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I love retro-games! What kid from the 80's doesn't! I'm also a software engineer by trade. Recently, I've also had to transition into designing actual embedded computer hardware which has meant that I'm having to learn information about electronics as well as refreshing myself on the specifics of very low-level computer operations.

What fun is it to learn all of this information and not put it to good use-- So I've decided that I'd like to dust off all of my old NES and SNES cartridges and work on dumping the data straight to ROMs and trying to "figure out" the old hardware.

No, I'm not looking for software that I can use to inspect the data (unless it's inspecting the data straight from the cart) but what I want want are the hardware tools necessary to explore these old games and systems from the hardware level. Is there a reputable store that offers these tools catered to gamers?

If the answer is check out eBay, what type of hardware should I look for? I know this is a very niche question and it could be easy to say "this post doesn't belong on this site" but I thought I'd have a better shot at finding someone interested in answering this question because it specifically relates to gaming hardware.

thanks guys!

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For NES, the CopyNES works great. –  Martin Jun 4 '12 at 14:08
Thanks! I'll check it out. –  RLH Jun 4 '12 at 14:09

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