Nostalgia is making a return to homes everywhere, and gamers have the NES Classic Edition console to thank for it.
Video game consoles are constantly hitting the market. Generation after generation, we see new and innovative ways to play games and access different types of media. With classic titles still as fun as they were when released years ago, it’s no surprise that Nintendo has announced the NES Classic Edition.
The NES Classic Edition console is a smaller version of its former self, the NES, which was released in 1985. It includes up to 30 titles that will come pre-installed, an HDMI cable, one NES controller, and an AC adapter. Among the games included are Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure, Metroid, and Balloon Fight.
Not much has been revealed in terms of what the NES Classic Edition console has been able to do, but a report by IGN has revealed new features that will be available with the system. These features revolve around the display on which players can view their games, as well as save features that introduce a modern spin on the NES and its classic counterpart.
Nintendo of Canada manager Julie Gagnon recently held an interview with La Terrasse ÉNERGIE, and had this to say in regards to the NES Classic Edition as a whole.
“Everyone who has played before, who maybe today wants to play with their children; everyone who wants to beat the bad guy, but they couldn’t back then; all of the new generations who love Mario today and want to understand how he was at the beginning, I really think this can bring everyone together.”
This speaks volumes to just how much nostalgia is included in the NES Classic Edition. Gagnon continued, discussing the ease of access that players and fans of all ages would have with the Classic Edition console.
“It’s also in the spirit where retro is very present, and finally Nintendo offers it in a formula that I think is very accessible for everyone.”
In a report by Nintendo Enthusiast, it’s made known by Julie Gagnon that there are multiple options to change the look and feel of the Classic Edition console while exploring its settings.
“What is interesting is that we can play through HDMI, but there will be different modes of how we will see the screen – a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens, there will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this, too.”
Nintendo is making the effort to satisfy the graphics cries of fans, giving it appeal to those who may not have experienced the NES and to those who may have grown up on its retro status. If you’re wondering about save points and how progress will be kept, it appears that Nintendo has also included the choice to have a temporary or permanent save file.
“Yes, there will be permanent save points and instant temporary saves to be able to resume and that’s for every single of the 30 games, so we don’t have to worry if we don’t have a password, or restart right at the beginning,” Gagnon stated.
Some might complain that this takes away from the difficulty of Nintendo’s older titles, but Nintendo will most likely leave save points optional in case players want to tackle games with increased risk of losing. Ultimately, the NES Classic Edition console looks promising. The console retails at $59.99, and will be available in the Fall.
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