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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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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What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?

How many years does an NES cartridge battery last?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I replace the NES cartridge battery?

How does one replace the NES cartridge battery?
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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Disabling 10NES Chip

I've got a pair of classic NES consoles; one in near-pristine condition and the other that shows a bit more exterior wear, but still functions just fine. Since I still enjoy throwing games on the ...
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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 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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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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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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NES screen blinking without a game

I just found my Uncle's NES in my Grandma's basement and he said I could have it. When I took it home, plugged it in, and turned on the red light blinked (I understand this is normal), but also the TV ...
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How to find path for the mazes in Metal Gear (NES)?

I just played through Metal Gear (NES) again for the first time in ~23 years. A good game. What I don't understand though, is that it seems as though we HAVE to go through the mazes in the game in ...
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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 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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How can I get the second Ice Beam in Norfair after getting the first Ice Beam from Brinstar and the Wave Beam from Norfair? (Metroid NES)

So, when the Justin Bailey code is used, you start out with a very cool Ice Beam/Wave Beam combination weapon. I wanted to accomplish this during a normal campaign, so I collected the first Ice Beam ...
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What can I do if I damage my 10NES chip to restore my NES system?

I recently bought an NES (which I was told was fully functional) hoping to have some fun playing some games. However after getting a cartridge (Mario bros & Duck hunt combo cartridge) the system ...
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NES isn't reading games Completely

Okay, so I just replaced my NES 72-Pin connector and cleaned my game cartridge and my game seems to not go in all the way, like I plug it in, and the screen is green or some other color, and then I ...
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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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NES blinks light, tried various methods [duplicate]

I tried to use my NES, but nothing seems to work! I have: Cleaned out the 72-pin connector and such Cleaned out the cartridge(s) Wiggled the cartridge around the NES Tried different cartridges ...
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In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump?

On the NES gamepad the button A is on the right and the button B on the left In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump?