Without question the last few years have turned into a love letter for those of us who yearn for what was the 1980s. Nostalgia is running wild and doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing in the near future. So with that, enter: the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) Classic Edition.
Yes, that’s right, Nintendo is going to mooch off of everyone (like myself) who are starving to rekindle how they felt as a child growing up in the 80s (Sorry Millennials, too bad!!) The system will be a smaller replica of the original NES, but in this case it will hold 30 games built into the system– So no need to blow on any cartridges. Additionally, along with HDMI connectivity to your modern TVs, it will have multiple suspend points that eliminates the need for passwords!!
Here’s an additional photo released by Nintendo that shows up close what the unit will look like:
As far as the cost? Well, Nintendo wants $59.00, and that includes the system, the games, an AC adapter, and one NES controller (that’s not wireless). And speaking of the games, here’s the complete list: 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 Ghoblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, 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 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Lastly, I think the main gripe with this idea is that you’re stuck with that set list of games with no way to download or add anymore. If Nintendo really wanted to turn heads, they’d have come up with a way to allow for future downloads, or honestly, why not include the cartridge mechanism as well? Kind of a missed opportunity because many people I’ve talked to actually miss the aesthetic experience of blowing into a cartridge, and putting the game into place prior to pressing the power on button. Regardless, at least it’s something, and it’ll be interesting to see if Nintendo makes a good buck off of this trip down memory lane! Nuff said.