Nintendo reveals display modes and save states for NES Classic Edition

Miss your boxy CRT? NES Classic's display modes have got you covered.


Nintendo's NES Classic Edition console includes three display modes and multiple save-game states for the games baked into its miniature-sized Control Deck. GameSpot got hold of a Classic Edition from Nintendo and took its settings for a spin.

Fans of old-school games hoping for an authentic visual experience are in luck: the Classic Edition's CRT mode captures your fusty tube-based TV, complete with scan lines. By default, you'll play in 4:3 aspect ratio.

Rounding out display modes, Pixel Perfect mode crunches pixels down to squares to provide "the most accurate representation of the games as they were originally designed," according to Nintendo.

Save states a la emulation replace battery-backed saves and password systems, though games like Punch-Out!! retain those password save systems if you enjoy tediously punching in letters and numbers. Each of the 30 games included in the console receive four save states, so you can freeze the action and pick up right where you left off later.

You save and load states—and access the game select screen—using buttons on the front of the console rather than on your controller. This makes sense, given that the NES pad is modeled after the original peripheral and contains no extra inputs, but will likely prove aggravating, especially if you sit far back from your console.

Instruction manuals take the form of digital booklets accessed via a QR code. After scanning your code with a phone or tablet, you can view manuals on that device.

The NES Classic Edition ships out to stores on November 11.

Image courtesy of GameSpot.


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    September 30, 2016 12:46 PM

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      September 30, 2016 1:08 PM

      It's cool they are adding save states. I might actually be able to beat a lot of the games I couldn't as a kid.

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      September 30, 2016 1:13 PM


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        September 30, 2016 2:05 PM

        No way this isn't photoshopped. The proportions of his hands and head are way off.

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      September 30, 2016 1:15 PM

      Have they done preorders for this thing yet?

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        September 30, 2016 1:25 PM

        They did in and they sold out real damn quick.

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      September 30, 2016 1:16 PM

      I'm glad that the savestate buttons are on the console rather than the controller. You should be forced to pay for the sins of your cheating.

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      September 30, 2016 1:59 PM

      There's a new video too.

      Shows the suspend points and the filter mode.

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      September 30, 2016 4:05 PM


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        September 30, 2016 4:13 PM

        It's come and gone on Amazon already.

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          September 30, 2016 5:03 PM

          what? when?

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            September 30, 2016 5:04 PM

            Buddy of mine was watching it. Said it sold out before he could even add it to cart.

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              September 30, 2016 6:25 PM

              This bodes well for a future SNES version.

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                September 30, 2016 6:27 PM

                Ya, but how could anyone possibly pick a limited number of must-have games for the SNES? There were so many!

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                  September 30, 2016 6:45 PM

                  Yeah, picking 30 would be tough but doable.

                  Maybe the success of the NES mini will make them realize the next iteration should have online connectivity to download more games. 1GB internal memory would be more than enough to contain a couple hundred SNES games plus firmware updates.

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                    September 30, 2016 6:50 PM

                    I kind of enjoy the offline nature of this thing. Would be cool to have an cart slot and for them to sell game bundles on carts.

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                      September 30, 2016 7:09 PM

                      Not a bad idea. It would be even better if the carts were compatible with the NX.

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                    October 1, 2016 5:35 AM

                    They should just make it 60-100 games, and make it $100. It will still sell out. I don't care about connectivity that much because I'll be buying these for a little kid and being self-contained is a plus.

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      September 30, 2016 6:54 PM

      Not expandable though. Major buzzkill

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        October 3, 2016 8:22 AM

        I think it works better that way. More self-contained, and keeps the cost down. You have the Virtual Console if you just wanna buy a bunch of old games, even if the library is lacking.

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      October 3, 2016 8:23 AM

      When this was initially announced I thought it was cool, but didn't think I was going to get it. But the more I see it, the more I want it. The price is just so right, and it comes out so close to my birthday, too (Nov 21). I would love to pick this thing up with a second controller and show my younger siblings the classics.

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