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#11
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 4/29 20:29
Nintendoid!
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Quote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
You can decide whatever, but I say don't try to outbid just yourself. If nobody else in the world is competing against your bid, there's no reason to submit to the seller's offer that is higher than any potential buyer's offer.


Thank you for the advice, kind sir. I will definitely put that in to consideration. Also, thanks for helping to entertain this thread. If it weren't for you, I'd probably be talking to the Invisible Man in this one (he has a nice VB collection too!).

Speaking of "entertain"...

**dramatic narrator's voice** :

what did vuefinder83 just find in one of his white-boxed USA demo units that might cause him to bump an old thread!?...

Is it something that can alter the space time continuum!?...

Will Benjamin Stevens thus!?...

Find out in the next exciting thread here on Planet Virtual Boy!! :D
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#12
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 4/30 15:24
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Now I'm curious to know just how long you've had whatever it is, before finding it.
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#13
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 4/30 20:19
Nintendoid!
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Quote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Now I'm curious to know just how long you've had whatever it is, before finding it.


What I found, has gone unnoticed in the box for atleast 8 years now...

I was supposed to post it lastnight but, it was a pretty hectic night. Now I'm at a relative's birthday party for most of the day...

Should be up by tonight, if not though, then definitely by tomorrow..
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#14
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/1 11:27
Nintendoid!
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Quote:

vuefinder83 wrote:
what did vuefinder83 just find in one of his white-boxed USA demo units that might cause him to bump an old thread!?...


I decided not to bump/make a new thread, instead, I'm gonna make this one a twofer just because...

Are you ready for what I found!?

I

Found...


*drum roll*


Some AA batteries!!


*the sound of crickets*


No wait, don't leave!! These are no ordinary batteries I tell ya.

These are Maxell Super Power Ace batteries, the same exact batteries that Nintendo packed in the box of brand-new GameBoy originals back in the day.

These were found in my "New" USA demo unit, wich has been in my collection for nearly 9 years. Every now and again, I like to check the contents of items that have been just sitting around on the shelves for years. But every single time I've checked the contents of this box it was always me just sliding it out, looking at it, then simply sliding the contents back in to the box. So this past weekend, I decided to check out its contents, but this time, I just so happened to pick up the controller and felt that it was very heavy...

My immediate thought was..."f***, the batteries must be corroded to death being in there for so long". But to my surprise, when I opened the battery compartment there was what looked like a piece of rice paper in the shape of the opening to the VB's battery compartment placed over the top of the batteries. So I then removed the piece of paper to get the batteries out, and it crumbled to dust (literally). After removing the batteries, wich happened to be in good shape, I had to blow out all the fragments of that crumbled paper, but everything in the battery compartment is still in new condition with no corrosion on the terminals whatsoever.

The batteries all have a manufacturing date that reads "07-95" on the bottom of them as seen in the 3rd picture, one month before the Virtual Boy's US initial launch date.

This makes me wonder, if maybe these white-boxed USA demo units were used in tradeshows or maybe even used during the Virtual Boy Mall Tour promotion, where the VB would've been set up on tables, taken out of the box and after being set up all they had to do was remove that piece of paper from the battery compartment and stick a game in, and they were good to go...

The 4th picture is of an ebay auction for a "New" Game Boy original, many examples of these batteries being included with new game boys can be found all over the net.

So, thoughts!?

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#15
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/1 15:07
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Yeah, I'm definitely convinced that these systems would have been used at any kind of trade show and the like shortly before the Virtual Boy's launch date, and perhaps they were even sent to retailers near the launch date. Nintendo must have really been keeping the selling price tight with the costs for them not to have included these batteries with the retail units.
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#16
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/2 18:40
Nintendoid!
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So, how do you suppose Duracell got involved with Nintendo to have them sponsor their batteries?

Maybe they bumped heads at a trade show, and Duracell was like " hey, we heard your about to release a portable game console that requires 6 AA batteries, how about you guys postpone the AC adapter so that people will be obligated to use a Duracell coupon attached to the Virtual Boy's box"
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#17
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/3 15:17
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Heh... that actually sounds like a good possibility.
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#18
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/17 8:21
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Quote:

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Heh... I wonder if he realizes that if your offer wasn't good enough, then probably no one else's offer in the world will ever be better.


Quote:

vuefinder83 wrote:
...I might give it another shot in the very near future, I'll let you know how that goes...


Dude, I finally scored this thing!! And for far less than his asking price, and my first offer I ever made.

This is cooler than I thought, because it's actually not made from cardboard as advertised on the seller's ebay post. The only part of this display made out of cardboard is the stand for the display itself. The display is actually two thin pieces of vinyl with a spongy black material between them.

Let's now reunite the entry form with the display it was meant to be attached to!! (3rd pic)

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Edited by vuefinder83 on 2017/5/17 8:32
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#19
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/17 12:45
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Hah! You actually got it for less than your initial offer?! That's great!
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#20
Re: Virtual Boy 3-Dimensional "sign" with depth
Posted on: 5/19 6:49
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Crazy, right?!
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