Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2, Metroid, and Final Fantasy all included in save state-equipped device.
Nintendo may be based in Japan, but this week, domestic fans of the proud video game developer find themselves in the odd position of being on the outside looking in. With Pokémon GO the mobile title still unavailable in Japan, Pokémon GO is exploding n popularity overseas, and now comes the news that Nintendo of Europe is releasing an awesome miniature NES in its territory. Not only does it look almost exactly like its 1980s inspiration, it actually lets you play 8-bit hits, too!
Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) July 14, 2016
Officially called the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, the palm-sized device connects directly to your TV set through an HDMI cable, with its power coming from an AC adaptor-equipped USB cable.
You can also use it with your Wii or Wii U to play virtual console games, but the real draw is that the Nintendo Classic Mini comes preloaded with 30 time-tested NES titles. Even better, Nintendo is including a number of beloved games from third-party developers in the collection, which is composed of:
● Balloon Fight
● Bubble Bobble
● Castlevania and Castlevania II
● Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.
● Double Dragon II
● Dr, Mario
● Final Fantasy
● Ghosts ‘n Goblins
● Ice Climber
● Kid Icarus
● Kirby’s Adventure
● Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3,
● Mega Man 2
● Ninja Gaiden
● Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
● Super C
● Tecmo Bowl
● The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Plugging in a second controller enables two-player play, and Nintendo promises that “each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed,” meaning that while the design of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System has plenty of old-school authenticity, it isn’t quite so committed to being a blast from the past that it can’t make a few concessions to modern, more user-friendly gameplay trends.
Pricing is yet to be announced, but the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System goes on sale November 11.
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