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NES Classic Edition launching November 11.
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July 14, 2016, 16:14:52
 
So a new mini-NES is on the way from Nintendo, and it includes 30 games. Read on...

Nintendo of America said:
If you see a Nintendo Entertainment System on store shelves this holiday shopping season, you haven’t entered a time machine. (Unless everyone around you is wearing acid-washed jeans and neon leg warmers. If that’s the case, you may have unknowingly walked through a rift in the space-time continuum.) The most likely scenario is you are setting eyes on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, launching in stores on Nov. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. That’s right: The NES is back! But this isn’t the same NES that you fondly remember. This new nostalgia-fueled system is a near-identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and plugs directly into your high-definition TV using an included HDMI cable. The console comes complete with 30 NES games built in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure.

“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,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “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 system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which is patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller. But you really just want to know the full list of 30 games, right? Feast your eyes on the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system:

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™

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™

There’s a little something for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing. Each is sure to bring back memories and produce plenty of new ones. You can even enjoy playing several of these games with two players by attaching a second NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used (each sold separately).

When connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. Playing these retro games using a retro controller makes the experience that much more authentic. And if you ever need to step away from the NES Classic Edition in the middle of a tough level (or take a break to call one of Nintendo’s helpful Game Counselors*), don’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress. Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed.

What’s old is new again with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Relive past glories. Finish off that boss you never beat. Save the galaxy and rescue the princess!

*Please only call if you have indeed entered a time machine. The Game Counselor program no longer exists in 2016.
So what do y'all think? Looks pretty cool to me...

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@ploot

Agreed. I was really hoping to get it for Christmas and I am expecting not to. I think this is an utter failure. Honestly, I still don't get why Nintendo won't just let us pre-order things like this through their own Club Nintendo shop. I guess the big reason would be 'pissed retailers' but man I would love to just shop direct with Nintendo on this stuff. Then they'd know the demand (for that anyway) and it would be easier for true fans of Nintendo to get a grasp on these things.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/16, 05:38:41
Well, I got mine, so nintendo's good in my books.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/16, 05:55:10
@Koovaps

How did you obtain yours? How much effort did you put in?


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/16, 06:18:30
@Mop it up
Amiibo were pretty risky, and it would have been hard to predict the demand for the Gamecube Smash Bros. adapter, but I agree that Nintendo should have foreseen demand for the NES Classic. They definitely cocked up the release. Maybe they ran into manufacturing issues?


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/16, 20:52:31



Posted by 
 on: 12/20/16, 04:22:12
@VofEscaflowne

In other words, leave now to wait in line.


Posted by 
 on: 12/20/16, 04:22:46
@DrFinkelstein

On the night it came out, my wife suggested we head over to the local Walmart, so we did. Got there about 11:15. There was a group of two ahead of us. The Walmart had six of them. No controllers. By midnight, even though we were told they only had six, nearly 25 people were waiting in line. So right place, right time, and not too long of a wait inside the store. Could have been worse.


Posted by 
 on: 12/20/16, 06:16:29
@Anand Plus, amiibo still sold millions and millions, so it was more that the demand for those things was just crazy. And Nintendo gradually did increasing the numbers when stocking new releases of them, as well as doing re-issues, since they had a better idea of demand then. I can see why they would be cautious with their more obscure characters, I would be too. In the case of the GCN adapter, I think part of the fuel for that was the reputation of being a limited item, which attracted collectors with no intention of using it. I'd guess that the number of people who actually wanted to use it, wasn't much larger than the original shipment.

So yeah, in both cases I agree.

In the case of NES Classic, I think I pondered this a few months ago, but I'm not so sure Nintendo want to make too many of these. They would prefer people buy the games on VC where they get more profit. I wouldn't even be surprised if, after the holidays, Nintendo make a statement like "Didn't get an NES Classic? Well those same games are available on the Virtual Console for Wii U and 3DS! (and soon NSwitch!)"


Posted by 
 on: 12/21/16, 22:56:06
Nintendo forced my hand - after never seeing one in a store or on their online counterparts including Amazon, I payed almost triple the price on eBay. However, after unboxing this one, it came with 660 games. Hmmm

Super Spike vball and battletoads never played so well. The wife and I plan on playing Chip and Dale rescue rangers for the first time in over 25 years tonight.

Why pay so much on eBay for the 30 games? it's the same price with 90% of the NES library loaded on it. Games like duck hunt not included for obvious reasons.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/17, 02:09:31
@Smerd

Nice find!

@Nintendo



Posted by 
 on: 04/09/17, 03:08:11
@Mop it up
Well, that's definitely true NOW, since people have hacked every NES game ever made (and more) onto it!

Getting that VC train going is probably pretty high on Nintendo's list of priorities.


Maybe.


Posted by 
 on: 04/12/17, 23:39:34  - Edited by 
 on: 04/12/17, 23:40:05
My local GameStop had one of these in stock today when I went in today. They don't get a lot of inventory, but they just happened to have (at least) one in stock.


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 on: 04/13/17, 03:52:04
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