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Found a loose copy of RacerMate Challenge II in Australia

Apr 14, 2009 at 9:24:14 PM
futuramaooy (0)

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So I posted this in AtariAge, and they suggested I post it here, so why not!

So while at my local GameTraders, I came across this funny looking thing.

A Tengen cart with someone elses sticker on it? $10? thats a fair enough price to give this oddity a look over.


So I get home and do a google search on it:
http://www.digitpress.com/forum/archive/in...hp/t-70709.html
http://www.nesmuseum.com/racermate.html

Damn! And I found this in an AUSTRALIAN game store!

Here are screenshots of my copy as it seems to have a different numbers than that listed on NESMuseum:

heres the text on the back, I can't photograph it because it's all shiny.
RacerMate Challenge II for use with the NINTENDO Entertainment Systm.
The RacerMate Challenge II is a product of Racermate Inc. it is not designed, manurfactured, sponsored or endorsed by Nintendo or Tengen Inc.

RacerMate Inc.
3016 N.E Blakeley;
Seatte, WA 98205
(206) 524-7392

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Edited: 04/14/2009 at 09:37 PM by futuramaooy

Apr 14, 2009 at 9:38:03 PM
burdger (152)
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this is what the US version looks like. I've never seen one like yours...
http://www.nintendoage.com/index....

Apr 14, 2009 at 9:39:41 PM
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Yours looks very strange, like a tengen cart. I actually prefer that look.

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Apr 14, 2009 at 9:58:13 PM
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someone found a tengen one back a while ago. think it was the bunny master himself.

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Apr 14, 2009 at 10:06:49 PM
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Bunnyboy has one of the originals. Tengen helped Racermate develop this device. I believe RMII uses the same Rabbit Chip technology. The original run was in Tengen cases. They're certainly more rare, but not prototypes or anything, and really shouldn't see that much of a difference in price. I personally think the later releases are more noteworthy since they have their own distinctive (and VERY heavy duty) cartridge, very cool.

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Apr 15, 2009 at 1:00:45 AM
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^ yeah i agree... the later carts are SUPER cool. However, i thought the other Tengen cartridges had different labels... I very well could be mistaken though...

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Apr 15, 2009 at 1:04:50 AM
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btw, these came with a toaster NES racermate system. I have had two carts of the different version and different numbers and one of the modded top loaders and dongles (i think Al Baily bought that from me), but never one of these versions.

And at 10 bucks, you did pretty well
It must have initially cost the original owner a fortune to import the whole setup from WA, USA to Australia. Nice find!

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Apr 15, 2009 at 3:29:45 AM
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great score, congrats i never new there was a PAL version. (ive never even considered it to tell you the truth) i guess thats another game & console to add to my wants list.

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Apr 15, 2009 at 8:03:36 AM
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Nice find, cool to see it in 'PAL Mode' there

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Apr 15, 2009 at 9:13:29 AM
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Yup I have a Tengen one too, but paid more than $10!  Know anyone with a CopyNES to get your version dumped?  I haven't checked if they usually say PAL MODE...

Heres more info on the carts I have. The Tengen one does have the Tengen lockout chip, so it will work in any NTSC NES deck. It is a much earlier version 3.11.008 from 1991.  The most common version is 6.02.002 from 1996.  The boards in the cases with square knob are the same pcb, but do not have a chip installed in the lockout part.

If you see another modified deck let me know, its one of the few parts I am missing  







Apr 15, 2009 at 7:09:59 PM
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Originally posted by: bunnyboy

Yup I have a Tengen one too, but paid more than $10!  Know anyone with a CopyNES to get your version dumped?  I haven't checked if they usually say PAL MODE...


Just a bit more info, I have an Australian Mattel Version NES toaster with the lockout chip taken out (or at least the one pin from it nessicary to skip the check) by me personally.

Also, I don't know someone with CopyNES, wanna reccomend anyone to mail it to to get it dumped?

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Edited: 04/15/2009 at 07:12 PM by futuramaooy

Apr 15, 2009 at 7:12:25 PM
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I can help out with a CopyNES if you want to dump it futurama. Send me a PM and I'd be happy to provide the service.

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Apr 17, 2009 at 10:05:33 AM
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I want a PAL version in my collection. I have 2 US versions, both different. If anyone wants to get of his PAL cart I would love to make an offer for trade or buy.

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Apr 17, 2009 at 9:32:25 PM
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Originally posted by: Zzap

I can help out with a CopyNES if you want to dump it futurama. Send me a PM and I'd be happy to provide the service.


sorry for the late reply, I'll send you a PM now.

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Apr 19, 2009 at 7:51:09 PM
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Hey there, NGD and I were just talking about the Racermate elsewhere, and he pointed me to this thread.

futuramaooy, nice find!  I've never seen one with that version number before!  I've got a PAL version too, mine's v9.03.128.  After seeing your cart, I'm beginning to wonder if PAL versions had their own numbering system, since my 9.03.128 and your 3.12.027 seem to be PAL format only.  If you get yours dumped, I hope you'll release the rom publicly, I'd like the chance to check it out!

I'd like to eventually get the whole set of versions dumped and released.  I've already managed to obtain and dump cartridges of three different versions, and I intend to make the roms available for download soon.  Besides the rom bunnyboy posted on nesmuseum.com (which seems to be an overdump, BTW,) have any others been released?


Apr 23, 2009 at 4:28:53 AM
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I have one of these too.
I bought mine a few months or maybe allready a year ago on eBay.com.au - cart only btw.
I even never tested it - after reading thi sthread I thought its the right time to do this

I am wondering as I was assuming its a PAL version when I bought it but not pretty sure anymore a smine has no PAL MODE in the screen. The guy who sold it wasn't looking like a collector (it was the only NES game he was selling also no gaming feedbacks, item decribtion was also holded short) -  so I am not sure now if its PAL or maybe a somehow imported NTSC version - anybody a guess?

Version is 3.12.008

Here are pix from front, back and screen (futurama, does Your copy also have two pinky points on the back?)










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Apr 23, 2009 at 6:31:10 AM
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seems every cart has its own version number

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Apr 23, 2009 at 11:14:39 AM
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riginally posted by: nikki

I have one of these too.
I bought mine a few months or maybe allready a year ago on eBay.com.au - cart only btw.
I even never tested it - after reading thi sthread I thought its the right time to do this

I am wondering as I was assuming its a PAL version when I bought it but not pretty sure anymore a smine has no PAL MODE in the screen. The guy who sold it wasn't looking like a collector (it was the only NES game he was selling also no gaming feedbacks, item decribtion was also holded short) -  so I am not sure now if its PAL or maybe a somehow imported NTSC version - anybody a guess?

Version is 3.12.008

Here are pix from front, back and screen (futurama, does Your copy also have two pinky points on the back?)


Mine doesn't have stickers on the back, although there IS sticker residue over the back screw hole.

Also I am terrible because I promised to mail it to get it dumped last monday, but complications arose, so next monday I will send it to Zzap.


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Apr 29, 2009 at 9:01:07 AM
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Interesting thing, I just received this from futuramaooy, and when it's stuck in an NTSC NES, it comes up with the text NTSC Mode, so it's doing a CPU check to determine which sort of NES it's running in

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May 5, 2009 at 4:12:05 AM
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Board pic of futuramaooy's Racermate 312.027

Rom attached



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May 5, 2009 at 9:25:58 AM
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Originally posted by: Zzap

Board pic of futuramaooy's Racermate 312.02


Been dying to see the inside of this cart, but didn't have the guts to do it myself, thanks mate!

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May 5, 2009 at 4:33:14 PM
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Gargantuan, about as much stuff as a Maxi-15.

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May 5, 2009 at 4:37:15 PM
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I love how 2 rom chips say USA, 1 says Philippines, and one says Signapore on it..

May 6, 2009 at 7:05:30 PM
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Very cool, thanks for sharing!

Dec 20, 2011 at 12:27:17 AM
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Hi guys, I just picked up one today. Is there any significance to the different little circle colored sticker on the cart? Mine is orange and now I think I have seen pink and green and orange. On the port deal my sticker was green though. And my cart does have the bottom sticker label or the cart number on the back. The toaster system is number 375 though.

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Know any NES cartridge variants that I don't have on this list?
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Let me know if you have confirmed any that I need to add! Thanks!