With one tweet, Nintendo surprised its fans this quiet Thursday morning with the announcement of the mini NES Classic Edition, a new take on the “Plug ‘n’ Play consoles” of old that includes thirty classic NES games from “timeless favorites” to “cult classics.”

In a press release, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime explained, “We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place.” He went on to add that the Classic Edition is an ideal way for past fans to not only relive NES memories but pass on those same memories to a new generation of fans. That’s helped by a modernized, miniature console packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and a Classic Controller patterned after the iconic NES controllers.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system…”

Launching on November 11, 2016, the NES Classic Edition will be priced at $59.99 for North America. Additional Classic Controllers can be purchased for $9.99 for multiplayer games. Nintendo of Europe confirmed the same release date for their territories, however a price hasn’t yet been set. It’s also worth noting that, while a USB cable is included in-package for Europe, the AC adapter needed to power the system is not included.

The thirty games offer a broad variety, from the first two Zelda adventures to more arcade-like games such as Galaga (a personal favorite of mine!). Each game includes suspend points as well, doing away with up-all-nighters and passwords to retain your progress. You can find the full list below:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. 
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It’s a fine mix, and I find myself eager to play several of the above games that I never had the opportunity to before. And seeing how many of these games can cost between five to ten dollars on the eShop, $60 is a steal. Plus, look at this boxart! Compare it to the old packaging, and you’ll find it perfectly captures that retro look, right down to the font and feature call-outs.


NES old boxart

As a final, added bonus the included NES Classic Controller can be plugged into a Wiimote and used for those classic games you may have already downloaded onto your Wii or Wii U from the eShop. So if you don’t want to spring for the console but still want that retro experience, you can purchase the Classic Controller separately.

Will you be picking up the NES Classic Edition? What games are you eager to play, and why are they Zelda? Feel free to share your excitement with us!

  • Emilie Aul

    aaahhh I’m so excited. x3 There are several games on here that I just never had the opportunity to play, and you can’t argue with that price.

  • draug419

    aaahhh I’m so excited. x3 There are several games on here that I just never had the opportunity to play, and you can’t argue with that price.

  • Kratos

    when i saw this on nintendo’s twitter feed this morning my first thought was “there’s no way thats real” hdmi connection? i wonder what the game resolutions will be, i’d assume 480p at minimum but hoping for at least 720p on the high end. i’d prefer the original CONTRA instead of SUPER C, but whatever. take my money!!

    • draug419

      I honestly thought it was the parody account at first, but I have mobile notifications set up for NOA so I knew it wasn’t fake. xD

      I’m hoping the “pixel perfect” mode is included. I’ve heard that does wonders for the retro games on the eShop.

      • Kratos

        yeh i hope the games are tweaked a bit for playing on newer TV types and i’d prefer the original 4:3 aspect ratio. honestly i don’t “need” this as i can already play every classic NES/SNES game that i want using openemu on my macbook- which imo is THE BEST emulator ever made– but i’ll be purchasing this mini-NES anyway.

  • ShadowReaperX

    My only question is how much the individual miNES controllers’ll run for. And yes, I said miNES, pronounced MII-ness.

    • ShadowReaperX

      Nevermind, the controller is $10. Or at least so sayeth Nintendo Life.

  • Dan0709

    if this doesn’t hint the upcoming comeback of cartdriges, then i don’t know what does, lol

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