WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

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WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:30 pm

Hello everyone.
Though I've been a member of the Ben Heck forums for awhile now, I've never actually completed a portable.
I'm very committed to my current NES inside a Gameboy project though, so maybe with your help, I'll be able to finish it.

Anyways, today in the mail, I recieved my Retro Entertainment System from Stone Age Gamer.com. (And it was only $15!)

Overall, I am very pleased with the product, especially at that price. As far as the internals go, it emulates the NES excellently, and I am yet to run into any major flaws.
Some of the plastic is pretty cheap, but still better from what I've heard of on other NOACs.

Here are some pictures of the console.

It is really, really small. Like, these pictures don't even do it justice.

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I must say, the controllers aren't great, but fortunately, you CAN use your official NES controllers with the system.

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The AV jacks and 6v DC.

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Inside the controllers. As you can see, it's also very small...

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Inside the Retro Entertainment System...

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That's all for now. I'm going to do some work on it tomorrow.

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by chainfire95 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:03 pm

Thats got some serious potential.
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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:12 am

Could somebody help with drawing a pinout?
Any tips and advice welcome, and if you need to see more pics for it, feel free to ask.

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by argelfraster » Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:39 pm

I made a guide....
Here you go http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=782" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Tibia » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:55 pm

Huh. I had one a while ago under the Hyperkin label. It worked great. It played every game I had at the time. Unfortunately, when I tried to portabilize it, the traces lifted all the way back to the glop tops. Good luck!
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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:40 pm

Oh, awesome, thanks argelfraster! :D

Now, my next question is, how would one go about using the original button circuits of the Gameboy for the controller? How do I connect it to the NES controller board?

Thank you!


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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:46 pm

Yes, it's suppossed to be a NES in a Gameboy.

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by argelfraster » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:18 pm

Are you using an original controller?

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:29 am

Yep, the NES one.
Essentially, something like this

http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?t=2827" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

or this.

http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?t=10586" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by argelfraster » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:42 am

And you are trying to use the original buttons?
If I'm not mistaken, the D-pad of the gameboy is smaller than that of a nintendo controller. Meaning you will have to make the D-pad with tact switches. For the A and B buttons....im not sure if those buttons are the same size (length apart from each other) as the gameboy ones...If i were you i would just remake the controller on a perf board.

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:00 pm

Sorry, I'll try to clarify.

What I want to do is use the original Gameboy controller board, and wire it up so when I press a button and make a connection, the corresponding button is pressed on the NES controller.

Those links were to other people's project who used this concept.

For example, look at he Gameboy controller board on the bottom that's wired up to a cut NES controller in the picture. (Courtesy of G-force.)

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by nevermind1534 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:03 pm

Metal Mario wrote:Sorry, I'll try to clarify.

What I want to do is use the original Gameboy controller board, and wire it up so when I press a button and make a connection, the corresponding button is pressed on the NES controller.

Those links were to other people's project who used this concept.
I guess that would just involve cutting up the gameboy board and wiring the buttons to the NES controller board.
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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by Metal Mario » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:05 pm

I know, but I'm a noob when it comes to that, and I need really dumbed down instructions. :mrgreen:

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Re: WIP Thread and a Retro Entertainment System Analysis

Post by nevermind1534 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:07 pm

Metal Mario wrote:I know, but I'm a noob when it comes to that, and I need really dumbed down instructions. :mrgreen:
solder the traces to where the same place on the NES board, that they are in on the Gameboy board (with wires).
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