They manage to create a bitcoin with an old Nintendo NES ... and Free Hardware

Nintendo NES

Everyone knows that the old Nintendo NES is not the most powerful game console on the market but it is one of the most beloved. An old user known as gbg has used this game console to mine bitcoins.

Many of you will think that it is something difficult to do or impossible, but the truth is that it has been achieved, but with external help and above all from Free Hardware. Yes, in this case an old Raspberry Pi has been used, but other types of Hardware can be used, as long as it is compatible with the retrominner software.

The process has not been very complicated thanks to the external hardware you have used: a Raspberry Pi board with 256 MB of ram and a CopyNES key that allowed the connection and modification of certain data. Later, the software used has been Retrominner together with a Bitcoind wallet, the first bitcoin client in history.

Nintendo NES supports bitcoin mining

This software performed the mining and I broadcast it on the screen, as if it were an old video game. The red color indicated in process and when the block or the coin was obtained, the screen was shown in green. Thanks to the Playstation camera, the user was informed of when the block or the coin was obtained because when detecting the green color, it informed the user.

It goes without saying that this invention is not to get rich at the expense of bitcoin mining, but the fact of being able to get a digital currency through a game console as old as the Nintendo NES and on the other hand, for those who do not want to use this console, it is one more alternative to reuse this gadget and not have to throw it away, although thanks to Free Hardware, it has more and more new uses and functions.


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