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NES Retro Entertainment System(Black/Red)

Platform : Nintendo NES
3.5 out of 5 stars 365 customer reviews

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  • Compatible with your favorite classic NES games
  • Cartridges are loaded on the top of the system rather than through the front
  • Custom designed to fit your cartridges to ensure that they don't fall out of place
  • Custom designed to fit your cartridges to ensure that they don't fall out
  • Comes with 2 controllers
  • Black/Red design
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Color: Black/Red

Just like the old days! Go back to all of your favorite games for NES with the Top Loader 8-bit System! Specially designed so that your games don't wiggle around, you can play for hours on end without having to worry about those annoying flashing screens. Compatible with all of your favorites including Super Mario Bros, this system will give you that old feeling that you've been missing.

Product Details

Color: Black/Red
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002RYLG4Q
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 14.8 x 7.9 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 14, 2015
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Color: Black/Red Verified Purchase
The Retro Entertainment System, or RES, does a decent job of playing NES games. The only real setback is the cleanliness of the cartridges themselves. Be sure to clean your old games THOROUGHLY with a Q-Tip before using them with the RES. If you insert games with grime and dust on the contacts, it can enter the RES itself and cause problems for other games. (see below)

The main goal of the RES itself is to play your old NES games presumably BETTER than on the original system.
This is true for several reasons:
-The system is brand new with no wear and tear from years of use.
-It loads all games from the top, not the front, eliminating the problem of the game not making contact to the system properly.
-The video-out problem with scan lines appearing on the old system are not present on the RES.
-The system itself is much smaller than the original NES and considerably lighter. It's roughly 5" x 1.5" x 5" at around 0.5 LBS (An NES cartridge is slightly longer than the actual system).

The first game I tried (Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt) worked immediately with no problem. However, when I started trying some dustier games, they required some additional cleaning before working.

Like said before, if your games are too dirty, they can dirty up the RES as well. The same Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt cartridge I used at first stopped working later on after playing numerous other titles, and required some fidgeting.

But don't be alarmed with games just not starting up, some deep cleaning of the cartridge contacts (even with heavy chemicals, going against Nintendo's wishes, if it is giving serious problems) may be necessary.
Always remember, the original NES had it way worse and it was both the console and the cartridge at fault.
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Color: Black/Red
It's a cheap NES knock off. It does exactly that. The color and audio are very slightly off, the cartridges are also a little hard to get in and out at first. The plastic is cheap, the controllers are functional but mushy (was able to play Mario 3 without issues)... but it works.

Reasons to get it:
If you need a secondary NES for kids/special needs individuals (like I did)
If you need/want a temporary system while you look for a better model (or to get your old system repaired)
If you need/want a secondary system for another room but don't want to spend money on a possibly bad used system.
If you didn't grow up with the NES but wanted to try out some games before you invest in more pricey solutions.

Reasons to not get it:
If you grew up, loved your NES and you want this as a permanent replacement for your NES. (I'd expect the average lifespan on this thing is a year or two)
If you want a pixel perfect recreation of your system (sound and graphics are slightly off)
If you want perfect controllers. (these are decent, but the D-pad is a single piece of plastic and feels a bit mushy, especially on the all important "right" direction)

Never forget, the NES was $299 for the deluxe version that launched in the US. This (as of writing) is 15. Adjusted for inflation you'd literally paying pennies on the dollar for a similar but not perfect experience... Don't expect perfection and you won't be disappointed with this product.
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Color: Black/Red Verified Purchase
Worked as intended, right of the box. Popped in Mike Tyson's Punch Out and started wooping up on Glass Jaw Joe in minutes.
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Color: Black/Red Verified Purchase
I was a little worried about the price but this little thing is compact and does exactly what it's intended to do...plays NES games. I don't have a huge library but it plays the ones I have and the kids love the retro games!
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Color: Black/Red
I bought this item at a local media store and for the most part it is everything it was advertised to be. It has played nearly all of my old Nintendo games even some that I thought would not play but, there are a few small issues and here are a few tips for best results

Clean your cartridges. A little bit of alcohol and a little bit of elbow grease, let dry for a good while and then insert them into the system. This will protect the contacts inside the new system from all of the build up of dirt and grime from years of storage

It was suggested by several people who own this little thing that, when removing the cartridges from the system you should pull them up gently by the corners. It is said that the contacts can be pulled loose over time through repeated forceful removal of cartridges

Try to find, and I believe they are cheap, and original Nintendo entertainment system controller. The ones that are in the box work and you can play them but sometimes the buttons feel a bit squishy

Don't jar the system around while playing you can see on the screen that the game becomes shaky if you move the system around while you were playing and you can cause your game to lock up.

Otherwise, every game that I tried with the exception of a couple that were just plain messed up, worked just fine. I did notice in a side-by-side comparison then I thought that the sound annulation was very minor league different from the original Nintendo but when playing the system standalone, I think that one can hardly tell the difference. The graphics seem to be exactly as they were including colors. Overall this was a great retro experience and for the price I highly recommend it
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