How to repair Gameboy common problems

How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems

How to repair Gameboy commom problems

How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems
How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems

Recently, I came across a Gameboy at Goodwill for $6.99. While inspecting it I noticed the battery contacts where very corroded but the Gameboy was complete albeit very dirty likely from years of use and the lack of the previous owner taking good care of it. I couldn’t test the Gameboy before I bought it but I thought I could use a low budget trick to clean up the battery contacts to look nearly new.

When I got home I tried to turn on the Gameboy with new, fresh batteries but it wouldn’t power on. I wasn’t very surprised though because the battery contacts where nasty. Here’s some before pictures.

Gameboy DMG Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Close Up of Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Close Up of Battery Corosion

What you need:

  • Small flat blade screw driver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • White distilled vinegar

How to remove the battery contacts

I used a small flat blade screw driver to get underneath the battery contacts and then used needle nose pliers to pull out the battery contacts.

Gameboy DMG Battery Contacts Removed
Gameboy DMG Battery Contacts Removed

Cleaning the battery contacts with vinegar

Gameboy DMG White Distilled Vinegar
Gameboy DMG White Distilled Vinegar

White Distilled Vinegar does a great job of eating through the corrosion on the battery contacts. All you need to do is soak the battery contacts in the vinegar for a few minutes. You can see the corrosion bubble right off. You can also use a flat blade screw driver to scrape off any corrosion that doesn’t bubble off on it’s own while it’s soaking.

Soaking the Gameboy DMG battery contacts in white distilled vinegar
Soaking the Gameboy DMG battery contacts in white distilled vinegar

After 5 minutes of soaking I removed the battery contacts and cleaned them up with water. Next I soaked them in some Rubbing Alcohol and then dried them using a paper towel before reinstalling them into the Gameboy.

Here’s a close up of the battery contacts installed:

Gameboy DMG Cleaned Battery Contacts
Gameboy DMG Cleaned Battery Contacts

Note: This picture was taken during testing and before the final cleaning of the Gameboy

Does it work now?

I reinstalled the batteries and tried to power on the Gameboy and to my delight it turned right on! This is proof of a cheap DIY fix for a non working Gameboy. There was a catch though…

I did notice that once the Gameboy turned on that some of the lines on the lcd were not being displayed. Luckily there’s a DIY fix for this too.

How to fix the lcd screen when lines are missing

Gameboy DMG LCD Missing Lines Pixels
Gameboy DMG LCD Missing Lines Pixels

A common problem with Gameboy LCD screens is missing lines in the screen. This is usually caused by a bad connection in the LCD cable. When you heat up the cable and apply pressure on it the lines will disappear.

Non official Nintendo Gameboy LCD Fix it tool =)
Non official Nintendo Gameboy LCD Fix it tool =)

All you need is a hair drier or a heat gun. You want to heat the cable where it’s missing lines. Take a look at the picture I added for a better description:

Heat Up Gameboy LCD and Press Down Cable
Heat Up Gameboy LCD and Press Down Cable

Final Result

Gameboy DMG LCD After LCD Fix
Gameboy DMG LCD After LCD Fix

After heating up the cable and applying pressure it looked perfect! Hopefully this information helps somebody with similar problems with their Gameboy.

Rad Racer Nintendo NES Complete in Box Variants

NES Rad Racer CIB Variants Front

Pictures of my two complete in box (CIB) variants of Rad Racer for the Nintendo NES from my personal video game collection. You can see that the Nintendo seal’s are different on the game paks as well as on the game boxes. One is known as the “circle seal” and the other is known as the “round seal”. I only have the instruction manual and the 3-D glasses for one of them unfortunately.

NES Rad Racer CIB Variants Front
NES Rad Racer CIB Variants Front
NES Rad Racer CIB Variants Back
NES Rad Racer CIB Variants Back

My Galaga arcade machine a thrift store find

My Galaga arcade machine at the Thrift Store

My Galaga Arcade Machine – A thrift store find

My Galaga arcade machine at the thrift store
My Galaga arcade machine at the thrift store

How I found it

It was a random Tuesday and my girlfriend and I were visiting up our normal stops, shopping at various thrift, resale, and video game stores when we came across this Galaga machine at a thrift store that we hadn’t been to in a while.

I wasn’t looking for an arcade machine (I was actually looking for Nintendo NES games) but when I saw this Galaga machine it definitely got my attention since Galaga is one of my most favorite arcade machines of all time.

The Galaga machine had a price tag on it of $495 which was not in my price range but since I was at a thrift store I figured the price was probably negotiable.

Upon inspecting it I noticed the back door was missing. The store was not very well lit so it was hard to see inside of the cabinet but I did notice that the power supply had been updated to a newer style switching power supply, which I liked. I also noticed the monitor didn’t have any burn in which is very common so I really liked that too.

I asked one of the employees if I could test out the game. He said “Yes, but if I remember correctly it had a bad video something or other”.

I was still interested and wanted to test it out so I asked him if I could at least power it on.

He said “Sure, lets plug it in and see what happens”. When he reached into the cabinet to pull out the power cord he noticed that it was cut in half so obviously I wasn’t going to be able to test it out.

To me this wasn’t a big deal since it’s an easy fix but I wanted to use this for my bargaining advantage. I told him that $495 was way too much since I couldn’t even turn it on to test out. I asked him what’s the best price he can give me keeping in mind the condition that it’s in. He told me that I could have it for $175. I thought that was a fair price so the deal was done. He told me that they would deliver it the next day for me too.

Cleaning & Inspecting

Once the Galaga machine arrived at my house it was time to see what exactly I had gotten myself into.

The first thing I did was vacuum out all the dust, dirt, and spider webs that had accumulated over the last 30 plus years. Once it was clean inside I got a better look at all the wiring and such in the cabinet.

I noticed that some of the wiring was done using butt connectors so I removed those and soldered the wires back together. This wasn’t really necessary but I prefer to solder wiring. I also soldered the broken power cord back together.

Galaga broken power cord
Galaga broken power cord

I removed the motherboard and began to inspect it. I was looking for burnt chips, cut traces and any other problems. From my research I realized that Galaga is notorious for having problems with the motherboard / video board. The reason is because there are a lot of socketed chips on the boards that are prone to failure due to heat, dirt, and low quality parts that were used in assembly. The chips have very fragile legs on them so you have to be very careful when removing them. It wasn’t my first time removing socketed chips but it was true these chips are fragile.

Galaga Motherboard
Galaga Motherboard

It was apparent the motherboard had been worked on in the past. It still had service stickers attached to it and it also some hot glue on the board from the service.

Galaga motherboard service tag
Galaga motherboard service tag

Cleaning the motherboard / video board

I carefully removed each of the socketed chips one at a time and cleaned them. I used a pencil eraser on the chip’s legs as well as some isopropyl alcohol. While the chips were out, I also cleaned out the sockets with isopropyl alcohol and compressed air. I took my time to make sure I didn’t break off any of the chip’s legs.

Time to power on!

After installing the cleaned motherboard I was ready to test out the machine. I pressed the power switch and I was happy to hear the familiar high pitched sound of the monitor coming to life. After a few seconds it warmed up and I saw that the game was playing.

Unfortunately though, the screen didn’t look right. The colors were way off as it was too red and in the top right corner it was green.

Galaga monitor bad colors
Galaga monitor bad colors

Luckily for me the fix was to adjust the pots on the back of the monitor’s neck board (see the pic).

Galaga monitor adjustment pots for colors
Galaga monitor adjustment pots for colors

After the fine tuning I also adjusted the focus so I would get a nice clear picture. The red monitor must have been what the salesmen was talking about it having a “bad video board”.

Extended testing AKA: Playing some Galaga

I started playing and made it to stage 20 and then all of a sudden the game rebooted on me. It then came up to an error screen where it said “RAM OK ROM 01” (Note: Errors are displayed in upside text when the Galaga machine boots)

Galaga Error RAM OK ROM 01
Galaga Error RAM OK ROM 01

From my research it indicated there was a problem with the rom chip at 3N so I removed the rom chip again and cleaned it some more and also cleaned the socket again.

Galaga ROM 3N
Galaga ROM 3N
Galaga socket 3N
Galaga socket 3N

I also read that the power supply voltage should be checked and adjusted if it wasn’t around 5.2 volts. My power supply was putting out 4.9 volts so after I adjusted it to 5.2

Galaga power supply adjusting voltage
Galaga power supply adjusting voltage

After the cleaning the 3N rom chip / socket and adjusting the power supply voltage I’m happy to say that I’ve had no problems at all with the game. It hasn’t rebooted on me or acted up at all.

Video of the end result

Next on my list is to install a marquee light because it doesn’t have one in the cabinet. I’ve already ordered side art and the kick panel art so that the cabinet looks complete. All in all I’m very happy with my Galaga game.

Sega Genesis Opening Title Screen Intro Videos

Sega Genesis Opening Title Screen Intro Videos

A compilation of Sega Genesis Opening Title Screen Intro Videos. Some games have the title theme and demo gameplay footage while others just are the static title screen. These videos are sometimes called “attract mode” on arcade machines, which is meant to make the player familiar with the gameplay. It’s funny how the quality of the gameplay can vary so much from game to game. It seems that some games were played by experts and others were played by someone who had no idea of what the point of the game way. Depending on the game it will either loop through the same short video over and over indefinitely while some other games will show you many different levels that you can play.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Contra Hard Corps

Sword of Vermilion

Streets of Rage

Rocket Knight Adventures

Shadowrun

Nintendo NES Opening Title Screen Intro Videos

A compilation of Nintendo NES Opening Title Screen Intro Videos. Some games have the title theme and demo gameplay footage while others just are the static title screen.

Adventure Island

8 Eyes

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Contra

GI Joe

Life Force

Power Blade

Balloon Fight

The Goonies 2

Bonk’s Adventure

Nightshade

DuckTales

Contra Force

Journey To Silius

Zombie Nation

Castlevania

Kid Icarus

Final Fantasy

Pinbot

Blades of Steel

Faxanadu

Double Dragon

Clash at Demon Head

Felix the Cat

Mega Man 2

Mario is Missing

Ultima Exodus

Retro Games Collecting 101

Welcome to the world of Retro Games collecting!

Retro game collecting is a wonderful hobby that lets people relive their childhood playing the classic games that they grew up with. Retro game collecting also lets younger people experience all the fun and excitement of classic games. Today’s modern games are filled with vast 3D lands, voice acting, and full movie like capabilties. The classic games of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s obviously can’t compete with this new technology but they have their own charm and personality that makes them enjoyable. These games were built on exciting gameplay, difficult challenge, and all around fun.

The many types of retro game collectors

There are many different “type” of retro game collectors. The common types of collectors are the following:


  • Loose Game Collectors

    – Collectors who collect the game only.
    Loose games are the most common way to find a retro game for sale. They are much less expensive than finding a game in the original packaging.

    Loose Atari 2600 Haunted House
    Loose Atari 2600 Haunted House
    Loose NES Legend of Zelda
    Loose NES Legend of Zelda
    Loose Sega Genesis Road Rash 3
    Loose Sega Genesis Road Rash 3

  • CIB Games Collectors

    – CIB stands for “Complete in Box”. These are collectors of the game, box, and instruction manuals.

    Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Intellivision Complete in Box
    Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Intellivision Complete in Box

  • Sealed Games Collectors

    – Collectors of unopened games in their original shrink wrap. This is the most expensive type of retro game collecting.

    Sealed Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Treasue of Tarmin Intellivsion
    Sealed Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Treasue of Tarmin Intellivsion

  • Variant Game Collectors

    – Collectors of games that were released with notable differences. Some common game variants are differences of labels, artwork, or boxes.

    Duck Hunt Original Release & Rev-a Variant CIB front
    Duck Hunt Original Release & Rev-a Variant CIB front
    Duck Hunt Original Release & Rev-a Variant CIB back
    Duck Hunt Original Release & Rev-a Variant CIB back

  • Paper Collectors

    – Collectors of “paper products” including instruction manuals, posters, and advertisements that came packaged with games.

    Sega CD Instruction Manual Collection
    Sega CD Instruction Manual Collection

  • Homebrew Game Collectors

    – Collectors of homebrew games which are games that are created to run on the original hardware. These games are typically programmed by game fans but some are programmed by the original game creators. Some homebrew games are completely new games which others are “hacks” of original games. An example a popular homebrew game “hack” is Zelda Outlands for the NES. It plays like the original Legend of Zelda but it’s been reprogrammed so much that it’s a completely new game experience. One more type of homebrew game is games that were never released because they were never finished or because they weren’t available in certain countries.

    Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels front
    Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels front
    Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels back
    Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels back

Game Boxes

Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Intellivision, Sega 32X and most later released Sega Genesis games were all sold in cardboard boxes. Most gamers back in the day, did not save these boxes. Little did they know these boxes would one day become collector’s items.  Due to the fact that most of the boxes were discarded these boxes today are very sought after.

Instruction manuals and inserts

Nearly all retro games were released with paper manuals explaining the game and other topics such as the controls, gameplay mechanics, items to be found, etc.

Since the instruction manuals are made of paper they are highly susceptible to damage or were commonly lost or thrown away.  Some games were packaged with bonus items such as “world maps”, players guides and advertising which is collectable today. These are all items that paper collectors are interested in.

Complete in Box (CIB) Games

“Complete in box” is the term used to describe a “complete game”. A “complete game” is the game itself, the instruction manual and the box that it came in. It’s often abbreviated as “CIB”. CIB games always commend a premium price over lose games or games that just include the box (also known as “boxed games”). In most cases the highest value comes from the box, then the game and then the manual. This is a general rule and their are some exceptions but this is usually the case.

Collecting box, instruction manuals, and inserts separately

Collecting the original boxes, instruction manuals and inserts can be a fun way to get yourself a complete game. For the game systems that came with cardboard boxes it can be difficult to find an original box due to them being thrown away or in very poor shape due to their age. Same goes for the instruction manuals and inserts (maps, guides, advertising, etc).

Where to find Games, Boxes, Instruction Manuals, and Inserts

Shopping at retail stores

You can find retro games at local video game stores but expect to pay a premium for them. Good places to look for retro games are Goodwill stores, Resale shops, pawn shops and antique shops. These places are generally cheaper than video game stores but it really depends on how much the seller knows about the particular games. Some will price their inventory off of internet prices so it pays to search around for the best deals.

Shopping Online

You can find these items on sites such as Ebay.com and GameGavel.com. You can also look on sites such as Craigslist.org for local items for sale from individuals. This is the usually the best place to find them. Internet prices are usually much more than individuals will charge off of Craigslist. Some Craigslist seller will sell for internet prices though so you need to do your homework and search for the best deals.

One site that has a lot of games, boxes, instruction manuals, and inserts is UncleTusk.com. UncleTusk also sells complete in box Homebrew games and they take custom orders if you want to make your own custom NES items. It’s definitely worth a look. I have a few of their boxes in my collection and I must say that the quality of UncleTusk’s boxes are top notch. They are printed on high quality stock and which is very durable. The boxes have a nice shine to them and they have the same embossed pleats in them like the original game boxes.

Here are some examples of UncleTusk’s boxes that I have:

CIB Stack Up and UncleTusk’s Stack Up Side by side:

CIB Stack Up - UncleTusk Stack Up Front
CIB Stack Up – UncleTusk Stack Up Front
CIB Stack Up - UncleTusk Stack Up Back
CIB Stack Up – UncleTusk Stack Up Back
UncleTusk Stack Up Front
UncleTusk Stack Up Front
CIB Stack Up - Uncle Tusk Side
CIB Stack Up – Uncle Tusk Side

UncleTusk’s SNES Power Fest ’94

PowerFest 94 Front Flat
PowerFest 94 Front Flat
PowerFest 94 Back Flat
PowerFest 94 Back Flat
PowerFest 94 Front
PowerFest 94 Front
PowerFest 94 Front Side
PowerFest 94 Front Side
PowerFest 94 Back
PowerFest 94 Back

PowerFest 94 Back Side
PowerFest 94 Back Side


UncleTusk’s Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World

Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front Flat
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front Flat
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Back Flat
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Back Flat
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front Side
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Front Side
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Back
Super Mario All Stars & Super Mario World Back

UncleTusk’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Front Flat
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Front Flat
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Back Flat
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Back Flat
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Top
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Top
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Front Side
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Front Side
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Back
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Back
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Bottom
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dragons of Flame Bottom

UncleTusk’s Cheetahmen 2 the Lost Levels box

UncleTusk's Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels
UncleTusk’s Cheetahmen 2 the lost levels

Where to look for retro gaming item’s values

I use sites like Ebay.com (look at the “completed” auctions and click on “sold auctions”) and videogames.pricecharting.com to figure out what retro games are currently selling for. These sites help a lot in determining how much your items are worth. Remember items are really only worth what people are willing to pay for them but using these sources will give you a good idea of what you have or what you are looking for.

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures

Super Mario Bros Pinball

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures taken by myself SteveOh.

I tried to get to all the different areas of the show. Included are pictures of the Star World’s arcade, the vendor area, the various gaming rooms, and the pinball tournament.

There’s a lot of retro / vintage computers & gaming devices. Have fun!

60 in 1 Bartop Arcades
60 in 1 Bartop Arcades
Apple & Commodore Computers
Apple & Commodore Computers
Apple IIc
Apple IIc
Apple Lisa
Apple Lisa
Atari 5200 Close Up
Atari 5200 Close Up
Atari 5200
Atari 5200
Atari 7800 in box
Atari 7800 in box
Atari Centipede Mobile
Atari Centipede Mobile
Atari Jagfest
Atari Jagfest
Atari Jaguar & Lynx
Atari Jaguar & Lynx
Atari Jaguar Banner
Atari Jaguar Banner
Atari Jaguar Box & Atari Lynx
Atari Jaguar Box & Atari Lynx
Atari Jaguar
Atari Jaguar
Atari Lynx 2
Atari Lynx 2
Atari Lynx - The Latest From Lynx
Atari Lynx – The Latest From Lynx
Atari Lynx Complete
Atari Lynx Complete
Atari Lynx
Atari Lynx
Atari Pong & Intelligames Pong Sports IV
Atari Pong & Intelligames Pong Sports IV
Atari Pong & Stunt Cycle
Atari Pong & Stunt Cycle
Atari Video Game Selection Center 2
Atari Video Game Selection Center 2
Atari Video Game Selection Center
Atari Video Game Selection Center
CIB Games For Sale
CIB Games For Sale
CIB NES Master System Genesis Games
CIB NES Master System Genesis Games
Commodore Computer
Commodore Computer
Compaq Z80
Compaq Z80
Console Gaming
Console Gaming
Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution
Fix It Felix Arcade
Fix It Felix Arcade
Games for sale
Games for sale
Handhelds for sale
Handhelds for sale
Happy Vendor
Happy Vendor
Homebrew Jaguar Games 2
Homebrew Jaguar Games 2
Homebrew Jaguar Games
Homebrew Jaguar Games
IBM PC
IBM PC
Intellivsion Keyboard
Intellivsion Keyboard
Joust Cocktail Arcade
Joust Cocktail Arcade
Joust High Score
Joust High Score
Main Vendor Hall
Main Vendor Hall
NES Accessories
NES Accessories
NES Power Glove
NES Power Glove
Nintendo Gameboy Kiosk
Nintendo Gameboy Kiosk
Nintendo VS Red Tent Arcade
Nintendo VS Red Tent Arcade
Pinball Machines 2
Pinball Machines 2
Pinball Machines
Pinball Machines
Pinball Playfield
Pinball Playfield
Pinball Tournament
Pinball Tournament
Pixel Party
Pixel Party
Radio Shack TRS80
Radio Shack TRS80
Sealed Atari Games
Sealed Atari Games
Sega Mark III
Sega Mark III
Star Wars Pinball
Star Wars Pinball
Star World's Arcade 2
Star World’s Arcade 2
Star World's Arcade 3
Star World’s Arcade 3
Star World's Arcade Beatmania
Star World’s Arcade Beatmania
Star World's Arcade
Star World’s Arcade
Super Mario Bros Pinball
Super Mario Bros Pinball
Video Brain
Video Brain
Zelda Standee
Zelda Standee
Baby Pacman Pinball
Baby Pacman Pinball
Boxed NES and Super Famicom Games
Boxed NES and Super Famicom Games
Bubbles Arcade Machine
Bubbles Arcade Machine
Nintendo Famicom Games for Sale
Nintendo Famicom Games for Sale
Galaga Arcade Machine
Galaga Arcade Machine
Galaga Arcade Perfect Challenging Stage
Galaga Arcade Perfect Challenging Stage
Ikari Warriors Arcade Machine
Ikari Warriors Arcade Machine
Intellivision Games for Sale
Intellivision Games for Sale
Japanese ROB the Robot and games for sale
Japanese ROB the Robot and games for sale
Japanese Sega Saturn Games For Sale
Japanese Sega Saturn Games For Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale 2
Lots of NES Games for Sale 2
Moon Patrol - Bubbles - Robotron 2084 Arcade Machines
Moon Patrol – Bubbles – Robotron 2084 Arcade Machines
Nintendo Famicom and Super Famicom Games for Sale
Nintendo Famicom and Super Famicom Games for Sale
Random Games and Merchandise for Sale
Random Games and Merchandise for Sale
Rare NES Gameboy and Import Games
Rare NES Gameboy and Import Games
Sealed and Boxed Atair Jaguar and Turbografx16 Games
Sealed and Boxed Atair Jaguar and Turbografx16 Games
Sega Genesis 2 - N64 - 3DO
Sega Genesis 2 – N64 – 3DO
Star Worlds Arcade 3
Star Worlds Arcade 3
Super Famicom Games For Sale
Super Famicom Games For Sale
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale 2
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale 2
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale
Turbografx16 Games for Sale
Turbografx16 Games for Sale

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 – Star World’s Arcade

Midwest Gaming Classic Logo

Here’s a short video of the Star World’s Arcade at the 2013 Midwest Gaming Classic. There were quite a few classic arcades to play as well as more modern titles and some pinball machines. All of the games were on free-play which gave everybody a chance to play, and play as many times as possible. Some of the popular games were:

Midwest Gaming Classic Logo
Midwest Gaming Classic Logo

  • Defender
  • Robotron 2084 (Had 2 machines)
  • Joust (cocktail table)
  • Galaga
  • Ms. Pacman
  • Bubbles
  • Lunar Patrol
  • Nintendo VS Wrecking Crew
  • Beatmania
  • Dance Dance Revolution

and more.

It was pretty crowded so I tried to get as many games in the video as possible but it was cramped so this is the best I could do.

All in all it was a great time and I would highly recommend the Midwest Gaming Classic to anyone who enjoys classic and modern video games and pinball machines. There was much more to do than just play games including arts and crafts for families, a huge video game/computer museum, giant vendor sales areas with all sorts of games/systems and merchandise for sale and pinball tournaments.

Nintendo NES Test Station

NES Test Station
NES Test Station
NES Test Station

I finally got my hands on an NES Test Station. I won this one on eBay. It was in non-working condition. In the description the seller said that it didn’t power on so I figured why not try to win it, it sounds like a fun little project if the price is right.

Once I got the test station I traced the “no powering on problem” to a bad power supply. I found another working power supply on eBay for $10 plus shipping. It required a little soldering and splicing wires to replace it but it was pretty simple. Once I got the new power supply in, the test station turned on so it was time to “test the test station”.

I did find a problem with the Control Deck test area. I ended up having to resolder the wiring for the A/V inputs because they were not working. Luckily, that was the only other thing I had to fix. It was a fun project and this is something I’ve been wanting for a long time.

The NES Test Station tests the following items:

  • NES Control Deck
  • Game Pak (Game Cartridge)
  • RF Switch
  • Audio / Video Composite Cables (The Red / Yellow RCA Cables)
  • Accessories (NES Controllers, ROB the Robot, Zapper light gun, & Power Pad Mat)

This is one of my favorite pieces of my game collection. It’s very rare and you don’t see them for sale a lot and when you do they are pretty expensive.

NES Test Station Menu
NES Test Station Menu
NES Test Station Legend of Zelda
NES Test Station Legend of Zelda
This is the bad power supply that was in the NES Test Station
This is the bad power supply that was in the NES Test Station