Nintendo is on an unstoppable roll these last few days as just when I think I’m done talking about the company and their latest endeavors, they suddenly pull me back in. This time however, the company has announced an upcoming release that no one could have neither seen or prepared for. That’s right, I’m talking about the announcement of the Miniature NES (better known as NES Classic Edition) that fits in the palm of your hand and plays all the old classics you know and love.
Recently, I have found myself in a void of all things Nintendo, a company in which I took for granted. For the past few years I never looked its way or thought twice about the company or its systems; there were a few games that cropped up along the way here and there, but nothing that warranted an investment. My return to Nintendo started with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 and soon that excitement had blossomed into Pokémon Go, then living out my childhood dreams lead me to where I am now…drooling over the petite NES.
The Miniature NES has a launch window for sometime in November and the console is said to be going for no more than $59.99, the price of a AAA game. The Mini NES will feature 30 built-in classic NES titles such as, Super Mario Bros 1-3, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Pac-Man, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Mega Man 2, Doneky, Donkey Kong Jr and Castlevania just to name a few. Don’t fret if you recently tossed out that old Tube Television of yours, you had in the back of your basement as the NES Classic Edition will be able to connect to your HD Flat screen TV through an HDMI cable for your convenience. In addition, players who own a Wii or Wii U can use the bundled controller alongside Virtual Console games. The new controller will be able to connect to the Wii Remote allowing you to play Virtual Console games on your Wii with the classic rectangle controller design.
Nintendo has essentially announced their version of Rare Replay, the NES Classic edition, which is very similar to that of Rare Replay but instead of all 30 titles being copied over onto a disc, they are built into a fully functioning NES console and that’s pretty cool. The past couple of years of gaming have spawned a run of nostalgic reemergences with HD remakes and re-masters allowing players to get their hands on games of old without having to own a previous gen system. This has opened up fan favorites to be easily accessed by an entirely new audience who may have missed them first time around and allow others to experience them all over again in HD glory.
Nevertheless, Nintendo kicks it up a notch with the NES Classic Edition. Not only will they system allow gamers to get their hands on hard to find classic games, but the system will allow them to experience those classics in their original format. Playing through these games, whether it will be your first or second time around, will feel like being transported back to 1983 and experiencing what it was like to be a gamer during that time, delivering to gamers a feeling no other platform can accomplish (as of now) with yet another re-release.