NES Classic Edition review: A box of nostalgia

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#NES #NintendoNES Classic Edition review: A box of nostalgia : Rather than launch a new console this holiday season to compete with the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro, Nintendo decided to jam a bunch of old games into a mini NES, slap a $60 price tag on it and hope that nostalgia would sell.

Although we’re still a week from release, I have a feeling this gamble is going to not only pay off for Nintendo, but help to establish goodwill with gamers as well.

Before we get to the review, it’s important to understand exactly what the NES Classic Edition can and can’t do. We’ve covered this is great detail in the past, but here are the bullet points: It can’t go online, it can’t download games, it can’t play old NES carts and it can’t connect to the original NES controllers.

What it can do is quickly and easily hook up to your TV and play a wide variety of pre-installed NES games – 30, to be exact. Super Mario Bros. 3, Castlevania, Mega Man 2, Metroid and Donkey Kong, are a few of the highlights of the Classic Edition’s selection, and while Nintendo was never going to be able to please everyone, it did an admirable job with over 600 games to choose from in the NES library.

When you turn on the Classic Edition for the first time (with the same clickable power button as the original NES), you’ll be greeted by a colorful menu screen featuring all 30 games in alphabetical order.

Above the games are a series of menus within which you can adjust the display, change the settings, choose a language and read a bunch of legal notices, if you’re in to that kind of thing.