If you happen to be enjoying playing video games at home today, then you probably have much to thank Nintendo for. In 1983, when Atari had collapsed and other gaming companies were writing off ever playing computer games at home again, the Japanese company took a leap of faith and brought out the humble Family Computer or Famicom, and revolutionized the video game industry forever. The Famicom would cross the Pacific into the US, where it was given a physical makeover (to make it look more an “appliance” than a “toy” to American consumers) and rechristened the Nintendo Entertainment System.
As it turns out, the old NES was an idea whose time has come once again. Forbes reports that last July 14 Nintendo announced that it will soon release an updated package of old childhood nostalgia in the “NES Classic”, a slice of the golden age of Nintendo gaming for the oldies to cherish and for today’s gaming generation to experience.
The NES Classic at first glance looks like a cute miniaturized version of the gloriously bulky original console. In fact, it’s small and light enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But make no mistake about it, the reason it is small is because it’s packing some advanced tech to simulate the oldie NES gaming experience. The NES Classic has no need for game paks because it already comes pre-loaded with 30 of the most iconic games to grace the original console: killer apps like “Super Mario Bros.”, “The Legend of Zelda” and “Kirby’s Adventure”, along with titles developed by other companies for Nintendo such as Squaresoft’s (now Square-Enix) “Final Fantasy”, Konami’s “Castlevania” and Tecmo’s (now Koei-Tecmo) “Tecmo Bowl”.
For more feels to the old gamer, the packaged blocky controller is a total dead ringer for the original NES also. And for the gamer of today who is used to being able to save game progress, fret not about the old games’ limited continues or password system; the NES Classic has made provisions for you in its stable of titles. You’ll be able to save and continue where you left off in theses classic adventures, just like the games of today.
During its original run, the venerable NES/Famicom sold up to 62 million units and 500 game paks all over the world. And even as newer, more powerful consoles came onto the scene in the 90’s, Nintendo kept the NES going until 1995, while the Japanese Famicom soldiered on until 2003, even being available for repair by Nintendo customer service until 2008.
The NES Classic will cost about $59.99 per unit with one packaged controller, with additional controllers selling only at $10. American stalwarts can expect to see this blast from the past on November 11.
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