Another embedded system option

nes-inside.jpg

While thinking about cheap development boards, physician I remembered my NES (picture from 1up blog).  The system would be ideal for hacking by modern standards as it features a custom 6502 processor from MOS Technologies running at a very accessible 1.8MHz. All of the chips are in PDIP form and the system is pretty cheap. Memory can be wired directly to the ZIF connector used for cartridges, or a reprogrammable cartridge can be made. Finally, system architecture guides are available. Maybe I will open mine up to see if I can tweak anything once Nintendo puts Super Mario Brothers 3 on the Virtual Console.

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