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Nintendo Announces NES Classic Edition for November Release!

Thursday 14th July 2016 by J.C. Marquez

Alright, Nintendo. First you team up with Vans Shoes and give us amazing Nintendo-themed footwear. Last week, you unleash Pokemon GO on us and overtake our lives. Now on this day, you announce that the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back?

That sound you hear right now is the sound of millions of old-school Nintendo fans crying tears of joy.

Earlier today, Nintendo revealed they will be releasing the NES Classic Edition–a smaller version of the Nintendo Entertainment System–on November 11. The NES Classic Edition with come with an HDMI cable, a replica NES Classic Controller (yes, just like the 1985 original), and will come packed with 30 pre-installed NES games. Additional NES Controllers will be sold separately for $9.99.

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The system will include the following 30 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
  • Star Tropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link


The NES Classic Edition will allow players to save, suspend, and restart their games at any time, so those days of starting a stage over from scratch are now a thing of the past. Additionally, those who own the Wii Classic Controller of the Wii Classic Controller Pro will be able to use them on the NES Classic Edition.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime says, “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. The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is dieal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or wants those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

With a $59.99 MSRP, the NES Classic Edition will undoubtedly be a hot item this holiday season.

Geekscapists, it is shocking to see that some beloved NES games have failed to make the list. For example, where is Contra? If we’re talking about amazing and beloved co-op games, why not include the grandaddy of them all? Anyway, what say you? If you could replace a game on the list with one of your personal favorites, what would it be? Sound off in the comments below (or on our Twitter account: @geekscapegames) and we will discuss your choices on an upcoming episode of the Geekscape Games Podcast!

J.C. Marquez

J.C. has been in love with video games since he walked into a living room full of his older cousins huddled around a T.V. playing Metroid on a brand new Nintendo Entertainment System. With Zelda tattoos covering the better part of his left arm, J.C. spends his time his wife and baby daughter, playing on his 3DS and Wii U systems, as well as teaching English and running a Smash Bros. Club. He is an avid fan of comics, Japanese wrestling, horror movies, and art. Considers Pee Wee's Big Adventure to be the greatest film ever made.