It’s no secret that Friday the 13th: The Game had a rocky launch, mostly due to server issues. The folks at Illfonic and Gun Media would like to apologize to fans of the multiplayer/co-op hybrid in the absolute best way possible — by adding the NES version of Jason Voorhees as a playable skin.
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.
My girlfriend had a good amount of success selling her Megaman E-tank can koozies through her Etsy account and has started making 8-bit and 16-bit Perler bead sprites. You can choose whichever sprite you want from the 8 or 16-bit era for $8 (see the Megaman and Frog pic below for the size). Double-sized sprites (like Samus or the Metroid below) are $12. They’re all made to order, so if anyone is interested just drop me a line here or on the Cheap Boss Attack Facebook page.
Here are some examples.
If you take a look at the list of Nintendo release titles that date back to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985/86, you’ll notice that aside from the NES itself there hasn’t been a solid release line-up.. well.. ever. It’s a tough thing to judge a console’s success by its launch, but I understand the concern due to the lack of sales for the Wii U itself. The same could have been said about Nintendo’s 3DS, but here lately it’s become the crowned king of handhelds and all it took was a solid library of quality games. Personally, I think the Wii U will be no different. Nintendo hasn’t had much third party support lately and seeing as how 2013 blockbusters like Tomb Raider & Bioshock Infinite skipped the Wii U altogether while EA recently confirmed that this year’s Madden won’t be gracing the system, history seems to be repeating itself.
I waited so long to finally make use of the Wii’s virtual console, and I’ve had a Wii since the year it released. I know, I know, shame on me. Picked up Metroid & The Legend of Zelda for the NES, A Link to the Past and Super Metroid for the SNES, and Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask for the N64. Now I have to somehow focus tomorrow morning at 8:30am for overtime and I stayed up until 2am playing Zelda and Metroid games. I can already see Nintendo smiling at my bank account.
Zelda. I fucking love it. I still remember begging my parents to get me the original Legend of Zelda on the NES for Easter. Seriously, what little brat asks for a video game on Easter? This guy!
We all know that the Zelda theme is timeless and since its inception, the franchise has put forth some of the most memorable tracks in gaming history. With The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses FINALLY coming to Baltimore, you can bet your sweet green-tunic wearing ass that I’ll be there on Saturday, July 27th! C’mon, fanboys! Who is with me?!
You. Yes, you. Go buy a Super Mario Bros can koozie from Heaven is a Bear on Etsy! It’s awesome! They’re all hand-made and made to order, plus shipping is only $3 and we have some mother-truckin’ bills to pay!