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#1 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 06:12 PM

So I'm currently looking to purchase an N64. I've been looking on EBay and every time I come to this listing:

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=371236214322

I'm not to sure if this is a reseller or what. Seems they have every color console and controller but everything is chosen at random when shipped. I've also seen a few listings with some games included. Just not sure which to purchase, any advise?

What I'm looking for:
A working N64
1 or 2 Officially Controllers with tight sticks
Memory Card
Expansion Pack(this is only mandatory with some games right?)

Games I plan on buying/playing:
Most first party Nintendo games(Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Zelda)
007
WWE games
ExciteBike 64
Crusin' World/USA
Rush
Road Rash
Any other N64 games I may have missed while I was younger.

Edit: might just jump on this one. $90 for a system+controller+Zelda all in decent shape seems pretty good.
http://www.ebay.com/...=item19fa73f797

#2 Reds303  

Posted 19 January 2015 - 09:23 PM

I checked out both of those listings and after shipping the cost is about the same. I guess it just depends on if you could get Zelda cheaper or a 2nd controller and memory card. Of course, if the 2 random games are decent (who knows?), the first one might be a better deal.



#3 soonersfan60   Longing for retro CAG... CAGiversary!   4386 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 02:56 AM

Try to get the extra RAM cartridge also... it's needed for DK64, and improves Perfect Dark.



#4 Stanley the Bugman   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   134 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 04:03 PM

The expansion pack also improves at least one of the Star Wars games.  I played one recently on a console with the regular pack installed and it was almost unplayable due to the decreased screen draw distance.   

 

The important thing to remember when purchasing a Nintendo 64 is that if you do not have the expansion pack, you must at least have the jumper pack.  Many sellers remove the expansion pack to sell separately not realizing that the machine that they are selling with the empty expansion slot simply will not work.  Look carefully at the product images to make sure that the machine you are bidding on at least has some sort of pack in that front compartment.

 

Good luck!



#5 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 06:13 AM

Ended up picking up one on eBay for $110.

Jungle green n64 with a jungle green controller & a ice blue controller
Expansion pack
Mem card
6 games
Mario 64
Jetforce Gemini
CrusinUSA
HeyYou Pikachu
Snocross
Extreme G

It also came with the Wooden N64 storage drawer(holds 24 games)


Overall I'm pretty excited about it. I seen the storage listed by itself for $40-$60 but thought that was high. Finding the bundle I did was nice. Not too crazy about a few of those games, but I guess I need to start somewhere. Talked to my dad this past weekend, they still have my NES & Sega but got rid of my other retro systems and games.

Should I pick up a new SnES or just get the Retron 5? My boss has it and highly recommends it. He loves the fact that it has HDMI, saves, and basically has built in GameShark/GameGenie for every game.

#6 JoshdaKing  

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 06:12 AM

Sounds pretty good, if your boss says its great go for it! I was hoping to buy a nintendo game cube, but I am short of money at the moment.

#7 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:48 AM

So the N64 came today and when I hooked it up it didn't even work. I tried every game and tried on 4 TVs. Super pissed, that's why I hate using EBay!

#8 Reds303  

Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:44 PM

That does suck when that happens. I always try to look at the feedback and see if the seller has sold other consoles and people have been happy with it if I'm buying one. You can still get a bad one, but I personally think it's less likely if you buy from a seller that has sold quite a few and has good feedback doing so. Hopefully the return goes smooth for you.



#9 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7117 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:18 PM

If it didn't power on, you can buy a new power adapter: http://www.amazon.co...4 power adapter That is a common problem with these systems.



#10 soonersfan60   Longing for retro CAG... CAGiversary!   4386 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

Also open the little trap door on the top of the console and make sure there is either a RAM pak or Jumper pak installed. The system won't work without it. The red thing you see in this pic is the RAM pak : http://images.quebar...e__61CCD6_2.jpg

 

The Jumper pak is just black (but goes in the same slot).



#11 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:44 AM

It powered on but didn't have any audio or video. It also had the red expansion. I tried 4 TVs and all 6 games. Also took the expansion out and reinserted it. Contacted seller and going to ship back. He was extremely rude about it. Not even sure if I want to try ordering another one on eBay.

#12 soonersfan60   Longing for retro CAG... CAGiversary!   4386 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:37 AM

Well, I will say I've had issues with the cable before that plugs into the TV not working... If you have one around from a Gamecube, it's the same cable.



#13 SpraykwoN   the Chef CAGiversary!   2797 Posts   Joined 5.1 Years Ago  

Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:31 PM

I have a brand new copy of WWF Wrestlemania 2000 as well as a brand new copy of the second revision of No Mercy for the n64.  I worked at THQ and got multiple copies, but sold them all but two I have in my collection, and two new copies.  I might be willing to sell them for the right price.



#14 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:43 AM

What's revision?

#15 lmz00   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2522 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:28 PM

I have a brand new copy of WWF Wrestlemania 2000 as well as a brand new copy of the second revision of No Mercy for the n64.  I worked at THQ and got multiple copies, but sold them all but two I have in my collection, and two new copies.  I might be willing to sell them for the right price.

Pics?

 

What's revision?

I think the first version of No Mercy was glitched.



#16 SpraykwoN   the Chef CAGiversary!   2797 Posts   Joined 5.1 Years Ago  

Posted 21 February 2015 - 12:55 AM

In regards to the revision question, the original No Mercy game shipped with a bug that wiped save data randomly.  THQ remedied this by releasing a second revision of the game, which is the one I have as seen in the pictures.  The copy of Wrestlemania 2000 is the first print with the lenticular card on the back.  Both are in pristine condition so the asking price is going to be high for these.  Last two copes i sold (1 of each) each went for $100 a piece, so that will probably be my starting point.


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#17 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:34 AM

In regards to the revision question, the original No Mercy game shipped with a bug that wiped save data randomly.  THQ remedied this by releasing a second revision of the game, which is the one I have as seen in the pictures.  The copy of Wrestlemania 2000 is the first print with the lenticular card on the back.  Both are in pristine condition so the asking price is going to be high for these.  Last two copes i sold (1 of each) each went for $100 a piece, so that will probably be my starting point.
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Those are pretty Kool but I'm not interested at all. Would rather just have the carts. Did you get these free since you worked there?

Just finished putting up my Nintendo Video Game Display, that I got from my local Kmart. Thinking about hooking the N64 up in there. Just need to figure out a way to do it, maybe glass shelves?

#18 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2124 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 14 July 2015 - 11:02 PM

It powered on but didn't have any audio or video. It also had the red expansion. I tried 4 TVs and all 6 games. Also took the expansion out and reinserted it. Contacted seller and going to ship back. He was extremely rude about it. Not even sure if I want to try ordering another one on eBay.

I have an N64 that I picked up at a yard sale do the same thing.  When I got it home I cleaned it and it tested fine.  Now about two months later I pull it out of the box to test before trading it in and it won't work.  I get power but no audio or video.  I know it's not the A/V cable because I plugged it into a GC and get audio and video.

 

I didn't have a N64 when I was young, were they always this temperamental?



#19 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 02:47 AM

I have an N64 that I picked up at a yard sale do the same thing.  When I got it home I cleaned it and it tested fine.  Now about two months later I pull it out of the box to test before trading it in and it won't work.  I get power but no audio or video.  I know it's not the A/V cable because I plugged it into a GC and get audio and video.
 
I didn't have a N64 when I was young, were they always this temperamental?


I had a system when it first released for about 6 years and never had a issue. Also haven't had any issues with the other one I purchased.

Since this old thread got bumped. A little update on the system I returned to the seller. The guy received the system and told me I was full of shut and the system worked fine. I told him if that was the case then send it back or issue a refund. Now 7 months later, I still haven't received either. I can't even leave feedback on eBay because he canceled the sale or something. And he changed his phone number. Talk about an asshole.

#20 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2124 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 July 2015 - 04:24 AM

I had a system when it first released for about 6 years and never had a issue. Also haven't had any issues with the other one I purchased.

Since this old thread got bumped. A little update on the system I returned to the seller. The guy received the system and told me I was full of shut and the system worked fine. I told him if that was the case then send it back or issue a refund. Now 7 months later, I still haven't received either. I can't even leave feedback on eBay because he canceled the sale or something. And he changed his phone number. Talk about an asshole.

Did you end up with another N64? 

 

Apparently the game I was trying to use was too dirty; I cleaned the contacts on the game and it worked fine.  Haven't played a cartridge game in ages and forgot to check it.  I traded it to a local store along with 3 common games for $19.75 store credit.  I think I'll do better putting the others on CL.



#21 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 04:40 AM

Yeah I purchased another system on eBay and it worked fine.

#22 LeHah   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   7 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 21 August 2015 - 12:53 AM

I'm surprised by the prices here. A N64 around here is $50 most of the time.

#23 Sixthman  

Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:12 PM

Sorry to bump this thread but I'll be picking up a 2nd hand N64 this weekend and could use some advice. Assuming the thing works, which of the ff games would you recommend I get: super mario 64, mario kart 64, starfox 64, or jet force gemini? These are the four games offered by some sellers in my area.

I don't have the money to get all of them. I figure I can get the two mario games later on virtual console, but are their N64 versions "better"? I've never had an N64 so I'm interested in which games will give me the best experience. Which ones hold up?

#24 kube00   Keeping in Cheap since 2005 CAGiversary!   10609 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:15 PM

Hmm I'd say get Super Mario 64 and if you have people to play with get Mario Kart



#25 Condor80   Let's Go Mets!!! CAGiversary!   4428 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 14 September 2016 - 12:37 PM

OP did you ever get your money back?  That really sucks.



#26 dorath   Banned CAGiversary!   230 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

Posted 22 September 2016 - 03:49 AM

I really liked Star Fox 64.  I wanted to like Jet Force Gemini but I could never get into it.

I would say Star Fox and Super Mario.  



#27 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   14053 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:37 PM

OP, did everything turn out fine with the first seller?  Return and refund?

 

You happen to want to sell that N64 storage case?  I know the one you're talking about...and I'm trying to track one down.  (I have one for my PS1.)

 

I just picked up a standard gray N64 console for $5 at a garage sale.  (Jumper Pak in it.)  I suppose I'll try and trade it for other retro stuff.



#28 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 05:10 AM

OP, did everything turn out fine with the first seller?  Return and refund?
 
You happen to want to sell that N64 storage case?  I know the one you're talking about...and I'm trying to track one down.  (I have one for my PS1.)
 
I just picked up a standard gray N64 console for $5 at a garage sale.  (Jumper Pak in it.)  I suppose I'll try and trade it for other retro stuff.


Sadly I returned everything and never was refunded.

#29 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   14053 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 07 October 2016 - 01:28 PM

Paypal never sided with you?  What was their reasoning?  It's been a very long time since I've heard of PayPal *not* siding with a buyer.