dealsretro duo - snes/nes system - version 3.0 for $49…

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Have they worked out the color rendering issues? That's the only thing that's kept me from buying one of these.

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@gbeenie: I'd like to know the same thing. Been wanting something like this for awhile.

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people are aware of emulators, right?

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@xanafeyed:

They are. As, I assume, you are aware that lots of people hate playing old-schools games with a keyboard.

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@gbeenie: Not saying people shouldn't get this, but as a side note, you can buy controllers for cheap (usb) to plug up and play the emulators with on your comp/laptop/whatever.

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I always feel duty bound to mention that none of the NES knock-off systems can play Castlevania III, which makes them wholly worthless to me.

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Emulators support game pads fine. Either the dirt cheap HID sort or even adapters to attach real controllers from various vintage systems. Emulators are great for playing odd or rare games you'll never see.

That said I still do a lot of gaming on various real consoles. It's fun.

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Forget color-rendering. None of these fake-NES's can properly render the sound on a lot of games. Castlevania III (as mentioned before) is a great example. So is Battletoads, once you get passed a certain level in the game.

I don't understand why people don't just find an old NES on eBay, or at a local game store. They're cheaper, AND they play EVERYTHING just fine.

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Well yes, I can and do play games on emulators with a gamepad, but I still wouldn't mind playing the games in their classic form for the nostalgia. Just because you can pirate something for free doesn't mean it isn't a deal. That's like saying any music, movies, and software shouldn't be posted to woot because people can just torrent them for free.

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they also have a retron3 which plays nes/snes/genisis games and is compatable with many more gasmes

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You can get a real SNES on ebay for around this amount (I did), and real controllers are under $10. Not sure what NESs go for these days.

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Until you have to blow into a USB cartridge or something to get NES Emulators to work they are not providing full emulation.

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Actually this is the latest version of the Unit. the new 3.0 chipset. It's a known fact the the Retro Duo is THE MOST compatible SuperNES/NES unit on the market currently. The FC3 doesn't even come close.

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@mehrdad1:

That's just what my partner did a few years ago, and there's a handful of reasons why it's a bad idea.

First, the console itself: The horizontal loading system for the NES was a HIDEOUS design, and time has not helped it.

Second, the controllers: They were never as comfortable as SNES controllers, and their failure rate with age was pretty high as well.

If you are insistent on buying an actual old-school system, instead of using a device like a RetroDuo (which reminds me: I don't how many inputs your AV system has, but the ability to consolidate a couple, particularly with NON-proprietary connectors, is a big mark in favor of the RetroDuo for me), you should avoid buying it sight unseen, unless it comes with some sort of guarantee from the seller.

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Also, if you are also not aware, that this unit PLAYS SUPER FAMICOM Games (out of country Super Nintendo games). Which in actuality is worth alot more than $50 as importing a Super Famicom would be a ton more.