Remember when we blew on the cartridge?

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  1. seeker311

    seeker311 The Collector

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    Pffft, screw that.
     
  3. Optimus1138

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    I knew that. My friends and I did it anyway.
     
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    Well, despite what these people claim, my NES cartridges (and hell, some of my old N64 games, too) are still holding up just fine even though they've been blown a lot. Even if it's nothing but a placebo, blowing on the old game cartridges has become part of the experience of booting up those old systems, and if many of those "blown" cartridges are still very playable, then whatever damage the blowing did sure wasn't significant.
     
  5. Satomiblood

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    Anybody remember the purple screen of death when trying to start up an NES game?
     
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    I did this growing up and I was able to clean them up with some rubbing alcohol and they worked like brand new. I was able to sell them at $5 a piece about two months ago.
     
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    Still worked
     
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    I didn't just blow into the cartridge, but also the system to remove whatever dust I could, 9 times out of 10 it worked, like I'm sure it did for most cartridge gamers. Also when the cartridge was a little rusty I used to use lemon juice and a Q-tip.
     
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    Never did.
     
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    lol it's down. maybe they got too much hatemail.

    but yeah, basically all you're doing is attempting to clean the contacts, same with rubbing alcohol. granted, the problem was usually 99.99% in the actual nes's 72 pin connector (which replacements are still being made/sold on amazon and the like...and I have to order a new one of), but cleaning the contacts was usually a quick fix.

    all the early model "toaster" nes's had the pin connector problem. if you have a "defective" unit, you can most likely just replace your pin connector and your back in business asap.
     
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    Did that back in the day and it worked.
     
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    i only blew into the nes games and in 96 i was tought to use rubbing alcohol to clean cartridge games.
     
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    I never experienced this with the other cart-based consoles I owned (Sega Master System and Genesis).
     
  14. Metroplex79

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    Guilty.
    :eek: 

    But I always waved it around after in case I did managed to let loose a few micro-droplets. I also remember getting a cleaning kit in the early 90s.

    Of course I was not always around when the little cousins came over and played with my NES. It must have been them if there's any damage currently :lol 

    I do know that most of my games still work.
    I've also noticed that like with the old G1 cars' rubber tires, the Start and Select buttons have started to degrade.
     
  15. igniz1984

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    Bought double dragon 2 used at the fleamarket for my NES back in the day, and holy shit that cartridge would wear me out :lol  I'd be out of breath by the time it worked. It was so awesome though when it worked, me and my bros would celebrate.
     
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    Psssh. I STILL blow on Nintendo products to make them work.
     
  17. Tripredacus

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    I think maybe the tint was off on your TV. It was a blue screen, same as you'd get if you turned it on without a game inserted.
     
  18. TFW10

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    I remember my brother doing that and swears by it that it worked.
     
  19. grimlock1972

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    Guilty as charged. Blew on my NES games often to get them to work, can't recall ever having to do so on my SNES games.
     
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    Yeah, Nintendo customer service has been saying it to everyone for about... 25 years now. The method they recommend does work better though- just use a moistened cotton cloth or shirt and then wait for them to try. You aren't supposed to use alcohol either, which a lot of people did.
     

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