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About the product
- Slim Design
- Built in 2.4GHz Wireless Support
- Dual Cartridge Slots: NES/FAMICON
- Dual Mono Audio Support
- Includes one wired controller
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Open up the closet and dust off your NES game collection. Messiah Entertainment, Inc.'s Generation NEX Videogame Console is a tribute to all that is cherished about gaming, a time in gaming history long gone, but not forgotten. Messiah has brought you back in time to 1985, a time in gaming history where graphics and sound did not matter. A time when game play was most important and fun was the focus. The Generation NEX Videogame Console is a blend of past, present, and future....taking an old but incredibly fun product and updating it with today's technology. Get ready to relive the glory days, because Messiah Entertainment, Inc. is...BRINGING GAMING BACK TO LIFE!
Top customer reviews
If you have the urge to play FC and NES games, this is the way to go.
I have no issues with this system what so ever.
The Generation NEX is built around the Nintendo-on-a-chip technology or NOAC as it is commonly called. This is an attempt to fabricate the original NES hardware on a single computer chip. The technology is not perfect in that it does not fully imitate the hardware perfectly. But the method is cheap to make and mass produce. Some, or many, manufacturers have taken advantage of that. Over the years there have been literally hundreds of NES clone systems built around the NOAC. I am led to believe that in recent years NES patents have ran out and this is the reason we are beginning to see many NES clones hitting the US market place and being legal. Before you had to import things that were a bit on the shady side and illegal. And a lot of times of a very cheaply low quality build.
The NOAC technology not being perfect results in some NES games playing less than perfect and there are some games that do not play at all. The main problems are, colors being off, sound not right, or garbled graphics, which could pertain to sprites or background. There seems to be different levels of success with the NOAC. Some clones work better than others in different areas. That may depend on the manufacturer. But all share the common problems. That being the situation, there are still loads of games in the giant NES library that are not hindered by any of the problems in being able to play the games. But as I said before, if you are the type of person that stops and says, "Wait a minute that color is a shade darker!" or "There is a crisp sharp twang there that I don't remember!" Then you need to stay with that old NES original hardware.
The box says "Classy." Very nice attractive packaging. The total design of the unit is almost a tribute to the original 8-bit NES system. It looks like a miniature version of that first big bulky gray NES system. The system itself is of a very nice sturdy quality build. Having purchased a few imported gaming stuff, I am impressed. This particular clone is produced or marketed, maybe both, by Messiah Entertainment Inc. This system was originally released in 2005.
My original interest that drew me toward this particular system clone is its ability to play both the NES and the Famicom games. They are both the same system, one was in Japan and the other here in the US. The main difference between the two is the pin-out that is used on the game carts. The NES used 72 pins and the Famicom used 60, making them non-interchangeable. An adapter would have to be used on the Original NES to play the Japanese games. This comes prepared for both by way of having two game cart slots, one on top for the Famicom games and one in front (like the old NES) for the NES games. You cannot have a game cart in both slots at the same time. You are warned not to. I take it that it could damage the system, which is very understandable.
The controller that comes with the system is of a nice quality and feels nice, responsive, handles very well, and comfortable when playing, though, for some, it is not the original. The buttons are arranged very differently. The start and select are located above the A and B buttons, odd. There is also a turbo and slow motion feature built in. If this pad is a problem, no fear you can use all of the original NES controllers, light guns, etc. The system also has a built in wireless feature that accommodates the wireless controllers that are available, for purchase, from the Messiah Entertainment Inc.
And how are the games? They are the original Nintendo game carts. Messiah Entertainment Inc. has a list of compatible games on their web site. There are over 700 NES games that they have tested and found working and playable. All of my games, that I have, play great. I have no problem with any of them. The system has prompted me to look for more games to purchase. At this point flea markets, garage sales, video game store bargain bins, auction sites, become your best friend. Also all my Famicom games play with no problems. I would still advise cleaning all of your games very good before inserting them into the NEX, especially if they have been stored away for a while. I had no problems with getting anything to boot up and run. I have read that some say that the game carts fit tight and are troublesome to remove. But I had no problem, what so ever, even close to that type of experience. My game carts seem to fit like they do in the Original top loading NES that my daughter has.
When Messiah Entertainment first announced the Generation NEX, they gave the impression that it was a replacement for the aging NES. They did not, up front, reveal that the system was built around the NOAC. I think they paid dearly for that with all the negative feedback and reviews that are still floating around the net. If they had been more open, I think there would have been a more positive atmosphere around the NEX.
It is a high quality clone system. And it is up to the individual, whether or not, they deem that it is worth the price. You can get cheaper clones for much less, but from what I have seen from honest thorough comparative reviews, the NEX has a better performance with the NOAC when playing NES games. I got my NEX inexpensive at the time. It has since become somewhat of a collector's item. You can purchase the original NES that has a new 72 pin replacement for less or about the same price as the NEX. You are then guaranteed full compatibility with all NES games. But to play Famicom games you will need a converter. For me, I feel that I got what I wanted and it satisfies my need. I like the very convenient size and the ability to play Famicom games without a converter. None of the games that I am interested in are incompatible with the NEX. At 53 years old, I am having a fun retro gaming experience.
Just an update: I am now 62 years old and still playing on the Generation NEX my NES and Famicom games.
Unfortunately, the NEX console missed the mark. The color palette was noticeably different than the NES console's and the sound was different as well and not in a good way. Also, the cartridges fit very snug in the system and removing them required force enough to feel that something was going to break. Next to my (still working) NES console, the NEX was simply inferior. I shelved the NEX in favor of the NES and out of curiosity, plugged the NEX back in a few months later with the intention of selling it to a friend...only to find it would no longer power on. And into the garbage it went.
Anyone who wants to play NES games would be far better served purchasing a refurbished original NES console than the clones manufactured today.