I received F-Zero for Christmas from my Girlfriend who got it at a used game store(Gamezilla). When I put the game in my SNES and turn it on I get nothing but a blue screen, if I press it down hard into the system I get a black screen. When I went to return the game, they cleaned it and tried it in their system it ran fine, but when I tried again at home I got the same results.
Is there something I can do to fix this at home or do I need to get the system refurbished(I bought it new in the early 90's)
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Re: SNES Game/System incompatibility?
Check your connections, try cleaning your snes system with some rubbing alcohol (the party where the game connects to the system), you might have to take it apart to do that...
one way we use to do with the NES was cut a piece of paper out to fit inside the game, make it wet with rubbing alcohol, then push the game in and pull it out a few times (of course if the paper gets stuck you'll have to take it apart to get it out.
SNES's are pretty cheap so u may have to purchase a new one
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YOU CAN NOT PUT NINTENDO 64 GAMES INTO SNES or NES SLOTS. The retro duo is snes (super nintendo entertainment system) and nes (nintendo entertainment system) only there is not spot for the nintendo 64.
As regional lockouts Nintendo designed the game cartridges in North America and Japan to be slightly different shapes. But Don't loose hope too quickly you can get by this incompatibility by getting an adapter on ebay.
If you're playing on an original console, it is unfortunately not surprising that these things are happening. The SNES is quite an old system by now, and the internal components that it was made with were not really built to withstand 20+ years of wear-and-tear. There are people that will rebuild and repair consoles for you, but it is often more cost-efficient to buy a new system. I have seen an original SNES at many used game stores, some even for $20. As much as it sucks, those things just weren't built to last forever, and being that you tried multiple controllers and multiple games, the only conclusion I can draw is that some internal component is no longer working.
I see you are going back to the 90's with your Super Nintendo. Firstly I do not know how you can "put the snes on chan 3". If I am correct, all super nintendo cables to the TV are RV coloured ones. therefore once it is plugged into the TV, you will ant the A/V channel? which usually has a separate button.
Secondly if what you say that you get a flash/glimpse of the game, then check the system of your TV. Is it PAL (Europe, Aus, NZ, etc) or NTSC (U.S.) Hopefully you can change the TV settings to match your game console!
Try cleaning the cartridges, DON'T USE RUBBING ALCOHOL!!!!!! This can ruin the cartridge, there is a cleaner that you used to be able to buy (haven't look for one in a while). Check with your local game store or on ebay.
The CIC chip, also known as lock out chip, may have gone bad. Here is a quote from a site I found.
"Every SNES control deck has a regional lockout chip (known as a CIC),
as does every original SNES game cartridge. Before a game is loaded,
the console will attempt to communicate with the CIC chip on the game
cartridge. If the CIC chip doesn't respond or does not correspond with
the consoles CIC, the console won't load the game. In most cases, a
black screen is displayed."
Since the games are so old and the SNES is an ancient console most tv's are made for the newer ones/Wii, Xbox, ETc./ So The Tv May Require Certain Wires for the console to function correctly, it also may be that your wires for the SNES are corroding in side *( Copper Wires Etc. )