We thought the GameStop stock saga couldn't get any weirder, but the latest drama in the dedicated subreddit is... trying to find out the identity of a dirty N64 cartridge.
Reddit user salemxbanks was picking up trash in a local park (what a sweetie) when they stumbled across an old, rusty, dirt-encrusted game cartridge, with no discernible title. Putting aside the question of "who leaves an N64 game in a park" and "is this evidence from a video game-related murder that should be turned into the police", we can't help but wonder if there's a chance it still works, or at the very least, if it can be saved.
Unfortunately, it might be a little difficult to figure out what game is (or used to be) stored on the cartridge — salemxbanks attempted to clean off the label, only to find that it had long since been removed — either by weather or anti-game squirrels, no doubt. All that remained was "a little piece that looks blue which fades to a creme color", and that's not much to go on. There is a glimmer of hope, though: salemxbanks is going to send the cartridge to a friend who collects N64 games, so maybe they can help.
But for now, it's up to you, dear readers! Take a closer look at that grubby plastic — if anyone's going to solve the mystery, it's the kind of people who read a Nintendo-focused website, right? Let us know your theories in the comments.
Dammit, I spat my coffee out at that tag line!
E.T. 64, the game that was so bad it was buried in the landfill before it was even announced
He found it near a trashcan? Must be Superman 64 then
Could be Toy Story 2, think that one has a deep blue label. Depending on the corner of label still visible, it could be Tetrisphere, which has a purple-ish blue and cream-like gradient background. Castlevania Legacy of Darkness has a slight blue to white fade that could be it as well. No one has any business throwing games like these out, though, they're awesome.
That's why it was left in a park, duh.
Damn those anti game squirrels - I guess it could be worse; I've heard rumour of Megabyte murdering mice in some places....
@Fjdhdjsid If that game still works then I’d eat my own arm.
Quite a rare one this and not often seen - Stunt racer by Boss game studios. Not the best game, but the owner would have been kicking himself by now - just the loose cart is worth around 200 pounds.
You can actually identify a game from the number of things:
Width of the grooves
Distance from when the line stops to the bolt
Size of the back sticker
And the level of curve of the cartridge
After checking those, I can confirm it is Donkey Kong 64 the Yellow Cartridge.
@Menardi If the description of "a little piece that looks blue which fades to a creme color" is what is shown in this article's image, then it could be anything, because that particular side we are shown is the back, which typically is the grey "caution" label.
@Discostew Here are photos of the rest of the cartridge:
Should open that bad larry up for a deep clean
Uh. Isn't that the picture of the backside of the cartridge?
@dustinprewitt Beat me to it!
Most likely a $2 NHL game, but it's fun to investigate
@Fjdhdjsid Might as well give it a go, it’s ‘armless.
Kinda looks like an old gravestone with all that dirt and grime on it. Actually, come to think of it, an N64 cart shaped gravestone isn't a bad idea...
❗It's "Xena: Warrior Princess-Talisman Of Fate"; I threw it there myself...
It must be a pretty awful game if even the maggots haven't gobbled it up by now.
It's Daikatana. Somebody did manage to become John Romero's bitch, that explains the state of the cartridge.
Probably Superman 64
The sad reality is that if someone cleans this up they'll be making more effort to get an N64 game running in 2021 than Nintendo.
@Fjdhdjsid With enough motivation, anything is possible!
NINJA APPROVED (Don't do it plz)
Wow Kate, aren't you a darling? Enjoy being called sweetie?
Really, the condescending note was absolutely unnecessary.
Open it up? Would be more to go on
Pokémon Stadium: Black
@KougerKing I realize interpretation can be very subjective, but I honestly do not understand how you got condescension from her "what a sweetie." It just reads like a compliment. People who care about the environment enough to physically pick up trash from littered areas are absolutely sweeties, and it's kinda silly to be upset about it.
Edit: what's absolutely unnecessary was really your hostile tone.
Urotsukidoji: Legend of Overfiend?
Maybe the local squirrels were playing conkers bad fur day
@mariomaster96 Well played, sir. Well played.
TFW you get Superman 64 for Christmas.
Have they tried just blowing it off and putting it in the machine?
It’s Silicon Valley space station
Can they get the correct screwdriver bit and open the cart?
Assuming it's still intact on the inside, the code would be printed on the ROM chip(s) inside.
Or if the screws are rusted, cut it open?
I know I read in a forum post once, someone said they hated Drakken for the SNES so much so they just dumped the cart in the woods.
@Euler I have a Kirby Star Stackers cart (from some Japanese junk shop to ebay to me) with a leaked battery that made me glad I eventually opened the cart to remove the nastiness before popping that into my GBC to test if it still worked afterwards.
It does have the US lockout tabs, so that narrows it down... very little.
Jet Force Gemini
@RhiannonRune yes, this should be the first thing that was done. I’d think you could go through the archives and just see which game matches up. I’m curious now!
Most women find 'sweetie" to be condescending. Internet is filled with a plethora of articles asking men not to call women sweetie and how they find it condescending (feel free to read them in case it has escaped your awareness radar). If that seems to be the general attitude, respect is a road that goes both ways.
You know the old adage, treat others the way you'd like to be treated.
P.S no one is being hostile. Just pointing out awareness. So please don't get hurt on someone else's behalf
@KougerKing Hurt? No, you did not hurt my feelings. I just felt like your attitude was unkind and unnecessary.
I agree respect should go both ways. However, unless the author of this article wrote any of the articles you mention, aren't you just generalising and assuming she was being a hypocrite? For all you know, she might not care if someone called her that, which may be why the word was in the article.
IDK, to each their own. It just seemed a weird thing to nitpick at so forcefully. Feel free to stay offended by it though. I'm sure that will go a long way toward ending verbal injustice the world over.
Correct me if I'm wrong but can't you put the cartridge in the console?
"Nintendo-focused website" 🙄
Conkers Bad Fur Day
Pokemon Stadium 2
Mission Impossible 64
@DrDaisy What's wrong with that?
I miss my n64 😔 Man sometimes you wish you could go back in time. I remember N64 stations at KB Toys and Mario 64 playing on there. Goldeneye 007 parties. 007 use to bring together the black and white kids back in 98. We would do team games. If we could all just get along now and use 007 to bring us together, lol.
I worked for a parks department many years ago and found all kinds of weird things including an Otis Taylor record I sometimes listen to, a box of baby ducks, and a five gallon bucket full of excrement. My friend and co worker found the weirdest thing though, something that still haunts me to this day. One morning he was mopping out a restroom when his mop handle bumped a sink and a paper bag fell down from underneath it. What was in the bag? A dead fish. What was in the fish? A potato. Why???
@bimmy-lee I have so many questions, but I'll just ask one: What happened to the baby ducks?
@KateGray - Well, I suppose it’s bittersweet. We were able to quickly find homes for all of them with folks who already had proper enclosures, including some who already had ducks. However... this was long enough ago now that, even with good care, these baby ducks are most likely now dead or else so old they wish for the sweet mercy of death every moment of every day. Bittersweet. Circle of life. Keeping a stiff upper lip.
Found a cart ‘^by random^‘
Has a real life friend who collects n64 games
This is a con. It’s not real. It’s designed to pull in attention and appear on games news sites. As no actual investigative journalism takes place.
I'm sure it's Rocket Robot on Wheels, it's not about the label. It's just that I'm playing it these days, and it's an amazing hidden gem for the system. If you like 3D collect-a-ton, it's a must.
Here is a video review for the curious ones :
I hope they are able to restore the game to a somewhat working state just so we can atleast see the title screen, what an exciting mystery!
@Fjdhdjsid that's what I was thinking. Lol
Quickest solution would be to open up the cartridge. It should have an identifying label on the board somewhere.
@bimmy-lee I grew up with ducks, so I'm well aware of the cruelty of the circle of life especially because the ducks had zero sense of self-preservation, and there were a lot of foxes in the area...
@KateGray - Ah cool, so you know all about them. Seems the downside to having wings is being delicious. My friend kept ducks for the eggs (the potato in the fish in the bag in the park bathroom guy who also took a couple of the baby ducks in the box), and I was always amazed at how much they just didn’t give a crap about the obvious pecking order, especially the males. They seemed to actually be filled with rage and would go out of their way to antagonize other animals capable of eating them.
@Dogorilla Nothing wrong with that if it was actually true. For a site that claims to be focused on Nintendo though, there seem to be a lot of articles that aren't related to Nintendo, especially since Damien and Liam came on board. It's almost like tuning into MTV2 for music videos and finding a bunch of trashy "reality" content instead.
@DrDaisy I wouldn't say there are any articles completely unrelated to Nintendo. There might be a few that are only tangentially related but you don't have to click on them if you're not interested, and they do report all the important Nintendo news as well so I don't really see the problem.
@bimmy-lee We didn't usually eat the ducks, but... one day I came home and there was a Tesco bag on the floor. I thought, "ooh, treats," but inside it was just a duck. Dead, obviously. Little bit traumatic, tbh
I love articles like this that turn into conversations about ducks
@KateGray - You have to let traumatic incidents like that roll right off you like water off a duck’s ba... eh, I mean, it’s best to just pretend stuff like that never happened, push it deep down inside, and hope it doesn’t make you insane one day. Seriously though, that is a pretty traumatic incident given the vast chasm between what you were hoping for and what you got. When my wife was young, she went to the kitchen and poured a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day. It wasn’t until she took a big gulp that she realized she was drinking salty chicken broth her mom poured in a pitcher. That’s also a helluva bait and switch.
@Arcade_Tokyo - I’m not even sure if this is within the rules of the internet. We should probably be screaming at each other or starting a race war, but here we are; sharing fond old duck stories, and I’d be shocked if you don’t have one. I’ve kinda been expecting you to show up.
@bimmy-lee I once drank a big ol' swig of a liquid that looked like Ribena, turned out to be red wine. I was a little too young to be excited about accidentally drinking wine. Come to think of it, that may have also been the road trip where I got car-sick all over my Where's Wally book, which made it very hard to find Wally
@Dogorilla Agree to disagree. Unrelated articles don't seem to be as much of a problem on Push Square or Pure Xbox. I usually don't click on the articles, but because I have torturous OCD, they bother me anyway. The reviews for non-Nintendo systems like the Genesis Mini feel like a slap in the face.
@KateGray - Haha, that’s a brutal mix up! Wine is so gross to a kid’s sensibilities. I remember trying a sip thinking it was going to be the sweetest, most delicious grape juice ever, and it nearly caved my head in. My kids have been getting into the Waldo books lately, and I can still remember where he is in a few of the pages. I rented them from the library all the time. These publicly owned Waldo books also had some amount of dried vomit in them. Everything does from the library. It’s fine.
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