Keep in mind that this controller was a template for other Black/Grey controllers, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that it has small differences. This example is the version bundled with MK64, but it should be treated as it's own animal. Literally!
There are a Lion and Giraffe on the other Black/Grey controllers.


Okay, now who's ready for some more gold?? :)


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Welcome ALKATRAZZ.
Thanks for joining and sharing!
Great story!
The calling card reminds me of the one i recieved through Wal-Mart and the Ncrew.

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I remember using a portion of this to call Nintendo. Being on hold factored in and it went very quickly! :lol:

Anyway, we now have 3 owners of this Nintendo Power MK64 Gold controller dwelling here. I've helped create a monster.

As Deadmoneycash said, contribute what you are comfortble with.
As your pictures show, you can see beyond the gold in some spots.
It's even possible to see color limits where the cord exits the controller. :yeah:
It's safe to say that not all Gold controllers are painted equally.

Again, feel free to share your findings, and good luck on finding the potential name list.

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Cabanon
Feb 25 2018, 04:26 PM
how bout Gold Japanese controllers, are they exactly like the MK64GC ?

Are you referring to the japanese MK64 Gold controller contest?
It would have to be. It's as early as this one, and it's Made In Japan.
Our fellow member Darklink has one, and there are ways to tell without opening it.
:yeah:

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I remember seeing that controller from an auction in Germany. I could tell by the wear around the start button.

It's a Metallic Blue. Not sure what number count it should be at compared to Solojones. His are probably at #37. :rollseyes:

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Speaking of discerning color and texture, i wanted to bring up the other MK64 controller. The Black/Grey japanese MK64 controller.
Made in Japan

Next to the Mk64 controller is a standard Grey controller shell on the right. Made in China
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The reason i point this out is because there is a difference in color and texture between the two. It has been said before about this Made in Japan controller that people can attest to, although it is not that easy to see and describe.

Here is a better picture of the color difference.
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Not only was this two tone controller used as a template for other Made In Japan controllers like the Hello Mac and Geoffrey, it also got its own official release beyond the MK64 bundle.
All Made In Japan.

My point is that it was all the more reason to use the MIJ Grey shell to paint whatever "precoat" Nintendo used to apply the finishing gold paint to the MK64 Gold Controllers because it has a rougher texture for it to adhere to.

Fast forward a year later, the process was obviously refined with the introduction of the NP100 controller and all following Gold controllers to come with the use of the TAN shell instead.


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@Mymee,
The original did save to a controller pak. It took an entire controller pak, which is why there was another version in japan that included a free controller pak.

Probably should've been standard.

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Fantastic work!

This is quite a lot to take in.
The MADE in Japan only controllers only seem to have resistors and a printed label on the chipboard, which by the way is a different color that Made in China controllers.

To reiterate, it's an amazing story you put together. I was able to help bridge the gap so to speak. I seen the sespool on certain facebook groups, and it is astounding how misinformed the rest of the internet is. It's actually scary and funny at the same time!


Here is my japanese Gold Toys R Us controller. Made in China of course. Gold Box. Near mint.
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You won't find a better tan on Donald Trump! :lol:

Years old debate finally conclusive. Amazing. All Made in China Gold controllers will look like this.
I love what you did here. It is genuine.


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6th - ET: The Extraterrestrial
7th - Alien
8th - Psycho
9th - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
10th - The Wizard of Oz
11th - Gone with the Wind
12th - To Kill a Mockingbird
13th - Itís A Wonderful Life
14th - Citizen Kane
15th - 2001: A Space Odyssey
16th - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
17th - Jaws (1975)
18th - King Kong (1933)
19th - The Sound of Music
20th - The Exorcist


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