Nintendo’s highly anticipated launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System “NES Classic Edition” is kicking off today. The device, which includes 30 classic NES games, will give players a chance to dive back into former hits like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and PAC-MAN.
There were exciting fan last night to celebrate, fans at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza enjoyed an ’80s-themed launch event. On launch weekend (Nov. 11-13), Nintendo is also bringing back its righteously nostalgic Power Line for three days only. Nintendo’s social media channels will go completely retro to help celebrate the launch as well.
“Many of us have fond and wonderful memories of the original NES,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With these launch activities for the NES Classic Edition, we want to replicate the nostalgic feelings of sitting down and playing the NES with your family for the first time.”
To kick off the launch, Nintendo will host a “Remembering #NESterday” social media takeover starting today. By using the #NESterday hashtag, Nintendo fans will be encouraged to share fond Nintendo gaming memories and even present-day photos with their old NES consoles. Some of these photos will be shared on Nintendo’s social media channels, and people will also be able to participate in a Twitter sweepstakes that will be just as tubular as you might expect.
While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. (“How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?” you might ask yourself.) If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day. The original Power Line was a beloved service in the ’80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks.
In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors.
With 30 great NES games, a replica of the original NES controller, three display modes (including one that makes your fancy hi-def display look like a retro tube TV) and Suspend Points for easy on-the-spot saving, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is a great value at a suggested retail price of only $59.99.
The NES console is expected to become available on sites like Amazon.com around 2pm but is expected to sellout quite quickly. The company recommends that you start refreshing about 15min early. You can grab yours while supplies last on authorized sites like Amazon.com. Of course some people are selling them from $199 to $599, but we suggest waiting till more are released at 2pm, and just pay $60 like Nintendo wants you to.