Is The NES Classic Edition For You?
It’s a blast from the past, but is it everything you hoped for? It definitely looks like the original Nintendo Entertainment System which hit North American shelves in 1985, but it’s much smaller and you won’t have to deal with this:
The original unit measured in at 10″ wide x 8″ in length x 3.5″ in height, and this has been scaled down to 5” in width x 4” in length x 1.75” in height. The NES Classic also weighs in at a measly 1.76 pounds when shipped. With a price tag of only $60 USD, collectors and gaming enthusiasts around the world have already been doing all they can to get their hands on one of these consoles. If you weren’t some of the lucky ones to grab one on launch day, people on Amazon were already trying to cash in on the divide between supply and demand. So who’s going to pay $899.99 for this??
This was taken on November 11th at 12:20pm EST:
So far, the product reviews for the console have been generally positive.
It’s a great throwback to a time when video games were becoming a big hit. To preserve that nostalgia, Nintendo did their best to stay true to the original system.
Let’s start by how it looks:
Pretty similar right? Unfortunately, the lid doesn’t actually open like the original, but that’s a design choice we’ll have to live with. After all, with 30 games preloaded, there’s no need to change cartridges anymore. The system comes with one replica (1) NES classic controller, and at $9.99 USD for an extra controller, it’s not a bad deal at all. These controllers use the same ports as the Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro so they’re also interchangeable.
When it comes to gameplay, don’t worry about trying to finish each game in one go as the system offers four “Suspend Points” for each title. To save on the fly, just press the Reset button and you’ll return to the Home menu where you’ll be given the option to save.
Also, don’t worry about finding an old CRT television to play on the NES Classic Edition. The HDMI port allows you to connect to any modern television, but the image output will still resemble those of days past. Choose the old 4:3 ratio option and black vertical bars will fill in the unused screen space. For a true retro experience, try the “CRT filter” which will add scan lines and blurs to mimic that of an older television. There’s a third option called “Pixel Perfect” which outputs the games with perfectly square pixels. This results in an output that’s narrower than the 4:3 option.
One of the coolest (and least talked about) features is the game manuals. Before the Internet was mainstream, games were shipped with manuals to guide players. After all, if you don’t know how to play, you won’t play for long. The NES Classic Edition actually offers manuals for every game on the system. When you’re on the Home screen, there’s a “Manuals” tab which will allow you to get the manuals onto your smart device via a QR code. You can also get electronic or printed PDFs here.
Just going through the manuals will make you want to get the NES Classic Edition even more.
There is a disclaimer at the end of each manual because some information may be out-of-date.
However, not everything is sunshine and lollipops. The controller’s cable measures in at only 30 inches and the supplied HDMI cord is only 5 feet. Some may find it annoying that the only way to change games (and saving progress) while playing is to get up and press the Reset button. Digital Trends reported that Nintendo purposely made the cords shorter to keep players in range of the unit’s power and reset buttons. While it was good in theory, in practice it becomes rather annoying. To put things in perspective, the original Nintendo controller was three times as long, measuring in at 91.5 inches.
As for the games themselves, tt must have been tough to select the final 30 titles to include with the unit. While there’s some classics like Donkey Kong, the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, Final Fantasy, Excitebike, and The Legend of Zelda, you won’t be able to add any new games to this list. Check out Nintendo http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic for the full list of games. You might notice that some of your favorites didn’t make it to production. *cough* Tetris *cough* While a case can be made for emulation, the fact is you’re not going to be buying this for it’s replay value. It’s a novel concept and people are already willing to pay to have this item in their gaming collection.
So, the question remains, is the NES Classic Edition for you?
If you grew up with Nintendo, the answer should be yes. You can overlook the short controller cables, the need to get up and press the reset button to change games, and the fact that these are the only 30 games that you will ever play on this system. Failing that, you’ll get the best-looking paperweight of your life.
If you’re a value buyer, the answer should be yes. Consider this, Nintendo’s Virtual Console service on the Wii U sells most NES games for $4.99 USD – that’s essentially a $150 worth of games for only $60. Plus, you’ll get a mini Nintendo system to keep forever.
If you don’t fall into any of the above, well, maybe you can buy it for a child, friend, or relative. With Christmas just around the corner, you could make much more horrible decisions with your holiday gifting.
Communist shower curtain for $64.99 USD, anyone?