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My ASCII Pad 64 Collection; Different colors and comparisons
Topic Started: Nov 14 2010, 12:54 PM (9,784 Views)
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But it is in excellent shape. It sure goes nice with the Teal controller!
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Well, in any case, it turns out that full images do help the cause. ;)
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Wow! Wouldn't 'Guripa' be katakana for Grape? 🍇
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Here is the back of the box where it says Guripa.

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Not all grapes are purple! ;)
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I have some new information related to my recent post on this controller. As interesting as it was to take it in a different direction, it is the wrong direction.
When i first seen Guripa, i knew that it was a katakana phrase. As much as i thought it said Grape, I was wrong. My apologies.
Here is where i made my mistake:

Grape- グレパ
(Gurepa)


Guripa- グリパ
(Guripa)

very similar!
But if it isn't the phonetic katakana translation, then what is Guripa??


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Oct 12 2016, 05:22 PM
This kind of thing is definitely something I have a geeky interest in. I've spent the night searching for various JANs [Japanese Article Numbering] and found 19 that correspond to ASCII Pad 64 models, so make of that what you will. There's also some different names that seem to keep cropping up so I've included them, however there's no guarantee they are official, others I haven't a clue how to translate from the kanji:

JANDateName
49886061013201997/07/18Blue Marble
49886061013371997/07/18Pink Marble (aka Red Marble)
49886061013511997/08/01Clear Red
49886061013441997/08/01Crystal Blue (aka Clear Blue)
49886061016581997/11/28Clear White
49886061016651997/11/28Skeleton Black (aka Clear Gray)
49886061016721997/11/28Gold
49886061016891997/11/28Silver
49886061016961998/03/13Clear on Clear Blue
49886061017021998/03/13Clear on Clear Red
49886061024331998/11/27White (aka Aparthotel?)
49886061026791999/03/19??? possibly Pearl Pink (aka Mauve)
49886061026861999/03/19??? possibly Clear White on Clear Gray
49886061026931999/03/19??? Gold on Silver
49886061027091999/03/19??? Clear Blue on Clear Red
49886061029831999/09/24??? (Ganmetto)
49886061029901999/10/22??? (Gurimetto)
49886061033002000/05/19??? (Pinpa)
49886061033172000/07/21??? (Murapa)
49886061033242000/09/22??? (Guripa)
I want to bring up Danilochka's JAN list. Very impressive!

The person or persons who compiled the information in this table seems to be accurate, especially since Guripa matches the wording on the back of the box.
It turns out that Cabanon had the correct translation, which is actually "Green Pearl".
For one reason or another, Guripa is the combination of these two words!

Green- グリン (adjective form) AND Pearl- パル (Pa ru)

As you may tell, i do know some japanese, but my main drawback is that i'm not japanese.
I'm not sure why they combined both words this way, but it's the only other possibility.
If you look at the table above, it shows two other controller names with the same ending. Pinpa and Murapa.

If you take the same process that was used for "Green Pearl", these two break down into Pink Pearl, and Purple Pearl.

Pink- ピンク
(Pinku)

Purple-
(Murasaki)

Purple seems to be only represented by this kanji character.
Even though i confused Guripa with Gurepu, there is no way to mistake "pink" and "purple"!
This means that if the phonetic spelling of the last 3 names on this JAN list are correct, there are going to be 3 pearl controllers. Pink, Purple, and Green!

This surely has been an exciting development for me. Let's hope we can find some boxed evidence that will confirm this further. :yeah:

Edited by No64DD, Dec 1 2016, 09:29 AM.
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@DDR,
i edited more to my post that may answer some of your excellent questions.

I believe you are correct when it comes to Ganmetto and Gurimetto.

But, I'm starting to think that the answer is the reverse!
So far, i strongly believe that GanMetto is katakana for GUNMETAL.
And GuriMetto is the combination of "Green" and "Metal". I say Green because it turns out that the Japanese DO NOT distinguish between Blue and Green in most cases; this being one of those contextual cases of Green vs. Blue.

Nevertheless, these two names certainly pinpoint the two metallic controllers that we have become familiar with on your thread.
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Yes, the true tell is going to be with proof, especially from the info from the back of their boxes.
If Gurimetto has in fact been described as an "olive" color, then that does lend itself to my above explanation of Gurimetto.



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Does anyone else think there may already be evidence of the Pink and Purple Ascii controllers on this thread?
Under certain conditions, these Pearl controllers can look different! :yeah:
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Oct 12 2016, 05:22 PM
This kind of thing is definitely something I have a geeky interest in. I've spent the night searching for various JANs [Japanese Article Numbering] and found 19 that correspond to ASCII Pad 64 models, so make of that what you will. There's also some different names that seem to keep cropping up so I've included them, however there's no guarantee they are official, others I haven't a clue how to translate from the kanji:

JAN Date Name
4988606101320 1997/07/18 Blue Marble
4988606101337 1997/07/18 Pink Marble (aka Red Marble)
4988606101351 1997/08/01 Clear Red
4988606101344 1997/08/01 Crystal Blue (aka Clear Blue)
4988606101658 1997/11/28 Clear White
4988606101665 1997/11/28 Skeleton Black (aka Clear Gray)
4988606101672 1997/11/28 Gold
4988606101689 1997/11/28 Silver
4988606101696 1998/03/13 Clear on Clear Blue
4988606101702 1998/03/13 Clear on Clear Red
4988606102433 1998/11/27 White (aka Aparthotel?)
4988606102679 1999/03/19 ??? possibly Pearl Pink (aka Mauve)
4988606102686 1999/03/19 ??? possibly Clear White on Clear Gray
4988606102693 1999/03/19 ??? Gold on Silver
4988606102709 1999/03/19 ??? Clear Blue on Clear Red
4988606102983 1999/09/24 ??? (Ganmetto)
4988606102990 1999/10/22 ??? (Gurimetto)
4988606103300 2000/05/19 ??? (Pinpa)
4988606103317 2000/07/21 ??? (Murapa)
4988606103324 2000/09/22 ??? (Guripa)


In the meantime, ddr2nite allowed me to examine a few of his boxes a little further. Some of this information may be obvious, or already known, but is in the interest of adding more validity to the JAN list above.
In this first pic, we have the "ALL Clear Grey" Asciipad 64 controller box.
It says Kurosuke.
This is the combination of Black クロ (Kuro) AND スケルトン (Skeleton). (
This may not be news to some, but it does match the 'BLS' suffix at the end of the model number code.
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Next, we have the "Clear/Clear Red" Asciipad64 controller box.
This one gets a little trickier.
It says Shiropin.
Shiro 白 - usually means white, but may also represent something that is "clear".
Anyway, Shiropin is the combination of Whiteシロ (adjective form) AND Pinkピン.
This also explains the 'WP' suffix at the end of the code.
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Lastly, we have the "White/Black" Asciipad64 controller box.
This remains the hardest one so far, but i hope this will further shed light on it.
It says Paruto.
It is the combination of Pearl パール AND ???
I've discussed this thoroughly with a few people in Japan, and we cannot definitively agree on anything we assume it all means.
However, we can agree that what is being represented on these boxes is a form of slang.
Paruto can be taken a number of ways, apparently.
What is wierd is that "Pearl" can be extracted from Paruto... twice.
My best guess is " Pearl Root" or "Pearl Tone"
Visually, this controller is one of the Pearl controllers, and was the first in a group of Pearl controllers!

So far, there isn't much to go on as to why the 'PP' suffix doesn't help confirm an exact translation.

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Dec 4 2016, 01:50 PM
So the pearl and black just refers to the pearl and black controller then, yes?
Yes. I loosely called it the White/Black.
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Sure! PM me.

I believe this thread is about to turn to it's page 6.
I am modifying post#143 so when it does, i will quote it, and carry it over. :yeah:
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I had that feeling, but wasn't sure. X_D

Platinum Pearl certainly does make sense at this point to the PP suffix.
I agree.
But it still doesn't correlate with the katakana description of 'Paruto'.

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The red plug is noteworthy!
After all of the conjecture, you've found one in mint condition. :yeah:


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Nice find!

It is hard to say. I do know Blue is one of those colors that can trick the eye!
I would point out the amount of wear around the buttons. It plays a factor. We are definately not looking at a mint controller.
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Even though these all may be the same controller, it does only make sense that there would be a 'Blue Pearl' Ascii controller to go with the Pink, Green, and White Pearl controllers. (non Metallic)

I cannot bring myself to rule out the possibility.
I just picked up my first Asciipad 64 controller so i can better appreciate this thread. :)
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Well, that is definately not a Metallic Blue controller you have.
It is either the 'Black Metallic', or something else.
I cannot tell! :eh:
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We need to figure out if there is a difference between this controller, and the Black Metallic.

Look at the JAN list on this thread. Could this controller be the 'GuriMetto' controller? (Green Metal)
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I agree.
There are 3 different Asciipad64 Metallic controllers being represented here! :w00t:
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I think you just did.

You really are a control freak! :nope:
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I could just imagine the R&D department at Ascii. :whistle:

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Hey, even without Ascii contact and without a lot of their box info, we are still making good progress. :n64:
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The box should have a silver sticker. It's not the first time that used Ascii controllers are put in to the wrong boxes.
It's a bit of a problem.
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