Nintendo announces compact NES with 30 classic retro games

Nintendo reignited interest last week in one of its classic games franchises with Pokemon Go, and followed up Thursday with the announcement it’s releasing a new, compact version of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System.

Nintendo Entertainment System's retro renaissance follows launch of Pokemon Go

Ninendo's NES Classic Edition is a 'near-identical, mini replica' of the console that launched in the 1985 and introduced millions of gamers to characters like Super Mario, Link and Samus. (Nintendo)

You didn't think Nintendo would be happy with just reviving Pokemon, did you?

Following a week in which it reignited interest in one of its classic games franchises with Pokemon Go, the video game company announced Thursday it's releasing a new, compact version of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System.

The new device, called the NES Classic Edition, is a shrunken replica of the console that launched in North America in 1985, which over its lifetime sold more than 61 million units worldwide. It will come pre-loaded with 30 games and one controller.

You won't have to dig out an old tube TV either, as it will be able to connect to modern displays with an included HDMI cable. In another modern twist, each game will have "multiple suspend points," allowing players to take a break and return to the point where they left off without entering passwords.

The NES Classic Edition will be available in November for $79.99 in Canada. Additional controllers will be available for $12.99. (Nintendo)

The NES Classic Edition will be available in stores Nov. 11 for $79.99. Gamers can buy a second controller for $12.99.

"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," Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada's general manager and senior director, said in a release.

Games include Super Mario, Zelda, Castlevania

The games in the NES Classic Edition include an impressive range of Nintendo-made and third-party titles. Here's the full list:

  • 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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