Classic Nintendo NES is BACK!

Holy crap you guys. They’re bringing back the original system pre-loaded with 30 games. And you’ll be able to save your games. And it’s only $60!

It’s got:

The Super Marios
Zeldas: My first RPG was Zelda 2. I was sick and out of school for a week and rented that game and I played it every waking moment that week.
The Castlevanias
Excitebike: This was my brothers favorite game so we played it a lot.
Punch Out
Mega Man 2
Double Dragon 2
Final Fantasy: I never played the early Final Fantasys. I’m excited about this.
Ninja Gaiden: I played the crap out of this game.
and more…

Check it out. It’s available 11/11. This will be my Christmas present to myself.

I’m not much of a video gamer these days, but I loved me some NES back in the day. I really want to get this for, uh, my kids.

Problem is my in-laws gave my son their old Wii last year and he’s been really getting into the Lego Batman games, so I’m afraid he would be seriously unimpressed and possibly bored with the 80s & 90s graphics. My five-year-old daughter gets frustrated with the Wii games though, so maybe this will be a good game system for her to enjoy. I’m thinking specifically of the Mario games.

And, shoot, I know I’d enjoy the heck out of it. New systems haven’t grabbed me. I’m just not much for the modern-day complex fancy games with the whirlybirds and hoozamacows with multi-dimensional time dips and chirpy hand paddles.

Is there cartridge support? It doesn’t specify, and if it doesn’t have one, you’re better off getting a NES-101 system for NES games. (That’s a top loading NES Nintendo put for sale in the 90s).

It’s pretty tempting to get this. Wish I had more free time.

I loved the Super Marios, the Zeldas, Punch-Out, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Kid Icarus.

Never had or played any of the Mega Man games, Final Fantasy I, or Kirby’s Adventure, so it would be interesting to see what I was missing. Of course, I could have found out long ago via emulators (sorry, mods, I know that’s highly illegal and I definitely recommend that no one ever do such a terrible horrible thing.)

I remember Ice Climber and Bubble Bobble. I found the end of the latter very weird and creepy. You could only get the “real” ending in 2-player mode, so my brother and I used to have to recruit each other to play it.

I never could beat the final boss in Ninja Gaiden, or even get to the final level in Castlevania 1, so it would be interesting to see if I could accomplish such a feat today now that I’m older and wiser (but probably have a slightly slower reaction time.)

The one game I wish it had that it doesn’t is Blades of Steel.

This is why I’m getting it. I played these games a lot but only ever finished the Mario games and Zelda.

I was a big time “SERIOUS GAMER” growing up and in my 20’s and early 30’s but the last couple of years I’ve just kind of started losing interest. I blame WoW. I’ve been playing that for almost a decade and it kind of ruined non-MMO games for me because I knew in a couple of weeks or so I’d finish the game and then it would all be over. And it made me kind of sad that I felt that way instead of just enjoying the game. But adulting takes up most of my time these days so my free time is limited.

But I am excited to be able to play these games again and there are some I never played like Final Fantasy. I haven’t felt this excited about playing vidja games in years.

It’s probably just nostalgia but I don’t care. I’m excited about vidja games again.

Aren’t there ports of most of these games for the Wii, available for (legal) download? If you’ve already got the hardware, that’d be much cheaper, I’m sure.

This is going to be my Christmas present to myself. I played so many of those games as a kid, especially the Zelda games. I played some of the later Final Fantasy games but never the classic NES version. I can’t wait! :slight_smile:

Nope. The only games this will ever play are what’s loaded on it. This is not a hardware clone like the Sega genesis and Atari 2600 get, but a stripped-down Wii running an official emulator. The pro here is that these games are HDTV compatible via this machine.

The price averages 5 dollars per NES title on the various Virtual Console; here it averages to 2 dollars (pre-tax). The caveat being you are limited to what’s on offer.

This looks cool and I’m squarely in their target market. However, why on earth is it so limited? Only 30 games from a library twenty times greater. And only four save slots? Maybe they’re planning on releasing more complete systems in the future.

I’m happy to see Ghosts & Goblins. That game got really hard, really fast. I also recall playing the arcade version. Castlevania 2 is a good one, I used to love the music. “What a horrible night to have a curse.” The Zeldas are good ones and probably still playable, so is Metroid. I preferred Life Force to Gradius but both are good. 'Member that weird, wobbly tune when Pit got cursed by the Eggplant Wizard in Kid Icarus? I played a lot more Ninja Gaiden 2 than the first one. Boomerang stars, anyone?

I would have like to have seen Contra, Blades of Steel, Golf, Tetris, Blaster Master, Metal Gear.

My brother and I used to play Tecmo Baseball for HOURS. Same with Double Dribble. These were a little more obscure and it’s not surprising they didn’t make the cut.

Oh man, Contra. I love hated that game. We lived just down the street from a Mom N’ Pop video rental place that also rented NES games. I would walk over there for a game and see Contra and remember how hard it was the last time I rented it and think, “Well maybe this time it won’t be so hard. After all I learned stuff from the last time I rented it.” and then get home and over the next couple of days I’d be cursing like a sailor that cursed.

Odd that it comes with Super C but not Contra.

I remember Contra being really hard at first, too. Then I learned the 30 lives code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start) and could finally beat it. Eventually, by playing it with the code, I got good enough at it that I could beat it without the code.

It’s certainly tempting.

OTOH, the non-expandable 30 game library (only 11 of which I really have any interest in revisiting*) is a downside.

Also, the 4 saves thing is an issue, unless that just means for the games that aren’t intended to have saves. (Though that’s ‘all of them except FF and Zelda II…’)

  • Final Fantasy, all 5 Mario games, the Donkey Kongs, Bubble Bobble, Punch Out and Pac-Man. I’d probably also play several of the others, but I wouldn’t pay for them on their own. Surprised there’s no Dragon Quests in the set. (Also, the Famicom version comes with the better Final Fantasy.)

I’d be more tempted if this was SNES games, even though like many I started on the NES.

To be honest though, I have a suspicion the novelty of playing these again would soon wear off. They say you should never go back, would I really sit and replay these or would I just fuck about with them for an hour before going back to other, much better systems?

Crap, now I don’t remember if I was renting Contra or Super C. I think it was both. Being so close to a video rental store my brother and I rented everything they had. It’s pretty much what we spent our allowances on.

My hope is that you get four slots for saves per game and that you can overwrite a slot for a new save point. That way you could effectively have four runs saved per game and you just overwrite as you progress through each run.

The four save slots are separate from the “hard” saves for games that were initially coded with them, but not excluded from those games, either. Edit: there are only the four to share among the thirty.

The famicom version also has Atlantis no Nazo, which is poorer than anything the NES version has by an astronomical measure. It’s like Nintendo didn’t realize its popularity is strictly ironical and no sane person would actually pay money for it.

What’s more, the Famicom controllers are hardwired, so they can’t be used in conjunction with the Wii and Wii U consoles like the NES mini’s can, which is actually a major selling point for the latter for a lot of enthusiasts.

I bought the Wii game that had all the Super Marios on them and I played the crap out of theose games. Especially 1 and 2. So I probably won’t be playing them a lot on the NES but I will be on the other games like Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, Megaman, Zelda and especially Final Fantasy.

I was recently playing Shovel Knight and it brought back a lot of nostalgia for 2d side scrollers.

Yes, this is another major selling point for me is to have the original controllers again AND they work with the Wii and Wii U.

The anniversary Mario Wii disk was not optimized for HDTV and thus has input lag (you didn’t notice?). Moreover, it retained the inaccurate brick collision physics for Mario 1 and Lost levels that were erroneously present in the SNES original (you didn’t notice?).

None of these are present in this collection.

You’re only better off if you still have your old cartridges, or are interested in building up a collection by tracking down used ones on ebay.

In addition to what Trancephalic said there are those of us who don’t have the hardware. I have a PS4 and don’t have much interest in getting a Wii U.

And now that you say that, I remember back in NES days, when Super C came out, people saying it was way too hard.