How to find Famicom Converters inside of NES cartridges

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In this video we go over how to spot which NES cartridges contain 60pin Famicom to 72pin NES converters inside! These legendary items which are the only official converters ever released by Nintendo used to be all of the rage, although with third party converters becoming more easily accessible you don't hear nearly as many people talking about them as you used to. Still, they're really fun to look out for, and if you find one, you can enjoy your Famicom without fear of lock out problems or compatibility issues!

Of course, just finding the converter isn't enough. There are a couple of tricks you need to know to get proper use out of it once it's in your hands. We go over all that and more in this video! Thank you for watching, and please post down below if you have any questions, or if this video helped you out during your retro collecting journey!

Here are some of the NES games people have claimed to have found converters inside of:
1942
Clu Clu Land
Donkey Kong Jr.
Duck Hunt
Elevator Action
Excitebike
Golf
Gumshoe
Gyromite
Hogan’s Alley
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Pinball
Raid on Bungeling Bay
Rygar
Soccer
Stack Up
Tennis
Urban Champion
Wizards and Warriors
Wrecking Crew

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I found one of these in a copy of Hogan's Alley I just bought second hand. After popping the game open for some cleaning I had no idea what on earth it was until I did some googling and eventually ended up here. Good stuff

Author — Brennen Marshall

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In this video Andrew shows us how we may have treasure in our NES collection and not even be aware about it. You are the master Treasure Master.

Author — Milesluigi

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Back when i was buying NES games i considered getting Famicom games and a converter but never got one. I'll be checking my NES games for a converter now.

Author — PearlJammer07

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Most interesting. This was probably a bit more expensive than producing the regular cartridges, but that can still be a good business decision for managing that Christmas' demand spike.

I'd be scared of harming the circuitry when doing that, but I guess it's more resilient than it looks.

Author — Lord Ruby

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The little feelers coming off each pin are used for gold electroplating. They need to energize every pin at once while the large panel with several game PCBs is in the emulsion so they are all connected with traces that will be broken. When the individual boards are cut out of the panel the traces that connected them are also cut.

Author — Emmett Turner

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I made a video similar to this a few years back. It’s always fun looking for famicom converters in NES games.

Author — NES ADDICT

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Did not know this was a thing, so thank you for making this video! Wouldn't have known without it since this is so obscure!

Author — StelerSteel

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Awesome Video as always! I already knew about the 5 screws and the weight difference but not the off set pins. That makes it a lot easier to find a 60 to 72 pin converters. Out of the 16 NES games I own the only one that has the converter is also Excitebike.

Author — Christian Alvey

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Hey Andrew, the video clip at the beginning of the old Nintendo manufacturing, can that be found on the internet somewhere? would love to watch the full thing
Thanks

Author — Jamie

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Another thank you for this video. I found I have a five-screw 10-Yard Fight cart that has the Famicom converter inside. Very cool stuff!

Author — scottlinux

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You can hook the famicom adapter and game to a game genie to get it out easier.

Author — NES ADDICT

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Early 3-screw games had the same slotted screws as 5-screw games but, yeah: you shouldn't find a converter inside a 3-screw game. I actually found a heavy 3-screw copy of Golf once and knew it had something even more interesting inside. It verified that it weighed 50% more than it should so I made sure to have the camera rolling when I opened it. Turns out that all the extra space inside was being used to smuggle drugs overseas and the video went viral! Found a copy of Pinball with the converter the following week and it ended up being the most disappointing follow-up video ever. :)

Author — Emmett Turner

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One main reason that Nintendo put these Famicom Converters inside of their cartridges was because Nintendo was in a large rush to get these cartridges out in North America, so rather than making brand new boards for their games, they made the adapter so they could just re-use Famicom Boards.

Author — PlazmaCube

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Another great video!

Gyromite was the most common back in the day with converters, it seems.

Author — Shane M.

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I recognize the Warioland VB intro music. :)

Author — Emmett Turner

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I'm not sure if i remember right as a kid but I remember playing a sega game on snes

Author — Luis Corona

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Andrew is back with another awsome video

Author — Tashiro Sato

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Cool. You always find some interesting bits of trivia to talk about.

Author — TheGreenLightningMRT

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Looks like the Canadian carts have the converters

Author — sam picou

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Can you try to live stream donkey kong country 4 fan game

Author — Leroy Salas