Not For Resale carts

Back in the day, many video game stores such as Wal-Mart and Toy's R' US had kiosks set up in their stores. These allowed gamers to try out games before they bought them. These store kiosk Nintendo 64 games are known as the Not For Resale carts. You'll always know what a Not For Resale cart looks like because it will have the text "Not For Resale" written on it. Some would also have a sticker on the back of the cartridge for the store to fill out.

Not For Resale cartridges are extra special because once the store was done with them, the cartridges were supposed to be returned to Nintendo or thrown out. Many have survived and have become collector's items. Some of the cartridge's are actually different from the final version and will have demo content on them. Here is a list of all known NFR carts:

Game Rarity Picture Notes
1080 Snowboarding 8  
Banjo-Kazooie 7  
Banjo-Tooie 6  
Diddy Kong Racing 8    
Donkey Kong 64 9 Special 3 level demo of the game. Some minor beta content is present.
Excitebike 64 8 Demo of the game. Essentially same as retail but lots of content is locked.
Goldeneye 007 8    
Jet Force Gemini 8 Contains a demo of the game with some minor beta content.
Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 6  
Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 10 Came in a gray cartridge. Was a demo of the game with save states and beta content.
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 7  
Mario Kart 64 6  
Mario Party 2 7  
Mario Party 3 6  
Mario Tennis 6  
Perfect Dark 8  
Pokemon Snap 7    
Pokemon Snap 8 Special 2 level demo that was only used in Blockbuster. Cartridge marked "DEMO ONLY-NOT FOR RESALE".
Pokemon Stadium 6 Version 1.1 of the game.
Pokemon Stadium 2 6  
Starfox 64 7  
Star Wars Episode 1 Racer 8  
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron   8  
Super Mario 64 7  
Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil 9 NTSC Demo. Contains first level of the game with tons of beta content.
Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil 9 Only NFR cart released in PAL format. Contains first level of the game with tons of beta content.
Yoshi Story 9 Japanese version of the game. Cartridge was marked "International Version" and had a unique label.

If the notes section is blank, then that means that the game had no changes, besides have it's label modified to have Not For Resale on it.

There exist a few back sticker only Not for Resale cartridges. By this I mean they were regular retail cartridges in every way and that just had a NFR sticker placed on the back of the cartridge. Of course once this sticker came off, there would be no way to tell if it was an NFR or not. Due to this, most collectors do not care about back sticker only Not For Resale cartridges. Here's a list of the few known Back sticker NFR's:

  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • Donkey Kong 64 (Yellow cartridge)
  • Legend of Zelda Orcarina of Time (Gold cartridge)
  • Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
  • WWF Warzone
  • WWF Wrestlemania 2000

Thanks to Swordless Link, RDools, & acomicbookguyc for supplying us with the NFR cartridge pictures!