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Nintendo seems to be in the news a lot these days, between Pokémon GO becoming the massive hit it is, filmmakers looking to make a Pokémon movie, and Pokémon Sun and Moon set to release later this year… well, it all seems to be Pokémon, huh? Well, Nintendo is looking to take you to a time before Pokécraze hit the U.S., when the lords of gaming were names like Mario, Pac-Man, and Zelda, controllers only had a few buttons, and our consoles were limited to 8-bit processors that wouldn’t even stack up to a modern calculator in terms of power. But that was alright, because game-play was king, and Nintendo set themselves firmly on top of the mountain.

The NES Classic Edition, as it is dubbed by the folks at Nintendo, is a miniature recreation of the original Nintendo Entertainment System in terms of visual appearance. The interior is likely very different, and there are a notable key differences. First, and most importantly, while it has not been officially confirmed or denied, it is more than likely that the console will be unable to play any cartridges; if you start an eBay hunt for a copy of Metroid, you might be in for a bad time later this year. Secondly, while the controller is intended to look like the original, the port is actually the same port for the Wii and Wii U, meaning that it will work for those consoles as well as a standard  Classic Controller. Third, because it is a modern release, the console will have HDMI output rather than A/V composite or the abysmal RF.

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Nintendo has already confirmed that the system will come with thirty classic games pre-installed onto the hardware. It has not been mentioned whether the system will have support to download and install more games later like their Virtual Console service. The thirty confirmed games are as follows:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The NES Classic Edition is set to release on November 11th (just in time to confuse the heck out of the younger kids during the holiday season) with a retail price of $59.99, which is the price of one modern AAA release. You might be better of reliving Super Mario and TECMO Bowl this year!

Via Business Wire

Category: Videogames

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