Seeing the announcement of a new NES Classic brought back so many memories and nostalgia. I envisioned a new version of the old system like the Retron 5 and others. Dreams of new copies of games I had tried to collect, but are too expensive, danced through my head. Bucky, Ducktales 2, Gun Nac, and S.C.A.T. were just a few that I immediately thought of. It quickly became clear this was not in the cards as the NES Classic is more of an Atari Controller with games embedded.

The NES Classic is essentially a small solid case version of the NES that holds 30 games. There is no room to expand the capacity so the 30 games will be it. Two controllers can plug into the small box. A power plug goes in the back along with an HDMI port. Early reports indicate that there maybe no power adapter included, instead relying on people to have a USB phone charger laying around the house. All of this will come for $60. If you want a second player then you have to buy an additional controller or use the Wii classic pro controller.

The 30 games chosen for the NES Classic are great. I will include the list below. The majority are Nintendo games, with a few Konami, Capcom, and Tecmo. For those who have not played them I highly recommend trying out all of these games. The vast majority are one player games. With that said, I will not be getting this.

How they could not get more games on this boggles my mind. Likely it comes down to getting the rights to these games. Obviously, Nintendo does not have to pay anything for their old games. The actual drive space can not cost more than $5 to make (16 GB USB sells for 4.99 on amazon). Controllers are selling for $10. The mass produced specialized case will be cheap too. Ultimately, we are getting 15 third party games for roughly $40. Is this a deal? Doesn’t seem like it to me.

Deal or no deal (yes, enjoy the pun) the big miss on this for me is that it can not be connected to the virtual console to download other games. It already has a Wii controller port. If it could download games to it for the NES it extends the replay value and creates a continuous marketplace for these old games. Use the box like an SD card for the Wii or the NX and it becomes an easy way to grow a market without having to create new content. This feels like a missed opportunity for Nintendo to capitalize on something larger.

The NES Classic provides a great entry point for new players, but for the experienced/collector this solution is very lacking. The only question left is will it truly provide a NES experience by requiring players to blow on the system or beat the side before each game play? For old time sake, I hope so!

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link