1. TotallyNotHondan

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    Hey. So, I ordered a copy of the original doubustu no mori (Animal Crossing) on N64, ignoring the fact that I can't speak Japanese. That's besides the point, however. In my flurry to get the good deal I saw on Ebay, I didn't consider region-locking on the N64. Well, after doing a bit of research, as I had already payed for it, I discovered that the only region-locking done was the little plastic tabs at the bottom. I have a few broken games and a 3.8mm gamebit screwdriver, so I figured that I would be fine.

    Cue arrival date.

    So, I switch out the back of my precious JDM Animal Crossing for Nascar '99, plug it in, boot up the system, and...

    Nothing.

    I tried multiple resets, blowing on it, and a gentle Q-Tip as a last resort, and it still won't turn on. What I'm wondering is did I miss something in my region unlocking? Or am I just out of luck, it doesn't work, and I'm $20 down the hole, here. I've also tried loading it with a Gameshark.

    TL;DR Bought Japanese version of N64 Animal Crossing, swapped back with USDM game to bypass region locking, doesn't load. Tried Gameshark, am I just out of luck?
     
  2. Lumstar

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    N64 has no capability to distinguish Japanese or American games.
    (Although 64DD will work on a US system, the original F-Zero X Expansion Kit requires the Japanese game)

    If I recall correctly, the BIOS doesn't supply any error codes or messages either. An unhelpful black screen could mean anything.
    • defective game, or not inserted
    • defective console
    • defective jumper pak, or not inserted
    • NTSC/PAL lockout chip mismatch
     
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  3. TotallyNotHondan

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    Thanks. After reading your post considering the possibility of a broken game, I did some cleaning with Isopropyl Alcohol and it works. Thanks so much.
     
  4. zfreeman

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    For the record, it's possible to get a cartridge of the unofficial English version of the game.
     
  5. fatherjack

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    Was the 'unofficial English version' a full translation?
    I thought @Cuyler was ahead of the rest on this and he hasn't released a full translation yet.....or has he?
    (waits excitedly)
     
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    I believe that was only released for the GameCube, unless it's somehow been backported to the 64. I was referring to Zoinkity's translation (https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1581). I think it is complete, but I haven't personally finished the game to see for myself.
     
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