Nintendo NES Classic Edition is a Box of Nostalgia
Want to scratch your old school video gaming itch with a Nintendo Entertainment System? Great! All you have to do is locate an NES with functional power and video cables and at least one controller, connect the video cable to your TV (chances are you’ll need to acquire some sort of adapter to do so if you have a TV made in the last 10 years or so), and procure at least one working game cartridge that you may or may not have to blow into to make it work. Oh, and have a paper and pencil handy for when you stop playing but want to save your progress, as you’ll have to jot down a password to pick up where you left off next time. Sounds like an awful lot of work to have fun, doesn’t it?
Well, beginning this November 11th, Nintendo is going to offer an easier option called the NES Classic Edition. This palm-sized tribute to what some consider the first modern home video game console certainly looks like the original, and the controller is also a dead ringer for the O.G. (and unlike the console is the same size as before), but it’s a very different story on the inside. It’s there that you’ll find a memory device (likely some sort of solid-state drive similar to a USB flash drive) loaded with 30 of the most iconic NES titles from the system’s library, including the first three Super Mario Brothers games, the first two Legend of Zelda games, Excitebike, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure, Temco Bowl and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream. Better still, you can connect this retro gaming machine to a non-retro TV via an included HDMI cable, there’s sufficient surplus memory for multiple save points (no passwords needed), and the new-old gamepads can plug into a Wii Remote, meaning you can play NES games you’ve downloaded to your Wii or Wii U with the ergonomically-egregious controller on which they were designed to be played. Not bad at all for a $59.99 MSRP (plus $9.99 for an additional controller).