Nintendo go back in time with the NES Classic Edition
At a time where high-tech devices with augmented reality are in the spotlight, there’s nothing like a bit of modern nostalgia to bring things back down to earth. Gadgets like synthesizer machines, Bluetooth typewriters and smartphone Gameboy adapters are proving to be a hit, re-imaging what’s old into something new, with a slight twist.
Nintendo is riding the retro wave. You may have been lucky enough to own a Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, when you were a kid (or even a Famicom like my cousin Carlo had in the Philippines). And now if you’ve got kids of your own, and, like me, a case of retro gaming nostalgia, you might want to check this out:
When I saw this, I’d already made up my mind. Shut up and take my money, Nintendo!
The NES Classic Edition system looks like a tiny version of the original NES console, much like the one that my friends Van and Jennifer had in the early 90s. It comes preloaded with 30 classic games, such as Donkey Kong, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and of course Super Mario Bros. It even has the classic NES controllers to complete the feel!
I remember bruising the palms of my hands from clutching the NES’s rectangular controller ever so tightly while making the precise movements required to, you know, not lose. Which was so easy to do with a lot of old games because you had a handful of lives, if not only one. How about saving your game? In most cases, forget it. Some games back then were just made to be insanely difficult (I mean, do you know of anyone who ever finished Battletoads?)
Maybe that’s a reason for our appetite for these classic video games. Everything you did mattered, everything was at stake. Because when it’s game over, it was really game over, man. Lost the game? Start again. From the beginning.
I’m really keen to get back into Kirby’s Adventure, Double Dragon II, and Mega Man 2 – and share these with my kids.
How about you? What games on the NES Classic are you looking forward to the most?
Find out more about the NES Classic.