Classically Trained

On November 11th, the world will return to 1985. Nintendo is releasing arguably their cutest console yet: the NES classic.


At $60 it costs about as much as one Wii U title, but instead of just one game you’ll play for an afternoon, you get 30 games; that’s at least two afternoons’ worth.

Jokes aside, this impressive little box comes programmed with some of the best titles from the NES era, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and even Castlevania. Just the fact that this includes Super Mario Bros. 3 and Pac-Man is enough for me to buy it.

Perhaps one of the best parts is that for just $10 more you can buy a second controller and play all the games with 2-player compatibility. (Or you could wait a little bit and get them cheaper from Amazon or eBay. But that’s none of my business)

“But Gwen,” you say, “I have an HD TV! NES games weren’t made for that kind of power!”

Then sit yourself down, because it gets better.

It’s true that the NES wasn’t made for high-powered HD TVs, but the NES Classic will come with three different screen settings: the original 4:3 setting, a setting to put a CRT filter on the screen for the ultimate retro experience, and a “pixel-perfect” version, which utilizes your TV’s HD to view each individual pixel with unfathomable clarity, just as the creators intended. Now when you beat Metroid in 30 minutes or less you can view Samus in all her pixely, leotard glory. Just like the creators intended.

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where you can purchase this puppy. $60 isn’t a whole lot for a system, and considering how you get 30 games with it, why not? Unfortunately there’s no way to pre-order the Classic, but when it releases on the 11th you can buy it from Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.

In the meantime, check out the sweet ad that Nintendo put out:

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