Microsoft SideWinder Strategic Commander and Game Pad Pro

Today I got a sealed new in box relict from an era where Microsoft made great gaming peripherals for computers. It’s the SideWinder Strategic Commander:

Microsoft SideWinder Strategic Commander

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New Arrivals: Tony Hawk Shred and Konami Dance Pad for Wii

Yesterday I got two huge accessories for the Wii (see the Wii game on the right for a size comparison; only 3 of the 9 dance mat segments are shown in the picture):

Tony Hawk Shred and Konami Dance Mat for Wii

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New Arrivals: Wireless Speed Wheel – DSi – Roland U-110

Some new/old stuff that was in the mail this week:

SEGA Rally Online Arcade and the Microsoft Wireless Speed WheelSEGA Rally Online Arcade and the Microsoft Wireless Speed Wheel. For some unknown reason this game is not available for download at my Xbox Marketplace. It’s included as pack-in with the Wireless Speed Wheel only. Because the outer box was missing it was a real bargain buy – both items are brand new.
The Speed Wheel can be seen as a cross-breed between the excellent Wireless Racing Wheel and a regular game pad. Most game think it’s just a game pad and behave accordingly – controlling the cars is almost impossible (e.g. Forza Horizon). But games that were designed to use either wheel play surprisingly well (e.g. Forza 4).

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Nintendo e-Reader 6PIN Protection Cover and Urban Champion

AGB-016 6PIN Protection CoverToday 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 AGB-016 6PIN Protection Coverthe Nintendo Online Shop and 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 being it has to be fixed permanently on the e-Reader. The e-Reader then won’t fit anymore in the original Game Boy Advance.

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Pirate Dragon Ball Z Famicom Cartridge

Recently I aquired an interesting pirate 2 in 1 Famicom cartridge:

2 in 1 DBZ Famicom Cart

On the title screen you can select two games:

Title Screen

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New Arrival: Neo Geo X

A second-hand Neo Geo X was in the mail this weekend. Best thing about it is (besides beeing cheap) there are no signs of use, just some minor damage at the packing materials and some fingerprints on the glossy Screen.

Neo Geo X box   Neo Geo X inner boxes

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Pyramid Plunder and ReVival Chase Super CD-ROM²

This was in the mail today: two brand new Super CD-ROM² games for NEC PC Engine.

Pyramid Plunder by Aetherbyte:

Pyramid Plunder

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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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The PC-FX Memory Manager

PX-FX front expansion port with FX-BMP

Because the internal storage space (32 kB) is limited sooner or later every PC-FX owner needs a FX-BMP memory backup module (128 kB).

PC-FX FX-BMP

The module is backed by two AAA batteries and has it’s own place behind an access door in the PC-FX front expansion port.

When the internal memory is full some games (e.g. Dragon Knight IV, about 12 kB free space required) refuse to start. Then it’s time to move things around until enough space is available for the game to create an initial save state.

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