When most people think about Nintendo, they think about gigantic amounts of Nostalgia.
From games like Super Mario and the Zelda series, before Pokemon Go took over planet earth, Nintendo was known to provide its consumers with games that lasted generations rather than an “action-packed, brutal” six-hour murder campaign.
Just for clarity’s sake, Pokemon Go was not released by Nintendo though the game still made the company about $7.5 billion dollars within the first two weeks of its launch. Pokemon Go has been developed by Niantic Labs.
Niantic Labs is a Google spin-off company, and its only other game of note is Ingress that came nowhere near the popular height Pokemon Go has been able to achieve.
In any case, Nintendo is taking full advantage of the media coverage the company has received because of Pokemon Go’s success and has released a tiny little NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).
The company is calling it Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It will officially launch on November 11 and will ship with 30 games in the box.
Don’t get too excited though because these 30 games will be the only games you will ever be able to play on this edition of Nintendo NES system.
- Donkey Kong
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mari Bros
Will all be available for you to enjoy long after Pokemon Go’s invasion of the planet would have ended.
The Classic Edition isn’t a classic edition in the purest sense of the word since the new classic system will come with some pre-installed modern technology that wasn’t’ present in the original 1985 system.
If you’re wondering what would you find inside the box, then we have got you covered right here and right now.
Here is what you can confidently expect when the game ships come November 11,
- An HDMI cable
- Classic Edition controller that is strikingly similar to the original one. Only one piece though
- A power adapter.
- An optional second Classic Controller, which will be sold separately for around about $10.
Additionally, the new Classic Edition Nintendo Entertainment System will allow you to connect your controllers to your Wii Remote (assuming you own a Nintendo Wii console.).
That will enable you to play really old games with a controller that would justify their oldness.
Another departure point for Nintendo from its hit Nintendo Entertainment System 1985 edition is the option of suspend points.
Yes, unlike the games from the 1980s era, you will be able to “save” your game and return to the same spot the next time you launch your game.
In other words, you will be able to “kind of” save your progress in any given game (from the list of pre-installed games of course).
Here is a full list of games that will come pre-installed with the new Nintendo Entertainment System classic edition, (Source: Kotaku)
- 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™
Nintendo has quashed earlier rumors and has confirmed now that their new classic edition console will not support any form of connectivity to the internet and will not support connection to any external device, whether it be storage or cartridge.
If it wasn’t clear enough already, what Nintendo really mean is that you won’t be able to play any more games than the 30 that will already come pre-installed.
Regardless of this limitation, for $60 this is still a mighty deal. Some, not all, will definitely try to take their experience to the next level and will make use of some gold old hardware hacking to unlock more options, but that would, without a shadow of a doubt, void your warranty, so it is better to stay away from following that route.
So if you don’t like the list of 30 games that we mentioned earlier, then you’re out of luck. There won’t be any new games coming to the console either.
The console system will plug right into your TV if your TV supports an HDMI cable that is. But your TV probably does so we’ll move on. Other technical details you should probably know is that if you live in the UK, then you will need an AC adapter for the USB cable as well.
That is required to get the console system to work. Sadly, that cable won’t be included the package, and you’ll need to get that separately.
A few of the 30 games will be able to support up to 2 players, but the package will only include one controller.
As mentioned before, you will be able to buy a new classic controller for $10 separately.
Earlier, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Nintendo wants to give its fans a good dose of why they fell in love with the system in the first place and this particular classic edition system will be an opportunity of a lifetime for all fans of the original Nintendo system that came out in 1985.
For those of you not old enough yet, if you thought that the Dark Souls series was difficult, then wait till you get to turn on your NES console and play some Ninja Gaiden or Ghosts N’ Goblins.
Back in the day, game developers didn’t give much attention to the pain that the consumer might go through if they weren’t careful enough.
So, even though Nintendo have announced a feature called suspend points which would act as a save game, don’t take that to mean infinite amounts of save games.
Buyers also can rest assured that there won’t be any cheats for the games either. Neither in any forums or trainer developer websites.
But on the plus side, if Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition is anywhere near as successful as Pokemon Go, then the chances of Nintendo coming out with a classic edition of SNES would multiply a hundred folds.
A classic edition of SNES would unlock games like Super Mario World, A link to the Past and Super Metroid, which would definitely pull in a whole new crowd towards Nintendo.
But we’ll keep those fantasies in check. For now.