Over 30 years ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2018, it’s re-releasing a miniature, digital version of the classic console: the NES Classic Edition!
The adorable little box is reminiscent of the original NES from 1985, but it’s far smaller – as seen above, it fits in the palm of your hand.
The NES Classic Edition originally launched in late 2016, quickly selling out and becoming a hot commodity. Nintendo discontinued the console a few months later, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere. The good news is that Nintendo is re-releasing the NES Classic Edition on June 29!
Here’s everything we know about it:
First thing’s first: The NES Classic Edition is SMALL.
Despite the looks, you can’t use classic NES cartridges with it.
Instead, it comes with a selection of 30 games, built into the hardware itself.
Which games, you ask? Some of Nintendo’s best! Thirty in total — here are the first 15:
• “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”
And here are the final 15:
• “Kirby’s Adventure” • “Mario Bros.” • “Mega Man 2” • “Metroid” • “Ninja Gaiden” • “Pac-Man” • “Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream” • “StarTropics” • “Super C” • “Super Mario Bros.” • “Super Mario Bros. 2” • “Super Mario Bros. 3” • “Tecmo Bowl” • “The Legend of Zelda” • “Zelda II: The Adventure of Link”
Sadly, you won’t be able to use your original NES gamepads with it.
BUT the NES Classic Edition comes with a new version of the classic gamepad you’re used to. It looks and feels the same as the original.
If you absolutely need a second gamepad, Nintendo’s selling them separately for $US10 apiece.
BONUS: Since the new versions of the classic NES gamepad use plugs from the original Wii/Wii U, you can use it with those systems to play classic games as well.
Beyond just giving you a bunch of classic NES games in one place, the NES Classic Edition adds “suspend points.”
No more leaving the old NES running at the pause screen when you’ve gotta go to the beach — simply suspend the game wherever you are.
There are up to four save slots per game, and it looks as though the way you access them is by pushing the reset button on the console itself.
That’s not all! Since these are digital re-creations of the original games, Nintendo’s able to do some funky stuff on a system level. You can play games in their original 4:3 resolution.
Or you can play them in CRT Mode, which emulates the kind of screen you’d encounter in an arcade.
The NES Classic Edition is getting re-released on June 29 in this sweet, retro-style box.
Best of all, Nintendo’s releasing the NES Classic Edition for the impulse-buyable price of $US60.
Nintendo says the NES Classic Edition is once again a limited edition console — it will be available through the end of 2018. Check out the NES Classic Edition in action right here:
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