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12:17 AM - Feb 25, 2016 #31

Very nice work DL... keep it up!

Where are you currently regarding your Hong Kong variants? I have a HK green box (this is the only one that I have, acquired a long time ago through an eBay auction I think):

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1:24 AM - Feb 25, 2016 #32

DarkLink wrote:

Woah. The colors man! ...the colors.

Well, if you think you may have any controllers that are MADE IN JAPAN, no hurry. :lol:
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2:34 PM - Feb 25, 2016 #33

First off mate, that's one hell of a lovely collection of controller boxes! :wub:

Being one of the 2% that cares, that is some great discovery about the EU6 controllers. After seeing this post I noticed that the same thing is used on the left side of the Clear Blue Pal Controller box, implying that they came out around the same time back in 2001. Why only Black and Blue? Perhaps they were the best sellers and Nintendo didn't want to make things that wouldn't sell at the end of the console's life? One curious thing however is the tab codes, I see Blue is EUR-2 but do you own the Black one as well? I have already seen a Black EUR-2 and that was for an EU4 box, so I'm guessing the EU6 version is coded EUR-3?

Speaking of tab codes, that leads me to your second point about the colour coding. Yes, this is a thing Nintendo does in the Pal regions, it's used on consoles, accessories and the games themselves and it's not just N64 but with their other consoles too. For example with the GameCube they appearas triangles on the bottom of the game's spine. Here's some of the known ones:



As for revisions, I've been working on documenting all of these since you started this thread, I'm making some progress but obviously struggling when it comes to the Spanish [ESP] and the Swiss/Austrian [FRG] controllers. I'll let you know when my list is closer to being complete.

Best of luck with finishing the set and I'm sure this thread will become a vital resource for collectors in the future!
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7:26 PM - Feb 25, 2016 #34

@ddr2nite:
Nice find on that one! Like I mentioned in my previous post I have actually not been fortunate enough to find one of these yet. Similar to Korea, online-selling infrastructure in China is still very poor, so I have a hunch, that these might be obtainable locally still, so I'm looking forward to my next Hong Kong visit.

@No64DD:
I'll get to it! I'll make an educated guess, that all of the EU Controllers are made in China.

@danilochka:
Yeah, this post was for everybody of course, but when I was writing it I kinda had you in mind :D Thanks for the flowers.
I do not have the black version yet. I have seen it once in Spain in eye-wrecking condition and one in Germany NIB for like 180€ lol
I thought the same way about the black and blue at first, but then it occured to me that it might be the exact other way around. What if these two were selling the poorest, and they made a last EU-wide release effort to get rid of them.
However, I made some stats and although this is not very scientific the black and blue are actually more common than red and grey for example, so that speaks more for your theory.

We will find out about the coding as soon as I get hold of one I guess. The revisions are driving me nuts, mainly because I do not completely understand the system yet, so I really appreciate you effort :D

I was kinda expecting the color coding is not new to you, but I though it was a nice detail somehow.



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1:53 PM - May 19, 2016 #35

Small update since I found out something new this week concerning the EU6 Controller.
For reference, that is the one that has 6 languages on the side and only states "Controller"

But today I found this. Clearly there were to different EU6 packaging variations:





I do not know alot about revisions, but it is intersting to see that the -2 revision is younger than the -3 revision.
Although the numbers would suggest it would be the other way arround the -3 still had english and french controller (manette) on the front while the -2 only had the more generic english "Constroller"



How do I know 3 is younger? Check this out, it is actually the only solid controller I have, that comes with a internet address on the box.

The -2 Revision


The -3 Revision


If you take into account that almost all N64 items had these "postal send in cards", I think it is quite amazing that there is actually a N64 items with an Internet address this early. I'm susspecting these were issued at the very last in 1999.

So I went through all of my controllers to check and tadaa. There is actually one other one with the Website: The Clear Blue/ White, that is also considered a EU6:





And now for the grand final: Last time we found out that the reason why we only see black and blue ones is that there are probably only black and blue ones because those are the only colors mentioned on the side of the Box. I never realized this before but check out the side of the Clear Blue/White:



This leads me to the speculation that towards of the end of the N64 Lifespan only Blue, Black and Clear Blue /White were made. Why? I dunno :D
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3:35 PM - May 19, 2016 #36

Very interesting findings mate!

There was a Clear Blue Controller / Manette version as well, which also is missing the website address from the back of the box:




Which makes this all the more stranger because my research leads me to believe that this controller wasn't released until 2001!

I'll see if I can look into this some more and let you know if I find anything
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3:42 PM - May 19, 2016 #37

Oh cool that's awesome! Now I need that one :D
Wow 2001? That's crazy late but more likely I agree.

And yes, that with the website is a little confusing to me.
Might be Garmany only. Maybe Controllers were still selling well here in comparison to other coutries?
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10:22 AM - Jul 09, 2016 #38

Has a black/grey controller ever been released? I recently got a loose N64 and it came with a controller, black front and grey back. Could be a homemade swap/replacement but I wanted to ask you guys first. The grey back says 'NUS-005 MADE IN JAPAN', so I suppose it's an early controller.
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11:52 AM - Jul 09, 2016 #39

Tyree_Cooper wrote:Has a black/grey controller ever been released? I recently got a loose N64 and it came with a controller, black front and grey back. Could be a homemade swap/replacement but I wanted to ask you guys first. The grey back says 'NUS-005 MADE IN JAPAN', so I suppose it's an early controller.
Yes a black Grey controller does exist. It either comes with Japanese mario kart or you can buy it separately boxed. This was only sold in Japan I believe. You can probably find a few on eBay.
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4:32 AM - Jul 10, 2016 #40

Ah! It's the one from the large Mario Kart 64 package, I always thought it was completely black. Thanks~
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