If you grew up in the 80s or early 90s, you might remember sitting down in front of that old TV and plugging in your Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). After fiddling with the plugs to make sure you could see what you were doing and changing the channel, you could sit down and enjoy the most advanced gaming experience. At the time, those 8-bit graphics were absolutely astonishing, and you just couldn’t imagine things getting any better. Now, while most of the industry have been flooded with overstimulating visuals, you have a chance to sit back down and enjoy a classic yet again. Announced for release on November 11, 2016, the new NES Classic Edition is just what you need.
Now, if you really enjoyed playing your old NES as a kid, you might feel a little bit light-headed hearing this news. You might ask yourself some important questions. Are they really bringing back that classic system? How can I get it? How much does it cost? Do I really care how much it costs? I need it! Well, before you hyperventilate out of excitement, here are some key things to consider. First, this is real; it is an official Nintendo release. Second, it will only cost $59.99. Third, you can get it just about anywhere you would buy other games.
Of course, if you really owned an old NES, you remember how finicky the games could be. Even if you still have some of the old cartridges, the odds are none of them would actually work. Don’t go worrying about this, because the new NES Classic Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 games. Yes, that is a three with a zero after it. Titles include the biggest names like Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario Brothers 2, Super Mario Brothers 3, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania and even the original Final Fantasy. If you want a full listing of the games included, you can check out the official Nintendo page.
Knowing that this includes a total of 30 games can be a bit overwhelming when you think about it. As a kid, you would have loved to have 30 games lying around to switch between and you had all the time in the world to enjoy it. Now, you have other duties, but let’s face it -you’ll spend time playing all 30 anyways. The question is, which do you start with? Next thing you know, Nintendo will release a new Gameboy Color Classic loaded with all the best (including all the original and 2nd generation Pokemon games of course). Until then, at least be happy you can enjoy all of these classics as they were intended.