After many years, I finally got my hands on a Nintendo Entertainment System but alas it does not work. Sadly, this console is more brick like than the official LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System. This NES, being 35 years old, has been plagued with the blinking red light error. This error are a multitude of reasons this light could be blinking, but one common error is the 72 pin connector wearing out.
That dastardly 72 pin connector is what makes the loading and unloading of an NES work. Also known as a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector, this connector has a tendency to wear out and/or become corroded over the years, 35 years to be exact.
The 72 pin connector is one of the easier NES repairs that can be done and albeit, one of the cheapest. Replacement parts range anywhere from $8 – $12 dollars and is relatively easy. We purchased one from Amazon that was right in the middle of that price range. 72 Pin Connector – Amazon Affiliate Link
Without know the exact cause, I figured this would be the easiest course of action to attempt to revive this childhood memory. Can I get it to work? Is this NES ready to be laid out to rest or can I bring it back to it’s former glory, “One Last Time?” /End Hamilton Reference…