- NES Classic will be available soon
- This comes after months of shortages
- Nintendo expects it to be available till the end of the year
The NES Classic was Nintendo’s first stab at bringing select games from the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System to a wider audiences. Since it’s release back in 2016 it has been tough to find with many a diehard fan having to resort to scalpers on eBay offloading the console at inflated prices. Now, Nintendo has announced that the NES Classic will be available from June 29, ensuring this won’t be the case any more.
“#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29! This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year,” a tweet from the company reads.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition comes with 30 games, HDMI support, and a controller. It costs $59.99 (around Rs. 4,000). It comes with the following games:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- CastlevaniaCastlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. MarioExcitebike
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice ClimberKid
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega ManMetroid
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C (also known as Super Contra)
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Nintendo’s announcement of refreshed NES Classic availability comes hot on the heels of the company confirming the the Virtual Console, Nintendo’s platform for retro games, won’t be making a comeback on the Nintendo Switch after being on the Wii U and the 3DS.
“There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku.
“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections,” the Nintendo spokesperson said. “Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online will provide a fun new way to experience classic NES games that will be different from the Virtual Console service, thanks to enhancements such as added online play, voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app and the various play modes of Nintendo Switch.”
With Nintendo offering more details on its paid service for the Switch called Nintendo Switch Online, we could see if games from other platforms would appear on the service what with NES games making their way to it. However Nintendo said it had “nothing to announce on this topic.”