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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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I was sixth in line at my local store, and got the last one. They said that their Nintendo Rep has confirmed more shipping before Christmas. As for today being a Holiday in Canada...... it depends. I get it off because of my Union, but I'm not really sure who else does


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 19:51:55
Lines galore.

Got to Metrotown (biggest mall) at around 7:40 and there were already like 20 people waiting outsude the mall entrance. We thought we were first but it turns out we weren't allowed to wait inside.

So I went to the Toys R Us further inside the mall. First one there, started a line. Apparently a few people had been before me but were told to come back.

So I'm technically #2 (and secured a controller which are more limited) and we have some time to kill. She handed out numbers and told us to come back.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 19:57:44
Got it! The box is awesome! The NES controller box is sexy!

Ooh can't wait!


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 21:23:07
I checked the local Best Buy, they were sold out. I wouldn't have bought it, but I was there so I figured I'd look. Guess it's popular! :)


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 23:38:45
GOOD GOD, eBay is already a mess.

DON'T PAY 400 DOLLARS, you IDIOTS, you'll drive the prices up!!

--UGH, someone paid $1500?! NO. BAD.

@carlosrox

Congratulations.


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 23:39:13
Ya, I tried a bunch of places today and no dice. I was like 30th in line at Gamestop and they had 9. NINE! What the FFFFF...........................


Posted by 
 on: 11/11/16, 23:47:55
Tried for the 5p EST Amazon launch, but no luck. The page kept showing it as in stock, but would never add to my cart. Now the page is dead or something.


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 00:23:41
@NoName

Same here. Bummer!


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 00:24:16
How sad will it be if this outsells the Wii U?


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 01:05:58
@kriswright

That'd be good news, in a sense, meaning that we'd all comfortably get one, right?

And the price point is pretty darn attractive. Compact, portable. Its a good package.


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 01:45:45
Yep, the dang item never got into my Amazon cart either! Well, I guess if it does sell well that'll encourage Nintendo to do the same thing for some of its other consoles??


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 01:57:56
@kriswright

I dunno, not too sad. What it says is people buy consoles with great games guaranteed in the library. That was the Wii U's biggest problem, the games came, but drip drip drip slowly. The NES has 'em all, right out of the box!


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 02:07:00
NoName said:
Tried for the 5p EST Amazon launch, but no luck. The page kept showing it as in stock, but would never add to my cart. Now the page is dead or something.

Exact same thing happened to my wife. She was completely stressed out as I was on my way home from work but I told her it wasn't her fault. Hopefully more come in


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 02:22:22
What is with Nintendo this gen and under-stocking physical media? Is it deliberate or just short-sighted?

Either way, it's kind of annoying.

EDIT: Wow, so right after this I check the Amazon listing. Looks like the 1,000 (!) 1-star reviews are even more bugged about this than I am...


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 02:26:30  - Edited by 
 on: 11/12/16, 02:28:42
@TriforceBun

It HAS to be purposeful under-stocking, doesn't it? It always creates buzz and "MAN, I NEED IT!!"

Wii. Amiibos. Classic.

Plenty of Wii U's? Grant hates it.


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:03:51
@TriforceBun

Wow! 90% of 1,700 reviews are 1 star! I've looked through a bunch of them and they all deal with the buying experience and not the actual product. Wow!


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:23:36
Can't believe if I didn't line up early enough/play my cards right I may have missed out on one, at least for today! The line when I was leaving the mall was huge (I mean huge) at the EB games we originally waited at. Basically a city block length or so in the mall or more. There was a sold out sign and we had people turned away at Toys R Us. C'mon Nintendo, stock this thing!

I'm actually gonna play a lot of these to completion!
And Kirby! Finally I get to play Kirby! It looks awesome! Really good gameplay! No Ninja Gaiden 2 breaks my heart. That so needed to be in here. One of the great NES classics. I would have really liked Castlevania 3 and Contra 1 as well. And Double Dragon 1. With that it woulda been perfect.

I saw families in line at Toys R Us, it was really heart warming to see.

Playing with the NES controller again is really awesome. But boy the controllers are shockingly short. My setup is notoriously right in your face and I'm still tugging at the console and cords. Geez, if any one thing was further away from the other it'd be a mess.

I'm gonna try to finally finish Metroid. I've never gotten further than about 30 mins in, even in my current game on Wii U VC.

Kid Icarus is a similar story as I have with Metroid.
But I find the controls so weird. Why does Pit seem to have trouble turning?


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:30:12  - Edited by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:32:25
@carlosrox
Congrats on your snag! No idea when I'll finally be able to get my hands on this...

Kirby's Adventure is one of the last NES games (made in 1993, after the SNES launch) but one of the system's strongest. It's got charm and variety to spare. What other game starts with a tutorial on drawing its main character? You can really tell Sakurai put his all into the game at the time.

Metroid is worth playing through. It does get a little too maze-y near the midsection, but it's got atmosphere to spare.

For Kid Icarus, it's got a weird reverse difficulty curve--the game actually gets easier as it goes along (after the brutal first full world). A control tip--aiming upward when landing stops all of Pit's sliding momentum. This is especially useful when scaling icy platforms. This game was kind of a sister game to Metroid, sharing a lot of the same devs, and it even has a cheeky nod to Samus's adventure with the Komayto enemies (who look just like Metroids. You'll know them when you see them).


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:47:29  - Edited by 
 on: 11/12/16, 03:49:31
I was amazed by the lack of availability. Didn't try to snag one myself. Hoping to get it by Christmas.


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 04:11:24
I'm patiently waiting for someone to hack together a bluetooth solution for the short cords. Ugh.


Posted by 
 on: 11/12/16, 05:35:08
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