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E3 1997 Official N64 Controller
Topic Started: Jan 9 2010, 03:56 PM (30,469 Views)
jonebone
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Well no offense but that price is way off. You'd have to negotiate with a seller and I can't imagine anyone selling thiers that cheap.
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No64DD
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Yeah, that's a tough one. The 'ish' in $1,300-ish can go a long way!
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ddr2nite
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jonebone
Jan 28 2017, 07:17 PM
Well no offense but that price is way off. You'd have to negotiate with a seller and I can't imagine anyone selling thiers that cheap.
Having sold my extra E3 towards the second of last year (2016) I can confirm that $1300-ish is a bit off... as in too low.
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tobbelobbe
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Well, im not in need of money so im not really gonna try and sell it. But i tend to focus on its future value instead of current,

if we look at history, any amount of time passed on something that was apreciated by the public will increase in value, if its only one generation, then it will last for a lifetime, with peak prices in the end of that generations lifetime (when everyone who played n64 is getting old and a good part of them rich. look at old cars etc)

Nintendo tho is even more secure because it has been around for so long, and got every generation since the 80s onboard. Its a secure market is what im trying to say, and an item like this in mint and with original proof in photos, documented media newspapers etc would be able be worth alot in 30 years.

When i got it, 2001 i actually got an offer for 1500$. I thought already then that this is more valuable than that.
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Sure the value is certanily above 2000$ but I just want to give all the collectors out there hope that it is still possible to obtain one in the wild. Yes it took 2 years of constant searching but one day it sat there for 200$ on eBay. I was about to pay ddr any price for his and then I was glad I didn't. Ever since then I changed from beeing a more or less "greedy" collector to becoming a patient one. When collecting has tought me one thing, then that it is a sport of patience and no matter how unobtaiable something seems, you will get your chance if your persistant long enough. How many items have I lost before thinking "this is it, I'll never see this again" and then I did. I agree this is a tricky one to obtain and I got a little lucky, but often the payoff is way higher if you don't buy things in a rush for ridicullous prices. I just felt like sharing this because I was SOOO frustrated knowing I will never own one and I know how that can feel. In the end, I had 3 chances and the realisation that the value of something is not always related to its price.

Also you never know what happens, maybe they'll find a whole stack of these one day. Look what happened to me with my bronze Foxdata Controler for example. Only 2 found, way rarer than the E3 Controller...value possibly in the same realms if it would be official. And now someone opens a box and sets of these fly into collectors hands, but only the ones that have big Dollars in their wallets. What I'm trying to say is, even if my bronze Foxdata will be close to worthless now, I will never loose the value of the feelings I had when obtaining it. So look into the future optimisticly when looking for the E3, no item will ever gain endlessly in value and one day you'll get your chance!
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tobbelobbe
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I cant agree more with DarkLink. Just because something is worth alot, that does not mean you cant find it cheap!
Now i doubt there is an huge locker of the controllers laying around tho.

Foxdata controllers ididnt even know they were that rare, they were sold in stores? How could that ever be rare, by a third party company? I saw them in stores in sweden when i was a kid, imported sure but still there to just buy!

E3 controller was not sold in stores ;P Nintendos HQ in scandinavia got a hold of one. That says something. They are responsible for all nintendo products for like 5 countries atleast (some outside scandinavia too) and aslong as you get an original you gonna be cool in the long run.

Really helps that its gold too, gold is connected to Zelda, lots of ppl love zelda! Like me, i would sell at once if it wasnt gold. It was the gold prize after all! XD
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Wow! 4 e3 owners in the same place at the same time!

The ultimate multipayer.
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Wow! 4 e3 owners in the same place at the same time!

The ultimate multipayer.
Playin what ;D? GOLDENeye? ;D
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Maybe something with the D-pad...
We should take it easy on the thumbstick. ;)
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Mario Kart 64 of course!

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Now that is one hell of a photo!
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ddr2nite
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Should've put in an ANA console system and slapped in a Clayfighter Sculptor's Cut to really round out the picture of rare/expensive items...
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Yeah true :) This was at Gamescom. No idea why we didn't do it at the time. Consoles were all there.
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Darkhorse
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Man, this is the only controller left to collect (like probably tons of people) but it's so depressing to think about what it will take to acquire one :-(
If only there was a Star Fox tournament I could go to right now.
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Sorry to bump - I've had a few people message me to check if ones they are about to buy are real or fake. What is the community's thoughts on these now? I am personally still too realistic and pessimistic to believe any of them are real apart from the signed one by the Nintendo staff. So easy to fake and no way to prove they are real.
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May 7 2017, 07:54 AM
Sorry to bump - I've had a few people message me to check if ones they are about to buy are real or fake. What is the community's thoughts on these now? I am personally still too realistic and pessimistic to believe any of them are real apart from the signed one by the Nintendo staff. So easy to fake and no way to prove they are real.
Yes you are right. being able to buy exact gold foil leaf stickers on ebay now is just impossible to combat the fakes. I'm just wondering when the fake boxes start to come out for n64 controllers? we all know thats what makes a product worth so much! hello mac perfect example! the controller worth only $100-$200 max now but $2000+ with the box. I'm sure its only a matter of time.... I'd love to purchase an e3 but being no way to 100% identify original its not worth the risk.
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Being able to buy exact gold foil leaf stickers on ebay now is just impossible to combat the fakes.


This isn't true. They are not exact.
It's unfair to dismiss every e3 controller that comes by, nor is it fair to the current confirmed owners.
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Jun 9 2017, 03:17 PM
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Being able to buy exact gold foil leaf stickers on ebay now is just impossible to combat the fakes.


This isn't true. They are not exact.
It's unfair to dismiss every e3 controller that comes by, nor is it fair to the current confirmed owners.
You are right the current sticker from one seller is not exact. but a quick msg to any of these sellers directly (few worldwide that i have found) with a custom sizing of the "N" logo would see differently. Once the stickers are a perfect match it will be impossible to distinguish between real & fake. its unfortunate but only a matter of time. even the GT fakes still have a market so its not all bad.
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Jun 9 2017, 06:52 PM
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Jun 9 2017, 03:17 PM
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Being able to buy exact gold foil leaf stickers on ebay now is just impossible to combat the fakes.


This isn't true. They are not exact.
It's unfair to dismiss every e3 controller that comes by, nor is it fair to the current confirmed owners.
You are right the current sticker from one seller is not exact. but a quick msg to any of these sellers directly (few worldwide that i have found) with a custom sizing of the "N" logo would see differently. Once the stickers are a perfect match it will be impossible to distinguish between real & fake. its unfortunate but only a matter of time. even the GT fakes still have a market so its not all bad.
There could have been good fakes back then for all we know, maybe even better. I would only feel comfortable with an E3 controller if I had some sort of paper work from the event or trackable history to connect it to the Star Fox competition.
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Maybe that's also the problem. What kind of message is wanting to buy a fake sending?
I used to sympathize with the idea of people wanting fakes, until Solojones came along.
Just look at his instagram. He basically posts his fakes and repeats what Lithium said above. It's nonsense!
It's because he believes in his fakes so much that he's convinced himself that it is just the same as a real one, and they are not. :lol:




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I purchased jonebone's pad earlier this year 😁
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