One of the hottest gift ideas this holiday season will almost certainly be the NES Classic Edition. A tiny recreation of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, with a hard drive full of games that will connect seamlessly to your HD television and home theater system. Nostalgia overload!
The system officially goes on sale on November 11. For the price of a single new release game title, players can instead take home a little piece of the 80s and early 90s and maybe introduce an entire new generation of young gamers to some of the classics upon which Nintendo built their empire. If you’re thinking about buying a NES Classic for your favorite gamer (or even for yourself) this holiday season, here’s everything you need to know.
We’ll start with the easy one. The NES Classic is $59.99 USD. As previously mentioned, this is the same cost (or less) of a brand new AAA gaming title. In fact, most big games now come with $90 Special Editions or $100+ Ultimate Editions, complete with pre-order bonuses and built-in season passes (for the record, those things suck for gaming consumers). The NES Classic probably got their price point just about perfect, as it’s still cheap enough to attract a casual gamer who just wants to re-live a part of their childhood. However, like pretty much every gaming console in the history of ever, the NES Classic only comes with a single controller.