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Octane

@Arbor Alcohol won't damage your cartridges (make sure you get a 95%+ though). Water can cause rust or mess up the electronics if it's wet. But alcohol doesn't react with the metal, and it evaporates very quickly.

Sometimes cartridges refuse to work. It has probably to do with the wear on the pins themselves. Taking it out and putting it back it may solve the problem. You may need to do this a couple of times. I wouldn't recommend blowing in it, because it doesn't do anything (unless they're really dusty), and there's a chance it causes rust to form on the pins in the long term. Taking it out and putting it back is what made people believe that blowing it in worked in the first place.

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Arbor

@octane @readerragfihs i’ve done all those things so many times haha but guess i’ll just keep tryin. i believe i’ve tried OoT, mario 64, mario kart 64, wave racer, bass pro fisher (??), donald duck goin quackers, and killer instinct. i’ve never cleaned killer instinct and it also gave 2 bars, after testing them all it seems to be random as some games will give one or two bars.
also @octane did you mean just taking the cartridge out of the n64, or taking the pins out?

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Octane

@Arbor Just the cartridge. But if none of them work then it's probably your N64 that's faulty. If you know someone with an N64, you could try one of your games out.

Octane

RedderRugfish

Octane wrote:

Taking it out and putting it back is what made people believe that blowing it in worked in the first place.

I have no idea who started the myth that blowing is just a placebo, but it's simply not true. I did an experiment with a few of my consoles/cartridges before I cleaned them where I'd see how many tries it'd take to work just by taking it out and putting it back in, and then by blowing between each try.

Without blowing, it took an average of 5-10 tries to work. With blowing, it took an average of 1-2 tries. And this was consistent among all the systems I tried (NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, N64).

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Octane

@ReaderRagfihs Well, if they're really dirty and dusty, it may work, but I'd suggest an air spray over blowing in it. But we already asked how to clean them, and if they're all cleaned with alcohol, blowing won't do much.

I'd be interested in knowing the difference if someone did a test and had some raw numbers and a paired sample t-test.

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Diddy64

@BlueOcean True, it really was a missed opportunity that they didn't remake Mario 64 in 3DS. I really like how good Ocarina and Majora's Mask look in 3DS so I really hoped for Mario 64 to receive the 3D treatment as well. I also agree that Odyssey exploration feels dull and sometimes even barren. I think that they should have focused on putting areas with more content like in 64 and Sunshine, even if that means sacrificing the open world aspect. Btw I also think that Microsoft will continue making consoles.

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BlueOcean

SamusLv7 wrote:

@BlueOcean True, it really was a missed opportunity that they didn't remake Mario 64 in 3DS. I really like how good Ocarina and Majora's Mask look in 3DS so I really hoped for Mario 64 to receive the 3D treatment as well. I also agree that Odyssey exploration feels dull and sometimes even barren. I think that they should have focused on putting areas with more content like in 64 and Sunshine, even if that means sacrificing the open world aspect. Btw I also think that Microsoft will continue making consoles.

I agree.

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MarioLover92

Personally, I have no interest in the Xbox One (I already have a good gaming PC and I have Ori and Cuphead on Steam), but Rare Replay is one of the few games on it I would actually play. I'd love to have it on Switch, but I am concerned about what this means for Nintendo if Xbox Game Pass does come to Switch. I hope it doesn't hurt them financially, for one thing. I am speculating that in addition to the monthly subscription, you'd have to have an X1 on hand, as well (I could be wrong). Maybe I'm going a bit crazy, but those are my two cents.

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RedderRugfish

I've played Rare Replay, my brother has it. The N64 games are pretty faithful, other than removal of a few things like Nintendo logos. Definitely a good alternative to those who want to play the games but don't have an N64 hooked up.

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Diddy64

ReaderRagfihs wrote:

I've played Rare Replay, my brother has it. The N64 games are pretty faithful, other than removal of a few things like Nintendo logos. Definitely a good alternative to those who want to play the games but don't have an N64 hooked up.

Which is why I want the Microsoft collaboration with Nintendo to be true 😊

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RedderRugfish

Even if the Microsoft collaboration is true, I'm not sure if we'll get actual Rare Replay on Switch. Porting some of the later games in that collection to a non Xbox console would likely be an entire project in and of itself.

More likely in my opinion is the N64 games to come to Switch in another form. Perhaps NSO, a classics collection, or something.

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Diddy64

@ReaderRagfihs I see your point. As long as I can play the N64 games, I am fine.

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RedderRugfish

You know, despite being pretty well rounded on N64 games, I don't think I've ever played a puzzle game on it. Unless you count Bomberman 64, which I wouldn't.

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Diddy64

@ReaderRagfihs One of the few puzzle games that I enjoyed in N64, is Pokémon Puzzle League. I like how each time you used a 4-blocks attack or higher you could hear your character (Ash, Ritchie, Trace, etc.) shout some words. Also if you made chain combos you could hear different cries from the pokemon you choose. Another thing that I like, is that depending on the pokemon you choose, is the color of the special blocks you send to your opponent. You should try it out. Perhaps you'll like it.

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RedderRugfish

@SamusLv7 I've heard it's basically the exact same game as one of my first Gameboy games, Tetris Attack. They're even developed by the same studio.

There's also a surprisingly decent number of Tetris games on there, along with Dr Mario 64 which looks pretty cool. There's also Wetrix, which is apparently quite good.

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Diddy64

@ReaderRagfihs I see. I didn't know that Pokémon game it originated from Tetris Attack. I was like 8 years back then and at that time, and my family barely knew about video games. I remember playing one Game Boy Advance game that played exactly like Pokémon Puzzle League, though I don't remember if it had that name (Tetris Attack).

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RedderRugfish

@SamusLv7 Tetris Attack actually had Yoshi's Island characters in it for some reason. And I believe there was a GBA version bundled with Dr Mario under a different name, Planet Puzzle League or something.

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Diddy64

@ReaderRagfihs Yes, that's the name of the GBA game (I remember it, now that you mention it). I do also played Dr. Mario 64 and although I like it, it is a game (for me) that if I play for long periods, I lose the interest. I do can play then from time to time but they don't engage me like the 3D games with (and without) puzzles like Zelda, Mario 64, etc. Though I also like some RPG games that have puzzles like Paper Mario and FF Crystal Chronicles 1 and 2.

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Diddy64

@BlueOcean have you wanted to make a 3D platformer game? Who knows, maybe you can create a game that can finally rival BK.

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