Nintendo announced on Thursday that it plans on relaunching its classic video game console, the NES, with 30 built in games and an HDMI output.
Dubbed the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic, the console will ship to stores on November 11 and come in at a retail price of $60.
In addition to built in games and an HDMI port, the NES Classic addresses one of the biggest complaint from gamers, losing your progress if you have to turn off the game (or if, as was the case in the old days, the game froze). The NES games now feature multiple suspend points, "so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed," Nintendo said in a statement.
While the pint-sized package has many new features, nostalgic fans will love the classic look and feel of the relaunched console. From the familiar grey and black box with red accents, to the ergonomically incorrect rectangle of a controller, everything about the NES Classic screams 80's kitsch.
The console will come with one controller and an extra one can be purchased for just $10. Compared to the nearly $50 it costs to pick up a next-gen controller that's a great deal.
According to a representative from Nintendo, the NES Classic will be a stand alone device that will not connect to the internet or external storage devices. The condole will not use physical media of any sort (no blowing into the cartridges) and, at this time, it appears the library of games that can be played will not expand beyond the 30 pre-installed classics.
Launched in America in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System is the grandfather of gaming consoles (Atari was the uncle who never had any children). Its success paved the way for next-gen gaming systems like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Over its lifetime, Nintendo sold nearly 62 million NES units and 500 million software units for the console.
Most Popular Nintendo Games Included
Among the 30 games that will be built into the console are some of the best-selling video games of all times, games that started franchises that are still going strong today.
The included games are:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Ghosts' N Ghoblins
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
8-bit side scrolling action at its finest!
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