When the NES Classic Edition was released I was expecting the usual shipment issues every Nintendo item seems to come with these days. What I wasn't expecting was to get hired by them and exposed to the wondrous perk of their employee store. (Imagine the Disney store but with plushies of Mario, Luigi, and Bowser instead of Mickey and Minnie.) In addition to the Nintendo swag that I didn't even know existed, there was a way for me to get my hands on one of those miniature time machines!
Maybe it's the waves of nostalgia already sweeping pop culture at the moment, the fact that we all just want to escape 2016, or just my vast collection of childhood memories tied to it, but I can't help but smile every time I power that little guy up. When the first specs were released I was saddened to find out that it was missing Balloon Fight, the final lineup changed however, and it made the list! If for no other reason than to be able to play that gem with a second player again, I'm all in.
If playing in HD with its “perfect pixel” mode is a little too off-putting when it comes to your memories of the graphics, fear not, the “CRT” setting will return your game to that slightly fuzzy glow of your childhood! Each of the 30 titles can hold up to four save points, so you can have one for your progress, one for your high score, and two for those visiting cousins you can’t trust with anything. Its size seems even smaller than I expected in person, and the packaged HDMI and micro USB power cord allow for potentially longer cords to make up for the laughably short length of the cord with the packaged classic controller.
Insert obligatory, juvenile penis joke here.
Most of my issues lie with the controller, namely the short cord length and the fact that it’s even harder to find than the system itself currently. Luckily the controller port is the same plugin that the wii pro controllers or those smash bros. controllers that plug into the wii remotes, so despair not! That and the fact that you have to get up and hit the reset button to save, unless you’re using a pro controller, then the home button does it. There is unfortunately, no ability to add more games, no SD slots or wifi capability, which we were all hoping would be there. As for the title selections I have little to complain about, since most of the titles I owned as a kid were movie properties or so generic I can’t even remember their names. I’ve also welcomed the opportunity to play the games I never owned like Tecmo Bowl and Kirby’s Adventure. I also had the chance to see the classic Famicom version being sold in Japan, that thing is adorable!
Although its controller situation is somehow actually worse than the NES Classic Edition's
The Wrap Up
The Verdict: 8/10
All in all, it’s a delightful little slice of that childhood nostalgia that delivers exactly what it promised, nothing more, but also nothing less. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to seeing the Super NES get the same treatment at some point either, but for now this is great for me.