Repair and Maintain Your Retro Game Console

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It's getting tougher and tougher for us retro console collectors to find working versions of those hard to find systems. Even when the companies who made them are still around (like Nintendo, Sony, and SEGA) they just scratch their collective heads when it comes to fixing those systems that made them famous.

In an age when a broken TV means tossing it into a landfill and buying a new one instead of getting the old one repaired, what's a classic game aficionado to do when their beloved systems breaks down?

The folks at are working on a solution.

Basically, is attempting to be the repair manual of the future, and while their basic repairs for stuff like toasters, and light fixtures is a bit lacking they've unleashed a load of retro video game console repair guides. Not only do these step-by-step visual guides show you how to make basic and complex fixes to your Atari 2600, Virtual Boy, and Nintendo Entertainment System. They even take it a step further by cracking open several of their featured consoles and showing you what they look like on the inside.

So far they've got 36 different guides for classic, modern and Next-Gen video game consoles.

In honor of's dedication to repairing retro systems, we've put together a database of online resources for fixing, maintaining and cleaning your old-school console and handheld, as well as where to get parts and original manuals.

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