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

World of Nintendo Neon Sign

World of Nintendo Neon Sign

I found this in a pawn shop recently while looking for NES games. It was broken in two places and the only part that would light up was the word “Nintendo”.

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it. I asked if it was for sale and was told “No, it’s for display purposes and it’s not for sale”. I was pretty discouraged and disappointed.

Since this pawn shop is one that I frequent when searching for retro games I ended up stopping in there a month later and figured I would ask again. This time I was told “Yes, we can sell it to you but it’s partially broken”.

Needless to say I purchased it and now my mission was to get it fixed. I found a local neon shop that fixed the broken neon tubes and recharged it with the gas.

I haven’t seen too many of these online and I’m not sure how much it’s worth but I plan on keeping it for a long time.

World of Nintendo Neon Sign
World of Nintendo Neon Sign in my game room
World of Nintendo Neon Sign Back Side
World of Nintendo Neon Sign Back Side