How to Hook Up an Original Nintendo to a New TV

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You may decide to wipe the dust off of your original Nintendo if you are yearning for some old-school NES gameplay. TVs have changed since this console was popular. The method you choose for connecting it will vary based on the cords you'll be using and the ports located on your television set.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    RF Switch

  1. 1

    Disconnect the cable wire that's plugged into your TV's "VHF In" port. Plug the RF switch's shorter wire into the "VHF In" port.

  2. 2

    Insert the cable wire into the RF switch's silver "ANT" port located on the RF switch.

  3. 3

    Connect the RF switch's thin wire (on the side of the switch) to the Nintendo's "RF Out" port on the back of the unit.

  4. 4

    Flip the "3-4" switch located next to the "RF Out" port on the Nintendo to the channel you'll be using on the TV.

  5. 5

    Turn on the TV. Change the set to the channel you selected in step 5. Insert a Nintendo cartridge into the system. Press the Nintendo's power button. The game screen appears.

    AV Cord

  1. 1

    Insert the Nintendo's AV cord into the system's audio and video ports on the back of the Nintendo. The cord's yellow connector goes into the unit's video port. The cord's white/red connector goes into the unit's audio port.

  2. 2

    Plug the other ends of the Nintendo's AV cord into the TV's audio and video "In" ports. Remember to colour-coordinate the yellow and white/red connector with the TV's "In" ports as described in step 1.

  3. 3

    Turn the TV on. Find the proper audio/video channel (often named "TV/Video" or "Aux").

  4. 4

    Power up the Nintendo and insert a game.

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