Retrogate Zelda Ocarina of Time Master Quest

gamerjerome
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4:43 AM - Feb 12, 2017 #1

Reproduction carts my not be everyone's cup of tea but when I heard Retrogate, who's making their own custom N64 PCBs was selling a boxed version of Master Quest I decided to jump on the limited run. The first 10 they sold were numbered and had their own PCB with a Zelda logo. The rest had a different PCB they are going to be selling eventually for your own home brew games. I have the regular PCB.

I thought it was awesome that they made a box and manual for it as well so I picked one up right before they sold out. I asked Retro how many they made and they said only 30. They also made a blue cart version that did not come with a box or manual. Here are some pictures.







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Controllers - Boxed US (8/8) - Blister (7/7)
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Grey Variants - (9/14)
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5:49 AM - Feb 12, 2017 #2

Wow. I'm not even sure how to handle this. Friggen awesome.
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3:45 PM - Feb 12, 2017 #3

I have no objection to reproduction carts as long as they're clearly identified and appropriately priced.

Selling printed circuit broads for N64 home brew? Does that mean that some people out there are developing their own N64 games? I guess that's not completely out of the question given that a new SNES/Famicom fighting game will probably be coming out later this year.

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7:25 PM - Feb 19, 2017 #4

Grizzmeister wrote:Selling printed circuit broads for N64 home brew? Does that mean that some people out there are developing their own N64 games?
There are a few groups trying. Most of the development are hacks. I think that will turn into full games eventually. The n64 is not an easy system to program for and it took a developer like Rare to really push envelope. The PCB Retrogate is making will probably be use for things like this Zelda. Just another version of the game. I could see someone putting Goldeneye X on cart with a box and manual.

This is one game that is being worked on. Mario Run 64.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUycgOjJ5Xo
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Games - Sealed - (9) - Boxed (79) - Lose (77)
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2:17 AM - Feb 21, 2017 #5

wow, thats really cool. I bet however the price was very high for a n64 homebrew.
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2:48 AM - Feb 21, 2017 #6

I always thought it would have been interesting if Nintendo borrowed the Star Fox 64 game engine and made an aerial dogfighting game for the N64 featuring Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom posse. Something along the lines of Snoopy Flying Ace but with Mario themed arenas and power-ups. Hopefully somebody will take my idea and run with it using a Retrogate PCB. ^_^
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10:33 AM - Feb 21, 2017 #7

Its there a feed somewhere I can subscribe to for when they make more custom repros? Really want one of those!
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1:40 PM - Feb 21, 2017 #8

MyBeefCakes wrote:Its there a feed somewhere I can subscribe to for when they make more custom repros? Really want one of those!
I guess you can just follow the Retro Junkie World site but I'm pretty sure that what they're doing is illegal.

As I previously stated, I don't have a problem with reproductions as long as they're clearly identified. However, that doesn't mean that Nintendo doesn't have an issue with it.

Also, if these reproductions aren't clearly labelled as such on the plastic cartridge exterior it's highly likely that they'll be misidentified in the future which will have serious impacts on the collector's market.

So I guess all the real rare N64 games are being held by collectors and the only way for third-parties to make money now is by selling counterfeits?
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11:25 PM - Feb 21, 2017 #9

grizz, I think you got it wrong here. it's not reproduction, it's full homebrew. how would they label it reproduction if it's entirely a new game ? doesn't make any sense to me.
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11:41 PM - Feb 21, 2017 #10

Cabanon wrote:grizz, I think you got it wrong here. it's not reproduction, it's full homebrew. how would they label it reproduction if it's entirely a new game ? doesn't make any sense to me.
Are we still talking about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest? That's not a new game but rather one that was released on the GameCube. Somebody just ported it to the N64 and is making money off of Nintendo's work.
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