|NINTENDO NES-101 ORIGINAL TOP LOADER CONTROL DECK (BRAND NEW) Dog Bone 95 Gold|
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Erie, PA, USA
|NINTENDO TOP LOADER NES CONSOLE SYSTEM W/HOOKUPS BUNDLE MARIO 1 2 3 CONTROLLER|
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Lemont, IL, USA
|Nintendo NES-101 White Console (NTSC) Top Loader (Tested)|
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Roseburg, OR, USA
|The Nintendo Top Loading loads all the game cartridges thru the top loader due to which the faulty locking mechanisms are eliminated. The 7-pin controller connector of this NES White is backward compatible, so simply plug in all your old gaming accessories Â– even the Super Loader gun. This Nintendo gaming console plays all the US NES 8-bit Nintendo games; while the Nintendo Top Loading's slow and turbo functions presents nearly all genres of games. The AC adapter supplied with this NES White helps in consistent and stable electrical supply; while the AV cable lets you connect to your television and other system. Being extremely user-friendly, this Nintendo gaming console suits all age groups.|
|Product Name||Nintendo NES-101|
|Product Line||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Power & Battery|
|Power Source Types||Power Adapter - external|
Average review score based on 12 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I have been getting back into classic NES gaming and of course, the more I've been using my NES the more I've been frustrated by white screens, flashing screens and system lock-ups. I had heard that these issues don't generally exist on the NES-101 (top loader) so I bought one. All the games load up instantly and I have yet to see a white screen or a flashing screen. However, there is one draw back to this system. Read on.
The NES was based on Nintendo's Famicom system (released only in parts of Asia). For the North American release, there were fears that the video game crash of 1983 would hurt sales of the NES. So the system was designed as an entertainment system that could sit side by side with other A/V components. Thus the front loading system which resembled a videocassette player was developed. The NES even has composite A/V jacks which at the time were revolutionary for a video game system. The result of all this (and other strategies) lead to the most successful video game system in history.
However, there were some limitations and design flaws that created aggravation with NES owners.
First was the 10NES chip, a security lock-out chip that prevented unauthorized titles from running on the NES. If the game cartridge and the 10NES chip didn't successfully establish a security handshake, the 10NES would reset the system. This would be the infamous flashing screen.
Second was the design of the cartridge connector. This is basically a U-shaped adapter that connects the top of the NES to the bottom of the NES where the system board is. The insertion of a cartridge, and then depressing of the cartridge put unnecessary strain on the adapters' pins. After a few years of use, or if a game was stored in the system, these pins could end up flattened in such a way that proper contact between a game and itself would not be possible.
The NES-101 (or top loader) was released in 1993 and addressed both of those issues, but introduced a new issue.
First, it got rid of the 10NES lock out chip. This was done to cut costs and most publishers had moved on to the SNES. (although games were developed for the NES all the way up to 1995)
Second, while the NES looked nice next the other AV equipment, it was large and had a lot of extra empty room inside. The NES-101 got rid of all that extra space (and the original U-shaped cartridge connector) and made the system top loading.
Those two changes allowed the NES-101 to play any NES game whether it's licensed, unlicensed or dirty.
But, with the reduction in size and cost savings measures they also got rid of the composite A/V connectors. This means that the system is limited to an RF connection. While this okay, they also skimped on parts and shielding. The resulting video has faint vertical lines across the screen.
There are a small number of NES-101's in circulation that have the SNES/N64/Gamecube style AV connector port. The only NES-101 systems to receive this port were systems that customers sent in during the warranty phase with complaints of poor video.
What to do?
For the NES one can cut a pin on the system board to disable the 10NES chip. One can bend back flattened pins on the Cartridge connector (or buy a replacement connector). One could also disassemble the actual NES cartridges and clean the contacts.
For an NES-101 one can solder on AV ports.
This is a catch-22 for one that would like to retain the equipment in an original state and play the games.
The NES-101 is a MUST HAVE for any Nintendo fan. For so many reasons, too many to even list, so I'll choose my favorite reason:
My #1 reason for loving my purchase of a NES-101 is because there's no need to try and try to get the games to load correctly, and you won't get a frozen game halfway through playing, or glitchy screen. No more need to try and do the old trick where you stick a game on top to hold the game down on the older system, and no need to constantly use the trick of loading with a game genie to get the games to load. Pop the game in, flip the switch, and 99% of the time, the games load perfectly. If they don't, pull it out, pop back in, and it does the second time, every time, as opposed to spending 5 minutes on the regular system sometimes.
You pop a game in, turn it on, and it works. Pretty much how you've always wanted your Nintendo to do your entire life.
Ah, the NES-101. This bad boy was released into the market of America and Japan in '93. It never sold that well and died the following year. Sadly, this was never released in Europe, which is a real shame: as this is the real deal.
The overall design of the NES Top Loader is far smaller than it's big brother. This is a really good step forward, especially if you are tight on space. It fits on your shelf nicely. It has an aesthetically presentable design, and is ensured to look good on your shelf... Or anywhere really.
Now, this thing is the real deal because it lacks the accursed 10 NES chip. What does this mean? It means you can enjoy both NTSC and PAL games, hassle free. So don't go modding your original NES just yet. Look into investing in this thing. Sadly, it doesn't play Famicom games, so you'll have to get the AV Famicom for that, or a 72-pin to 60-pin connector which are extremely hard to find and cost a bomb. It isn't worth the hassle really.
The only downfall I can think of for this is one word: RF. The NES-101 doesn't support AV output, so unless your TV has RF output then you're screwed. I hear however that some NES-101s came with AV output, so if you look hard enough you'll be able to enjoy the better sound and video quality, however for a slightly higher price.
If you're a European user and you are interested in buying this, trust me: you're gonna have to fork out extra money for this thing to work on your TV, unless it supports NTSC. I just cannot seem to get anything from any channel, even manually tuning it. The only thing I can suggest is to try a modulator or get it modded for AV, and try that. I really can't suggest much at the moment, since I haven't tried it.
Overall, it's a nifty console that's well worth your money. I recommend it to any retro game collector: so you'll be able to enjoy those PAL/NTSC exclusives, it takes up less space compared to it's big brother, and you'll enjoy many hours of nostalgia.
Put away the Rubbing Alcohol and Q-Tips. Don't bother with the hassle of changing your 72-pin. Ditch the old grey box and get a Top Loader! A must have for any NES enthusiast. A thousand times more reliable than the original Nintendo Entertainment System, The NES Top Loader improved on nearly every single aspect of it's predecessor inside and out. Oh, and it plays All NES games including PAL versions and European games.
The NES Top Loading system is a good investment, especially if a person has a NES system that doesn't work or has no NES system at all and wants one. The reason I purchased one was because the original style NES system that I had was not working properly, and I was tired of messing with it everytime I wanted to play it. I knew of the top loading system and of the fact that it didn't have that "blinking problem" with games that the original NES system had. The top load system works consistently with no "blinking problems," and I would recommend it to anyone.