This is the coolest thing Nintendo has done in a while in regards to hardware. Today Nintendo surprised the retro gaming community by announcing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe), a “new” version of its legendary NES hardware which will cost $59.99 in the US. Is this a bit much? Maybe, the fact that you can’t add any new games digitally kind of makes this a non purchase for myself. Plenty of other people may love this classic little package as is though.
This new Mini NES system connects to your TV via HDMI and even comes with that classic NES pad, which can also be used with your Wii or Wii U. You can also use a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro on the system for two-player action, but the new NES pad will be sold separately for $9.99 as well.
Sadly you can’t use your original NES carts with the console, which makes sense since that hardware is almost 32 years old. According to the official PR, there’s no power supply in the box with the European version – you get the USB cable but you’ll need to source a USB power block.
COO Reggie Fils-Aime President of Nintendo of America said the following:
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. 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.
The console arrives on the 11th November and will come with 30 pre-loaded titles:
- 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