Nintendo is about to release a miniature version of the original NES — here’s what we know

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Over 30 years ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2016, it’s releasing a miniaturized, digital version of the same console: The NES Classic Edition.

The adorable little box is reminiscent of the original NES from 1985, but it’s far smaller – as seen above, it fits in the palm of your hand. Though there are still a few weeks until the NES Classic Edition arrives, we know an awful lot about it already:


First things first: the NES Classic Edition is SMALL.

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Like, it fits in one hand.
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Despite the looks, you can’t use classic NES cartridges with it.

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Instead, it comes with a selection of 30 games, built right into the hardware itself.

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Which games, you ask? Some of Nintendo’s best!

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-“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”


And here are the final 15:

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-“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”


Sadly, you won’t be able to use your original NES gamepads with it.

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BUT, the NES Classic Edition comes with a new version of the classic gamepad you’re used to. It looks and feels the same as the original.

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If you absolutely need a second gamepad, Nintendo’s selling them separately for $10 apiece.

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A few games support two-player action, but you could also use your Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro in place of the original NES gamepad.
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BONUS: Since the new versions of the classic NES gamepad uses plugs from the original Wii/Wii U, you can use it with those systems to play classic games as well!

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Beyond just giving you a bunch of classic NES games in one place, the NES Classic Edition adds “suspend points.”

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No more leaving the old NES running at the pause screen when you’ve gotta go apple picking — simply suspend the game wherever you are!

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There are up to four save slots per game, and it looks like the way you access them is by pushing the reset button on the console itself.

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That’s not all! Since these are digital re-creations of the original games, Nintendo’s able to do some funky stuff on a system level. You can play games in their original 4:3 resolution:

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Or you can play them in “CRT Mode,” which emulates the kind of screen you’d encounter in an arcade:

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The NES Classic Edition arrives on November 11 in this sweet, retro-style box:

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Best of all, Nintendo’s releasing the NES Classic Edition for the impulse-buyable price of $60.

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And yes, in case it wasn’t already clear, Nintendo’s rolling out a marketing campaign that looks straight out of 1990 for the NES Classic Edition.

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To that end, you should really watch (and enjoy) the full trailer of the NES Classic Edition’s features. It’s a delightful throwback!