Of course the top thing to do with a Nintendo Entertainment System is to play it, but what if you have a non-working system that you just can't bear to throw away? Enter this post which will show you ten different things you can do with your old NES, many of which make great gifts for that retro gamer in your life.
10 Things to do With an Old NES
- Turn it Into a Clock Follow the instructions from the Mavrinac website to turn your NES into an alarm clock.
- Make it Into a Home Theatre PC Use the console to house a home theatre PC. Don't want to make your own? You can buy one for $475 from Etsy seller Melanarchy.
- Convert the Controller to an iPhone Dock Make your own iPhone dock out of an NES controller in about 15 minutes or you could just buy one for $31.98 from GeekUnique on Etsy.
- Turn the Console Into a Giant Flashdrive This great NES DIY project from Instructables user Fungus Amungus aka Ed Lewis, turns your old non-working system into a flash drive and USB port.
- Into an Apple Remote Want a nifty classic gaming inspired remote for your Mac? Follow Instructables user Agurri instructions and make your own out of an old NES controller. See it in action in the video below.
- Into Stepping Stones Use your non-working console to make a stepping stone cast. This great way to subtly display your love of gaming is from Instructables member Fungus Amungus.
- Into a DVD Player Follow the instructions from Make and combine a $20 DVD player and an NES case to make a retrotastic and cheap DVD player. Completing the combo is a control pad that uses A and B buttons for selection and main menu with the start button turning on the power and select button ejecting the disk.
- Into a Bike Light Display your old school video game love along with your desire to be seen at night while riding your bike with this project from Instructables user Daniel Bauen.
- Into a Wireless Router Ever wanted to create your own wireless router using an NES cartridge housing? Instructables user UnconventionalHacker shows you how.
- Into an MP3 Player We think this project from Instructables user Morte_Moya would make a great gift for the vintage gaming fiend, just make sure you let them know you made it from non working NES parts. See the player and cartridge speakers in action below.