It sucks when the batteries in your old cartridges die.
It also sucks knowing that they might die soon.
Both of these situations can be resolved here.
Here I offer a full refurbishment service for any cartridge (of any region) with an internal battery:
Super Nintendo / Super Famicom
NES / Famicom
What the service includes:
Brand new, high quality battery (usually Panasonic or Varta) soldered in
Cartridge shell cleaned inside and out
Board cleaned and inspected
Edge connector thoroughly cleaned with isopropyl and treated with DeOxit contact enhancer
Alkali denaturing and cleaning of any old battery leaks. Traces repaired and re-lacquered if needed
Cartridge fully tested before and after refurbishment
Any existing save data will be retained*
*If you're using this service as a preemptive measure and you want to keep your save data, that's no problem.
I directly feed the SRAM chip with an external power source while I change the battery:
I can guarantee that your cartridges will reach you in exactly the same physical condition that I received them in (only cleaner, and with new batteries).
These cartridges have a rear label that covers the screws.
The label is paper and is almost impossible to remove intact. Believe me I've tried.
For these carts I will cut 2 neat little holes with a scalpel to expose the screws:
These cartridges are a bitch.
They're not held together with screws at all, they use strong clips.
Due to the plastic being approximately 30 years old and a bit brittle, they are very difficult to open without breaking at least one clip:
Obviously I will try my best not to snap any clips, but if one does snap, I will use a blob of hot glue on the inside to hold the cartridge together.
It will be solid and will look exactly the same as before on the outside.
HOW TO ORDER
Before you do anything!
Ensure that the game(s) you are about to send actually use battery backed SRAM.
All NES/SNES games that have a cartridge save system use a battery.
Not all megadrive games do (Sonic 3 and Megaman Wily Wars use flash based memory for instance, as do a lot of GBA games).
If you are unsure if your game contains a battery, ask me first.
Email link is at the bottom of the page.
It costs £10 per cartridge for the refurbishment service.
If you are sending me 3 cartridges, you must purchase 3 services and so on.
Please enter the platforms and names of the games you are sending in the box provided on the order page.
Also, include a note in the package with your name and address.
Once your order is placed, you will receive the address to post your cartridges to on the confirmation screen and in your order acknowledgement email.
The price does NOT include return postage.
Once I have finished working on your cartridges, I will package them securely and weigh the package. I will then email you with postage/insurance options and prices for you to choose.
I use Royal Mail.
UK customers will have a choice of:
Second Class Signed For
First Class Signed For
Special Delivery Next Day