Review by hylianarmy
"A tad difficult to obtain these days, but well worth the effort. (NES 2 review)"
The NES Model 2, which was released in the US in 1993, was a redesign of the classic NES, and addressed many of the original system's flaws. This version of the classic 8-Bit console was introduced to the market as an inexpensive alternative Nintendo's newer, 16-Bit console, the Super Nintendo. But, because technology had moved forward with leaps and bounds, and everyone's attention was focused towards the future of gaming, this version saw a limited production run, and was quickly phased out. In this review, I will explain the strengths and weaknesses this version of the system has in comparison to its more common, front-loading counterpart.
Looking more like a Super Nintendo than the system the hardware it is based off of, the Model 2 is much smaller and lighter than the original hardware. Keeping the original system's color scheme of greys and red, this version loads the games into the top of the unit, as opposed to the front.
The front-loader had the user push the game cartridge into the unit, then push it down. This pushing applied undesired pressure on the contacts, bending them out of shape and weakening the connection. Eventually, the contacts wouldn't connect the game to the system, and the result would be the ire of many a gamer- the flashing screen. The Model 2 eliminates the entire front-loading idea for a more practical, top-loading format, effectively eliminating a major flaw. The only two major differences between the two models, otherwise, is the fact that the original model had Audio/Video jacks and the 10-NES lockout chip; the Model 2 has neither, which means you are forced to use a RF adapter if you want to play, but you could play any game that was developed for it.
As this version of the system uses the exact same hardware the original version does, there's nothing new about it. So, there's not much to say here.
Since this version can play every game in the NES library, and not have to worry about the connector dying out on you, giving the Model 2 a 9/10 feels justified here. Now you can play Super Mario Bros. or Mega Man as long as you like!
When this was released in 1993, it went for a cool $49.99. But, because of the limited production run, not very many of these were sold. Today, if you were to go look for one, expect to look for a long time, and expect a hefty price tag: often 2.5 to 7 times the original cost.
The Model 2 was an excellent end to the third generation of gaming. If you have the patience and the cash to burn, I would highly recommend buying this version of the beloved NES. It certainly won't disappoint you, and I would know; I have one.
Review written by Carrick Puckett, aka hylianarmy for GameFAQs on June 22, 2009.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/23/09
Game Release: Nintendo Entertainment System (Version 2 top loader) (US, 10/15/93)
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