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Nintendo Announces NES Classic Edition

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Nintendo has announced today that it will soon be releasing a console, but it may not be what you expect. Rather than having anything to do with the company’s upcoming system, code-named “NX”, today’s news is actually all about an all-new (sort of) system; the NES Classic Edition!

Rather than focusing on next-gen titles, the upcoming NES Classic Edition will allow players to take a trip back to the beginning of Nintendo’s video game development career. A miniature replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the NES Classic Edition is set up to b e a plug-and-play system and comes bundled with a controller, AC adapter, and HDMI cable, and 30 iconic NES games already pre-installed so gamers can get to their favorites right away.

“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” said Reggie Fils-Amie, COO and President of Nintendo of America, during the announcement earlier today. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

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While quite similar to its original counterpart, the NES Classic Edition does have a few features that help it to stand out a bit. First and foremost, while modeled after the original NES, the Classic Edition will not feature any sort of cross-compatability with the original NES; he controller ports used for the upcoming system will not be the same used for the original NES, but rather are identical to those seen on the bottom of the Wii Remote controllers. This will allow for players to plug controllers that they may already have, such as the NES Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro, into the NES Classic Edition. Original NES games will also not be able to be used with the NES Classic Edition, with players only being able to play those games that came pre-installed on the system. Finally, the NES Classic Edition will be utilizing a save feature. While the ability to save one’s progress is hardly a novel thought today, plenty of NES games hadn’t hit the point of being able to freely utilize that kind of technology. While it may feel a bit cheap to some of the more seasoned gamers out there, plenty of people will finally be able to get through some of the more difficult NES games, like Castlevania without needing to play the same levels over and over.

Curious about what games will be on the NES Classic Edition? Sure you are! Check them all out below:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dnkey Kong Jr. 
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS ‘N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • Star Tropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Starting out with nothing more than a Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Kenny has happily been gaming for almost his entire life. Easily-excitable and a bit on the chatty side, Kenny has always been eager to share gaming-related thoughts, opinions, and news with others and has been doing so on Hey Poor Player since 2014 and has previously worked with both PKMNcast and SCATcast. Although his taste in gaming spreads across a wide number of companies and consoles, Kenny holds a particular fondness for Nintendo handheld consoles. He is also very proud of his amiibo collection. You can also find him on Twitter @SuperBayleef talking about video games and general nonsense. Some of his favorite games include Tetris Attack, Pokémon Black Version 2, The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Yo-kai Watch, Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby's Dreamland 3, Mega Man X, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (among many others).

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