NES Classic Returning to Stores

The hard-to-find retro console will be back on shelves this spring

Nintendo’s highly coveted NES Classic is returning to stores. Scalpers reveled in the retro system’s minuscule supplies in November 2016, and after a slightly better stock of SNES Classic systems, Nintendo is keeping its promise and restocking its mini system on June 29th.

The NES Classic is a miniaturized version of the groundbreaking NES, originally released in 1985. The NES Classic includes the following:

  • NES Classic Edition system
  • One NES Classic Controller
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adapter
  • 30 pre-installed games

The NES controller included also works on NES Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. The NES Classic offers three forms of visual display, including a CRT filter that looks like an old TV, scan lines and all. The system also offers a 4:3 ratio, giving you the original NES game look, with a slight horizontal stretch, as well as a Pixel Perfect display, in which each pixel is a perfect square, so you see the games exactly as designed.

30 games are included on the NES Classic, including:

  • 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

In its first two months on shelves, the NES Classic sold 1.5 million units, hitting nearly 2.5 million by April 2017. Numbers would have been much higher if stock numbers could have kept up with demand. If you have looked into buying an NES Classic on eBay or another resale site, you know that its impossible to find one that isn’t marked up somewhere around 200-300%. Luckily, when it re-releases on June 29th, you can get yours for $59.99 USD, with the best chance of grabbing a console being the old brick-and-mortar method.

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Taylor Bauer

Taylor is from Aurora, IL and received both his B.S. and M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University, where he taught radio production and media management for two years. Taylor studies critical media theory, loves all things Nintendo and Xbox, and is an avid listener of NPR. He is also a self-proclaimed music nerd, and loves all genres.

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