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Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 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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#2
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 16:37
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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.
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#3
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 18:34
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Neat! I believe I had bid on that auction, but I definitely wouldn't have noticed anything special about the preproduction controller. Except maybe the cord.
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#4
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 18:47
Nintendoid!
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Wow! :O
This is pretty cool!
I probably would have never realized these differences had you not pointed them out.
Just another thing I'll have to keep an eye out for when shopping around. :)


Also, that cable thingy is called a Ferrite Bead.
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rWEnypTEP4 )
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#5
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 20:01
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Quote:

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...

Quote:

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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#6
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/26 23:21
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How funny is that! I almost bought that lot! Great find, man. I had no idea about these.
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#7
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/9/27 16:45
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Great comparison!

DocAetzn also had such a pre-production controller, which also came with a pre-prod stand. Some images in here: www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=28432

I just checked my controllers, btw, and both are made in China.
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#8
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/12/11 1:06
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Whoa! Has it really been 2 months since my last post?!

Sorry for the late replies here, but shortly after creating this thread, life decided to smack me hard across the face with a bunch of Bullspit. But time heals all, and the BS is over... So now I'm back in the game! Woot woot.

I definitely have some catching up to do.

Quote:

Splain wrote:
I believe I had bid on that auction,...


Quote:

retronintendonerd wrote:
I almost bought that lot!


Are either of you guys still looking for a controller? I know it's now 2 months later but if you still are, then you can have the one that was pictured with the pre-production controller in the sellers ebay listing. Just send me a PM with your mailing info and I'll send it off to you as soon as I can. Free of charge, I'll even cover shipping.

First to respond, gets it!

Quote:

KR155E wrote:

DocAetzn also had such a pre-production controller, which also came with a pre-prod stand. Some images in here: www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=28432


Hmm...was that "pre-production stand" included with that pre-prod controller when DocAetzn originally acquired it? I only ask because I've always known it to be like this...

As we all know, both the Japan and North American Virtual Boys have the normal retail stands that we're all familiar with.

The Shoshinkai prototype Virtual Boys with the multi-colored-buttons had stands that have a circular adjustment knob like the one pictured in DocAetzn collection.

And the "pre-production" units with the black "IPD" and "Focus" buttons had stands that seem to have a feature that's not included with any other stand...

By observing the picture provided below, you'll notice that I circled what looks like a security screw featured on the side of the "release button". It looks like it's there to lock in the head unit. Screwing the screw all the way down would prevent you from pushing-in the button to release the head unit.

This is something I don't think I've seen anyone discuss before... It's quite interesting though.

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#9
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/12/11 2:00
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Huh, that is interesting. Definitely looks like a torx head or similar, so it must be for security so they could "lock" a VB to its stand. Since they were that concerned about it I wonder if they used cartridge locks too, similar to the ones included with kiosks. I mean, you'd think the cartridges would be way easier to swipe, you can't exactly pocket a VB head unit..
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#10
Re: Preproduction vs Retail VB Controller Comparison
Posted on: 2017/12/11 14:36
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Quote:

vuefinder83 wrote:

Are either of you guys still looking for a controller? I know it's now 2 months later but if you still are, then you can have the one that was pictured with the pre-production controller in the sellers ebay listing. Just send me a PM with your mailing info and I'll send it off to you as soon as I can. Free of charge, I'll even cover shipping.

First to respond, gets it!


Glad to see you're back and you took life back by the balls bud :) I'm actually still looking for a controller. If you still have it I'd gladly take it. I can pay for shipping too.
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