NES Classic Edition

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The NES Classic Edition may have not hit stores yet, but a few lucky gamers managed to get their hands on production units. Just to recap, the system comes bundled with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, one NES Classic Controller, and all 30 games – including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mega Man 2 – installed and ready-to-play. Continue reading for a full hands-on unboxing video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. (‘How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?’ you might ask yourself.)

If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day.

The original Power Line was a beloved service in the ’80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks.

In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. You never know what you might learn!

The system is also compatible with the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro, but additional NES Classic Controllers will be sold separately. Each NES Classic Controller can be plugged into a Wii Remote controller for use with NES Virtual Console games on the Wii U system! Return to your roots…or discover them for the first time. The wonderful world of 8-bit awaits.