It’s official: the eighties and nineties are back in full force, and it’s all thanks to a little old gaming company called Nintendo. The past couple of weeks all anyone seems to be talking about is Pokemon Go, which has caused the company’s stocks to rise. So naturally, now is the perfect time to bring back some other classics.
Actually, Nintendo is bringing back 30 classics, to be exact. In a move that melts our Mario Bros.-loving hearts, the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System is headed back to shelves really soon. As in, this November.
Talk about a time warp. We might as well slap on some slap bracelets, dust off the Cabbage Patch Dolls and bust out the mullet hairstyle while we’re at it. Okay, so maybe some things are best left in the 80s, but the NES isn’t one of them. And, because we’re now 30-plus years out from when the original was released, there are a couple of updated twists.
First off, the new system is going to be a mini-version of the old clunker. It’s the perfect retro addition to your living room, but in a super cute size that should fit in with your other sleek electronics. Secondly, the new system will be cartridge-free. That’s right — no more blowing dust out of the opening or trying to align a wonky cartridge just right when popping it into the machine. This version comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games that you can play through your television via an HDMI cable.
No messing around with updated controllers, either. A classic version of the original pad is included in the bundle (which will retail for $59.99 US). As an added bonus, the remote hooks up to your Wii remote as well, which means you can use it to play Wii and Wii U virtual console games. That means no more awkward flipping of the Wii controller, guys.
We can hardly wait. It won’t be long before we’re warping worlds with Mario and Luigi, rolling barrels with Donkey Kong, or humming the damned theme songs to Zelda and Dr. Mario all over again. In fact, the only games we can see that are missing from this list are Duck Hunt and Contra. Duck Hunt makes sense, since it’s probably no longer kosher to include a fake gun in a Nintendo pack. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to entering Contra‘s “30 Lives” code again (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, start!).
Those omissions aside, Nintendo just hit the Christmas jackpot – we’re pretty sure every 20- and 30-something who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s is going to want one of these things come the holidays. If they don’t go ahead and buy one for themselves on the Nov. 11 release, that is.
Here’s a complete list of the games that will be released with Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.
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
Pretty comprehensive, right? If you don’t hear from us the entire holiday season, at least now you’ll know why. Now excuse us — we have some princesses that need saving.
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