The Durability of Nintendo Consoles

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#1 Posted by RatedSTARZ (400 posts) -

I'm not sure about you guys, but all the Nintendo consoles I've had over the years have been incredibly durable, and sometimes I think they are just indestructible. I've seen my nintendo consoles, as well as my friend's consoles, get stepped on, knocked over, kicked, have drinks spilled on them, and time after time... they still continue to run at 100% hahaha xD.

So tell me you guys, what are some of your stories about Nintendo consoles/systems? What kind of things have your nintendo consoles/systems have gone through and ultimately survive? :P

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#2 Posted by MonsieurX (37678 posts) -
My SNES is still going strong
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#3 Posted by louisfoxton (1400 posts) -

Most nintendo consoles are durab but the wii wasnt 

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#4 Posted by Rod90 (7267 posts) -

Most nintendo consoles are durab but the wii wasnt 

louisfoxton
Exactly.
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#5 Posted by trugs26 (7533 posts) -

If you open up the N64, you'll notice a large metal bracket. 

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#6 Posted by thetravman (3592 posts) -

I went through 4 DSs because of the shoulder buttons (thanks to Metroid Prime Hunters) and one 3DS with the same issue (street fighter 4 and Kid Icarus). Besides that, I never had any problems with Nintendo consoles.

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#7 Posted by conkertheking1 (867 posts) -

My original silver DS lasted me a good six/seven years before it broke mysteriously, and I've had to send in my Wii once... but my N64 and SNES, however, seem to work better the more I play them.

So yeah, Nintendo systems are pretty durable (not as much anymore of course)

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#8 Posted by Bubble_Man (3100 posts) -

They make quality products that last. All of my Nintendo Consoles (including hand helds) from the SNES gen and upward still work.

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#9 Posted by roboccs (7847 posts) -
My GameCube survived college and a whole can of beer being spilled on it... That's awesomeness! And my DS phat is still kicking. Never had shoulder button issues. I had to send my wii in once for the disk loader issue or something.
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#10 Posted by pawq4 (448 posts) -

They are pretty good. I dropped my old DS phat one time, and one of the hinges broke. The thing still worked for another year before finally dieing.

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#11 Posted by Jakesta7 (2470 posts) -

This thread made me think of that crash test video with Morgan Webb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTlnNdze48Q  

Anyways, you are right TC, especially the GameCube.

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#12 Posted by Legolas_Katarn (15556 posts) -
I've owned a lot of systems and the only things I have had problems with was the disk trey on the Xbox and the disks reading on the PS2.
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#13 Posted by KBFloYd (20018 posts) -

my nes was a pain after a few years...hard to get games to work...blowing in cartridges..alcohol on the connector pins..

my snes never had any issues...my n64 still works perfect

my wii had to send it in once. stopped reading discs.

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#14 Posted by LongZhiZi (2453 posts) -
My Wii's GPU is slightly toasted (graphical artifacts in Wii games, but not in GCN games), but other than that, I've never had a Nintendo system fail on me.
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#15 Posted by RatedSTARZ (400 posts) -

This thread made me think of that crash test video with Morgan Webb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTlnNdze48Q  

Anyways, you are right TC, especially the GameCube.

Jakesta7
Hahahaha xD. I freakin' remember that video :P. Too bad G4tv shut down though :(. Kinda wish they did one on the current gen consoles :(
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#16 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (5018 posts) -

The DS Lite was pretty damn flimsy (I've had 2 break) but other than that, all of my Nintendo consoles are still going strong with no signs of stopping. Nintendo makes pretty durable hardware.

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#17 Posted by gronk-bonk (1951 posts) -

ds lite was bad -other than that, all good on the nintendo front

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#18 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (9125 posts) -

My NES wouldn't read games at one point, but I fixed that by putting another 72-pin reader in it. Easy fix. Other than that, I haven't had issues with my Nintendo hardware. I never worry about buying their systems at launch when it comes to reliability.

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#19 Posted by Jaysonguy (39454 posts) -

The NES was complete trash

The Wii was rushed and had three console destroying flaws

The DS/DSi/3DS all have poor quality control that leads to yellow or pink tinted screens because Nintendo skimps when it comes to quality

So I'd say like 50/50 in their history. The SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and GBA were all durable.

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#20 Posted by manicfoot (2670 posts) -

The NES was complete trash

The Wii was rushed and had three console destroying flaws

The DS/DSi/3DS all have poor quality control that leads to yellow or pink tinted screens because Nintendo skimps when it comes to quality

So I'd say like 50/50 in their history. The SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and GBA were all durable.

Jaysonguy

What were the Wii's design flaws? I know that the laser can wear out and have trouble reading discs, but that's the only one I can think of.

Didn't Nintendo move their manufacturing from Japan to China in the 2000s to save money? I think that explains why their recent products haven't as reliable as their past ones.

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#21 Posted by Jaysonguy (39454 posts) -

[QUOTE="Jaysonguy"]

The NES was complete trash

The Wii was rushed and had three console destroying flaws

The DS/DSi/3DS all have poor quality control that leads to yellow or pink tinted screens because Nintendo skimps when it comes to quality

So I'd say like 50/50 in their history. The SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and GBA were all durable.

manicfoot

What were the Wii's design flaws? I know that the laser can wear out and have trouble reading discs, but that's the only one I can think of.

Didn't Nintendo move their manufacturing from Japan to China in the 2000s to save money? I think that explains why their recent products haven't as reliable as their past ones.

Laser makes the PS3 laser seem like something out of the future

Bad heat sinks

Bad fans

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#22 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (9125 posts) -

[QUOTE="manicfoot"]

What were the Wii's design flaws? I know that the laser can wear out and have trouble reading discs, but that's the only one I can think of.

Didn't Nintendo move their manufacturing from Japan to China in the 2000s to save money? I think that explains why their recent products haven't as reliable as their past ones.

Jaysonguy

Laser makes the PS3 laser seem like something out of the future

Bad heat sinks

Bad fans

I took my Wii apart a few years back to give it a new case, and the heatsink seemed more than adequate for what it was cooling. The fan, on the other hand, was pretty meh.

Edit: The screws inside of the Wii are extremely cheap. The heads stripped really easy. I had to take a drill to one of the half-out screws because the head was so badly stripped from the regular screw driver.

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#23 Posted by TheManofTin (378 posts) -

My Gameboy Advance (original model) has no back cover for the batteries and has dents on the screen, but still works like a charm.

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#24 Posted by hyperjj3000 (974 posts) -
Iv never had any problems with Nintendo's handhelds or consoles, i wish the same could be said for my ps3 and 360! I still have the original pearl pink DS and its still in perfect condition. When i first got my game boy advance i accidentally threw it accross the room ( i know it sounds dumb) and it smashed into the wall, it still works fine. I still have a working snes to.
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#25 Posted by coylenintendo (13713 posts) -

I've always thought they were pretty tough. I think my first Nintendo system was the NES when I was a kid but I don't remember what my parents did with it :P never owned a SNES. my N64 lasted me a few years and then I sold it. my first Gamecube lasted like 6 years but stopped reading discs. my second Gamecube I sold and I of course have one again because of nostalgia :P my Wii is technically my fiance's console which she has had for a few years. I had one before I met her that I bought used but sold it. and my Wii U has been fine BUT the first two I bought, there was a problem with the gamepad screen and the second one wouldn't even turn on. and my fiance also has two N64's that both work but she's not sure how old they are. I also have a Game Boy Color that doesn't power on. it's like 14 years old but stopped working a few years ago but haven't bothered to do anything with it. then I have a used Game Boy Advance and used Nintendo 3DS that were bought last year. my fiance has a 3DS also that I bought brand new Christmas 2011 and it works great. we have too many Nintendo systems I guess :P

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#26 Posted by SaintJimmmy (2815 posts) -
Nintendo consoles have always been durable and i really enjoy that about them even to this day I knocked my wii off of my dresser one time plugged it back in and it worked fine.
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#27 Posted by pierst179 (10805 posts) -

I own all Nintendo home consoles, and the only one that has stopped working was my first Nintendo 64, and it did so after more than a decade of use. All others, my NES included, are still going strong last time I checked.

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#28 Posted by Vampfox (25 posts) -
Other then the fact that my GameCube stopped being able to read disc I've never really had problems with any of my Nintendo systems.
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#29 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (26112 posts) -
Only the NES was broken. Games not playing, the spring inside breaking.
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#30 Posted by Master_Of_Fools (1651 posts) -

My N64 has chunks of plastic busted off it from me raging and smashing my controller against it when I was a kid lol. Still works. My SNES still works, but I have no games for it anymore.

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#31 Posted by Master_Of_Fools (1651 posts) -

The NES was complete trash

The Wii was rushed and had three console destroying flaws

The DS/DSi/3DS all have poor quality control that leads to yellow or pink tinted screens because Nintendo skimps when it comes to quality

So I'd say like 50/50 in their history. The SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and GBA were all durable.

Jaysonguy

Big surprise. The king of the Nintendo haters/trolls rises to bash once more.

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#32 Posted by zeroyaoi (2468 posts) -
All of my Nintendo systems are in working condition(GC, Wii, GBASP, DSLite, 3DS, and WiiU). The other night I was playing ghost babel on my sp, such a nostalgia trip. :P
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#33 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

Most consoles are very durable if you take care of the things.

I take care of my systems thats why my original vectrex still works, my NES still work, my xbox 360 original still works. Only console I ever had fail was a dreamcast.

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#34 Posted by calway55 (372 posts) -

[QUOTE="Jaysonguy"]

The NES was complete trash

The Wii was rushed and had three console destroying flaws

The DS/DSi/3DS all have poor quality control that leads to yellow or pink tinted screens because Nintendo skimps when it comes to quality

So I'd say like 50/50 in their history. The SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, and GBA were all durable.

Master_Of_Fools

Big surprise. The king of the Nintendo haters/trolls rises to bash once more.

I partially agree with Jaysonguy. My Nes stopped working when it was relatively new. A friend let me use her sales slip to return my Nes for a new one. I had to use a cleaner to make the connectors make a clearer picture on some of the games overtime. I still have it and it still works. No problems ever with Snes, N64 or Gamecube. My wii overheats. Lost it too, but Nintendo fixed it. It still overheats so I keep it in the off(red) position unless I'm playing it. As for handhelds I never have had any problems with my original DS or DS lite. The screens are still clear.

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#35 Posted by Josh5890 (1025 posts) -

I've had my 64 since Christmas 1996. It has gone through hell and back but it is still standing!

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#36 Posted by GunSmith1_basic (10547 posts) -
they do believe in durability to a point that they get criticized. Not allowing DVD playback means that the disc drives will last a lot longer, and using flash memory for storage carries much more durability as well (but much more cost and a lack of capacity). We will see that the wii and wiiu will outlast their sony and ms counterparts by a large margin.