Last chance to get the Nintendo NES Classic before Christmas at Best Buy
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) changed the video game industry since it was launched. Every child in the '80s probably wanted one or had one. According to Nintendo, more than 60 million consoles were sold, making almost every household familiar with video games such as Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Metal Gear, Mega Man, Galaga, Duck Hunt, Contra, Lode Runner, Castlevania, Tetris, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and other games-Digital Trends considered these games as the 50 best NES games.
NES traces its history back to Japan in 1983, when Nintendo launched a console called the Family Computer. Also known as the Famicom, this console has a top-loading deck with a 60-pin connector for your 3" x 5.3" game cartridge and had two hardwired controllers for your game play. Experiencing several struggles with its own launch in the U.S., Nintendo developed the NES for the American market and was finally released in October 1985. To further improve the gaming experience compared to its rivals like Atari, Nintendo imposed a strict licensing for companies that developed games for the NES. Those were really good days for Nintendo and the NES, unchallenged and on top of the industry. Competition only existed when SEGA released the Genesis with its 16-bit technology, starting a new breed of consoles, but that was a whole new and different story because Nintendo faced this challenge with a new console called Super NES.
Thinking of the original NES surely brought back happy memories from a generation hailing from the '80s. Kid gamers back then, adults today, were definitely excited when the Nintendo offered the NES again. Retro gaming has returned and is now for sale. If you intend to get one, gift wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree this coming Christmas, then look out for stores such as Best Buy. It sells this much-awaited gaming device at a first-come, first-served basis for $59.99. The package includes the classic NES console, 30 all-time favorite games for the NES-Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy, Mega Man 2, Pac Man and Super Mario Bros-a controller and an HDMI cable. A power adaptor is also included so you can play it right out of the box. Only 54 units are available for each store, so it will be quite a challenge to get one since it will not be available online. Some people have already lined up as early as 1:00 a.m. ET at a Best Buy store in New York, and the rest of the stores across the country are experiencing similar situations, as reported by I4U News.
If you unfortunately missed out on this deal from Best Buy, you might want to check with your local GameStop if they still have an available unit since Thrillist reported that it will also sell units of the NES classic console. Meanwhile, CNET suggested to simply wait and save your $60 for the new Nintendo Switch instead.