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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)

Step 1: Okay, Lets Get Started.

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.

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

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.



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    23 Discussions


    5 years 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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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*


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    2 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Well, I figure that Nintendo ES makes a little more sense than NES. NES sounds a little bit like football. (...)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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).