Guide: Making your own Nintendo NES Reproduction Cartridges

Guide-to-making-your-own-Nintendo-NES-Reproduction-CartridgesOver time we have featured the fantastic Nintendo NES reproduction cartridges from RetroUSB. Bringing the unreleased and untranslated games home on custom built cartridges, it's now time to dive into the deep end and attempt to build your own thanks to a newly written step by step guide.

The terms EPROM, CNROM, Mapper and UV Eraser may seem alien at first, yet Callan Brown aims to remedy all those worries. Taking Konami's untranslated puzzle platformer Moai Kun, Callan's guide takes you through the entire process of getting a fan translation onto a cartridge detailing every step of the way.

As a heads up you will need to invest at a minimum somewhere around £50 for the equipment needed, however this one time cost should come rather cheap in the long run for your retro game factory. The guide goes into great detail discussing the de-soldering of chips, erasing rewritable memory and converting Nintendo NES ROMs for use with the EPROM burner all in preparation for your first cartridge.

We won't lie that the process is not for the faintest of hearts. However should you be able to master it, you'll be giving Kogami's fantastic reproductions and RetroUSB's expansive selection a bit of competition. Should you fancy a challenge and wouldn't mind building your own Earthbound Zero, Splatterhouse, Kid Dracula or even a Nintendo World Championship Cartridge, there has never been a better time to try.

Link: Guide to building your own Nintendo NES Reproduction Cartridges

Last Updated ( 11 April 2011 )  


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(Link to this comment) Nightowljrm 2011-05-12 03:37
I love reproductions and homebrews. Thank you for sharing this link!

(I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned, but from experience, I believe is - by far - the best reproduction service on the web. I even made a review about them after receiving my first item from them because I was so impressed! I find that RetroUSB's labels are not of the best quality like The NES Dump's).

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