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I have an origional NES and it won't play games, it just flashes.

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I had the same issue and was able to fix it using this method:

http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/04/gamelife-the--1.html

have to make a purchase of a new 72-pin connector, but works like new right after the fix.

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You need to take alcohol and a couple qtips and clean the game contacts and the consol contacts.  Wait 10 minutes for the alcohol to dry...then try your game again.  Any little bit of dust or anything on the contacts, will prevent you from getting a good contact.  This is a common problem with older cartridge style consoles.

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is that the connections are old and worn out so you can go buy a new 72 pin connector off ebay and search online alot of people have them and then you have to open your nes and replace it pretty cheap and easy but this will still flash once in a awhile

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