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How To Clean Cartridge Games Part 2: Our Step-By-Step Process Revealed!

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Way back in 2014 after we launched the second version of our website, we posted a blog covering how to clean your cartridge games. In that blog, we covered the worldwide go-to: a q-tip with alcohol. Well, sometimes that just ain't gonna cut it brother. After years in the biz, we've gotten to know pretty well when alcohol isn't going to be enough. We have a signature 3 step process with a few additional 'optional' steps that we've developed over the years. Using this process has saved games that looked beyond gone; cartridge pins that were coated in rust, corrosion,...

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Retro Systems On An HDTV - How To Hook Up Your NES, SNES, N64 or Other Retro System

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One of the most common questions we get from customers is, "Will this retro system work on my new TV?" With updates in technology and the TV industry phasing out composite connections, unfortunately the answer is often, "It depends."  The answer to this question depends on two factors:  (1) What connections your TV has(2) What connections the system has Read below for a thorough explanation of the video connection types you will find on your TV and how they will impact your retro gaming experience. Coaxial Connection: What is a Coaxial Connection? The first video game systems from Atari to...

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Awesome Retro Games You Probably Haven't Tried Round 3 - Vanishing Earth...Or VANISHING GAME???

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While many retro systems have massive, daunting libraries that tuck away their gems deep into the annals of time, the Nintendo 64 ended with a relatively small library. Calling it quits at just under 300 games, the N64 catalog was littered with filler; heaps and heaps of repetitive sports games that hadn't quite grasped 3D game design filled store shelves. Among the piles of Nascar '99 and Madden 2000, a small light shone through the cracks. Its flame grew brighter, and brighter, until a fury of lasers, bullets, and missiles blasted through the walls of crap to bring you an...

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Awesome Retro Games You Probably Haven't Tried Round 2 - Another 16-Bit Fire Frenzy

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In our first installment of "Awesome Retro Games You Probably Haven't Tried", we dug deep into the library of the often-ignored Game Boy Advance and found you a diamond in the rough: Turok Evolution. We showed you that the Turok series DOES have one gem; and this side-scrolling, chaotic, run-and-gun 16-bit fire frenzy rivaled the much more graphically advanced console games of its time. Today, we take a short jump back in time to another 16-bit run and gun. In the often celebrated library of the Super Nintendo, it isn't easy to find a hidden gem. The great games are...

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Awesome Retro Games You Probably Haven't Tried Round 1

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Let's face it: you're staring at a wall of games that you have never played. Maybe they are stacked in tubs in the basement; maybe they are stuffed tightly in rows on a shelf; maybe they are actually just stacked on your floor like a Jenga tower ready to fall. We've all been there. It's part of the hobby. BUT, the more games you get, the harder it is to pick just one; The more you get that paralyzing feeling that you might make the wrong choice and dump hours into a terrible game - hours that could have been...

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