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#1 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

so ive been looking through my collection of games and ive noticed not all are the same. for some games came in diffrent colors or the cases have diffrent designs. for example, zelda for the NES has the gold cartridge and donkey kong 64 has a bright yellow one. what are some of your guys favorites and do you wish they did more of them?

#2 Posted by csl316 (8111 posts) -

Sonic & Knuckles had the crazy lock on technology that would've been neat to see again. Granted, it basically cut Sonic 3 in two, but still!

#3 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater on the N64 was blue. I think I have a white or beige Atari 2600 cartridge but I can't remember which game it is at the moment.

#4 Posted by believer258 (11635 posts) -

If I remember correctly, the backs of some PS2 games were blue. I have no clue why.

#5 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

ive allways wondered why they dont do somthing special with discs these days. cant be hard.

#6 Edited by Jams (2959 posts) -

@believer258 said:

If I remember correctly, the backs of some PS2 games were blue. I have no clue why.

They were some special version of CD. I think they were only early ps2 games though.

@DoctorDanger99 said:

so ive been looking through my collection of games and ive noticed not all are the same. for some games came in diffrent colors or the cases have diffrent designs. for example, zelda for the NES has the gold cartridge and donkey kong 64 has a bright yellow one. what are some of your guys favorites and do you wish they did more of them?

I think my favorite cases are the early Playstation ones. There's no real reason to why I like them so much, I just do. I always liked them back in the day too, so it's not just nostalgia. I also like the large jewel case versions, but those would almost instantly crack.

#7 Posted by peritus (961 posts) -
#8 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

I don't know if you remember, but Pokemon Pinball for the Game Boy (Colour?) had a really cool case, it had a fucking battery slot in it!

#9 Edited by JJOR64 (18909 posts) -

Cool cartridges > Cool disc design any day.

Hell yeah!
#10 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

@Hizang: HA! YES! god ive spent so much time playing that.dammit hizang! now i have to go buy it.

#11 Posted by Nightriff (4915 posts) -

@peritus said:

I really like the Killer Instinct black one.

That's a great one

Gold OoT and MM for the N64, I paid extra money for them specifically just because they are the Gold Cartridge

#12 Edited by Stete (723 posts) -

I remember one of the Micro Machines games on the Mega Drive where the cart had two controller ports build in so you could play with 4 players without the need of a multitap.

#13 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -

Maximum Carnage had a red cartridge and I thought it was the coolest thing ever when I was a kid.

#14 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@JJOR64 said:

Cool cartridges > Cool disc design any day.

Hell yeah!

It looks like it got dropped in a little girls makeup box.

#15 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (726 posts) -

DOOM on the SNES had a red cartridge. Not sure if that was US-exclusive or not; I have a US copy but not an EU copy.

I think my favourite from the NES-era was the bootleg shit that Codemasters pulled with Micro Machines, namely, this monstrosity:

GHETTO
#16 Posted by peritus (961 posts) -

Ooh nice, i would love to find a gold OoT someday. I do have the MM one. Its pretty nice.

@laserbolts: @laserbolts: Red SNES cartridges sounds super weird. Never seen those before. ( screenshot? :p )

#17 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -

On my phone but if you look under box art in the wiki there's a picture of it.

#18 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (726 posts) -

@peritus: This is the DOOM one. A search shows that in Europe it got a regular cartridge, thus making it 1000% less awesome.

#19 Edited by psylah (2162 posts) -

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

They also made this ghetto blue NES cart:

#20 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@psylah said:

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

What game had to be put in the top for it to work?

#21 Posted by psylah (2162 posts) -

@dekkadekkadekka said:

@peritus: This is the DOOM one. A search shows that in Europe it got a regular cartridge, thus making it 1000% less awesome.

Maximum Carnage is also a red cart, but I think it's super DUPER expensive for this reason alone.

#22 Posted by Rebellion91 (18 posts) -

@believer258: I believe the blue discs were CD-Roms, and the silver ones were DVD-ROM. Although that could be bad speculation but I believe I looked into it at some point.

#23 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

@Jams said:

@psylah said:

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

What game had to be put in the top for it to work?

Any legitimate NES game.

#24 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

@Jams said:

@psylah said:

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

What game had to be put in the top for it to work?

Any legitimate NES game.

how... I don't... what? You had to actually put any game in the top for it to actually run? What the hell?

#25 Edited by TooWalrus (13137 posts) -

This thread made me want to check out Pokemon Crystal on Ebay. Some assholes are selling some homebrew counterfeit game called "Crystal Shards Version", which I guess is a pokemon Emerald hack dumped onto a GBA cart.  
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/POKEMON-CRYSTAL-VERSION-NINTENDO-GAME-BOY-ADVANCE-TESTED-VG-SHAPE-/370659223439?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item564d02e78f 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pokemon-Crystal-Shards-Version-Nintendo-Game-Boy-Advance-/251163012852?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3a7a7b6ef4 
 
If you're feelin' bored, get to reportin'.

#26 Posted by _Chad (963 posts) -

I have the black Killer Instinct on the SNES, the red Spider Man for the N64, Gold Majora's Mask and the blue THPS for N64.

#27 Posted by Slay3r1583 (600 posts) -

I've always thought these Tengen carts were cooler than regular NES carts.

#28 Edited by CaLe (3911 posts) -

I remember EA cartridges having a yellow tab on them. That's about as extreme as it gets for me.

#29 Posted by psylah (2162 posts) -

@Jams said:

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

@Jams said:

@psylah said:

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

What game had to be put in the top for it to work?

Any legitimate NES game.

how... I don't... what? You had to actually put any game in the top for it to actually run? What the hell?

It booted the legit cart to get past Nintendo's lockouts for bootleg games and then loaded the other game.

#30 Posted by CaLe (3911 posts) -

@psylah said:

@Jams said:

@WilltheMagicAsian said:

@Jams said:

@psylah said:

Super Noah's Ark 3D was a bootleg-ass Wolfenstein reskin, and as a result, required another legit game be plugged into the top of it for it to work.

What game had to be put in the top for it to work?

Any legitimate NES game.

how... I don't... what? You had to actually put any game in the top for it to actually run? What the hell?

It booted the legit cart to get past Nintendo's lockouts for bootleg games and then loaded the other game.

That doesn't sound very Christian to me. Jesus wouldn't do that.

#31 Edited by SpaceRunaway (844 posts) -

@Jams:

I'm guessing that it had some sort of security lockout similar to the 10NES chip on the original Nintendo, and the only way they could figure out a workaround was to get a real game to bypass it.

I don't know if this really counts or not, but one of the things that makes Famicom collecting fun is that there was no real universally used cartridge type; game publishers also manufactured their own carts, so there's a lot of variation in both color and shape between companies.

On that note, the early Konami carts with the large wraparound label and often painted artwork are my favorite designs from any gaming era. I grabbed a mostly random selection of carts based on visual differences, but it's no coincidence Konami gets some heavy lovin' in these pictures.

#32 Posted by peritus (961 posts) -

@psylah said:

@dekkadekkadekka said:

@peritus: This is the DOOM one. A search shows that in Europe it got a regular cartridge, thus making it 1000% less awesome.

Maximum Carnage is also a red cart, but I think it's super DUPER expensive for this reason alone.

These look awesome!

#33 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

ps2 disc were blue. i remember buying one of those but for some reason it broke on me. it was an arcade game with guns, i can't think of the game. it was pretty fun game.

donkey kong 64 had a yellow cartridge

tony hawk pro skater had blue cartridge

some pokemon games were clear

some pretty cool stuff.

#34 Edited by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -

There's a really good article somewhere on Games Radar about colored carts.

Here it is.

#35 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (529 posts) -

@CaLe said:

I remember EA cartridges having a yellow tab on them. That's about as extreme as it gets for me.

I've always wondered why those tabs were there...

#36 Posted by Rebellion91 (18 posts) -

@iam3green: Only a few PS2 games were blue, and I do believe these were the CD-ROM games for Ps2, the Silver ones being DVD-ROM.

#37 Posted by Ben_H (3311 posts) -
@TooWalrus said:
This thread made me want to check out Pokemon Crystal on Ebay. Some assholes are selling some homebrew counterfeit game called "Crystal Shards Version", which I guess is a pokemon Emerald hack dumped onto a GBA cart.  
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/POKEMON-CRYSTAL-VERSION-NINTENDO-GAME-BOY-ADVANCE-TESTED-VG-SHAPE-/370659223439?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item564d02e78f 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pokemon-Crystal-Shards-Version-Nintendo-Game-Boy-Advance-/251163012852?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3a7a7b6ef4  If you're feelin' bored, get to reportin'.
The label on that second one. Wow.
#38 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@csl316 said:

Sonic & Knuckles had the crazy lock on technology that would've been neat to see again. Granted, it basically cut Sonic 3 in two, but still!

Are you talking about the cartridge port on top?

#39 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3749 posts) -

@zombiepenguin9 said:

@CaLe said:

I remember EA cartridges having a yellow tab on them. That's about as extreme as it gets for me.

I've always wondered why those tabs were there...

Same here! No idea.

I loved my yellow Donkey Kong 64 cartridge. Probably the best of the colored carts.

#40 Posted by A_Talking_Donkey (262 posts) -

@zombiepenguin9 said:

@CaLe said:

I remember EA cartridges having a yellow tab on them. That's about as extreme as it gets for me.

I've always wondered why those tabs were there...

EA didn't want to pay Sega's cart licensing thing so Sega decided to allow them to use their own carts as long as it was distinctly different.

#41 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3749 posts) -

@A_Talking_Donkey said:

@zombiepenguin9 said:

@CaLe said:

I remember EA cartridges having a yellow tab on them. That's about as extreme as it gets for me.

I've always wondered why those tabs were there...

EA didn't want to pay Sega's cart licensing thing so Sega decided to allow them to use their own carts as long as it was distinctly different.

Interesting. So just throw a yellow tab on there for no reason?

#42 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

As you can see, the famicom disk system has a big stonking adapter on top. I'm counting that as a cartridge.

#43 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1139 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads:

It wasn't for no reason. The EA logo was stamped on it.

... That counts, right?

#44 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3749 posts) -

@LaszloKovacs said:

@ArtisanBreads:

It wasn't for no reason. The EA logo was stamped on it.

... That counts, right?

haha sure I guess but the way it's put on the cart it always seemed like some kind of release or something. But yeah just a weird yellow tab.

#45 Posted by csl316 (8111 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@csl316 said:

Sonic & Knuckles had the crazy lock on technology that would've been neat to see again. Granted, it basically cut Sonic 3 in two, but still!

Are you talking about the cartridge port on top?

Yep, most unique thing I could think of.

#46 Edited by Sbaitso (502 posts) -

Turok Rage Wars and RBI Baseball both had black versions of the cartridge. I own both, and they're pretty awesome. I used to have a red DOOM but it has since left my possession.

#47 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2224 posts) -

Turok 2's cartridge is black as well. 007 TWINE is blue. I really like the Turok one

#48 Posted by MightyDuck (1502 posts) -

@A_Talking_Donkey: Bingo!

As silly as that is, I always thought it was need that the EA Sports cartridges were a bit different.

#49 Posted by myketuna (1652 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

Maximum Carnage had a red cartridge and I thought it was the coolest thing ever when I was a kid.
#50 Posted by TheRealMoot (355 posts) -

Got a couple color cartridges in my collection: Red Maximum Carnage (Genesis) , Yellow Donkey Kong 64 and Black Killer Instinct to name a few. I don't have anything that's totally boot leg looking or weird. I've got Pokemon Pinball with it's battery slot and Sonic and Knuckles with it's lock on slot though.