“Sorry I’m late, I was playing Donkey Kong.”
Nintendo is bringing back the NES — only a little smaller.
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.
Nintendo is already having itself quite a week or two thanks to Pokémon Go (it owns part of The Pokémon Company), and now it’s got the, um, less young gamers out there buzzing about a throwback to what is perhaps the most recognizable and beloved video game console of all time.
Honestly, I would probably take a serious look at this even if it had just a couple of Mario Bros. games and Galaga for the same price. As a young road comic who traveled all the time I managed to stay endlessly entertained by Mario Bros. on a first-gen Gameboy. The console stuff was always like a dream to me when I could finally get to it.
Here’s the complete list of games:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Hit me up in December and we’ll compare high scores.