Nintoaster Instructional Video

James / March 17th, 2011

I still get a lot of questions about the toaster seen in my AVGN videos. Yes, it is an actual toaster that plays NES games. I first mentioned the Nintoaster in the Atari Jaguar Part 2 episode and first began using the Nintoaster itself in the Action 52 episode. For those who haven’t seen it yet, here is a video that details the making of the Nintoaster in the style of an 80’s instructional video.


  • ChildrenofBodom

    March 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Awesome video!

  • Zelda_Boy

    March 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I did indeed enjoy that aardvark.

  • March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Did you make your own nintoaster?

  • Nightmare19

    March 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    This video was awesome! But it also raises a question. James, did you build your own Nintoaster?

  • Swang Lee

    March 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Actually, if you watch that video in youtube, it is said in the description: “PS: This Nintoaster is now property of the AVGN.”

  • Swang Lee

    March 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    And you should watch his other videos too. Some funny stuff there.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    March 18, 2011 at 1:00 am

    LOL That’s three shades of awesome. : )

  • March 18, 2011 at 2:57 am

    “You should know how to glue shit to other shit by now”

    F*cking epic!!!! LOL

  • Cowboy

    March 18, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Everything is cool when you’ve written the music in Garageband.

  • March 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Ahhh the legendary Nintoaster 😀

  • BrandeX

    March 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    You guys ever see this site yet?

  • March 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Love it!
    Would be fun to make one sometime.

  • Snejku

    March 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Really cool

  • March 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I so wish he’d get back up. I miss his site and the videos he had on there. I know, he’s still got his You Tube page, but it’s not the same.

  • March 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Most excellent! I did indeed enjoy that aardvark.

  • GreyFox

    March 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    LOL this guy is awesome! Very cool to see how it all works.

    “If it doesn’t work, you fucked something up. Try again until it works”

    Words of wisdom right there

  • March 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Excellent… I want one 🙂

  • RetroGamerK91

    March 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Great video! You gotta love the Nintoaster, it’s a badass piece of equipment. I get a kick out of it everytime James uses it for the Nerd episodes, with it’s bread-shaped dust cover. A very creative build, and only a genius could of thought of it. And plus I believe James mentioned once that it’s mult-regional compatible, just like a top-loader NES (NES 2, as some call it). If I could figure out how to do circuity (I’m not sure if that’s a real word or not) work, I might give it a go someday for a fun project (I got a couple NES(s) to spare. I know how to clean to where they can work perfectly (even without swapping in a set of 72 pins). But I know jack-squat when it comes to circuity stuff. It’s awesome that this one even exists and that the Nerd plays it.

  • March 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I tried to make one once from a toaster except I forgot to unplug it first and the moment I put my screwsriver to it, it went BOOM!

    and yes the above is totally true, sorry guys!

    check out the TMNT before James does his big review here:

  • March 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The guy looks like Rob from TGWTG and the narator like Brad Jones that was hilarious… i’m going to make myself one… Thanks! James…

  • Ben_from_G-town

    March 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I have to second a lot of the commentators here, so not a lot for me to say, I’m afraid. Haha. It’s just cool to learn the origin of AVGN’s Nintoaster, and what all work goes into it. I have a little bit of experience with dismantling machines and electronics, but I don’t think I would go to the trouble to do something like this. Kudos to this guy for having the patience!

  • Quezacotl

    March 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Hehe, i have started making an super nintoaster a week ago, when i watched this video now, he did everything the same way as i am doing, except i’m only using hot glue =)
    Very exciting project =)

  • littlegamer

    March 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I have a question to the author of the video (Richard?) about the video amplifier.

    I see you are supplying signal to the base of the transistor and retrieving it at the emitter, a common collector amplifier. However, since you are using a voltage divider between the emitter and ground (where you draw your signal), my guess is that the voltage will never be amplified in this setup! I’ve simulated your design and my guess appears to be correct. The only thing you’ll get out of this is a good buffer between your TV and the toaster (high impedance in, low impedance out) and perhaps more current you can draw from the collector, but I am pretty sure it does not amplify voltage (probably only current).

    I have found a schematic of what appears to be the famicon here:

    The output of the PPU RP2C02 looks to be already amplified by Q1. This is a common emitter amplifier which definetly amplifies the signal. Given the fact that the original famicon didn’t have an RF modulator but only a composite out, don’t you agree that this design will probably give a better result?

  • Mechafist

    March 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Very cool

  • Natsben

    March 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    This has to be the most awesome instructional video I’ve seen this year. Maybe the best of the decade. One of the greatest ever!

  • Jaymzz2

    March 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    haha thanks…im going to give this a try…might take me a while but imma get it done!

  • Luca0.2b

    March 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Really good video!!! Loved it!

  • RMZXKallen

    March 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Oh god, despite being quite instructional. This is quite funny as well.

  • tylerdurden389

    March 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Gotta be honest, I watched this just to hear that awesome 80’s sounding synthesizer music.

  • Cheznar

    March 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I gutted my nintendo awhile back it needed cleaned but honestly I think a new 72 pin is whats needed I don’t know how ya’ll got those controller ports unhooked so easy I thought I was gonna rip the wires if I kept pulling so somehow I got that metal piece outta there without disconnecting those wires somehow lol…

  • PsychoBob

    March 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    If you decide to go through and do all of this, you should also consider adding “stereo” sound while you’re screwing around with the electronics.

    There are also some alternative methods on that site for some of the same things done in the Nintoaster instructional video, but the latter’s procedures are obviously much preferable if you are doing a complete rebuild.

    Do note his project to play the NES arcade rom images on a modified console, though; It’s on par with the work on!

  • March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    someone should mod an atari 5200

  • xeemo

    March 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I was under the impression you actually NEEDED the lockout chip to play certain 3rd party games.

  • Remus

    March 22, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Very impressive work. Although, wouldn’t the top loading NES-101

    be preferable since it is smaller than the original non-japanese NES? Also, it is missing some components that the original NES-001 had (authentication chip, RCA jacks)


    March 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    So James did you make your Nintoaster yourself or order it made or something?

  • RPGX Omega

    March 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    This is one of the best instructional videos I’ve seen. Amusing also. Most bore me to death. I don’t think I could do this though.

  • retartarsauce

    March 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

    wish i kept up on my electronics classes now!

  • lastcallhall

    March 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I wanna know where he got that plexiglass…

  • animalbrandino

    March 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    LMFAO! Great vid!

  • Jza

    March 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I think I’ll do this and then put my wii into the nes case.

  • Mountrussmore

    March 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Dang, that’s a lot of work. I’ll stick to VC, lol.

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Great news! Richard DaLuz, creator of the Nintoaster, has brought back his website, !

  • Ghostie

    March 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Minimal requirements …

  • Quezacotl

    March 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Like i said earlier, i was making Super Nintoaster, and now it’s done! =)

  • Freaknut

    March 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Holy shit! That was fucking hilarious! I’ve never had so much fun while learning something…except for sex, that is.

  • Elvenking

    March 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Aside from being very funny.. I worked for many years in the electronics tech business and could actually pull this off. Will I do it….man…I am thinking about it….really thinking…cause it will take a shit load of time as it looks. But wouldn;t it be cool…ya know. Epic video…just epic.

  • March 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    This is absolutely FANTASTIC! Not only am I a fan of retro-game consoles, I also have some nostalgia for those ’80s instructional videos that you’ve so cleverly parodied here. I just don’t think I have enough faith in my mechanical skills to be able to complete such a project as this on my own time.

  • Strazdas

    March 28, 2011 at 6:28 am

    with a guyde like ths even i could do it 🙂

  • SonicX007

    March 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    All right well for the rest of u who think they got enough to know what there doing, LETS POP THIS SUCKER IN! Would of been funny as hell XD

  • March 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    woka woka

  • silver12421

    March 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    damn im to stupid for this

  • sergio661

    April 1, 2011 at 2:19 am

    hahaha I didn’t even care about making a nintoaster this video was just as hilarious as it was educational! Good stuff

  • April 2, 2011 at 4:32 am

    signed up for this account to PM james/mike but i’m confused – is there any way to send messages to users with this thing? has anybiody gotten a response from sending an email before?

  • pobO

    April 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I approve this instructional video


    July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

    IF your already lost stop the tape and find a new hobby…. lolol

    love it ! I want to build a nintoaster

  • kc_oner

    July 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    All my life I thought the Nintoaster was an offical Nintendo NES console…

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