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DL's SOLID Controller list
Topic Started: Jul 20 2015, 11:03 AM (2,372 Views)
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Hi guys,

When I started collecting controllers I focused on the „rarer“ versions first. Now that I am slowly reaching completion I realized it might make sense to start collecting the 6 solid controllers. When I started searching I came across quite a few different Box Variations and I was very surprised just how much there are.

As you might have guessed I’m a fan of box variations. Long story short - I wouldn’t be myself if I hadn’t decided to collect all solid controller box variations out there. It’s pretty specific but I will start a comprehensive list of all the solid controllers. Happy for any contributions :D

I will always provide an example picture. So here is what we have found so far:



Germany - NOE - The German versions are in German language on the front cover

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Italy - ITA - The Italian versions are in Italian language on the front cover and have the „GiG Logo“

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Spain - ESP English text on front cover - Spanish text on side sleeve

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Brazil - ??? - The Brazilian versions are in Brazilian language on the front cover

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United Kingdom - UKV - The UK versions are in English Language and have a BLACK side cover

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United States - USA - The US versions are in English language and have a WHITE side cover

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Scandinavia - SCN - Finish, Swedish and Danish or Norwegian? on front cover

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Australia - AUS - Same Box as UK version but states "Distributed by Nintendo Australia"

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Japan - Japanese language on front cover - also different design

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Hong Kong - Same design as Japanese Versions but in English language

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COLABORATION VERSIONS


3 Language EU Box - FHE - French, Spanish and Dutch on front cover (orange text color)

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Germany and France - FRG - German and French language on front cover

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France and Netherlands - FAH - French and Dutch language on front cover

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EU 4 Box - NOE - Controller / Manette on front cover and 4 languages (German, French, Dutch and Spanish on the red side sleeve.) These come in different text colors on the sleeve.

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EU 6 Box - NOE - Only „Controller“ on the front cover and 6 languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Italian on the side sleeve. 2 found so far.

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Jul 20 2015, 11:47 AM
Awesome start to the guide! Any explanation for why the Italian boxes have a GIG Electronics emblem on them?
Thanks!

In some countries specific companies...
- mostly buy the exclusive distribution rights (Italy)
- get forced buy the political system, market trade or copyright issues (Korea - Comboy)
- rarely are able to covince the manufacturer to choose their company, cause they are the only ones that can do the job right. For example if the infrastructure of the county is bad, the demographics are difficult etc.
- act as a monopolist as there is only one major distributor, therefore thay have very strong negotiation power (This may or may not be the case with Bargsala)

In return they print there logo on the products for the marketing effect, get shares etc.
In the case of GiG Electronics, there logo is on every game, Controller and console released in Italy.
Edited by DarkLink, Jul 20 2015, 01:17 PM.
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Thanks for updating bluedog, I have yet to find a good Austrlian picture though.

Hey, cool information danilochka! Like always :D That is indded very interesting.
Do you know what UKV, NOE, FHE, ITA and SCN stand for?
I'll add alle the new ones to the list when I find time this week.
Edited by DarkLink, Jul 21 2015, 09:58 AM.
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Thanks for the explinations guys! The code system is pretty interesting.

I have added
- the Japanese Version
- the Hong Kong Version
- The Australian Version

I have also added the pictures to the list.
Did we get them all now? :D
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Exiting News today: I found a new Archetype of Controller today. It's in French and Dutch and looks different to the other controller boxes, since all the Data is on the side as suppose to the back.

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Also the lash inside says FAH - No idea what ot stands for (Frankreich - ??? - Holland) Maybe Austria?

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Yeah, thanks for setting up that trade Vinyl. Aprreciate it :D
I think your probably right. It's just strange cause some people in the Holland speak French, but in France only a tiny minority speaks Dutch.
Anyway, another Set to complete :)

@Boomdiers, thanks for the image. I will add it soonish :)
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That's amazing news!! :omg:
Thanks everyone for conributing - Danilochka you win the trophee ones again - very nice finds.

I've added the region codes to the titles and edited in the new editions. I would have never guessed there are so many.
We are up to 15 different versions now, not even counting the clear purple and clear blue/white. I might add them soon though.
Edited by DarkLink, Aug 24 2015, 02:56 PM.
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I just realized something...these are my 5 German Controllers I have so far in side view. Can you spot the difference? :D

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This means there are 2 diefferent sets?
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Found a very exotic one today: LINK

From the front it is a normal German Solid Yellow. BUT the backside is EU4.
That's unique cause they normaly have 4 Languages on the side sleeve, this one has not.
Unfortunetely I didn't win it :(
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I finally found a grey EU4 Version.

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I am still missing the green one now, but I was looking forward to posting this after winning the final green controller auction: It was sitting right here

Unfortunately, I was outbid by some insane guy who wanted that console and bid rediculesly high. I asked the seller if he could ask him to sell the controller to me for 50 bucks, but he refused.
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Update: Nailed it :D

A complete EU-4 Set:
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This is my first Spanish Variation, these are INCREDIBELY hard to spot and additionally seem to be super rare.
Only thanks to our superbrain Danilochka I even knew about them.

Why? Well it just says "Yellow Controller" in English but the text on the side is Spanish.
Not an easy shot with eBay pics mostly beeing to small to really see the white text.

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But as you can see from the ESP Code, they are exclusive to Spain. And the lash is PINK! :birdo:
Also the yellow one is newly spottet.

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Wow, that's a great tip. Thanks man!
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Mhh, where to start. This will be a lenghthy post about a topic that only 2% of you are interested in so your welcome :D

First of I have managed to obtain at least one of every solid controller variation (Excluding the Hong Kong one but bear with me)
So that's reason enough to update this a little.

1. I think I found out why we have only found 2 of the EU6 controllers so far danilochka. These were released closest to the end of the N64 lifespan and are therefore the rarest. I was always wondering why I could only ever find black and blue until obtained one yesterday.

This is the front of the controller:
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And this is the side: TADAAA there are only 2 controllers on the side
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Compare this to the side of the EU4 Controller, which had all 6 colors you can see what I'm getting at
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It is very likely that there are only the 2 of them.


2. I have realised that all Countries have a different colored code embedding.

EU4 - MAROON
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EU6 - ALSO MAROON
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UK - GREEN
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ITALY - BLUE
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FHE - RED
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SCANDINAVIA - YELLOW
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FAH - ORANGE
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AUSTRALIA - BROWN
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GERMANY - PURPLE
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FRG - LIGHTBLUE
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USA - NO COLOR
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These color shemes are consistant which is another interesting fact I at least was unawear of until now.

3. This brings me to the Clear Purple Controllers, that finally have to find honorable mentions here.
Reason beeing is that they are actually considered "solid controllers" if you take into account the coding and release dates.

Here are in order top left to bottom right: EU4, UK, SCN, AUS, USA normal, USA not for resale
All of these follow the same color and coding scheme as their solid counterparts.
(Sidenote: The Clear Blue/White released all over Europe is a EU6)
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4. Lastly almost all of these controllers have revisions. Some of them up to 3 revisions. I'm not caring to much about the revisions at the moment, but essentially the general appearence and text etc. is the same, though they have slight graphic changes, like a additional controller Pak Image and stuff like that.

5. I'm still aiming to complete a full set of every solid controller, and since this whole project went completely overbord already I will leave you with a nutty Imgage of all of them so far, enjoy :D

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@ddr2nite:
Nice find on that one! Like I mentioned in my previous post I have actually not been fortunate enough to find one of these yet. Similar to Korea, online-selling infrastructure in China is still very poor, so I have a hunch, that these might be obtainable locally still, so I'm looking forward to my next Hong Kong visit.

@No64DD:
I'll get to it! I'll make an educated guess, that all of the EU Controllers are made in China.

@danilochka:
Yeah, this post was for everybody of course, but when I was writing it I kinda had you in mind :D Thanks for the flowers.
I do not have the black version yet. I have seen it once in Spain in eye-wrecking condition and one in Germany NIB for like 180€ lol
I thought the same way about the black and blue at first, but then it occured to me that it might be the exact other way around. What if these two were selling the poorest, and they made a last EU-wide release effort to get rid of them.
However, I made some stats and although this is not very scientific the black and blue are actually more common than red and grey for example, so that speaks more for your theory.

We will find out about the coding as soon as I get hold of one I guess. The revisions are driving me nuts, mainly because I do not completely understand the system yet, so I really appreciate you effort :D

I was kinda expecting the color coding is not new to you, but I though it was a nice detail somehow.



Edited by DarkLink, Feb 25 2016, 01:26 PM.
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Small update since I found out something new this week concerning the EU6 Controller.
For reference, that is the one that has 6 languages on the side and only states "Controller"

But today I found this. Clearly there were to different EU6 packaging variations:

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I do not know alot about revisions, but it is intersting to see that the -2 revision is younger than the -3 revision.
Although the numbers would suggest it would be the other way arround the -3 still had english and french controller (manette) on the front while the -2 only had the more generic english "Constroller"

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How do I know 3 is younger? Check this out, it is actually the only solid controller I have, that comes with a internet address on the box.

The -2 Revision
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The -3 Revision
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If you take into account that almost all N64 items had these "postal send in cards", I think it is quite amazing that there is actually a N64 items with an Internet address this early. I'm susspecting these were issued at the very last in 1999.

So I went through all of my controllers to check and tadaa. There is actually one other one with the Website: The Clear Blue/ White, that is also considered a EU6:

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And now for the grand final: Last time we found out that the reason why we only see black and blue ones is that there are probably only black and blue ones because those are the only colors mentioned on the side of the Box. I never realized this before but check out the side of the Clear Blue/White:

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This leads me to the speculation that towards of the end of the N64 Lifespan only Blue, Black and Clear Blue /White were made. Why? I dunno :D
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Oh cool that's awesome! Now I need that one :D
Wow 2001? That's crazy late but more likely I agree.

And yes, that with the website is a little confusing to me.
Might be Garmany only. Maybe Controllers were still selling well here in comparison to other coutries?
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Hi guys, I'm sorry I am not very active here at the moment but I still want to share great controller news with you.
I found a Taiwanese version of the N64 controller. It is similar to the Japanese packaging style but it is all in Chinese.
So crazy to see this now after all this time. Oh yeah and it is made in Japan not in China, which is rare. Also what does ROC stand for?

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Sry late reply. It was found in the wild in a Taiwanese Tech / Thrift Store in Taipeh
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