NES mod lets you play classic games on your smartphone

This mod allows you to connect your NES console and phone together using Bluetooth and Arduino. Let the games begin!

Ever wished there was a way of playing your favorite NES titles on a present-day device, like your smartphone? If you still happen to have your old NES console handy, then now there is a way.

Dustin Evans figured out a way of connecting an old NES console to his phone using Bluetooth modem, BlueSMiRF, and Arduino. An Arduino Mega inside the NES console, will connect to the BlueSMiRF chip. Once switched on, the Bluetooth board works by searching and paring with something like a phone or tablet--it basically gives non-Bluetooth devices that capability. Your phone and console are then paired.

Once connected, your phone pulls data from the console, including games and controller commands. Dustin also added LED lights to the Arduino to indicate when certain controller buttons get pressed. All you need to do now is open up an emulator app and pick your NES game of choice!

The only downside to this mod is that it's not the most portable way of playing NES games, seeing as you still need the console within a certain range of your phone (and switched on). Of course, if your NES console is perhaps slighty faulty, this is a great way of breathing new life into it.

[YouTube via Hacked Gadgets]

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Fish

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?