Nintendo e-Reader 6PIN Protection Cover and Urban Champion

Today I got two additions for my Nintendo e-Reader collection:

The first one is a small piece of plastic, known as AGB-016 or 6PIN Protection Cover. It is still being sold in the Nintendo Online Shop Update: It was sold in the Nintendo Online Shop until 2014. The page can still be accessed with the WayBack Machine.
It protects the Game Boy Advance SP screen when an e-Reader+ or an e-Reader with a link cable port is plugged in. Actually, it is a very useful little accessory with the only drawback that it has to be fixed permanently on the e-Reader. The e-Reader then won’t fit anymore in the original Game Boy Advance.

AGB-016 / 6PIN Protection Cover
AGB-016 / 6PIN Protection Cover
AGB-016 / 6PIN Protection Cover
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New Arrival: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Collector’s Edition

Look what came in the mail today: The collector’s edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Basically it’s just the augmented/limited edition plus a very fragile toy with exchangeable hands and arms in a cardboard box. This will keep me busy for some time (the game, not the puppet).

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Collector's Edition)

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Repair an Xbox 360 Controller

If you drop an Xbox 360 controller, don’t let it land on its bumper buttons. The micro-switches break easily on the inside. They might still work, but need more pressure to be triggered. This problem plagues old Sega Saturn gamepads too.

To open Xbox 360 controllers, you need a special Torx security screwdriver with a hole in the tip, size T8H. If you don’t have this rather unusual screwdriver, you can break the tiny pins in the screws and unscrew them with a regular T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver. Seven screws need to be removed (yellow circles). One of them is hidden behind the white sticker with the barcode and not behind the black sticker where I looked for it first (red circle).

Xbox 360 Controller screw locations

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Datach Joint ROM System

The Bandai Datach Joint ROM System is an add-on for the Nintendo Famicom. It plugs right into the cartridge slot and comes with its own small cartridges. The games are enhanced with barcode cards, similar to the Mattel HyperScan.
The retail package with one included game, Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai, is rather easy and cheap to obtain.

Bandai Datach Joint ROM System

Additional games are very rare and even rarer and pricier when the corresponding barcode cards are included. I’ve seen some bootlegs of those games on regular Famicom carts but never tried them so far. Update: Pirate Dragon Ball Z Famicom Cartridge.

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How to Play Super Real Mahjong P.V FX

Have you ever wondered how to play (and win!) one of those numerous Mahjong games that exist on almost every game console? I’m not talking about the in the West well-known matching game but about the real Chinese or Japanese Mahjong, usually played by four players. If you are not familiar with the Japanese language or characters, winning is almost impossible because not many translated games exist.
I’ve found two games so far that taught me how to play (and win) in a couple of weeks:

  1. The Japanese Mahjong browser/flash game by GameDesign
  2. FunTown Mahjong on XBLA by Microsoft Game Studios

Update: Some games of the Yakuza series proved to be good Mahjong teachers as well.

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New Arrivals: Wizardry and Conveni Wars

These were in the mail today: Two games that make use of some special peripherals. No, not the Power Glove, but the ASCII Turbo File and the Epoch BBII Interface. More about them later.

Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario
Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn – The Third Scenario

Conveni Wars Barcode Battler Senki: Super Senshi Shutsugeki Seyo!
Conveni Wars Barcode Battler Senki: Super Senshi Shutsugeki Seyo!

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