Nintendo's Next Gaming Console Is The NES Classic Edition (Updated)

Update, 7/21/2016, 12:17 p.m. PDT: Nintendo released a short video to promote the NES Classic Edition.

Nintendo announced that it has made an official NES clone called the “NES Classic Edition.” Looking and playing this console may bring waves of nostalgia for some, as it looks exactly like a miniature NES, but its limited game selection and modern operation may leave gamers longing for the real NES, and not just a stand-in.

The NES Classic Edition is designed to be as close to the original NES as possible while still implementing a series of modern features. Instead of using the classic RF modulator, the NES Classic Edition connects to the display through HDMI.

Nintendo has also recreated the NES controller, which the company named the “NES Classic Controller.” Each NES Classic Edition console will ship with one of these controllers, and additional controllers are available for purchase for $9.99.

Although the controller appears to be identical to the original, the controller ports on the NES are not. The NES Classic Edition instead uses controller ports that are identical to those seen on the back of Nintendo’s Wii Remote. The port gives gamers more options for a second controller. Existing peripherals, such as Nintendo’s Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro, will be compatible with the NES Classic Edition, and the NES Classic Controller will also be compatible with the Wii and Wii U. The change also means, however, that you won’t be able to use your original NES accessories with the NES Classic Edition.

The NES Classic Edition will also not be compatible with original NES game cartridges. Instead, the system comes loaded with 30 games that are undeniably some of the most popular titles ever released on the NES. Nintendo updated the games with a more modern save game system that allows the user to save the game at numerous points, which effectively removes the need to use in-game passwords to jump to a particular stage.

Although the NES Classic Edition makes it easy for young gamers to experience these games for the first time, and old gamers to relive part of their childhood, it may disappoint some die-hard enthusiasts of the original NES. The new save game system is convenient, but it also changes how the game is played and makes it easier to advance to new levels.

The lack of games may disappoint some users because the original NES library contained hundreds of games, and surely someone’s favorite game won’t be on the list. Although it may be a minor part of the experience, not having physical game cartridges also makes it feel like a different system.

It is nice to see something that looks like the NES appear on the market again, but for some like me, it will never replace the original.

The NES Classic Edition goes on sale November 11, at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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List Of Games
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
Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.
  • RedJaron
    Cool stuff. Wish they would have included the original Contra instead of Super C. I think I prefer Mega Man 3 over 2, but that's a close call.
  • CRamseyer
    There is enough there for me. You had me at the original Zelda and the three Super Mario Brothers.
  • BeenThereDude
    This is great, but I will stick with my emulators, the Buffalo Classic SNES Controller, and a nearly complete library of ROMS, that I have had since 1996, LOL.
  • cknobman
    No kung fu and no dragon warrior. I needed at least one of these to purchase.
  • captaincharisma
    Although it may be a minor part of the experience, not having physical game cartridges also makes it feel like a different system.

    actually not having the physical carts for the original NES is a good thing. anyone who owned an NES knows how bad it was putting a cart in the NES and how many times it didn't work on the first try. eventually i had to put something on top of the loaded cart so it would seat properly so it would work right
  • bit_user
    Seemed like a desperate move, to me. I'm honestly surprised at the number of positive responses, here.

    I also can't understand why the author would prefer the blurry, analog original. I'd be all about emulators with the best upscaling filters.

    Anyway, it occurred to me that they mightn't have even had to modify the source code to implement savegames. Perhaps the emulator simply pre-empts the game and saves the entire VM state. That would work for all games, and the original had so little RAM that they wouldn't even be very big.
  • jkhoward
    This is awesome. I plan on purchasing one and I look forward to a SNES/N64 release!
  • Math Geek
    love it but not at the price. will wait for them to go on clearance and then nab one for $20 :D

    but the game list had me at tecmo bowl!! freaking classic
  • Merry_Blind
    Not at that price? I think this is a very reasonable price. I was expecting like 100 $ for this.
  • hardrock152
    Yep I think this seems rather fair. 2 bucks a game for a nostalgia trip seems fair. Especially since it doesn't feel half baked (like the old atari joystick game collection). Making it use a modern port for video, updating the controllers to use their new standard, and making it compatible with their already existing classic controllers all seem like very good moves. I can see this being a huge buy over the christmas season. Makes for a great purchase for adults who want to relive their old games, and if they want to introduce their kids to old school gaming. Hope they keep up the trend and maybe do an SNES or N64 variant for around the same price.

    I feel like too many users think it is dumb to pay for these things instead of just using an emulator on pc, but I like the nostalgia of a plug and play system, with a classic controller, and a classic look and feel.