Skip to main content

Update: Pint-sized Nintendo Classic Edition won’t support additional games

where to buy nes classic edition nesclassicedition photo bk
What’s old is new again, or at least it comes with an HDMI port. Nintendo has announced the plug-and-play Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, a mini console that comes pre-loaded with several of the best retro games.

Launching in November for $60. the NES Classic Edition comes with almost every game you think of when you hear “NES.” Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Excitebike, Castlevania, Bubble Bobble, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Ninja Gaiden, and The Legend of Zelda are just a few of the games you can expect.

Related Videos

“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,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a release announcing the console.

The most die-hard Nintendo historians will note, however, that the NES isn’t technically Nintendo’s first home gaming console. Released only in Japan starting in 1977, the “Color TV” series of plug-and-play systems were created largely to capitalize on the success of Pong, learning valuable lessons about the nascent gaming hardware business that would help them revolutionize the industry worldwide in the following decades.


Unlike the original system, the NES Classic Edition comes bundled with an HDMI cable, as well as the “NES Classic Controller,” which is designed to mimic the look and feel of the original rectangular two-button design. Extra Classic Edition controllers will also be available, and the Wii’s Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are also compatible. As such, the Classic Edition controller can actually be used on the Wii and Wii U as well.

For just $60, this is a great way to introduce younger players to some of the franchises that shaped the medium over the last three decades. If your kids are feeling cocky about their video game skills, load up Super C and teach them a bit of old school humility.

There is, however, a small catch, In keeping with the tradition of plug-and-play consoles, the NES Classic Edition will not connect to the internet, and it won’t support any additional games. We don’t expect this to be the last of these to release, though. An SNES model sounds like a sure thing at this point, and we can even see a portable Game Boy getting the treatment, as well.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition arrives November 11.

Updated on 7-15-2016 by Gabe Gurwin: Included details on lack of online connectivity or additional games.

Editors' Recommendations

Claim these free 3DS and Wii U games before the eShop closes
free 3ds wii u eshop games nintendo and

The eShops on the 3DS and Wii U will shut down on March 27, so players are splurging on great games that they want to pick up in the final days of each storefront's life span. If you can't drop any cash on games for these systems before then though, you're probably wondering what's available from them for free. For the most part, it's demos, as the 3DS and Wii U weren't really known for their free-to-play offerings. Even then, many of the available free-to-play games -- or "free-to-start" titles as Nintendo called them in that era -- won't have much use after the eShops cease game sales because most of their content is gated by microtransactions.

Some might be a little more time-consuming due to in-game timers and other microtransactions, but are still worth checking out regardless. If you're wondering what full games you can play on 3DS and Wii U for free ahead of the eShop storefronts' discontinuation on March 27, we recommend checking out the following six titles.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe

Read more
Sonic Frontiers is getting a free update this week, including new modes
Sonic holds his heels during a midair trick in Photo Mode.

Sonic Frontiers will receive its first of three planned updates on Wednesday, March 22. The free DLC -- dubbed Sights, Sound, and Speed -- has a load of new features, including Photo Mode, Jukebox, and new challenge modes.

Sega previously detailed its plans to support Sonic Frontiers in the long term last November, but it didn't share a timeline for when the updates were coming. Now that first wave is finally here, giving the game it's first significant update since it launched last year.

Read more
The best Final Fantasy games, ranked from best to worst
Final Fantasy X

While the role-playing game (RPG) has become a catch-all genre, now encompassing an almost silly range of games that don't share much in common, there was one video game franchise in the 1980s that was the quintessential RPG. Yes, we're talking about Final Fantasy from Square Enix.

The fantasy Japanese RPGs debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1987, but they became cultural touchstones in the '90s as Super Nintendo games. From there, the series made an incredibly successful jump to 3D on the PlayStation 1 before the mainline series started to take more risks, including the elimination of turn-based battles and massively multiplayer online game (MMO) entries, and the latest game, Final Fantasy XVI, becoming a full-on character-action game.

Read more