News hit the web today that Nintendo is fully embracing their 8bit roots with the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, or “Mini NES”; a tiny USB powered game system for your HDTV that’s shaped like the classic console but with thirty games built in and controllers compatible with the Wii and WiiU.
With games showcasing the extraordinary legacy and versatility of the system, there is bound to be something there for everyone. Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, Punch Out and Donkey Kong are all there and those alone are going to be very attractive to a lot of people.
After seeing so far four Atari Flashback consoles as well as versions for Intellivision, Colecovision and even the Commodore 64, there’s little doubt in my mind that Nintendo is on a winner here with this. As someone who never owned a NES, the thought of having one of these to play games on is quite compelling. There’s still much to learn yet about how the games will be compared to running on original hardware but hopefully Nintendo will work to ensure it is as close as possible.
Both Kotaku and Polygon have further details of the machine which is scheduled to arrive in stores from November 10. The “go to” gift for your favourite gamer this year might be coming soon… if you don’t buy it yourself.