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How to find an NES 60 pin to 72 pin converter

November 4th, 2010 by admin
NES 60 pin to 72 pin converter

NES 60 pin to 72 pin converter

If you’re like me, you bought an original Famicom and a handful of games because you thought it would be really cool. Then you realized it’s nearly impossible to get the Famicom working with an American TV, unless your set happens to tune to channel 7 1/2.

The solution? Well, you could go out and buy a 60 to 72 pin converter – but, you may in fact already own one and not know it. When the NES came out in America, Nintendo was eager to sell systems and games. Rather than manufacture new PCBs for some games, they used the Japanese 60 pin version with a handy adapter inside. Eventually these were replaced with dedicated 72 pin PCBs, but it’s not uncommon to find these adapters floating around.

Nintendo cart with 5 screws

Notice the 5 Screws

How to tell:

  1. You will only find the 60 pin to 72 pin converter in games with 5 screws. These games will not have the plastic tabs on top.
  2. Look at the pins of the cartridge.  Games with converters inside will have contacts with a thin “tab” on their side, rather than in the center.
  3. The converter adds weight, roughly an ounce heavier than normal games.
  4. Open the damn thing – once you’ve narrowed down your possibilities, theres only one way to know for sure.
60 to 72 pin adapter contacts

Note the contacts

Gyromite is one of the most common cart to have the adapter inside, though not every Gyromite has one (about 1 in 10). Luckily it’s a common enough cartridge that you can usually find them for a couple bucks.

Try to look at the contacts if you can before buying a boatload of  Gyromites.

Other games with adapters include:

Using the 60 pin converter

Note the Famicom game is backwards in my toploader

  • 1942
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Duck Hunt
  • Elevator Action
  • Excitebike
  • Golf
  • Gumshoe
  • Hogan’s Alley
  • Mike Tyson’s Punchout
  • Pinball
  • Raid on Bungling Bay
  • Rygar
  • Soccer
  • Stack-Up
  • Tennis
  • Urban Champion
  • Wizards & Warriors
  • Wrecking Crew

Note that when you get the converter out, it will only work one way. Thats with the converter facing forward (the way it would if it was still in the cart) and the famicom game facing backwards. Obviously this works great in a toploader, but to get it to work in the toaster will require some modification…

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