SNES HDMI: How to Hook Up Super Nintendo to HDTV via HDMI

This tutorial shows you how to get SNES HDMI connected and ready to play your favorite Super Nintendo games.   We show you TWO methods to play SNES games on HDTV:  The video-convert method (Method A), and the All-in-One Cable Method (Method B, details after Method A). Most of this info is available at http://retrorgb.com/snescsync.html, but we condensed it to show you just what you need to know about connecting SNES to HDMI:

SNES HDMI: How to Hook Up SNES to HDTV

  • (Item #1) For Method A, you’ll need this S-Video to HDMI Video Converter ($42)  (Or find another “AV to HDMI converter” on Amazon)
  • (Item #2) The second thing you’ll need is this Super NES/N64/GameCube S-Video Cable ($8) (Or look for “3 in 1 S Video Cable – SNES, N64, and Gamecube” on Amazon)
  • (Item #3) Lastly, we need this HDMI Cable ($3)
  • Connect one end of the S-Video Cable (Item #2) in to the SNES
  • Then connect the other end of the S-Video Cable (Item #2) into the input port on the Converter (Item #1)
  • Now connect one end of the HDMI cable (Item #3) to the output port on the Converter (item #1)
  • To complete the last cable connection, connect the remaining end of the HDMI Cable (Item #3) into the HDMI input port of your HDTV.
  • Now you set the converter to “720P S-Video” display mode.
  • At this point, your SNES should display on your HDTV with a nice, clear picture.  You can tinker with the settings on your HDTV to see if it has a “smoothing” filter to eliminate sharp edges on pixelated parts of the screen.

Alternate SNES HDMI Method

Alternatively, you can try (Method B) an all-in-one cable solution, below.  An SNES-to-HDMI cable has the circuitry needed to convert the Super Nintendo’s video signal output directly to HDMI.  The downside is these puppies run around $40 USD.  It’s your choice: get a TV converter box as mentioned higher up in this article, or buy an SNES to HDMI cable from the official Retro Gaming Cables site below (which is in the UK, by the way):

  • Buy a “Super Nintendo Famicom SNES RGB SCART cable for NTSC console CSYNC” from RetroGamingCables.co.uk.  If you’re in the U.S., just make sure those cables you order from those sneaky English are NTSC (jk about the “sneaky” thing).  This cable appears to be the same as the cable just below, but we decided to show both of them to give you as much info as possible.
  • Or you can try a “Super Nintendo stereo RGB SCART lead SNES CSYNC FULL SHIELD, GROUNDED cable” from eBay.  This appears to be a 1-cable solution (around $40) for SNES HDMI connectivity.  Although we haven’t actually ordered one to test it out on our Super Nintendo.

Wrap Up

So there you have it – two methods to display Super Nintendo console on Smart TVs.  Yes, you can bring back the olden days and relive your childhood with this rad SNES revival method.  What retro game tricks / mods / tips have you run across?  Let us know on the KFire TV YouTube Channel.

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