You know it’s a good day when you are breathing, when you’ve slept well, when you have food to eat, and when Nintendo of America shoots out a tweet that the beloved NES is making a come back. It’s the return of the king.
The greatest system of all time is coming back to stores in the form of the mini NES Classic Edition! The tweet says it will be available beginning 11/11 and be packaged with 30 games built in to the system. It’s a lot tinier than the original (mine currently takes up too much space on my entertainment cabinet). Sales price is marked at $59.99. It will be able to connect to your television with an HDMI cable (y’know, for 8-bit games in HD) and will have controllers exactly like the iconic rectangular gamepad. Apparently, the same controller will also be usable with the Wii and Wii U for Virtual Console gaming.
Personally, this old 8-bit Mage couldn’t be more excited. The NES in my house works alright though the controller wires have long since frayed into serious disrepair. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the springs in the cartridge loading dock wear out. But finally I’ll be able to have a modernized version of the iconic NES that will 1) fit comfortably beside my other systems, 2) permit me to stop fiddling with cable wiring, 3) have controllers that work, and 4) have access to several classic games.
Which games? Here’s a list of those classics that will come digitally loaded on the new mini NES. Several essential titles:
- 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
By the way, my birthday is in August. Bring on the pre-orders, Nintendo!
-The Well-Red Mage
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