Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – PAL

Video content:

Opening a PAL NES “toaster” console
Removing the parts
Parts needed / not needed
Removal of the A/V and AC power daughterboard
Composite and audio modding
Fixing the cartridge port to play games reliably again
Region free modding to play NTSC games as well as PAL
Board reduction

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Region free:

Composite / Audio:


19 Responses to “Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – PAL”

  1. Good post. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..

  2. Ok thanks for invite
    ill Register on ur Site

    Hope i can Find help there
    Thx Pk.

  3. Ok i agree with that
    But i have bayou Billy
    And this One allways glitched Up man
    I have Seen a List but the Site exists no
    Thx Pk.

    • Not familiar with that title, bottom line though is it should work, but if you test it, you’ll know for sure. It’s only 1 raised pin on the NES, the easiest of region free mods going, so easy to find out. Anyway, feel free to join my forum and be part of the community – this WordPress site is basically pretty much dead as my website contains far more information and guides, only keep the WordPress site going as it gets around 300-500 visitors a day still….

  4. No i have disable the lockout Chip
    Now i dont know
    Which Games work Fine
    And which had some glitches

    Thx Pk.

    • If you’ve region free the NES, then all NTSC games should work. Only title you might have a problem is Mario 7 Stars RPG, depending on the one you have. NTSC games on PAL console will play slightly slower though.

  5. is there a list of compatible ntsc games for a modded pal nes console
    with problems of some u know

    thx pk

  6. have u a list of copatibilty ntsc games
    or the glitches

  7. I am trying to make a portable nes and with the video output with the resistor and stuff wasn’t very clear and for power do I use the batterys you used for the portable n64 if so do i need a step down regulator
    Plz send me more info Mat

  8. “If you’re using a PAL NES console and do the simple mod to allow the NES to play NTSC then you can play most NTSC games on the system (and all PAL).”

    – is there a compatibility list anywhere concerning NTSC games on a PAL console with disabled lockout?

  9. Very clear instructions. It really works, thank you very much!

  10. Mad Props! I was curious what you used to cut your motherboard and remove the ground and power/reset sections? I ask because I have never seen a circuit board cut so clean, and I also really want to avoid damaging my NES. I may have singed my mother board a slight bit while removing the RF box, so I’m trying to be very careful from here on out (I bought a replacement NES in case it turns out that my current one is trashed, and a new digital soldering iron with adjustable wattage for peace of mind).

  11. Sweet. My goal is to just be able to play NTSC games. Do I still need to take out the unnecessary parts or is breaking pin 4 enough for that? Thanks in advance.

  12. Cool! looks good but hard

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