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NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by Jagosaurus Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:29 am

I thought my childhood NES was destroyed in Hurricane Rita in 2006. My parents live along the Texas coast & while their house survived with little damage, their climate control storage unit had several feet of surge water/mud in it. I had my original NES tucked away in said storage unit unfortunately.

My mom regretfully informed me several boxes of my childhood toys were destroyed. She Also assumed "the Nintendo" was with it. Boxes were full of saltwater, debris, & mud. They lost family heirlooms & wedding photos so I left it at that...

Fast forward to this morning, 8.5 years later. My parents are moving & packing and I received this picture message:

"Look what I found"

It was in those bins afterall!!!! It must've been stacked high enough to escape the storm surge & moved back to their house at some point.

My dad is sending me a photo of games only in a bit (a dozen or so). I have nothing "valuable" by collector in standards & I've re-aquired most of these... but it's not about that, it's much more valuable to me knowing it was mine as a kiddo!!!

My dad bought it new in 1988 as a gift for my sister & me when they really were tight on cash (of course I didn't know this). Many hours were spent as a family playing it. There are home videos of me in diapers playing Mario. This is what got me into this hobby. Happy to have it back.

Good morning today... Will post pic of games once he sends it over :)

---- update

Okay, my dad was driving through my part of SETX & swung by to drop off my NES!

First a visual what this bad boy survived.




Pre-cleaning. Found a nickel inside. The spring was damaged & I'd use a nickel to hold the game down :D


8 years later...

Going to keep my originally owned games separate so I don't trade them, etc.
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by samsonlonghair Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:32 am

That's fantastic, Jag. I'm seriously happy for you.

Edit: some years ago, I wrote a similar story about rediscovering my long lost Sega Genesis.
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by retrosportsgamer Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:02 am

Awesome story - love stuff like this.
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by flojocabron Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:38 am

This is quite nice!

Make a story out of it. post some more pictures too.

Lots of good memories in that little console. And I'm sure you can make more with them too!
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by JoeAwesome Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:34 pm

Wow. I remember you briefly telling me about this story. Great news!
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by dogman91 Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:36 pm

That's awesome that they found it in what looks like almost-new condition. Kind of the opposite from my story: no hurricane -> parents throw out a model 1 Genesis with the games about a week before I inquire about it. :?
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by Gunstar Green Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:47 pm

Awesome, I envy the wave of nostalgia you're going to feel when you pull those games out. I only have a few games that survived the greedy sell-offs of my childhood.

Play some Code Name: Viper for me. :lol:
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by SonicGamer74 Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:11 pm

This is the most beautiful story I've ever read.

A man finding out that his childhood NES did not die from a hurricane.

Thank you for sharing.
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by Tanooki Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:38 pm

You see enough people go goofy about this find and that find...great you showed up to a flea market or a craigslist fleecing at the right time.

THAT is a find. The fact it wasn't flood fodder and somehow got back inside and safe after that many years is a real find and has actual value, not just dollar value.
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Re: NES Found - NOT Destroyed 8 Yrs Ago in Hurricane!

by Sano Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:04 pm

Nice man. I like the nostalgia feeling you get when playing with old consoles :D
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