Gold N64 Controller

ddr2nite
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January 15th, 2011, 2:56 am #1

Gold Controller History:

As we all know, the N64 controller comes in a variety of different colors. One of the most noticeable is the color gold. We know that this color was available as a Toys R Us special (blister pack), bundled with various N64 console boxed-sets (North America, Europe, Australia, Japan), in 2 different colored boxes in Japan (gold and white), and used in several places where they were offered as promotional items (Nintendo Power 100 catalog) or given out as prizes (E3 1997 Star Fox 64 competition). But do you know the true origins of the very 1st gold controller?

The first 1000 gold N64 controllers were offered as prizes back in March of 1997 by Nintendo Power. In Issue #94 (March '97) on pages 34 and 35 was the "Mario Kart 64 Nintendo Power Cup" contest. Two issues later, in #96 (May '97) on pages 76 and 77 were some of the winning times from the contest. This makes the 1000 gold controllers from this contest as the very first ones that were available in N64 history. E3 1997 was held in Atlanta, Georgia in July. The NP100 controllers were orderable via the Super Power Supplies catalog that came with issue #100 (September '97).

There probably is no way to identify any of the 1000 gold controllers that were given out as part of this contest unless someone had the original shipping box from Nintendo + contest winning letter (if there is such a thing). And even then, the controller physically looks to be identical to a normal gold controller (whereas the NP100 had the sticker, the E3 Star Fox controller had the gold N and black back).

I hope you've enjoyed this little :pottymouth: history lesson about one of the best looking controllers in gaming history. :n64:




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stinger9142
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January 15th, 2011, 3:39 am #2

They sure do look snazzy :D

Somewhere I have 97 through about 99 Nintendo power magazines. I think they are in my garage in Oklahoma. I would love to browse through them now...
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Coorsy101
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January 15th, 2011, 4:06 am #3

Really Stinger? 97-99 of them? thats an odd number to remember hahah

Wouldnt it have been easier to say, about 100!? :P

Theres a few specific issues im currently on the hunt for. Id like to get a bunch of them for a bargain just to read thru for good times sake.

-Corey
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Controllers: 12/19 (9/15 Boxed/Sealed)
Systems: 1/9 (1/9 Boxed)

Japanese

Controllers: 7/18 (6/18 Boxed)
Systems: 1/10 (1/10 Boxed)
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stinger9142
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January 15th, 2011, 4:14 am #4

:lol:
I meant I have 1997 through 1999. I subscribed for I guess 3 years, and I never throw out a magazine :D
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Coorsy101
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January 15th, 2011, 4:20 am #5

That makes more sense... i was wondering why you would put such an odd number down haha.

If you ever end up grabbing them and happen to have the Power Supplies Catelog for the 100th issue, id buy it from you. Only if you could care less about owning it of course :)

-Corey
American

Controllers: 12/19 (9/15 Boxed/Sealed)
Systems: 1/9 (1/9 Boxed)

Japanese

Controllers: 7/18 (6/18 Boxed)
Systems: 1/10 (1/10 Boxed)
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Ganondorf
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February 11th, 2011, 10:47 pm #6

is there a way we can tell the difference between the first 1000 and later models of the gold controller??
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alxbly
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February 11th, 2011, 11:41 pm #7

Ganondorf wrote:is there a way we can tell the difference between the first 1000 and later models of the gold controller??
First post in the topic:
ddr2nite wrote:There probably is no way to identify any of the 1000 gold controllers that were given out as part of this contest unless someone had the original shipping box from Nintendo + contest winning letter (if there is such a thing).
:coffee:
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Cabanon
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September 10th, 2011, 5:02 pm #8

i remember back in tha daythis contest. tried this with a friend and barely made 1:20 without shorcuts. months later i got this awesome 58sec runs with 3 successfull :pottymouth: lap. i never ever got this again. i would have won one of these hehe.

EDIT: has anyone tried to track down any of those winners ? maybe, by a very slime chance, they could provide one of them.
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October 18th, 2011, 2:36 am #9

Cabanon wrote:i remember back in tha daythis contest. tried this with a friend and barely made 1:20 without shorcuts. months later i got this awesome 58sec runs with 3 successfull :pottymouth: lap. i never ever got this again. i would have won one of these hehe.

EDIT: has anyone tried to track down any of those winners ? maybe, by a very slime chance, they could provide one of them.
Actually, I won one of these. I kept the box and congratulations card for the longest time, but I ended up throwing the box away. I still have the congrats card and a couple of pictures. I randomly come upon this while looking how rare my controller was before I ended up selling it.

Edit - I have pictures of some of the times I sent to Nintendo Power.

Edit 2 - I shared some pictures with ddr2nite, here they are

http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/6527 ... ndpics.jpg
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/7857 ... ndpics.jpg

Pictures of the Congrats card they gave me for being the 1 in 1000.
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Cabanon
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October 18th, 2011, 2:01 pm #10

s**t. and i had a lowest time while the contest was running lol ! but i'm shitty Quebec and i can't participate in like 99.9% of every contest run in the world. :cussfit: f**king stupid place.

any idea if the buyer still have it ?
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