One of the first things that caught my eye about the EON Super 64 HDMI upscaler was its design. The small adapter plugs into your Nintendo 64 and allows you to upscale your video output to 480p via HDMI. Furthermore, it also offers a button that, when pushed, visibly smoothes the edges of your games with its “Slick Mode.” While that sounds intriguing in and of itself, I was surprised to find that the EON Super 64 also works on the original SNES console — albeit, with a caveat.
Here goes nothing!
I was always thankful that the Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo shared the same composite cables. The yellow, red, and white cables are familiar to anyone that grew up with a tube television. On the other end of the cords lies the portion that plugs into your console. And, lo-and-behold, both of these classic Nintendo consoles share the same plug. So, why wouldn’t I plug the EON Super 64 into that same port?
The EON Super 64 is powered via video port. This is shown by a light emitted from the device, indicating that it’s working. When you press the small button on its side, this enables pixels and jagged edges on the screen to be smoothed. This works well in most cases. However, some troubleshooting on your TV’s end might help you hone in on the best settings. This was the case for both the Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo side of things for me. I spent some time sliding the action smoothing bar from low to high to find the right fit.
Rip & Tear
As previously mentioned, there was a small caveat to plugging the EON Super 64 into the Super Nintendo console. The design of the device is shaped to fit the back of the Nintendo 64 console’s lip, stuffing its way comfortably into the video port. However, the design also limits it from being jammed into the same slot on the SNES. I was lucky enough to have an older, yellow-colored console laying around. And, due to its shade of urine that it now sports, it was fragile enough to chip away at the plastic body of the case without damaging much else.
When I first hit the power button, it surprised me more than anything that my TV recognized the signal. I was even more surprised that the smoothing option made games like Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles: Turtles in Time look like its arcade counterpart.
You break it, you buy it
Both the SNES original and Jr./Mini (or whatever you want to call it) models have video ports with restricted space. Both consoles have slightly different voltages. However, I was able to play for long periods of time on both with the EON Super 64, with uninterrupted gameplay. That’s not to say that, over the course of time, doing this won’t damage the console or adapter. After all, I was using it outside of its intended design. So, please use at your own risk.
The EON Super 64 has an MSRP of US $149.99 and is available for pre-order on Castlemania Games. The first shipments will not release until July 29.