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Why do older generations games have a common look and feel by console?

Much of the "look and feel" of games of that era (up to roughly the early 3D era) was driven largely by technical limitations and tradeoffs of the consoles themselves. The Sega Genesis, for ...
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Why do some versions of Legend of Zelda on the NES have the "hold reset" caution screen, and some don't?

They are different ROM versions. The first release of the cartridge did not have such a notification. However, the first releases of the cartridge were particularly prone to losing a save file, or ...
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Counterfeit NES/SNES Games-how to know if it's fake?

There are a couple of tell-tale signs which actually seem common for just about all Nintendo, cartridge-based systems. Look for these qualities when attempting to identify counterfeit cartridges. ...
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StarTropics NES - Chapter 4 - Frequency Code?

Short Answer: Enter the number "747" as the frequency to continue with the game. There is no way to find this information within the game (see Full Answer below). Full Answer: This is a ...
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Can you speedrun Bomberman with an emulator?

There is nothing much that could stop you speedrunning on emulator if you would like to. Not like the game would simply self destruct to prevent you speedrunning, lol. But that means the question is ...
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Is there in-game differences between 3 and 5 screws NES games?

It probably happened to save money on the top screws. Looking around a bit, I've found the following text regarding the cartridge variations: Cartridges were originally released with five screws, one ...
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Counterfeit NES/SNES Games-how to know if it's fake?

As a Famicom collector with 185 games, 51 Sufami games and a handful of Famicom disk games, I have never once doubted the validity of the games I am buying- because I've never thought of it (probably ...
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Why doesn't Duck Hunt work on plasma or LCD screens?

The YouTube channel "The Slow Mo Guys" breaks this down beautifully in their video "How the Nintendo Zapper worked in Slow Motion," showing frame-by-frame how the Nintendo Zapper (...
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How does the light gun work for Duck Hunt?

Taken directly from the Wikipedia page on the topic: When the trigger on the Zapper is pressed, the game causes the entire screen to become black for one frame. Then, on the next frame, all valid ...
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Counterfeit NES/SNES Games-how to know if it's fake?

Just last night I received a copy of a SNES game that was a fake/reproduction that I bought off EBay. How did I discern that? Image/Look - Compare it to a real one. Sometimes this involves ...
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How do I tell Legend of Zelda NES versions apart?

When a game has "Rev (x)" on the label, it usually means it has already been revised. This means that it is not the original release, and is more than likely a newer release with bug fixes etc. The ...
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How can I tell which rom version of a game is loaded on an NES cartridge?

Yes, and it's quite easy to identify. On the back of each Nintendo cartridge is a pretty standard caution label. There were a few variations over the years, but the shape and placement has been ...
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Debian 12 Nestopia 1.52.0-1 has bugged default NES gamepad input

The described problem is certainly a bug and should probably be fixed by the Debian games team maintainer, but meanwhile here's a workaround. Going to ~/.config/nestopia/input.cfg, we see this: [...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

You shouldn't need anything additional to power your N64 in Britain. I've found a few sources to back this up https://forums.the-elite.net/index.php?topic=19934.0 and https://forum.speeddemosarchive....
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I am looking for video game cassette 4 in 1

I think I may have found what you're looking for. Our old friends Codemasters published Super Robin Hood in 1986 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, NES, and the ZX Spectrum. In 1990, ...
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How do I remove rust on my NES motherboard connector?

The connector itself is what it looks like; a flat piece of metal. Nowadays, connections like this are usually mostly copper or gold, as these aren't nearly so susceptible to oxidization as iron ...
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Is there in-game differences between 3 and 5 screws NES games?

The problem is there's no way of being sure when the program was actually updated, before, during, or after the change in case/screw design. But yes, some are different. For instance, I have a 5 ...
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In the NES version of Tetris, how much faster is a soft drop?

On NES Tetris, the gravity of soft drop is 1/2G, which means it drops 1 block every 2 frames, equal to the gravity on Level 19. This applies until Level 29, where the gravity goes faster than soft ...
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In the NES version of Tetris, how much faster is a soft drop?

Soft drop speed is twice as fast as normal gravity (or =1/2G). So on level 0, where normal gravity is one cell per 48 frames, soft drop is one cell per 24 frames. Source
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

The Japanese mains voltage is 100 V, 50 or 60 Hz (depending on the region). The US mains voltage is 110 V, 60 Hz. The UK’s is 230 V, 50 Hz. The frequency should not matter for consoles. As far as I ...
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Are all glitches from the original games still present on the NES Classic Mini?

Most are, but not all. The answer is definitely yes in the case of a glitch like wall clipping in Super Mario Bros. A simple glitch like that is an unintended result of ordinary gameplay code which, ...
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Are all glitches from the original games still present on the NES Classic Mini?

Most likely yes. The main reason is they gain nothing fixing them, and they're extremely hard to fix. You can expect all the development hardware and software are over 30 years old. Just because ...
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Need help with controls

As each romhack is more and more unique (Super Orb Bros is a standout SMB3 romhack that does new VERY well), it takes very fine-grained understanding of the height of jumps and running. Some pointers ...
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Was Super Mario Bros. 2 for the FDS a two-sided disk?

Searching around yielded little to no results to answer your questions. However, after you provided the images of the posting, I was able to translate this image using Google's Image translator app ...
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How to do a "Hadouken" in NES street fighter 4 (12 peoples) on Android?

(A + B) Or (Left/Right + A + B)
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Xbox One S controller (via Bluetooth to Linux) isn't binding Start or Select in Nestopia

Okay so I found a fix that I can't believe I didn't think of before. Obviously, the NES controllers didn't have shoulder buttons or triggers, so just set those to Start and Select. Not the most ideal ...
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How do I remove rust on my NES motherboard connector?

I suggest you try rubbing connectors with baking soda using a very soft toothbrush.
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

As far as i know, you would need a step down transformer of some kind in order to get the voltage from 220v to 110v or lower. Depending on what sort of power you need will change the price of the ...
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