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USA - List of NES Hangtab/No HT & 5-Screw / 3-Screw Variants v1.3


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Here is the list of all known USA NES boxes with Hangtabs, and NES cartridges with known 5-Screw releases.

Version 1.4 will include Canadian hangtabs and screw variants as a separate list.

 

First Party Titles (Black Boxes)

Information Screws Hangtabs Sticker Seals
Publisher Title 5-Screw 3-Screw Hangtab No Hangtab Matte Glossy
Nintendo 10-Yard Fight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Balloon Fight Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Baseball Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Clu Clu Land Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Nintendo Donkey Kong Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Donkey Kong 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Donkey Kong Jr. Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Donkey Kong Jr. Math Yes Sort Of Yes No No Yes
Nintendo Duck Hunt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Excitebike Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Golf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Gumshoe Yes No Yes No No Yes
Nintendo Gyromite Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Hogan's Alley Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Ice Climber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Kung Fu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Mach Rider Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Mario Bros. Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Pinball Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Popeye Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Pro Wrestling Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Nintendo Slalom Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Nintendo Soccer Yes Rumored Yes No Yes Yes
Nintendo Stack-Up Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Tennis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Urban Champion Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Volleyball Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
Nintendo Wild Gunman Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Wrecking Crew Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

NOTES:

Donkey Kong Jr. Math - Multiple 3-screw copies have been confirmed to exist, but all known photos of the circuit boards show that they were manufactured during the 5-screw phase of the NES lifespan. It is believed that these cartridges are refurbished. If you have a photo of a 3-screw Donkey Kong Jr. Math circuit board please message me so I can analyze it.

Soccer - Some photos are out there showing a 3-screw Soccer but none are taken well enough to defitively prove it is the USA release.

 

First Party Titles (Others)

Information Screws Hangtabs
Publisher Title 5-Screw 3-Screw Hangtab No Hangtab
Nintendo Kid Icarus Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Legend of Zelda, The Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo Metroid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Yes Yes No Yes
Nintendo R.C. Pro-Am* Rumored Yes No Yes
Nintendo Rad Racer Yes Yes No Yes

NOTES:

R.C. Pro-Am - A single photo of a 5-screw cartridge exists, but this game was released well after the 5-screw to 3-screw transition period. It is believed that this cartridge is at best a refurbished copy, or at worst a complete hoax.

 

Third Party Titles

Information Screws Hangtabs
Publisher Title 5-Screw 3-Screw Hangtab No Hangtab
Capcom 1942 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Acclaim 3-D Battles of World Runner, The Yes Yes Yes Yes
SNK Alpha Mission Yes Yes No Yes
Taito Arkanoid Yes Yes No Yes
SNK Athena Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data East Breakthru Yes Yes No Yes
Data East BurgerTime Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konami Castlevania Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bandai Chubby Cherub Yes No Yes No
Capcom Commando Yes Yes Yes Yes
Broderbund Deadly Towers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konami Double Dribble Yes Yes Unlikely* Yes
Taito Elevator Action Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bandai Family Fun Fitness: Athletic World Yes Sort Of Yes Sort Of
Bandai Family Fun Fitness: Stadium Events Yes Yes No Yes
Capcom Ghosts 'n Goblins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konami Goonies II, The Yes Yes No Yes
LJN Gotcha: The Sport Yes Yes No Yes
Konami Gradius Yes Yes Yes Yes
SNK Ikari Warriors Yes Yes Yes Yes
LJN Jaws Yes Yes No Yes
Data East Karate Champ Yes Yes Yes Yes
LJN Karate Kid, The Possible Yes No Yes
Data East Kid Niki: Radical Ninja Yes Yes No Yes
Taito Legend of Kage, The Yes Yes Yes Yes
Broderbund Lode Runner Yes Yes Yes Yes
FCI Lunar Pool Yes Yes No Yes
Bandai M.U.S.C.L.E. Tag Team Match Yes Rumored Yes Rumored
Capcom Mega Man Yes Yes No Yes
Tecmo Mighty Bombjack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bandai Ninja Kid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Broderbund Raid on Bungeling Bay Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data East Ring King Yes Yes Unlikely* Yes
Konami Rush'n Attack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tecmo Rygar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capcom Section-Z Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data East Side Pocket Possible Yes No Yes
Sunsoft Sky Kid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tecmo Solomon's Key Yes Yes Yes Yes
Broderbund Spelunker Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunsoft Spy Hunter Yes Yes Yes Yes
IREM Sqoon Yes No Yes No
Tecmo Star Force Yes Yes No Yes
Acclaim Star Voyager Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konami Stinger Yes Yes Yes Yes
Activision Super Pitfall Yes Yes No Yes
Data East Tag Team Wrestling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Acclaim Tiger-Heli Yes Yes No Yes
Konami Top Gun Yes Yes No Yes
Konami Track & Field Yes Yes Yes Yes
Capcom Trojan Yes Yes Yes Yes
Acclaim Winter Games Yes Yes Unlikely* Yes
Acclaim Wizards & Warriors Yes Yes No Yes
FCI Zanac Yes Yes No Yes

NOTES:

Double Dribble, and Ring King - Released immediately after the hangtab to no-hangtab transition. It is still possible a hangtab copy may exist but it is highly unlikely this late in the NES game collecting hobby.

Karate Kid, and Side Pocket - Released immediately after the 5-screw to 3-screw transition. It is still possible that 5-screw copies may exist but it is highly unlikely this late in the NES game collecting hobby.

Family Fun Fitness: Athletic World - Rereleased by Bandai without the Family Fun Fitness branding in a 3-screw variant. It is up to you to determine whether you consider that a unique release or the same release. The Family Fun Fitness version of this game is exceedingly rare to find with the box and manual, but the cartridge is extemely easy to find since the first re-release of the game only changed the box and manual but left the cartridge completely unchanged.

 


Konami 5-Screw Mystery Variants

These are games that should not have 5-screw variants, but do anyway. There are theories about why they exist but there is no solid evidence yet. These games are true anomalies in the NES library. The games by Konami/Ultra that normally should have 5-Screw variants are not listed here. These missing titles are Castlevania, Double Dribble, Goonies II, Gradius, Rush'n Attack, Stinger, Top Gun, and Track & Field.

Publisher Title 5-screw 3-Screw
Konami Adventures of Bayou Billy, The Yes Yes
Ultra Base Wars: Cyber Stadium Series Yes Yes
Konami Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Yes Yes
Konami Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Yes Yes
Konami Contra Yes Yes
Ultra Defender of the Crown Yes Yes
Konami Jackal Yes Yes
Ultra Kings of the Beach Professional Beach Volleyball Yes Yes
Ultra Metal Gear Yes Yes
Ultra Mission: Impossible Yes Yes
Ultra Q*Bert Yes Yes
Ultra Rollergames Yes Yes
Ultra Silent Service Yes Yes
Ultra Skate or Die Yes Yes
Ultra Ski or Die Yes Yes
Ultra Snake's Revenge Yes Yes
Konami Super C Yes Yes
Ultra Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Yes Yes
Ultra Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game Yes Yes
Konami Tiny Toon Adventures Yes Yes
Konami Top Gun: The Second Mission Yes Yes
Konami Track & Field II Yes Yes
Konami Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Yes Yes
Konami Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge Possible Yes
Konami Blades of Steel Possible Yes
Ultra Gyruss Possible Yes
Konami Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf Possible Yes
Konami Laser Invasion Possible Yes
Konami Life Force Possible Yes
Konami Lone Ranger Possible Yes
Ultra Pirates! Possible Yes
Konami Batman Returns Unlikely Yes
Konami Bucky O'Hare Unlikely Yes
Konami Contra Force Unlikely Yes
Konami King's Quest V Unlikely Yes
Konami Monster in My Pocket Unlikely Yes
Ultra Nightshade Unlikely Yes
Ultra Star Trek 25th Anniversary Unlikely Yes
Konami Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project Unlikely Yes
Konami Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Unlikely Yes
Konami Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland Unlikely Yes
Konami Tiny Toon Adventures Cartoon Workshop Unlikely Yes
Konami Zen: Intergalactic Ninja Unlikely Yes

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Is there any way to tell if a non-HT box went with a 5 screw or 3 screw cart?

I have a 3-screw Volleyball and non-HT box, just want to make sure they match.

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6 hours ago, Foochie776 said:

There’s a confirmed 5 screw Tiny Toons?

Yes. 1 Copy I think. It's one of those Konami fun variants that NES Gangsta kept finding.

 

5 hours ago, Code Monkey said:

There is no evidence a 5 screw Side Pocket and The Karate Kid exist, why do you have them labelled as existing?

You're right! Somewhere along the lines my list got corrupted and I REALLY need to redo it from scratch.

By scratch, I mean just getting each and every photo I have and marking them down one by one by one....that's gonna take me all night, but I'm gonna do it!

 

38 minutes ago, DK said:

Is there any way to tell if a non-HT box went with a 5 screw or 3 screw cart?

I have a 3-screw Volleyball and non-HT box, just want to make sure they match.

For the majority, it seems the only way to be 100% certain is to have a sealed copy and get it graded.

For example, I own a No REV-A, no Hangtab sealed "Arcade Mario Bros." but it's somehow a 3-screw despite not saying REV-A.

That's why I need to redo the entire list...its just bad data up there.

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On 11/25/2019 at 4:35 PM, jxmx3 said:

Looking good! but there are 3 screw Athletic World and Volleyball

There's a three screw Athletic World....but no three screw FFF: Athletic World! I have FFF: AW marked as "Special" but forgot to put in notes.

Volleyball does belong on there though. Good catch :)

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So, it's been confirmed that 3 screw Soccer doesn't exist? I personally have never seen one, but I remember people debating about if it was real or not.

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I got a World cup 5 screw, also there's 2 known 5 screw Pro race am confirmed AND graded by US grading companies. 

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Going through my collection and noticed a wall street kid with hangtab. Noticed it isn't on your list...did sellers put on hang tabs second-hand?

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22 minutes ago, Nugfish said:

Going through my collection and noticed a wall street kid with hangtab. Noticed it isn't on your list...did sellers put on hang tabs second-hand?

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This type of third party, adhesive hangtag is a bit different than the hangtabs referred to in this thread.

True hangtabs are a part of the cardboard box itself and can be found only in early releases. The hangtag you've shared can be found on any game that a retailer decided to defile with boxart-ruining adhesives. See below for a picture of a true cardboard hangtab.

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1 minute ago, DoctorEncore said:

This type of third party, adhesive hangtag is a bit different than the hangtabs referred to in this thread.

True hangtabs are a part of the cardboard box itself and can be found only in early releases. The hangtag you've shared here can be found on any game that a retailer decided to defile with boxart-ruining adhesives. See below.

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I thought so, but then noticed 3rd party titles in the list and started to wonder. Thanks for the info!

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