During the mid-’80s, ask any kid between the ages of 10 and 18 what they wanted most for Christmas or their birthday and 99 percent of the time their answer would be “a Nintendo.” They are, of course, referring to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the American version of the company’s Famicom system that was already wildly popular in Japan. For the rest of the ’80s and most of the ’90s, Nintendo not only revitalized the floundering console video game market, but essentially owned it, becoming the foremost authority when it came to playing video games at home.
As time passed and technology advanced, Nintendo updated their popular console, making it more powerful and increasing their available video game library. Then roughly a decade later, the once-popular NES became obsolete but the popularity of those original classic games remained high. While there are thousands of titles available for the NES but only a handful of them reached legendary status. Titles such as Metroid, Mega Man, Legend of Zelda and of course, Super Mario Bros, all became – and in most instances remain – household names in the consumer home video game market.
Attempting to capitalize on that loyal fan nostalgia, Nintendo recently announced the upcoming release of a new console – The Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition – it immediately became a trending topic across the internet.
The NES: Classic Edition won’t be as powerful as its Wii U brother or upcoming Nintendo NX sister, but that’s the whole point. The system is a complete throwback to the simpler days of video gaming when all a person needed to stomp Goombas, shoot aliens, save the princess, or gain 10 extra lives was a directional pad combined with the A and B buttons. While Gen-X’ers are sure to get a hefty dose of nostalgia, the system does comes with a few “drawbacks,” mainly that it doesn’t have HDMI outputs or wireless controllers – two things modern gamers have come to expect.
However, because it fits in the palm of your hand, the system is ultra-portable, making it easy to take along on trips or over to a friend’s house. That means hours of take along fun playing any of the following 30 memorable titles installed on the system:
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.
Do you plan on preordering a NES Classic Edition?
Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is available for pre-orders now and hits shelves November 11th, 2016.