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Nintendo to Release NES Classic this November

  1. last year

    AC Slater

    14 Jul 2016 Administrator

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    It is a cutesy tiny version of the original NES console to sell for this holiday season. The release would be right around the 30th anniversary for markets the original was released to in 1986. It will apparently come with 30 games. The things I am wondering about it...

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    • What hardware are they using to emulate the original?
    • Will the firmware be upgradable to add games?
    • Will it be hackable to add more games or functionality?

    Some gripes are that it seems will not work with original accessories, including game cartridges.

    Games included:

    • Balloon Fight
    • BUBBLE BOBBLE
    • Castlevania
    • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
    • Donkey Kong
    • Donkey Kong Jr.
    • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
    • Dr. Mario
    • Excitebike
    • FINAL FANTASY
    • Galaga
    • GHOSTS 'N GOBLINS
    • GRADIUS
    • Ice Climber
    • Kid Icarus
    • Kirby's Adventure
    • Mario Bros.
    • MEGA MAN 2
    • Metroid
    • NINJA GAIDEN
    • PAC-MAN
    • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
    • StarTropics
    • SUPER C
    • Super Mario Bros.
    • Super Mario Bros. 2
    • Super Mario Bros. 3
    • TECMO BOWL
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  2. Seems like a cool product. I like the fact that it comes with so many games, many of which I never got the chance to try back in the day. I love it that if you wait long enough, some of the things you missed out on as a kid come back again. The console is so tiny, looks like a prop version.

  3. AC Slater

    16 Jul 2016 Administrator
    Edited last year by AC Slater

    Yeah, that's true, some things survive the test of time. What if they had Duck Hunt and made a small Derringer sized light-zapper? The controller pictured above is probably the same size, and $10 for an extra one is pretty reasonable.

  4. AC Slater

    19 Jul 2016 Administrator
    Edited last year by AC Slater

    Apparently the opening where the cart goes in is called a "Chamber Lid" and the mini NES does not have one that opens. It also is not expandable for more games. Source: http://kotaku.com/the-mini-nes-wont-open-cant-connect-to-the-internet-1783693116

  5. 11 months ago

    andyandy

    22 Jul 2016 Moderator

    Even though I have all the games already, I'll be picking this one up!

    Was hoping that there would be wireless controllers, but for $60 it's hard to complain...

  6. AC Slater

    25 Jul 2016 Administrator

    We want to get one too. Any thoughts on how to pre-order one? I wonder if it will be like the Wii when it came out and was hard to get for a while. Now it seems like it has been forgotten.

  7. andyandy

    27 Jul 2016 Moderator

    Best Buy has a placeholder page at the moment.

    There are already "user reviews" on the Best Buy page for a product that hasn't been released yet. Geez...

    I imagine Gamestop and Amazon will also be taking preorders. Will have to keep an eye out.

    What is cool is that the controller ports look the same as the ones on the bottom of the Wii controller, so you might be able to use the Wii Classic Controllers as the second controller if you have one laying around.

    If you like bling, the pack in controller for Wii Goldneye 007 is painted gold.

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  8. AC Slater

    29 Jul 2016 Administrator
    Edited 11 months ago by AC Slater

    The feedback on the Best Buy page is lame. I put in a request to be informed at Amazon...

    A promo video came out, that I feels doesn't sell it hard enough. It will be interesting to see how the user interface is designed to navigate the games and access any new features like game saves.

    Ars Technica has a discussion on "improved video" in contrast to the virtual console games based on the promo, but I feel it is really speculative. Whoever made the promo can easily juice up footage, etc.

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/07/nes-classic-edition-games-look-better-than-virtual-console-emulation/?comments=1

    Mike created a super elaborate mini replica using a Raspberry Pi, 3D printed case, mini NFC embedded carts, and mini controller. The carts even push and lock down inside the chamber lid. It uses the Retro Pi project's software under the hood. The quality of his 3D printing is really impressive. He says he was almost done with it before Nintendo's announcement of the mini.

  9. andyandy

    30 Jul 2016 Moderator

    @AC Slater A promo video came out, that I feels doesn't sell it hard enough. It will be interesting to see how the user interface is designed to navigate the games and access any new features like game saves.

    The video is boring, but closer to launch there will be more impactful promotion. The system for the most part is going to sell itself. The target audience is the causal gamer not the special snowflake console collector snobs.

    Ars Technica has a discussion on "improved video" in contrast to the virtual console games based on the promo, but I feel it is really speculative. Whoever made the promo can easily juice up footage, etc.

    I imagine the resolution will be better than the virtual console release. Nintendo has made a profitable business out of incrementally improving the same core set of video games that they sell over and over again for each new system.

    Mike created a super elaborate mini replica using a Raspberry Pi, 3D printed case, mini NFC embedded carts, and mini controller. The carts even push and lock down inside the chamber lid. It uses the Retro Pi project's software under the hood. The quality of his 3D printing is really impressive. He says he was almost done with it before Nintendo's announcement of the mini.

    That's really impressive.

  10. AC Slater

    4 Aug 2016 Administrator

    @andyandy I imagine the resolution will be better than the virtual console release. Nintendo has made a profitable business out of incrementally improving the same core set of video games that they sell over and over again for each new system.

    That's good to hear. It will be cool to see it all digital without spending $500+ or $5k on this .

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  11. AC Slater

    9 Aug 2016 Administrator
    Edited 11 months ago by AC Slater

    Some more details:

    “There will be different modes of how you will see the screen – a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens, there will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this too.”

    “There will be permanent save points and instant temporary saves to be able to resume, and that’s for every single one of the 30 games. So, you don’t have to worry about passwords, or restarting right at the beginning.”



    Source: http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/nes-classic-edition-new-features/

  12. 10 months ago
    Edited 10 months ago by andyandy

    I'm seriously considering picking up one of these Super Famicom Classic Controllers that were released for the Wii in Japan to use with the system. These were a membership perk of Club Nintendo in Japan at one time. Not sure if they got an official release.

    Wii_SNES_Controller.jpg

    I personally prefer the way the SNES controller fits in my hand compared the NES style controller.

  13. AC Slater

    5 Sep 2016 Administrator

    I like those controllers. They were on my wish list a while back but I never ended up getting one. Would you need a cord extender?

  14. Good question! Not sure, but yhe cords are probably the standard length of around 2 1/2 feet.

  15. 8 months ago

    AC Slater

    9 Nov 2016 Administrator

    I got this note from Amazon. Will it even be possible to get in the cart to buy?

    Thank you for your interest in ordering the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic! Read on for information on how to get your very own NES Classic at Amazon.com.

    The NES Classic will be available for sale at 2:00 p.m. PT on Friday, November 11. Purchases are limited to one per customer, and 1-Click Ordering will be disabled for this item. Please make sure you've updated your credit card and shipping information to help you move quickly through the checkout process. We have very limited quantities of this item, however we will be receiving additional quantities over the coming weeks. Please act quickly at 2:00 p.m. PT on Friday for your best chance at buying an NES Classic.

    Demand is expected to be very high, and there's no guarantee that it will remain in stock for long. We will make similar announcements when additional inventory becomes available.

    Thank you for shopping with us. Amazon.com Video Games

  16. andyandy

    10 Nov 2016 Moderator

    That's good news.

    I think by removing the one-click ordering Amazon is preventing flippers from using bots to order mass quantities of these right at release time.

    I think you should have a decent chance of being able to pick one up this way if you are online there right when the floodgates open.

  17. andyandy

    10 Nov 2016 Moderator

    There are quite a few third-party controllers being released for the NES Classic so it looks like there are some alternatives if you can't find a second joystick.

    Nyko is releasing this one:

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    Interworks is releasing an clone of the Advantage called the Edge.

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  18. AC Slater

    13 Nov 2016 Administrator

    No dice. I was there before/during/after 2pm and felt things were glitching and was never able to add it to my cart. I don't have good luck on the limited releases.

    That Advantage clone looks sweet! I read a review on the system that mentioned the short cable on the controller and it seemed to be from the specs that were given a while back.

  19. andyandy

    13 Nov 2016 Moderator

    That stinks that you weren't able to get one on launch. Based on eBay listings it seems the flippers have picked up most of them for resell. Nintendo is certainly great at limiting early supply so they can keep the hype strong. Fortunately Nintendo will be releasing more soon

  20. AC Slater

    14 Nov 2016 Administrator

    Yeah, it reminds me of the Wii hype/trickled release.

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