Repairing R.O.B.

English text after the line! Een paar jaar geleden schreef ik op een eigen Nintendo blogje een guide over het repareren van de R.O.B., Nintendo’s eigen NES/Famicom robot. Ik had er namelijk eentje op de kop weten te tikken via eBay. Eenmaal in Nederland aangekomen bleken zijn (of haar? wie helpt me?) armen niet omhoog te kunnen. Met wat lijm heb ik de Robotic Operating Buddy gelukkig weer aan de praat gekregen.

Van mijn blog is destijds niets terecht gekomen… op dat ene artikel na. Ik krijg namelijk nog elke maand mailtjes met vragen en bedankjes van mensen van over de hele wereld (en het stuk wordt zelfs gequote in een nog leukere Pimp-my-R.O.B. guide). Superleuk, maar wel vervelend omdat ik de oude site offline wil halen. Gelukkig weet ik een veel beter plekje voor zo’n guide: Bureau voor Gamers! Daarom bij deze voor de afwisseling een oud artikel, compleet in het Engels!


I decided to take my old weblog (Nintendo Gadgets) offline, since I hadn’t used it in years. There was, however, one well read (very well read, I still receive e-mails about it each month) article that I wanted to spare. Since this article seems to be the only guide on the internet on how to repair your R.O.B., I moved it to this (Dutch) gamesblog, Bureau voor Gamers. Enjoy!

The previous owner of my R.O.B. wasn’t able to test and see if it was working. The R.O.B. moved when he put batteries in it, so I thought it was working fine and I bought it on eBay. When I received my R.O.B. I was very enthousiastic until I found out that it wasn’t going up. Inside I heard a motor, but the R.O.B. wasn’t moving at all. I decided to open my new robotic buddy and soon I found out what was wrong, and (thank goodness!) I was able to repair it. If you’ve got the same problem as I had, you could use this guide to fix your own Robotic Operating Buddy. Before you start I suggest reading the whole guide first. I’m not responsible for any damage caused by this guide. Got that? Ok, here it goes!

Step 1 First of all you’ll need to remove all the screws (with a + screwdriver) from the middle part (where the arms come from). During this entire operation you’ll need to place your R.O.B. upside down, because otherwise all the gears will fall out. When you’ve opened the case, you can take the arms out (they’ll only annoy you). Take a look at the photo: in the back you’ll see two motors: the left is used for the arms and the right one is for vertical movements. Got it? Okay; now take out the axle that we see in the very front (of the picture), it’s the axle with the most gears on it.

Step 2 Here we see the axle. The part that is used for the vertical movement is the small white gear/metal thingie/big white gear on the right (don’t mind the other two gears at the end of the axle). My R.O.B. didn’t go up or down because the big white gear wasn’t attached to the metal thing anymore. You could turn it whilst the small white gear wasn’t moving at all. The metal is there to keep the gear attached to the small gear, but after some years the big gear comes loose. That’s why I used strong metal/plastic glue (at least one that doesn’t melt the plastic!) to attach the big gear, so it was one part again. Make sure the glue is dry before putting the axle back in!


“Take a good look at my rod!”

Step 3 The final step is the hardest, since closing the R.O.B. again takes much time. (But it isn’t difficult!) Make sure all the gears are the right place again AND make sure that the arms are open when you close it. After putting all the screws back you can finally test you’re robot! Good luck!


It’s alive!

If you’ve got any questions concerning this guide don’t hesitate about e-mailing me. Beneath are two more pictures from the inside of the R.O.B. so you can see where all the gears are supposed to be.

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