The Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the Family Computer, or Famicon in most of Asia) was Nintendo's entrance to the home console market. It was released in 1983 in Japan, and 1984 in the rest of the world.

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What is wrong with my Nintendo Entertainment System?

I'm having issues getting my Nintendo Entertainment System working. When the cartridge is inserted just right, the screen shows up, but the pointer just alternates between choices on the screen, ...
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How does the NES Zapper work? [duplicate]

You may have played NES Console games when you were younger -- I know I did. I remember playing Duck Hunt, for one: Duck Hunt came with a peripheral called the NES Zapper: How does it work? How ...
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Using Metal-Man Weapon

How do you use Metal-Man's Weapon in Mega Man 2? I've beaten the boss, but have no idea how to "equip" it. It also doesn't show up when I press start. However when I beat Wood-Man I was able to use ...
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Should the red light on my NES flash when no cartridge is inserted?

Should the red light flash with no games inserted? I haven't got any games to test properly. Thanks guys!
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Save States for older game consoles?

Is it at all possible to save a state in a game for older consoles? I'm talking about old school game consoles like NES, SNES and Sega MegaDrive. I know it's not built in, so maybe somebody knows of ...
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Is there a reason why NES is called 8 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to? Why is NES is called an 8 bit console? Theres also a SNES which is called 16 bit console. What are these bits?
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Does Yoshi B-type have an ending?

Does the NES version of Yoshi (a.k.a. Yoshi's Egg, Mario & Yoshi) have an ending when playing the B-type game, or does the game just keep getting faster? If there is not an ending, how many ...
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Looking for a Good/Reputable Source for Hardware to Dump Old Cartridge Based Games [closed]

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 ...
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How does the Nintendo NES Four Score work?

How can it multiplex four controllers onto two controller ports? Would it be possible to extend it further with three devices?
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Is there really an endless water world in Super Mario Bros.?

I vaguely remember as a kid being able to squeeze between the pipe and the bricks at the end of a water world that would take you to another water world that never ended. Does anyone recall this or ...
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Why doesn't Duck Hunt work on plasma or LCD screens?

I'm told that the original Duck Hunt (NES) works fine on all CRT screens, but fails to register successful hits on a plasma or LCD screen. Why is this? Is there a fix for it?
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Red Mushroom House in World 4

Super Mario Bros 3, World 4 has a Red Mushroom House with a rock blocking its path. The Hammer Bros have never left me with an actual hammer, and I never seem to have one when I get to World 4. Is ...
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Is it possible to use the second controller to control the ducks in duckhunt?

Looking for a definitive answer, this is a bit of a gentleman's bet at the heart of it, but I would love an authoritative answer. Is it possible to use the second controller to control the ducks in ...
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Will the NES Zapper light gun work on a CRT HDTV?

The NES zapper doesn't work on LCD TVs, but my friend has a Samsung CRT HDTV and was wondering if it would work on that type of TV. Does anyone know?
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How do I 'upload' executables to a Nintendo DS?

My girlfriend really likes old school NES games, and she has a DS. I figured the best way to get her games would be to install a NES emulator like NESDS on her DS. Having no experience with this, I ...
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Why did you have to blow into an NES cartridge to make it work?

Did doing this actually help at all? If so, how?
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How can I identify a Mario Bros character (Big gray stone that falls)

I was looking for images of this and can't find because I'm lacking a term. I would like to know the name (or how would you would call) a character from (that I know of) from the old Mario's (NES and ...
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Is there any point to equipping a bracelet that doesn't match your sword?

For Crystalis on the NES, is there a point to equipping a bracelet that doesn't match the sword you are holding?
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Was there anything different past beating zelda twice?

In the original zelda things were wildly different on your 2nd playthough, I always wanted to but never managed to keep a NES/zelda cartridge/battery long enough to go far enough past a 2nd playthough ...
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Which games have “Minus/Glitch Worlds”? [closed]

I've heard that several old NES, SNES, and arcade games have minus/glitch worlds, which can only be accessed by exploiting a bug or glitch in the game's code. I have also heard them referred to as ...
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What back up options exist for NES cartridges?

My beloved NES cartridges are getting pretty old, and recently some of them have been functioning sporadically. Do you know of other backup alternatives other than RetroZone's PowerPak? It's pretty ...
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How can I replace the NES cartridge battery?

How does one replace the NES cartridge battery?
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What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?

How many years does an NES cartridge battery last?
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My Nintendo has a blinking light and no video; is it fixable?

Every game I try in my Nintendo Entertainment System just flashes the red power LED on and off and never sends a signal to the TV. I've tried inserting several different games. I've tried inserting ...
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How can I get an NES controller to work on my PC as a Joystick?

I want to be able to use an actual NES (or, SNES) controller to control an emulator on my PC. Is this possible? If so, how can I do this on a budget?
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Where is the infinite (99) lives staircase in the original Super Mario Bros?

I know there's a staircase at the end of one of the levels where a well-timed jump onto a turtle coming down a staircase will allow me to keep landing on the same shell until I max out my extra lives. ...
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What are the locations of the Warp Zones in Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels?

In which levels are the Warp Zones located in Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (The original SMB2 and not that Doki Doki Panic clone.) and how do you get to them?
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What are the locations of the Warp Zones in Super Mario Bros. 2?

In which levels are the Warp Zones located in Super Mario Bros. 2 (not The Lost Levels) and how do you get to them?