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Nintendo Brings Back The ’80s To Celebrate The Launch Of The NES Classic Edition

Like, oh my gosh! The ’80s are totally back and Nintendo is totally embracing them with the Nov. 11 launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system, which includes 30 classic NES games such as Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and PAC-MAN. But it’s not just the launch of this awesome console that’ll crimp your hair and tight roll your jeans:

  • On the night of Nov. 10, fans who visit the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza will have a blast in the past with an ’80s-themed launch event.
  • On launch weekend (Nov. 11-13), Nintendo is also bringing back its righteously nostalgic Power Line for three days only.
  • On Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, its social media channels will go completely retro to a time when “social media” involved trading passwords and game tips on the school bus.

Are you ready to go back in time? Grab your neon sunglasses and jelly bracelets. Things are about to get radical.

“Many of us have fond and wonderful memories of the original NES,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With these launch activities for the NES Classic Edition, we want to replicate the nostalgic feelings of sitting down and playing the NES with your family for the first time.”

To kick off the launch, Nintendo will host a “Remembering #NESterday” social media takeover starting on Nov. 10. By using the #NESterday hashtag, Nintendo fans will be encouraged to share fond Nintendo gaming memories and even present-day photos with their old NES consoles. Some of these photos will be shared on Nintendo’s social media channels, and people will also be able to participate in a Twitter sweepstakes that will be just as tubular as you might expect.

On the night before the launch (Nov. 10) starting at 9 p.m. ET, Nintendo invites you (and anyone who wants to party like it’s 1985) to the Nintendo NY store for an ’80s-themed NES Classic Edition event. The first 250 visitors can play classic NES games, participate in a costume contest dressed as their favorite Nintendo characters or ’80s icons, and show off their NES knowledge in the ultimate retro Nintendo game show. When the clock ticks over to midnight on Nov. 11, the one-handed gloves come off and the NES Classic Edition will be available to purchase, while supplies last.

While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. (“How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?” you might ask yourself.) If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day. The original Power Line was a beloved service in the ’80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks. In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. You never know what you might learn!

With 30 great NES games, a replica of the original NES controller, three display modes (including one that makes your fancy hi-def display look like a retro tube TV) and Suspend Points for easy on-the-spot saving, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is a great value at a suggested retail price of only $59.99. The stocking-sized console launches on Nov. 11.

42 comments

      1. Quadraxis, do you know some guy called “The Orange?” He thinks it’s stupid of us to continue bashing FedshitForce, known as the Abomination to the both of us. Something about crying like a girl or some shit. *shrug*

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      2. ||You can believe whatever fairytales you want to believe human, your comments are irrelevant, outdated and pointless anyway since you know nothing about Nintendo…||

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  1. Great post! A lot of fun to read.
    That said, instead of giving Nintendo do more money, buying the same games for the 6-7th time, I think I will play them on the 4-5 platforms on which I already paid a decent amount for.
    Nintendo, Capitolizing on Nostalgia ever since they couldn’t win back their Wii casuals.

    Seriously tho, great article MNN. Not to rain on the parade, You legit had me excited for a few min. ;)

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    1. This does seem more aimed at people who didn’t buy recent consoles and tons of VC games. As an example my mom told me she wants it. It’s not for someone like me or you.

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    2. ||Considering I often hear and see older Nintendites cry for nostalgia regardless of generation and weaponry, why shouldn’t we take the opportunity?…||

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      1. ||I’m quite certain by 67.78% that 2 or 3 old weapon types will make a grand return during the Switch era…||

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      1. Yes, I understand your point, and to some degree I agree.
        But when we say we want old games, I’m pretty sure we are collectively referring to N64 and up. :)

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    3. >That said, instead of giving Nintendo do more money, buying the same games for the 6-7th time, I think I will play them on the 4-5 platforms on which I already paid a decent amount for.
      Nintendo, Capitolizing on Nostalgia ever since they couldn’t win back their Wii casuals.

      Also, Nintendo has already said target demographic for the Mini-NES is young gamers, who never had a chance to experience many (if not any) of the NES classics. It’s interesting that you thing the marketing team was like ‘Yes. This will do really well with the people who have already bought these games 6-7 times on 4-5 platforms. Yes! WE WILL CAPITALIZE ON NOSTALGIA!’

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      1. Meanwhile, while this guy defends Ninty, most kids are thinking “Can I play Call of Duty or WWE 2k17 on this!? No? Then I want a PS4 for Christmas!”

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      2. I think their marketing group knows Nintendo fans pretty damn well and hope to sell these things to as many Nintendo fans as possible.
        Here’s a link to the official page. Read it. Be sure not to miss the part about it being sold to “Collectors.”

        Now, tell me again how I was wrong when I said they were cashing in on Nostalgia? :]

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      3. Is there really anything wrong with that though? I’m going to be getting both the NES and Famicom versions, partly because I’m a collector, but mainly because I don’t own most of these games. I don’t buy VC games because frankly I don’t think they’re worth it. I prefer playing games in their original format. A lot of older games can be expensive though. The Classic presents a more faithful experience to the original than the VC does and the different display options and save states are a welcome addition.

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  2. “you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. (“How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?” you might ask yourself.) If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day.”

    Whoa.

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  3. 60 pucks!! Didn’t know it was so cheap . I gotta get it for my girl.as for me..I’ma still emulate my ass off! They ain’t getting me with this shit ..well technically…lol

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  4. Just for all the boneheads here complaining that they already own these games and/or have bought them multiple times, Nintendo made this for young gamers, to turn them on to the classics.

    “While all of its included games have been re-released on Nintendo’s Virtual Console service in the years since their 80s and 90s debut, the Japanese company is clearly making an appeal to lapsed gamers or young gamers who don’t currently own its Wii U console”.

    Nintendo is easily far-less cash grabby than they could be, esp. compared to modern gaming conventions, so it’s really hilarious to hear self-centered gamers (who only gauge something’s usefulness based on their own exact situation and no one else) whine about a $60 console with 30 classic games for kids. Your tears sustain me.

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  5. I’m 42 and grew up with the NES. I’ve got a Wii with a number of VC games already but I plan to get this mostly for the controller. It’s just not the same using a Wii-mote turned sideways or a “classic controller.” And the portability is also a plus.

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      1. Really that’s it? I agree that Nintendo’s first party games were better on SNES, but the first party NES games are still good and there are some great 3rd party games.

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      2. Yep. That’s it. Those were the only two NES games I really cared for enough to play all the way through with the intention of beating them. I just never could really get into NES games because I was introduced to Nintendo with the SNES and only ever played NES at my grandma’s house because my uncle had an NES and I was a HUGE fan of Mario at the time. I tried Duck Hunt a few times but never could get into it since I’m not really a big time fan of hunter simulation games, not much of a hunter in general.

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  6. That’s kinda funny cause Super Mario 1, 2, and 3 are actually the only first party NES games that I’ve never completed. It’s not that I didn’t like them. I think they’re great games. I just never finished them.

    I’m also not sure Duck Hunter can be called a hunting simulator. Lol

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