NINTENDO NES Game & System Care Guide

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CPU: 8-Bit Modified 6502
CPU Speed: 1.79Mhz
Gpu: 64 Sprites
RAM: 2 Kilobytes
Colours: 52 ( 24 On Screen )
Game Media: Cartridge
Sound: PSG Sound
Pic Resolution: 256 x 240
Special Features:
                         4 Player Controller Adapter Available ( RARE )
Developer: NINTENDO
Release Date: 1986
Original Release Price: $189.00AUD
Variations: Top Loading System ( NOW RARE )

The NES is the most sold video game machine ever!  It has sold over 60 Million units worldwide and about 30 million in Japan alone.  In Japan the NES is named FAMICOM ( comes from FAMily COMputer )

The NES console was sold for around $190.00 AUD which was about $25.00AUD more than Nintendo was aiming for but still it was less than half the price of the competitors machines, which was the ATARI 2600 and 7800.

The NES was released at a time when the console gaming market had crashed, which was somewhat attributed to Atari not being able to control the quality of games being released by 3rd party software developers.  That is why Nintendo introduced the Nintendo Seal of Quality on their games, which meant that software written for their machines had to be licenced and pass the minimal quality test before they could be distributed.


The NES system was released in 1986, it is no longer a brand new state of the art machine and so requires some special treatment and sometimes the correct techniques to get the cartridge to play

Cartridge Care:
The cartridge contacts are susceptible to dust and/or oxidation.  If you have not played a particular cartridge for a while or especially if you have just acquired a cartridge I recommend that you clean the contacts.  If you insert an un-cleaned cartridge into your machine you may deposit dirt and foreign matter onto the internal 72 pin connector and this will often cause the console to mal-function.

To Clean Cartridges:
                            a.   Dampen a cotton bud in an alcohol based cleaning fluid such as DVD cleaner or Metholated Spirits
                            b.   Vigorously rub bith sides of the cartridge contacts
                            c.   If the cotton bud is heavily soiled after the first side get another clean cotton bud and repeat the process
                            d.   Using a clean dry cotton bud, dry off the contacts before inserting the game into the console

The Flashing Red Light Problem:
If your power light flashes on and off repeatedly then firstly - make sure you clean your game cartridges as above otherwise the following issues are at play.

Due to the design of the console whereby the game cartridges are inserted in and then down, the internal 72 pin connector begins to wear and flatten out over time.  This means that there is not a proper connection between the Console and the Cartridge resultinf in the FLASHING RED LIGHT SYNDROME.  The Cartridge contacts themselves also wear down over time and can add to the problem.  All of this combined means that getting the games to work can become a but fidly.  Here are some techniques to help you work around these issues.

                            1.   Insert and remove the cart a few times and try and get a good connection in the slot.
                            2.   Insert the cart only the minimum amount required to then allow you to click it down.  Try not to insert the cart all the way in                                           before pressing down.
                             3.   Insert the cartridge in and down at the same time - rather than as a two step process.  This can be difficult to get right.
                            4.   Try Wiggling the Cart in and out.
                            5.   Be aware that sometimes even the smallest movement will mean the difference between a cart working or not.

If all else fails and you cannot get the games to work, you will need to REPLACE the internal 72 pin connector
of                                       your NES system.  These connectors are available on E-Bay all you need is a Phillips head screwdriver and a few                                       minutes of your time!



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