16-Bit Gems Extra #2: Cleaning Retro Video Game Cartridges

Waiting for that lazy slob to make more 16-Bit Gems?  Wash your disappointment away as Roo shows you some tips and tricks to make your neglected video game cartridges look like new… -ish.  Clean your retro games and keep history alive in the latest 16-Bit Gems Extra!


  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM | Permalink


  • The Male White Mage The Male White Mage
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM | Permalink

    I like leaving the prices/sticker/markings on since it tells you about the games past.

    It makes since Blockbuster stickers can be collectiables since all their stores closed across Canada

  • DTX180
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    I usually leave stickers on unless its gamestop. Screw gamestop.


    Then again, i cant even think of the last time i walked into one.

  • widdowson91
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    I always clean cartridges of old games I buy. But the boxes, well, I usually leave them as they are. Some people love mint collections, but I feel slightly worn boxes add character because it shows that somebody else in the past loved the game.

  • The Onion Knight
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM | Permalink

     These are great tips! I can now finally clean that damned copy of FFII. Oh well, now that Blockbuster is pretty much no more, it’s up to us collectors to clean up their dirty work. Clan of the Gray Wolf members! Unite!

  • AkiraVGA
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    Just had to post this on VGA. It brings up an important point for buyers who tend to stay away from games loose or complete that have been marked up by previous owners. I often use lighter fluid for left over sticker adhesive but your choice may be safer.


    Well done πŸ˜‰

  • Optic
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

    Roo, what model/brand of camcorder do you use?

    I’m always interested in finding out the quality/capability of the various camcorder models.

  • nielse16
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    I have tried and been dissapointed by GooGone, but un-du is wonderfull for removing unwanted stickers/reside.


    I wish I would have thought about using MagicEraser on a Contra cartridge I passed up while on vacation in Traverse City. I should have known, too, ’cause I used it on my wife’s wedding dress when she got grime on it from getting into and out of our car.

    Thanks for another great video!

  • Rasite
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 5:56 AM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the tips, Roo! My Terranigma’s box was plastered with all sorts of stickers and weird tapes. But not anymore, no πŸ™‚

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