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Southeast Asian (SEA) N64 Games
Topic Started: Jun 29 2017, 02:10 PM (552 Views)
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So earlier I received a message from No64DD on Miitomo and he asked me to post some pics of my SEA N64 games. While doing so, I made an interesting discovery...

First things first, a little backstory about myself. I'm a Singaporean and have been living in Singapore my whole life, growing up in my childhood years during the N64 and PS1 era. When I was a kid I didn't have a N64 and only had a PS1 because my older brother and sister wanted to play Final Fantasy IX, though I finally did get a N64 from a local store in Singapore when I was 14. Thinking back to my childhood memories, I only recall seeing NTSC-U N64 consoles ever being sold here in Singapore (with the occasional Japanese N64 console being sold at video game specialty stores). I used to travel to Malaysia to visit my grandparents a couple of times a year, and I only recall the generic Charcoal Black Japanese N64 consoles ever being sold there, along with a very limited range of Japanese NTSC-J N64 games that required little to no knowledge of the Japanese language to play (e.g. Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap) and not a single NTSC-U game. The reason for this was quite simple... pretty much everybody who bought a N64 in Malaysia would usually get a Bung Doctor V64 as well to play backup games because video game piracy was (and still is) extremely rampant in Malaysia. I actually recall seeing a pirated Wave Race 64 cartridge at a store in Malaysia but didn't buy it back then because I had an authentic copy... kinda wished I had just bought it because it would've been an interesting collectible haha.

Anyway, back to the interesting discovery I made while taking photos of my SEA N64 games... it turns out that they're actually NTSC-J N64 games that are in full English! They have the NTSC-J cartridge tabs but the games contained within are identical to the NTSC-U versions of the game as far as I can tell. I double checked all my SEA cartridges and confirmed this to be the case, so I guess if somebody wants to own an authentic NTSC-J cartridge with a fully translated English game without having to swap the backs of a NTSC-U and NTSC-J cartridge, these games would probably be of interest to them. I'm not sure how/when/why Nintendo decided to do this or stop doing this, but the majority of the games I bought here in Singapore are regular NTSC-U games (both the cartridge and the game within the cart) and these rare SEA NTSC-J variants seem to have only been released for a couple of games early in the N64's lifespan (I purchased Pokemon Stadium, both Zelda games, Super Smash Bros, Goldeneye, Conker's BFD, Starcraft 64, etc. locally and they are all regular NTSC-U games unlike these few). Sorry if this is old news to anybody haha, I guess I just never noticed it before because I removed the tabs on my N64 console and had no issues playing both NTSC-U and NTSC-J games.

Anyway, here are the pictures as requested by No64DD: http://imgur.com/a/GkxvL

(Side note: the Golden Nugget 64 cartridge actually had the NTSC-U tabs instead of the NTSC-J tabs like the other SEA games, the only difference was the green sticker on the box.)
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