Not content with gaining billions on the stock market thanks to its partial ownership of The Pokemon Company and the newly released smartphone battery-suck-slash-time-sink Pokemon Go, Nintendo is finding a new way to separate nostalgic gamers from their money: re-releasing its old games. (Again.)
Nintendo announced in a press release today a new version of its Nintendo Entertainment System, the machine that first appeared in the US in 1985 and brought the likes of Mario, Mega Man, Zelda, and Metroid into players’ homes for the first time. It’s called the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, because Nintendo is terrible at naming things (recall the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo New 3DS, which is different from the Nintendo 3DS), and it’s a mini replica of the original machine.
The NES Classic Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 NES games, including some phenomenal 30-year-old titles—like The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man II, Super Mario Bros. through Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, and a bunch more.
It’s kind of like a collector’s item that can also play games, and people on the internet seem to love it, probably because it’s cute and tiny and from 1985, like Marty McFly. Nintendo’s suggested price for the little machine is $60, plus $10 for an additional controller, and it’ll release on Nov. 11. There doesn’t seem to be a way to add additional games to the little machine, though, so nobody tell potential NES Classic Edition buyers that you can cram the entire NES library on a modern USB flash drive. They’d probably be a little upset.