The Potential of the NES Classic Edition

In one of the most unexpected decisions of 2016, Nintendo has decided to re-release the Nintendo Entertainment System. Well, sort of.

Releasing November 11, the NES Classic Edition is a miniature version of the console that started it all. With the look and feel you remember as a child, combined with the ability to plug straight into your TV via an included HDMI cord, the future has finally found the way to perfectly emulate your past. The Classic Edition even comes with a full-sized “original” controller for all your purists out there. However, the real draw to this bite-sized beauty is the 30 game catalog that comes pre-installed. Let’s take a quick look at all of the games you can expect to be playing.

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
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

While some people seem to be upset that it doesn’t contain more games, or that you can’t actually use your original cartridges, there’s no denying that games present create a “best of” package for the NES System. With classics like Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, there’s a strong lineup of games for this small grey box. And at the price point of $59.99, it’s a pretty great deal.

It’s worth noting that the controller that comes with the system can be connected to the nunchuck port on the Wii Remote, allowing you to play NES games from the Virtual Console on your Wii/Wii U with an authentic controller. However, if you’re looking forward to playing the NES Classic Edition with a friend, you’ll need to buy a second controller, which will be available for $9.99.

I’m excited to replay some of these classics myself, but I’m also looking forward to seeing how younger players who missed this generation will take to these games. What will the generation of kids playing on tablets and phones think of these games? Only time will tell.

However, what excites me the most about the NES Classic Edition is what it could mean for other platforms. Can you imagine getting the Super NES Classic Edition in a year or two? What if Sony decides to get in on this and release a PlayStation Classic Edition? This could be a potentially genius way to preserve older games and share them with a new generation, as well as being an incredible addition to any collector’s library.

What are your thoughts on the NES Classic Edition?
Do you like the selection of games? Do you think the price point is fair for what it contains? What are your thoughts on other Classic Edition consoles releasing in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

– Zack Burrows


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