NES Classic Edition Announced By Nintendo

While we’ll be left waiting for the Codename NX until early 2017, Nintendo has a much more old-school system in the works for this year’s holiday season.  The NES Classic Edition was announced via the official Nintendo Twitter feed and will come preloaded with 30 beloved games of the 8-bit era.  The system has been shown on all of Nintendo’s official Twitter feeds, such as their Spanish, French, and Russian accounts, suggesting a global release.

While the new system is designed after the original Nintendo Entertainment System, it will not actually be able to play old NES cartridges.  Instead, the machine will have a selection of games preloaded onto it that can be readily played after plugging it in.  Many of the games included will be classic first-party games including the Super Mario trilogy, the first two Legend of Zelda games, Metroid, Excitebike, and StarTropics.

It will also feature a variety of third-party titles, including Pac-Man, Mega Man 2, Final Fantasy, Double Dragon II, the first two Castlevania games, and Tecmo Bowl.  You can check out the full list of games here.  The system isn’t designed for internet access or external media, so these 30 will be the only games you’ll be able to play with the system.

There have been plenty of preloaded consoles in the past, some with dubious legality, but rarely has a major developer like Nintendo delved into such a concept.  SNK Playmore released a handheld version of their Neo Geo console called the Neo Geo X in 2012, but infamously ran into trouble with their manufacturer.  While the Classic Mini seems like an easy ticket for printing money, but there is a fair share of potential mishaps that could harm it.  Given Nintendo’s recent problems with supplying hardware like amiibos and the Gamecube controller adapter, there’s a chance that Nintendo may see this as nothing more than a collector’s item and understock it.

The NES Classic Edition is set to release on November 11th later this year for $60.  It will include one NES Controller and will be compatible with the Wii Classic Controller and Wii Classic Controller Pro.  Will you be picking one up yourself?  What NES titles do you wish had been included?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Marvel Games May Be Coming To Consoles Soon

Marvel Games producer Mike Jones was present during the panel Marvel conducted at San Diego Comic-Con today and he answered a fan question regarding whether Marvel would shift their focus from mobile onto console and develop more games for it.

He answered that they are currently looking ahead and planning their console strategy in terms of new Marvel games.

“We are very much focused on what our console strategy will be for the future,” said Mike “Obviously console games take a lot longer to incubate, so that will be a slower process for us.”

Mike states that the studio intends to reveal their plans next year when they have decided what to do or even have something to show for the fans.

“We are very much taking a controlled, less-is-more, quality-focused, developer-focused strategy,”Mike said. “But it is very top of mind, and we’ll have a lot more announcements probably next year.”

Marvel currently has a number of successful mobile games but can we see them shift from mobile to console soon ? ( Credit: Polygon )

The Console Wars Return But To A Bigger Screen

Photo Illustration by PT Smith

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If you were gaming in the 90’s you had an opinion.Wars

Sega or Nintendo, everyone had to pick a side.

There weren’t crossover titles and there wasn’t a real third choice. The debate was heated between even the best of friends. Now the creative team that brought the world Super Bad, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, are joining forces yet again to create a movie based on Blake Harris’ upcoming book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation.

Described on Amazon as a “a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller,” Harris follows the rise, and fall, of Sega, an obscure arcade company that went head to head with Nintendo, the largest video-game company in the world.

The ensuing battle would lead to the incredible growth experienced by the industry, transforming it into the economic giant it is today.

It is unclear if the film will be a comedy, though Rogan and Goldberg will be both writing and directing the feature.

The book will be available for download this august and the film has only just entered development. There is no firm date for release.