On November 11, Nintendo re-released the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) gaming system. It is a scaled down version of the original NES that connects directly to a TV with HDMI ports and comes with 30 games pre-installed. Below is everything you need to know about the NES before buying one for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member.
How much does it cost?
Nintendo has priced the retro system at $59.99, however resellers online are charging as much as $280.
I can’t find an NES classic for sale by Nintendo, where can I buy one?
Online retailers are sold out of the NES classic. They are being resold on Amazon.com by third party sellers, but they are very expensive.
What controller does the Nintendo Entertainment System use?
It uses a Wii classic controller shaped liked an NES Classic gamepad.
How do I set up the NES?
Plug the HDMI into your TV and play, simple as that!
Nothing is showing up on the screen, what’s wrong?
Check to make sure the cords are plugged in completely and nothing is obstructing them.
My NES Classic controller cord is too short, what can I do about this?
Can I play my old NES games on the re-release Nintendo Entertainment System?
Unfortunately not. The NES re-release is much smaller than the original and the cartridge port is molded shut (i.e. it’s for show). Additionally, it cannot connect to the Internet to add more games. The 30 built-in games are all that you get.
Are two player games available for the NES?
Yes, however, only one controller comes in the box. Extras can be bought for $10 at retail outlets such as Gamestop.
Can I save my NES games mid-play?
Every game has four suspend points, which allow you to save your progress and resume play later.
Do the old cheat codes still work for the new NES?
What games come on the Nintendo Entertainment System classic?
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts ‘N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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
Ashton DeLano is a junior at the George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science. He intends to cover developments in the health and energy sectors and the impact of new technologies on the consumer.