Customer Appreciation Day 2018

Customer Appreciation Day 2018We’ve been in Florence for 4 years now, and the time has flown by! It’s been an amazing time filled tournaments, free events, and arcade wonder, and we have one person to thank – YOU! Thanks to the customers, we have been able to continue our business in Florence. To thank you, we’re throwing a huge shindig on April 14th. BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! Just recently, an amazing new store opened up RIGHT NEXT DOOR to us called Galactic Comics, and they’re doing their own shindig to celebrate their official opening. We decided to join our forces together and share our event. So here it is – The Matt’s Game Exchange Customer Appreciation Day x Galactic Comics Grand Opening Event!

Here’s what’s in store for you between us:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Doughnuts
  • Free arcades
  • Door Prizes
  • Giveaways
  • Raffles
  • T-Shirts
  • And more!

Looks like a nice list, right? And get this – it’s all free! Come on down to our shared location in Palmetto Plaza in Florence SC on April 14th to take advantage of all of this! It’ll be a great time with lots to do! You’ve earned it!

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Our Favorite 5 Nintendo Easter Eggs

Have You seen these Nintendo Easter Eggs?

Easter eggs are secrets hidden from video gamers with the intent of being found, pretty self explanatory to why we call them Easter eggs. They could be a secret playable characters, an message from developers, or even an complete change in the stories plot. There is one thing that is consistent with all Easter eggs they are hard to come across. No longer thanks to the internet!


Here are 5 of my favorite classic Nintendo Easter Eggs, because we love retro Nintendo!


Play as Master Hand – Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Master Hand is one of the non-playable characters serving as the final boss in single player mode. plugging in a controller in the third port and pressing A+B at the right time get Master Hand at your fingertips…. Took 7 years after the initial release to figure this out and its enough to dust off the old Gamecube.


Play As The Duck – Duck Hunt

in the 1984 classic who knew that you could actually play as the duck in Duck Hunt? Some will say, “that’s no Easter egg its in the menu!” or you are someone like me who doesn’t read menus and has played the game for years and never knew.

In “Single Duck” mode simply plug a controller into port 2 & Wala! You are now the one being hunted

Duck Hunt player 2 playing as duck for NIntendo Easter Eggs

Duck Hunt


Throwback To Comfy Shorts – Pokémon – Nintendo Easter Eggs

Who hasn’t played the first generation of Pokemon? On route 3, connecting pewter city to route 4 & Mt. Moon, there was Youngster Ben who exclaims, “Hi! I like shorts! They’re comfy and easy to wear!” Further along in the route, another Youngster exclaims “Hey! You’re not wearing shorts!”


Youngset ben I like short battle

Youngster Ben

in Pokémon X and Y, a trainer named Youngster Keita can be encountered on Route 5 who will ask the player if she/he wants to know why he likes wearing shorts in the tall grass. After the battle, he’ll tell you its because they’re comfy and easy to wear! Direct ode to youngster ben.


Chris Houlihan Room (A Link to the Past, Super Nintendo)

During September and October of 1990, Nintendo Power held a contest in which a randomly selected winner would get their name programmed in a future NES game. The requirements were to take a photo encountering Warmech in Final Fantasy and then send it to Nintendo Power by October 15, 1990. The winner of the contest was Chris Houlihan, whose name appears in his own secret room in A Link to the Past.


Secret room of Chris Houlihan in The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past

Chris Houlihan’s Secret Room

Super Mario 64 – Meeting Yoshi

By far the most commonly known Easter Egg. After you have obtained all 120 stars & beaten the third Bowser. A cannon becomes available, blast to the roof and there Yoshi is in all his glory. You’ll also get a 100 lives.


Mario talking to Yoshi in super Mario 64

Yoshi & Mario


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How To Spot Fake Nintendo Games

Fake Nintendo Games Are Out There! How To Protect Yourself


You are on the everlasting search for the rarest of rare games to complete you collection. While searching online, your eyes glace over that one missing piece, Mega man x3. Priced at an unbelievable amount, you think, “maybe they’re not aware of its rarity… So you bid, you win! Days later the package comes, you plop the game into your system and its NHL 94! My God are you pissed.

We get games, all kinds of games find their way into Matts Game Exchange, even we had a fake Mega Man x3 walk through our automated doors. We knew was fake, but decided to give the person $1 for it just to show you fellow collectors how to take extra precaution to spot fake Nintendo games.

Fake megaman x3 game for the Snes with label peeling on the side and fake label

Fake Megaman x3 cartridge for the SNES.

Tools Needed

One tool, That is it! You should have is an 3.8mm Gamebit. This screwdriver can open NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 & Game Boy games.


First glance

These are some precautions you can take to play it safe at first glance

  • Sometimes, Fake Cartridges are missing the Nintendo Engraves on the back of the item, one say something completely different, such as Game instead of Nintendo Gameboy.

    Fake felix gameboy game that is missing the "nintendo Gameboy" engrave

    Fake because it does not have the Engraved “Nintendo Gameboy” at the top


  • Labels should be glossy and clear. There should be an Nintendo Seal, In US it’s an oval and in Europe it’s a circle. Logos that are unclear or fuzzy looking are no good. Replications sometimes have slightly different fonts than originals.

side by side fake and real earthbound games

Real games tend to have a more glossier/define finish as compared to the fake counterparts and not colors that are over exaggerated.

  • Some Games are completely straight forward with you and say reproduction!
  • if the game seems to be in too good condition for a 20+ year old game, always take precautions.

Through look at Fake Nes Games

Best Defense for NES is to simply google the games circuit board, open up the suspected game and compare. is a great source to compare all PCB information

  • There are no wires on NES Boards
  • Nintendo uses all copper pins

    Nes circuit board opened for cleaning

    How a real NES game circuit board should look.

fake Nintendo games Reproduction with wires in the circuit board

Fake Nes game, the Nes citcuit boards do not have wires.


SNES Games

Batteries were installed on all the board because of the length of some RPGS and general games,

  • SNES batteries are bonded directly to the printed circuit board where a fake obviously looks like an attachment on fake Nintendo games.
  • If you have black blobs on the circuit, it is a clear fake.

SNES Central  Has boards for all snes titles for you to check out and compare to see if they are in fact, authentic titles.


Fake Nintendo Games Circuit with black blog and manual attached battery

Fake Snes Board. Notice the black blob & also the battery looks manually attached


Gameboy Games

Pokemon games are the most commonly replicated games of all. They are easy & still have an high demand. some very easy methods to determine the authenticity of one of these Fake Nintendo games.


  • on the label there will be a few tiny letters and numbers embossed onto a real label. Angle the label to the light to see these.
  • Fake labels are usually off-center from the cartridge and/or have overly rounded corners.
  • The back of fake cartridges are sometimes held together with a Philips screw instead of the Nintendo Y screw.
  • Shouldn’t have glob on inside
back of pokemon ruby seeing real vs fake gameboy games

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

Pokemon ruby version real gameboy games vs fake games

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

Pokemon emerald real vs fake gameboy game

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

inside of a fake pokemon ruby vs a real one.

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic













N64 Games

N64 games don’t receive the same treatment as the prior systems because the cartridge is much more sophisticated than it’s priors.  The n64 game ROM size is much bigger and were equipped with an Checking Integrated Circuit, lockout ship. This prevented unlicensed game cartridges from running and gave Nintendo complete control over the software. Even this doesn’t always stop people from being tricked, as the case with the Blue Clay Fighter Sculptor’s Cut.



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LEAKED! NEW Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy screenshots

Update on Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Crash Bandicoot Remastered)


At E3 2016, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced to the PlayStation community. More than a port of the classic games to the PS4, a complete from the ground up remake of the first three games. Man, are we excited!

“Using the original level geometry from Naughty Dog as a guide, we rebuilt the Crash gameplay from scratch, capturing its simplicity and precision. As the levels began to take shape, we layered in our own lush and zany art, animation, and audio,” said the game’s director.



Crash Bandicoot 2 Screenshots

Only gameplay for the first Crash has been released, however an anonymous person on Twitter Leaked screenshots of Crash 2 from Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on 02/14/2017.

Crash Bandicoot running from boulder

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot fighting Komodo Brothers

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot riding Panda

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash bandicoot standing on platform level

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Soundtrack Remaster

According to an press release, the visuals aren’t the only thing getting remastered, but the entire soundtrack. If you are not quite yet on the hype train, Activision has acquired some of the original voice actresses including that of Coco Bandicoot. Debi Derryberry who announced that she is returning via twitter.



Still awaiting visuals from Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Release date has yet been finalized, but rumor has It that we can look forward to June.  You buying?

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Nintendo Switch: What We Learned This Week

As the Nintendo Switch release date approaches, Here are three things we discovered exciting and not so much. 


Picture of woman playing 1-2 switch on Nintendo Switch, baby mini-game

Nintendo Switch 1-2 Switch

Web Browsing?? A no go at launch for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch, slated to be the revolutionary of mobile gaming will be missing a key component of mobile devices, web browsing. Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told Time Magazine, “Since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch”. Nintendo also previously stated that the switch would not support video steaming apps such as Netflix and Amazon Video at launch. Worth noting there was the WiiU web browser, a lot of effort that was put into something went fairly unused.


1-2 Switch, The party Game on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo recently debuted its party game 1-2 switch, where 2 human players face each other using the Joy-Con controllers. These games are meant to be played without looking at the screen. 28 games that are quite weird and funny. In the game “Shaver”, users use the Joy-Con to “shave” a virtual beard off themselves. The first to get squeaky clean wins, while the other is shown how much hair was left on the avatar, presumably in a silly pattern.



Another mini-game where your Nintendo Switch console is turned into a crying baby. Nintendo has always had a reputation of creating weird, seemingly crazy yet fun games. Anyone remember Warioware?



Take-Two will support the Nintendo Switch 

The NBA 2K series is one of the most selling games every year. Take-Two pulled the series with the WiiU starting with 2k14 because it simply was not selling. Now Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick has confirmed that they are committed to the Nintendo Switch.

“So we’re excited about it, but the only thing we can announce is the basketball title”, Zelnick stated in a recent investor call.

It’s still unlikely we’ll see titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the hybrid console.


Multiple people playing nba2k18 in low litted room

Nintendo Switch NBA 2K

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Disc Repair

Do your games freeze, do you get disc read errors, or they simply won’t load? Sometimes it is the lens going out on your machine but more commonly it is smudges or scratches. Smudges can be wiped off with a soft cloth like a t-shirt. Don’t use a paper towel, it’s too rough!


At Matt’s Game Exchange we have hi-tech buffing machines that will repair discs by taking out scratches making them look and function like brand new. Our machines have several settings from light buff to deep buff.  We have a 95% success rate. (However, if there are deep gouges like it was scrapped across pavement or the silk screening on top is damaged we won’t attempt to fix these).

We only charge $3.00 per disc. If you have a lot we can certainly work out a quantity discount. Often we can run them through our machine quickly while you browse the store.

Currently we fix XBOX, XBOX 360, PS1, PS2, Dream cast, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Wii, Music CD’s and Game Cube games.

We use these machines on all scratched discs traded into our stores. We want you to play games and this gives us confidence in giving you a 30-day guarantee on all games that we sell.

We encourage you to look at discs before purchasing whether it is from us or someone else so that you can play with confidence.

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And don’t forget – we just want you to play games and have fun!

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BRKTS – Up and Coming Card Game


We just got a new card game in called BRKTS (pronounced Brackets). The game was made by a small business here in Florence, SC.

The purpose of the game is imagination and debate. There are two types of cards – a category and a scenario. You start by choosing a category (video game characters) and each person involved will choose a video game character. Then you choose a scenario (broken bottle fight) and the purpose is to debate with the other players why your character should win. The winner advances on in the brackets.

Below you can see the progression of an in-store match we had between employees. This was a lot of fun and the possibilities and outcomes are absolutely endless because you get to choose your own characters.






This “Game of Debate” is currently being sold in both of our locations for $20. This will be a great addition to your board/card game collection! Be sure to check them out on Facebook!

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Nintendo Repair – Easy and Free

Got that nagging blinking red light? Games won’t play? Frustrated? Nintendo’s are the easiest of all systems to repair. Follow our simple instructions and you’ll be playing in no time.


Dirt will prevent your system from playing. Also the contacts on the Nintendo cartridge and the 72 pin connector inside that it slides into are copper. Copper oxidizes over time leaving a lead colored film – especially if it hasn’t been played in a while.

We used to get cleaning kits years ago from Naki to clean games and systems. We went through them by the cases. They worked great but are no longer available so here’s a better way.

No special screwdrivers, no parts and certainly no expertise is needed! All you need is some 50/50 alcohol and water and q-tips. We buy ours at Walmart for .50 cents a bottle. You want to use a 50/50 solution because the water cleans and the alcohol evaporates the water. Don’t use straight alcohol or water.

Simply take any game and get a q-tip wet with the solution. Use generously. Swab the copper contacts in the cartridge and place it in the system. Put it in and take it out several times. Wipe the contacts on the game dry. Repeat several times. Keep doing it till the q-tip is no longer dirty. One little speck can prevent your system from working. Not only is the game clean, but you are cleaning the 72 pin connector inside as well.

If the 72 pin connector is worn we recommend when putting the game in to not push it in all the way. Push it in the system then pull it back to where it barely slides down. Sometimes you may need to push the reset button if it still blinks red.

We provide this service for free for our customers. Bring your system in and a couple of your games and we will show you how to do it. We want you to play games at Matt’s Game Exchange.

In rare cases we can replace your 72 pin connector and it will be like new. We charge $15.00 to replace it.

Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

And don’t forget – we just want you to play games and have fun!

Happy Gaming!

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Sega Genesis Sunday – Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

Today is Sega Genesis Sunday and each week we will be featuring a different Sega Genesis game. Feel free to email us with any requests and we will put them in our queue.

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, 1993

Sega Genesis Jurassic Park

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (MBM) is a puzzle game for Sega Genesis that was developed by Compile with three gamplay modes: scenario, two-player versus, and exercise mode. The game features Dr. Robotnik, whom younger fans of Sonic the Hedgehog may know as Eggman. The TLDR of the Robotnik/Eggman name change is that in Japan he has always been Eggman and the Sonic Team decided to unify and only refer to him as Eggman worldwide. Surprisingly enough, even though Dr. Robotnik is a part of the Sonic storyline, Sonic is not featured in this game at all.

While MBM is a puzzle game, it does have a storyline.  Dr. Robotnik wants to ensure there is no fun or music on Mobius and built a machine that turns the beans into robots. The screen shows two Tetris-like boards where beans fall from the top of the board. There is also a display of the next beans coming up. The object is not to clear your board (left), but to fill your opponent’s board (right) by clearing your beans. In order to clear beans, you must rotate and stack to make groups of at least four like-colored beans. This is the basic gameplay that spans across 13 levels. Two-player versus mode pits you against a friend, in the same gameplay as versus mode but without the robotic story. Exercise mode is just practice. This puzzle game is not especially hard, but it is fun.

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Super Nintendo Saturday – LoZ: A Link to the Past

Today is Super Nintendo Saturday and each week we will be featuring a different SNES game. Feel free to email us with any requests and we will put them in our queue.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, 1992

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (LoZ/ALTTP) is the third installment of the Legend of Zelda saga and the only in this series available on the Super Nintendo. You play as Link (or whatever you decide to name him) on his journey to save Princess Zelda, who called to him telepathically. The story thickens, however. Once you save Princess Zelda, you must seek out the Master Sword by retrieving the Pendants of Virtue. Once wielding the Master Sword,  Link must attempt to defeat the evil wizard Agahnim, who has kidnapped the princess once again. After the attempt to defeat him, Agahnim pulls Link into a the new Dark World. This is the first LoZ game to feature a light/dark world, which is then a staple in subsequent releases. Link must rescue Princess Zelda and six other maidens from various dungeons and defeat various bosses before facing Agahnim once again, and finally defeating him and Ganondorf, the leader of thieves who stole the Tri-Force and transformed the land.

One of the most fun aspects of this game is the ability to explore the land of Hyrule. There are many hidden items, heart pieces, and characters to find. While some of these do lend to the progression of the story, exploring a little will not hinder gameplay. It is very easy to get lost just having fun. Asides from this, the game is neither easy nor difficult. The dungeons which you must quest through are often times like a puzzle you must solve. That said, the puzzles are not impossible to solve and defeating each dungeon boss is relatively easy using the special items Link attains throughout his journey.

ALTTP also pushed the Super Nintendo to all the limits. The 16-bit graphics allows more depth to be given to the overall world, as well as giving it a more realistic look. This game in the series also has a masterful soundtrack – much of which is carried throughout the other games in the saga.

ALTTP has incredible replay value that absolutely stands the test of time. While beating it once in adolescence, adulthood has warranted I play again for the sake of nostalgia. There was simply nothing better than the little girl in me staring at the TV after defeating Ganondorf and obtaining the Tri-Force. Perhaps adult me just wanted to make a wish. This game is definitely a must play game for everyone.

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