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Nintendo Brings Back the NES With 30 Built-In Games

(Image by Nintendo)

(Image by Nintendo)

Nintendo is ramping up the nostalgia this November.

As Nintendo prepares to launch its new “NX” hardware next year, the company is returning to its roots by announcing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which comes with 30 games from the ’80s and early ’90s pre-loaded onto the console.

The NES Classic Edition will launch on Nov. 11 for $59.99 in North America and across Europe. This is an official throwback console being manufactured by Nintendo, the first the company will release on the market.

The new mini NES connects to modern televisions with an HDMI cable in a bundle that also includes the console’s classic wired controller and an AC adapter in North America. In Europe an AC adapter doesn’t come with the console, which is needed to power the system. Players can connect an included USB cable to another adapter to use the console.

The NES Classic is smaller than the original system and is now able to fit in a person’s hand. The controller is an exact model of the original. Both the console and controller features packaging in the vintage design.

The console comes built-in with some of the best games on the NES, ranging from a mixture of Nintendo classics like Super Mario Bros. and the original Zelda to third-party releases from publishers like Capcom, Konami, Tecmo and Square Enix.

Progress in these games can be saved at different points instead of needing to beat certain titles in one sitting or using a password system like in the old days.

All the games are also already available through Nintendo’s Virtual Console for $5 each on the Wii and Wii U. Buying all the games included on the system would cost around $150.

NES Classic controllers will be sold separately for $9.99, with some of the games supporting two-player modes. The new controllers can also be connected to a Wii Remote for playing Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. Classic and Classic Pro controllers from Nintendo will also work when connected with the mini NES console.

The NES Classic won’t play the original physical cartridges. Additional games can’t be loaded onto the console and Nintendo has no plans to add more. There also won’t be any internet connectivity on the console or ties to a Nintendo account.

Plug-and-play “flashback”models officially licensed for Atari, ColecoVision, Sega and other brands have been around since the early 2000s. Unofficial aftermarket systems that accept original cartridges have always had an NES focus, with the latest being the RetroN 5 from Hyperkin.

The NES first launched for North America in October 1985, becoming one of Nintendo’s most popular and successful consoles to date.

Here’s the full list of games pre-loaded on the NES Classic:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey 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
  • StarTropics
  • 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
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