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.
I've always wanted something like this, so I'm definitely interested. Being Krikzz it will be very well made. Being Krikzz it will also not come cheap.
That’s a really ingenious solution, if my AV Famicom wasn’t already modded with the Hi-Def NES kit I’d definitely get one.
Reading the Twitter thread apparently you can write different colour palettes to the board, which is a really cool addition for people who prefer the arcade RGB palette.
Will this work on an AV Famicom? I’m guessing it works with the Everdrive N8 plugged in the top? And will it work with the RAM cart for the Disk System plugged in?
If the answer to all these is yes then this sounds awesome! Of course price dependant. I was disappointed to see when the Mega Everdrive Pro became available a few weeks ago the price had jumped from $200 to $260, so I expect this won’t come cheap.
Looks great, but I actually prefer Composite for at least the Famicom.
I would mod AV Composite for the OG Famicom (which is my favourite model of the NES/FC) but I would not do RGB.
RGB looks great for the Super Famicom, though.
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