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  1. The Jag was well before my retail buying time so I don't know.
  2. The 3DO had over 3 times as many games as either the Jaguar or 32X, it definitely had more than both of those consoles combined. There's lots of great 3DO games, it doesn't deserved to get overlooked so hard. As for the topic question, my pick is the 32X but that's more because the 32X is massively more common than the Jaguar, you can actually still find 32X consoles and games even today. The Jaguar? It's extremely rare now and extremely expensive for what it is. You can't find a Jaguar console under $300. Even if the Jaguar has some good games, it has an extremely high barrier for entry, which makes it a huge turnoff.
  3. Were French people really importing USA systems? Last I checked that would be a massive pain to adapt a 120v 60hz system to a PAL country. If not, then what's the point of making a comparison like that? What does it matter if Saturns were more expensive in France? In the exact same country, the Saturn was more expensive than the PS1 and 32X. Even the N64 a year later was cheaper.
  4. A lot cheaper? Cheaper than what? The Saturn launched in the USA at $399. Are you aware of Sony's 1995 PlayStation E3 presentation? Steve Race stepped up to the podium and said simply "$299" and walked off. The 32X launched in November 1994 at $160. How is $399 for a Saturn in May a lot cheaper?
  5. That's actually not true. The GD-ROM was in fact very secure, it had security and encryption checks. Even for CD-ROM bootable media, there were security checks in place. The problem is the Karaoke MIL-CD bootable format had a flaw in how the executable binary "1st_read.bin" was normally supposed to be scrambled, hackers figured out how that scrambling worked. Once the Utopia boot disc was released, the floodgates opened for hacking Dreamcast games to boot using the MIL-CD format instead. The Dreamcast was very well secured for its day, even using a custom disc format, but had a fatal flaw in supporting a bootable CD format that ended up being exploitable. People are quick to forget how tough the security was on the Saturn. Sure, modchips eventually became available, but they were far more complicated than PS1 modchips and it took over 20 years before someone finally cracked the security of the Saturn disc drive. The Saturn did not support anything like MIL-CD, the only boot option was regular old CD-ROM which was very well secured. The DC went a step further by utilizing a custom disc format that you couldn't even writable discs for. The DC was an evolution of the Saturn in security, but only for the GD-ROM format it seems. This video explains it better. The 32X launched several months before the Saturn in the USA. The 32X being mostly supported by SOA had nothing to do with the Saturn being sold at a loss. By the time the Saturn launched, SOA was in the process of dumping the 32X.
  6. This has nothing to do with sequels missing an earlier entry but I still find it amusing that the first 7 Mario Party games were released once a year, for USA and Canada at least, meaning you can name them like this: Mario Party 99 (N64) Mario Party 2000 (N64) Mario Party 2001 (N64) Mario Party 2002 (GC) Mario Party 2003 (GC) Mario Party 2004 (GC) Mario Party 2005 (GC) As for King of Fighters, given Fatal Fury Special includes Ryo from Art of Fighting as a hidden guest character and KOF 94 includes many Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting characters, one could make the argument that Fatal Fury Special could be called King of Fighters '93.
  7. Some game consoles and home computers are known to have bad capacitors though. As in, ALL units of a particular make and model have bad caps and will stop working. Some examples: PC Engine Duo / TurboDuo (not R or RX versions) Sega Game Gear LaserActive PAC modules (NEC and Sega) Most 68k Macintosh computers (Compacts, LCs, etc) eMac G4 iMac G5 (probably many other G3, G4 and G5 systems too) In those cases, the failure and inevitable damage is practically guaranteed. Every single PC Engine Duo has bad capacitors. The leakage from those caps damages the board and always results in weak or missing audio. This isn't just a few units, it's all of them. So, yes there are some computers/consoles that aren't known for bad caps, but there are certainly lots that do.
  8. I'm stunned that there are seriously people who think it's okay to just leave leaky electrolytic capacitors on a board just because it's "original" and "authentic". They are bog standard parts, they go bad, they have to be replaced when that happens. Either that or you can kiss the functionality of your console or computer goodbye. Take the PC Engine Duo or the much more expensive TurboDuo (both the black looking model), or any Sega Game Gear even. Those systems have really bad capacitors. It's not a matter of if they will leak, it's when. Bad caps in these systems will leak and damage the circuit board they're attached to. On the PC Engine Duo, the most common symptom is weak or no audio, as most of the capacitors are for audio. On the Game Gear, it will just stop working when the caps get bad enough. Computer hardware is no different from other machines we use every day that need servicing. Do you also think it's a smart idea to keep the original oil in your car and only use that because it's "original" and "authentic"? No, you replace the oil when it gets bad. Electrolytic capacitors are exactly the same. A standard part that will go bad eventually and they must be replaced, or your computer will stop working and likely deteriorate beyond repair.
  9. Although it is tragic that a rare IBM computer was damaged - really the best thing to have done was just try disks and then stop - but I fail to see why this was really so bad. It literally looks like a POS (point of sale) computer, even some people in here have pointed that out. Even if it's rare, it's a really boring computer and they may very well have been sent there because they didn't work. I don't think most people really care about POS systems that much.
  10. Do you ship to Canada? I also have a friend in the USA who trades with me if that works better.
  11. I think I sold you something before on NintendoAge? I can't remember. What are you looking to trade?
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