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Many people seemed to enjoy my latest retro custom gaming rig, so I figured I'd post one of my throwback creations, a NES PC. I know. Totally original.
I'd seen so many people try to build a PC into a NES case before, but usually they looked poorly executed. My goal was to build a NES PC that appeared convincing enough that someone walking in seeing me playing a NES game wouldn't suspect it wasn't actually an original console. That included making the front LED and power/reset buttons function and keeping the case externally unmodified as much as possible.
The motherboard chosen was an Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Mini ITX Motherboard due to it's large, low profile fanless heatsink and abundance of built in extras. Power comes from an external style PicoPSU-150-XT and 150w adapter. Cooling is somehow accomplished by twin Evercool 40mm fans exhausting out of the top right grill on the case. The cartridge bay is fitted with a Panasonic Blu-Ray slot loading drive. I didn't like the aesthetic image of a disc tray jutting out from the NES' cartridge slot, and considered a slot loader more parallel to inserting a cart.
Both the front NES ports work with any standard NES pad or NES Max controller, but the NES gun can go to hell, I couldn't figure out how to make the thing work correctly even on a CRT TV.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

I don't understand how there's a fully functioning PC inside there somewhere.

+1 from me, I dig it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

It's probably a proprietary controller that only encodes correctly in the original NES console, that even happens with some steering wheels, they're built with proprietary technology for consoles, and it won't work on PC.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, once I tore down the gun to inspect it I found it had an extra wire or two to the NES and a resistor but couldn't figure out how it worked. The zapper only works on a few games anyway so I let it go.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

damn proprietaries.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Another brilliant build, well done sir! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I come over and play Super Mario Bros. with you? I haven't played that original NES since I was five... I had to give up mine so I gave it to my childhood friend. The family and I had to downsize to relocate to a new state. Eventually I heard my NES went on fire one day so... yes your NES looks very appealing right now.

Lovely modding, and I love the selections of parts! I'm also glad on how you kept it original from the outside, as much as possible that is. Since you fitted a little MOBO in there. You have my one!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Well this is just phenominal

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I am honestly so blown away. Very very cool! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love PC's like these. How'd you get the NES controller ports to work?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't you have done the same thing with a Raspberry Pi ?

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