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Is there any way possible to convert your old NES and SNES game cartridges to make them playable on your computer?

Asked by AshlynM (10542points) April 3rd, 2012

I realize you can download roms online with just a click of a button but the legality of doing so is shady. I have a bunch of old NES and SNES carts laying around that I legally own. So I was wondering if there was some possible way to convert these to a format so that they’re playable on my computer? Like using any type of special equipment or software to do this?

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DeanV's avatar

I don’t believe so. ROMs are your best bet.

gambitking's avatar

I’m sure you know you’re not the first person to want to do this, and of course the ever-prosperous modding community has blazed the trail for you, you just have to look around for the project details.

This might be a good place to start:

jaytkay's avatar

I’ve never played an NES game in my life, but I enjoy reading about hardware hacks at

Where I found this – The Retrode is the world’s bestest USB adapter for vintage video games. Play your 16-bit console games on your computer/cell phone/tablet/whatnot, using your original cartridges and controllers!

Also this is funny – the exact opposite of your quest – homemade cartridges from downloaded ROMs.
Creating NES cartridge clones from ROM dumps

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