Get The Best Video Quality On The Super Nintendo (SNES)
With big High-Definition TVs becoming more common in people’s gaming setups, a retro gamer needs to make the most of their classic consoles to make them shine.
Getting older machines to look good on a modern display, but the Super Nintendo can actually put out some respectable video for a console its age.
Ditch The RF Adapter
I would guess that most SNES owners still only have a lousy RF adapter for video. This may have been acceptable when we were playing Super Nintendo games on a small TV in our bedrooms, but now we need to step it up a notch. Otherwise, you will be left with a lifeless, relatively blurry picture.
Composite Video For Midrange Quality
The next step up in quality is a Composite video connection. The composite (aka RCA) connection is probably the most common connection on any TV today. It will provide a much cleaner picture over RF and will work on almost any TV.
SNES Composite AV Cables
S-Video Is The Best Bet For Sharper Images
If you want to have sharper text and more vivid colors, you should definitely take a look at getting an S-Video Cable. Just make sure you TV has an S-Video connection. (But almost any decent TV made in the last decade will have one)
SNES S-Video Cables
PAL Consoles Can Do RGB
Ok, I don’t know much about PAL electronics and SCART, but I do know that an RGB connection is even better than S-Video if you can pull it off. I welcome any RGB experts to help me out on this, but if you get a good SCART cable, you can bring full RGB to your TV. As far as i know, you can’t really pull this off easily in the USA, nor do our TVs natively support it.
For those of you with PAL sets, lordofduct mentioned in the forums that you need to be careful about buying the right SCART cables… “One big reason we never got this great little device is that it can carry any signal (other then component), this sounds great until you notice it means it can carry any signal, but doesn’t have to carry all. So make sure you pick up the RGB SCART cables and also make sure you have an RGB SCART TV. Also don’t buy SCART cables from certain parts of Asia. They have a cable that looks like SCART, but actually uses a different pin out and isn’t SCART… it can fry your SCART port on your TV if you use it.”
Note On The SNES 2…
On a side note, if you have one of the late-model Super Nintendo (known as the SNES 2) the machine will not support S-Video or RGB natively. There are some hacks to get the console to do your bidding, however, if you feel ambitious.
Adding RGB To An SNES 2
Adding S-Video To An SNES 2