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Old 03-10-2010, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why the SNES discolors in time

Sure, consoles age and get dirty. Heck, I remember a suspicious incident involving my Super Nintendo (SNES) console and a can of Coca-Cola in the early ’90s that left my SNES looking more like a moldy loaf of bread than a video game system. But around five years ago, I noticed that my SNES console was aging particularly badly. I cleaned off all the remnants of fossilized Coke residue from the chassis with a wet washcloth, but the “moldy bread” look still remained. The top half of the console’s plastic body retained a uniformly nasty yellow-brown hue, while the bottom half flaunted its showroom shine — that native SNES gray that we all know and love. I soon realized that a much deeper mechanism was responsible for the aesthetic disfigurement of my beloved SNES than mere dirt and sugar.

To further complicate matters, I have another SNES unit that was obviously produced more recently than my original one, and that console shows no sign of aging whatsoever. Comparing the units and the way different parts of them had discolored led me to believe that there is something different about the two batches of plastics — the one for the top half of the SNES chassis and the one for the bottom, or the plastic for the old unit and plastic for the new — that made them age differently over time.

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Old 03-10-2010, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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some chemical causes them to change with light, mine isn't that bad compared to the usual ones that I see.
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Re: Why the SNES discolors in time

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some chemical causes them to change with light, mine isn't that bad compared to the usual ones that I see.
Nope. Try reading the story next time.
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Re: Why the SNES discolors in time

Much like the linked article I have two snes and they are differently aged. One looks perfectly snes gray and the other is showing yellow exactly like his. It's kind of pointless info but it's good for people that wanna preserve their snes.
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Re: Why the SNES discolors in time

CANADIAN Super Nintendo Consoles don't have that problem.
It's because their casing is made of the same plastic as

http://frankvizeum.com.au/wp-content...9/09/milk1.jpg

Another great CANADIAN innovation.
Did you know that we invented the question mark, too?
Oh ya, that was ours.
{...milk from the bag is so GOOD}

Seriously though, I have a Super Nintendo that is old and ugly but still works.
I think about putting stickers on it - I have some vintage Nintendo promotion stickers from the N64 and Gamecube ..somewhere.. I think
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Re: Why the SNES discolors in time

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CANADIAN Super Nintendo Consoles don't have that problem.
It's because their casing is made of the same plastic as

http://frankvizeum.com.au/wp-content...9/09/milk1.jpg

Another great CANADIAN innovation.
Did you know that we invented the question mark, too?
Oh ya, that was ours.
{...milk from the bag is so GOOD}

Seriously though, I have a Super Nintendo that is old and ugly but still works.
I think about putting stickers on it - I have some vintage Nintendo promotion stickers from the N64 and Gamecube ..somewhere.. I think
We may have had the problem in Canada to Joegg, my buddies turned yellow but it might have been cigarette smoke.

*fun fact*: I destroyed my snes one time, the ac adapter was busted, so I decided to rip the wire out, split it, and stick the raw cables into the wall socket, lol no joke, a small puff of smoke came from my snes, lol
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