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rwlpeter

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Yesterday at a garage sale I bought an NES with two regular controllers, two turbo controllers, a zapper, a couple of instruction booklets, and a poster. The lady who was selling was very nice because she gave it all to me for free. Only one problem though, I don't have an AV cable or RF switch for it. This is probably a stupid question, but do I need both the AV cable and RF switch or just one of them? Sorry, I don't know much about these things and I don't want to waste my money, but I got the thing for free so why complain about money?

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LinktotheFuture

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You only need one or the other.

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yep, only one or the other. also, way to score some good stuff! hope it all still works. :3

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thewiirocks

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I highly recommend getting some composite cables. They're easier to come by than RF switches, produce a better picture, will fit any television or game system, and will cost you a lot less money in the end. If you have an HDTV, you might actually have a few component cables left over from other game systems that you upgraded to Component or HDMI cables.

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NotEnoughGolds

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thewiirocks wrote:

I highly recommend getting some composite cables. They're easier to come by than RF switches, produce a better picture, will fit any television or game system, and will cost you a lot less money in the end. If you have an HDTV, you might actually have a few component cables left over from other game systems that you upgraded to Component or HDMI cables.

In other words, your standard A/V cables.
Here's what you should do:
1. Go to RadioShack
2. Pick up a standard AV/Composite cable (3 male connectors on each end). This should cost $3-$5.
3. Pick up a Y audio splitter. (1 male : 2 female). This will be about $3.50.
Now you can hook up your NES with pseudo-stereo sound for less than $10.
If the NES didn't come with a AC adapter you can pick one of those up at RadioShack for dirt cheap as well.

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rwlpeter

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Okay! Thank you!

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WanderFan91

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I have the A/B switch. That's how I play my NES and SNES games at home. But, I guess A/B is a good choice for you.

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WaLuigi1982

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I am sure you can find something on eBay or Amazon.

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