How to fix ROB the Robot

NES Deluxe Set Box Front

I recently picked up an original NES Deluxe set from a garage sale for only $40. It was a complete set and in the original box with Rob the Robot! Obviously I couldn’t pass up a deal this good.

Here’s some pics of the NES Deluxe Set Box for your viewing pleasure =)

NES Deluxe Set Box Front
NES Deluxe Set Box Front
NES Deluxe Set Box Bottom
NES Deluxe Set Box Bottom
NES Deluxe Set Box Back
NES Deluxe Set Box Back
NES Deluxe Set Box Side
NES Deluxe Set Box Side
NES Deluxe Set Box Styrofoam
NES Deluxe Set Box Styrofoam
NES Deluxe Set Box Contents
NES Deluxe Set Box Contents

Upon returning home to test it I found that everything worked perfectly except ROB wouldn’t move up or down. I was able to fix ROB so I thought I would share some knowledge on what I did to fix the problem.

How to fix ROB

It’s much easier to fix him if you turn him upside down. This is due to the fact that ROB is filled with gears and if he’s upside down the gears will not fall out when you remove the screws that hold ROB’s torso together.

NES ROB Repair - ROB Turned Upside Down
NES ROB Repair - ROB Turned Upside Down

Once the ROB’s torso screws are out the inside will look like this:

NES ROB Inside View
NES ROB Inside View

When ROB can’t move up or down it’s almost always do the the front gear/axle assembly. Back in the day Nintendo glued a part of it together and over time the glue can dry out and when that happens the gears won’t turn on the axle. Below is a picture of the gear I’m talking about:

NES ROB Inside Problems
NES ROB Inside Problems

All you need to do is remove of ROB’s as well as the gears that move the arms. Next you can remove the gear/axle assembly and put super glue on the part listed in the previous pic.

Reassembly

It’s much easier if you prop up ROB’s arms when you put him back together. You need to make sure everything lines up otherwise you will have to take it apart again because it will not work unless it’s lined up perfectly.

The outcome

NES games with Famicom converters inside

View of inside a 5 screw NES Game containing a Famicom Converter
View of the inside of a regular 5 screw NES game
View of the inside of a regular 5 screw NES game
View of inside a 5 screw NES Game containing a Famicom Converter
View of inside a 5 screw NES Game containing a Famicom Converter

Some of the early released NES games from 1985 have a hidden treasure inside: Famicom to NES converters/adapters.

These converters will allow you play Japanese Famicom games on your NES Top Loader or NES Toaster.

All the early NES games are of the 5 screw case design so it’s easy to open them with a standard flat blade screw driver. This is a great reason to check your games to see if you have a surprise inside. If the NES game has a converter inside it’s going to weigh more than a regular NES game so you may be able to tell without even having to open it.

I’ve checked several of my games and was lucky to find out that my copies of Gyromite and Pinball both contain Famicom to NES converters.

The games you are most likely to find the Famicom converters in are in no:
(Note: this is from my own personal experience so use at your own discretion)

  • Stack Up (All should have it)
  • Gyromite (Some will have it)
  • Pinball (Some will have it)
  • Kung Fu (Some will have it)
  • Excitebike (Some will have it)
  • Wrecking Crew (Some will have it)
  • Golf (Some will have it)
  • Duck Hunt (Some will have it)