Update: Many outlets immediately sold out of the NES Classic Edition but you’ll have a chance to get it on Amazon starting at 2PM PST (5PM EST). Good luck!
In the 1980s, kids all across the US who had good parents were gifted the NES, the ultimate video game system of the 8-bit era, featuring such iconic titles as Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda and Matroid. Other kids had lousy parents who bought them a Sega Master System instead but I don’t want to get into that. For those who grew up with NES and the rest of us who envied those who grew up with NES instead of stupid Sega Master System, those were the golden days of video gaming. And this Christmas, they’re coming back.
The NES is coming back to stores! Pick up the new mini NES Classic Edition on 11/11 w/ 30 included games! pic.twitter.com/wFDw7lHWb7
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 14, 2016
That’s right, the original NES is coming back on November 11 — but with a twist. This new take on the classic console is a lot smaller and includes HDMI output. It also doesn’t take cartridges. Instead, it comes preloaded with 30 games:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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
It’s a pretty solid list — although I’ll miss Maniac Mansion — for a contemporary twist, the games will feature suspend points so you can safely turn off the system with worrying about losing your place in games like Zelda or Mega Man. The $59.99 must-have Christmas console also comes with one controller that is Wii and Wii U compatible so it can also be used for Virtual Console games. Additional controllers will retail for $9.99. I sense a Tecmo Bowl resurgence this football season…