Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition Is The Console To Buy This Christmas

Nintendo has resurrected its 8-bit video game console that made it a household name. The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturised version of the original hardware that boasts a HDMI port, a wireless controller and 30 inbuilt games ranging from Bubble Bobble to Super Mario Bros. 3. Best of all, it costs under $100 in Australia! Here’s the full list of games.

Nintendo really began to hit its stride in the Super Nintendo era, but the NES still had plenty of classic games that hold up incredibly well today. It’s where many of gaming’s most iconic franchises got their start, including Super Mario, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Metroid and Zelda. The NES Classic Edition comes with the lot built in, along with 25 other games.

Here is the full list:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • 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

While not every game on this list is a bona fide classic, they are all historically significant to their respetive genres and deserve to be experienced at least once. Others, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2, Galaga, Ghosts’N Goblins, Gradius, Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Excitebike, are just as playable today as when they were released.

In a nod to modern gaming conventions, all of the included games now come with auto-save points so you don’t lose progress after shutting off the console. Presumably, the emulation has also been tweaked so that the graphics don’t look like crap on non-CRT televisions. (Anyone who has tried plugging an analogue console into a HD TV will know what I’m talking about.)

The Nintendo Entertainment System is available to buy in Australia from today (10 November) with an RRP of $99.95. For two-player games, you’ll need to buy a second controller which cost $19.95 a pop. Alternatively, if you happen to have a Wii Classic Controller lying around it’s possible to use that instead.

Either way, this is a very decent price for 30 timeless Nintendo games and a console to play them on. If you want to save the aforementioned 20 bucks and have a Wii Classic Controller lying around, you can use that with the console instead.

While we’re all in a retro mood, here’s the original 1985 Aussie advert for the NES. (Beware: the accents will make you cringe.)

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