Nintendo Famicom

Hello again…

I’ve been busy with work – a lot – but have found time to mod the old Nintendo Famicom to give a composite video output, for use on TVs with an AV input.

I’d read a *lot* of guides on how to go about doing this, with the writers having a range of successes, but a lot of modders kept getting ‘jail bars’. Jail bars are the vertical lines that run the full height of the screen at repeated intervals, that are caused by the clock/processor interfering with the video signal. My first mod had jail bars, but I thought they weren’t bad. The jail bars on my stock Twin Famicom were worse!

Scanlines

Scanlines. If you hear someone talking about scanlines when discussing video games, you know they’re a dork. I talk about scanlines a lot. Mostly with @damienmcferran and @michaelheald. What’s the deal then? Well, when we played video games on CRT televisions, there would be faint horizontal lines between the rows of pixels. Kinda didn’t notice…