Thanks very much everyone, I have added your serials to the list and its starting to look a lot better
Ben Cebhrem wrote:
(Might be helpful to note to others that the VDC chip is to the right of a heatsinked chip, and has about 24 pins)
Yes, sorry I should have mentioned that! Its on the top of the board just below the right side of the cartridge slot, to the right of the middle 'big chip' (RCP)
Ben Cebhrem wrote:
EDIT: What's the lowest serial an N64 could go to? I'm curious after having checked out your list./quote
Actually the first serial number you gave me is the lowest I have ever got!
I have wondered about this myself and believe that the serials for the US probably started at 'NS100000001' as I have never seen or heard of any serials starting with 'NS01-NS09'
I have always wondered what increment the N64 serials go up by for each console (eg 1, 3, 5?) but I guess we may never know that.
The US appears to have launched with the revision 3 console (NUS-CPU-03) although I do know that revisions 1 and 2 were both available in Japan as the N64 was launched there earlier. I would love to get some pictures/scans of these two early revisions!
For anybody interested you can tell what region the console is from the start code of the serial number:-
NUJ = Japan
NS = USA
NUP = PAL (Europe, Australia, etc)
Also, the US serial appears to be one digit longer (It could be that extra number in the 'grey box' which I always include)
"It is possible (but not definite) that all French N64's with "NUS-001(FRA)" can be RGB modded, and that all "NUS-001(EUR)" cant - this would make the serial number irrelevent."
I am 90% sure this is true. The european version did not have RGB at all, however, the french had it because of secam. This is the only reason there was a france only version. When they dropped it, france just got the european version which can not be modded.
I am almost positive aswell - I only added that 'not definite' part so that no-one comes back to me and says 'You said it would have RGB but it didnt, now I wasted Â£30...etc)
The French N64 still needs modification though to get RGB output, although its easier than on an NTSC N64 as it has a different video encoder that also amplifies and outputs the RGB so it has a nice strong RGB picture with no amp required