If you dig out your old Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) you might be worried about how to connect it to your modern TV screen.  This video explains:

  • all the SNES connectors
  • which TV connector to use
  • how to adjust the screen resolution to 4×3
  • why images will still look pixelated


In 2020 it is common to have your cable box on HDMI1, a PlayStation on HDMI2 and a BlueRay Player on HDMI 3. Back in the 1980’s TV’s only had ONE input and it was the round coax connection. This meant the only way to get two things (i.e. TV, SNES game console or a VCR) to work was to change to a TV channel that had its signal overwritten by the external device… like your Super Nintendo Entertainment System.



SANDRA JORDAN · May 13, 2020 at 9:51 pm

We tried every setting with no luck. Must need repair. Thanks

Sandy Jordan · May 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

trying to connect original nes Nintendo to my tv. I think it is hooked up right but console light just blinds and nothing on tv. what do I set my tv to: under input the choices I have are: tv (auto, mono, ntsc flash on the sceen), av, svideo, pc, component, dvd (tv has built in dvd player). No games work. Not sure what to set tv to, not sure if machine needs repair, etc. Any help appreciated.

    Ian Matthews · May 13, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Sandy; If you have the SNES on your coax connector, the TV MUST be set to TV or TELEVISION.

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