The Nintendo Entertainment System, better known simply as the NES, is easily one of the most pivotal and important consoles in gaming history. Released over 30 years ago, it was the console that practically saved a plummeting games industry. It’s home to some of the great classics such as, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Punch-Out, Mega Man, and many more.
And for the past decade or so, people – myself included – have figured out ways to emulate these great classics to play on their computers. (Even Sony’s PSP has been hacked backwards and forwards to play these games). But playing on emulators just didn’t feel…Authentic.Well, just this morning, Nintendo have figured out yet another way to flick those nostalgia filled testicles and steal more money from our wallets with the New Mini NES Classic Edition. A $60 console that looks just like the original NES, except this time it’s all cute looking and fits in the palm of your hand. The console will come installed with 30 games and will be releasing this November. Should Nintendo be focusing on their next console, the NX, rather than wasting time with this? Sure, but they wouldn’t be Nintendo if they didn’t find out a way for you to spend money on the same game(s) you’ve bought from them 7 times already. Plus, who cares? Just look at it! It’s the NES…But smaller!
A Nintendo representative spoke to Kotaku, answering some of the questions about the console. When asked if they planned to sell other NES games beyond the 30 installed, they said:
No. The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.”
This was the answer I wanted to focus on. Being an early 90s kid, I never got around to playing the NES. I had older family friends who had the console, so I got to tinker around with some games like Mario and the like, but I never really got into the console as a kid. So for the past couple years or so, I’ve been on a mission to play and finish the classics; and safe to say, it’s been an incredible ride. So this announcement got me jumping with glee, and now November couldn’t come sooner. I can’t wait to play these great games again. But looking through the list of 30 games, I’m not sure if Nintendo included all the essential games of that console. I feel that I’ve played, heard, and seen enough about the NES over the years, being an avid student of video games to know which games “made” the console. Actually, there seem to be some jarring exclusions when you really think about it.
So let’s first look at the list:
- Balloon Fight™
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Donkey Kong™
- Donkey Kong Jr. ™
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario™
- FINAL FANTASY®
- GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
- Ice Climber™
- Kid Icarus™
- Kirby’s Adventure™
- Mario Bros. ™
- MEGA MAN® 2
- NINJA GAIDEN
- Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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™
So okay, I won’t lie, this is a great list. You have some of the all-time greats like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, and so on. But I can name a couple that I know for sure many gamers, both old and young, will be surprised, and even angry that they weren’t included. So let’s name the few that I can think of.
Seriously? This was easily the first one that popped out to me. Contra is a classic run-n-gun shooter that is punishingly hard and in my opinion, a staple to the NES. You go on any “Top 10 NES Games” list on google, and you will no doubt see Contra on there. The list does include Super C, a sequel to the original Contra, but the original is what people remember about the NES, so it’s a bit of a shame that this game isn’t on there.
- Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
You’re going to put Simon’s Quest over Dracula’s Curse? Really? I actually don’t mind Simon’s Quest as many others do; and it’s great that they’ve included that game alongside the original. But if you’re going to go ahead and do the sequel, might as well put the much better 3rd game to close out the trilogy.
- Metal Gear
Though not as well-known and coveted as other entries on this list, it would have been nice to see this game on there. I mean, it is the game that began the colossal franchise, and gave birth to our almighty ruler, Hideo Kojima.
To anyone who’s ever played this game and actually beat it; you my friend are the true MVP. Easily the hardest game I’ve ever played, making Dark Souls and Bloodborne look like a point and click Barbie adventure game; Battletoads is an iconic title of the NES, and really should have been on this list.
Colin Moriarty, if you are by any chance reading this, I know this put a tiny smile on your face. Not a lot of people played or even heard about this NES gem, but I stumbled upon it and downloaded it simply for the name. Its mechanics are simple, but it adds so much in terms of design that it truly is a game ahead of its time and definitely should be given a chance by anyone looking to go back to the NES.
Are you going to be getting the new Mini NES? What games would you have loved to see on this console? Let us know in the comments below!