PLAYCHOICE 10

Then and NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1986 Nintendo First Released the PLAYCHOICE 10 Arcade

 

The PlayChoice 10 was designed to bring the already popular home console games produced by Nintendo known as the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) to the Arcade World using a Time Based concept of play.

 

This was acomplished by designing a Main Board that worked basicly as the NES console and would hold up to 10 different game cartridges at a time.

 

It has a simple design that could acomidate two players. Each player has an 8 way joy-stick and two player buttons.

There were two basic models released. The dual monitor system would display hints and info on the top monitor wile game selection and game play was displayed on the bottom monitor. The single monitor system would allow the player to toggle between the hints & info displays, and the selection & game play displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Cartridges

The owner could replace these game cartridges as new cartridges were released. Even though the Arcade was based on the NES home console and the game format was the same, they did not make the game cartridges the same. Nintendo released 55 PlayChoice 10 PCB Game Cartridges that were compatible with the PlayChoice 10 Arcade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting It

All Together

The PlayChoice 10 has come a long ways over the years.  When Nintendo released copy rights on these older games people started working on making ROM images of the NES library of games and now we have figured out how to get these ROM images onto EPROMS that will work with specific PlayChoice 10 game cartridges.  There are a couple of people that have even written a new BIOS for the Arcade main board that will allow us to modify the game title display.  Today there are over 400 game titles available that can be installed on select PCB game cartridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restore And

Replacement Parts

Restoring your PlayChoice 10 is not an easy task.  It is getting more difficult to locate any original parts for these machines.  There are not very many of these machines left and it is becoming a growing trend to strip the few remaining PlayChoice 10 arcades for parts.  In most cases, this is totally unnecessary.  Most of the parts found on the cabinet are no different than other arcade machines that were on the market back then and there are a lot of aftermarket parts that can be used rather than stripping what few machines we have left. Original parts that I sell I have acquired through trading with others. I have not nor will I strip one of these machines just to make a quick buck on selling the parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NES Conversion

Game Chip Sets

The PCB Game Cartridges have removable EPROMS on them. Two of these EPROMS contain all the game information and a third EPROM contains the security NAME ID chip.

The NES conversion game chip set includes only the two chips that contain the game information on them.

All you have to do is simply pull and replace the two EPROMS and you will convert your game cartridge to play a new game.  If you have not replaced the 8T bios chip on the main board then you will find that the PlayChoice 10 selection screen will still display the name of the game cartridge and NOT the game you have installed on it however, it will load and play the game that is located on the two EPROM’s that you have just replaced

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bios v1.1

Menu Editor

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NAME ID EPROM

. If you wish to have your machine display the name of the game chip set installed on the PCB game cartridge, you will have to install the 8T bios update chip on the main board and modify the game selection name manually or you can use a replacement NAME ID EPROM’s that is compatible with the replacement 8T bios chip to display the proper name automatically. The NAME ID EPROM is the third chip on the PCB Game Cartridge so you would need to purchase a NAME ID chip for each game chip set that you are using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlayChoice 10

Then and Now

PCB Game

Cartridges

Putting It

All Together

Restore And

Replacement Parts

NES Conversion

Game Chip Sets

Bios v1.1

Menu Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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