Bringing out old systems?

February 22, 2007 By R. LeFeuvre

So there are currently two threads about yanking old consoles out of the closet/attic/cold storage to recapture old memories and catch up on missed ones... and while I certainly encourage these actions (especially the Walrus's Dreamcast revival), I do have one simple question for the rest of you.

See, I keep all of my systems (new and 'classic') hooked up to my TV at all times.... I honestly don't think I would be using my NES if it wasn't hooked up and ready for instant gratification.

In addition to what's photo'd here, a Nintendo Wii, a Sony PS3 and a Sega Genesis have joined the ranks.

You don't want to see the complicated mess of wires and two layers of system selectors that makes it possible -- the Nielson Family 'tech crew' that came out to attach some new equipment were completely befuddled by my setup. Plus, it takes up a lot of space for something like this.

So, how unusual is my setup? I figure that the number of sysytems I have hooked up is... extreme... but how many of you guys have old systems (even if it's only one or two) out and hooked up at all times?

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28 comments for ‘Bringing out old systems?’

#1 quazz4life Feb 23, 2007 02:15am

I have my NES, Xbox360, Xbox, Wii and Dreamcast all hooked up right now. With my Atari 2600 in my closet, due to the RF adapter breaking. :(

#2 HektiK Feb 23, 2007 02:21am

Id love to keep my genesis/sega cd and ps1 hooked up but plug in real-estate is at a premium. Little more shocked that you have an original NES that works more then that you keep all those plugged in at once.

Currently plugged into my attention span killer: 360, xbox, cube.

#3 Sanctuary Feb 23, 2007 02:26am

R. LeFeuvre
Your setup reminds me of the trophy showcase in Smash Bros Melee :)

I have a bad track record with consoles, my favourite ones break such as my beloved Mega Drive ;_; but I try to keep all the ones I can within distance of a TV

#4 R. LeFeuvre Feb 23, 2007 02:26am

HektiK wrote:
Little more shocked that you have an original NES that works more then that you keep all those plugged in at once.

There's an interesting story behind that. An aunt of mine bought the NES years and years ago, tried it once, packed it back up in the original box and chucked it into storage. One day I mentioned I was looking for one and she gave it to me as an Xmas gift. The thing is amazing as it was basically mint in box -- the thing works like it was time warped to the year 2000. :inlove:

#5 WholeFnShow Feb 23, 2007 04:07am

Dorm travelings makes sure that no two consoles are ever plugged in simultaneously. However, when I'm comfortable at home, the tv shares time with the DC, PS2, and seXbox. I have a working Saturn and NES that makes its way back and forth between my friend's house and my own depending on our fleeting fancies.

It's always nice to be able to play Guardian Heroes or SCUD on a whim.

#6 w3a2 Feb 23, 2007 06:26am

nice setup

i only have the wii and the xbox plugged in to the tv and the n64 is stored in a drawer below. all other systems i played over my time were either loans or brother's of mine so i don't see them anymore.

#7 D. Riley Feb 23, 2007 07:38am

NESes are basically invincible, due to them essentially having no moving parts. I'm still using the first NES I ever owned, and even though it's missing the entire top half it still works as a charm.

Anyway: uh oh Ronn! Looks like someone's been shopping at Ikea!!

Also, looks like someone's got a very similar HDTV to mine. 'zat the mid-range Bravia?

Not pictured: the Saturn stuffed behind the TV. :(

#8 Servo Feb 23, 2007 09:46am

Sophomore year in college we had a PS1, PS2, Xbox, 2 Gamecubes, Genesis, NES, and a Dreamcast


#9 Nez Feb 23, 2007 02:02pm

I used to have all my systems hooked up. We are moving soon so most have been packed up.

My NES, SNES, N64, Playsation, Dreamcast, and Gamecube have all been put in storage for now. The only ones I have plugged in right now are my Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Playstation 2.

#10 WholeFnShow Feb 23, 2007 03:37pm

Black Sega Sports Pack DC For Life!

#11 D. Riley Feb 23, 2007 05:21pm

WholeFnShow wrote:
Black Sega Sports Pack DC For Life!

Oh hells yeah. 8)

#12 R. LeFeuvre Feb 23, 2007 05:31pm

Riley, you have excellent taste in furniture. I'm going to be adding a side cabinet I think for new systems (I need a Master System, for one)... I've ran outta room!

And I'm not sure how many noticed the strange amp-like device in the center/right shelf but I will be explaining what that is later... In the meantime, can anyone identify what it is??

#13 HektiK Feb 23, 2007 05:38pm

Guess the NES i have is just a faulty keep of plastic. It did not survive its consistent use. Shame since bionic commando calls my name like a siren with bionic vocal chords..

I was wondering what was in the top right corner actuallly. the center right is your system selector.

#14 Glenn Turner Feb 23, 2007 06:13pm

All of my current consoles are out in our living room (as well as a Dreamcast) while most of my older consoles are hooked up in my office:

Uh ... it's a lot messier than everyone else's, but I make up for it by having everything meticulously labelled (both the a/v wires and the a/c adapters)! Not everything there is hooked up though. The Saturn isn't, one of the NES systems isn't and the Coleco ADAM hiding under my reference bookcase isn't (I lack the required printer to turn it on). Everything else is either hooked up, or pretty easy to just plug in and start up.

Also, Ronn and I have the same a/v switchers!

edit: Boy that photo sucks. Sorry. :?

#15 KillerTeddy Feb 23, 2007 07:06pm

And here I was thinking that you'd all have corresponding furniture.

PC. Thats about it.

#16 D. Riley Feb 23, 2007 07:28pm

How awesome would that have been?!

#17 R. LeFeuvre Feb 23, 2007 08:14pm

HektiK wrote:
I was wondering what was in the top right corner actuallly. the center right is your system selector.

No, I certainly mean center-right, the device with the brown and orange buttons. My system selector is barely visible in the top-right corner of the photo. The top-right pocket is my Saturn (with 10 controllers... you gotta be ready for massive Bomberman games at a moments notice).

#18 HektiK Feb 24, 2007 12:20am

Well that was my best guess. I thought it was more likly then my original guess of a old equilizer. After looking at the selector again i thought we had the same one but yours has square buttons and mine has round. They have the same interchangable name plates things though i think. So same brand maybe.

Didnt mean to imply that you were talking about a different section then what you meant i was just wondering what the top right was. Never owned a saturn so didnt recognize the front.

#19 R. LeFeuvre Feb 24, 2007 01:21am

Does your selector have a power source? I'm looking to get a couple new ones as the two I have both suck.

And I still challenge people to identify my mystery box!

#20 HektiK Feb 24, 2007 04:12am

It does but is only necessary when using the RF.

#21 D. Riley Feb 24, 2007 09:16am

R. LeFeuvre wrote:
Does your selector have a power source? I'm looking to get a couple new ones as the two I have both suck.

I presume you need one with component? If that's the case, Best Buy sells one by Psyclone that's pretty decent for about a hundred bucks. I've been using it for awhile, and picture quality seems pretty good with it. Doesn't look like it degrades.

#22 Chibitofu Feb 24, 2007 11:51am

It looks like it says Atari on it but I really don't know enough about Atari systems to provide a decent guess.

#23 hobbie Feb 27, 2007 11:14am


It's an Atari Video Music.

#24 hobbie Feb 27, 2007 11:25am

My question is much easier. Is that the Ikea MAGIKER?

#25 D. Riley Feb 27, 2007 02:43pm


#26 R. LeFeuvre Feb 27, 2007 06:51pm

I have the matching bookcase holding my library of games.

#27 hobbie Feb 28, 2007 01:14am

Do I win a prize or something?


#28 K Stojevich Jul 24, 2008 11:03pm

I must take a photo of my setup similar to Mr LeFeuvre here I have a NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube, Panasonic Q, Wii, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PSX, PS2, PS3, Atari 5200 (w/2600 adapter), and Sears brand Pong.
I am currently working out a way to hook them all up, my current entertainment center is being a pain so I'm in the market for a new one as my wife wants to see them all hooked up at once. I do have my NES, Wii, and PS2 and 3 right now hooked up (in fact I have 3 NES' hooked up to 3 different TVs :) all working, mine the best which is from 1986 and my collection over 130 games now)

SOON a picture of the massive classic gaming goodness will follow.