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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™



Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™

Donkey Kong™

Donkey Kong Jr. ™


Dr. Mario™






Ice Climber™

Kid Icarus™

Kirby’s Adventure™

Mario Bros. ™





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™

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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Posted: 07/14/16, 16:14:52    
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Oh yeah so what is the deal with the controllers?

What else do we know? Will it have it's own boot menu? 1080p? Save states?

Do we know anything else?

Edit: Missed the end of the OP apparently.

But what of the technical specs? Is the controller smaller?

Posted by 
 on: 07/14/16, 23:07:11  - Edited by 
 on: 07/15/16, 00:17:31
@TriforceBunAs far as I know, there isn't anything legally dubious at all about the Retron machines.

The most recent, the Retron 5, plays NES, Famicon, SNES, Genesis, GB, GBC, and GBA games. It has internal memory to save to the machine, an HDMI connection, a (really crappy) blue tooth controller, and two ports each for original NES, SNES, and Genesis controllers (which I'd highly recommend over using the one that came with the Retron). There's also an SD card for importing updates to the system, which I've never used. I suppose it could also be used for hacks and other dubious uses, but I'm pretty ignorant as to how any of that works.

The list price is $160 and you can get it at Amazon and many game stores. I've been having a blast playing the GBA version of FF IV (II) on the big screen.

EDIT: They dropped the list price since I bought mine.

Posted by 
 on: 07/14/16, 23:17:06  - Edited by 
 on: 07/14/16, 23:29:43

Thanks for the info. I'm still curious about how having a machine that plays NES, SNES etc carts can possibly be in the clear, legally speaking.

Posted by 
 on: 07/14/16, 23:22:03
I'd be a bit cautious on this device also, seeing as I don't think the NES emulation on the Wii U is really that good at all. Pretty blurry, dark, and a bit laggy if you're apt to notice that stuff.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 00:19:33
I'm torn. It looks so cool, but everything I'd want on that list, I already have on Wii U and/or 3DS.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 00:32:02
GameDadGrant said:
And WHY FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD can Konami NOT re-release the original NES Contra? The last time that was made available for a "modern" system was as an unlockable in Contra 4. I have no idea why it's not on VC...or even this new compilation system. What gives?

Glad I'm not the only one wondering this. Not that Super C is a bad game (in fact, it's great), but I really don't get why the original NES Contra doesn't see a rerelease anywhere. It doesn't make sense, as the arcade Contra is available on Xbox Live Arcade and the Konami arcade collection for DS, and later Contra games such as Super C and Contra III are on the Virtual Console. For that matter, I wish Hard Corps could get rereleased as well; that still has never been ported or officially emulated on any system outside the Genesis

I still think this NES Classic Edition is super cool though, and I am extremely tempted to get it. I already own about half of the games in it, but this would be a nice thing to own for my collection. I hope the emulation is top-quality, and lives up to Nintendo's previous standards.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 00:37:43
DeputyVanHalen said:
I'm torn. It looks so cool, but everything I'd want on that list, I already have on NES.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 01:06:54

The Retcon is in the clear - legally - because the patent for the hardware for those systems has expired. Nintendo and SEGA haven't bothered to renew them because...well, why would they? Those companies aren't selling the hardware anymore, nor the cartridges. Paying to renew those patents all the time would be a money pit. I suspect they actually make more money off of digital sales....and of course by selling their new hardware.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 01:29:52
This thing looks spectacular. It'll be a great little Christmas gift for me. I love all things mini!

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 01:47:18
I'll buy it

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 02:40:37
I'm in. There's a handful of games I would love to play and there are a handful I'd love to own in a cute box like this. I have a couple on Virtual Console but this will be good for my nephews too when they come over and it doesn't need to be near my Wii U or NX. My mom is already considering this for them when they come over her house.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 03:39:56
It's not a bad deal if you're pretty casual about your NES gaming. It's kind of the video game equivalent of a greatest hits package - hardcore fans will already have this material, but it serves a good purpose for casual fans. And Nintendo wisely brought in plenty of key 3rd party games.

But I'm one of those hardcore NES fans. I won't need it because I have almost all of those games in one form or another. Some multiple times.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 04:16:11  - Edited by 
 on: 07/15/16, 04:18:10
Wtf even my sister linked me this and even asked for it for Xmas. She's shown zero interest in videogames since we played Wii Tennis for a few mins in 2006 and Street Fighter 2 SNES like 2 decades ago!

She said it looks cute and that she'd play it!
Even cooler is I was thinking of getting it for her daughter (my niece obviously!) for Xmas. And STILL cooler is she's gonna be the exact age I was when my parents got us the NES (3)! It's like history is repeating itself!

Haha I'm pretty blown away she mentioned it and asked for it. That's so cool to me haha.

I hope it sells well. What kind of release will it be??

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 06:50:04  - Edited by 
 on: 07/15/16, 07:28:37
Nice lineup of games there! It's a really cool product for the price and should be a hit. I already see a lot of Facebook friends excited about it.

I'm good though. I've already got my Shield TV loaded up with emulators.

Posted by 
 on: 07/15/16, 23:49:24
Supposedly these retro controllers will also work with your WiiU by plugging them into a Wiimote.

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 00:15:26
My pre-order is guaranteed. The possibility of some really good games, preserved on a new format, in a nice small package that I can share with my small kids, means this is a day one get for me. I've plugged in my NES to my HDTV with an RF adapter, and I can tell you, the results were plyable, but not great. I, for one, welcome our mini retro overlords.

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 07:49:45
Would you guys buy a Mini SNES, or Mini N64, etc?

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 13:51:56

Heck yes! I would buy a mini anything.

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 17:41:47
SNES, defintiely. N64 without Rare's games would be a pretty tough sell for me, since there aren't too many other N64 games that I'm a big fan of and I'd much rather play the 3DS versions of the N64 Zelda games over the originals.

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 19:47:38
I'd be super excited for a mini Super NES, especially if the selection of third-party games is good. I'd hope it has stuff like Chrono Trigger, which I've never played before. Since this mini NES has Final Fantasy, it's not too out of the realm of possibility for more Square/Enix games to be in a mini SNES. As for a mini N64, I'd be interested. I'm not the biggest Rare fan, but it would be a big blow to not be able to feature any of their N64 games in it (outside of maybe Donkey Kong 64, which Nintendo has free reign to rerelease if the Wii U VC release is any indication). Maybe they could get other third-party FPSes as an alternative, like the Turok games or Quake II (whose N64 version I've heard is a completely original game, and is supposed to be really good)? Or Doom 64 My biggest hope would be for Mischief Makers, personally.

Posted by 
 on: 07/16/16, 22:31:20  - Edited by 
 on: 07/16/16, 22:33:36
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