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A few N64 Questions
Topic Started: Nov 22 2017, 07:40 AM (331 Views)
GonzoArmstrong
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Hey I'm new to the site and just recently found a ton of my old N64 games as well as the system up in the attic and got into refurbishing it all. So my questions are:

1. Are there any memory cards that do not have a battery that have the SRAM problem? For example does the Tomee 256KB Memory Pak for N64 have this issue?

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Golf, Super Smash Bros are all games I own or want to own and have the SRAM battery issue... Are there any battery options for someone who has no soldering skills? Do reproduction carts solve those issues? (If so is it worth getting repro carts for those 3 titles?)

3. On that same note would reproduction Pokemon games work with Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2? Also do pokemon reproduction carts get rid of the pesky SRAM battery?

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! :)
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Cabanon
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i've never seen a problem with battery in n64 games so far. I wouldnt think about it for another 5-10 years. i only heard about original gameboy battery problem so far and they're much older.
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Hi Gonzo--My best advice on memory paks is to go OEM all the way. Secondly, I am not concerned about the gamepak batteries . . . and refuse to until my NES cart batteries start failing (they have not yet). Last, avoid repros like the plague . . . if fact, they are a plague on gamers and collectors.
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Nov 22 2017, 09:27 AM
Hi Gonzo--My best advice on memory paks is to go OEM all the way. Secondly, I am not concerned about the gamepak batteries . . . and refuse to until my NES cart batteries start failing (they have not yet). Last, avoid repros like the plague . . . if fact, they are a plague on gamers and collectors.

What is OEM?

Also I was asking the question about batteries and repro's as my Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Gold are all dead as well as my Super Smash Bro's game for N64. None of them save anymore. If reproductions have solved that battery issue and save properly I'm all for it personally. (I have no clue if they have solved that issue or work properly). As I have no soldering skills and have no desire to put that much effort in regardless... (Replace every 15-25 years or whatever the average lifespan is).

Also all my N64 Memory Pak's besides my Performance Pro 4 in 1 no longer save... So this is a legitimate concern for me.

Just checking out all my options....

SIDE NOTE: I know alot of "collectors" aren't fans of repro's or replacing labels (I think people need to mind their own business on the latter lol) but what would your opinion be on Zelda Ocarina of Time Master Quest or Animal Crossing. Games that were either never released on the console or never released in the English Language.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Nintendo-N64-Game-Animal-Crossing-Video-Game-Cartridge-Console-Card-US-English-Language-Version/2336305_32832604852.html

Edited by GonzoArmstrong, Nov 22 2017, 11:27 AM.
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OEM = Nintendo (original equipment manufacturer). Before you declare them all dead, have you cleaned the contacts of the memory pak and tried different controllers (those contacts are a bit harder to clean, but it should be done as well)?

And since you asked, I'd be lying if I said my collection did not contain one or more Nintendo carts of games that did not get an official release (most beloved, an NTSC version of Recca).
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GonzoArmstrong
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Yea I've opened them up and cleaned them. They all work (they were all pretty clean inside too). Just none of them save.

http://www.videogamemuseum.com/2012/03/20/easily-repair-your-pokemon-game-boy-color-cartridge/

I've found this which I have not yet tried.. The look is pretty meh but it beats trying to solder when I've never done it before.
Just updating my previous post. I have now tried the repair using electrical tape and it did indeed fix my pokemon gold. So for anyone with no soldering skills this is one option to replace the battery... although you still lose all your old data once the battery dies.
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GonzoArmstrong
Nov 22 2017, 12:48 PM
Yea I've opened them up and cleaned them. They all work (they were all pretty clean inside too). Just none of them save.

http://www.videogamemuseum.com/2012/03/20/easily-repair-your-pokemon-game-boy-color-cartridge/

I've found this which I have not yet tried.. The look is pretty meh but it beats trying to solder when I've never done it before.
Just updating my previous post. I have now tried the repair using electrical tape and it did indeed fix my pokemon gold. So for anyone with no soldering skills this is one option to replace the battery... although you still lose all your old data once the battery dies.
I did that to the exact same game. I used a knife instead of a screw driver to free the battery.

I have some repros. I would say that repros are a little iffy. If a chip is needed, it may not be there. For example my recent purchase of Animal Crossing for the N64 English translation. There is no chip on the board to keep time. Even through it is saved from the time I last played, I have to set the time at the beginning of each play.
The good of the repo carts is that the battery is made to be easily changeable, snap in and out.

I love being able to play Animal Crossing on my N64. I got my copy there at AliExpress. I will probably end up purchasing the Master Quest too.
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Yeah batteries haven't gone on me yet! Let us hope they stay this way for a considerable while longer.

As for repros, yeah do yourself a favour and avoid these as BDR says.
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