How to Connect an Old Nintendo to a New Television


The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game console was originally connected to televisions using an RF switch that connects to a VHF input or Antenna In input on the back of the television. However, many new televisions don’t have these inputs, making it more difficult to connect your NES to your television. In some cases, you can connect the RF switch to a VCR and run the system into your television. Audio/video inputs in the NES can allow you to use component cables to easily connect your NES to your television.

Things You'll Need

  • Component cables
  • Purchase an NES AV/Component cable from an online retailer or local store that sells old Nintendo supplies. Regular RCA cables can work as well to connect the NES to a newer television, but it’s best to purchase cables designed specifically for the NES.

  • Plug the component cables into the back of your television. Plug the red end into the red audio input and plug the black end into the yellow video input.

  • Plug the other ends into the audio/video inputs on the side of your Nintendo. Plug the red end into the red audio input and the black end into the yellow video input.

  • Make sure the power supply is plugged into your NES. Turn on your television and make sure the correct video input is on. Some newer televisions will have two video inputs.

  • Turn on your NES and make sure it is properly playing on your television. If the picture doesn’t show on the screen you should make sure the cables are fully plugged in and in the correct inputs.

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