Security Bit & Battery Compatibility Chart

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SECURITY BIT & BATTERY COMPATIBILITY CHART
NINTENDO   GAME BIT SYSTEM BIT CONTROLLER BIT SYSTEM BATTERY GAME BATTERY
Original Nintendo NES  nintendo nes 3.8mm Philips Philips n.a. CR2032
Super Nintendo super nintendo system
3.8mm 4.5mm Philips n.a. CR2032
Nintendo 64  nintendo-64-system 3.8mm 4.5mm Philips n.a. CR2032
Game Cube  nintendo game cube n.a. 4.5mm Tri-Wing n.a. n.a.
Wii  nintendo wii n.a. Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. n.a.
Virtual Boy  nintendo virtual boy 3.8mm 4.5mm1 Philips n.a. n.a.
Game Boy  nintendo game boy 3.8mm Tri-Wing n.a. AA CR2025
Game Boy Color  nintendo game boy color 3.8mm Tri-Wing n.a. AAA Usually CR2025 (but sometimes CR2016)3
Game Boy Advance  nintendo game boy advance Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. AA Usually CR2025 (but sometimes CR2016)3
Game Boy Advance SP  game boy advance sp Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. Lithium Usually CR2025 (but sometimes CR2016)3
DS  nintendo ds system Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. Lithium n.a.
DS Lite  nintendo ds lite system Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. Lithium n.a.
DSi  nintendo dsi Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. Lithium n.a.
DSi XL  nintendo dsi xl system Tri-Wing Tri-Wing n.a. Lithium n.a.
SEGA GAME BIT SYSTEM BIT CONTROLLER BIT SYSTEM BATTERY GAME BATTERY
Master System  sega master system 4.5mm Philips Philips n.a. CR2032
Genesis  sega genesis 4.5mm2 Philips Philips n.a. CR2032
CD sega cd n.a. Philips Philips n.a. n.a.
CDX  sega cdx n.a. Philips Philips n.a. n.a.
32X  sega 32x 4.5mm Philips Philips n.a. CR2032
Saturn  sega saturn n.a. Philips Philips CR2032 n.a.
Dreamcast sega dreamcast n.a. Philips Philips n.a. CR2032 for VMU4
Game Gear sega game gear 3.8mm 4.5mm n.a. AA n.a.
MISC GAME BIT SYSTEM BIT CONTROLLER BIT SYSTEM BATTERY GAME BATTERY
TurboGrafx 16  turbografx 16 system n.a. 4.5mm Philips n.a. n.a.
TurboDuo  nec turboduo system n.a. 4.5mm n.a. n.a. n.a.
CHART KEY
Philips = Philips head screwdriver
Tri-wing = Tri-wing head screwdriver
1Bit may not be long enough to reach screws without removing plastic
2Works for most games
3Check game’s internal circuit board to identify the battery needed. It should be labeled either “CR2025” or “CR2016“.
4The Sega Dreamcast’s VMU requires the use of two (2) CR2032 batteries.

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The Collection Grows: My First Kiosk

This past weekend, I took a special step in video game collecting.  Yep, I bought something that takes up a ridiculous amount of space but that makes up for every inch with awesomeness.  I’ve wanted to own a kiosk for the past couple years.  Sure enough, I met up with a pretty cool guy (aka  BUZZ_N64).  We’d met before to trade some games, so his offer to sell me a Nintendo Game Cube kiosk was something I couldn’t put out of my mind.  Naturally, it comes with parts not show in that photo (since we were loading it into a vehicle).  Inside were a couple magnetic advertising mats covering a cardboard mat.  It also included the front plexiglass cover, an advertising topper and side, and, of course, a Game Cube.

BUZZ_N64 was also cool enough to let me take pictures of his collection.  As you can see, he’s mostly a Nintendo & Sega guy.  That being said, he has a pretty good variety of gaming systems set up.  Plus, I have to admit, anyone who would pick up early Rambo action figures gets about 1,000 cool points in my book.  Plus, he’s lucky enough to have picked up a PS1 developer system from a local thrift store!  Check out some of the highlight photos below:

Rare Game Showcase: Pac-Man Phone, Prototype Atari Consoles, and a Sealed Caltron 6 in 1

I love eBay for being both a marketplace and a living museum of video game history!  Here are the fantastic items that I’m watching this week.

GAMES

CALTRON 6 IN 1 NINTENDO NES ORIGINAL GAME SEALED RARE

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition …why are the most expensive items often sold by zero feedback sellers.  Is that (A) a guarantee that the listing is a scam, (B) simply a sign that someone wants to sell the item anonymously, or (C) some honest guy who simply never used eBay before?

SNES Donkey Kong Country Competition Complete Nintendo

Soap Panic CIB Famicom Bubble Bath Babes NES Complete

AV Pachi Slot Big Chance CIB Famicom Hot Slots NES

SYSTEMS

Unique Atari 2700 (2600) RC Stella Prototype Console You can read more about this console in the Atari Museum.  Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is going for $1,150.00 USD!

Unique Atari 2600 CX-2000 “Val” Prototype Console Also featured in the Atari Museum.  Bidding still has about a day to go and this gem is already up to $2,500.00 USD!

COLLECTIBLES

SEGA Channel Hoodie

Atari Video Music model C-240 Innovative Leisure RARE!!

Lair Artbox Promotional Reel (Playstation 3, 2007)

Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird!

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Store Display Kiosk + Mario

Rare Mario Chain Chomp Soccer Ball Collectible Awesome…looks like these were used to promote Super Mario Strikers.  Anyone know if these are actually rare or not?

VERY RARE Super Mario 2 Dixie Cup FULL SET 1989 For the Mario collector who has everything…

Nintendo Super Mario Bros 1989 Puppet Kooler Cup Weird! Yup, weird.

1980 PAC-MAN TELEPHONE IN COUNTER DISPLAY BOX WORKS! This is hands down the coolest phone I’ve ever seen.  More photos are below…

SIGNAGE

Xbox Live 4′ Store Display Sign 360

Nintendo 64 N64 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Nintendo Game Boy 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Vintage Sega Genesis 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

Vintage Super Nintendo SNES 4′ x 10′ Store Display Sign

rare vintage Nintendo Gameboy fiber optic sign display

RARE 1996 Nintendo 64 Promo Banner Display Sign N64 Wii

Rare Game Showcase: Mario Phones, Vectrex Kiosk, Virtual Boy Sign

Need a Mario Phone?  How about a Vectrex kiosk or a Virtual Boy sign?

You’ve got to love eBay and the fantastic and unique gaming items listed this week.  Here’s a collection of my favorites:

GAMES

FACTORY SEALED nes Chubby Cherub CIB new +box nintendo

neo geo aes metal slug 5 usa excellent ultra rare!!

COLLECTIBLES

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Gamecube Countertop Display RARE

E.T. Atari Game Video Store Display Mobile 1982 Sealed

RARE Age of Empires III Game Promo Ship Store Display

Mario Nintendo Custom Bomb Omb Art Sculpture Galaxy The beauty of paper mâché…

Nintendo Game Boy Color Store Display Kiosk

Rare XBOX 360 Large Neon Sign

RARE Nintendo Neon Sign

AMAZING VECTREX DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE !!!

AMAZING SEGA GAME DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE I have a semi-respectable Vectrex collection and would love to have the space and cash for this gem.

AMAZING SEGA DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE !!!

RARE NINTENDO VIRTUAL BOY STORE DISPLAY SIGN INBOX

Rare Nintendo Gamecube 35mm film trailer Metroid/Mario

Nintendo Game Cube Stand Up Store Display Game System

Sega Saturn Nights into Dreams Poster Promo Rare 120 120-Games.com is selling this and other items for the 100% benefit of the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Mario Kart Telephone This may not be the rarest item, but it makes up for it in sheer awesomeness.  Apparently in Mario’s car phone was  just as absurdly large…just like in the early days of cell phones in real-people land…

Mario Telephone Voice Activated!!

Rare Items Spotted: Gold Mario & Zelda Nintendo Statues

Nothing fetches a pretty penny in the video game collecting world quite like gold!  Every collector knows that the gold Nintendo World Championships cart is worth a mint.  Similarly, gold statues of video game characters seem to hold crazy values.  Ironically, it doesn’t matter if it’s just gold painted plastic (The NWC gold cart being no exception to this rule…).

Super Mario Golden Promotiona​l Display Figure Nintendo The guy selling this (antiquemike-japan) is asking a seemingly silly starting bid of $395.00 USD.  Is he crazy?  Who knows.  Maybe the power of gold painted plastic will compel someone to bid… (By the way, the seller states that this statue was part of a store display at one time.)

Rare Legend of Zelda Gold Twilight Princess Statue Ended June 1, 2010 at $233.05 USD.  eBay seller longshorespike explains:

Limited up to 3800 pieces worldwide, very detailed, heavy, made out of hard PVC, up to 13 inches in height and only available in the Nintendo Star catalogue (cost was 14,000 star points…about 60 games), this statue is one of the most rare and expensive Zelda-statues you can get. It’s sprayed gold and it’s made for the promotion of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.