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Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by timewarpgamer » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:12 pm

Hello,

With the advent of some quality clone options, such as the Retro Duo, I'm interested in taking a critical look at the best ways to play NES games today. By today, I mean hardware that's reliable and hopefully supports modern televisions. I've had quite a bit of experience with American carts and consoles, but I was curious if a more European perspective tells a different story. Anyway, here are the top three ways to play NES games in my opinion:

http://timewarpgamer.com/features/hardware_nes.html

I think that all three options are equally as god in the PAL world, but perhaps the latter two recommendations are even better, since they natively support NTSC carts. Looking forward to seeing what y'all think. Thanks!
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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by ALK » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:53 pm

Think the problem with NES clones is for some reason, none of them can play Castlevania III. That's what I heard anyway, no one's cracked that one yet...
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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by snowkatt » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:15 am

the nes model 101 toploader is still the best choice to play import games
its a toploader ( as the name implies ) it did away with the zif socket and is region free

its only draw backs are its price and the fact its rf only ( can be modded to include av)
hey wait ! i got a new complaint !

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Liamh1982 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:56 am

Softmodded Wii - not exactly kosher, but it's what I use. 480p component output, Wiimote held sideways is not unlike a NES joypad and the emulation is pretty much spot on.

May not be the answer you're looking for, but it's still a valid option.

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by ulala » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:25 am

Do the emulators on the wii allow to save states etc?

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Liamh1982 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:57 am

^ Yes they do. Press the home button on the Wiimote while playing a game and it gives you options for saving and loading.

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Syntesis » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:26 am

I've tried the emulators on Dreamcast and Wii but they both look terrible in motion, the upscale blur is horrible.

The best options are an American toaster NES or an AV Famicom, especially if you can afford to RGB mod them. I managed to get an American toaster for just £10 because it was listed as faulty (it wasn't) on ebay UK so that's what I use. The reliability issues are overblown, just cut a pin on the NES10 chip and wire it to ground. Replacement pin connectors are extremely cheap and easy to install too. :)

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Lorfarius » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:51 am

Toploader all the way. The cloen issue with dodgy sound is down to poor replication of the sound chip of the original NES I believe. Every company seems to use the same parts so it never seems to improve.
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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by timewarpgamer » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:05 am

ALK wrote:Think the problem with NES clones is for some reason, none of them can play Castlevania III. That's what I heard anyway, no one's cracked that one yet...
Check out this video at about 2:15 into it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDLVsmo9x54

Castlevania III plays on the Retro Duo without a problem.
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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by snowkatt » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:24 am

hey you asked what we think is the best way
and three of us say the nes toploader is the best way
hey wait ! i got a new complaint !

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Syntesis » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:56 pm

snowkatt wrote:hey you asked what we think is the best way
and three of us say the nes toploader is the best way
The top loader is overpriced and the AV mod (which includes taking a drill to the casing) still won't give as good picture as the toaster. I don't understand what you folks see in that thing.

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by thesubcon3 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:43 pm

Not considering average price there is no contest on how to play NES games perfect.... the Sharp NES TV! The picture is pristine and better than anything that RF or AV could ever produce since it is directly connected in the TV. The face I got mine really cheap makes it even better.

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Evilhead » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:02 am

This is my set up and the best way to play NES/Famicom games in my opinion.
The AV Famicom with a Famicom-NES converter.
Native composite A/V out (great picture)
Compatible with ALL NES/Famicom accessories including old Famicom controllers (has a 15-pin expansion port), disk system, etc.

Clone systems are trash. RF output is unspeakable.

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by snowkatt » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 am

Syntesis wrote:
snowkatt wrote:hey you asked what we think is the best way
and three of us say the nes toploader is the best way
The top loader is overpriced and the AV mod (which includes taking a drill to the casing) still won't give as good picture as the toaster. I don't understand what you folks see in that thing.

because it plays everything from europe and the usa and with a famicom coneverter famicom games too
in other words it plays everything

enough reason to like it
rf only be damned
hey wait ! i got a new complaint !

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Re: Best Hardware for Playing NES Games Today?

Post by Syntesis » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:46 am

snowkatt wrote:
Syntesis wrote:
snowkatt wrote:hey you asked what we think is the best way
and three of us say the nes toploader is the best way
The top loader is overpriced and the AV mod (which includes taking a drill to the casing) still won't give as good picture as the toaster. I don't understand what you folks see in that thing.

because it plays everything from europe and the usa and with a famicom coneverter famicom games too
in other words it plays everything

enough reason to like it
rf only be damned
So does the toaster, just clip a specific pin on the NES10 to disable it. :)

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