In my youth, my most prized possession was a Super Nintendo game console, from Nintendo! I loved that game system, and I still have it to this very day! As a matter of fact, it was that system that got me REALLY interested in video games! I had other systems, but for me, the Super Nintendo was just downright magical!
As the years passed, I eventually unhooked my old game systems, set them lovingly in a box and tucked them away in a closet. Unfortunately, combined with the hugeness of modern-day game systems, and my limited space, I just didn’t have the room to keep them all hooked up! Which was a shame, but the newer systems helped ease the pain.
However, while browsing through Amazon, I stumbled across a little thing called the FC Twin. It played BOTH Super Nintendo games and regular NES titles as well! My heart skipped a beat! Then I saw the price! Less than 40 dollars! All the memories of staying up to the brink of dawn during super mario world marathons came flooding back! I couldn’t resist!
When the game console arrived, I seriously think I might have danced a little jig. After my little jig, I tore through the packaging in a manner befitting the Tasmanian devil, and whipped out the system!
First thing I noticed was that the system is light! I mean really light! I am pretty sure, that most super Nintendo game carts weigh more than the FC Twin! To me, this was a bonus! Yes, that means that the casing of the system can’t be too thick, and not very protective, however I have no plans to throw this system across the room, and I have no children who might mistake it trampoline.
The next thing I noticed, was that it was really small! Which meant I could easily find room around my TV to place it. It’s width is just a little wider than a game cartridge and about as long as a DVD case. Which is amazing since this is essentially 2 game consoles in one! You can seriously just fit it anywhere!
Next the controllers, I wasn’t quite fond of those! They just lacked the feel of the original SNES game pads. They have the same design, and same button positioning, but not the same feel! Also, they were super light, and I personally prefer to have the game pad resting firmly in my grips, not floating atop the flesh of my palms. Still, since the FC Twin uses the same controller connector as the SNES, you can easily switch it out for a SNES controller. Win/Win.
Speaking of it using the same ports as the SNES! This is good and bad, it’s good in the fact that you can use your favorite 16-bit SNES game pad to play your games, however it’s bad in that you can only use your favorite SNES game pads! Unless you are forgetting, this piece of gaming marvel also plays standard 8-Bit NES games, however the NES and SNES had very different ports. Translation: You can’t use 8-bit NES controllers on your FC-Twin. This means, games that required special controllers, are non-playable. Games like Duck Hunt or any other light zapper title. It also means, if you really were looking forward to playing some of your favorite NES games using the Nintendo Power Glove, then tough titties!
Anyway! Game consoles all hooked up, all ports on my Mad Catz AV Sitch box hub are now filled, and it’s time to play some games! The first thing I noticed when I popped in a SNES game was that it was kind of a tight fit! I had to push a little harder than I would have liked, but that will loosen over time I imagine. Next thing I noticed was the familiar sense of Deja vu, when I had to pull the cart out and blow on it. Then again, and again and again. Then I realised that these games have probably been sitting in a box for 15 years or longer, so I just broke out the Q-tips and rubbing alcohol and gave it a good cleaning, and after letting it dry for awhile, popped it in the system, and it worked like a charm!
The colors were amazing and gorgeous, and it was everything I remembered it to be. I swear to god, if I was a little bitch, I probably would have shed a tear! However, I am not, so I didn’t!
Over-all, the system is fantastic! Definitely worth the price tag! Now, the system comes in various models and colors, obviously I picked the Black model, however there’s different colors, and some that even play SNES, NES and Genesis games! I however avoided that one, since I have heard tales of that particular model not functioning that well. This version however? Works like a charm, at least for now! If or when it ever breaks down, I will post about it!
Another thing to keep in mind, is that this system doesn’t play all NES and SNES games, but it does play most. If a game used a special chip, odds are, it won’t run on the FC Twin. Therefor, games like Super Mario RPG aren’t playable. There’s a list of games that won’t run, so I urge you to read through those before making a purchase.