The NES Satellite was Nintendos first wireless accessory. This was a major feat for late 80's gaming. This device allows up to four simultaneous wireless players*. A small infrared receiver plugs into the NES console allowing players to sit up to 15-20 feet away. It also includes "Turbo" selectors for both the A and B buttons, instantly converting standard controllers into turbo models. Unfortunately it does have limitations in the design, mainly the line of sight wireless reception. This system works until someone blocks the receiver or the transmitter is moved. Users have also reported response lag when using all four players simultaneously. It also required 6 large C batteries for power.
Release Date: 1989
Original Retail Price: $50?
Current Value: $25-$50
The model I received had corroded batteries and rust throughout the unit. I knew that a complete rebuilt was necessary before attempting to use it. This page will document the process of a basic tear-down, clean & rebuild.
- Phillips medium size screwdriver
- Oxi Clean
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Toothbrush or other scrubbing tool
- Protective eye-wear & rubber gloves
First remove all the screws from the bottom of the unit and the receiver box. Fortunately all screws for the Satellite unit are identical. This makes reassembly much simpler.
Here's a closeup view of the battery compartment. Make sure to wear protective gloves and goggles when working with battery corrosion!
Next, in order to clean the plastic case we need to remove the motherboard. Remove all 4 screws as shown. Also unplug the black and red power wires from the battery contact points.
Soak the metal parts for a few hours or more depending on the severity of the rust damage. Rinse parts thoroughly after soaking.
Once the all plastic is clean and dry reassemble the unit follow the steps above in reverse order.
In all, if you can find a cheap NES Satillite (under $30), I say go for it. It's a neat piece of Nintendos history and the NES system looks cool with the receiver installed. I like this accessory, but use it in moderation due to the battery consumption. Note: Rechargeable AA batteries can be used with the help of AA to C adapters. These are plastic shells that fit around the AA battery increasing its size. Easy to find via eBay $2-$3