Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition Coming This Fall

Gotta get Back in Time.

Nintendo of Canada has announced that they are entering the plug ‘n play market this year with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

NES-Classic-1Similar in appearance to the original Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in North America in 1985, this collector’s edition replica is smaller in size and can hook up to televisions sporting an HDMI connection (via an included cable, of course). What’s more, the included NES Classic Controller can be connected to the Wii Remote to play Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U with an even greater air of authenticity than ever before — unless you’re one of those who did the soldering work to use an actual NES controller, that is. In which case, good news! The Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro both work with the NES Classic Edition as well, so maybe your custom job will, too.

Incidentally, for those of you (like me) who get a little nervous near open flames that require goggles, additional NES Classic Controllers will be sold separately for a price of $12.99.

Now, I know what you’re saying: “That’s great and all (and it is), but what about the games?”

A whopping 30 games are being included in the NES Classic Edition, no blowing required. And yeah, some plug ‘n play consoles offer more, but those are often padded out with junk games just to inflate the number. Meanwhile, this list here is pretty solid:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C (Well played, Konami; this is the only way you’re getting me to buy Super C without having Contra available as well, you jerks)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

NESClassicEdition_box_artSeveral of those are favorites of mine (including pretty much anything with a “2/II” in it), so I’m pleased as punch. And while there are some curious omissions (the aforementioned Contra, Mega Man 3, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse), it appears that some of these games aren’t available on the Wii U in North America, including Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Final Fantasy, Ice Climber, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, and Tecmo Bowl. (Those games have all appeared on the Wii or Nintendo 3DS Virtual Consoles at some point or another, however.)

Oh, and if you’re worried about some of these games being a little too tough or time intensive for a single playing session (there’s a reason people call it “NES hard”), no need to worry — “if you ever need to step away from the NES Classic Edition in the middle of a tough level (or take a break to call one of Nintendo’s helpful Game Counselors*), don’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress,” notes the press release. “Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed.”

(“*Please only call if you have indeed entered a time machine. The Game Counselor program no longer exists in 2016.”)

All this will be available on November 11th, 2016 for a price of $79.99 (versus the $59.99 of the States). To download these titles individually would cost you $150, and that’s not including tax nor the cost of the console needed to play them, so it’s a pretty good deal.

“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,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in the press release. “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.”

Now then, Nintendo, I seem to recall you also had a little something called the Super Nintendo Entertainment System?

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.