NES Expansion Port Finally Finds Practical Use, Thanks to Inventor

NES Expansion Port Finally Finds Practical Use, Thanks to Inventor
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During the ’80s and early ’90s, it wasn’t unusual for console makers to equip their machines with expansion ports.

With an eye on future developments, these ports (in theory) would allow accessories and bolt-on devices to augment the power of the base system; with the Super Famicom (Satellaview) and Mega Drive (Mega CD) this came to pass, but in the case of the NES, the Expansion Port on its underbelly was never used during its lifespan.

Hacker and modder RetroTime is looking to make use of the port via the NES Hub, a new homebrew accessory which will offer a wide range of applications.

The NES Hub is a plug-and-play solution which will pave the way for things like 4-player Bluetooth support, SNES controller support, Famicom accessory support and the ability to run various third-party devices and add-ons.

RetroTime is looking for more beta testers to continue the development of NES Hub and admits that it has only been tested on a PAL NES console so far. The price is also unknown and “depends a lot on the production cost of the connector.”

Let us know if this is something you’d like for your NES by posting a comment below.

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