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Did you have a Nintendo Entertainment System quite a few years ago and want it back, but don't like todays prices? Well, with todays technology, you can use a NES on your PC free; Today!



The first step is to gather the material.
Nintendo ES ROM Reader
Nintendo ES ROMS (I recommend Super Mario Bros.)
Computer, of course.
Windows Compatible Joystick or Controller (Optional)

 
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Step 1: Okay, lets get started.

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When you open up the Nintendo ES (NES) Rom Reader, it should be a small black window. Maximize it, then go to File > Open in the Top Left Corner.
Select your ROM. I chose Super Mario Brothers, as it was the best Video Game around back then.
When you load the ROM, press the Alt and Enter keys at the same time. This will enable Arcade, or, "Fullscreen" mode.

Step 2: Get your Game Set-Up.

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Your game should now be set up and ready to play! Here are the controls. See the image below for the references to the classic NES controller.

Enter = Start, Select
Arrow Keys = Joypad (Control Pad)
Z = A
X = B

Enjoy your Nes'd PC!
But wait, there is more? Check out the next step to see.

Step 3: Controllers

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You may have the desire to set up a Windows Compatible Controller to your PC. No problem. On the back of your Computer, there should be a Long or Small Port with Holes in it. This is your Game Controller port. On my Computer, it is right beside my Video / Webcam cable ports.

When you plug in your compatible controller, or whatever fits in there, go to Start Menu, then Control Panel, then Game Controllers. Select from the list which Controller you have. If you do not know, check your box or look on the internet. And no, Nintendo 64 Controllers do, sadly, not work.

Remember, use an Arcade Controller, or you will have a lot of unused buttons and controls.
elobato12 months ago
The name of the instructable is wrong, PC to NES implies that PC games/programs can be used on a NES.

NES Rom Reader is also a wrong name, they are called ROM emulators.

You also fail to give the right information about the controllers, there is a way to make the old NES controller work on a PC through USB

Also the possession of a ROM without owning the actual game is illegal.
how do u do this i have tried and failed any help for me thanks
@old_bass_masta
videogame572 years ago
I understand your topic here, but please change the title to how to emulate
the Nintendo ES. I thought that this was how to cram an NES into a PC Case.
 I use a wired xbox 360 controller for ALL my emulation. as well as xbox :D
anyways, it works really well for N64 and all that, i have found that my flight sim joystick for starfox 64 is EPIC
I used to use a Wiimote/Nunchuk combo for Starfox 64 on my laptop. I had it set up so that the Nunchuk was the "Joystick", with the two triggers being the lasers and bombs, the control stick was for controlling manuevers (speed up, brakes, BARREL ROLL, etc,), and the Wiimote was pause and answer ROB64 messages. I was going to have the wiimote be the throttle (push forward for boost, pull back for brakes), but my BlueSoliel trial ran out, and I managed to screw up my Bluetooth chip (somehow I have a partial installation of another driver I can't get rid of), so my Wiimote-PC days are at an end. *Sigh*
Maxaxle3 years ago
Doesn't really matter how old the roms are; it's still illegal to download them. The legal way about this would be to physically buy the cartridges and then get the right kind of adapter/connector/cable/etc. to read the contents of the cartridges and copy them to your computer.
Didn't Nintendo say that it's legal as long as you own the game(s)?
1. Nintendo HATES homebrew and emulators. They outlawed DS homebrew carts, for example!
2. According to the law, it's legal. According to NIntendo, you should donate everything you have to them and then sell your body, donating the money to them.
WhatULive44 years ago
I've never heard of a NES referred to as a "Nintendo ES", or an emulator referred to as a "Rom Reader".  Also, N64 controllers would work as long as you have the proper converter. Such as this from retrozone.
Atomman (author)  WhatULive44 years ago
 Well, I figure that Nintendo ES makes a little more sense than NES. NES sounds a little bit like football. (...)
It's NES man; anyone from the 80's will agree. 
I'm going to have to agree with Zuner and Snowmanb.  Nobody I knew ever called it a Nintendo ES.  We called it a Nintendo or an NES.  Later came the SNES and the N64.

Nintendo ES is confusing as it reminds me of Nintendo DS (a recent Gameboy model).
It's not a Gameboy godanmit!!! It is a disgrace to the gameboy line, like the GBA Micro!
amen to that! Gimme an original gameboy with super mario land 2. Now THAT"S a gameboy!
Would you like to borrow mine? I was just playing that this morning. How perquliar.
Thanks, but no thanks. I'm too busy playing Kirby's Dreamland 2
Decepticon4 years ago
You may also want to note that downloading ROMS for games you do not own is considered illegal.
 And the system if you don't own it.
Fenwick4 years ago
You should probably take out your link to the ROMs, it's definitely illegal.
Iridium74 years ago
 I likie the instructable but this one isn't for me. I like to play the actual thing instead of emulators. 4/5 stars
I found a pull your f*cking hair out frustrating R0M. It's called Super Mario Frustration or Super Mario Forever. You should Google it...
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