A Strange Query - NES Power LED

Jonny

Well-known member
This is a very odd question I know which is why it's in randomness aimed at anyone who knows a lot about NES hardware.
So... my question is can the LED be controlled by programming on the cart? i.e can it be make to flash at will. I thought of a cool idea for my game, but of course its not essental so I didn't want to post this as a request for help. Just curious mainly.
I've done some searching online, but I only get "how to fix blinking light" pages.

You can all have a good laugh about how dumb this question is now lol.
 

Knietfeld

New member
I don't know the answer but I think it's a pretty interesting question. I tried searching for a few minutes but probably found the same stuff as you. I don't have a cart flasher or test cart or I would try some stuff. But I'm guessing the only reason the light turns off is when the cartridge and system aren't connecting properly so it cycles power to see if it's gonna work or not. Now you've got me imagining a game that trolls you by making you think it messed up and reset itself.
 

Jonny

Well-known member
Now you've got me imagining a game that trolls you by making you think it messed up and reset itself.
Trying to not give away any spoilers but that's almost exactly why I was asking. Anyone who reads this will propably have forgotten by the time my game is done though or not care hopefully. I keep meaning to learn properly about hardware. Another idea would be to have an LED on the cart itself, although it wouldn't be seen in a lot of systems, only top loaders. Maybe I should concentrate on making the actual game lol.
 
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