Famicom
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The Famicom – or NES, as it's known in the west – is one of the most important pieces of gaming hardware ever to exist; without it, Nintendo wouldn't be the massive company we know and love today.

However, while there are a great many reasons to want to own the original Japanese version of the machine, it's rather annoying that the base model only has support for RF output, which means internal or external modifications are usually required to get a half-decent picture from it.

Thankfully, Krikzz – the man behind the Everdrive line of flashcarts – has cooked up a neat solution which requires zero modification to your beloved Famicom. The RGB Blaster simply slots into the console's cartridge slot (games can be plugged into the top of the device) and offers RGB-out via a 9-din connection.

The upshot of this is that Famicom games will look amazing – even better than they do when run on the AV Famicom, a revision of the machine that offers composite video support (and was also released in the west alongside the 'dogbone' controllers).

RGB Blasters are expected to go on sale in the next few weeks, so keep your eye on Krikzz's site.

[source twitter.com]