Riding high on the success story of Pokemon GO, Nintendo surprised everyone with an announcement to come up with an all new Nintendo Entertainment System, a remake of its iconic NES console that made the company a household name in family game entertainment. Dubbed the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe), the console will ship to stores on November 11 and come in at a retail price of $60.
The new version of legendary NES hardware is designed to be a miniature version of its old self, complete with a gray finish and ports for controllers. NES Classic comes with HDMI support and also included is the controller which works similar to the iconic rectangular NES gamepad which can even be used with your Wii and Wii U.
You can also use a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro on the system for two-player action, but the new NES pad will be sold separately for $9.99 as well.
In addition to the console and controller, the NES Classic will ship with 30 NES games built in, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. But those who may have stacked up their old NES carts will be disappointed as their is no cartridge support.?It is still unclear whether Nintendo will be adding any new games to the console.
Nor will the players be able to connect the games to their Nintendo accounts as there won’t be any online connectivity. Players will, however, still be able to save their progress in-game on the console as each game will have ?multiple suspend points,? allowing players to take a break and return to the point where they left off without entering passwords.
?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,? Nintendo America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said. ?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.?
With NES Classic, Nintendo might add more revenue as the much anticipated ?Nintendo NX? is scheduled to release later in 2017. The original NES console was launched in North America in 1985, which over its lifetime sold more than 61 million units worldwide.
Here’s the complete list of games on NES Classic:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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