Have you ever wanted to play your NES collection in 720p HD? Retro-bit has you covered with their newest console! Find out what we thought of the RES Plus here.
I’ve always been one of those people who wanted the original console to play my games. It just makes sense to me to have the original hardware to play the games as they were originally meant to be played. Over the years, finding original hardware gets more difficult and a lot pricier. Sure, you have things like the NES Classic Edition, but that’s more of a niche product for people who want a certain collection of games. What if you want to play your original NES cartridges? That’s where consoles like the RES Plus come into play and after spending some time with it, I don’t want to use anything else to play my NES games.
Thes RES Plus is a new console from Retro-bit designed to play original NES cartridges in 720p HD or SD. The original NES was only available in SD since it was made in the 1980s so it’s really nice to have this HD option to play your old carts. A lot of newer TVs don’t even have AV inputs so, including an HDMI port on this system was such a smart idea. The games are much clearer and more vibrant using HDMI while still retaining all the 8-bit charm you know and love. Including both AV inputs and an HDMI input ensures that people can play their games the way they want. I do have to note that while an HDMI cable is included, AV cables are not. So if you’re looking to play in SD, you’re going to have to provide your own cables.
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The RES Plus is a pretty simple console by anyone’s standards. It’s relatively tiny measuring about 6 inches by 5 inches. The original NES was 10 inches by 8 inches by comparison. The system also included air vents on the sides though I’ve never felt the console get warm in any way. There is a reset button and a sliding power button along with an LED indicator to tell you when the console is powered on. As for power, the console uses a micro-USB cable to AC Adapter much like how you would charge a mobile phone. The AC adapter and micro-USB cable are included in the box. The RES Plus has two controller ports just like the original NES and the controller connections are exactly the same. This means you can use your original NES controllers on this system or use the RES controllers on your NES. I love this feature and I’m glad that they decided to stay true to the original system as much as possible.
The RES Plus has two controller ports just like the original NES and the controller connections are exactly the same. This means you can use your original NES controllers on this system or use the RES controllers on your NES. I love this feature and I’m glad that they decided to stay true to the original system as much as possible. The console includes two controllers in the box and I really liked how the felt. They’re rectangular in shape like the original NES controller, however, the A and B buttons are staggered instead of lined up and the Start and Select buttons are a little bit higher. I actually like these controllers better than the originals and including two is great with the number of multiplayer games in the NES library. Oh yeah, the controller cables are 6 feet long so they actually have a good chance of reaching your couch, unlike those pesky NES Classic Edition controllers.
Now that we’ve talked about how it looks, let’s talk about how it works. It works very well. I tried a handful of NES games and each one loaded without a single issue. You put the game in, slide the Power button to the on position and the game loads. I didn’t have to wiggle the game, I didn’t have to blow in the game, I didn’t have to do anything different. It works as advertised. The games look and play phenomenally on this console and I think I’ll be using the RES Plus for all my NES gaming. I will say that this is strictly for your NES cartridges. This console doesn’t do save states and it doesn’t play any ROMs. Famicom games also won’t fit in this console either unless you can find some type of adapter.
The only issue I had with this console was that the games fit in so snuggly that they’re hard to get out the first little while. As I started to use it more, it became easier to get the games out, but it can be pretty scary at first. I don’t really see this as a fault, though. This is something that I’m sure helps it play the games more effectively than if the games were loose.
At $39.99 US, the RES Plus from Retro-bit is an absolute must-buy for any NES player. It plays your original cartridges, can use original controllers, and can play games in 720p. There isn’t much more you can ask for and there aren’t many comparable products in this price range out there. I loved my time with this console and I’m going to be using it long after this review is complete. I recommend the RES Plus to anyone who likes retro-gaming.
*A review unit of this product was sent to FYIG by Retro-bit for review purposes*