After I re-discovered RGB, I realized the retro cart was all wrong. It needed to be bigger, so I can fit more
systems on it. Also, it had to be built around an RGB monitor, not a TV. As a result, I decided to
re-design the retro cart as the "Nintendo Cart" and sell it. I spent a few hours transferring everything
over, zip-tying all the wires and tucking everything in a way to make it something people want to look at and not
just like a messy A/V cart. Here's the write-up I put on the eBay page:
Allow me to walk you through each part of the cart. First, are the systems held up top, a Nintendo
Entertainment System and Super Nintendo. Notice the Super Nintendo is in great condition and not discolored. In between the systems is the
control box for the power glove:
On top of the cart, is a really nice 24” Sony TV. The TV was
bought brand new by a friend of mine and he barely used it. It needed some minor customization before
it would fit properly, but now it fits like a glove:
On the side, you’ll find the Power Glove, mounted to the cart’s
handle. The Power Glove works just like new...but that’s not saying much, as the glove never worked the
way it was shown on TV. Personally, I find it to be an awesome decoration on the cart and fun for
friends to try when they see it for the first time. Other than that, you won’t use it much:
I also designed the cart so a Nintendo Wii can be easily added at
any time. Because of it’s technical capabilities, the new Wii U will be a much better choice to hook up
to your big flat-screen TV than the original Wii. When you get the new system, I highly recommend
putting your old Wii into this cart. Playing games like A Cave Story and Mega Man 9 on this setup will
allow you to feel like you’re playing those new games on the original NES hardware!
Here’s a shot of the back. I really tried to make every
angle of the cart look as good as possible. I even used all black zip-ties and twist ties, so they’ll
blend in and be almost invisible:
Here’s a shot of what the back would look like with a Wii (once
again, a Wii is NOT included with the cart):
Next is a closeup of the A/V ports. The Super Nintendo is
hooked up via a high-quality S-Video cable. This cable produces a much better picture than composite
and makes your Super Nintendo games look amazing.
This TV has 480i component video inputs, which will allow for the
perfect connection, should you choose to add a Nintendo Wii in the future.
The NES is hooked up via RF / Channel 3. You may be
wondering why I chose RF instead of composite. There were a few reasons, actually: The NES only
outputs mono and the RF input automatically sends the sound to both speakers. Also, this TV has a
really high quality three-comb-filter that makes RF look 99% as good as composite. Finally, using the
RF for the NES allows the front A/V ports to be free, allowing an extra system to be hooked up, should you
ever need to. All things considered, it was the better choice.
This side of the cart is my least favorite. I tried so hard
to make the cables and power strip look as neat as possible, but there’s no way to hide them
completely. It doesn’t look bad, but I wish I could have completely hid all the wires. Maybe get
yourself an AVGN to sit on top of it!
If I couldn’t make that side perfect, I could at least make the
top of that side look better! I used hot glue to secure the Power Glove’s cable to the inner-lip of the
top shelf. I then colored the glue with a black sharpie to make it even less noticeable. It looks
obvious in this close-up, but when looking from just a short distance away, it really blends into the
For the record, I used hot glue instead of super glue, because hot
glue can be easily removed without damaging the cord or cart. Just pick it with your fingernail and
it’ll pop right off. If I used super glue, it would have left a residue on the cart and removing it may
have damaged the cable. Hot glue is totally safe!
Finally, the cart comes with two matching storage boxes that are
the perfect fit for your accessories, games and anything else you’d like to store. It comes with
everything pictured (plus a zapper) and could easily fit a large amount of gaming equipment:
Here’s one last shot of the Nintendo Cart. Under the pic is
a list of specs and what it comes with.
Here’s a list of everything it came with:
customized A/V cart
- Shelves were height-adjusted to be the perfect height for the game systems.
- Bottom shelf has two storage boxes to hold all accessories.
- All cables are custom run and affixed to the cart, so they're almost
- Comes with surge protector.
Sony 24” CRT TV, customized to fit the
- The TV has component, composite and S-Video inputs.
- It comes with a remote control.
- I have the service manual for it, make future tweaking easy.
- Component inputs make adding a Wii down the line easy and will provide the best
quality for the Wii.
Original Nintendo system
- New 72-pin adapter
- One regular NES controller is included.
- NES Zapper included.
- It also comes with the NES Advantage control stick.
- It’s connected to the TV via RF
Super Nintendo system
- Mint condition system that is one of the rare SNES units that didn’t discolor over
- One regular SNES controller is included.
- The game Super Mario World is included.
- Includes the custom S-Video output cable which outputs a great
- This is more for show...these things never worked
- It works as well as it did when new.
- Comes with all attachments and the instruction manual.
- Includes the game Super Glove Ball, which was originally bundled with the Power
Fully compatible with the Nintendo Light
Gun and Super Scope
- Nintendo Zapper included!
- It’s rare to find a TV these days that’s 100% compatible and I can guarantee this
works great with all the Zapper classics!