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Nintendo to Release Stand-Alone NES Console

posted Saturday Jul 16, 2016 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo to Release Stand-Alone NES Console

Nintendo, either riding high on the release of Pokémon GO or using a well-coordinated strike, made a very surprising announcement this week - the return of the original Nintendo Entertainment system. Kind of. The new, console looks like a miniature replica of the original, but it has a lot of differences from what we know of as the NES.

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First, the console will feature 30 built-in titles, which are listed below. Those titles will be the only ones available, as the cartridge lid does not open, the device does not connect to the Internet for updates and there is no external storage. What is on this little guy is all there will ever be without different hardware. This makes the console less like the original NES and more like the DreamGear hardware Nakia Mann discovered at CES 2016.

The controller plugs are different from the original, meaning that you cannot use original NES controllers, but must use the special ones designed for this model. The NES Classic Edition will sell for $60 in the US, and additional controllers will be available for $10.

Nintendo describes the game choices, saying,

The game lineup was chosen to provide a diverse mix of popular and recognizable NES games that appeal to a wide variety of players. Everyone should be able to find multiple games to enjoy.

Many of the games are well-known titles, but are not necessarily the types of replayable games one might expect from a device like this one. It is also disappointing that you cannot play original NES cartridges, something that many people still have, though might not still have a working NES console.

Are the titles below enough to get you to spend the $60 this November 11th when the NES Classic Edition hits stores? Let us know.

  • 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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