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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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Some 3rd party will sell cord extenders, but man what a pain.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 02:55:04
Oh ouch, you need to hit the reset button in order to do save states or switch games. I won't even be far from it and think it's silly. Why didn't they do a hit a start and select to bring up the menu kinda thing?

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 03:38:34
I know they want to keep this on the cheap, but it's a bit of a pity that there isn't a version with wireless controllers and an option to buy other NES titles beyond the 30 included.

I still think it's going to be a pretty successful novelty item. I've already heard a few people in the real world, including my boss, who are excited to buy one. I probably will too, though I may not open it or use it.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 04:20:42
I'm buying 3, one for fun, one to keep in the box, one for a gift.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 09:53:27
ploot said:
The virtual instructions on the VC actually have a little animation of dipping it into the water. I was pretty impressed actually.
I assume they'll do the same here.

Oh! Neat. Yeah, they'll probably do the same since I'm *pretty* sure the games in this thing are literally going to be the Virtual Console ROMs.

I'm okay with this.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 16:11:21
GameXplain answered the manual thing!

Apparently the Manual tab at the top only brings up a QR code you can scan, which takes you to this page: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/clv/manuals/ (it's not ready yet)

On that page though, they will have fully-scanned manuals! Not as neat as having it in the NES itself (I'd guess the data usage would be huge), but still cool.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 17:16:40
I see people saying that demo units often have shorter cords.

Posted by 
 on: 10/01/16, 22:38:32
The emulator they're using makes these games look way better than they do on Wii U. Would love to get these visual upgrades but I'm pretty sure that won't happen anytime soon.

Posted by 
 on: 10/02/16, 20:17:28
I think the short cords may be because the controllers can also be used with a Wiimote as a Classic Controller. I believe the length of stuff like the Nunchuk and Classic Controller is also three feet. It would make sense to compensate for this by including a 10 or 12 foot HDMI cable, but I don't think they did.

Posted by 
 on: 10/03/16, 00:46:04
@Mop it up
Has anyone said anything about using this calssic controller plugged into a Wiimote that wirelessly connects to the NES classic console? I know connecting it to the Wiimote probably works with playing WiiU VC games but if it also works with the NES classic, that'd be super sweet.

Posted by 
 on: 10/03/16, 17:06:50

Oh, I thought it was a given that the Wiimote would add wireless functionality to the NES Classic. Perhaps I assumed too much.

And you know what they say about those that assume....

Posted by 
 on: 10/03/16, 17:30:03
Check out this short video comparing the upcoming release of the mini NES vs Wii U's VC. Three games are compared, head to head: Kirby, Super Mario Bros. 2 & SMB 3. I never released how shitty looking the games are on the VC! The colors are not nearly as bright and the sound is not as sharp. WTF?! Plus, on the new mini NES, you can choose between three different display options.

Edit: After watching the below video, I will no longer buy any VC NES titles. At $5 a pop, then realizing that the emulation quality is lacking in both visuals & sound, its pathetic how shitty these VC emulation really turned out. Thank God, I never rebought any of the Wii VC titles that I owned. Even though, they are only a dollar or more, depending on the console, now that Nintendo is releasing this mini NES, the truth is revealed on what a craptastic job Nintendo has put forth in their VC efforts.

Now, after all is said and done, I guess I'm in the minority, cause I have zero interest in buying this new mini NES system. I already own all the games I'm interested in playing. Hell, I don't have the time or interest in revisiting any of these titles. If I was interested, then I would just play one of the versions I already own. Even if someone wanted to buy this for me, as either an Xmas or Bday gift, I would tell them not to do so. There are plenty of other games, clothes, or whatever that I would prefer.

I look at this way, when was the last time I felt an itch to play any of these games? Its been a long time. If someone bought this for me, it would be a dust collector, just something else to clutter up my gaming area. Its not like I would suddenly feel this urge to play all these oldies. I'm actually surprised how everyone is losing their minds over all these old games. I mean, it would be different if we never really had access to them, other than on the original NES. Like, if the VC or emulation didn't exsist, then I could understand why everyone would be hyped. Seriously, I bet most people will try it out right away, maybe play a game or two and then never touch it again. Hell, I'm even into collecting Nintendo junk, and I still have ZERO interest.

Anyways, check out the video comparisons below. I guess this would be the best reason to own one of these, but seriously, think hard before blowing your hard earned money on this. Seriously, how many of these retro games have you really been wanting to play lately, especially before this mini NES was even introduced. Probably not many, if any at all. Most people are just falling for the hype, hearing how everyone else is excited, and thats how this crap sells. Just because John or Mary is getting one, then you have to have one as well. In the end, just like the Wii, Nintendo got millions of people to fall for the hype and just made 100's of millions of dollars for a bunch of plastic, with a few pieces of electronics added in, that most people will forget all about in a few months.

Posted by 
 on: 10/04/16, 07:18:45  - Edited by 
 on: 10/04/16, 07:30:05
Just in case anyone was still interested in the cord length...

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/16, 22:03:33
Wow, so even less than three feet. This might actually be the biggest issue with the system for me. It's gonna be strange having to either sit on the floor or having the system way out in the middle of the room like that. Might be best for the kids' room...?

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/16, 23:20:51
But what length is the HDMI cable it comes with? If it's ten feet then it wouldn't be much issue (for me anyway).

...Wait, does it come with an HDMI cable?

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/16, 23:24:49
@Mop it up

Like Mop it up mentioned, if the HDMI cord (that you plan to use) is hella long, you can have it plugged in from ANYWHERE to the TV, and the system itself would be within 3 feet of you. Thats my plan, anyways; I'm not sitting on a floor!

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/16, 23:42:13
@Mop it up
It does come with an HDMI cable. GameXplain has an unboxing video up now. I'd be shocked if it's more than 6 feet though. When/if I get one, I'll probably hook it up to my PC monitor, so the cord length won't be an issue for me.

If you need a longer HDMI cable, they're super cheap on sites like Amazon though.

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/16, 23:44:48  - Edited by 
 on: 11/02/16, 23:45:45
I dunno if anywhere in Vancouver is taking preorders but it doesn't sound likely as EB games has said it's "first come first served". Maybe I'll take a peek at Best Buy or something.

Assuming it's gonna be a crapshoot, me and my two bros are essentially gonna treat it as a system launch and line up early for it. We also get the day off work as it's Rememberance Day so that's nice. Is that the same as Memorial Day or whatever in the states? Do you guys get the 11th off? If it weren't a day off we'd have had to book the day off. We definitely want one (each??) of these!

Being a stat holiday, the EB opens at 11am so me and my bros will probably show up at 8, assuming we should be one of the, if not the first people in a line we don't know will even exist.

My sister apparently wants one (she's absolutely as casual as they come, she has barely breathed on any games since at least the SNES days, and that's being generous) so I hope I can score two, as unlikely as that may be.

Gonna be a fun day assuming we GET one, and lining up a few hours early works for us. I'd be fucking livid if we somehow got fucked out of one.

Posted by 
 on: 11/03/16, 00:47:04
The stores are all closed here on the 11th so I'll have to wait the next day unless if they release it a day early here which is probably not very likely. Assuming they even put it out that is... I don't think Walmart will be very occupied with taking this thing out on a Saturday, nor will I be able to even find an employee that gives a damn I'm sure

Posted by 
 on: 11/03/16, 04:03:49
I wish there was an option to pair a Wiimote to the NES classic and then just plug in the classic remote to the Wiimote. I guess that Bluetooth component for the system would cost too much.

Posted by 
 on: 11/03/16, 04:17:58
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