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Mason P.
10-18-2007, 02:33 PM
What NES games can you think of that have more than one label?

I can think of

Athletic World with Family Fun Pad-Burst
Athletic World with Nintendo Power Pad- Burst

Bases Loaded with orange and Blue top

Blades of Steel plain or with red Konomi Classics banner

Metroid with Silver or Yellow label

if you know of any others please let me know.

savageone
10-18-2007, 02:42 PM
Few off the top of my head:
Wayne's Gretzky's Hockey has several major variations
Gunsmoke has a major variation

Super Mario Bros / Duck Hunt / Track Meet has several minor variations
Super Mario Bros 3 has a few minor variations concerning the game logo

There are a several minor label variations that have different style "Seal of Quality" logos.


Check out NGD's game list (http://nationalgamedepot.zoomshare.com/1.html) as it goes pretty in depth with NES label variations.

mb7241
10-18-2007, 03:32 PM
Or, better yet, just give the NintendoAge database (http://www.nintendoage.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Search.Advanced) a search :) .

Mason P.
10-18-2007, 03:35 PM
wow thanks. He has a ton. I have been working on a list that has the variants on it as well as all the release dates for the games. I also seperated the Licensed and unlicenced games, so it would be easier to keep track of a complete licenced collection. Now I feel like my work was in vain.

savageone
10-18-2007, 05:02 PM
Didn't know of the NintendoAge database search, very nice.


wow thanks. He has a ton. I have been working on a list that has the variants on it as well as all the release dates for the games. I also seperated the Licensed and unlicenced games, so it would be easier to keep track of a complete licenced collection. Now I feel like my work was in vain.

Yeah I think the only thing that is wrong with NGD's list is that he has licensed games and unlicensed games all mixed into one bunch. I'd prefer that they be separated, excluding the Tengen games since those are a bit different.. But that can all be edited by hand if need be. :)

Working on a variant list is hard work, some times you are looking for the most minor detail that is different and I'd imagine very few people even give a care about the really minor variations.

Starwander
10-18-2007, 05:29 PM
wow thanks. He has a ton. I have been working on a list that has the variants on it as well as all the release dates for the games. I also separated the Licensed and unlicensed games, so it would be easier to keep track of a complete licensed collection. Now I feel like my work was in vain.

Actually your attempts are not in vain, as they do not list every variant there is. For instance Platoon has both a label with a circular Nintendo seal and an oval Nintendo seal. This is not on their site yet. There are a lot of small variations with the labels themselves, which can be collected, though some are extremely small. They are, though the best source of information on NES games around.

savageone
10-18-2007, 05:42 PM
Actually your attempts are not in vain, as they do not list every variant there is. For instance Platoon has both a label with a circular Nintendo seal and an oval Nintendo seal. This is not on their site yet. There are a lot of small variations with the labels themselves, which can be collected, though some are extremely small. They are, though the best source of information on NES games around.

I'm not sure if you're referring to the NintendoAge database or NGD's list. NGD's list doesn't list every seal of quality variant, probably to keep the list a decent size. He just simply says "You will find that most games released before March 1989 and re-released after March 1989 have both seal versions.". So if you're insane enough to actually want both seal variations of a certain game all you need to know is the release date.

That is not to say NGD's List has every last variant, but it's more than enough to keep a person busy for a long long time if they are in to variants. There are almost certainly some other variants that have not been caught yet. Like I came across a Wizardry cart with a silver "battery backup label" (on the rear) not long ago, made a post about it here (http://www.nesworld.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1188405484). Whether it is a legit variant or something else (read that thread for more info) can't be confirmed unless someone else can find another with a similar silver shine. I personally don't know what to make of it, either way it's only worth a few bucks. :P

Starwander
10-18-2007, 07:28 PM
I'm not sure if you're referring to the NintendoAge database or NGD's list. NGD's list doesn't list every seal of quality variant, probably to keep the list a decent size. He just simply says "You will find that most games released before March 1989 and re-released after March 1989 have both seal versions.". So if you're insane enough to actually want both seal variations of a certain game all you need to know is the release date.

That is not to say NGD's List has every last variant, but it's more than enough to keep a person busy for a long long time if they are in to variants. There are almost certainly some other variants that have not been caught yet. Like I came across a Wizardry cart with a silver "battery backup label" (on the rear) not long ago, made a post about it here (http://www.nesworld.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1188405484). Whether it is a legit variant or something else (read that thread for more info) can't be confirmed unless someone else can find another with a similar silver shine. I personally don't know what to make of it, either way it's only worth a few bucks. :P

I didn't even know that variant existed. I will have to keep an eye out for it. As for the insaneness factor for some of the variants I have to agree with you. I used to be a stamp collector actually and in that hobby there are a ton of tiny little variations. Sometimes you actually had to use a magnifying lens to see the differences between two different variations. So although it is pretty insane, it just stuck with me.

Jumpman Jr.
10-18-2007, 11:06 PM
Actually your attempts are not in vain, as they do not list every variant there is. For instance Platoon has both a label with a circular Nintendo seal and an oval Nintendo seal. This is not on their site yet. There are a lot of small variations with the labels themselves, which can be collected, though some are extremely small. They are, though the best source of information on NES games around.

If you have a variant that isn't listed on their site, tell them! Join the message boards and post a picture and I'm sure it will be added. The database is constantly being updated.

King Neptune
10-22-2007, 11:46 PM
Yes, join NA and tell them about any new variations found :) If it isn't listed in the database, it's more than likely because it hasn't been uploaded yet. From the reads of it, NA is getting ready to do a HUGE upgrade and so the database has been on lockdown to add any new info as of yet. The upgrade will include all the new variations and such that have been recorded. There is a pretty long thread about variations HERE (http://www.nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=8&threadid=29&enterthread=y)

Kamisama
10-23-2007, 09:26 AM
wow NA looks cool. Also I got a variant they don't have. I'll tell them later ;)