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M82 - GAME SELECTABLE PRODUCT DISPLAY
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after years of searching I finally managed to get my hands on one of these "babies". Until now pretty much every serious NES collector, besides me, has been able to get their hands on one, it only took me 5 years to get one from the first time I heard about one being found.

Anyway this oddity is called M82 "Game Selectable Working Product Display" and was used, as the title indicates, to let stores display games being sold, for people to try out before buying. I remember playing the M82 everytime my family went to a larger city to shop back in the NES days. Eventhough I had no NES system myself I was totally hooked when I saw a this store demo unit.

The M82 can hold 12 games and each game slot is numbered and the game is selected by pressing a button on the unit until the number of the game is displayed on the unit. Play time can be modified by the store, either 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 6 minutes or 128 minutes. I remember one store back then had the play time set to 30 seconds and everyone was bitching about it, but they never changed it and one day the M82 was gone. Once the 30 seconds had passed the system would reset, displaying a Nintendo logo on the screen along with a nice tune.

Not many people know this, but an arcade cabinet exist for the M82, though I don't remember a lot of stores having it, and I don't have a picture of it unfortunately. But as far as I remember it was made of wood and covered with plastic. On the sides was the Nintendo logo made out of grey plastic and sitting vertically on the arcade display. The screen was not built in and I think the store had to supply one themselves. As far as I remember the TV had to be a 14" one. These were very cool looking and I kinda wish I had one for my M82.

But a lot of M82s were destroyed back when the NES no longer was of interest to anyone, the scandinavian distributor called Bergsala once told me. The few arcade cabinets were of course destroyed aswell, although 1 was recently mentioned in a finnish M82 auction, but the owner had thrown it out because he thought no one wanted it, pretty stupid if you ask me.

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