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NES Classic Edition

A few days ago, Nintendo announced that the NES Classic Edition (or NES Mini) will be restocked in June. Amazon Spain is now taking pre-orders here. It does ship to the US, so that’s something you can take advantage of. Separate controllers can also be ordered here.

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Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, gave TechCrunch an interview at E3. Below are a couple of his key statements:

On the NES Classic:

“We’ve learned a lot from the NES Classic. We’ve learned there’s a real passion for retro gaming. The NES Classic was originally intended to be a holiday item and obviously there was high demand. So we doubled down and continued to produce it as we went into the next quarter. But we decided we wanted to focus on other areas. So we’re not producing any more at this point. But we’ve learned a lot.”

Shortly after its release last year, people started tinkering with the NES Classic to see what else it could be besides play the 30 pre-installed games.    Last month, intrepid hackers managed to get additional 30 NES games to run on the machine. Now, some hackers managed to take it quite a bit farther.

As the video below shows, the NES Classic is apparently capable of running Nintendo 64 games. The actual performance varies greatly from game to game, but it’s a pretty impressive feat nonetheless.


If what is shown in this YouTube video is to be believed, it appears that the NES Classic Edition has been modified in a way to enable it to play a host of other NES titles, such as Dragon Warrior, Duck Tales and more.

YouTuber Arcaderu posted a video of himself scrolling through his list of games available on his NES Classic Edition, claiming that he can choose from 60 games to play on the console as opposed to the 30 that the NES Classic Edition ships with. Arcaderu claims that the console had been soft-modded, and that he did not need to open the case to achieve his results. You can view the video below.

Whatever turns out to be the case here, it would be wise to take this with a grain of salt for now. Arcaderu says he’ll release a video detailing the process of modding the device in the future, so keep an eye out for that if you fancy playing Darkwing Duck on your NES Classic Edition.

CNET is another publication to have put up an interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. Just as we’ve seen with these discussions, much of it is about Nintendo on mobile and Super Mario Run. Reggie confirmed that the mobile game won’t be on Switch, but won’t rule out Apple TV. On the other hand, NES games won’t be coming to smartphones.

You can read up on a roundup of Reggie’s comments below. Be sure to view CNET’s article CNET“>here as well.

NERD, otherwise known as Nintendo European Research & Development, is behind the emulation of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. The team previously worked on the DS Virtual Console for Wii U. NERD also made the “super-stable 3D” feature of the New 3DS, Wii download functionality on Wii U, and Wii U’s Internet browser video player.

The only question remains: are any other teams aside from NERD handling the NES Classic Edition? That’s unclear, but given NERD’s technical work, it seems that the new device is in good hands.


The Nintendo Entertainment System™: NES Classic Edition is now available for pre-order on Target’s website. It can be purchased here.

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