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Nintendo Entertainment System 101

Nintendo Entertainment SystemHey, you there!  Yeah, you, the young kid in the back jamming away on your Sony PlayStation Portable while I go on and on about the wonders of Castlevania, Mega Man 2, 3, & 4, and Super Mario Bros. 3.  Video Games didn't just appear in the world when you were introduced to the PlayStation 2 a few years ago.  There are hundreds of superior games from years ago and it's time that you checked them out.  Put your PSP on standby, gather up your allowance money, and go buy yourself a Nintendo Entertainment System.  I won't send you into the retro market unprepared though. Retrogaming with Racketboy has everything you need to know about Nintendo's 8-bit box.  It's time for NES 101.

What To Look For When Buying

There’s the older, iconic Control Deck and the newer NES 2. For most, the Control Deck is the way to go. The NES 2 is highly sought after because of higher reliability and collectability factors, but can be expensive, especially if you’re buying online. The extra cost and inferior connections of the NES 2 are big negatives. On a purely aesthetic note, the NES “game paks” weren’t designed for the shorter form factor of a top-loading console, and so the carts look a bit odd sticking up out of the top of the machine (which is also the reason for the rounded cover on the slot, which you don’t see on the A/V Famicom). The older models can be finicky, but if you replace the 72 pin connector they will likely work perfectly. You can do this repair yourself, and most retro gaming shops worth their salt will be able to do it for you for a few bucks. The new connectors usually cost $8 to $10 bucks, much less than the cost of an NES 2 on eBay. The Control Decks can be cleaned fairly easily as well, which will improve reliability.

As for the rest of you, isn't it time to revisit some of the greatest games of all time?  So what if they don't feature 3D polygons or HD textures.  Have you ever heard the soundtrack from Mega Man 2 piped through a modern surround sound system?  It's a thing of beauty, my friends.  It's as if Bubble Man is loudly coming at you from every direction.