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Old 03-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Question Is my SNES broken?

Hello, I've recently gotten into collecting SNES carts and I have a handful of games that appear to have the same problem. In Illusion of Gaia the map screen that appears when traveling between regions flickers and never fully manifests on the screen. The same flickering happens with the tracks in Super Mario Kart and the terrain in Pilotwings. In my copy of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior the Street Fighter logo flickers on and off on the title screen and the same flickering happens in the Pilotwings title screen as well. At first I thought one or two of these games were broken, but my copies of Illusion of Gaia and Mario Kart work fine except for the aforementioned problems, and the cartridges themselves are in seemingly near-perfect condition, at least cosmetically. Considering four of my games have similar problems I'm beginning to believe my SNES is broken/damaged or my cartridge slot needs to be cleaned. If anyone could elaborate on my problem, offer some kind of solution, or inform me that my SNES must be replaced entirely I would be very appreciative.
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Hm. Yes if four games have the same problem I think you'd best get the system seen.
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Yeah, it sounds like the system is having trouble with Mode 7 effects. You may need a new system.
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I suspected it was mode 7 that was the problem, however, a couple other mode 7 games (F-zero for example) have no problems. So I'm somewhat bewildered. I just purchased a confirmed working copy of Axelay off of ebay so I will be really bummed if I cant' see the backgrounds. I'll try to clean the cartridge slot and if that doesn't work I'll see if I can get a nasty yellowed cheap snes and switch out some parts or the entire console if necessary. If anyone has any other suggestions that may help I'd love some input.
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