Nintendo made waves earlier this year when it revealed it would be bringing its first home console back to the market in the form of the NES Classic Edition. Loaded with 30 popular games from the late ’80s and early ’90s, the official mini NES is perfect for casual fans who want to rediscover the magic of 8-bit gaming. But what about the hardcore enthusiasts? Where’s their console?
Although we’re all dying to see what Nintendo has in store for the next generation, the gaming company made waves earlier this month will some decidedly less timely news: the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back.
On July 14th, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original NES with 30 classic games built in. A week later, Nintendo shared a radical, tubular, totally retro trailer to hype up the console.
The internet exploded this week when Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition. Not quite a game console, the Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 touchstone Nintendo Entertainment System games, from Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda to Metroid to Final Fantasy.
With all the excitement surrounding the announcement, there was some confusion over what exactly the machine was, but on Thursday, Polygon got in touch with Nintendo to find out everything it could about the new NES. We’ve summarized some of the most important revelations below.
It turns out that Nintendo is launching new hardware this year after all! On Thursday morning, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System which will cost $59.99 when it launches on November 11th, 2016.
One of the most impressive traits of the gaming community is its drive to push the limits of its favorite games. Gamers are constantly breaking speed running records and accomplishing seemingly impossible tricks, and every once in a while, even discovering secrets that have been hidden for decades.
Have you ever tried to go back and replay classic games from previous generations? Whether they hold up or not, it’s often difficult to adjust your expectations accordingly, especially when we live in a world where massive, open world games are the norm and the virtual reality revolution is just weeks away.
But the 2D classics of yore aren’t being left behind entirely.
Though the original Super Mario Bros. is arguably the most iconic video game ever released, Super Mario Bros. 3 remains a classic in its own right. The graphics were next-level for the NES and the gameplay itself was and still is incredibly fun and addictive. Even today, a full 25 years after its release, you can fire up Super Mario Bros 3. and gleefully spend hours upon hours traversing through an exciting and frustrating maze of creatively designed levels. If you stroll into any video game store that sells old NES games, it’s a safe bet that Super Mario Bros. 3 will be the most expensive title available.
I’m old enough to remember when Super Mario Bros. 3 was released – you know, back when video games were sold in boxes slightly bigger than your average VHS tape – and can attest that the game was an immediate hit and lived up to the immense schoolyard hype that accompanied its release. Not surprisingly, the title was deservedly ranked as the best video game of all time by IGN. If you’re as fond of the game as I am, well, you’re going to love this little slice of previously little-known video game history.
It’s surprisingly exhilarating to watch someone blast through a video game in minutes that would take a normal person hours to beat. We couldn’t take our eyes off of the ridiculous Super Mario World speedrun last week, good enough for a world record, but just days later we’ve been distracted by another record-setting run of a classic Nintendo game. More →
As a general rule, video games aren’t as difficult as they used to be. In the dawning era of home consoles, finishing a game took hours and hours of practice, requiring memorization of enemy spawn patterns and exceedingly quick reflexes. That’s not the case with most modern games, which explains why a bunch of teenagers would have trouble beating the original Mega Man. More →
Once again, The Fine Brothers’ popular YouTube series in which kids, teens and adults react to something they might have never seen before has skirted into the realm of technology. This week, teenagers are handed the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo’s first home console and the device that heralded a new dawn for living room gaming. More →
Playing classic video game ROMs on the iPhone has typically required jailbreaking in the past, but webNES is a browser-based solution that gives everyone access to their own playable NES libraries. According to TouchArcade, webNES works in conjunction with Dropbox, so in order to play NES games on the web app, you’ll have to store NES ROMs in your Dropbox account and then log in through webNES. Once the files are in your Dropbox, you will be able to select one to play inside the app. You can try it out by navigating to webn.es on your smartphone where the creators have provided a few sample games. Just hit the + symbol in the top right corner of the page to access your Dropbox files. It’s not perfect, but it’s the simplest way to play NES games on the iPhone.
On Friday Nintendo announced that the much anticipated software update for the 3DS — which will deliver the eShop application store, a web browser, and more — will officially be available on June 6th. Anyone who installs the update before July 7th will also get a free 3D version of the NES game Excitebike. Nintendo also announced that it will deploy new content to the eShop every Thursday including Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare titles. The initial Gameboy titles include Super Mario Land, Alleyway, and Radar Mission. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Netflix support in the update, but we won’t have long to find out if that’s a last-minute addition. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →