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ahmadimran

How many of us blew into our cartridges?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who did this.

Used to blow into the game cartridges when they wouldn't load. Just a quick blow phwwwoosh and then, magic! lol

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soulforged

i know i did, aswell as everyone ive ever met. the onyl way to make them work aside from using a game geenie. that too would often make carts work
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M4Lki3r

I think every NES and owner had it's own song and dance that was required to get it to work. Mine need a blow on the cart then insert it. Push it down and up and back down then hit the power button. Don't know why, but it always worked.!!
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ahmadimran

Hahaha I know! For me it was blow twice, then insert the cartridge, but not all the way in, so that when I pushed down (ever so slowly), the top of the cartridge would grate against the inner wall. Don't know why either, but it worked lol.
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Polymira

Haha, I did the blow, the hot air blow, then the blow. And did the same this with inserting the cartridge. Dont' push it ALL the way in, then push down so the back grates across the console.
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trickrodd

That is the exact same method I always used. I think this is the real trick, and everyone else is crazy.
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stridermt2k

Still one of the best Monopoly titles to play with four people.

NES Monopoly lets you skip past ALL the animations making for amazingly fast speed-games.

-not to mention very little to pick up afterward for the loser. ;)
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deinfinityx

God i remember lots of blowing into the cartridge to get it to work, even did it with the N64. That was just classic gaming at its best.
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coologuy1957

Answer: EVERYONE!!!
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tno

i found myself blowing into an SNES just last week. it was nostalgic till i remembered that i wasn't supposed to.
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coologuy1957

now i have to slap the NES on the butt to make it work more than blow on the cartridges... at least its still ticking.... way more reliable than my 360...........
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ubertaffy

i seriously don't know a single person who did not have to do this nearly every time. and i never really understood why it worked. i mean... maybe if the game was dusty...but you could have just played the same game yesterday. it doesn't load...you blow in it... it loads. every. single. time. i miss those days. now if something doesn't work, what kind of insanely silly thing do we have that shouldn't work but ALWAYS does?
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cn31672

The only way to make them work. Who didn't blow in the cartridges... Geez.. It even made the games easier, or so I've heard....
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phuoc

Of course I did... I'm sure 99.9999% of the people who owned one of these did as well. If it did work without blowing into the cartridge but worked after blowing into the cartridge, why not? As long as it works.
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8th

i used to blow to and also remembering praying that it works every time.... i wonder was it ever in the manual to blow if doesnt work?
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ahmadimran

That's the beauty of this whole thing. The fact that thousands upon thousand of people all over the world, at a certain period in history, blew into this piece of plastic we call a game cartridge. Without having read it in a manual or anything of the sort. Sort of a spontaneous global ritual heh heh.
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manbeard

As an 8 year old I did blow the cartridges, but I'm not sure why dust ever go into the cartridges to begin with.
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colttrickle

I think everyone did that, didn't they? ;)
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reefinyateef

For some reason Mario 3 requires the most blowing for me ... Maybe cause it had more data than most cartridges?
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AlanMuir

And this led to cans of compressed air.
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MrChris

I was told that the blowing coated the contacts in a very fine spray of spit on the cartridge which helped make a better connection through conductivity.
I called shens but I'm not 100% opposed to the explanation.
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kris

I've heard this story as well, though when I heard it the explanation also mentioned that spit is corrosive and caused degradation of the cartridge.
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liz

probably, but it worked all the time! fogging the contacts works more
often than just blowing at it.

I prefer the penny between the cart and the support bar method.
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xerocint

It worked. Simple as that.
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Inmyforces

I used to play for hours on end, and the game would get super hot. We put the cartridge in a zip-lock bag and stuck it in the freezer. Stuck it back in the game after about 20 minutes, and got hours more play out of it.
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skelleyton

I remember we would have to blow into the cartridges every time we tried to use the console to get it to work. At that point it became more of a ritual then something that actually needed to be done. We did actually have the cleaning kit for the NES cartridges and the console, and that seemed to work fairly well if the game refused to work. That console received quite a bit of abuse when trying to get an obstinate cartridge working :)
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rankinaaron

Used to blow into the cartridge, stick it in and then wiggle it from side to side, all the while pressing reset and/or the power button. It was like a sacred ritual...
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Griffin1

If that didn't work my mom would bust out the hair dryer and blow around on the inside of the NES through the cartridge door, which amazingly worked about half the time.
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evantravers

Worked every time.
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pixelauth

Wow...yeah. I did it - though I haven't thought about it for a while. My NES died two years ago, so I haven't had the nostalgic thrill of doing that in quite some time. Yes, coolguy, we ALL did it. And it was wonderful. Wish blowing into a 360 would turn that redeye green...
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phathom

Every Nintendo owner gave their system/cartridge a blow job to get it working. Or use that scrubber thingie with the rubbing alcohol to clean the cart contacts.
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coologuy1957

eww classic consoles are so dirty....
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deinfinityx

Ha that was classic
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coologuy1957

lol
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Fleui

I'd first tap them on the floor, but always ended up tap them real hard on the floor or the worst, throw them on the floor til it works, lol
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coologuy1957

Man - I would slap my NES on the butt ^^that guy would blow his ^^^that guy would throw'em around. this game stuff is starting to sound way too kinky... would be sexier except my Xbox 360 keeps giving me the "red light special"!!
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b00t

Honestly, I loved that trick. Sadly, by the time my NES was on its last legs, I had a new trick: adjusting the position of the cartridge. This worked on most consoles, and basically, depending on the result of the first try, I would adjust the position to get a solid-coloured screen (as opposed to the blinking). From there, I would try and nudge the cartridge until it started up. (left or right, further into the console, or eve further away from the contacts). This trick worked miracles to me, and has provided me with many a night of pwning people as Chin in Double Dragon 3.

Has anyone else tried this method?
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coologuy1957

Thats what I do now mostly is just adjust it while the mechanism is pushed down - just move it from side to side and in and out until it works. Then, when it mostly boots up but theres some pixels off, I tap/slap it until its just right....
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coologuy1957

just like with my girlfriend....
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dane78

Blowing worked sometimes, but I had more problems getting the cartridge to stay down. Pushing it just far enough to scrape the top worked, but I ended up just jamming the black case above the cartridge. My blood pressure still rises thinking about that stupid flashing screen.
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coologuy1957

lol for real! f you yellow screen... and f u white screen too!! *grrrrr*
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tremendoh

You better believe it!
My brother and I also used alcohol moistened Q-tips - WHY? LOL
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dunce002917

I did! I had the 2 tap and blow technique... Works like magic
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coologuy1957

Glad to see the NES is still kickin and people are still loving/blowing it!
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stolenpotatoes

I used to do this and still do if often, as i still use my NES, and SNES quite often
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samhim

Wiggling the cartridge back and forth while it was inside the NES seemed to work better for me.
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ryanpmack

There was a design problem with the 72-pin connector that cartridges went into that caused it to get loose over time and resulted in all of us blowing and slapping our games/systems to get them to work. The redesigned top-loading NES was made to fix this, but Nintendo didn't make many of them (the market was pretty saturated by then and the SNES had already been released)
en.wikipedia.org­/wiki­/Nintendo­_Entertainment­_Syste...

There are replacements for this part available online and installation is pretty easy: takes just 10 minutes and a phillips screwdriver. I've done it to my own NES and for a couple friends and family members.

If your NES power light only blinks red when you power it up and you have a hard time loading games, replacing this part is the most common solution.

I got my replacements from a great guy on eBay a few years ago, but just checked and he's no longer selling them. They are available on Amazon from the below affiliate link for only $12 (that's including shipping), there's some cheaper shipping options if you click into the "used & new" section https:­/­/www.amazon.com­/dp­/B000A3IA0Y

They're also available various other places online if you google for "72 pin NES connector"

Good illustrated replacement instructions can be found at www.jandar.net­/nes72pin/
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coologuy1957

Thanks for the info. I will definitely do this once my NES stops doing anything. However, for now I take great pride in the fact that I can still get games to play on the original system with nothing replaced. It may take a little longer, but it takes you back and there's great nostalgia in it...
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ShortDude

I still blow into my cartridges it's magical. i still play my sega genesis and nintendo 64 and blowing the cartridge always worked.
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finalbroadcast

@ryanpmack But with all the "retro" consoles that allow you to play your games, there can't be too much incentive to try and repair one to working order, beyond collections. Even if one did fix it, I would advise using one of the cheapo modern consoles and keeping the NES pristine.
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pkmnct

I used to blow into the cartridge... now i found that is you put the cartridge in and wiggle it around with the power on it seems to work.
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