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Review: NES Classic Edition

When the NES Classic Edition was first released during the Summer of 2016, I thoroughly anticipated that the system would sell well. As such, I prepared to try and get one at launch. Little did I know that it wouldn't have the stock to back up the demand. As such I had to wait 2 years for Nintendo to re-release it so I wouldn't have to pay a scalper an outrageous sum of money just so I can review a plug-n-play console. That being said, I have a stupidly soft spot in the pit of my soul for plug-n-play systems, so if Nintendo had waited even longer to release it again, I likely would've gone the route of eBay despite my best interests. So here's what I think of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition.

The NES Classic Edition is a miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in the mid 1980's. While it can't play any of the cartridges that were released for the console, it does have 30 games selected and pre-loaded onto it which are listed below:

  1. Balloon Fight
  2. Bubble Bobble
  3. Castlevania
  4. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  5. Donkey Kong
  6. Donkey Kong Jr.
  7. Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  8. Dr. Mario
  9. Excitebike
  10. Final Fantasy
  11. Galaga
  12. Ghosts 'n Goblins
  13. Gradius
  14. Ice Climber
  15. Kid Icarus
  16. Kirby's Adventure
  17. The Legend of Zelda
  18. Mario Bros.
  19. Mega Man 2
  20. Metroid
  21. Ninja Gaiden
  22. Pac-Man
  23. Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  24. StarTropics
  25. Super Contra
  26. Super Mario Bros.
  27. Super Mario Bros. 2
  28. Super Mario Bros. 3
  29. Tecmo Bowl
  30. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Not a bad list if I do say so myself. In addition to that, every game has 4 save states that can be saved at any time when you press reset on the system. Very helpful for some of those games that use a password system.

The pricing isn't too bad; at $59.99USD it could be much worse, but when you consider the fact that the second controller is sold separately for an additional $9.99USD, that can make or break a deal in some cases.

The emulation is top notch; the colors are nice and crisp and the audio is just as I remember it, plus I love that it has the option for a scan-line screen filter, but then again what would you expect from an emulator that was made by Nintendo themselves?

As far as originality goes, plug-n-play systems are nothing new, however the execution is what sells it. High quality games though HDMI output, nice and sturdy hardware and fantastic emulation that rivals the original console from which it is based. If you're a parent that wants your kids to experience your childhood with you, or are even just an enthusiast like me who lacks self control, this is a great gift that won't break the bank. Plus if you're a more daring individual the system can be easily modded so you can add more games, but you won't get any of that knowledge from me. Just be careful when shopping for one online; bootlegs of the console do exist and look just like the real thing at first glance. Be sure to do your research and buy from a trusted seller.








  • Good game variety
  • Sturdy construction
  • Not too expensive
  • Easy to mod
  • Controllers are compatible with Wii/Wii U Virtual Console


  • Second controller sold separately
  • Low availability
  • Can't play the original NES cartridges


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