( 4UMF NEWS ) Nintendo To Release NES Classic Edition This Fall:
There’s another console joining the parade of machines set to hit the gaming landscape this year. But this one isn’t new at all: It’s actually a blast from gaming’s past.
And by the sound of things, it’s a mix of awesome nostalgia and ever-so-slight disappointment. The NES Classic Edition will take longtime gamers back to the era of the 8-bit Nintendo, the beginning of Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. It’s set to release on November 11 and will retail for $59.99.
This year’s other new console promises to be far smaller than that old 8-bit Nintendo sitting in your closet, and it’ll have everything you need to get it working on a new-age TV, utilizing an HDMI cable and a new controller that looks just like that classic NES gamepad. The new machine includes some modern touches, too, sporting what is essentially a quicksave feature, and it will deliver 30 built-in games.
It all had gamers instantly abuzz upon its Thursday announcement, especially since that old NES has long been one of gaming’s most fondly remembered consoles. The Atari era featured the most rudimentary of games, while the current run of games often have so much depth and variety that some can find them overwhelming.
But the NES era of games seemed perfect, breeding a generation of titles that were filled with challenge and depth yet featured the kind of simplicity that has to exist when a controller has only a D-pad and two face buttons. Think Blaster Master and those first three Super Mario titles and a pair of Adventure Island titles. Sure, a great majority of games were essentially platformers, but that didn’t stop The Legend of Zelda or Dragon Warrior from shining, either.
It’s no wonder Nintendo ROMs and emulators were so popular throughout the early 2000s, and still exist today. And when the Nintendo Wii and Wii U arrived, Nintendo itself capitalized on the nostalgia, letting gamers buy and download 8-bit era games onto their newer machines.
If there’s anything that’s shaping up to be an unfortunate omission on the NES Classic Edition, it’s the fact that it won’t permit gamers to add such extra games. According to gaming website Kotaku (http://kotaku.com/the-mini-nes-wont-open-cant-connect-to-the-internet-1783693116), the Classic Edition can’t connect to the internet, and it has no removable media slot, so it won’t be able to take any additional games. That’s definitely a minor letdown to anyone hoping to unlock a truly jam-packed library of nostalgic titles.
At least the list of included games is filled with quality, with all three Super Marios, both Zelda titles, the first two Castlevanias, Punch-Out, Ninja Gaiden and Metroid among the lot.
And at least it’s coming, meaning 8-bit Nintendo action without the need to ever blow on your console and pray the cartridge works.