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Experience Nintendo Nostalgia with the New NES

Experience Nintendo Nostalgia with the New NES
Audra Reigle
Staff Writer

Nintendo is throwing us back to the past with the recent re-release of one of their earliest systems. The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in 1985. Back then, you needed a cartridge to play their games.

With the re-released NES, there is no need for that cartridge. Thirty of Nintendo’s classic games have been preloaded onto a miniature version of the NES console, according to CNN. Some of the games included are from the Mario Bros. franchise, Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man and Castlevania.

Setting up the system is straightforward. You just plug it into a wall and hook the HDMI cable up to a TV or a monitor. From there, you’re able to choose from the old school graphics or newer, more modern graphics.

The system comes with one controller, but a second can be purchased for $10. A second controller is not really necessary as one controller can be used by two players. This new NES was released on Nov. 11 for $60.

Along with the re-launch of the NES, Nintendo also hyped up the launch by bringing back some things that existed back in the day. The Power Line, a service that provided callers with tips and tricks for their games, was brought back for the NES’ launch weekend. Nintendo’s New York store at Rockefeller Plaza held a launch party that also allowed players to be one of the first to get their hands on the re-released NES.

Unfortunately, players looking to get their hands on the recently re-released console may be out of luck. The system is out of stock in many places already, according to Forbes. Amazon’s stock was limited to one per customer, and it was gone not long after sales opened at 2:00 P.M. PST on launch day. Stores are expected to restock the system as the holiday season approaches, but because demand for the system is high, it may be a while before the supply is greater than the demand.