How to Connect a Super NES Classic Mini to a Projector

So we all loved playing our Super NES back in the day.  Its gorgeous 32-bit graphics, rich colors, and ear-catching sound and music was a revelation during the 1990s.  

It’s great that Nintendo brought this back for both a new generation of gamers in the Super NES Classic Mini console, as well as for the old-timers who enjoyed playing these games the first time around.

What we didn’t get a chance the first time around was to play these classic games in a glorious 720p resolution on a 100” screen.

Well, now you can by following this article.  Let’s get cracking.

How to connect a Super NES Classic Mini to a projector with HDMI

Connecting a Super NES Classic Mini to a projector via the HDMI port on the docking station is incredibly easy.  What’s more, HDMI will allow your projector to display the video output from your NES Classic at a maximum 720p resolution, presuming that your projector supports 720p.

Connecting your Super NES Classic Mini to the projector is an absolute breeze using the HDMI port.  Your projector will need to be able to support an HDMI input however all but the oldest projectors support HDMI.

To connect your Super NES Classic Mini to a projector via HDMI, carry out the following:

  1. Switch on your projector.
  2. Change the Source on the projector so that it is HDMI.
  3. Insert your HDMI cable into the HDMI port of the Super NES Classic Mini docking station.
  4. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the projector.
  5. Power on the Super NES Classic Mini.
  6. Select your favorite Super NES Classic Mini game and sit back and relax!

Sound considerations

Although HDMI cables do allow the transmission of an audio signal as well as a video signal, there are still some considerations to make regarding sound, especially if you are planning on using the internal speakers to a projector.

Let’s look at each of the three considerations.

Inbuilt projector speakers

As you are using HDMI cabling to connect your cable TV box to your projector, you also get the added benefit of this cable delivering sound to your projector.  By default, your projector will playback the sound signal to you via the internal speaker system.

This is by far the easiest and most straight forward speaker setup.

The downside to this is that as a general rule, inbuilt projector speakers are pretty poor.  They are often below somewhere between 2W and 8W in power.  The volume levels obtained through such as speaker are pretty poor however if you aren’t trying to fill a large living room with a deep, rich sound, this might be sufficient.

Some projectors do come with dual 10W stereo speakers which do improve the quality significantly.

Inbuilt speakers are also quite tinny in sound quality as they lack a subwoofer to give the unit some bass.

All things considered though, projector speakers are ok as long as you aren’t too fussy about sound quality.

Soundbar

Soundbars by their very nature are much more capable devices in delivering great sound quality for cable TV boxes when compared to inbuilt projector speakers.  They come with a range of different speakers to deliver a rich, well-balanced sound to your living room or bedroom.

The only thing to note is to check what sound outputs you have available on the back of your projector.  Hopefully, you will find an HDMI Out port.

Perhaps the best options though would be to use an HDMI ARC or optical cable to and from both devices.  These deliver the highest quality sound.  Optical cable ports have been common for decades whereas HDMI ARC is a relatively new technology.

Although HDMI ARC ports look exactly the same as normal HDMI ports, they usually have the letters ARC next to the port to denote if it is indeed an HDMI ARC port.

External speakers

Another great way of delivering sound when playing a Super NES Classic Mini on your projector, is by using an existing set of external speakers that are within your living room or bedroom.  Perhaps you already have a HiFi that has a spare optical port?

This would be a great solution for giving you high-quality sound at no additional expense. 

Simply, plug in the optical cable to the optical port on the back of the projector and then connect the other end to the HiFi, select the source and away you go!

How do you hook up a Super NES Classic Mini without HDMI?

Composite

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports DVI as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Super NES Classic Mini to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a Composite/AV to HDMI adapter to display the picture.  

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the RGB cables to the back of the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the other end of the RGB cables into the Composite adapter.
  3. Take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the back of the Super NES Classic Mini and the other end into the HDMI port of the Composite adapter.  Please note that some adapters require additional power via a USB power adapter/plug.
  4. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to AV.  

You should now see the picture appear via the projector, monitor, or TV along with the sound from the Super NES Classic Mini.

SCART to HDMI

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports SCART as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Super NES Classic Mini to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a SCART to HDMI adapter to display the picture.  

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the SCART cable to the back of the projector, monitor or TV.
  2. Next, connect the other end of the SCART cable into the SCART to HDMI adapter.
  3. Take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the back of the Super NES Classic Mini and the other end into the HDMI port of the SCART adapter.  Please note that some adapters require additional power via a USB power adapter/plug.
  4. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to SCART.  

You should now see the picture appear via the projector, monitor, or TV along with the sound from the Super NES Classic Mini.

VGA to HDMI

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports VGA as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Super NES Classic Mini to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a VGA to HDMI adapter (with a 3.5mm aux port) to display the picture.  Also, please note that VGA does not support sound so you will need to use an aux cable to run from the 3.5mm jack on the VGA/HDMI adapter.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the VGA connection on the cable to the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the HDMI end of the cable to the back of the Super NES Classic Mini.
  3. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to PC/VGA.  You should now see the picture appear.
  4. To hear the sound from the SNES Mini, plug an aux cable from the 3.5mm port on the VGA/HDMI adapter.
  5. Then plug the other end of the aux cable into your projector, monitor, TV or separate speakers.

Considerations When Connecting Super NES Classic Mini to a Projector

There are a number of considerations to make when you are contemplating connecting a Super NES Classic Mini to a projector.  Projectors are predominantly designed to support video playback devices rather than game consoles.

Yes, game consoles require the displaying of the video however there are some pretty subtle differences between these two purposes.

Latency

Latency is the time it takes the projector to adjust the image according to any controller paddle movements or button taps.  A higher latency will make the gaming experience feel that you are playing in slow motion and will cause you to feel frustrated due to the game character not moving when you want it to.

Lower latency is ideal for gaming as it leaves you more in control and therefore removing any frustrations with gameplay.  

It is thought that latency of 16ms (milliseconds) is optimal for gaming purposes.  Please note that not all projectors have such low latency. 

Luminosity

The luminosity or brightness of your portable projector will be absolutely key.  Although some gamers enjoy playing their Super NES Classic Mini in a dark room, sometimes this isn’t always the case especially if you are playing in a family front room during the daytime.

As you won’t know exactly how bright the room will be, it’s critical that your projector will be capable of competing with the environmental brightness.

The brightness of any portable projector is measured in lumens.  A projector offering 3000 lumens should be sufficient for most situations however brighter projectors are available too.  A lower luminosity will be sufficient for dark rooms or night time gaming.

Connectivity

It’s important to ensure that your projector has compatible display ports to allow it to connect to your Super NES Classic Mini with ease.  In the case of a Super NES Classic Mini, you will need an HDMI port.

If the projector doesn’t have one, don’t worry as there are many adapters available to ensure that both your portable projector and Super NES Classic Mini are compatible.

Adapters generally work fine however not having to use them in the first place means that you have one less thing to fail and go wrong.

Audio

Video playback is important but the audio is just as important to the all-around gaming experience.  You will therefore need to consider your audio options.  Obviously, your Super NES Classic Mini could be used to deliver the audio playback however the inbuilt speaker is ok but might sound unimpressive when you are playing on a 100” display 

Another option is to purchase a portable projector with an integrated speaker.  These aren’t usually particularly powerful.  If you do require an integrated speaker then ensure that it is at least a 10-watt mono or stereo speaker.

You also will have the option of connecting a soundbar or amp to the projector to deliver high-quality sound from the Super NES Classic Mini.

Keystone

Keystone correction, otherwise known as “keystoning” is the ability to adjust the projected image so that you can align it correctly in an even/straight rectangular format.

This is especially important for portable projectors as you can’t guarantee how high or low the surface will be that you are projecting from as well as how far from the screen you will be.  All these factors mean that your default image will be skewed.  Keystoning allows you to adjust the projected image to accommodate these variables.

Look out for this feature when selecting your perfect portable projector for a Super NES Classic Mini.

Throw distance

“Throw” is the distance from the projector lens to the screen.  The throw ratio is a calculation that you can use to calculate how wide the image will be in feet, for every foot the projector is away from the screen.

The calculation is:

Image Width = Throw Distance / Throw Ratio

Therefore with a throw ratio of 2, for every 2 feet, the lens is away from the screen, the image width will increase by two feet.