Archive for September, 2006

Here are some tips I recently gave to a friend on the handling of a gen 1 NES. Those of you with an original NES may find them useful.

If you don’t have a new 72 Pin Connector, here are some things to try:

  1. Blow on the cart. Yes, the time old tradition of blowing on the cart actually gives the contacts a little extra moisture to connect properly with the 72 pin connection.
  2. Sometimes opening the door on the front of the NES and merely shifting the game to the left or right will help.
  3. Even though it is not recommended by the manufacturer, using rubbing alcohol and a q-tip on an old game will clear up the issue. All of your games will be used anyway–so you never know who’s grimey NES it was in. Over time, the copper contacts on the carts will corrode. An occasional cleaning with rubbing alcohol will not compromise the cartridge. The primary and secondary fears with using acetate and alcohol are that the contacts will either:
    • Potentially lift from the silicon or
    • Eventually wear out.

Both of which could have the potential to render the game useless. It’s been my experience that these carts are fairly indestructible.

The real answer here is to obtain a 72 Pin Connector off of eBay (or from somewhere else) to renew the internal contacts of your old NES. That’s what all the amateurs out there on eBay are doing–and they’re making a mint. I’ve seen systems listed at $150! Frankly, that’s ridiculous–especially when the replacement connector costs you all of $8 and a used NES at Goodwill can be had for a mere $4.

P.S. I couldn’t resist the blink tag in this instance.

Posted by Madaracs on 09.26.06
Posted under: Console, Retro

A great place to get used games. 4 bit on up.

The Game Exchange
Middletown Mall
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 363-4177

They have two locations in WV–one is in Morgantown. While I was out there on business I picked up a nice load of 8bit and 16bit games. These guys had games for Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Atari7800, NES, SNES, PS2, Xbox and more. They’re friendly and knowledgeable and they have great customer service. If you’re looking for a rare game they’ll be glad to check their inventory. Just give them a call. The do not have a website. You can email Jarrod at:
s u a v e 0 0 0 7 [at] Hotmail dot com.

Posted by Madaracs on 09.20.06

That’s right ladies and gentleman! The Nintendo Wii will go on sale in the U.S. on November 19th, priced competitively at $250! Anyone want to go get one when they’re released? 😉

Playin\' the Wii!

Some Wii Screenshots!

Wii Games Trailer

Posted by Madaracs on 09.15.06
Posted under: Console

A case modder took an XBox 360 and converted it into a laptop. Here is his creation. Also an abbreviated walkthrough of the modding process. Finally a video of the system in action…

Posted by Zoyx on 09.12.06
Posted under: Console

IBM announced today that they have reached mass production peek on the ‘Broadway’ chips that are being sent to Nintendo for the new console.

“IBM’s new ‘Broadway’ chip is a 90-nanometer process version of the 180-nm architecture ‘Gekko’ chip that Nintendo has been using in its GameCube console since 2001. IBM was secretive about further details of the new chip, saying only that it has a Power Architecture core specially modified for the Wii platform, and that it draws 20 percent less power than Gekko while boosting performance.”

The Wii has an ambiguous November release date–but according to this article from MacWorld we can expect them to be shipped on time–a little ironic seeing as the PS3 just announced they would be falling behind in production.

Posted by Madaracs on 09.08.06
Posted under: Console, New Games