NES Classic Edition Makes Its Triumphant Return June 29th

Last Updated on December 26, 2019 by Danielle

NES Classic Edition

After suddenly discontinuing the NES Classic Edition last year, Nintendo is resurrecting the classic Nintendo console this summer.

When the NES Classic Edition was revealed, it sparked massive excitement online and it eventually sold out instantly when it launched in November 2016. The system was in high demand with shortages so it was really difficult to get your hands on one if you didn’t get one early. At online at sites like eBay and Amazon, the price for the NES Classic quickly skyrocketed. Eventually, Nintendo halted production and discontinued the NES Classic due to limited resources in April of last year. As of April 2017, Nintendo sold over 2 million consoles worldwide.

What is the Release Date For NES Classic Edition?

NES Classic Edition

Now Nintendo officially announced that it is relaunching the NES Classic Edition with a new release date of June 29, 2018. The NES Classic mini is a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System that launched over 30 years ago. But now it will come bundled with 30 built-in games. Nintendo said in a statement: “We will resume production for NES Classic Edition this year. We plan to continue selling NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition this year. We view them as an opportunity to garner interest in Nintendo Switch from those who have not interacted with video games in a long time, or ever.”

NES & SNES Classic Edition Limited Availability

NES & SNES Classic Edition

According to Nintendo’s tweet, the retro 8-bit console as well as the 16-bit SNES Classic Edition will be available at least through the end of 2018. Therefore, if Nintendo can manage to keep sufficient stock, these could be must-have Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.

How Much Will the NES Classic Edition Cost? / How Many Games Are Included With the NES Classic?

The NES Classic Edition will retail for $59.99 and feature 30 pre-installed classic games. Highlights include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda. The same original 30 games will be included. See the full list of NES Classic games below.

NES Classic Games Library | What Games Are Included With the NES Classic Edition?

NES Classic Edition

• Super Mario Bros.
• Super Mario Bros. 2
• Super Mario Bros. 3
• Donkey Kong
• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
• Metroid
• Pac-Man
• Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
• Super C
• Mega Man 2
• Ninja Gaiden
• Kid Icarus
• Castlevania
• Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
• Excitebike
• Final Fantasy
• StarTropics
• Tecmo Bowl
• Dr. Mario
• Kirby’s Adventure
• Donkey Kong Jr.
• Mario Bros.
• Galaga
• Gradius
• Bubble Bobble
• Balloon Fight
• Double Dragon II: The Revenge
• Ghosts ‘N Goblins
• Ice Climber

SNES Classic Edition

The SNES Classic Edition will retail for $79.99 and include 20 of the best SNES games plus the never-before-released Star Fox 2 game. Highlights include Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, and Star Fox to name a few. The SNES Classic has sold over 5 million units. The full list of SNES Classic games is listed below.

SNES Classic Games | What Games Are Included With the SNES Classic Edition?

SNES Classic Edition

• Super Mario World
• Super Mario Kart
• The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
• F-Zero
• Super Metroid
• Street Fighter II: Turbo
• Super Punch-Out!!
• Super Castlevania IV
• Donkey Kong Country
• Mega Man X
• Star Fox
• Star Fox 2
• Final Fantasy III
• Contra III: The Alien Wars
• Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
• Earthbound
• Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
• Secret of Mana
• Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
• Kirby Superstar
• Kirby’s Dream Course

Since gamers are into nostalgia and there is high demand for these classic games, it represents a huge opportunity for Nintendo. Right now, gamers can’t get these games on the Switch. But Nintendo recently announced plans with its Nintendo Switch Online service to begin offering at least 20 classic NES games ranging from Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong to Pac-Man, The Legend of Zelda, and more. What’s cool is they will be enhanced with an online multiplayer component.

Nintendo plans on producing more NES Classic minis this time around to better meet demand. So are you excited over the return of the NES Classic? Do you think Nintendo will be able to meet consumer demand this time? Which game(s) are you most excited to play? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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