Well, here's an unexpected surprise:
The NES is coming back to stores! Pick up the new mini NES Classic Edition on 11/11 w/ 30 included games! pic.twitter.com/wFDw7lHWb7— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 14, 2016
That's right: the original Nintendo Entertainment System is headed back to stores. This version's slightly different from the one Only 80s Kids Will Remember, however: it's been shrunk down, and includes thirty classic NES games.
Here's a complete list of the included titles:
- 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: The Adventure of Link
I remember playing many of these, and would absolutely be interested in revisiting some of them on my gigantic-ass 2016 television. And the buy-in is an absolute steal: according to Polygon, the NES Classic set will retail for $60. I think you can still pick up a number of these titles via Nintendo's online store (I purchased Castlevania II: Simon's Quest for my Wii U just a few months ago), but buying them separately would surely be more expensive than going this route.
How funny will it be if the original NES ends up being this Christmas' biggest-selling console?