Pokemon Go breaking mobile records isn’t the only newsworthy Nintendo tidbit today, as The Big N confirms the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition for November 11th.
This smaller scale NES console will run you $59.99, plugs directly in to your HDTV via HDMI, and comes pre-installed with 30 NES classics. That’s not all though. Since the controller ports are the same as the bottom of your Wii Remote, the NES replica controller will also work on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, similar to the wired GameCube Fight Pads that released with Super Smash Bros.
Interested in co-op, or just want to use the controller on Wii U instead? The NES replica controller can be purchased separately for $9.99. The NES Classic Edition includes one controller, but there’s plenty of two-player games to make a 2nd controller an enticing purchase. However, the console supports the Wii’s Classic Controller, so you may already have something lying around that can save you some cash.
Sadly, there’s no NES Zapper or Zapper-supported games on the list. Maybe one day.
One interesting addition is the ability to create save states within each of the games, similar to that found in the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection. Anyone that was alive in the NES generation can attest to losing scraps of paper with invaluable passwords scribbled on them, present company included.
The list of games that come pre-installed is actually quite strong:
- 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: Adventures of Link
I won’t complain about anything on the list, though with the addition of Final Fantasy and Nintendo’s success with the Dragon Quest series, I’m a bit surprised that Dragon Warrior 1-4 aren’t included. There’s also a few notable NES classics missing, like Kung-Fu, Contra, and Rad Racer.
Since the console doesn’t rely on internet access, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone finds a way to expand its internal memory and allow it to read ROMs as well. Fingers crossed!
Thoughts on the NES Classic Edition? It’s a day-one purchase for me, pending I can snag a pre-order. I fully expect this thing to sell out immediately.