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I've heard a number of explanations on the "star cade" that is shown on NES box tabs and manuals occasionally.  WATA has posted that they were on 'promo' copies of games given out  (and perhaps thats true in some situations -- I cannot confirm or deny)

Hoping to add a bit to the discussion here.  I've have two copies of the same game, each with date codes similar to each other:

Jack Nicklaus Golf  Box date - 00107.  Manual Date  00107 


 Jack Nicklaus Golf  Box date - 00604.  Manual Date  00607



The manual printing roughly 6 months later, in mid-1990 has a star code.  The only difference is the rear projection TV warning



So, as far has star codes on manuals, I'd suspect that indicate some sort of minor variation not worthy of a -1 or -2 code revision.  And probably most likely, its in regards to the Rear Projection warning.

Question then may be -- were the games that included the separate Rear Projection warning sheet insert produced in the timeframe just before this (early 1990) and then did this warning become standard language in all manuals after the star code was no longer used?



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