A few days after I ordered my 7800, I received a notice from my post office that a package had arrived for me. I managed to get there just before they closed and picked up my 7800. I had ordered one with an AV mod. Originally, these came with RF modulators that you could set to either channel 3 or 4. A better solution for today’s TV’s is to have the system modified to do either S-video or composite output; mine was modified for composite output. Even with an AV mod, these are not the greatest with modern HD TV’s as they have many less lines of resolution. Fortunately, I still had a non HD LCD TV to use with my 7800.
With my 7800, was the four or five games that I had ordered with it. After hooking up the 7800 to my TV, I put in Donkey Kong and was amazed. Sound is a weak point on the 7800 (I will explain why in the future), but the graphics are amazing (for a machine designed in the mid eighties). In fact, one of the strong points of the 7800 is that it was designed to bring the arcade experience home. There are some amazing ports of arcade classics such as Centipede, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Joust, and Ms. Pac-man. The experience was all that I hoped for…all you need to do is put a cartridge in and start playing. Even for the games where you need the manual, they usually only take a few minutes to read. The 7800 definitely looked like it was a good choice and more great games were still in the mail!