Pokémon Go players, and all other Nintendo nuts, will soon have another kind of hand-held gaming to pass time with. Granted, the NES Classic Edition can’t be played on the streets–it’s still gotta be hooked into a TV–but it is compact enough to fit inside your palm. Dropping this November, it’ll come pre-loaded with 30 iconic first-gen games, including Metroid, Mega Man II, Final Fantasy, and all NES-era installments of Zeld, Mario and Castlevania.
The remaining titles are as follows…
Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: the Revenge, Excitebike, Galaga, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Ninja Gaiden, Pac, Punch-Out!, StarTropics, Super C, Tecmo Bowl.
One advantage this official package offers over other retro emulators is its controller. Not only is it molded just like the originals, it’s also compatible with the Wii and WiiU, providing a tactile component to finally complete the NES Virtual Console experience.
Of course, as fun as romanticizing old school gaming might be, few would truly want to preserve the threat of losing all your hard-won progress right before the last level. As such, Nintendo’s added “suspend points,” letting players walk away from these titles and pick them up where they left off without needing codes or another bunch of hours to kill.
We’d say this announcement–and the inclusion of Super Mario Bros. 3, in particular–was timely to a speedrun landmark that was just reached at Summer Games Done Quick. But there’s never a time we aren’t talking about Mario, is there? Still, it’s an impressive feat to mention here. The speedrunner “ais523” managed to beat SMB3 in two seconds. How, exactly? By exploiting a glitch and employing a bot that could push buttons 6,000 times per second.
Ais523 detailed the steps of the fix on Reddit. And we’ll see if the glitch endures in this particular port, for anybody already getting ideas.
Will it truly recreate old school Nintendo’s playtime? What classic games are glaringly absent from the roster? Fill the talkback with all your thoughts and feelings.
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