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NES Classic Edition, Nintendo enters the plug and play market

On Friday, November 11th, Nintendo is set to release their first plug and play console. The NES Classic Edition is meant to tickle your nostalgia bone with its selection of 30 NES Classics and the NES replica controller.

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The NES Classic Edition. Now you’re playing with Power… again

On Friday, November 11th, Nintendo is set to release their first plug and play console.  The NES Classic Edition is meant to tickle your nostalgia bone with its selection of 30 NES Classics and the NES replica controller.  As another nod to nostalgia, you will be able to contact the Nintendo Power Line at (425) 885-7529 from November 11th through the 13th for all of the best tips and tricks.

The system itself is roughly the width of an NES controller yet it retains the same look as the original 1985 classic, just smaller.  The NES Classic Edition connects to your HDTV via HDMI and will display in three options, CRT Filter (which emulates scanlines), a 4:3 stretch and a “Pixel Perfect” option which still upscales to 720p yet maintains the original aspect ratio.  Another bonus feature to this console is the ability to save game states for each title (no more leaving your session of Dr. Mario paused overnight).

 

NES Classic Display Options

Under the Hood

Some teardowns of the NES Classic Edition have already begun.  Arstechnica reports that system on a chip is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, clocked at 1.2GHz with 256 MB of DDR3 RAM and 512 MB of NAND flash storage and a dual-core Mail-400  GPU.  This actually places the system above the aging 3DS in terms of performance.  At only $59.99, the system and its 30 games can be had for the same cost as a single AAA title.

 

NES Classic Packaging

What you don’t get for your money

The NES Classic Edition is not perfect as there are a few negatives with this console.  One of the largest issues with NES Classic Edition is the lack of any expansion.  There is not a way to add games to the system via cartridge, SD Card or online store.  Another issue, the cord on the included NES replica controller is only 30 inches in length so, you will want to place the console on the floor for a playthrough.  Finally, you only get one replica controller with this system unlike other plug and play consoles such as the Flashback series by AtGames.

 

Included Games

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • 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

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