DoctorEncore 3,563 Member · Posted November 3, 2019 Share Posted November 3, 2019 (edited) Star Code Boxes The prevailing theory used to be that the star indicated the game was given away as a promotional item. However, as per previous discussions on NA and from my personal experience, the preponderance of evidence indicates the addition of a star probably represents an update to the sales and warranty info on side of the box to read "FOR SALE IN USA AND CANADA ONLY (+/- MEXICO)." As far as I can tell, the star code is usually found on first-party Nintendo releases that had an initial circle SOQ release, then continued production as an oval SOQ release. There is one known exception to this rule (Dragon Warrior), which only has an oval SOQ version. It seems that around the time of the switch to the oval SOQ, Nintendo updated their warranty and sales statement on the side of the box. It is likely that many of the first-party games that had their SOQ switched were shipped without the updated statement, hence the requirement for an update and the star revision. This would generally be the last revision for most games that had the star, with the exception of major changes and re-releases (LoZ, LoZ II, and MTPO/Punch-out!!!). I've attached a picture of my MTPO with star code and two copies of Dragon Warrior (-1 without start and-1 with star) for reference. These are NOT the Nintendo Power promotional copies of DW because they are the -1 revision. I don't have a non-star MTPO but I'm pretty sure it does not have the statement. I will thumb through my collection and eventually update this post to be more definitive based on your feedback and my own anecdotal evidence. Please let me know if you have any info to support or refute this theory. Star Code Box Games List (in progress) Spoiler Donkey Kong Classics (suspected, but never proven) Dragon Warrior Golf Legend of Zelda Legend of Zelda 2 Metroid Mike Tyson's Punchout Pinball Rad Racer Super Mario Bros Super Mario Bros 2 Star Code Box Pictures Spoiler Circle-T Manuals Late-gen releases and revisions have a Circle-T symbol on the front cover of the manual. This seems to indicate that the "Projection TV Warning" that was previously included as a separate pack-in sheet, has now been included within the manual. Evidence for this conclusion is two-fold: All manuals with the Circle-T that I have examined have the projection warning Several major re-releases/revisions that added a Circle-T to their manual have been examined and the only notable difference in the manuals is the projection warning. See pics below for examples. Interestingly, very late gen releases (July 1993 and on) drop the Circle-T and the projection warning. Big thanks to @0xDEAFC0DE for reviewing dozens of manuals to contribute to the list below. Circle-T Manuals List (in progress) Spoiler Blades of Steel (Konami Classic Series Version) Championship Pool (Red 4 Version) The Legend of Zelda (Classic Series Version) The Legend of Zelda 2 (Classic Series Version) NES Play Action Football (White 4 Version) Nobunaga's Ambition II Golf Grand Slam Galaxy 5000 Formula One: Built To Win Flight Of The Intruder Family Feud Dragon's Lair Double Dragon III Disney's The Little Mermaid Disney's Tale Spin Disney's Darkwing Duck Caveman Games Castelian Captain America And The Avengers Break Time: The National Pool Tour Race America Adventure Island II Advanced Dungeons And Dragons: Heroes Of The Lance High Speed Home Alone Home Alone 2 Hudson Hawk Ikari Warriors III Jackie Chan Joe & Mac Maniac Mansion Mega Man 3 Mega Man 5 Metal Mech Mission Impossible Monster Truck Rally NES Open Tournament Golf NES Play Action Football Ninja Crusaders Nintendo World Cup North And South Palamedes Paperboy 2 Pirates! Power Punch II Prince Of Persia Puzznic Kabuki Quantum Fighter R.C. Pro Am II Rollergames Shatterhand Side Pocket Silver Surfer Space Shuttle Starship Hector Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Startropics Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Superspike VBall / Nintendo World Cup Tecmo NBA Basketball Tecmo Super Bowl Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Tetris The Addams Family The Adventures Of Rad Gravity The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle And Friends The Bard's Tale The Blue Marlin The Blues Brothers The Hunt For Red October The Immortal The Punisher The Simpsons: Bart Versus The Space Mutants The Untouchables Circle-T Manuals Pictures Spoiler Star Code Manuals The prevailing theory is that this star was added to manuals that were revised to include a rear projection TV warning (RPTV). This is usually a brief statement saying "Nintendo recommends against using a rear projection television with your NES as image retention may occur." Some games started with a star on the manual then lost it on a revision (NES Play Action Football), started with and maintained it (Little Nemo), and others added it as a revision (LoZ). There are also many games with both the Circle-T and star (Play Action Football), which further muddies the water. Big thanks to @0xDEAFC0DE for reviewing dozens of manuals to contribute to the list below. Any help here is much appreciated. Star Code Manuals List (in progress) Spoiler The Legend of Zelda Little Nemo NES Play Action Football (White 4 Version) Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt 1943 A Nightmare On Elm Street Battle Chess Bigfoot Blades Of Steel Cabal California Games Championship Bowling Code Name Viper Crystalis Dick Tracy Disney's Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers Goal! Gremlins 2 Heavy Barrel Hollywood Squares Hoops Ivan Ironman Stewart's Super Off-Road Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes Of Major Championship Golf Jeopardy: Junior Edition Journey To Silius Kickle Cubicle Little Nemo :The Dream Master Loopz Low G Man N.A.R.C. NFL Ninja Gaiden Phantom Fighter Punch Out!! Rad Racer II MTV Remote Control Road Blasters Rocket Ranger Side Pocket Skate Or Die 2 Snake Rattle N Roll Spot Startropics Super Gloveball Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet Super Mario Bros. 3 Swords And Serpents Tecmo World Wrestling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Adventures Of Gilligan's Island The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout The Mafat Conspiracy Reference Threads Spoiler https://connect.gocollect.com/discussion/11056/dragon-warrior-mail-away-letters https://connect.gocollect.com/discussion/comment/3097039#Comment_3097039 Extra Space Edited May 6, 2020 by DoctorEncore Formatting, Info 2 2 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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