How to connect an nes to a tv

Written by lennon simpson
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Hooking up an NES system to a modern TV is a very simple process, for the most part. However, if you have managed to obtain a rare, and quite popular, top-loading model, it can be slightly more confusing.

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Things you need

  • NES
  • RCA cables
  • TV
  • Potentially:
  • VCR
  • RF switch

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    Basic NES with RCA jacks

  1. 1

    Plug the RCA cables into their corresponding-coloured jacks on the side of the NES. One will be a "video out" and the other will be a "sound out."

  2. 2

    Plug the other end of the RCA cable into the corresponding jacks on your TV. Note that most TVs have two audio inputs. One will remain unused.

  3. 3

    Set your TV channel to "aux" or "input" and power up your NES. The game image should be visible.

    NES with RF adaptor, for older TVs without RCA jacks

  1. 1

    Unplug antenna/cable/VCR or anything else that may be plugged into the antenna socket on the TV.

  2. 2

    Plug the antenna/cable/VCR into the corresponding socket on the RF adaptor. Plug the RF adaptors output into the antenna input on the TV

  3. 3

    Plug the RF adaptor into the RF out socket on the back of the NES system. Set the RF adaptor to channel 3.

  4. 4

    Turn your TV on and change the channel to channel 3 and turn on your NES. Your game image should be visible.

    For top loading NES system and newer TV's without coaxle inputs

  1. 1

    Plug the NES coaxle output into the coaxle input of an old VCR.

  2. 2

    Plug and RCA cable into the RCA outputs on the VCR.

  3. 3

    Plug the RCA cable into the corresponding inputs on the TV and turn the TV to its "input" or "auxiliary" channel. Your game image should be visible.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have the top-loading style NES and no VHS, you can use any sort of DVD player with a coax input or buy any number of coax-to-RCA converters from any local electronics store.

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