Restoring a Broken $2 Tetris Handheld. 9999999 Games in 1



I bought this old broken Tetris style brick game hand held console for restoration for $2. You can also buy similar devices new for the same price, but sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination. I don’t know what math they used to calculate the promised 9999999 games, but I think the real number is a bit under 3000, mostly different variation of Tetris. The console is badly yellowed and dirty, the audio doesn’t work, some screws are missing, and there is a lot of rust on the contacts.

I started by disassembling the console. Somehow I was surprised how cheap it was on the inside. Not sure what I expected… I found the audio was missing because one of the wire was loose. I suspect some parent may have done that to make the device silent because the sounds were really loud and irritating. The wire was easy to solder back on.

Second issue with the device was the corroded terminal for battery. This happens when a battery is left on the device and it leaks. This can sometimes ruin the motherboard but in this case everything was fine. I desoldered the terminals and put them in rust remover to get rid of the rust. After this I re-plated the terminals with nickel. Here’s a tutorial to DIY nickel plating I made:

It was necessary to prevent them from rusting again. If I wanted to do an upgrade I could have fitted new terminals from a Gameboy because those are made of copper which is far better conducting.

I also removed the yellowing from the plastic shell which was supposed to be colorless. For this I used the same retrobrighting method as always. H2O2 and UV-light. Full tutorial here:

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  • I had that when I was a kid, but I don't understand english and I didn't know there was 9999999 games in 1. I'm only played tetris. 🙁

    WilczycaCzarownica July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • shouldnt have thrown mine out….

    jungoos July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Bhai please making a vided on this video tumhara video game mera jaisa hai same to same but display nahi aa rahi or sound bhi nahi

    Tech Naitik July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • My
    Child
    Hood

    But that was another model

    Vegetrunks July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Err. For 2 dolars so yellowed and dirty? I can buy brand new for like 1.75$ (5 Polish zloty). Lol.

    Michał Delert July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Dude i remember playing this shit as a kid. But i remember the console being blue and having a rabbit drawing

    Rukbat 75 July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • It is very interesting to watch this man doing his arts and crafts, but no one can convince me he is not a closet serial killer (or a known one).

    Tomáš Šefánik July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I had one in black.

    A N A S T A S I A July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • That’s crazy!! I had that exact same handheld! My parents bought it on a cruise ship when I was 6. You can never forget that awful repetitive music and weird Tetris options, makes sense someone would find a way to turn off that speaker permanently. But I still loved the hell out of that thing. lol

    JimHarm July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • 0:42 My face whenever you upload

    Jayden July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I had one of these, ahh good times.

    Restorgasm July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • this is like asmr but better

    grimmjow zz July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I used to have one of these!!!!!

    Alex Rosario July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Nice to see this all Tech game getting fixed and not ending up in a landfill there’s plenty of kids would enjoy something like this without having to to be spending $1000 on an iPhone

    Comfortably Numb July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I had one of those. Didn't think much of it though, I barely ever used it.

    Hat Man July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Bachpan time da sab to siraa game ✌️👍❤️❤️👌

    Gagan Mand July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Man I loved the shoot the bricks game. I gotta get meself one again.

    Jack Blakeney July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Hey Odd tinkering, I found a similar Tetris its a 999 in 1 tho, Well the issue is the screen doesnt show the screen as intended, I have to tilt it and look it from the side for it to be visible, otherwise its working as intended, do you know any way to fix this issue or I should just give a nice scrub to it and see if everything is in place it should be?

    Zak July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I know it will ruin the originality of the machine but looking at how much room there is inside this machine, it shouldn't be too difficult to retrofit a proper on/off switch into it and maybe a volume potentiometer

    Andrew Drabble July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • This is better than Unboxholics when they did unboxings. And that's hard man, at least on my book.

    Supah Gualtah July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • i wanna buy this

    Katherine A. July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • New ones are 2$

    Nikola Stajcic July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • i have never loved this shit

    yesser labidi July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • You could trade that Tetriz for a btc at Mechanic

    James Bradam July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I remember when I was a kid myself I played on these retro consoles back then, I really liked the brick games, but they were a little bit weird.

    Vladut Cotarlan July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Tetris

    Никифор Рогулин July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I actually had three of these. One was made in 2000 and actually read just 500in1 as opposed to that bunch of 9s, and was that kind of PCB green. The 2nd was a GBC/PSP styled yellow/orange one, and it was a bit more advanced, as IIRC it also had a built in calculator that served as some kind of standby mode. The 3rd was similar to the one pictured here, with the difference being that it was a metallic green (kinda like the emerald green Galaxy S6, but somehow turned matte instead of glossy) and had a black back. It was my cousin's (ironic since she's a girl, and she got it around 2011-12) but she gave it to me as she didn't like it.

    BTW, cutting the speaker was pretty dumb. At least for me, since I clearly recall having a sound button to mute on all 3 brick games.

    And ngl the boxes these came in were pretty nifty.

    NirvanaShotgun July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • in which toilet do you always find them? and then in exactly the same pissed off look? own urine in the bathtub 😂

    Cyriousyler1986 July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Wouldn't it be soapy water and not watery soap😂

    Benedikt Dobiess July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • This things are very popular here in Venezuela even today there are some places selling some of this shit xD

    Sirpixel July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Yes there are definitely 99999999 in 1

    Calibac July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • So satisfying to see something old, yellowed and broken made new again. Great video!!! (Jan Griffiths).

    Douglas Griffiths July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I like this zo much. Its so refreshing.

    Abe Mintjes July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • The creaking

    social scape July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • eso yo tenia cuando era un ñiño que recuerdos xD

    Antonio Rodriguez de Geminis July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Tarkov bring me here
    And one more tip, when you get this brick game item in the tarkov, you can barter the money with the mechanic

    Hyeong Seok Lee July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I heard these are worth a bitcoin

    ThatKidMatt25 July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • You have very nice hands….not trying to be weird.

    Poopyhead July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • y’all were out here with your N64’s and Playstations meanwhile eastern europe had this lol

    it was such a weird time because most people had shitty nes clones by the time the PS3 and WII came out

    Squidiffer July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Boys in 1980s: WOW AWESOME GRAPHICS !!!!

    SohRab_IQ July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I think it had a front screen like the gameboy

    The peeps July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I had this trash.
    I actually had fun with it, and played every game, even tho it sucked and it was hard to see what was going on.
    Now I have dozens of great Steam games I barely touched if at all, because I don't feel like it.

    J M July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • тетрис вниз летит а не вверх. идиот все сломал

    Ququk July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Why does those plastic has yellow thing?

    Jede Rick Baldecañas July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • childhood scam… 9999999999 GAMES IN 1 XD

    mark Casiano July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • I love these videos but they give me sorta a asmr vibe

    Sandwichguy270 Animations July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply
  • Its over 9000!!

    LargoDono July 15, 2020 7:11 am Reply

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