Mar 10 2010Clever, Very Clever: NES Game Harmonicas


I don't think I need to explain the cleverness behind these harmonicas, but in case there's anybody out there that isn't familiar with the NES and its intricacies, I'll copy/paste a quote here for you because I care am lazy.

If you grew up in the 80's and played video games, at one point in your childhood you had to blow on an NES cart, or inside the console itself, to get it to recognize a game...At this point it's almost become cliche to bring it up whenever the conversation turns to classic video games, but that didn't stop one clever modder from attempting to turn a profit on Nintendo's folly.

eBay seller nes_harmonica is the one behind the modding and currently has Super Mario 3, Legend of Zelda and Dick Tracy models for sale. But you know what he's not selling? Happiness. Because, I don't know if you knew this or not, but money can't buy happiness. But it will pay for booze and escorts, which is as close as you can get.

Clever Modder Hopes To Turn A Profit On An Old Nintendo Folly With Harmonica NES Carts [ohgizmo]

Thanks to cookies & cheese, who, no matter how hard I try, still doesn't sound very appetizing.

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Some people just like to blow things more than others..... just sayin

Awesome. also, FIRST!

Other being ones who don't have a NES...just sayin.

Long live the robots.


Oh the good old days of innocent blowing...

This is genius! And you also get the inner game chip included. Now if only I had a time machine to go back and make this first.

@1 And the best blowers around are Streetlight Manifesto.

Weird, when I was young, and had to blow

into the (snes) cartriges, I always thought it was a little like a harmonica.

Asperfux- thought (hoped) you had died... guess not.

I thought we talked about you coming up with a new gimmick that, while keeping with the theme, allowed for variant posts in response to variant topics? Looks like you still need to work on that a bit.

very good site nice post much thank

@2 - FIRST! I get mario 3 and Zelda, they both had flutes in the game, so, you know, a wind instument anyway. I never played dick tracy, though. Is there a wind instrument in that game? And I do realize that he's referring to having to blow on the cartridge, but is it just coincidence that those have wind instruments? Wait... dick tracy - dick - skin flute! Yes!

Its 4:19... got a minute?

I play the harmonica. I would buy one, but he is using one of the cheapest, most poorly constructed harmonica on the market. put a special 20 in there and we'll talk.


Well him still doing it if something dont work i blow on it....
I eaven blow on my dick when its dont want to come up O-o

I'd blow into that Dick. (tracy)

...and then nintendo sues.

Ive made the exact some thing about 2 and a half years ago. Many people suggested I sell them on ebay or at conventions but I never got enough doubles of the games to start to take them apart. I didnt really want to mess with my personal collection of games.

Sacrilege! Defacing that beautiful gold cartridge!

@21: I was thinking the same thing. Couldn't he at least have found a cartridge that wasn't the gold one to mutilate?

someone should make a copy of stadium events into a harmonica.

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