TinyNES is a compact gaming console that plays NES cartridges using the same chips as the original

There is no shortage of ways to play classic Nintendo games these days, but most of them rely on emulation and / or illegal downloading of game ROMs from the internet. the TinyNES takes a different approach. This is a brand new micro-console with the same processors as the original Nintendo entertainment system, which means that it natively supports the original game cartridges, although the console itself. even is about the size of a cartridge.

The TinyNES was pre-ordered via a Crowd Supply crowdfunding campaign in December, and the developer hopes to start shipping the microconsole to backers before the end of May.

Since the new system has the same Ricoh RP2A03 processor and Ricoh RP2C02 image processing unit as the NES, you shouldn’t experience any compatibility issues when playing NES games on the TinyNES. The new device is also not locked by region.

Like the original NES, it has two ports for game controllers on the back, analog RCA audio and video ports, an on / off switch, a power input, and a reset button. And that’s about it.

There is no support for scaling, HDMI output, internet connectivity, or any other modern features. If you want to use the TinyNES with a modern TV, that means you’ll probably need some sort of video adapter.

If you’re wondering why you would drop all the way to $ 199 on a new console with the same limitations as the original rather than looking for a used NES on eBay, the TinyNES has a few advantages.

First, it’s much smaller than a NES, at just 138.5 x 130 x 32.5mm (5.45 “x 5.12” x 1.28 “) compared to 256 x 203.2 x 88.9 mm (10.08 “x 8” x 3.5 “) for the original. Incidentally, a Nintendo cartridge is 133 x 120 x 20mm (5.25 “x 4.75” x 0.75 “).

Second, the TinyNES uses less power than the original. And third, the hardware is fully open source, which means anyone can access the design files to inspect, modify, or create your own version of the console or even produce and sell their own derivative system, as long as they retains the open source license. .

The developer has secured a limited supply of the Ricoh RP2A03 and RP2C02 chips, which are no longer manufactured. But the TinyNES motherboard is designed so that the chips can be inserted into sockets without any soldering, allowing the board to be upgraded or the processor replaced.

And if $ 199 is a bit too high a price for you, there’s a slightly cheaper option: a limited number of TinyNES systems will use the UMC UA6527 and PPU UA6528 CPU chips instead of the stock Ricoh chips. These are basically clones of the original chips with nearly identical functionality and if there is enough demand for the TinyNES for the developer to continue making units after the supply of Ricoh chips has run out, future models will likely only be available with these chips.

You can find more information and / or book a TinyNES at Crowd Supply.

via Hackster and Gizmodo

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