Almost every gamer
out there knows about the insanely popular Nintendo Entertainment System,
eh? I still say it is one of the best gaming console ever made and on
August 8, 2006 I managed to do the impossible and find every licensed
Nintendo ever made (that's about 700 games and yes, I'm really F N nuts).
Not everyone may have heard about the much rarer Top Loader nick named
the Nes2 though? Since I already did a review on the older Nes here is
a new review on this cool little Nes2 machine here and why the special
extras may interest you.
The original Nes box-like design may have looked interesting and different
enough to help us get the bad taste of the Atari 2600 out of our
mouths in 1985 but sadly it wasn't always too cartridge friendly. Sometimes
it could take several tries before some one could get a game to work and
who can forget the constant blinking and different swear words if it didn't
work, eh? The Top Loader Nes2 system here on the other hand was so
effective though that it eliminates that annoying problem once and for
all. Just pop it in and turn the power on you should be good to go. If
your cart is in bad shape it still won't work but at least you'll know
it was the game and not the system this time.
Another cool thing about the Nes2 was it is a lot smaller, lighter, and
sleeker now too. The thing was only 1/3 of the size of the huge original
lunch box-like unit (about the same as a standard box of snack crackers)
so it takes up much less room now. The Nes2 also comes with some new controllers.
These controllers still have all the standard features like the cross
pad, 2 option and action buttons like before but now the whole thing is
shaped like a dog bone (nothing wrong with a good bone, eh?) for whatever
reason. OK, the design was a bit weird but they were still far more comfortable
then the older more blocky rectangle ones.
If there's any downsides to the Nes2 here and it's beautiful simple design
here is the fact that's it still just a mere 8-bit machine after all and
there are no video outlets either. If you are use to playing the current
gaming consoles you'll definitely be disappointed with this system's lack
of colours (there are only 16 colours on screen at a time and the game's
overall can look quite bland) and the Nes2 definitely couldn't handle
anything too fancy like computer generated visuals, full motion video,
online play, or CD quality sound. Although it was a shame the video outlet
were removed and the system is no longer compatible with a Game Genie
either, that's a small price for a more effective and easy to use gaming
finding of one of these beauties can be harder then me after watching
the Spice channel but if you are a fan of the legendary Nintendo Entertainment
System and those famous games that are hard to get out of your head (like
Super Mario Brothers, Mega Man, Castlevania, and my personal favourite
the Guardian Legend) then
the sleek Nes Top Loader is an absolute must have. Beside loading from
the top is way easier then loading from the side if you know what I mean
(there goes the rest of my religious readers).
Nes2 overall rating: 95/100
Find this system on eBay here!
Rare Scale: 5/10 It's
harder to find one in mint shape than it was a few years ago so if you
find one in good shape you better pick it before it is too late.