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#1
Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 4:05
Nintendoid!
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I have a few Virtual Boys around my house, but I noticed something strange with the serial number sticker on this one...

If you look at the sticker, it looks like a smaller sticker or something is underneath it. Any idea what that would be?

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#2
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 6:42
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Hmm... interesting. I just checked a few of mine, and I see that on the higher number stickers (around VN103), while the lower numbers all have normal stickers. Maybe it's one of those anti-theft stickers combined into the serial number sticker... I dunno. I guess you could try peeling it back to see what's under there, but I'm guessing it's not anything too exciting.

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#3
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 9:44
Nintendoid!
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My VB that starts with VN1047 has no bump.

I would remove the SN sticker, but I have a feeling if it is another sticker underneath, it would be destroyed.
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#4
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 14:59
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Oh... hmm, I dunno then. I only looked at about 8 of mine, but I've got a bunch of VBs around V100-V101 and they have no bump, but the ones around V103s do... I could check the rest and see if there's any others that don't fit the pattern.

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#5
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 15:54
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The sticker under it looks to be pretty thick, doesn't it? Looks like it won't be destroyed so easily. You should carefully remove a corner of the serial sticker to see what's underneath. I'm curious. :D
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#6
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/27 18:32
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Don't the Japanese VBs have a smaller SN sticker? I saw a picture in the SN thread (page 2 I believe) that made me think that. Anyway, my thought is maybe they used the wrong mold or something for that batch of covers?

I went ahead and took the plastic parts off (I don't know what you would call that piece of plastic, maybe the tripod connector?), and found the number "3" on the part I posted about. My other VBs had a 1 (VN102399491) and a 6 (VN104716715). I am guessing those numbers refer to the mold revision or something?

As a side note, the one with the 6 was starting to look pretty sloppy on the back! Looked like someone may have been welding nearby, and a bunch of metal splattered on the mold (but just really fine dots, not huge spots). The outside still looked good, just the inside was bad looking. I have a picture, but it came out poorly, and I already put that plate back on (and I don't want to take that one apart anymore, it is my original store bought one :))

I also did some measuring, and to the best of my ability, I came up with the bump being 0.00345 inches thick (0.087mm for the rest of the world). Because of the way the plastic was molded, I had to use a different plastic backplate to get my zero mark, so I can't give a good estimate on how correct that thickness is. Anyway, that thickness is about the same thickness as 20lb copy paper (Sorry, I don't know if the rest of the world uses 20lb paper as the default weight).

I will probably try to peel it off later, but I have no idea how to do it somewhat cleanly. I have a feeling it will be a big mess.
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#7
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/28 21:34
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Holy crap, my VB was living a double life!

Is that a Japanese sticker below it? Here are the two SNs...

VN104130085 <- SN that I peeled off
V10168481 <- SN that was underneath

It looks like we have a mystery on our hands!

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#8
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/29 4:01
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Heheheh... that's cool! Probably when the VB bombed in JP worse than it did in the US, they shipped lots of unsold VBs to the US (or maybe they're clearance VBs, and the $25 clearance worked better in the US than Japan, so they shipped them here to be cleared out).

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#9
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/29 19:22
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What the... interesting find! So... is it a japanese unit? How does the rest of the bottom of the unit look like?
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#10
Re: Strange serial number sticker...
Posted on: 2009/10/29 22:16
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Yeah, thats what I don't understand either... the rest of the VB is the same as the American VBs... (it says EXT for the link cable, which I think is supposed to be something else for Japanese, isn't it?) But yeah, all the text on the bottom matches up exactly the same with all my other VBs.

I think what probably happened is maybe they just manufactured a bunch of new bottoms, switched out the old bottoms, relabeled the other plastic part, and then sent them to America because they were trying to clear out stock, or just catch up with American orders?

But I don't think they would send them over here just to sell them on clearance, maybe they needed extra when they lowered the price? (not when they did the sub $100 clearance prices, but the other lowering, to $150 or whatever it was)

I guess what could have also happened is they may have mislabeled the units, and then had to relabel them (I could see them labeling them as the last step after they verify it works)
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