The Ultimate Guide to NES Light Guns

//The Ultimate Guide to NES Light Guns

Release Date: December 10th, 2021

After the U-Force video, I promised myself I would take a break from hardware videos. They are a ton of work. Then I made this light gun video, my biggest hardware video to-date. Oops.

I can’t remember exactly how I decided to cover this topic. But somehow, I stumbled on a few 3rd party light guns on the NES. I honestly didn’t know any of them existed, minus the infamous Konami LaserScope. In my quest to learn more, I figured making a video would teach me everything I need to know. I think my favorite part of the research process was learning the history of light guns and how they work. It’s amazing that technology from the 80’s and 90’s dates back to the early 1900’s.

I started working on this video in the summer. One of the hardest parts was just acquiring all of the hardware. This video also required a lot of filming. At one point, my hard drive ran out of space and I had to make some room!

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