If you’re ready for a dose of nostalgia, prepare to get your hands on Nintendo’s new NES Classic Edition plug-and-play console. This retro NES Mini is a smaller, more compact version of the console many of us grew up playing. There's no need to purchase additional games either, as the new console will have 30 classic NES games already built-in.
The NES Classic Edition is available for purchase on November 11th, selling for a retail price of $59.99. The NES Mini console set comes with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and one NES controller. The package contains everything you need, unless you wish to play two-player games like Double Dragon. In that case, you can purchase a second controller for $9.99, along with a couple NES ExtendLink Extension Cables to lengthen the controller cords by six feet. For an additional trip down memory lane, consider purchasing the Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics guide book, which provides a nostalgic retrospective on 17 of the best NES games.
As we mentioned, the NES Classic Edition console comes with 30 classic games built-in, including Donkey Kong, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros., just to name a few. If you are looking for a more authentic NES experience, you can utilize the 4:3 resolution and CRT Filter display modes to add scan lines to your TV screen for an added retro feel. If you’d like to know more before purchasing the new system, Prima Games has a helpful guide on everything you need to know about the NES Classic Edition.
Where to Buy the NES Classic Edition
The NES Classic Edition can be purchased both in-stores and online at the retailers listed below. You may want to act fast, as demand is high and several retailers have already warned of a limited supply ahead of the holiday season.
Amazon will begin selling the NES Classic Edition at 5pm ET / 2pm PT on November 11th, but you should keep your eye on the other retailers' sites just in case they begin selling them online at different times. Amazon is also limiting orders to one per customer and will be disabling 1-Click Ordering for the console as well.
Best Buy has not announced a time for when they will begin accepting orders for the NES Classic, but the console will be available for purchase on launch day, November 11th. However, they will likely disable in-store pickup for online orders.
GameStop won't be taking any pre-orders, but they will be selling various NES Classic Edition Bundles that include an additional controller, the retrospective guide book, or a combination of the two with the base package, so you have plenty of options.
Target also has not announced when the console will become available for purchase online, so you may want to check the hours at your nearest Target location if you'd rather buy the console set in-store.
Check out the NES Classic Edition Unboxing below for a closer look at what you get with your purchase.