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Retro Bit Nintendo NES Entertainment System (Silver/Black)

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Nintendo NES
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews) 16 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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Retro Bit Nintendo NES Entertainment System (Silver/Black) + Super Mario Bros.
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003VH5Z2C
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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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152 of 163 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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21 of 23 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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30 of 35 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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4 of 4 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cheap way to experience the 8-bit era. July 6, 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'll be quick and short. I love this thing. It's even smaller than a cartridge, so its nice to fit. I have a few complaints though

1) The power adapter is WAY too short. I would say it's only about 3-4 feet if that.
2) Force is required. Force is required to do just about anything with this console. Pulling games out is really tough, and no little kid would be able to do it. Also, sometimes the thing refuses to turn on, I dunno if thats because the adaptor isn't plugged in well or the overall design of it, but after a few tries it works just fine.

The LED light that lets you know if the power is on doesn't work on my unit, but this has no affect on the gameplay so I don't care. The controllers feel cheap but are actually pretty good, some of the best controllers ive seen for a clone console. You can use original NES controllers and even the Zapper.

Emulation is about 90-95% accurate. Super Mario Bros nearly sounds identical to its orignal release, with only a few things sounding an octave or so out of key. Some games will not work for this clone console, the biggest one being Castlevania III, but I have heard reports of it working on some units. I would not worry about having issues with games though, out of all the NES games I think its only 6-10 that don't work.

Overall I love this thing, its a great gift for gamers on a budget, for a young kid wanting to see what daddy played, or just about anybody.
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3 of 3 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nes Retro Style February 5, 2013
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I choose 5 stars because this is great. It play all the games,all controllers work on it,and it is smaller and lighter,so more portal the the original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars also makes a great holiday gift
This is a great gaming system i love it it plays all the regular first nintendo games
Published 12 days ago by Cristal Del Real
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 23 days ago by william sutton
2.0 out of 5 stars It's better than nothing, I quess
It's better than nothing, I guess. The build quality isn't as bad as i thought it would be but the sound quality is really bad, Zelda hurt my ears I had to play it on mute, other... Read more
Published 25 days ago by J. Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars My son loves to play Super Mario Bros
this is our second "retro" NES system from Amazon. My son loves to play Super Mario Bros. but every system that is a remake of the original NES doesn't last more than a... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sheila Harrington
2.0 out of 5 stars Retro bit nes console.
All looked good except flipping up and down picture.
Published 26 days ago by Katherine Metzger
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
Does not work half the time
Too hard to even get the game out. Waste of money
Published 1 month ago by kerri maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 1 month ago by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most gamed work, some don't.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan M. Neils
3.0 out of 5 stars what up jack?
The console,controls,etc work very well,and to be totally honest I was surprised,although I knew it was being sent to me with "no box",I assumed that means the unit had no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Manassah
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD FAITHFUL
LOVE IT plays old games great and works with old controls
Published 2 months ago by P. Taft
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