Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System - Box Art

Nintendo’s upcoming NX console is poised to miss the 2016 holiday season. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have a Christmas strategy though. And they’re going back to one of their most lucrative wells… the original NES. This time in the form of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System.

With the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, it seems the company is looking to continue to target the 30 to 40 year old demographic that Pokémon Go has already nailed the nostalgia factor with. The “console” is poised to launch on November 11th, which will greatly help Nintendo’s completely barren holiday release window.

Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System
MUCH tinier than the original.

The system will connect directly into your television via a HDMI connection and comes with 30 classic NES titles already preinstalled. And when I say classic titles, I mean it. Checkout this list of juggernauts that will be coming included with the device:

  • 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

It’s an incredible collection, and kudos to Nintendo and the third-party companies involved for getting deals done to include all those fantastic non-first party titles. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System will be available for $59.99 later this year. Merry Christmas from Nintendo, folks. This is a hell of a cool deal. You can checkout Nintendo’s page for a bit more details.

Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.