New trailer shows off NES Classic Edition

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Nintendo made waves when it announced the NES Classic Edition, a miniature Nintendo Entertainment System, and has released a short-and-sweet teaser to show off the plug-and-play replica in a new trailer.

The NES Classic Edition marks Nintendo's foray into the built-in-games console market. It will come with an HDMI cable and one of the NES's horrid rectangular controllers, and you'll be able to plug in Wii Classic Controllers since those peripherals use the same prongs.

Where many of these miniatures use shoddy emulation to run built-in games, Nintendo's manufacturing the NES Classic itself. Hopefully that means faithful emulation of the 30 pre-loaded titles included on the system.

Nintendo has attached a $60 price tag to the NES Classic Edition, available on November 11. The library of pre-loaded games spans a nice mix of first- and third-party masterpieces from the 1980s and '90s. Standouts include the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, Castlevania 1 and 2, Mega Man 2, Punch-Out!! (featuring Mr. Dream), The Legend of Zelda and Zelda 2, and Double Dragon 2.

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    July 21, 2016 12:44 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, New trailer shows off NES Classic Edition

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      July 21, 2016 1:33 PM

      I love that they brought back the old slogan

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      July 21, 2016 3:22 PM

      Looks pretty rad to me!

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      July 21, 2016 3:25 PM

      Any idea how long the cable is on the controller?

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      July 22, 2016 2:00 AM

      Christmas #1. They won't be able to make these fast enough. They're just nailing absolutely everything except being able to add more games. I'm tempted to order one even though I've got all the games on any number of platforms and emulators. Maybe someone will hack it to run more, even if they solder the flash storage onto the motherboard.

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        July 22, 2016 4:11 AM

        This is what a lot of people don't seem to get: Nintendo doesn't want you to be able to add more games. The NES Classic Edition checks two boxes: nostalgia trip, and sampler platter that whets your appetite for the eShop's larger selection old-school games.

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          July 22, 2016 4:23 AM

          Oh I totally get that. Also removes choice paralysis - pure plug and play. It's the right move, much as I'd like it to run everything.

          I see lots of emulator geeks going "lol, get a raspberry pi and ROMs" but even that takes more effort.

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          July 22, 2016 4:44 AM

          I got to admit, a complete OFFLINE system has a certain appeal these days ...

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            July 22, 2016 4:52 AM

            That's another advantage. This retro sdstrm would be made decidedly un-retro if it could go online and let you buy games. Implementing that feature would entail more menus and troubleshooting, there would have to be customer service put in place to help those who couldn't get online and/or buy games.

            Before you know it, the costs of making and maintaining it would outweigh the revenue Nintendo clearly hopes to gain by putting out a closed box they don't have to think about once it's out the door.

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              July 22, 2016 5:02 AM

              I really like the idea that you will be able to see NESses at supermarkets and some parents will buy these as the first console for their kids. I like the idea of future generations growing up with fond memories of Mario Bros 3 or Zelda so maybe not all future game designers will think a game needs to have a stick and stone that you can slap together to make an axe.

              Of course if they would instead get SNES minis that would be even better ;D
              I'm not sure how often Nintendo can again sell me Super Mario World, Link to the Past and Super Metroid but I think one more is definitely in the cards.

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                July 22, 2016 5:13 AM

                I'll admit, since Nintendo announced this mini NES I've daydreamed about pre-loaded versions of the SNES and N64. :)

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                July 22, 2016 5:41 AM

                My 4 year old nephew loves NES and Genesis games and if's fucking awesome. He also loves SM3DW and Mario Maker when I bring the Wii U around. It's like he has no concept of graphics quality mattering or game generations, just good games.

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                  July 22, 2016 5:48 AM

                  That is genuinely heart warming. Good games are good games, regardless of generation. I'm on a massive retro kick right now with adventure games and Nintendo stuff I never played back in the day and they're still superb.

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              July 22, 2016 5:47 AM

              Same logic applies to counter people clamouring for this to support original cartridge - it's a nice idea but also kinda silly and a potential support nightmare. Never mind the fact that the thing is basically the same size in 2 out of 3 dimensions as a NES cart.

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      July 22, 2016 6:55 AM

      $60 for emulation?!?!? Give us hardware or take it away.

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