You are not logged in.
Lost Password?


Register To Post



 Bottom   Previous Topic   Next Topic

#1
Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 3:01
PVB Elite
Joined 2010/2/19
USA
559 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (7 Years) Top Donator: 2nd20+ Game Ratings
Howdy all, this beauty just arrived in the mail.
I've never seen another console with this warning sticker before.
Open in new window

Open in new window


She's got a nice low serial number, unit #1157.
Open in new window


Last but not least, I noticed this strange sticker residue on the back of the included Mario Tennis.
Open in new window


What would leave residue in this pattern? It's not the usual rental sticker placement, I've seen stickers on the back of carts with the same dimensions before somewhere?...
Oh yeah, now I remember:
Open in new window

:D

So what do you guys think? I just assume it's a "Property of Nintendo" unit, judging by the the combination of the unique warning sticker, crazy low serial number and *curious* shaped sticker residue on the back of the included cart.

The best part is that I scored this puppy for a meager $71 on eBay. This was the photo in the auction, and the description made no mention of the sticker nor the serial number.
Open in new window
Top

#2
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 5:43
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
112 Posts
Long Time User (8 Years)
I don't think the cartridge is anything special, the "property of nintendo" stickers you show were clear plastic but the cartridge you showed clearly was a paper label.

My guess is Blockbuster demo? And the sticker would have been the barcode label? I don't remember seeing those stickers back when Blockbuster rented them, but that was a while ago and I was 9...

What are those purple booklets?
Top

#3
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 7:08
PVB Elite
Joined 2010/2/19
USA
559 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (7 Years) Top Donator: 2nd20+ Game Ratings
Quote:

mbuchman wrote:
I don't think the cartridge is anything special, the "property of Nintendo" stickers you show were clear plastic but the cartridge you showed clearly was a paper label.

My guess is Blockbuster demo? And the sticker would have been the bar-code label? I don't remember seeing those stickers back when Blockbuster rented them, but that was a while ago and I was 9...

What are those purple booklets?


The white paper on the center of the sticker residue looks to have been a fiber adhesion, as in a cart had a sticker pulled off and was left on another piece of paper. It's still slightly tacky, I fear the seller tore the property of Nintendo label off before shipping to me.
Blockbuster demo consoles came WAY WAY after this serial number, it's much more in line with standard USA demo consoles. (This serial comes in 3rd as the earliest VB console known period).
As I personally own a brand new USA Demo, I can verify that the USA Demos come with no sticker. The ONLY other person in the world with a serial number lower than me is the member Marulu, whom also coincidentally has "property of Nintendo" stickers on the back of his carts. Out of 630,000 consoles this one comes in as the 3rd.

Marulu has Console number 830, unboxed with property of Nintendo carts.
I have console number 940 brand new in white USA Demo box. No sticker on console. No games included.
This console is number 1157, sticker on it, and the cart residue in line with Marulu's carts.

If this wasn't the 3rd earliest console known to man that exists, I'd probably have my doubts. However, this thing sets off more alarms than one should. I have no doubts of the authenticity, and the only other person I can compare to is the one person that has the one out of the 3 earliest consoles known aside from me personally. Mawa is the only person with a serial in the original run, and it comes after these 3.
Blockbuster came in at units 3500-4000, not anything like the 1157 unit shown here.

What makes this unique is the sticker, the serial, and obviously the history of such. being one of the 4 very earliest units known to man, I don't see why the residue factor on the cart should be snuffed out. The seller made no profit on a $71 console after all, and the serial just proved how cool this really is.


On the other question, the purple booklets are sealed Nintendo-Power 3D glasses which were only offered to subscribers of Nintendo power for 1 single issue, so this may have just been a demo console sent to Nintendo Power reviewers.

The console sticker is strange, the serial is on par with being a demo, and the included cart has demo adhesive like with the other console in the category of first 3 VB units found.
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:19
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:29
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:30
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:31
Top

#4
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 7:44
PVB Elite
Joined 2010/2/19
USA
559 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (7 Years) Top Donator: 2nd20+ Game Ratings
I'd say we should ask the pros, but I do in fact own 3/5 of the earliest VB consoles in the world (4/5 including from my proto that I inherited from KR155E). While I consider myself an authority, I was hoping other authorities would chime in on this new discovery. This is the real deal, so others that see such can hopefully add light to this new addition in VB history.

At face value, this is IN THE LEAST a USA Demo with a rad unknown sticker applied. I'd gauge it as something property of Nintendo. We also don't even know what these USA Demo consoles were for(?), since the USA never had an official Nintendo display unit.

Design Phase was 2nd party and non-Nintendo, and real Nintendo displays were only officially released in Japan.
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:55
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:57
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 7:59
Top

#5
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 8:40
PVB Elite
Joined 2010/2/19
USA
559 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (7 Years) Top Donator: 2nd20+ Game Ratings
I apologize, I thought this was a cool find and I was playing coy. It is what it is, unfortunately the VB scene has died and shifted away to 3DS. I have no questions to ask, I know what I have and buy. The other good ol' boys are KR155E, runnerpack,and mawa. They have the authority.

I still enjoy brand new VB discoveries, as anyone here should.(?)
I'm just somebody that I used to know.
Edited by VirtualJockey on 2011/11/13 9:10
Top

#6
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 13:41
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2008/11/4
Netherlands
388 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (9 Years) 20+ Game Ratings
Mine VB is VN10001180[7] (mawa, from Counter Display)
Thats very close to your serial and i know for sure mine come off the usa counter display beacouse i know who the owner whas in the past.
I have never had stickers on it so i dont know where they from.

But beacouse the serial from you is so close to mine i think that this VB from you also is from a usa display
Top

#7
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 13:49
Nintendoid!
Joined 2006/8/20
Spain
222 Posts
Long Time User (11 Years)
Quote:

VirtualJockey wrote:
I apologize, I thought this was a cool find and I was playing coy. It is what it is, unfortunately the VB scene has died and shifted away to 3DS. I have no questions to ask, I know what I have and buy. The other good ol' boys are KR155E, runnerpack,and mawa. They have the authority.

I still enjoy brand new VB discoveries, as anyone here should.(?)
I'm just somebody that I used to know.


It's a cool find. I think the VB scene hasn't quite died, but it's quieter than it used to be. I still have my VB collection, along with the Blox cart, the two Bound High carts, etc., but it's in a cupboard and I use my 3DS to play in 3D, because it's much easier to grab & play than having to assemble the VB (and I think the red/black contrast gives better 3D effect than the 3DS multi-colour screen, but as I said, playing 3DS is easier than VB).

Don't suffer about it. I still love my VB collection and I'm sure many people here do too even though they don't say much lately, but times change and so do priorities. Also, economy is quite bad and many people are selling their VB collections (and many other collections) to other private collectors to get extra money to make a living and cover all the debts which they have. That might also be a reason for the silence of the VB scene. Anyway, enjoy what there is, which is quite nice ;-)
Top

#8
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 14:57
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2010/7/20
USA
479 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (7 Years) Donator
Well, I also thought this is a cool find! I enjoyed reading about this unit!

By the way VirtualJockey, I don't even own a 3DS! ...yet
Top

#9
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 17:29
PVB Elite
Joined 2008/11/10
Great Britain
506 Posts
ContributorLong Time User (9 Years)
been wondering when we would hesr about your score, and good tale it is too, for me the coolest bit is finding such a low number on it, total bargain.
Top

#10
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/15 5:35
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2009/8/2
USA
256 Posts
Contributor10+ Game RatingsLong Time User (8 Years)
Quote:

VirtualJockey wrote:
I apologize, I thought this was a cool find and I was playing coy. It is what it is, unfortunately the VB scene has died and shifted away to 3DS. I have no questions to ask, I know what I have and buy. The other good ol' boys are KR155E, runnerpack,and mawa. They have the authority.

I still enjoy brand new VB discoveries, as anyone here should.(?)
I'm just somebody that I used to know.



Thats a really cool find, and I'm happy for you. The VB scene isn't dead. People are still getting onto the site, and expressing interest in the console. It just doesn't seem like theres as many as there used to be though.
Top

 Top   Previous Topic   Next Topic


Register To Post