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About the product
- HD audio and video (720p), 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio switch
- High compatibility for NTSC AND PAL cartridges (via bottom case switch)
- Premium classic-style “Cadet” controller (10 ft. cable)
- 3 ft. HD cable, 6 ft. Micro USB charge cable with USB AC Adapter
- Also includes AV ports with AV cable
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8-bit gaming never looked this good! The RetroN HD will play original NES (NTSC AND PAL) cartridges in beautiful , crisp 720p. It includes one premium classic-style controller, a 3 ft. HD cable, and a 6 ft. Micro USB charge cable. Its amazingly high compatibility with NES titles assures you and your game collection are in for a treat. PAL cartridges work at the flip of a switch! Cartridges not included. No pre-installed games.
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It includes one controller, and that controller feels spot on. It has a premium look and feel, and a huge cable. The cable is about 2' longer than my original NES cable. (And it's about twice the length of the NES Classic controller, which was a complete travesty).
The buttons feel exactly like a traditional controller. At this point, probably even better since my original controllers have worn down a bit. The controller has nice "humps" on the back, making it a bit more comfortable to hold. If we're being honest, the original NES controller wasn't super great to hold for long periods of time, especially in adult hands. The D-pad and A/B buttons feel great and super accurate.
With a cartridge plugged in, it does look a little weird and top heavy. Cartridges insert with minimal force, but you definitely need to use two hands to take a cartridge out. It's a tight tight fit (probably so it connects to the cartridge connectors without requiring you to blow on them).
I honestly found it a bit difficult to pull cartridges out. Very difficult. To the point where I wouldn't let my kids take cartridges out. It really feels like you're using a LOT of strength to remove them.
It's other huge selling feature is the ability to output via HDMI. It includes a 3' HDMI cable (a nice addition), and you can select whether to output via 4:3 or 16:9 via a selector on the back. I haven't tested the RCA cables because who cares.
I played it via a 3-to-1 HDMI splitter with no problems.
It gets power via a standard micro-USB. It includes a 5' cable and USB adapter, which is nice.
Now, is it hardware or some fancy emulation? I can tell you that it powers on in 1-2 seconds. To me the games start up just as fast as the original NES. There's no hint of an OS bootup or anything like that. It loads right to the game screen and you're off. I probably will crack it open to see what's inside, but for now, I would say that yes, this is hardware vs software emulation.
Since it's basically a recreation of the original NES, there are no NES Classic features like save states, or anything like that.
What games have I tested? I briefly played Megaman 2, Megaman 3, Super Mario 3, Tetris and Dr Mario. My wife and I played Dr Mario for an hour, and SMB 3 for an hour. Both worked flawlessly. All worked well after cleaning my cartridges with rubbing alcohol. Without cleaning them, they had a lot of trouble starting up. So be aware that if you have old NES cartridges that haven't been used in a while, you'll want to clean them first.
There are two downsides that I see right now, keeping this from 5 stars:
* Very very hard to remove cartridges from the system. You also feel like you're ripping the system apart. Young kids will have trouble removing them. I almost wish the system had the Super Nintendo's eject button thing to help. Inserting them is easy, removing them is very difficult.
* The colors seem a bit washed out. I'm going to test this out some more, but in Super Mario 3, Mario's face is pure white. It just didn't look right. I'm going to investigate this some more.
I definitely recommend this for those into retro gaming. You can use your original controllers and cartridges and it just FEELS right. Considering the ridiculous prices for the NES Classic, this seems like a steal.
I am returning it but requesting a replacement.
I have ordered a mini-USB to female USB cord to connect to the unit. I will then anchor that short cable to the unit so that the mini-USB connector does not move. Perhaps this will fix the problem.
I not, I will return again and order one from a different company
SIMPLE CHANGE. Get a mini-USB that is anchored by screws and YOU will have an outstanding unit. INEXPENSIVE PERMANENT FIX.
To all of you that missed the Nintendo Classic and are, like me, just looking to play the original NES games again, I can recommend this system. I can't wait to get more games and play them again!
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*Slowdown in parts where there is no slowdown
*Glitches halfway trough games