The Nintendo Entertainment System (or Famicom outside the US)
requires a modification to get RGB or HDMI-output, but the results are excellent. Please see below for more
How to get RGB and HDMI from your
This page describes how to get RGB or HDMI from NES systems.
There's now a 72-pin connector replacement that's a huge improvement over both
the original and (mostly crappy) aftermarket connectors.
This is a review of the HDMI mod that's compatible with NES and Famicom
consoles. It's an amazing mod that outputs up to 1080p!
The NES Classic is the most cost-efficient way to (officially) play NES games on
an HDTV. It's a good solution, but not the best for everyone.
The AVS from RetroUSB.com is an FPGA-based NES that outputs 720p. It's an
excellent choice for people who want to play NES and Famicom cartridges.
This is an amazing FPGA-based solution for playing NES roms on both analog
and digital displays! It plays games from other consoles as well! You have to
see it to believe it!
This page compares NES RGB vs composite output. It also demonstrates the
difference between the original and PC-10 color palettes.
This page lists other great mods you can perform on your NES, such as the stereo
Hyperkin's RetroN 1 HD
This is a 720p-outputting NES clone. It's absolutely terrible. Please spend your
money on something else.
- There are so many amazing mods for NES & Famicom
consoles available today, that it would be a shame to just use the composite video out. I highly
recommend an HDMI or RGB mod from trusted sellers (check each page for modder links).
- The Blinking Light Win is a must for any front-loading NES system that has cartridge
- Also consider modding your NES
for stereo, as the results are great.
- If your method of playing NES games allows you to choose color palette's, I
suggest checking out this site: http://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/Famicom_Color_Palette. My personal
favorites are FirebrandX's "NTSC Hardware" and nakedarthur's "wavebeam2". Smokemonster also recently
put together a similar
- If you like the NES, but not enough to spend a ton of
money on it, you can consider using the NES Classic, or using a Wii / Wii U and play the Virtual Console versions of the games. The experience is great for casual NES
fans, but not as good as the other options available.
If you'd like info on mods for other systems, head to the
Getting RGB From Each System page or check out
the main page for more