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Comprehensive N64 Big Box Guide/List; The bigger they are...
Topic Started: Jun 13 2015, 03:04 AM (7,695 Views)
Vinyl
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I have a big box of StarFox from Korean and it includes the Runble Pak

Looks exactly like this:
http://www.millon-associes.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=4060875&np=1&lng=fr&npp=10000&ordre=&aff=&r=&sold=

https://www.consolevariations.com/
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This is pretty sick. and so you guys know this ended up on reddit. maybe we can break the viewer high score for a day!
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you can post all the N64 variations also on Reddit xD
https://www.consolevariations.com/
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Jul 1 2015, 12:17 PM
you can post all the N64 variations also on Reddit xD
Sure, I can do that later today after work. :)

The more publicity, the better for N64 Forever!
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This completely slipped my mind for this list until I came across it again today:

F-1 Performance Pack [Australia]
F-1 World Grand Prix + ASCII Wheel 64
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Australia is pulling through with all the exclusive big boxes!
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does the game inside this bundle really have a "player's choice" sticker on the box ?
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glad to be back and add to this ;)
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Jul 16 2015, 10:02 PM
does the game inside this bundle really have a "player's choice" sticker on the box ?
The game comes as pictured on the box, in the million seller edition (not a sticker, printed on the box)

The performance pack is a sleeve that goes over a red boxed Ascii steering wheel, which the games is then packaged into.
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I didn't know about that PAL Banjo-Kazzoui plus SW Racer. That's an awesome bundle right there!
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i didn't know about most of these! this opens up a whole new world lol.
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Sep 30 2015, 07:15 PM
i didn't know about most of these! this opens up a whole new world lol.


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Just thought about it..

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This actually counts as a bigger box then a normal game, it's a full 0,1 inch bigger then a normal box! :D
Edited by Vinyl, Nov 20 2015, 08:41 AM.
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a variant yes, a big box, no.
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I don't mean to resurrect an old thread, but I think for the sake of accuracy I needed to call this out...

From the original post, under the NTSC-J Bix Box Releases section, DDR: Disney Dancing should be REMOVED. The reason is because the 2 items (seen in the picture) are actually sold separately. I own the dance mat box, which includes only the dance mat. The game itself is NOT bundled and was always sold separately. The dance mat was made specifically to go along with the game but the 2 items were never made available together. (additional note: it looks like the picture used is lifted straight from finngamer's website, of which even he states himself directly "Game sold separately.")

I think this really should be edited/removed from the list... otherwise you've got some additional "combos" to be added which messes up the whole "big box" list. (other items that are sold separately from the game it is supposed to be paired with: bio sensor for Tetris 64, fishing rod controller for Shigesato Itoi no Bass Tsuri No.1)

I hope an administrator will see this and make the correction on the original post.
Edited by ddr2nite, Apr 12 2016, 10:37 PM.
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Apr 12 2016, 10:37 PM
I don't mean to resurrect an old thread, but I think for the sake of accuracy I needed to call this out...

From the original post, under the NTSC-J Bix Box Releases section, DDR: Disney Dancing should be REMOVED. The reason is because the 2 items (seen in the picture) are actually sold separately. I own the dance mat box, which includes only the dance mat. The game itself is NOT bundled and was always sold separately. The dance mat was made specifically to go along with the game but the 2 items were never made available together. (additional note: it looks like the picture used is lifted straight from finngamer's website, of which even he states himself directly "Game sold separately.")

I think this really should be edited/removed from the list... otherwise you've got some additional "combos" to be added which messes up the whole "big box" list. (other items that are sold separately from the game it is supposed to be paired with: bio sensor for Tetris 64, fishing rod controller for Shigesato Itoi no Bass Tsuri No.1)

I hope an administrator will see this and make the correction on the original post.
Thank you for pointing out this inconsistency in our community's guide. I have corrected the error. :yeah:
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hi everyone, ive been trying to find out any information possible on this double play i have, zelda and star wars which wasnt listed in this thread or anywhere else that ive searched so far. Does anyone have any information on it and is it a title that should be added to that list as well? thanks
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WOW! This is amazing, thanks for sharing!!

Sadly information on these Australian Double Plays are almost impossible to find, even more so than the items themselves. I'll try and do some further digging to see if I can find which company actually made these, whoever has designed it has used beta images for Ocarina of Time (look at the positioning of the sword icon).

It's unclear just how many games got the Double Play treatment, here's hoping that there's more yet to be discovered!
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It would help to know where these were sold. It has both Austrailia and New Zealand distribution addresses. According to Wikipedia, they didn't become a single market til 1998.
In my opinion, they were probably only sold in certain stores for certain periods of time, or else we would see more of them; even by Australian N64 collecting standards.
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We have seen a number of these in Australia, of the various packs and they always sell quickly and aren't usually advertised with a world wide audience on forums or ebay, so go unnoticed by a lot of people.
Years ago you never saw these. Now they pop up every so often on Gumtree, Facebook etc.
We have also seen price stickers from different Australian retail stores on these packs, so I am certain they were not exclusive to a particular store.
They were advertised for sale late in the N64's life and were at a discounted special price for buying the two games. One retailer advertised it as two games for the price of one. I seem to think it was because they had lots of excess stock - All double plays are packed with Star Wars Racer and one other game.
Since it is a sleeve around the two boxed games, I doubt many people would have kept it (the game boxes alone would have been enough for people to hold on to) and the sleeves can damage easily so may have been torn and thrown away, hence why we don't see them too often.
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Cabanon
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the sleeve is actually in very good shape. wow
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So here's what I've been able to find, since anyone searching for information about these Double Play bundles will likely end up here.

Firstly, the confirmed number of releases is 4, and since all of them contain Star Wars: Episode I - Racer, it would put their release date sometime after June 1999.

I was able to find a full-page advertisment for all four Double Plays in the Australian magazine N64 Gamer, issue 28. Which would have went to press sometime around May 2000:

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This is important for a few reasons. 1) It clarifies that there were 4 releases in this series. 2) It states the price of each bundle was $49.95 AUD, roughly half the price of the latest Nintendo 64 games. 3) If May/June 2000 was when these were first made available, it would justify calling SW Racer a 'classic' title, and would have allowed it a year to have been sold at full price. 4) We can also assume that the Perfect Dark Expanded Edition would have been released around the same time frame as Perfect Dark has a PAL release of 30th June 2000.

This brings us to who actually made these bundles and where were they sold? Well, as KelamyAUS has pointed out, copies have surfaced over the years with price labels from various different stores, so we know it was not limited to one particular place or chain. The answer lies in the barcode number. Numbers 2-6 of a game's barcode (UPC) are a manufacturer's code. Typically for Nintendo games this code will be 45496, as it for all these games in question. However, the outer sleeve for these five releases have a different manufacturer's code of 18113, which I believe belongs to Nintendo Australia Pty. Ltd. Some of the more unique N64 consoles released in Australia also bear this code, namely the Twin Controller Pack, the PokťManiac N64 and the Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Set. It is also used on the F-1 Performance Pack, which uses a similar checkered flag background to the F-1 World Grand Prix Double Play.

Next up, how many exist? Well I was able to find that the Banjo-Kazooie Double Play made it into the top 20 of N64 software sales for August 2000. It is a non-mover which means it was also in the sales chart for July 2000 as well:

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So these obiously sold in fairly decent numbers initially, although I suspect that the outer sleeves often just got thrown away. In my opinion, it's only really collectors that would care to keep them complete, it's far easier to store the games if you remove the sleeve entirely and stack them on top of each other. I did exactly this back in the day with my Telstar Double Value bundles for the Sega Mega Drive.

One final thing I'd like to try and address is why do all of these Double Plays contain Star Wars Racer, as it seems odd there was not more variety with the game selections.

Well one thing I know is that virtually every Australian copy I see of this game has a G8+ rating sticker which is covering a standard G rating that is printed on the box itself. What I'm not sure of, is whether this rating was reassessed and changed sometime after release, or if all the boxes (and console set too) were printed erroneously with the wrong rating. The advert above also lists the game as being G rated, despite the sleeve art showing the updated G8+ rating.

Either way, the point is that this was not updated / corrected for future print runs, which makes me suspect that all copies of SW Racer in Australia were from one massive print run they did, and the sales didn't quite match up with the number of units they produced, similar to what happened with Perfect Dark in the USA.

Perhaps by including them with these Double Plays was a way of ensuring that more copies of the game were sold?
Edited by danilochka, May 10 2017, 04:39 AM.
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Just fascinating Danilochka and Kelamy!

Its amazing how some of these bigger mysteries were just a matter of surplus, and how Nintendo dealt with it.

That's an interesting point about the SWE1R rating.
Yes, this game was a big deal because the movie was an even bigger deal all over the world.
They did market it to kids for obvious reasons, but here it was panned and deemed too fast and difficult! This is when the price dropped to $15 within the first few months after release, much like Perfect Dark did as well.

To me, this makes sense why they would've changed the rating.
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This is a fascinating read danilochka and I can't imagine the sort of time you have put into this. Many thanks! I totally agree with the double play option to try and flog more copies. It is very logical to believe they had a lot of excess supply they needed to try and shift.
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whitelite
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i have to admit this is pretty amazing how danilochka was able to find the full page advertisement showing all 4 types. Thanks heaps for the info, you guys definitely know how to do your research!
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Sorry for the delay! Added the new double play box to the guide. Thanks so much whitelite. :n64:
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https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/oakhurst/video-games/nintendo-64/1150037836

Not belonging to this list but someone here might be interested in these pics! showing an extra controller addition to pokemon set in Australia.
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Wow never seen that before. The version with the VHS as well! Man some kid would have been spoiled to receive this package back in the day!
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