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Play Classic Nintendo Games

Aug 26, 2016

By: Max Cannon

Some of the most important games of all time were released on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (aka NES.) Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Kirby's Adventure. If you wanted a chance to pick up most of these games and play them on the original NES controller you'd typically have to hunt down the 31 year old console and games, and then hope your TV had the appropriate plugins. Well, worry no more! Nintendo has announced the NES Classic!

Iconic Games Made Accessible

The NES Classic is a recreation of the 1985 console that includes the original style of controller and 30 games! The list of games is great but don't get too excited if you have a stack of old cartridges on your shelf. All of the games will be preloaded onto the console, meaning that you can't actually put a cartridge into the console or add more games to it. The console will sell for $59.99 on November 11th and additional controllers - up to 2 can be used at a time - will set you back $9.99. A new trailer was released to announce the console that you can check out here!

Introducing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition


Here's a list of all the games coming to the NES classic.

  • 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 Goblins
  • 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
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

A Sign Of Things To Come?

The list of games coming to the NES Classic is fantastic but as gamers we always want more! Many are speculating that this could start out an entire series of "Classic Consoles." Maybe we could one day see a "SNES Classic, Nintendo 64 Classic," or heck even the "GameCube Classic!" 

The smaller NES Classic next to it's original inspiration.The smaller NES Classic next to it's original inspiration.Courtesy of Tech Radar

Nintendo has never been shy to release some of their most influential games. The original Super Mario Bros has been released over 5 times by Nintendo over several different consoles. And the Virtual Console that accompanied the Wii shaped the online stores of both PlayStation and Xbox. By making these classics affordable and physical, Nintendo may have found a way to convince consumers to fall in love with their products all over again. Rumors have also circulated that the NX, Nintendo's upcoming successor to the Wii U, won't be backwards compatible which would definitely be a blow to the modern gamer. A focus on the iconic games of yesteryear could encourage players to overlook the missing feature and still pick up an NES Classic. But remember to take any speculation with a grain of salt.

The NES Classic will release on November 11th, 2016 for $59.99.

Have Your Say!

Are you hoping for an NES Classic? What other consoles would you like to see get the "Classic" treatment? Comment below!