NES Retro Entertainment System
NES Retro Entertainment System
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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.
White and Red, Black and Red and Silver and Black design.
Comes with 2 controllers.
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89 of 93 found the following review helpful:
Retro Entertainment System - Review / Usage suggestions Apr 21, 2010
By Ian T. Anderson
The Retro Entertainment System, or RES, does a decent job of playing NES games. The only real setback is the cleanliness of the cartridges themselves. Be sure to clean your old games THOROUGHLY with a Q-Tip before using them with the RES. If you insert games with grime and dust on the contacts, it can enter the RES itself and cause problems for other games. (see below)
The main goal of the RES itself is to play your old NES games presumably BETTER than on the original system.
This is true for several reasons:
-The system is brand new with no wear and tear from years of use.
-It loads all games from the top, not the front, eliminating the problem of the game not making contact to the system properly.
-The video-out problem with scan lines appearing on the old system are not present on the RES.
-The system itself is much smaller than the original NES and considerably lighter. It's roughly 5" x 1.5" x 5" at around 0.5 LBS (An NES cartridge is slightly longer than the actual system).
The first game I tried (Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt) worked immediately with no problem. However, when I started trying some dustier games, they required some additional cleaning before working.
Like said before, if your games are too dirty, they can dirty up the RES as well. The same Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt cartridge I used at first stopped working later on after playing numerous other titles, and required some fidgeting.
But don't be alarmed with games just not starting up, some deep cleaning of the cartridge contacts (even with heavy chemicals, going against Nintendo's wishes, if it is giving serious problems) may be necessary.
Always remember, the original NES had it way worse and it was both the console and the cartridge at fault. Here, its probably just your cartridges. If a cartridge, when started, shows a white screen, scrambled text or anything other than the game, try holding the reset button down for a second, then releasing, this usually does the trick. If not, try removing and re-inserting the cartridge or wiggling it back and forth. If this doesn't work, clean your cartridge again.
When a game does work, the system plays it 100% perfectly. Please remember, my games are excessively dirty and have probably caused me more problems than any other user.
The system is designed to grip your games tightly to maintain even connections with the cartridge. Although it does this well, it may cause the cartridge to be difficult to remove when finished playing. All you can do is, as carefully as possible, remove the game upwards with even force. Unfortunately, the RES doesn't hold your games in horizontally (from front to back) tightly. The game can wiggle back and forth freely and if moved, the game will freeze. Be sure not to touch the game once its up and working.
A very substantial downside to the system is that it seems to be manufactured very cheaply. The plastic feels very light. The system and it's controllers just seem very fragile. Great care must be taken when setting up and using the system.
Aside from that, one of the main reasons I got this particular model was because it has the original NES controller ports. Other 3rd party systems such as these used only the SNES controller ports. This is important if you want to use the classic NES controller or the Zapper.
All-in-all, this is a purchase I don't regret. I realize that i could have spent way more for an original NES and had way more problems. I even have more games on the way now that I know everything works fine.
This is definitely a good buy. If you have a bunch of old games and an NES that just isn't playing them, this is the item for you.
41 of 55 found the following review helpful:
RES could be the new NES Jul 28, 2010
By P. Taft
"A Dark One's Girl"
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RQQ4Q9B31N9P ok frist off i am gonna be quick cause i did a video review and it is a great system that is small and portable. the rest is said in the vid
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Retro NES (black/red) Dec 13, 2012
Love this little game system, playing your old NES games on a modern HD TV is a trip! Do treat it gently however, it does seem a bit fragile, I had hoped it would be made of heavier materials. I"m afraid if it were to fall from the shelf to the floor once, it would be broken. The game cartridges fit in it snugly and work without aggravation, you have to tug a bit to get them to release, that is how well they fit into the system. And it's tiny size is great for small spaces. I keep mine stored in it;s original box when not in use, to help keep it clean, and protected from bumps or falls.
7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Not sure Apr 08, 2011
By Eleanor L.
I have enjoyed this system because it plays my boyfriend's vintage games which were just sitting around. That said, I have had a lot of trouble getting the games to work (blank screens... any minor jostling of the system cutting off the game), and also I've had trouble getting the games out (they get STUCK in there). I have been very careful with the games, using compressed air to get out all dust from the games before inserting them in the system. But, I guess I'm not sure if it's the games or the system that is the problem.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
It is worth $20. Jan 08, 2013
I did like this product but it is not the best if you are looking for a NES system. We bought this for my son for Christmas, within the first hour the power button stopped working. Now you have to somehow hold down the power button for it to work. Picture is clear and it seems to work great except for the power button.
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