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I have a projector theater with my AV setup in the room behind the wall holding the screen.

Can I bring my original childhood NES into this millennium and have the NES box in the room with my receiver and other boxes, and somehow use it wirelessly in the other room?

Problems:
1) Converting the old outputs (RCA? Coax?) of the NES to HDMI for video to the projector and digital or analogue sound that my Harman Kardon can receive.
2) Using the controllers in the other room -- I assume this would need some kind of mod and new controllers that aren't wired.
3) Would a light gun even work?
4) Anything I'm not thinking about.

Is it better to build some kind of Raspberry Pi system?

Thanks for your input.
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I have a projector theater with my AV setup in the room behind the wall holding the screen.

Can I bring my original childhood NES into this millennium and have the NES box in the room with my receiver and other boxes, and somehow use it wirelessly in the other room?

Problems:
1) Converting the old outputs (RCA? Coax?) of the NES to HDMI for video to the projector and digital or analogue sound that my Harman Kardon can receive.
2) Using the controllers in the other room -- I assume this would need some kind of mod and new controllers that aren't wired.
3) Would a light gun even work?
4) Anything I'm not thinking about.

Is it better to build some kind of Raspberry Pi system?

Thanks for your input.

You can, but it will require some effort.

1) You will want to modify your NES for better video output. The standard composite will look horrendous blown up to full screen. If your projector accepts component input, you can modify it for analog RGB. http://etim.net.au/nesrgb/ You can then convert that over to component with something like this: https://www.amazon.com/SPECIALTY-AV-...s=scart+to+yuv

Even more pricey is modding it for HDMI. https://www.game-tech.us/mods/original-nes/

If you really don't care about the terrible composite video quality, something like this is a cheap solution. https://www.amazon.com/Tensun-Compos...+to+hdmi&psc=1

If you still want to use your carts another good option is to get a FPGA based clone system. The hardware is cycle accurate to the original NES, and it's output is 720P over HDMI . For the cost of having you childhood NES modded for the Hi-Def NES kit, you can just purchase one of these for cheaper. http://www.retrousb.com/product_info...products_id=78

2) There are actually bluetooth receivers now. https://www.amazon.com/8Bitdo-Retro-...retro+receiver
You stick the dongle in the controller port of the system. They work with a variety of controllers (wii u pro, ps3, ps4) but for nostalgia you'll probably want the company's NES controller remake. https://www.amazon.com/NES30-Game-Co...keywords=nes30

I'm not sure on the range if you can do "next room", but it's the best option.

3) The NES light gun will only work on analog standard definition CRTs. Nothing else.

A raspberry rom box would obviously be the easiest answer. Although the retro usb AVS console in combination with the bluetooth controller things is great if you've got a stack of carts.
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I think 2Wheels summed it up nicely, but I'll recommend retrofixes.com as a great resources for your project. The guy that runs the site, Wes, is not only a virtual encyclopedia of retro system tech and upgrade knowledge, but a standup guy to boot. Get in touch with him and I'd bet he'd have suggestions for your setup. He'll even sell the parts if you're comfortable doing the work yourself.

If you're thinking of doing a NESpi kind of thing, save yourself some hassle and go straight to a homebrew'd Wii. They're insanely cheap nowadays, not much more than a Pi by the time you buy controllers and a case, and you can mod a Wii yourself in 15 minutes. You'd be up and running from the other room with a wireless sensor bar (and some way to turn on the system).
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If his projector is HDMI only, he's still going to have to convert component over using the wii.

If you had a bunch of 90's consoles you were trying to connect in addition to the NES (genesis, SNES, saturn etc...) I'd recommend to go an buy a XRGB Mini Framemeister and just mod you NES for RGB. But if the NES is the only console you plan on hooking up, the Framemeister isn't worth the cost for one system.

Here's pretty much all you need to know on NES video mods:

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If his projector is HDMI only, he's still going to have to convert component over using the wii.

If you had a bunch of 90's consoles you were trying to connect in addition to the NES (genesis, SNES, saturn etc...) I'd recommend to go an buy a XRGB Mini Framemeister and just mod you NES for RGB. But if the NES is the only console you plan on hooking up, the Framemeister isn't worth the cost for one system.

Here's pretty much all you need to know on NES video mods:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI60A3DpI6w

Ah, man. I totally forgot about the framemeister. Saw one of those in action and my jaw hit the floor. Not sure how you'd control the consoles from another room, but those things are MAGICAL

True on the HDMI bit, although Wii to HDMI adapters are cheap, too. I've heard varying degrees of satisfaction with those, but I think a lot of that comes from people who expect 1080p graphics rather than 480 upscaled to 1080, which is all the Wii can output.

Biggest win: Wii VC supports both 240 and 480 for quite a few games, an upscaler might stretch that, but it's something you won't get on a pi box (yet, there's folks working on it)
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