I'm sorry if this has been answered before but I only ordered paper Mario, it didn't work but I couldn't use saver because the size.of the order. Will they refund my shipping in store?
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:10 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:40 PM
longtime reader, first time poster - im much more a collector than an active gamer, and i collect mostly 3rd and 4th gen. picked up a gamecube at a thrift store a few months back and been using the GS sale to compile a library.
despite the sentiment here that theyd be predominantly (mini-) coasters, i figured id give the online order a shot this past week. ordered 44 games, 10 of which didnt work.
two big questions:
1. of the 10 that don't work, the majority of them have a readable surface in GREAT condition (no noticeable scratches at all). being relatively unfamiliar with the ins and outs of optical disc games, is their non-functionality likely the result of too much of the disc being resurfaced off?
2. on a lot of the discs, working and nonworking alike, theres a dark grey chalk-like substance around the hole in the middle of the disc. if you handle a few of them, it rubs off on your fingers - likewise if you take a cloth to the surface of the "hole". the substance is NOT the consistency of dirt, so i was wondering if this could be from resurfacing too.
any help/tips/info would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much!
Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:43 PM
Just want a second opinion. For those who bought or have a GC now, if you don't have the component cable ($100-150? no way), should I just stick with a backwards compatible Wii so I can take advantage of the 480p capability? If I end up finding a GC, I'm not about to spend $100+ on a cable for an old console to get 480p.
The bummer thing is that my current BC Wii is doing the 360 thing and putting rings on some of my disks near the edges (yes, I keep it horizontal 100%). I think it won't do that to GC games as they're the mini CDs?
Anyhow, at some point, I'll likely will be a Wii U so that could cover my current Wii library but it won't have GC capability. In this case, I wouldn't be opposed to keeping my old BC Wii just for GC games as long as it doesn't etch the GC discs. Thoughts?
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:01 PM
1. I noticed a lot of the discs that are unreadable actually look very good. I already returned a bunch of them yesterday. So far I'm 12 out of 22 for working discs.
I've only been testing them on the gamecube, I'm afraid to even put some of these in the Wii with all of the metallic inner stickers. Has anyone had luck getting games to work on their wii that didn't work on their gamecube. If there are any methods getting these good looking games to actually boot up, I'd be very interested as well.
2. I've been wiping off that black dust the same as you. I noticed it on my index finger and was like "I don't want this nasty stuff in my console." It's from Gamestop's refurbishing machine. People on this forum have confirmed it and yesterday Gamestop employee's confirmed it for me as well.
I'm only 12 out of 22, but I've been ordering a lot of the more expensive games because I bought 100+ games in store when the 75% off first went live.
It's almost too depressing to list the ones that didn't work that I returned...
Mario kart double dash
Resident evil (only had discs 2's and didn't even work)
metroid prime 2 (glad I bought 2)
simpsons hit and run (glad I bought 2)
pacman vs/pacman world 2 (whatever it's called)
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:22 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:43 PM
Yes, 480p on Wii is a much cheaper alternative, and it looks miles ahead of a standard gamecube av cable. I'm not sure if the discs will be safe, because it's the lens that is scratching them, hence equal danger. Gamecube games are pretty durable, but if that happens it's basically a 99% failure rate for the game. I'd test it on something not super valuable for a couple hours, and see how it fairs.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:53 PM
Thanks for the feedback. Most of the half dozen or so titles I have are first party Nintendo in great shape (picked up in last year or so's BOGO sale) so I"m hesitant to put any GC in it for fear of it killing the disc. I'll do a bit more research and hold pat on getting a GC now.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:12 AM
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:20 AM
if your are really worried, maybe you should just pick up a used Wii off cowboom for $40-$50. Still cheaper than a component cable, and you already have the chords and controllers, so you can just get a super cheap system only bundle;)
Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:24 AM
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse -
Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:01 AM
Thanks again. Any easy way to know if it's a BC Wii from the Cowboom descriptions?
Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:13 AM
I got my order for Mario Kart Double Dash in the mail today. I opened it up and saw the back. It was pristine, almost perfect. I turn it over... Super Bubble Pop. :(
I don't think there is going to be a lot of Mario weaving between karts on Rainbow Road going on this weekend.
I am going to go out on a limb and say I am going to have to return this one.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:41 PM
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse -
Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:46 PM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:12 PM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:32 PM
I actually tried ordering a Grandia III from them a couple weeks ago and it unfortunately had a crack on disc 1 and was a generic GameStop case :S from now on I'll probably stick with checking GameStop B&M stores (when will PS2 go 50% then 75% off, later this year into 2014? It'll be really interesting with stuff like Shadow Hearts, Persona 4, Suikoden V, etc. on the website)
Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:41 PM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:52 PM
Paper Mario 64
Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:27 PM
I don't think GameStop will last that long.
Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:26 AM
Seem's theres some leftovers from another restock, check past the first page, was a MP 7 that someone snatched before me. Still a couple somewhat desireable games.
Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:47 AM
awesome info/feedback, thanks so much sonic!
out of curiosity, have you noticed any trends for in-store purchases having a higher success rate of functioning than online purchases (or vice versa)? unfortunately, i was way too naive when i made my rounds and bought my in-store games a few months back, and never tested any of them. if they have the same fail rate as my online purchases, im screwed - only silver lining being that i bought my first GCN system a few weeks into the 75% off sale, so most of the games i bought in-store arent highly-sought/expensive titles.
FWIW, here's my list of 10 that failed from two online orders last week:
mvp baseball 2005
need for speed underground 2
wwe day of reckoning
medal of honor - european assault
wwe wrestlemania xix
call of duty finest hour
shrek super slam
i also havent bothered testing the games in my wii, but i did try them in a second GCN system i bought at gamestop about two months ago, and got the same (failed) results - this after cleaning the laser in the original testing system, as well as the disc surfaces.
and thats great that your trip to the store to return the stuff was fruitful beyond just the return - glad you had that good luck.
thanks again for the reply.
Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:57 AM
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:25 AM
Those are probably everyone's defective returns. More than one person here had issues with Metroid games IIRC.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:04 AM