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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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Is there a common file format and tools for those cheap 60-in-1 NES emulators?

A few months back I purchased one of those cheap 60-in-1 NES emulators that output to HDMI for the purpose of my car’s rear entertainment system (GameGnu I think the brand is). I realized the other ...
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Can you speedrun Bomberman with an emulator?

I have played Bomberman since I was little but now I would like to upload some speedrun even if my time is not ideal. But I don't have an NES right now. Is it legal to use an emulator? or do I need ...
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StarTropics NES - Chapter 4 - Frequency Code?

In the NES Game, StarTropics, in Chapter 4 - right after you escape the whale with Baboo, Nav-Com tells you to "Input Frequency!!": There does not seem to be any indication in the game for ...
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After you've clipped the lockout chip's 4th pin on a toaster-style NES, do you still get the flashing red light and screen with no cartridge?

Just curious as I have not yet performed the fix, and it seems like logically, if this 1-second cyclic reset is chip-associated behavior, you'd just see a solid lavender or black/grey screen with no ...
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NES TV screen artifacts and game behavior changing due to old console/cartridge, what is physically happening?

Whenever my nephew comes to visit I grab my NES and we play some 30 year old games. Sometimes when I first power on the console the screen comes with artifacts, removing the cartridge and cleaning the ...
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Why do older generations games have a common look and feel by console?

I’ve been getting into retro gaming in the last few years (the options for emulators are just so cheap and good) and I’ve noticed more and more that there is a common “look and feel” to games released ...
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Need help with controls

I'm currently playing Super Mario Frustration on my NES emulator. I'm struggling with some controls. I don't know how to make a jump that looks like this and that. I couldn't replicate it no matter ...
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I am looking for video game cassette 4 in 1 [closed]

So, I am looking for a video game cassette 4 in 1. I used to play back in 2005-2007 this cassette contains 4 games Robin Hood Not sure the name of this one but in this game, a fireman catches people ...
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Elite NES. Any way to lower Legal Status / Wanted level

Title says it all really. I am really enjoying this game but want to know if there is any way in the game to lower my wanted level. I've been an Offender for a while I was hoping it would eventually ...
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Was Super Mario Bros. 2 for the FDS a two-sided disk?

I recently bought a Famicom Disk System, and am looking at buying some disks to go along with it. In particular, Mario Bros 1 and 2 (AKA "The Lost Levels"). In one eBay auction I'm looking at, an ...
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How to do a "Hadouken" in NES street fighter 4 (12 peoples) on Android?

I am playing Street Fighter 4 NES (12 peoples) on my android using NES Emulator. How can I do a "hadouken" for ryu and ken? Please suggest the controls. Thanks!
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Garbled Graphics NES

I have an NES since 19 years and was shelfed for like 15-16 years, then I reconnected it 2 years ago and I was surprised that everything was working fine, even the duck hunt gun was working correctly, ...
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VirtuaNes on pc has some problems

I love the NES game "Mighty Final Fight". I want to use cheats to make the game even more fun to play but whenever I type cheat code (most of them are not considered as cheat codes by virtual NES) ...
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Xbox One S controller (via Bluetooth to Linux) isn't binding Start or Select in Nestopia

I'm trying to use the emulator Nestopia with my Bluetooth Xbox One S controller. I'm able to use the controller completely fine in other games and emulators, but for whatever reason when I'm binding ...
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How can I play a NES emulator in grayscale video mode?

I'd like to play some emulated NES games in grayscale. Is there a video mode/effect I can apply that displays the games in grayscale instead of color?
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Are all glitches from the original games still present on the NES Classic Mini?

Some of the games that are reissued on the NES Classic Mini have well-known and well documented glitches, such as jumping through a wall in Super Mario Bros.. These glitches are exploited to save ...
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If Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 were both released for the NES, how was SMB3 so much more advanced? [closed]

For example, SMB3 has a lot more levels, better graphics, more powerups, among other things. How was this possible if they were released for the same system? Was SMB1 purposefully held back?
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How do I remove rust on my NES motherboard connector?

As the title implies there is rust on my NES motherboard 72-pin connector. Here's a pic: Is this an issue? if so how do I treat it? I've already applied oil to it to prevent further rusting.
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How to find a specific NES pirate, unlicensed or bootleg game information?

As a kid, I've played a lot of NES. In my country, unlicensed games and famiclones were pretty frequent (boosted by the market reserve strategy to produce every component in-house), and games with ...
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In the NES version of Tetris, how much faster is a soft drop?

In terms of frames, how much faster is a soft drop in Tetris for the NES? Like, on level 0, the piece moves down one cell every 48 frames. When you soft drop the piece, is there a specific equation ...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

I am part of a community charity, GeekZone, that collects retro consoles, including but not limited to the NES, Megadrive, Atari 2600 and N64, for example. Unfortunately, many games were not made ...
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How do I tell Legend of Zelda NES versions apart?

I've recently become interested in collecting old NES games. I'm trying to find an original NES Legend of Zelda game CIB. However, I'm having trouble distinguishing different versions of the game. All ...
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How can I tell which rom version of a game is loaded on an NES cartridge?

On occasion game studios need to make changes to existing games that are still on the market. This means that for any single game, there could be different versions in the wild with only minor ...
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3DNES file load problem?

So I'm in the application 3DNES by geod, (if you haven't heard of it, check this out for information on the question or good old-fashioned fun. It's really cool- https://geod.itch.io/3dnes). I'm ...
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Counterfeit NES/SNES Games-how to know if it's fake?

The other day, i plugged in a copy of Mortal Kombat 3, and the console I was using was one of the new dual consoles(nes+snes games). I got a message at the start that said something about pirated ...
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How does the light gun work for Duck Hunt?

Modern motion detection video game systems (Wii/Wii U, Xbox Kinect, PS Move, etc.) need sensors to read for motion and user input. However, when you play Duck Hunt on the NES, the light gun has no ...
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Is there in-game differences between 3 and 5 screws NES games?

I noticed this weekend that there are two different "screw-versions" of the old NES games. As we can read on Nintendo Age, most of games have both version with 5 and 3 screws. Here is a great ...
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Why do some versions of Legend of Zelda on the NES have the "hold reset" caution screen, and some don't?

I've played Legend of Zelda many times on many different NESes and copies of the game, and something I've noticed is that some versions of the game have the "caution" on the death screen to hold down ...
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Illustrated list of differences between the arcade and NES versions of Super Mario Bros

In 1986, Nintendo released Vs. Super Mario Bros., an arcade version of its popular Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The two versions are largely identical, the biggest ...
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Ghosts 'n' Goblins / Ghouls 'n' Ghosts - why? [closed]

I recall that as a kid I saw the same game with two titles: Ghosts 'n' Goblins, and Ghouls 'n' Ghosts. There may have been others (anyone?) I'd like to know why there were different names for the ...
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Problem playing NES games on an Emulator

I have a setup to play NES games according to this link. I ordered two of these controllers. I am not able to play the games smoothly. Problem: when playing Contra I press the down button on D-pad ...
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I cannot get ANY game to work on an old NES: potential Lock Out Chip Issue?

I recently got an old NES, the problem is I have yet to get a game to work. I know the games I have do work they've been tested in a friends NES. I've taken it apart, cleaned the contacts on the ...
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Why is it needed to hold reset when powering off the NES?

Why are these directions required? Do some games actually run instructions that would be interrupted if the player just hits the power button? Note I'm not looking for speculation, but rather a ...
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How do I access the "config" menu in FCEUX?

I am using FCEUX 2.2.2 on Kubuntu 14.10. This help page alleges the existence of a "Config menu", with various useful options in it. I can't find this Config menu anywhere though. This is what the ...
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Playing games on older consoles with newer TVs with S-Video or better quality?

I am moving into an apartment with a den, which will make a great man cave. My big screen has an s-video input, but I won't be using that in the den. I will be using my pc monitor which does not have ...
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Are all 3DS NES Virtual Console game multi-player capable?

If I buy a Virtual Console game on the 3DS for the NES, and if that game is 2 player or more will it work? I am not sure if there are any 4 player NES games on the NES... will single copy play work on ...
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Can I use 2 usb NES contollers at the same time?

Is it possible to use 2 NES controllers with the USB adapters on my windows computers? If so, how? Thanks.
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Is there a solution for the NES that will allow me to keep the zapper plugged in and usable while other 2 controllers are plugged in?

I have an NES system embedded into a full standup arcade cabinet. Is there any solution that will allow me to keep the zapper gun plugged into the NES and usable while the other 2 controllers are also ...
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In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump?

In Super Mario Bros which button is used to run and to jump? I'm asking this question because I heard that most of games use the button A to jump. If my memory is good it is the button B that is used ...
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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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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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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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NES has trouble reading games due to minor damage

I just replaced my NES 72-Pin connector and cleaned my game cartridge and my game seems to not go in all the way. I plug it in, and the screen is green or some other color. When I put my finger on the ...
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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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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 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: (source: mentalfloss.com) Duck Hunt came with a peripheral called the NES Zapper:...
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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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