You’ve probably already seen Nintendo’s announcement a couple of days ago about a very exciting product due to hit store shelves on November 11th, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System! It appears that this Fall we are going to once again have the opportunity to announce to one and all that we are Playing With Power!
[Via] Mister Pesystem
While the NES Zapper and R.O.B. won’t be included with this release it will allow you the pleasure of picking up additional NES controller packs like back in the day. Of course the real draw is the 30 games that come with the Nintendo Classic Mini:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
MEGA MAN 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
From the Press Release:
“Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system*, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.
Each title is sure to bring back fond memories and produce plenty of new ones. Players can even enjoy playing many of these games together by attaching a second Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller, sold separately. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro for the Wii console can also be used.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii console. Simply connect it to a Wii Remote controller to make the experience that much more authentic. Players needn’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress either as each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed.
*Note that an AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging.”
I know that many of these titles can be played in some form or another through MAME but I’m looking forward to sitting on the living room floor this Fall with a big old glass of Great Bluedini, a NES controller in my hands (Probably giving my thumb a callous again!), and revisiting Hyrule and guiding the Light Warriors through the Kingdom of Coneria once again!