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Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System, Silver/Black

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Nintendo NES, Nintendo Super NES
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews) 18 answered questions

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Color: Silver/Black
  • Reinforced cartride doors
  • Slide proof bottom support
  • Compatible with most Japanese titles
  • Compatible with original 16 bit controllers
  • Includes Two Controllers, AV/S-video cable, AC Adapter and Instruction Manual
  • Reinforced cartridge doors

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Product Details

Color: Silver/Black
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VDZN3O
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11.2 x 3 inches ; 2.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Color: Silver/Black

Get your NES and SNES games out of the garbage and dust them off! The breakthrough RetroDuo 2 in 1 System allows you to play most of your old favorites in one system. The sleek and slim design saves you space, while specially placed vents ensure that your trip down memory lane is one way, with no stops or delays due to an overheated system. The RetroDuo works with most NES and SNES games including imports from Japan, and will accept all 16-bit controllers, and is specially designed to hold your cartridges firmly in place. It includes 2 controllers, an adapter, and AV cables, leaving you only a flip of the switch away from total nostalgia.

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114 of 118 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great console, but the originals win. January 19, 2009
By S. Poor
Color Name:Black/Red
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Retro Duo is awesome for people that want to replay all their old NES or SNES games but lack the classic consoles themselves.

This console plays pretty much every game cartridge I throw at it... including imports!* The Retro Duo is pretty compact compared to the classic consoles. Stack 3 NES games on top of each other and you basically have the size and weight of this. The 2 SNES controllers it comes with are also pretty light compared to the classics. The console offers your choice of either standard RCA (red, white, yellow) or S-Video TV connectors. The Retro Duo also has a small but functional cooling system. And before I forget, let me assure you that the Retro Duo does NOT conflict with the fragile save systems of NES games. Your Legend of Zelda file will be just fine.

Now, this console does have a few drawbacks. First and probably most important: it only has SNES controller ports. So all your NES accessories, like the Zapper, cannot be used with the Retro Duo. Also, there's no cartridge ejection. Remember how you'd flip the switch and out pops your game? Not anymore, you have to pull the games out of the system. For SNES games, no biggie; but the NES games are a pretty tight fit going in and out. The console supports S-Video, but that post-dates the NES technology, so if you use that rather than RCA connectors, NES games will be displayed black and white.

I bought this console because my previous NES and SNES were gone without a trace. This console fills the gap, but if you're debating whether or not to swap out your old NES and SNES for this, I would not recommend it. While this console is great overall, it cannot compare to the classics.
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play the classics. April 3, 2008
Color Name:White/Blue
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
IT works! The controllers are nice, although they aren't quite as heavy as the true SNES counterparts.

The Retro Duo Twin system itself is heavy and has excellent venting for heat control. It has played all my old games so far, including contra, super mario kart, mortal kombat, etc.

My major complaints are that the NES game cartridges are hard to eject (you have to really tug to get them free) and that some games seem like the colors and sounds are not 100% emulated (Super Mario Bros 3 for example.) This is mostly an issue with the NES part of the system, the SNES side of the Retro Duo Twin so far works flawlessly.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as an SNES, barely passes as NES November 19, 2009
Color Name:Black/Red
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Retro Duo is a light little console, just barely over an inch thick and not hardly registering on my bathroom scale. This lightness, when compared to a real NES or SNES might make it feel cheap, but it certainly gets the job done.

As an SNES it is quite satisfactory. It plays games well, and when I plug in my authentic SNES controller I can scarce tell the difference between the two, and the ones that ship with it are a close approximate. The only thing I don't like about them so far is that the D-pad is a bit stiff... but I've already switched mine out for the real thing. Supposedly a few games don't work, but I don't own any of those... all the cartridges I've tried seem to play fine, about a dozen and some. The cartridges don't quite slide in as smooth as the real thing, but no problems.

This console, however, is a much weaker approximate of the NES. A lot of people complain about the sound quality, but I find its rather close on most games. The more immediate problem is the connector itself, which is EXTREMELY SNUG on NES carts. A great deal of force is needed to separate most games from the connector. Oddly enough, for how tightly the card fits into the connectors, the actual cartridge rests loosely on the console housing, make it quite easy to "jiggle" the cartridge while its connected. This makes getting a precise connection on these old games rather difficult, with the slightest breeze coming along and garbling the graphics or worse, crashing the game. Once you get them in there though, they seem to play well. I've only tested Dragon Warrior and Genghis Khan so far, both seem to play fine.

The Verdict:

As an SNES substitute, this will suit you just fine, especially with genuine peripherals.
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75 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works... but not for purist November 10, 2008
Color Name:Black/Red|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this more for the nes side hoping that it would work better than my side loading nes that is broken. First I am impressed by the concept and the top loading design. First game I threw at it was lifeforce for nes and it worked right away without blowing on it or reseting it. After playing for awhile I noticed that a lot of the sound effects were off. A lot of them were higher pitched and the music seemed to labor at times and even miss whole notes completly. The game itself seemed to work fine but I just couldnt get over the sound difference. Needless to say I returned it and I got a nes2 toploader off ebay for a little more. Still a good product but not for those who want a true nes replacement, there is no substitute. Great Idea but not quite there.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By B.B.
Color Name:Silver/Black|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you have any NES or SNES games, this is the unit for you. It is more convenient than having one of each unit. I realize that there are a lot newer game systems out there, but there are still a lot of people who like NES. If so, then this unit is for you.
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