Last month, Nintendo treated us to a listing of all the NES games coming to Switch this year through the new Nintendo Switch Online service. Most of these games were made available at launch, but nine titles were teased for the following months, though no specific dates were given. This month’s offerings are Solomon’s Key, Super Dodge Ball, and NES Open Tournament Golf. These three titles will be added to the service on October 10th, so if you’re as anxious for some more games as I am, you won’t have to wait too much longer!
In just four days, Nintendo will officially launch their online membership service, Nintendo Switch Online. This service gives you access to online play (which will no longer be free), cloud saves on select games, and a digital library of classic NES titles. Nintendo previously announced that 20 games would be available in this library at launch, but that’s just the beginning.
After the initial launch, Nintendo plans to add more games to the digital library month by month. Nine additional titles have been announced for North America so far, bringing the total up to 29 before the end of the year. You can find a breakdown of what’s launching when below.
Nintendo gave a quick recap of their new online service during today’s Nintendo Direct. While most of the information was old, Nintendo revealed some brand new NES-Style controllers for the system that will be compatible with the classic NES titles available through the service.
The new controllers can connect wirelessly and are compatible with the Switch’s charging dock, much like the joy-cons. The controllers will be available in a bundle for $59.99 on September 18th when the Switch’s online service officially launches.
The Nintendo Entertainment System made its Western debut in 1985 (following the launch of the Famicom in Japan) and has gone on to sell over 60 million units since then. One thing those millions of players haven’t been able to come to a complete agreement on over all these years is the correct pronunciation of those three letters. Today, that question is officially answered.
WarioWare Gold recently launched on Nintendo 3DS, and the game’s museum section contains images and descriptions of the NES and Famicom, at least in Japan. The description for the NES includes an official pronunciation for the console. So what’s the ruling? According to Nintendo, the classic console is to be pronounced “Ness.”
This shouldn’t be too shocking of a revelation given that the main character of EarthBound was named this in an obvious nod to the console, but you’d be surprised. Eurogamer’s discovery has sparked an uproar in the comments section, with fans declaring that Nintendo is “wrong” about their own console’s official name. Many believe that it should be pronounced as either “Nez” or “En ee ess,” with each letter read individually. Nintendo disagrees.
The NES Classic Edition was a prized stocking stuffer during the holiday 2016 shopping season, and Nintendo’s production was completely unable to keep up with demand. After a lengthy absence, Nintendo finally began restocking the coveted plug-and-play console last month, but it quickly sold out at most retailers. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on one yet, don’t panic! There’s still time.
Nintendo of America tweeted out yesterday to let fans know about the return of the NES Classic Edition, prompting fans to check with their local retailers. These things don’t sit on shelves for long, but Nintendo says they’ll continually restock them until the end of 2018. As usual, we’ll keep you up to date on major restocks when we see them. Happy hunting!
The NES Classic Edition, Nintendo’s plug-and-play retro console, was a huge hit in 2016, and Nintendo was utterly unprepared to keep up with the demand. Fortunately they’re giving the popular collectible a second shot at life. Nintendo is restocking the Classic at numerous retailers, and they’re selling out fast. If you’re eager to get your hands on one, you can currently grab an order at Best Buy. Get ’em before they’re gone!
Back in 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature console pre-loaded with 30 classic games. Demand for the retro stocking stuffer far exceeded supply, and Nintendo found themselves utterly unprepared to keep up with their insatiable fans. If you missed out on your chance to grab one earlier, fear not! The mini console will soon be available once again.
Nintendo has promised to issue more stock throughout 2018, and GameStop has just revealed that they’ll be getting their new supply in one week. Starting June 29th, you’ll be able to buy the NES Classic Edition in stores or online. However, supplies will still be limited. GameStop plans to supply each of their stores with at least 10 units, but they’ll certainly sell fast.
The classic Mega Man franchise officially reached its 30th anniversary last December, and Capcom is still celebrating! The latest way they’ve decided to honor the Blue Bomber is by re-releasing two of his most popular games from generations past…on their original cartridges. That’s right, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X are going retro with limited edition NES and SNES cartridge releases decades after their debut.
These collectors items will only be available in quantities of 8,500, and they come with a price tag of $100 apiece. For that price, you get the 30th Anniversary Classic Cartridge (which is playable) along with deluxe packaging and “premium” instruction booklets.Most of the cartridges are an opaque blue, but 1,000 of them (chosen at random) will be even more rare. These special cartridges will be a translucent, glow-in-the-dark blue. Here’s a full breakdown of everything that comes with the cartridges:
MEGA MAN 2 – 30TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC CARTRIDGE – $100
Limited Edition of 8,500
Opaque Light Blue (7,500 units total) or Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blue (1,000 units total)
Brand-New Playable Cartridge
Dual-Fold Box w/ Foil, Gloss & Embossments
Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Foreword by Author Salvatore Pane
Retro Pack-In Surprises
Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives
MEGA MAN X – 30TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC CARTRIDGE – $100
Limited Edition of 8,500
Opaque White (7,500 units total) or Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blue (1,000 units total)
Brand-New Playable Cartridge
Tri-Fold Box w/ Foil, Gloss & Embossments
Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Foreword by Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil
Retro Pack-In Surprises
Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives
Ever buy something and get a little more than you bargained for? YouTuber Julian Turner likes to snag rare old games and game memorabilia for unboxing videos on his channel, but a recent purchase caught him off guard. After picking up a pair of old NES games at a market, Turner returned home to discover that the cartridges were packed with drugs.
The games in question were Rollergames and Golf for Nintendo’s classic system, and Turner picked them up at a market in Georgia. As such, he was surprised to note that Rollergames was a PAL copy of the game, rather than a North American version. Both cartridges felt heavier than normal to Turner, and a digital scale soon confirmed they were about 50% above the usual weight for an NES cartridge.
Turner then opened up the cartridges to inspect their insides, and he found four bags containing illegal substances. The Newnan Police Department was contacted, and they’ve launched an investigation, although it’s unlikely they’ll be able to trace the origins of drugs that wound up at a flea market. The New York Post confirmed this story with the Newnan Police, adding (from the official report) the detail that the drugs were a “sandy-glass or crystalline” substance.
You can check out Turner’s find by clicking the video above. The bit about the two NES cartridges starts around the 7:40 mark.
A while back, a hacker discovered a hidden NES game, Golf, inside the firmware of the Nintendo Switch, but someone has finally made a way to play it. Judging by the date and methods required to launch the game, it seems as though the inclusion was intended to be a hidden tribute to the former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who passed away two years ago.
The homebrew method requires users to install software on their PC in order to trick the system into synchronizing with a particular web page, hosted by the software. The method also requires that users be on a firmware between 2.0 and 3.0.
If you’re technically savvy, you can check out a guide to try it yourself here on the GBATemp forums.
Disclaimer: Any modifications to your Nintendo Switch, including this one, could lead to the warranty on your console being voided. It could also lead to your system becoming non-functional. While these scenarios are unlikely, attempt this at your own risk.
Do you wish Nintendo would officially release the NES’s Golf on the Switch? What other retro games would you like to see on the Switch? Let us know in the comments!
Ever since hackers discovered that a copy of NES Golf is present on every Nintendo Switch console this past weekend, countless individuals have been working to uncover why it was placed there and how Nintendo intended for gamers to be able to naturally access the easter egg. Now, some members of the community believed they’ve figured it out, but it’s going to take a while for most of us to test it out. And that’s because, if they are correct, this is no mere easter egg—it’s a touching tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself.
After exploring the code and working through numerous scenarios, the consensus is that NES Golf is designed to only be accessible on one day of the year: July 11th, the anniversary of Satoru Iwata’s passing. You can’t just fake this by resetting your system clock, however—it turns out that the Switch has a hidden secondary clock, one that automatically syncs up to the current date whenever the system first connects to the internet. This is the date that the NES emulator checks against, meaning that if you have ever connected your Switch to the internet at all, you’ll be unable to check this out until July 2018 rolls around.
But the date isn’t the only thing needed to access this, and it’s not the only connection to Iwata. Once the date is correct, gamers must go to the home menu, detach their two Joy-Cons from the system, and then make a very specific motion with their controllers: Iwata’s iconic “directly to you” hand motions. That is, you hold your Joy-Cons horizontally in front of you, pointing forwards, then move them to point vertically. Hold them there for a bit, and the Switch should accept the input and open the emulator and NES Golf for you.
Note that if you haven’t connected to the internet, you’re in luck; in that case, the emulator will check against the system clock that you can reset that at will. This has allowed at least one person to accomplish these steps already, and you can check out the result in the video below.
Furthermore, whether this was Nintendo’s intention or not, it seems the Japanese side of the internet believes this game’s inclusion to have an even deeper meaning than just being a tribute or easter egg for fans to find. According to Justin Epperson, the Senior Associate Producer for 8-4 (a Japanese localization company), many think that Nintendo included the game to function like a Japanese shrine charm—one that will keep the spirit of Golf‘s original programmer, the one and only Satoru Iwata, watching over the system forever.
“Golf is imbedded in the Switch firmware and JP internet is calling it an “omamori” or charm from Iwata (he coded the game himself)
“In Japanese culture omamori are bought at shrines for various reasons, if you keep one close to you it will protect you or give luck
“So the idea is Nintendo imbedded Iwata’s game to watch over every unit and thats fuckin me up good rn. That man was loved.” — Justin Epperson
Dang… I first learned about this story an hour ago and have been thinking about it ever since, and even with all that time to process this, I’ve still got tears in my eyes from writing that last part. I honestly don’t care if Nintendo intended for it to be an omamori or not; that’s my head-canon now. And no matter what, it’s definitely looking more and more like this is an elaborate and beautiful tribute to one of gaming’s greatest creators and innovators, one for whom Nintendo still holds the greatest of respect and love to this day.
I know I’m not alone in believing that Iwata will watch over the Switch, and whatever Nintendo consoles may follow it, for a long time to come. Feel free to share your own thoughts, beliefs, and tears in the comments below.
A while back, data miners discovered that every Nintendo Switch has an NES emulator buried within its hardware, mysteriously named “Flog.” Now they’ve uncovered the probable meaning behind that name, as it turns out that the Switch has an NES game pre-installed with the console as well: the NES title Golf. What’s more, this old game has been remade to allow the use of a brand new control scheme, namely motion controls.
This copy of NES Golf allows you to play the game with a single Joy-Con, and as such it automatically supports two players. It also has two different control schemes—you can use the D-Pad and control stick for more traditional controls, but holding ZL or ZR can let you play the game with motion controls too. This is probably the first NES title to ever be redone to allow the use of motion controls, and it’d certainly be cool to see if and how Nintendo could do the same thing with other gems of that era.
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit of all, however, is that while the data miners who discovered the game were also able to hack the system to run the game, some of them suspect that the title was included as an easter egg for the system—meaning that if people can figure out the right places to go and buttons to press, anyone should be able to open and play this game on their Nintendo Switch. I guess the race is on to see who can figure out how to access this easter egg first!
What do you think of this discovery? Are you excited to find an NES title with motion controls, and will you be searching for a way to play it? Or are you like me, and this just makes you want the Virtual Console back all the more? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
The NES Classic was a big hit—and a far bigger one than Nintendo was anticipating, as they quickly ran out of stock and were unable to meet the demand by far. Gamers were understandably upset when the system was abruptly cut off, as many had failed to obtain one in the mini retro console’s limited run. Well, it looks like Nintendo has heard our cries. This morning, the company not only gave some solid examples of how they’re working to avoid that fate with the SNES Classic, but they also revealed that the NES Classic will be returning next year.
According to their press release, when the SNES Classic launches on Sept. 29th, Nintendo will be shipping out more units than the NES Classic saw throughout the entirety of last year. Of course, this will be followed up with new shipments regularly, so stock should hopefully not be an issue at all this time around. In addition, Nintendo is no longer planning to cut off the console later this year, as was originally announced; they will now continue to supply this mini console into 2018.
2018 will also see the return of the NES Classic. The press release pens it in for a return in the summer of next year, but we’ll have to wait for more specific details than that.
“Due to incredible demand for the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo plans to ship the retro-inspired product into 2018. Originally, shipments were announced to cease at the end of this calendar year.
“In addition, more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its Sept. 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly. Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.”
“Next summer, Nintendo will also bring back the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system with new shipments. More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future.” — Nintendo
Are you excited to see the return of the NES Classic Edition? Pleased to see the steps Nintendo is taking to meet the overwhelming demand for the SNES Classic? Or are you still wary of the company’s abilities to supply that many units? Let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments below!
The Nintendo Switch is considerably more sleek than lots of game consoles and controllers from days gone by. However, the plain color designs for the Joy-Con do leave a little excitement to be desired. Thankfully, devoted fans have been addressing this problem ever since the console’s launch in March, and from their artistic efforts, we already have Nintendo Switch controllers themed around the design schemes of many of Nintendo’s past consoles.
Website ColorWare recently announced their take on Joy-Con with a classic design themed around the Nintendo Entertainment System. The controllers are sold on a first come, first serve basis at the steep price of $199.99. These “Joy-Con Classic” are being sold in a limited number, and the first 25 sold will be individually numbered as well. Nothing looks quite this authentic for an NES-inspired design, so if you are willing to shell out the cash, these retro throwbacks might just be worth picking up.
If you are somewhat fonder of Nintendo’s heyday this century, then this Nintendo GameCube skin might be for you. At a much lower price than the former NES Joy-Con Classic, these skins really pack a punch with the classic GameCube purple, especially for the Switch dock that can be skinned as the front of the original GameCube, controller ports and all.
There are lots of other custom Joy-Con and skins out there too. A quick search on Etsy should show you dozens, if not hundreds, of potential new designs for your new Nintendo system, from SNES-inspired designs to Joy-Con themed around specific Nintendo characters and games.
Have you purchased any Nintendo Switch accessories or skins that have added some style to your system? Or are you still waiting for the ultimate skin of your preference before you buy? Let us know what you would like to see artists for these unofficial Nintendo Switch products create in the comments below!
Ever since its release last November, the NES Classic Edition has proven a hard-to-find piece of technology, usually selling out almost immediately after being restocked in stores. If you were hoping to wait out the rush and get one later on down the line, though, we’ve got bad news for you. Nintendo of America announced today that it is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. The final shipments of the retro console are being sent to retailers throughout the month of April.
The NES Classic Edition contains 30 classic NES games, including the original Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. While it was a popular system, it has also suffered from supply shortages and has been difficult to find for many consumers in North America, in part due to Nintendo underestimating the demand for it.
This announcement may come as a surprise given how relatively young the console is, but Nintendo explained that the console was only meant to have a limited number of shipments for a short amount of time. The surprise popularity and its rocky supply issues, they explained, is the reason they continued making more units.
You can read the statement Nintendo provided to IGN below:
“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.” — Nintendo
While this announcement may be surprising, rumors have circulated the past couple of months that pointed to April being the month that Nintendo would send out its final shipments. It looks like those rumors had more truth to them than any of us wanted to believe.
How do you feel about this announcement? Were you able to purchase a NES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re excited for the upcoming reboot of Disney’s DuckTales cartoon and are looking for some more 80’s nostalgia, then Capcom may have you covered. The company was well known for adapting cartoons from The Disney Afternoon into video games, and some of them are said to be the best NES games of all time. Now, Capcom is giving you another chance to play them with The Disney Afternoon Collection.
The collection will consist of six games: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin, DuckTales, and DuckTales 2. All games will come with new time attack and boss rush game modes. They’ll also feature a rewind feature that allows you to fix a mistake you might have made. The game will even come with additional concept art that gives a behind-the-scenes look of the all these classic titles.
The Disney Afternoon Collection will release in just a little over a month on April 18th. It will be available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will only cost $19.99. You can watch the announcement trailer above!
I’m personally pretty excited to get to play these since they’re a little outside my time. What do you guys think of this? Are you excited to live out some old Disney nostalgia? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Speedrunners go through a great deal for the sake of the timer. Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk, known on Twitch as “The Mexican Runner,” recently finished his nearly three-year-long trial of playing through every single NES game ever released, a total of 714 games. Beginning with Whomp ‘Em and ending with Super Mario Bros. 3, Kusielczuk speed-ran through every NES game released in North America, as well as 35 PAL-exclusive titles. The journey took more than 3,000 hours and over 900 days, but NESmania is finally complete.
On Kusielczuk’s blog you can find the sarcastic comments that led him to actually running the games to completion, as well as an explanation of some of the “drama” that popped up over the three years. On the homepage, he describes how he felt as he approached the end of the challenge:
“Almost three years had passed and what had started as an impossible quest had become an achievable reality. The list of unbeaten games had shrunk to only a few titles and the excitement for the last games had been growing. The closer I got to the end, the more nostalgia and responsibility I felt. I wanted to make sure this epic quest had a proper ending that could honor how big and how important it had been in my life.” — Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk
You can also find Kusielczuk on Twitch, where he was known before NESmania for holding records in both Battletoads and Contra.
Are you impressed by Kusielczuk’s feat? Let us know in the comments below!
Nintendo’s NES Classic system has been the most hard to find item since it released back in November. The item has caused a lot of consumer frustration, and most people were hoping that Nintendo would have fixed production issues by this point. However, a recent rumor from an unnamed Scandinavian retailer suggests that Nintendo may instead be looking to end the NES Classic in certain regions.
According to NeoGAF user Roarer, the company he works for is receiving limited quantities of the system based on what he was told from their Nordic distributor Bergsala. It is estimated that their last shipments of the device will arrive in April or May.
Of course, since this is a rumor, we should always be skeptical of information like this. In fact, Nintendo said in their latest investor meeting that they intend to increase production of the NES Classic and Famicom Mini (see the bottom of page 9). However, it is possible that a single Nordic distributor could simply stop sending the NES Classic. This would mean the rumor would not affect North American markets. Still, it is unfortunate if retailers in other areas of the world are impacted by this.
What do you guys think? Is Nintendo winding down production of the NES Classic in certain areas? Will Nintendo focus mainly on their virtual console services of Switch and 3DS from now on? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition was first announced, its design seemed somewhat limiting. The replica console came with thirty pre-installed games, including several classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but no other games could be played on the system, which disappointed many old-school Nintendo fans. After the NES Classic was released, many people started hacking the system to make it play more NES games. Now, fans have gone even further and modified the console to make it run games for the SNES, Game Boy, SEGA Genesis, and more.
Over the past few weeks, a large community of NES Classic modders has appeared on Reddit. They’re been creating tons of tools for hacking the system and have enjoyed great results, as it’s now possible for a regular fan to make the NES Classic run ROMs of games made for other consoles. In the video above, you can watch the NES Classic emulate the Game Boy’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX from the Game Boy Color, Pitfall! from the Atari 2600, Sonic the Hedgehog from the SEGA Genesis, and even Super Metroid, which was originally released on SNES.
This was all accomplished using a program named Hakchi2, which was built by several NES Classic modders, most prominently “madmonkey” and “pcm720.” You can learn more about the program here; it’s relatively easy to install and lets you play all kinds of games on NES Classic. You can also watch a quick tutorial on the installation process here.
What do you guys think? Do you own an NES Classic, and would you consider modifying it to play these games? Let us know in the comments below!
Nintendo’s new retro console, the NES Classic Edition, has drawn a ton of attention over the past few months, and not only because of how hard it is to find. The mini device allows access to a wide variety of classic games, but it does have some issues when it comes to things that Nintendo consoles have since moved away from, namely wired controllers and requiring a TV. Well, the modders of Kei Studio have taken it upon themselves to change that, and they did so by transforming a Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom, Japan’s version of the NES Classic, into a Game Boy.
You can check out the video above to see it in action, as well as to see how they took the Mini Famicom and moved all that hardware into a Game Boy-esque shell (don’t worry about the Japanese text, as it also has English subtitles). It does get pretty technical, so the full 25 minutes won’t be for everyone, but if you’d like to see how you might convert your own NES Classic like this, it’s a great tutorial.
Would you like to try this out for yourself? Are you even one of the lucky few who has an NES Classic and could therefore attempt this? Let us know in the comments!