I was Wikipedia surfing earlier tonight looking for old Nintendo Entertainment System games I might have forgotten about, and I came across this paragraph from the "Nintendo Entertainment System" page that hella took me back (especially the bolded parts):
"Problems with the NES lockout chip frequently resulted in the console's most infamous problem: the blinking red power light, in which the system appears to turn itself on and off repeatedly
. The lockout chip was quite finicky, requiring precise timing in order to permit the system to boot. Dirty, aging and bent connectors would often disrupt the timing, resulting in the blink effect. Alternatively, the console would turn on but only show a solid white, gray, or green screen. Users attempted to solve this problem by blowing air onto the cartridge connectors
, licking the edge connector, slapping the side of the system after inserting a cartridge
, shifting the cartridge from side to side after insertion, pushing the Zero Insertion Force socket up and down repeatedly, holding the ZIF down lower than it should have been and/or cleaning the connectors with alcohol which, observing the back of the cartridge, was not endorsed by Nintendo. Many of the most frequent attempts to fix this problem instead ran the risk of damaging the cartridge and/or system. In 1989, Nintendo released an official NES Cleaning Kit
to help users clean malfunctioning cartridges and consoles."
I remember blowing into my Startropics and Zelda cartridges 'til I was d*mn near blue in the face, and slapping the side of that thing so hard I almost after Mario 3 wouldn't play that I almost broke the system.
Dude, nothing better get in the way of a suburbanite 80's kid and his NES on a Saturday morning after seven bowls of cereal and Transformers cartoons... Try and stop me from playing, I'll get Fred Savage to do a left cross with that Power Glove, ya dig?
When my NES would stop working, though, I'd just wanna go back to playing Megamania on my uncle's Atari 2600.
Tightest game ever.