Get Your NES Games To Work Every Time

Posted by on May. 12th, 2014

NES games blinking? Do you think your Nintendo Entertainment System is broken? Try this fail proof gaming fix from and it’s so simple, anyone can do it.

1. When In Doubt, Blow.

It may seem silly, but the NES pin in the system needs to touch the game chip. The tiniest piece of dust could prevent this from happening. You will find that this age old trick actually works. Try blowing into the open end of your game and system to remove any dust.

*Please be aware that the power light blinks on the console when no game is inside. When a game is in the console deck and it blinks, it is simply not touching perfectly.

2. Move Your Game.

Alright now, here it is. While the console is on and blinking, with the game inserted in the machine, move the game around ever so slightly to the left, right, forward or back as needed until you see the title screen appear blinking on your TV screen. Once it appears and is blinking stop moving the cartridge and and just hit the reset button and it works! That’s it. I told you it was simple.

*Every game is unique and fits into the system pin differently. There are no lasers or moving parts here. It’s all about the metal on the game chip touching the metal on the system pin. Sometimes a game is lined up a little off and simply needs to be aligned.

3. Up Position?

Can some systems really play without even pressing the game down in the console? You bet they can! Try it out.

4. When All Else Fails Clean It.

The easiest way to clean a game is with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Wet one end of the q-tip and rub the exposed chip, then use the dry end and rub hard to clean and dry it. Some games may have something in there you can’t blow out or it may just have some leftover cleaning solution on it. When it’s clean and dry enter it into the machine, remove it and quickly clean it again.

Replacing the 72 pin connector is another option. Here is the instructional video on changing the connector and here is where you can order the 72 pin connector.

*All of our games and systems are cleaned and tested before being shipped. NES games and systems are very sensitive and will require cleaning every now and then. If you purchased an item from DKOldies and are experiencing any problem, please contact us.

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