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Retro Bit Nintendo NES Entertainment System (Silver/Black)

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Nintendo NES
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews) 39 answered questions

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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 tht they don't fall out of place.
  • Silver and black design.
  • Comes with 2 controllers.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003VH5Z2C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.4 x 2.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

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 favorite games, this system will give you that old feeling you've been missing!

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185 of 198 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, the price is right August 1, 2011
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My original NES has had a hard life, and it just recently reached the point where no amount of cleaning, jiggling, or otherwise profaning the cartridges would make the games boot up, so I bought one of these as a stopgap replacement while I attempted to fix the old unit.

Between my dad and myself, we've logged about 20 hours of use with the Retro Bit NES, and it's a decidedly mixed bag.

PROS:
- Cheap!
- Plays most NES games.
- Compatible with your original NES controllers
- Bundled controllers are not bad if you don't have your originals handy

CONS:
- The audio runs the gamut from "horrible" to "new adjective invented expressly for the way music sounds on the Retro Bit NES"
- Knows which games are your favorites, and will proceed to not play them
- Build quality is poor

The Retro Bit NES feels like a $20 console: cheap. It weighs less than a cartridge, and the assorted jacks around the unit have a disconcertingly "soft" feel to them -- I was positive I was going to punch a hole right through the case when I tried to plug in my original NES controllers.

It will play many of your games, which is good. It won't play several that I like, which is unfortunate. Namely: Castlevania 3, Dragon Warrior, and Dragon Warrior 2.

One item of particular horror to me is the audio, which isn't just distorted, but actually off-key in some games. Invariably, the games that exhibit this behavior are the ones with the particularly rich soundtracks, so DW3, DW4, and Crystalis are next to impossible to enjoy with the volume up. I want to emphasize this, because reviews elsewhere on the net downplay the audio trouble: the bad audio is not just buzzing or distortion -- the actual notes come out wrong.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far exceeds expectations December 31, 2012
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This unit has performed great under heavy Super Mario Bros. stress-testing. My son plays a few
minutes of that game each day, leaves the unit on to save his place in the game (as the game doesn't
allow for his progress to be saved) and continues the next day. He has been doing this for about six
weeks now! This entire time the system has never been shut off, just keeps on running. No lock-ups, no
blue screens of death, etc. The thing just keeps performing well. Controllers are cheap feeling, cords are
thin and the system itself seems to weigh next-to-nothing, but no complaints on performance or durability.
Would definitely suggest this system
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OLE TIMES March 28, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The system looks great. It works perfect but a lil on the cheap side when it comes to the feel of the controllers but well worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great value March 10, 2012
By agzmmn
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
this thing works great i havent had any problems with my games not working after i clean them first the controllers are ok but i prefer the originals only issue i might have is if this thing will work when i get a new flat screen tv otherwise i might end up needing to hold on to my old tv
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought two units two separate times. First unit never worked. Second unit I was constantly adjusting the video cord connected to the player because the units connection ports are so ridiculously cheap. Controllers didn't feel quite right, so I bought a few generic Nintendo controllers. Some worked, some didn't.
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37 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Retro Entertainment System April 18, 2011
By Doug
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This system is worthless. When I got mine I plugged it in and the game came on. When I tried to play the game it was blocky. The game I used was cleaned before using it in this system. After 1 short game the screen went black. No picture but I could still hear the game. I should have listened to the other negatives and not bothered to get this system. Waste of time. Look for a real Working Nintendo system. Sorry to disappoint but the reality is this is a cheap and worthless wanna be. This is not an Amazon issue, it is a manufacturer issue. Amazon was very helpful in getting a refund. The only positive for this item. Stay away from this item!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back great memories! May 6, 2013
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Remember having to blow out the cartridges, and push the door up/down 8,000 times, just to get the game to work properly the first time? No more of that! This small, compact player is extremely light-weight and doesn't have any of the attitude problems that the original systems did! Excellent purchase!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade September 21, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
System works great! First time in 20 years I could play SUper Mario 3 without the screen flipping on blowing on cartridges. Although the machine works excellent Im scared to death to drop it due to it being air light and not very eye appealing. But functionality get this 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Doesn't seem to last very long.
Published 5 days ago by Larry J. Mims
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 7 days ago by Stelios Anastassiou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works great. Plays all my games so far.
Published 9 days ago by AWB 81
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Piece of junk! There's no option for zero stars or I would give it that!
Published 10 days ago by Jayme A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Neither controller worked.
Works as expected. Neither controller worked, had to order another one.
Published 12 days ago by Jamie Lyn Allbritton
1.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for 1 game if left in the mqchine.
It worked fine until I tried to gently change cartridges and it still broke. I would have thought I'd get more than 3 uses out of it.
Published 17 days ago by hoo-u-wit
5.0 out of 5 stars The console works fine. Excellent
Quickly sent. The console works fine. Excellent.
Published 19 days ago by Óscar C.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of top sellers and very hoghly recommended
Excellent item, works fabulous and so much fun to use. Great seller, for sure. Would love to deal with again
Published 25 days ago by Jackie Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was ok just the wrong system had to send it back.
Published 28 days ago by Maxine Forte
2.0 out of 5 stars Worked for a while.
When I bought the retro bit nes top loader, I admit I wasn't expecting much. Around two weeks in, I started to have issues with the console. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary D. Gammell
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