Update: Nintendo has confirmed that the 30 games that come with the device will be the only games the NES Classic Edition will be getting.
The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The game lineup was chosen to provide a diverse mix of popular and recognizable NES games that appeal to a wide variety of players.
Nintendo says they have nothing to say on the Nintendo 64 getting the same treatment, so I wouldn’t hold out hope for that for the time being. The NES Classic also doesn’t support physical cartridges and the chamber lid does not open.
Original article below:
When it comes to business decisions and marketing choices, you never really quite know what to expect from Nintendo. The massive video game conglomerate has been known to experiment heavily with their products, sometimes to the point where they go left when everyone else goes right. We’ve had Wiimotes, Miis, a tablet for a controller, motion controls and, recently, a team up with skater clothing company Vans to release a line of shoes themed after famous Nintendo brands.
This newest news, however, is up there with the most surprising things Nintendo has ever done. They are bringing back the classic NES to brick and mortar stores. This version, however, has a few tweaks and changes that make it decidedly different from the original NES.
This device, which has been given the name NES Classic Edition, will become available worldwide on November 11, 2016, and will have a suggested retail price of $59.99.
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. 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.
-Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime
The NES Classic Edition will be a small replica of the original console that has gotten a few upgrades on the inside as well. This version of the console will be equipped with an HDMI cable so you can plug it into modern TVs without needed converters or the like. Packaged also will be a USB cable you can use to charge the device with, but you will need an AC adapter for it to work and that one is sold separately. You will also be able to buy a smaller version of the original controller, although you can use the Classic Controller Pro for the Wii as well. If you buy the NES Controller, you will also be able to use it with Wii or Wii U. The unit will also come with 30 games preinstalled. Here’s a list:
- 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™
The console will have suspend points in every game, so you’ll never lose progress or have to fiddle about with passwords. Due to the size of the device, it’s highly unlikely that the NES Classic will support cartridges, so you’re probably not going to be able to expand the library further.
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