Mini NES Classic Edition Release Date Set For November 11

The Mini NES Classic Edition is set to hit stores this November, and it reminds us just how the gaming community came back in the 80s. There was a time when it was deemed unprofitable to make video games anymore, and it happened when the infamous Atari 2600 movie tie-in video game E.T. was released.

The game was so bad that unsold copies had been buried in a New Mexico landfill, which was recently excavated in 2014 in a documentary. Smashed copies of the game soon hit eBay for insane prices, as they had become collectors’ items, ironically selling for several times what the game had originally cost.

Nintendo revived the gaming industry when they released the original Nintendo Entertainment System with updated graphics and a more powerful processor. Gamers were wowed by the amazing visuals and sounds (in those days) of Super Mario Bros., a game that to this day remains one of the most influential titles of all time. The franchise is still going strong over 30 years later.

Nintendo’s Mini NES Classic Edition will bring back memories for those of us old enough to remember that time in gaming history. There won’t be any games being sold for it, however. This is because it will have 30 original NES titles built into it, a feat once thought impossible.

The console is a scale near-replica of the original, except it will use different controller ports, and the flip-open lid might only be there for appearances. It will plug directly into your TV via HDMI, so you won’t need to switch to channel four or screw it into the cable connection like we had to do with the original. The controller itself, one of which comes with the console, uses a different plug to connect, but it’s identical to the original in every other way.

Many older gamers' reaction to the Mini NES Classic Edition

A big plus for gamers who remember the original is that the Mini NES Classic Edition won’t have the same glitchy connection that sometimes resulted in a flashing screen when you tried to play. No blowing on the cartridge will be necessary or even possible. The console will also save your progress and support two-player games with an optional second controller for only 10 dollars.

On the down side, you won’t be able to connect it to your Nintendo account, so your friends will have to be there to see your amazing feats. The list of games which come built into the Mini NES Classic Edition is below.

  • 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

Many gamers old enough to remember these games will probably be grabbing a Mini NES Classic Edition when it hits the shelves. A lot of these titles took a lot of our time as kids and might even take our minds off the Xbox One S and PlayStation Neo as we wait for new games to be released.

The Mini NES Classic Edition will make a great Christmas present for that older gamer on your list. It could also help remind the kids that graphics aren’t everything. Sadly, the classic Tetris won’t be included, since it was technically an illegal cartridge back then. For a retail price of $60 for the console, one controller, and 30 classic Nintendo games, this will be tough to beat.

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