It's official: what's old is new again. Nintendo made waves by finally giving the people what they want when it decided to return to its goldmine of classic games. The gaming world reacted with utter glee when the company announced its latest project, the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.
As the audience that first played on the classic Nintendo is now well into their thirties, Nintendo is clearly hoping to cash in on their fond memories of what, for many, was their first foray into video games. From the early looks at the NES Classic Edition, it's looking like it will succeed.
The device recalls everything you loved about the look of the old NES, just in an adorable size that can literally fit in the palm of your hand. The miniature gaming system will come jam-packed with 30 of the greatest games to ever grace the console.
It will include some of the best and most beloved games of the 8-bit era such as the first three Super Mario Bros., the first two Legend of Zelda games, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Tecmo Bowl.
The selection offers a wide variety of different gaming styles from classic platformers to adventure games, RPGs, and sports, so there's pretty much something for every gamer.
Now, it should be noted that this concept isn't necessarily anything new, though it's certainly one of the more noteworthy nostalgia grabs. Online collections of classic casual games have been doing this for years by offering more than one hundred games featuring a variety of gameplay options. They're providing everything from classic card games to a wide range of slot reels, the latter of which feature themes ranging from movies to comic books. And it's all in the name of offering a new take on casino gaming. Sure enough, some other gaming companies are also trying to take advantage of this market for nostalgic smorgasbords.
The Atari Flashback consoles function on a very similar premise. They're faithful recreations of the classic Atari 2600 that can plug directly into the television to play a unique selection of classic games such as Asteroids, Centipede, and Space Invaders. However, they notably missed out on certain classics, like Pitfall or Pacman. Colecovision also offered its own flashback console that featured even more games (that you probably don't remember). Unlike the Nintendo classic, these games are further hampered by their own technological limitations, while the old Nintendo games still hold up well even 30 years later.
Unfortunately, the NES Classic Edition won't be able to connect to the internet and there are no plans to add more games in the future. With the included lineup, though, this really shouldn't be a problem. The system will include one controller along with a port to connect the Wii Classic Controller for two-player gaming.
There are already predictions out there that retro gaming will be one of the biggest trends for this holiday season, and we fully expect the NES Classic Edition to be a big part of that. It looks like there will be some renewed efforts to make the most of the craze from third-party players as well. AtGames has updated its own Sega Genesis Classic Game Console, which features the unique ability to actually play old Genesis and Mega Drive cartridges. While it boasts plenty of strong titles, many of the 80 built-in games are utterly forgettable—can you say quantity over quality?
We'll have to wait until the holidays to see how it measures up, but right now it's looking like Nintendo will find its way back into living rooms.
The NES Classic Edition is expected to hit store shelves November 11, 2016 and will retail for £50 with extra controllers available for £8 each.
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