Term used to refer to the late-model NES
. Games are inserted into the top and stick out from it, similar to a SNES
. Contrast this with the original side loader model, where the games did not stick out and were covered by an opening/closing flap. Also adopted a different controller style from the side-loading NES, the shape of which earned it the nickname "dog bone"; this controller is widely considered inferior to the previous square controller. Top loaders can be easily found on eBay
at somewhat exorbitant prices.
Top loaders are fine and all, but nothing says "Nintendo" like that chunky old side loader.