Project 1: NES Media Center (Part 2)

Hello everyone,

Since my NES Media Center is completed, I wanted to discuss how I built it, as well as the thought process.

Final Build NES Pi

Here we have the final build. You can see that the LED lights up appropriately and that it is on by the Power Button pushed in.

NES Pi Media Center - Inside Look

This is the inside of the NES, with everything wired up.

NES Controller Port

The first thing I did was remove the original controller ports and replace them with the NES-USB adapter. Here we see the originals still attached.

NES Controller Port

Once the ports have been removed, we need to dremel the sockets and make them rectangular.

NES - Controller Ports

After stripping the rubber casing from the NES/USB adapter, we get to put it in the NES. This adapter is upside down.

NES Back

This is the back of the NES, where I dremelled ports for the power, HDMI in, and 2 USB.

NES Front - Ports Epoxied!

The cables have been epoxied!

NES Power Button

After removing the power buttons, we need to make a little notch at the top to break the circuit. We also solder up near the top of the far right side.

NES Power Button Wires

After cutting the ribbon, we need to strip the brown, red, orange and yellow wires. We’ll connect this to the Mausberry circuit so it can power the Pi effectively.

NES Power Circuit

The wires have been soldered to the power circuit.

NES Power Pole

You’ll also need to remove this pole.

NES Pi Media Center - Inside Look

Again, here we can see the inside of the NES, with everything wired up!

Kodi - LibreElec

Here’s a demonstration of LibreElec!

RetroPie

And here we have RetroPie!

There you go! Not a perfect step-by-step tutorial, but hopefully shows the various steps required to do this sort of project. This is a really good project for people who aren’t familiar with dremeling, soldering and electronics!

-Curtis RetroMaster

Project 1: NES Media Center

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry I’ve been pretty quiet over the last week and a half. I’ve been working on a new project… and I’m proud to announce I’ve finished my NES Media Center! This was a fairly easy project, relative to others I’ve done.

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My project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of those who accomplished this project before me.  I’d especially like to thank  on imgur for the tutorial he posted. Very helpful if you want to do the project too!

Make sure you also watch the tutorial video I posted onto YouTube. It describes step by step the process of building your own, as well as a preview of what the final project looks like and how it works. I’d love to hear your comments, questions and critiques!

All the best,

-Curtis RetroMaster

World 1-1: Media Center Software

Hey everyone,

Today I received a couple Raspberry Pis in the mail. My current NES media center is running outdated versions of Kodi (via OpenElec) and RetroPie, so I decided to start my new builds from scratch. My plan is to dual boot both Kodi and RetroPie, which is really awesome since they transition seamlessly. I spend most of my time watching movies or listening to Pandora, so Kodi is perfect for me. On the other hand, RetroPie allows me to play games like Mega Man 2, Bubble Bobble and Super Mario Bros. 3 when I feel like retro-gaming. Love this machine!

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros. 3 on my NES Media Center! Many hours of fun!