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4.0 out of 5 stars Great console, but the originals win., January 19, 2009
This review is from: Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin Video Game System NES and SNES V3.0 - Black/Red (Video Game)
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. But if you're looking to get into retro gaming, this offers a great start for the 2 consoles that hold legendary game libraries.
Remember to clean your game cartridges before playing on your new Retro Duo to help maximize both console and game life!

* EDIT: This console supports cartridges from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (including PAL format), and Super Famicom consoles. It does not support Famicom cartriges.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2011, 5:40:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2011, 5:40:19 PM PST
Mohammad Ali says:
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Posted on Mar 15, 2012, 9:14:58 PM PDT
Robert Keith says:
Neither the original NES or the Toploader (Nes 2) ever had an eject button. You always had to pull the games out of the 72 pin connectors (i had to use a monkey wrench to get out a couple of games on my front loading (original) Nes system). The original SNES had an eject button though

Posted on Aug 7, 2013, 3:01:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 7, 2013, 3:01:30 PM PDT
Dr. Coyne says:
If you were going to use this with a flat panel TV, the Zapper wouldn't have worked anyway.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015, 5:59:40 PM PDT
Slade Simon says:
Adapters are available for the Famicom cartridges, but I'm not sure if Amazon has them. You might have to hunt around a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2015, 7:52:40 PM PST
Shawn W. says:
I tried with a regular and a flat screen T.V. the zapper doesn't work on either

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2016, 5:01:02 PM PDT
you need a crt
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