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This instructable aims to guide Makers through building a Workbench playable NES using a cheap NoaC (NES on a Chip) and a PSOne LCD.

Every Maker has experienced anger/frustration/mind-numness or any other nasty feeling due to burning circuits, crooked dremeling, melitng materials or what ever misshap every project holds. What better way to sooth out the stress than with some nice SMB Music? Never has up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, Start in Contra so satisfiying than with the DIY Workbench playable NES.


-Miltron B.

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Step 1: Get ur Materials!

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The NES Chip.

Go to any kiosk, fleemarket, e-store or biddingsite and get your hand on a MegaJoy 1780983 games in 1 type of thing. If size is not an issue, get a whole NES console.

1x Nes on a Chip.


Do the same for a PSOne LCD.

1x PSOne 5" TTF Screen.

The Controller

For a true 1980 NES experience, you NEED a NES Controller.

The Frame

Get some Plexyglass.

3x 18 cm-13 cm-3 mm
1x 20 cm-15 cm-3 mm

The Power Supply, LEDs and other Electronics

The screen runs off 7.5 V and the NES runs off 5 V. I don't want to be messing about with more than one power supply so I'm going to destribute power from a single adjustable supply. To do so I need to build a tiny Voltage regulator circuits using some ICs.

-For the 7.5 V Power Supply' (Screen)

1x LM350 IC
1x 220 Ohm resistor 5% 1/4 W
1x Stay Set 0-400 Ohm potenciometer
1x 1.2 kilo-Ohm resistor 5% 1/4 W
1x 0.1 uF ceramic capacitor
1x 1.0 uF electrolytic capacitor
1x heat dissipator.

"-For the 5.0 V Power Supply (NoaC and LEDs)"

1x 7805 IC
1x 1 mF electronytic capacitor.

"Other stuff"

You will need some cable, some 40/60 solder (if you can find leadless better) some screws and a 12 V Power Supply. Off course, you also Need a workbench or workspace to put your stress releasing NES.

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zcheek1 year ago
I'm going to mod this and replace the standard plug with a car unit. take this on long trips to ease the boredom!
triforce3 years ago
Great Job! I am working also on a portable.
ptentor4 years ago
very well
cheeserdane4 years ago
I see your finger print on the lens.
up up down down left right left right, then B A B A select start, you got 30 lives
this is for Contra, right?
Actually its only one B A.
Miltron_B (author)  z3r05 years ago
Depends on the game.

TMNT 2 for NES is two BA-s.
Builder865 years ago
Sorry, how many LED you used?
russelljwr5 years ago
I really like your setup, but I am a little confused on your controller interface. Did you wire you Nes controller into the player two socket? Did you disconnect the control board totally from the NOAC? Thanks Jesse
Miltron_B (author)  russelljwr5 years ago
Hola Jesse! Sorry for the (very) late reply. I wired the Nes controler to P1 NOAC input. Let me know if you can't find the wiring diagram on google and I'll help you tackle it. Good Luck!
Miltron_B (author)  Miltron_B5 years ago
Jesse, Correct Pins are (from right to left): Pin 2 - P1 Controller Clock. Pin 4 - P1 Controller Data input. Pin 5 - P1 Controller Latch (same as P2 Controller Latch). Best of luck!
Where do you get the NES on a chip from. I have searched everywhere and haven't been able to find one. This is a great indestructible over all.
Miltron_B (author)  Heartwood1546 years ago
Glad you liked it. I found mine in a Kiosk outside a store in a Mall in Laredo, TX. Try Ebay for MegaJoy III or SuperJoy. There are some other alternatives, like those "plug-and-play" star wars games or the Sega Sonic games.
really? Those can be used to play roms?
Miltron_B (author)  yawgmoth15 years ago
They have roms in them, but you can't add your own.
Hmmm, ok. But any NOAC can have a 72 pin connector wired to it or no? I'm only asking because I cant buy anything online otherwise I'd get one of those nintendo clones and those "star wars" tv games are only 10 bucks at the most at my local target. Just dont want to waste my money.
Miltron_B (author)  yawgmoth15 years ago
You can Follow Ben Heck's tutorial to see how to change famicom cartridge pins to regular NES pins.

I believe they are both 72 pins.
can you give me a link???
famicons 60

check wikipedia
Cool, will do. That guys a wellspring of console knowledge huh? He even wrote a book on making portables.
DuFFxP935 years ago
 Where did you get that pillow?!
hintss5 years ago
add games for it to the materials?
clark6 years ago
"OMG its naked." hahahahaahah thats classic. Great instructable, I've been wondering about using the psone screen as a small tv or something else, and this answered most of my questions. (also, the second picture on step two has a small typo. You said sue instead of use.)
Miltron_B (author)  clark6 years ago
Glad you liked it! (Thanks for the heads up)
clark Miltron_B6 years ago
yup. I picked up a psone screen today, and got it working without a problem. Its actually taking in 10.5 volts, but if you notice, there is a 7805 voltage regulator connected to the 7.5v input on the screen. So im guessing it requires 7.5 volts to account for the voltage drop that the 7805 has.
You could just bypass the regulator and feed it 5 volts
Miltron_B (author)  clark6 years ago
Yeah! Actually, in 1ups Instructablehe uses the screens 7805 to hook it up to god knows what.

I'm surprised you are getting it to work with 10.5 V, I had a hell of a time getting the 7.5 V Power Source so it could work properly (I had funny lines going down the screen with anything above 7.5!)

Hope you get some pics up soon with what ever you are conjuring up!
husker5 years ago
 Why a workbench playable NES and not a portable, car NES.
mg0930mg husker5 years ago
That's liking asking why not get a psp instead of the portable nes. :rolls eyes:
moesboy5 years ago
could you do this with an old laptop screen
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Miltron_B (author)  moesboy5 years ago
No. You need something that will acceot a composite signal. You can use the Laptop to emulate a NES and play some roms in it. Then you would only need to make a USB NES controller.
Wow, that's so neat! I've gotta try and find one of those NoaCs here in Europe!
Miltron_B (author)  Pocket Universe6 years ago
Where in Europe are you at?? If you are in Deutschland, I've a bunch of friend who buy MegaJoys off Ebay!
Nope, I'm in Sweden. Thanks for the tip though.
Miltron_B (author)  Pocket Universe6 years ago
Oh!! I'm almost certain you can find these at any IKEA. haha.
yomero6 years ago
chidooooo, muy buen instructable... :-)
Miltron_B (author)  yomero6 years ago

Si te gusta este tipo de cosas, te sugiero http://es.makezine.com

Es la versión en español de la revista Make.
ea, gracias por el link, muy bueno!!!!
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