Retro Meets Modern with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

System Features Three HD Display Modes and Easy-to-Use Suspend
Points for Saving

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Nintendo
Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition
console, anticipated to be
one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, launches on Nov. 11 at a
suggested retail price of only $59.99. The system includes 30 classic
NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid and The
Legend of Zelda
, plus a replica of the original NES controller that
can also be used with NES Virtual Console games on the Wii or Wii
U
systems. And the games look sharper than ever using the included
HDMI cable.


Maybe you’ve heard some
of that before
, but did you also know the system can be played in
three different display modes? Or that games can be saved at any time
using Suspend Points? Or how about the fact that all of the games’
original manuals can be viewed by scanning an on-screen QR Code with a
smart device? Well, now you know! As the 1980s would say: “Tubular!”

“Be the cool dad, mom, aunt, uncle or best friend by gifting someone
this holiday season with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic
Edition,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President
of Sales and Marketing. “This perfectly sized stocking stuffer could
produce the same level of excitement that people felt over 30 years ago
when they received the original NES as kids.”

Whether you have fond NES memories or want to introduce yourself and
your kids to the video games that made Nintendo a household name, you’ll
love the compact and attractive console. The hub of the NES Classic
Edition is the HOME Menu, which can be used to access all 30 of the
classic NES games. From here, you can adjust various settings or just
dive into a game and start playing. To help locate games quickly and
easily, you can press the Select button to sort by title, two-player
games, recently played games, number of times played, release date and
publisher.

To make sure every Goomba stomp looks as authentic as possible, all
games can be played in three display modes. With the CRT filter, a
scan-line effect is added to the screen to give everything that
oh-so-retro look and feel. 4:3 is a sharp, clean look that adheres to
the original aspect ratio used by the NES. And when playing in Pixel
Perfect mode, every pixel is shown as a perfect square, providing the
most accurate representation of the games as they were originally
designed.

Retro gaming is defined in part by the search for save spots and the
need to enter long passwords, but in practice, those tasks can
definitely be a little … um … time consuming. While all aspects of the
original 30 NES games are intact, Suspend Points have been added to
streamline the experience of playing them. At any point during gameplay,
simply press the console’s Reset button to return to the HOME Menu and
save a Suspend Point that will let you pick up right where you left off.
Up to four Suspend Points can be saved per game, so you can track the
progress of multiple players or file away your favorite moments. This is
great news for parents, as their kids won’t be able to use the “I’ll be
there when I get to the next save point!” excuse any more when dinner is
ready.

In a nice touch of physical meets digital, each of the game’s original
manuals can be viewed online, opening a window to the glory days of
unboxing an NES game and leafing through its beautifully illustrated
booklet. All you have to do now is scan a QR Code from the HOME Menu to
pull up the entire manual on your smart device or access the provided
website to view the manual in all its nostalgic glory on your computer.

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is a little more than
a month away! To learn more about the system while you wait for it to
launch on Nov. 11 (and to view the list of all 30 playable NES games),
visit http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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