’80s Nintendo Makes A Surprising Comeback With NES Classic Edition
If you were even a casual gamer in the late ’80s, there’s a good chance you spent countless hours on the Nintendo Entertainment System. An important breakthrough in home gaming, the NES may seem primitive by today’s standards, but the system’s games are still remarkably playable—and not just for nostalgic reasons. Even if your NES ran out of gas decades ago, there are plenty of other ways to play those classic games, including an impressively authentic new option from Nintendo.
Earlier today, the company announced the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, a new version of the classic console that connects to your TV via HDMI. Reasonably priced at $79.99, this system will be available on November 11. It comes with an NES controller (additional pads will set you back $12.99), which can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii. Gaming-wise, it has 30 built-in titles, including canonical classics The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and the original Super Mario Bros. trilogy.
While this system looks just like the real thing, it’s far more compact, so you won’t be able to put those old NES cartridges to use. Still, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime believes this is a great way to sample the classic Nintendo experience. “We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” he said. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”
Keeping things old-school, here’s retro cover art for all 30 available games.