Nintendo Goes for Nostalgia With $60 Plug-and-Play NES Classic Edition
Video games can be a bit complicated nowadays.
Hardcore gamers debate between the technical specifics of the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and newly announced Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, games are sold as downloads that take hours to install. Even when the games are installed most aren’t complete, as players are forced to purchase DLC packs (downloadable content) of content just to finish their games.
While there are many who enjoy this new climate, others yearn for the days when video gaming was “more simple.” Nintendo has the perfect product for that audience, a “plug and play” system the company has dubbed the NES Classic Edition.
The self-contained system eschews almost every modern gaming convention. It’s unable to connect to the internet, and doesn’t even open to accept discs or cartridges. Instead, it comes preloaded with 30 classic Nintendo titles at are fully playable. The system’s built-in memory allows for four saves per game, allowing players to keep their progress on multiple titles.
The full list of games in the American version includes:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Physically, the system mimics the look and feel of the classic U.S. Nintendo Entertainment System design that saw it’s American release in 1985. The console itself is much smaller, but maintains the grey/red/black color scheme, and location of most ports, though the ports themselves have been replaced with micro-usb for power, HDMI for TV connectivity, and the company’s proprietary Wiimote connector for controllers. Speaking of controllers, they to have been replicated almost exactly.
The system is scheduled to be released on November 11, though many preorders have already sold out.