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nsfplus (format)

NES/Famicom 2A03 w/ Expansions

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Music made for the 2A03-chip and one or more expansion chips, that were featured in the Nintendo Entertainment System and its game carts.
allowed expansion chips: VRC6 VRC7 MMC5 FDS N163 S5B
  1. Tools
  2. Restrictions on submit
  3. Accepted file format
  4. Playback (for voting)
  5. Render to MP3
  6. See also
The nsfplus format is an expansion of the nsf format. The (emulated) use of additional mapped soundchips is allowed.


- FamiTracker
- 0CC-FamiTracker
- SuperNSF

Restrictions on submit

Implementing multiple mappers on a cart would be a difficult (or perhaps impossible) task. Only one mapper was used at a time on a cart as there was no need to be so insane. It is expected/recommended that the bitpack for an OHB specifies which expansion chip to use for an NSF+ compo, unless there is some other strong theme to keep the entries coherent.

Accepted file format


Playback (for voting)

Apart from the tools you can use for creation, also:
- NSFplay and VirtuaNSF (version is recommended)

For playback on actual hardware, both the PowerPak
and the EverDrive N8 PRO
(but not the original EverDrive N8!) have built-in NSF players. Note that if you are using any extra sound chips, they need to be supported by your flash cart, and if you are using a NES (as opposed to a Japanese Famicom), you will need to mod your console
to get the expansion audio out of your NES since this functionality was removed on the NES hardware.

Render to MP3

Since NSFplay and VirtuaNSF are both capable of emulating expansion chips, rendering an NSF file with expansion chips is the same process as rendering one without. See here for details.

See also

All related Lyceum articles:
referencing to:
- nsf (format)
- NES (console)
- FamiTracker
- 0CC-FamiTracker
- Deflemask Tracker
- NSFplay
- VirtuaNSF
referenced from:
- Format
- nsf (format)