Being a retro gamer is a lot of fun. Classic games never stop being fun, but it can be a bit difficult to play them. The main hurdle is that we now all have HDTVs, but old systems were never meant to hook up to these advanced televisions, so either there’s no hook-up or the refresh rate doesn’t compute with what you want to play. If you have a Wii or a WiiU, you can take advantage of the Virtual Console, but that’s a pricey proposition when you factor into the cost of the console and then the individual games.
But now Nintendo has come up with an ingenious little device, and it’s so brilliant I’m surprised it’s just now going on sale. On November 11th, the company will release NES Classic Edition. Engadget reports that for $59.99, you get an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, a classic NES controller, and the following thirty, pre-loaded games:
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 Ghoblins, 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 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
At $60, that’s a steal, and I can definitely see this being one of the hottest items this holiday season. The new consoles are all well and good, but retro gaming is still a blast. Also, if NES Classic Edition is a success, hopefully it will lead to SNES Classic Edition or maybe SEGA will get back in the console game and release Genesis Classic Edition.
Will you be getting NES Classic Edition? Are there any games here that you’re bummed didn’t make the final cut? Sound off in the comments section.