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#176 bombidragon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:28 PM

Low budget is mailing me a super 8 and I already have my hands on two early nesrgb kits.  You can use your imaginations with what will happen.


Everything built into one for a low price?

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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:32 PM

Here is a sneak peak of the custom cases!  It's been great working with low_budget on these.  Excited to see the new release.

 

 

Also posted it to my blog located at Ninstrument.com


Edited by dsc, Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:36 PM.


#178 Drakon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:43 PM

Everything built into one for a low price?

 

Something like that



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Posted Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:45 PM

that case, Tim's RGB board and Super 8 PCB would be awesome!



#180 low_budget OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:56 AM

I'm assembling some complete NES Super 8 systems, which I hope to have ready November 15th, the official launch.

I am hand assembling these and I have limited parts on hand, so the first run will only be 8 or so systems. I will be selling them on Tindie.com as well as directly.

Sorry it isn't a marketing gimmick, I really can only build 8 systems at the moment. I have limited funds as my name implies.

 

These will be based on the v2.0 Super 8 PCB.

The cases are by Absulut Extremes as seen above. These turned out excellent by the way.

Video output is amplified and sync cleaned RGB video.

L / R RCA jacks provide the stereo sound output.

 

I do not own any PAL games, but since the Super 8 has no lockout chip it should play them fine. The audio pitch may be off though.

 

I am working on adding additional video output options, but I currently need to do some more work with this design.

Drakon kindly offered his services for testing the NESRGB with the Super 8 (as well as some good advice regarding clock circuits.)

 

I will have my own pictures of the assembled systems soon.



#181 Drakon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:52 PM

My super 8 arrived today, in bags, this will be a soldering party.



#182 SoundGammon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:28 PM

I have 3 RP2C03B chips. If I send them to you could I get a free Super 8 and you can have the other 2 chips?

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:01 PM

My super 8 arrived today, in bags, this will be a soldering party.

 

Is this a Super 8 2.0 with composite?



#184 Drakon OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:34 PM

 

Is this a Super 8 2.0 with composite?

 

2.0 with a lot of missing parts.  There's an on board circuit for the cxa2075 which is going the way of the gecko thanks to the nesrgb kit.


Edited by Drakon, Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:35 PM.


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Posted Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:42 AM

My super 8 arrived today, in bags, this will be a soldering party.

A cold solder joint party with tons of hot glue you mean?

#186 Drakon OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:03 PM

A cold solder joint party with tons of hot glue you mean?

 

Actually I mean a trolling party by someone who quit modding.



#187 low_budget OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:29 AM

I attached pics of my first completed system.

 

My assembly time is about 4.5 hours per system. The parts cost isn't cheap either, with the PPU alone being $200. That being said, the cost will be around $500 for a ready to go system and $250 for the system minus CPU / PPU chips.

I also have a couple pre-wired s-video / composite converters for $60 that plug into the RGB port. These are just a WEIYA CV-04 encoder PCB with a custom connector for the Super 8.

 

I have recently made a v2.1 PCB with the only change being a on board CXA2075. This didn't really perform as well as the external encoders I've been  using so it's still a work in progress. The on-board RGB converter isn't even needed with the NESRGB or Universal PPU, so I may scrap this idea.

 

So, I guess now is the time to take pre orders? PM me if interested.

 

 

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#188 low_budget OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:20 AM

I listed all my assembled NES Super 8 systems left after the pre-orders on Tindie.com. I was able to build these faster by doing several at a time, so they are cheaper than my earlier estimates. I really worked hard making these the highest quality. 
 
 
 
 
I'm going to take a short break from the project over the holidays, but I will resume in 2014.
Thanks for the support everyone.

Edited by low_budget, Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:22 AM.


#189 Tempy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:29 AM

I've been wondering since Analogue Interactive's Nt was announced (http://www.analoguei...php/analogue-nt) - but is it based on the Super 8?

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Posted Tue May 6, 2014 1:47 PM

I've been wondering since Analogue Interactive's Nt was announced (http://www.analoguei...php/analogue-nt) - but is it based on the Super 8?

I've been thinking the same thing. I know when I saw this my first thought was it would be fun to do this but build in some extras.



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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2014 10:43 PM

low_budget, are you still selling these?

If so, where?  I have a couple of people interested.

Thank you,



#192 low_budget OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:42 PM

I just noticed the excellent Parallax NES controller ports have been discontinued and are out of stock.
These are the ports I used on the Super 8 and are perfect replacements.
Please help me petiton Parallax to re-stock them. It's on the Parallax web site, product ID 450-32360
It's the last part I need in an upcoming project and very useful for hardware mods.

This sucks



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Posted Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:23 PM

Sounds like an awesome project! Keep it up!



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Posted Fri Dec 5, 2014 12:30 PM

The Super 8 bit is back with new features and improvements with version 2.5! Very limited quantity available on http://www.tindie.com. No $500 pre-orders followed by a six month wait! The systems will be listed as I build them with no pre-orders taken.

 
Overview
 
The Super 8 bit is a new hand-assembled game console that can play all your favorite NES and Famicom games. It uses the original CPU and PPU chips for pixel perfect gameplay and 99.8% compatibility. The Super 8 bit has video, audio, and reliability improvements over the original systems in a compact form factor.
 
 
The Super 8 was the very first console to work using original hardware CPU and PPU chips when v1.1 was originally sold over 2 years ago. A lot has improved since then!
 
Features included with the new v2.5 circuit board:
 
Dual cartridge slots allow playing games from any region.
Compatible with 99.8% of the entire NES and Famicom 8 bit library.
Two original NES controller ports and 15 pin Famicom expansion connector have all pins wired for compatibility with all known accessories (some require a CRT television.)
Designed to work with Viletim's NESRGB and original console PPU.
Composite video, s-video, and 240p RGB video outputs with stereo sound.
A/V multi-out connector is pin-compatible with any Genesis 2 A/V cable; standard s-video and RCA connectors are used to eliminate the need for proprietary cables.
Three selectable color palettes: original, improved, and arcade.
New cartridge connectors with no lockout chip, so any game with a clean connector will work every time.
Adjustable hi-fi stereo sound circuit supports auxiliary audio input from game cartridges.
Three-piece 14 gauge aluminum powder coated case.
Efficient switching 1.5A regulator provides plenty of power to system and accessories.
Firmware updates are completely unnecessary with the Super 8.

Edited by low_budget, Fri Dec 5, 2014 12:37 PM.


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Posted Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:55 AM

Here's some pics of the internals. It has a 3 circuit board stack that is very compact and incorporates the NESRGB nicely without any relocation boards.

CPU, NESRGB, and PPU are all socketed and feature plug-in connection.

Technically, a Playchoice 10 RGB PPU can still be used, but this Super 8 motherboard has no incorporated video circuitry, it relies on the NESRGB for all video signals coming from the PPU.

 

 

 

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