Everything You Should Know Before You Buy a NES Classic

Everything You Should Know Before You Buy a NES Classic

The NES Classic is now available. If you’ve been longing for Nintendo’s older games, this might be the system for you. Before you run out and buy one, though, let’s go over the basic facts about the system.




Although it’s basically a miniature NES, you can’t get out your old NES cartridges and stick them in this system. You can’t go online to download new ones, either. Instead, it is a standalone system that comes with 30 installed NES games. These are the 30 games you’ll be able to play on the NES Classic:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

If you counted, you probably came up a bit short of 30, and that’s because the remaining games differ based on region. For most of you, your NES Classic will also have the following eight games:

  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Final Fantasy
  • Kid Icarus
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Tecmo Bowl

However, if you got the Japanese version, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer (which also looks somewhat different), the final eight games will be:

  • Atlantis no Nazo
  • Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai
  • Final Fantasy III
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Tsuppari Ōzumō
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu



The NES Classic Controller, which can also be plugged into a Wiimote for use with Wii or Wii U NES virtual console games, plugs into the NES Classic and perfectly resembles a NES controller. The one problem is that the controllers have short cables, only 30 inches long, which means you’ll need to sit pretty close to the console while playing.


You can also use the Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro, but if you’re using two controllers, one of them needs to be the NES Classic Controller.

Display Options

There are three difference display options you can select while playing games. “Pixel perfect” mode displays the games in crisp graphics, 4:3 mode keeps the NES’s original aspect ratio, and CRT mode adds a special filter to make it look as though you’re playing on an old TV.


The NES Classic costs $59.99. If you want additional controllers, each will cost $9.99.

Do you have any other questions about the NES Classic? Ask in the comments, and we’ll see what we can do to answer them.

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website: http://www.samanthalienhard.com/

1 Comment

  1. It’s a shame stock is so limited.. i know they will trickle more out before the holiday but it may be tough until after Christmas. I want to get one for my nephews. I was lucky to be in NYC on release date, the Nintendo Store guaranteed stock there. They sold out of extra controllers. It’s a great little piece of hardware for a good price.

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