To be clear, this system was the best thing during the 80s since swiss cheese, and the nostalgia trip alone is worth any frustration thereof. That being said, it is a twenty eight year old system (older then me!), and it runs of technology which, despite being cutting edge at the time, was even then consistently unreliable. I had this thing installed since the beginning of July, and it still takes about three dozen resets and a q-tip of rubbing alcohol just to get it to play Super Mario Bros. It’s that bad. Be ready to exercise your patience and creativity when your booting up your NES for the first time in two decades. Also, if your system is damaged and/or you can’t get it to work AT ALL, be sure to google NES restoration. There are people out there who make a living refurbishing and restoring old things, and a few even specialize in game systems. I met a few of them in college; nice people.
For those of you who haven’t had the bittersweet joy of trying to get a game cartridge to work on your Nintendo, here are a few things that might help it work.
- Blow on the cartridge. Just take the cartridge opening near your lips and blow hard. This gets rid of most of the dust.
- Take a q-tip, dip it in at least 70% alcohol, and run it through the opening of the cartridge. Be sure to change tip heads for each use.
- While the Cartridge is in the NES, press the cartridge in, and then press out. Do this several times in a row.
- If you still get the blinking blue screen of death, try holding the reset button for at least 10 seconds.
Just be persistant; it might take a while for it to work. Also understand that you might need to repeat this process FOR EACH CARTRIDGE PUT IN.
Shame on you Nintendo; you owe an entire generation an apology!