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

Nintendo NES 1 VS NES 2 – Differences in the Toaster VS the Top Loader

Nintendo NES Control Deck Box

This article will include information on both the original NES, sometimes referred to as the “Toaster NES” and the NES 2 usually referred to as the “Top Loader”.

Nintendo NES Control Deck Box
Nintendo NES Control Deck Box
Nintendo NES Action Set in Box
Nintendo NES Action Set in Box

The toaster came out in 1985 in the US. It was test marketed around the U.S. in New York and California.

Nintendo NES Top Loader Box
Nintendo NES Top Loader Box
Nintendo NES Top Loader and Controllers
Nintendo NES Top Loader and Controllers
Nintendo NES Top Loader in open box
Nintendo NES Top Loader in open box

The Top loader came out in 1993. It does have several differences from the original NES:

  • Only RF output
  • No Power LED
  • New “Dog Bone” style controllers

The Top Loader is more rare but the funny thing is the Toaster gives a better video signal due to it having composite out (instead of RF Out only like the Top Loader has). You can mod the Top Loader to have composite out like the Toaster so that’s something to think about.