|The Nintendo64 is getting another round of love from our friends in China. A few years ago we saw single game pirate carts resurface after having been absent for well over a decade, yes there were N64 pirate carts back in the day but they were
hard to find unless you traveled to places like Brazil, and most didn't include a CIC lockout chip clone, which meant that an adapter was required.|
Wether you like it or not, cheap knockoff carts are here to stay and they are cranked out of China in "large" quantities. Now a new batch of pirate carts are available, but this time they've been taken a step further, for the first time in
history we now have N64 multigame pirate carts.
In late 2018 I stumbled upon some ebay auctions for what obviously were pirate carts, as at least one was in a translucent yellow shell, Nintendo didn't offer that color back in the day. I was able to find a total of 3 "compilation"
multigame carts in the same style as the ones released for the Nintendo GBA and DS, meaning that not all games are N64 ones, but in stead a few N64 games topped off with a bunch of NES games, being run using the Neon64 NES emulator.
I decided to pick up one of these, which I suppose is called "Mario Party 123 & 15 NES Games".
What you get on this cart is Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3 and then 15 NES games as the title above states. The NES games are: 1942, Adventure Island 3, Battle City, Castlevania 2, Contra, Donkey Kong 2,
Double Dragon 2, Gradius, Rockman 6 (hack), Rush'n Attack, Star Force, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It surprises me a bit that they've decided to include an (obviously fake) ESRB rating on the label as well as the Original Seal of Quality from Nintendo.
Even a Gamepak ID has been added to the label to make it look authentic I guess? NUS-MULT-USA :-)
The cartridge shell is the same as the USA one, which means it will not fit in a European N64 even though I'm sure the built-in lockout clone would work with an European console too.
When booted up the cartridge presents you with a nice game select screen, but no music and you have to press A or B to switch to another "page" of games instead of just a scrolling list. Press start to start the selected game makes sense I guess,
and all 3 Mario Party games seem to work just fine...
The NES games all boot to a nice ASCII text screen...
PCB wise it's slightly different from the one used for the single game carts released a few years back, but it could be that it's merely a revision.
Interestinly though it seems to feature 2 x 512Mbit which seems odd as the maximum size for an N64 game is 512Mbit, but maybe the cart is capable of some bank switching that allows for a second storage block of 512Mbit.
Anyway that is it for now. If you want one of these things then look it up on ebay, but be prepared to wait roughly a month for it to arrive.