NES Classic Edition looks like great fun—but will it hack?

Nintendo's miniature re-release of the NES is, it seems, another one of those several-games-in-one nostalgia toys. But it's a good one, with 30 classic titles, the same great design in miniature, and compatibility with modern wireless controllers. It'll be out November 11 for $60.

Here's the game list. [via]
  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts N' Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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  1. System-on-a-Chip. Basically there are two ways to do a retro console. One way, which is increasingly popular, is just to do emulation -- a ARM chip like those found in any smartphone is powerful enough to emulate any 1980s console. But emulations have glitches (or even lack of glitches in some cases) which mean that running a game on a emulator often doesn't feel, look, or sound the same as the original. The other way is to miniaturize the original hardware to combine what was dozens of chips in the 1980s to a single chip. That's a system-on-a-chip. They generally play games more accurately than a emulation.

  2. Ahhh, ok. Yes that would be good.

    I hope it has RCA hook ups. I still have an old Sony Trinatron as my TV.

  3. I'd avoid this. The controllers are tiny, too. I dropped one and lost it in the folds in my belly.

  4. I've been shopping around for used NES's and, as much as I'd love the retro appeal of the original (and a few classic games not listed here), the HDMI cable is a big win. Classic systems like this really need a classic old TV to run them on. Modern flatscreens, surprisingly, are terrible with old games without a lot of hacking (and even then, not terrific).

  5. I think you mean... I kind of agree.

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