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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.


Last month, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition was announced. Nintendo is bringing back its retro system as a mini device in November. 30 NES games are pre-installed, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and many more.

Following the announcement, a French-language radio show hosted an interview with Julie Gagnon. Gagnon is the communications manager at Nintendo of Canada.

Gagnon talked about a few different topics such as who the company is targeting with the NES Classic Edition. Additionally, she appears to have revealed some different display modes, such as pixel perfect.

Head past the break for a translation of the more interesting comments from Gagnon. Huge thanks goes out LuigiBlood for helping us out with this.

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta hold a debate argue about which is the better console: the Super Nintendo or original NES. Watch the full episode below.

Update (7/25): Now $17.14 off on Amazon. $20.65 off on Amazon Canada.

Original (7/22): Prima has generally been associated with game guides, but they’re now preparing something that’s a bit different. On November 18, Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics will be available.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics offers a retrospective on 17 NES classics, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. It also includes interviews as well as commentary “from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming”. And if that wasn’t enough, Prima is packing in hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, advertisements and excerpts from Nintendo Power’s old issues, and more. It’s all brought together with an “exclusive embossed slipcase” that “holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak”.

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics is actually already available for pre-order. Get it on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK.

Thanks to Reid P for the tip.

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IGN has another look at the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. See the system up close via the video below.


Nintendo just sent out a new (and great) trailer for the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. You can watch it below.


The Nintendo UK is now accepting pre-orders for the Nintendo Classic Mini. Reserve the hardware here. Different options are on the store, including ones that are bundled with a keychain, Mario soft toy, and messenger bag.

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Update 4 (7/19): Sold out again on Amazon Germany, but the controller is now up.

Update 3 (7/18): Now available to pre-order on Amazon France, along with the controller. Also back up on Amazon Germany.

Update 2: Sold out on Amazon Germany.

Update (7/15): Bumped to the top. It’s also now live on Amazon Germany. You can also find it on Amazon Italy with the retailer also taking pre-orders for the controller.

Original (7/14): Amazon UK is accepting orders for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, which was announced earlier today. Place an order here. Amazon UK lists a price of £49.99.

Amazon has offered up a few more photos of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. We’ve posted them below.

Speaking of Amazon, for those on the lookout for pre-orders, keep track of the placeholder page here. We’ll also keep track of it and will let everyone know when it’s live.


Update: Added in some more answers courtesy of Polygon.

Kotaku fired off a few questions to Nintendo to learn more about the NES Classic Edition site open. The company commented on whether it can connect to the Internet (it can’t), whether it’ll get more games (nope), whether it can play old cartridges (won’t work!). Kotaku also asked about plans for other mini consoles, but Nintendo’s answer won’t surprise you.

In any case, head past the break for all of Nintendo’s comments.

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