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Used SNES Game Cleaning

2/5/14
Remember back in the good old days when your SNES Games worked on the first try? Oh wait... that never happened! You always have to blow on used SNES games to make them work, right? Wrong. The solution is to properly clean your used Super Nintendo games periodically so the game contacts make a proper connection with the system connector pins.

Fortunately, the Nintendo Repair Shop makes this process easy with its original Nintendo game cleaning process demonstrated in the video and guide below. In addition, we perform this exact cleaning process on every single used game we sell. This is something you won't find from any other shop worldwide, which is why we can guarantee our used games will work! We will also clean/repair your used snes games with our game cleaning service.


Super Nintendo Game Cleaning Guide

With the right tools, cleaning your SNES cartridges is both very easy, and very rewarding. Cleaning dirty cartridge contacts makes a big difference when trying to load your game on your Super Nintendo console. With a few inexpensive tools that can be purchased via the links below you can have your SNES games cleaned in seconds!
SNES Cartridge Cleaning Tools

Or you can find all of these supplies in our Nintendo Game Cleaning Kit, or if you don't want to clean your own games, send in your snes games for our professional cleaning service.

Open the SNES Game Cartridge

Locate the two security screws on the front of the Super Nintendo game. For your reference we have indicated the location of the security screws with red boxes in the image below.

SNES game cartridge

Using our 3.8mm Security Bit, unscrew the 2 screws from the front of the cartridge. Our 3.8mm gamebit is designed to fit in Nintendo Game screw holes easily. Other gamebits require a good deal of pressure and risk damaging the game, as they are too wide.

Lift up the front side of the cartridge. Be careful not to lose the screws! With the cartridge open, you can simply pull up the gameboard and remove it from the cartridge case.

Clean your SNES Gameboard Contacts

The red rectangle indicates the area needing cleaning. Remove the gameboard from the case, and apply our specialized Game Cleaning Paste on one of our Non-Static Cleaning Pads and rub over the metal contacts.

snes game cartridge opening

You should notice quite a bit of brown/black residue coming up, which is due to dirt and corrosion having built up over time. Make sure to clean both sides of the contacts until dirt and grime are no longer visible.

Any hardened deposits will effect gameplay, perhaps even preventing your game from playing, so be sure to scrub any deposits until they are gone (you will know a deposit when you see it). Once clean, quickly dampen a fresh cleaning cloth with our Game Cleaning Rinse, and rub over both sides of the contacts to remove any left over residue from the paste.

Reassemble your SNES Cartridge

snes open cartridge

Your contacts should be smooth and shiny. Be sure to dry the contacts with a part of the cloth that is not wet. Once dry, you are ready to reassemble your game!

Reverse the order for assembly. The gameboard only fits into the game case one way, so if it doesn't fit, flip it over and try again. Make sure to screw the security screws in snug, but don't strip them! Once reassembled, pop it in your SNES and it should come right up with no blinking! If your system powers on, but your game still will not play, the issue may be your Super Nintendo (SNES) System connector. In that case, you should consider sending your system in for us to clean and repair.

 


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