Compared to more fragile media like CDs and Blu-rays, video game cartridges are absolute tanks. But after years of service, dirt and corrosion can accumulate on the contacts of even the most well cared for games, eventually rendering them unplayable. And to make matters worse, the internet is filled with terrible advice on how to clean games yourself – following some of the most commonly repeated “helpful tips” we’ve read online can and will result cause irreparable damage to your games.
But don’t despair, because Strigis Games is here to help! We have the experience and the know-how to gently clean away decades of buildup and get your old favorites up and running again without causing any lasting harm. Not only do we use the very restoration process we’re offering here to clean every cart we sell, we’ve used it to clean every game in our personal collections, too!
Along with a thorough cleaning of the contacts, we will also give the rest of the cart a once-over to wipe away any dirt, debris, and markings that can be removed without causing additional damage to either the plastic shell or the labels, and if the cart can be opened safely (i.e. without breaking off tabs or punching holes in labels) we will also clean away any dirt or residue that may have worked its way inside over the years.
After cleaning, we test every game to ensure that it works, and our service is backed by a money-back guarantee: in the rare event that a cartridge still fails work after undergoing our restoration process, you will receive a refund for that game!
The following is a list of the systems for which we are currently able to service cartridge games. We are working on expanding our ability to service carts for more systems, so if you don’t see your favorite listed below please send us a message and we will contact you when it gets added to our repertoire:
- Atari 2600
- Commodore 64
- Mattel Intellivision
- Nintendo Game Boy
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance
- Nintendo Game Boy Color
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
- Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES)
- Sega Game Gear
- Sega Genesis
- Sega Master System
Volume discounts are available, too — the more carts you send us, the more money you save!
1-10 carts: $5.00/cart
11-20 carts: $4.00/cart (20% off)
21-30 carts: $3.50/ (30% off)
31+ carts: $3.00/cart (40% off)
After payment is submitted, we will contact you with a shipping address and packing instructions (all prices include postage for return shipping). Please include a written list of all the games you’ve enclosed as well as your name, address and either an email address or phone number we can use to contact you. We will call or email you within one business day of receiving your package to let you know it arrived safely and answer any additional questions or concerns you may have. Please note that turnaround time is dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to the number of carts you send to be cleaned, how much attention each individual cartridge requires, and how many batches of cartridges are in line before yours (all batches are cleaned in the order in which they are received).