I can’t argue with the sentiment of bringing all mighty 80s joy once more…
From The Verge:
Today the company announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.)
In addition to HDMI support and a lack of cartridges, the new mini-console also features one useful modern convenience: multiple suspend points, so that you won’t have to fumble around with passwords when you start playing a game again. The NES Classic Edition will be available on November 11th for $59.99.
Here’s the complete list of games:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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
I must say that I got excited when I first heard of this. My joy dwindled a bit when I learned that this will not accept the classic NES cartridges. It’s 30 built-in games only – the slot panel is just for show. Basically, it’s an NES emulator in a box that’s made to look like the original NES console (only much smaller). In my opinion, it could have been made a bit better by including or offering a Zapper with the Duck Hunt game as well. It’s been proven that the Zapper tech can be made to work with today’s HD TVs. Including the Game Genie option could have been nice as well for those who like cheating a bit. It’s not all that bad though: there’s very good games in this package with a reasonable price and high nostalgia value.
In the end, is it worth it versus a PC emulator? If you’re a cheapskate, no, as you can source an emulator and nearly all the NES games for *cough* free. Even if most people see this “new” retro console as being a marketing ploy to get you out of your hard earned dollars, I personally think it’s a nice throwback by Nintendo that many Gen X (and early Gen Y) now grown-up kids will enjoy. Again, it’s not perfect, and I dearly hope that Nintendo will include a possibility to upgrade/update this console with more games and accessories. If that becomes the case, I’ll probably be in line to buy one come November 11th!