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#1
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 9/26 20:01
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SMVB64 wrote:
Nice find! But I have a question.
Your saying all retail controllers are made in China? I took a glance
at mine and on the back it says "Japan" but it doesn't look like yours. It looks retail.


The retail controllers that I compared to the preproduction were all made in China. But after reading your post, I checked out a few more of my VB controllers and realized that some retail controllers are indeed made in Japan. That is something I never realized before, but just like yours, my Japan-made controllers look just like the retail china ones...

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VirtuousRage wrote:
Wow! :O
This is pretty cool!


Also, that cable thingy is called a Ferrite Bead.
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rWEnypTEP4 )


Thanks! Ya really do learn something new everyday!
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#2
Re: The Noteworthy Auction Threadô
Posted on: 9/26 10:51
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one of the controllers is a "preproduction". Here's a link to the thread...

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb ... t_id=38239#forumpost38239
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#3
Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 9/26 10:45
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I recently won an ebay auction for 2 used and untested Virtual Boy controllers...

https://m.ebay.com/itm/172857475960

...and one of them happens to be a preproduction!

Not to be confused with a shoshinkai multi-colored button prototype controller, this "preproduction" controller closely ressembles any normal retail one. But when closely inspected, only then can one notice the subtle differences that it features.

This is the controller that was used for preproduction Virtual Boys, the ones that had the black "ipd" and "focus slider" like this one ...

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/hardw ... ype=vb&sec=protos&show=10

...and it's even pictured alongside preproduction units in many early Virtual Boy advertisements (first pic).

Here are the differences that I can find when comparing the preproduction controller to the standard retail released ones...

1. The "VIRTUAL BOY" logo has thicker letters.

2. The "select" "start" "B" and "A" are further away from the buttons.

3. Preproduction controller is made in Japan, retails are made in China.

4. The "R" and "L" buttons are lighter

5. The preproduction controller cord has a connector with smoother plastic, and is missing that plastic clasp beneath the cord connector (what's that for anyway?)

To further more confirm this being a preproduction, the seller of the controller himself is from Washington, home of Nintendo of America headquarters.

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#4
Re: The Noteworthy Auction Threadô
Posted on: 9/26 0:39
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So, I recently won this action about a week ago...

https://m.ebay.com/itm/172857475960

...and I'm quite excited over it!

Before I go and make a thread about it, I just wanted to know...

If anyone can see why I would be excited over an auction for two untested Virtual Boy controllers?

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#5
Re: Just obtained a Purple Nintendo Virtual Boy Hat!
Posted on: 8/25 3:24
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adler_0 wrote:
this is the hat I own. Could rip the patch off of mine, put it on your purple one and have the one from the ad.


Not exactly... one thing that I just noticed about the sweepstakes cap, is that if you look closely, you'll notice that the VIRTUAL BOY logo has some white threaded accents around the letters, and that's something that the red/black VB cap doesn't have. The more I zoom-in and stare at the logo, makes it look like the design of the logo on the sweepstakes hat may not actually be thread at all, it could be ink designed to look embroidered. So maybe the hat does exist, IDK... Can't wait til' one shows up though!

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Benjamin Stevens wrote:

That was also very true about the Dragon Hopper VidPro card... but then BAM!


Tru dat! : )
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#6
Re: Just obtained a Purple Nintendo Virtual Boy Hat!
Posted on: 8/20 23:54
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Quote:

Alex wrote:
... I do recall that the other Purple VB hat was only obtainable in a Contest, though I assume this is a different Varient of it due to it's design. Can some one inform me? - Alex


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adler_0 wrote:
never heard of a contest.


That Contest would be the "VIRTUAL BOY MUST SEE 3-D SWEEPSTAKES", where contestants had a chance to win many prizes from Nintendo. 2,500 2nd place winners received a Virtual Boy Cap! The Cap would've made the winners look "real happening"!

I'm not sure if the Cap pictured on the sweepstakes ad really exist. It could be that the hat pictured above is really the actual hat that was given away to contestants and the image on the ad was just a mockup of what the Cap might've looked like. Almost like there should've been some fine print that Stated "actual style may vary" since the hat pictured above looks like the one shown on the sweepstakes ad minus the border around the Virtual Boy logo. Or maybe the hat pictured on the ad is soo rare it just hasn't surfaced yet. I've never seen one in my 10 years of searching for rare VB items, and I never seen an actual picture of the hat anywhere online either, just that image on the sweepstakes ad. I've seen quite a few auctions for the above hat in my day, and many of the sellers call the hat a Nintendo employee promotional item, but then again I've also seen many auctions where sellers call rare VB items "employee promos" when the items actually originated from somewhere else, so... I'm not sure where the hat came from... I guess would be the central theme I'm trynna get across here.

Nice score though! Attached is a link with some pictures of the 3-D sweepstakes entry forms...

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb ... t_id=34598#forumpost34598

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#7
Re: Mario
Posted on: 8/5 18:56
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Simply incredible!!! Thank you, M.K.!!!
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#8
Re: 3D Virtual Boy Magazine (In English)
Posted on: 7/28 3:37
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This was a fun read. The effort put into this translation...Damn!

Thanks, Ben!
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#9
Re: Virtual Boy Retail Store Display Game Holder
Posted on: 7/27 22:16
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:

I'd say that it definitely fits the bill. The red and black color does work better for Virtual Boy than any other, while simply giving the Nintendo logo and no other specific system logo certainly does allow it to be used appropriately for other Nintendo systems at the time.


Thanks ben. Yeah, it has to be it. It's too bad that none of us ever got to see Dragon Hopper in one of these back in the day. But the first picture below will give you a good idea on what it would've looked like.

Also, since you're in here, I want to tell you that displaying your VidPro cards in 5◊7 acrylic picture frames is the way to go. They look very nice in them and will also protect them very-well. I scored 5 acrylic frames on ebay for only $3, but you might also find these at your local WalMart, but probably not with ebay prices.

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#10
Re: Link Cable project interest
Posted on: 7/27 1:02
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I'll grab one from the next batch please, if that list isn't already full.

Thanks!
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