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  1. Conception issue and/or Magnavox cheapening out on the PSU. I only have one Videopac on the 4 I own with external PSU, and I see no issue with the others, save for the power switch breaking on the Videopac+ (a common occurence with all 80's Euro electronics so no big surprise here). And poorly ventilated? This thing is all hollow and there are giant vents on the back, except for adding a fan, I can't see how better it could get! Even with the absurd US shielding it would be more than adequate. About that, it appears that they were experimenting with switching power supplies with the later Videopac and Videpac+, so US importers reported their Videopac+ machine working flawlessly on 120V 60 htz... It sure is another quality than a cheap wall hog. Note that not all of them are compatible. But I suppose that many people were afraid to destroy theirs an never experimented with direct plugging.
  2. Impressive. I never really though they would go with different ways, but that make sense, since the Videopac was more successfull, they probably had more choice in how to manufacture the systems. I suppose that in addition, there were the early European models made in the US, the models made in France (henc why we had more models than the rest of Europe) and I was told that Philips also made them in the Netherlands, so each factory probably made choices depending on their budgets and the importance of the market. They don't say it, but apparnetly the US models never got an internal power supply?
  3. You can use a FDSStick with the Twin Famicom, if you hack the cable under the system (under a soft plastic cover). Well it's more hackign a cable from a RAM adapter, and removing the pass-trough cable, as the connector is the same. Another solution is to get a RAM adapter and plug it on the regular Famicom cart slot. It's silly but that works, too!
  4. I wouldn't be surprised for the console to be rare in Tunisia, so the seller adjust price for his market. I guess with shipping from Europe he's still competitive. Prices for Saba carts rose over the last years. On other news : The Nordmende and Pac-man had a great success.. as far as curiosity goes. I was sadly poorly placed so I think not everybody went and saw my stand. - FYI, the RGC welcomed 400 people, all retrogamers.
  5. Well I only have Shinobi, but the change is stunning. It was really a dumb move from Sega not to include it into the SMS...
  6. Of course, the game library is what make both system so different. You coudl say that early GB games weren't so much more exciting than the Supervision games.... The difference is that the GB moved to increasingly complex games, and the Supervision didn't, save for a few games like Chimera (which appears to have been adapted from a C64 game). For the audio, the GB probably have the advantage, though from what I recall the Supervision have 3 tones and possibility to play samples (which it does on the title screen of Sssnake and also at boot of one Bon Treasure game where an Asian voice says "Supervision" with a surprising clarity). I think the GB have one more channel and/or more flexibility but if you listen to the audio tracks of Ssssnake, 92 Olympics or even Super Kong, the Supervision does "good enough" compared to the GB.
  7. Somehow, I guess due to the beige and "80's purple" mix, this kiok makes me think of a giant Game Boy
  8. I can't tell for US models, but Euro models (Videopac) had at least 3 big variants : - model with built-in or external power supply - model with hardwired controllers - model with DIN connectors for detachable joysticks - model with DB9 connectors for detachable joysticks To my understanding, models with external PSU and hardwired are older ones, model with DB9/DIN joystick connectors and built-in PSU came after. I'm not sure which, from the DIN ot DB9 models, came first. One would be tempted to say DIN then DB9, but this is contradicted by the fact that the Videopac+, released in 1983, only had DIN joysticks. On the other hand, Thomson computers used Videopac joysticks (a special "computer beige" variant) and it seems that the DIN came first then the DB9 second, as early Thomson add-on modeuls mostly use DIN, but built-in joytick connectors on the Thomson TO8 are DB9 so...?
  9. Technically it's not so far from the GB, and ovbiously, given the screen resolution and 4-tone grayscale, it's hard to say for sure. The issue is mostly that game were poorly developped. On the same range, the BitCorp Gamate and Mega Duck are in the same ballpark.
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    Rikki & Vikki

    I have to look inside mine but I'm pretty darn sure that the issue with Peritel models is an overprotection of the sound channel. The sounds is very muffled on mine, it does sounds like that more resistors have been added. I gotta decide myself to first do the usual PAL resistor change on mine and see if it changes anything. I think there's nothing you can do about that as it's an issue on the hardware side; I suppose that now that you're aware of the situation your only solution is to warn people about hardware mod being needed for sound enhanced games on the 7800 Péritel. As for the little bits of extra, don't worry. I'm franckly happy enoguh that you decided to make a box and that fine manual. I do'nt get why so many Atari games (mostly 2600 tho) come with no box. I'm ready to pay the extra money for a box. I don't want my shelves to looks like a thrift shop shelf
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    Rikki & Vikki

    All the week-end. I was showcasing the Bally Astrocade and the Nordmende Teleplay (Channel F) Though I didn't installed the 7800 right on, probably a bit before dinner time Saturday. (the Super Cassette Vision on this tweet isn't mine. Tho I do own one 😛 )
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    Rikki & Vikki

    I can't speak for other people, but as far as I'm concerned and people being there were, the game being in English is absolutely fine. If it was in another language than English, a localized version might be required- or if it was a text heavy game (adventure game or RPG) but the most important thing is mostly that the game behave well on our PAL machines Remember most games were in English BITD. Games that were localized advertized it with big letters or even bright stickers! For us European a multilanguage box would be a nice touch, but that would probably be a lot of extra unneeded work to get a back-box translation in 4 languages (though I'm sure people would volunteer to do it and proofread it) It also mean extra hassle to print and ship those.
  13. CatPix

    Rikki & Vikki

    I modded mine, by replacing the rubber domes with microswitches. It really upgrade is from "passable" to "quite decent" I used the Steam Sales to send Rikki&Vikki as Christmas Gifts to several friends of mine I also put Rikki&Vikki on display on an expo (private event, that we paid to be part of it, so zero profit/all free advert here!) and people got hooked to the game. They mostly got impressed with the graphisms that they really didn't expected from a 7800. They couldn't really enjoy the sound tho, both due to the issue with extremely muffled sound of the 7800 Peritel model and the rather high volume of things around (especially from the guy in front of me that ran PacMan... As much as I like the game, most of the time all I heard was the "wahwah" of Pacman idly chomping the air before a ghost would devour him). And I realize I didn't snap any pics of my own stand! So here is a picture of my neighbour's ones, that were Atari fan enough that the guy next to me ALSO had Rikki&Vikki running the second one had it too I think but ran other games.
  14. Then why offerign to play a NES game? Go right to 3D Pinball Space cadet on Windows. It's even a FREE game.
  15. Try 3D Pinball Space cadet on Windows. It will blow your mind! Are you really comparing an Atari 2600 game and a NES game? This one... is... SPECIAL. "It's me again! You haven't plugged me yet! So be nice and plug me to a Sega? Got it? SEGA!"
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