How to Take Apart a Super Nintendo 62 Pin Connector

Updated April 17, 2017

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a console gaming system first released by Nintendo in Japan on Nov. 21, 1990. The console featured cartridge games ranging from action/adventure and sports-themed to puzzles and role-playing. The games had to be inserted into the console's specific 62-pin connector before they could be played. You can take apart your 62-pin connector after you remove it from your SNES.

Flip the SNES so the cartridge opening is facing down. Unscrew the six screws in its back plate with the 4.5mm security tool bit. Place them in a zip-up plastic bag.

Remove the back plate by hand to reveal the interior of the SNES. Place the back plate on a dry, flat surface, such as a table.

Grip the middle cart ejector from the SNES interior on both its ends with your hands. Jiggle the ejector upward until it comes off. Place it on the flat surface.

Find the large metal plate in the bottom side of the SNES interior. Remove its six screws with the Phillips screwdriver. Place them in a second zip-up plastic bag. Pull the metal plate off gently by hand and place it on the flat surface.

Find the 62-pin connector below the top two metal plates of the SNES interior. Remove its far-left and far-right screws with the Phillips screwdriver and place them in a third zip-up plastic bag. Gently pull off the pin connector by hand.

Take apart the connector further by clipping off its pins with the wire cutters.


Your SNES will not work without a standard 62-pin connector. Replace the pins or add different ones with a plugged-in soldering iron and a rosin solder core.

Things You'll Need

  • 4.5mm security tool bit
  • Zip-up plastic bags
  • Flat surface
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Soldering iron (optional)
  • Rosin solder core (optional)
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Joseph Mars has been writing professionally since 2007. He writes for the Sports Xchange website and reported for the "Eureka Reporter" newspaper. Mars earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Humboldt State University.