Get your old school Nintendo on

March 6, 2008 – 11:28 pm

nintendo iconRemember when life was simpler, games came on a cartridge, the flush sense of accomplishment when you finished a game, the relentless blowing of cartridges to get them to work on the console? Relive those fond memories virtually or actually again.

First, brief background via wikipedia:

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Brazil. In Japan it is known as the Nintendo Family Computer, or Famicom. The most successful gaming console of its time in Asia and North America, the NES helped revitalize the video game industry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design (the first modern platform game, Super Mario Bros., was the system’s first “killer game”) to business practices. The NES was the first console for which the manufacturer openly courted third-party developers.- NES wikipedia

Lets check out the specifications:

The Nintendo’s 8 bit consoleNES

  • Processor: 6508 8-bit (custom Motorola 6502 class)
  • Processor speed: 1.79 Mhz
  • Resolution: 256×224 (ntsc) or 256×239 (pal)
  • Colors available: 52
  • Max Colors on screen: 16, 24 or 25.
  • Max sprites: 64
  • Max sprites per line: 8
  • Sprite size: 8×8 or 8×16
  • RAM: 16 Kbit (2kb)
  • Video RAM: 16 Kbit (2kb)
  • Min/Max cart size: 192 Kbit – 4 Mbit
  • Sound: 5 channels

Enough info?

Theres a plethora of methods of playing Nintendo on almost any device that has a screen.

The most simple and immediate way is to play within your browser with these Java-based browser emulators:

Virtual NES
PlayNes
Andre’s NES Emulator

One of the most common ways is via emulator. Emulators allow you to play NES games on PCs to Mobile Phones to even your ipod. You will need to find ROMS that you own, or play some of these legal ROMS. Download, install and play! (RTFM)

PC Emulators (get this also: NES PC Adapter) Nesticle http://bloodlust.zophar.net/NESticle/nes.html
Various Emulators:
http://www.emulator-zone.com/doc.php/nes/

Mac Emulators
http://www.zophar.net/mac/nes.html

iNES on Mobile Phones
http://fms.komkon.org/iNES/

Nester for PSP
http://rukapsp.hp.infoseek.co.jp/PSPSoftware/NesterJ.htm

NES Port for Nintendo DS
http://www.telefragged.com/thefatal/index.php?content=inc_si_ds.htm

INES for Ipod (Requires new firmware)
http://www.ipodlinux.org/INES

NES.app (NES for the iphone)
http://www.zdziarski.com/projects/nesapp/

FCEUltraX for modified XBOX
http://xport.xbox-scene.com/fceultra.php

Nintendo has made its classic Nintendo games available on its followup devices

NES on Wii Virtual Console (dont forget the NES Wii Adapter)

NES Classics for GBA

You can also buy the consoles used. Garage sales or thrift shops are a great (cheap) source. Heres some resources online:

NES Consoles from Amazon Resellers

Ebay is a great source for NES Consoles

Questionable Knockoffs

Super Joy III Power Player (TV Plug and Play)

Onestation (Pretty cool LCD/Tv Plug and Play with 100-1 cart)

Too many games to pick from? check out these best-of lists (which, of course, is arguable)

100 Best NES Games

Best Games via Gamespot.com

Top 10 NES Games via Gametrailers.com (video)

Thats it! Get your 8 bit fun on!


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