11 Things You Need to Know About The NES Classic Edition

The Nintendo Entertainment System is back in a big little way.

By David Isaac

Super Mario Bros. Pac Man. Donkey Kong. They're just a few of the memorable games included in NES Classic Edition, a new, miniature version of the popular '80s game console. Here's 11 things to know about it as the holiday season rapidly approaches.

1. It looks totally authentic

Nintendo nailed it with its design inspired by the original, especially when the company's initial idea for a retro gaming system was just a circuit board.

Fortunately, someone had the bright idea to take it a step further and make it look like the original console.

2. It looks retro, but it has modern display ports

The NES Classic Edition comes with modern ports including HDMI (for connecting to your TV) and micro-USB (for power). So it looks retro, but any modern TV will work.

3. The Price Is Right

It costs $60. While original NES games sell for $5-to-$6 on Nintendo's VIrtual Console, here you're getting the 30 included games for $2 a pop, plus a controller and replica console sorta for free.

4. Extra contollers are pretty cheap

You can purchase an extra controller for just $10.

5. It has a collection of great games

The NES Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 games--and not just run-of-the-mill games, either. Nintendo includes some of its best. My personal favorite: Galaga.

Here's a list of all of them so you can see if your favorite is there, too.

Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros.2

Super Mario Bros.3

The Legend of Zelda

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong, Jr.

Mega Man 2

PAC-MAN

Final Fantasy

Metroid

Kirby's Adventure

Castlevania

Ninja Gaiden

Dr. Mario

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

Balloon Fight

Zelda 2 The Adventure of Link

ExciteBike

Ice Climber

Kid Icarus

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Bubble Bobble

Tecmo Bowl

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Super C

Galaga

StarTropics

Ghosts'N Goblins

Gradius

6. You can save a game in progress!

You can pick up where you left off with a feature called Suspend Points. If you remeber playing the original games, you'll recongize this is a big improvement.

Basically, you simply press the Reset button while playing a game to return to the home menu, where you can save your progress in one of four slots. You can even lock your saved file so you don't accidentally lose your place in the game.

7. It's WII compatible

The NES Classic Edition controller can connect to your Wii or Wii U console via the Wii Remote controller and you can then play NES Virtual Console games.

8. There are several display options

You have three display options to choose from.

The CRT filter mode makes it look like an old TV with scan lines .

4:3 ratio replicates the original look of the game, with a slight horizontal stretch.

Pixel Perfect ios what you can choose to make each pixel is a perfect square, so you'll see the games exactly the way they were designed.

9. It has a great, great, great menu system

NES Classic Edition's menu is so simple it's simply beautiful. You can sort the list in a number of ways, from alphabetical to number of times played.

Scroll back and forth and select start to play. Greatest. Menu. Ever.

10. They Didn't Cut the Cord (Gack!)

Cue the record scratch. The controllers for the NES Classic Edition are not wireless.  This may be getting a little too close to the '80s for comfort. On the other hand, sitting cross-legged on the floor arm's length from your TV is definitely a retro experience.

11.  It's sold out, but you can still get it for Black Friday

Nintendo may not have cut the cord, but it hit the right chord. The NES Classic Edition sold out in minutes when it released last week.

But word on the street says this cute little console will be restocked in time for Black Friday. Don't want to stand in the street waiting for Walmart to open? In that case, you could get this retro gaming system, or this adorable gaming system, or even this beauty (if money is no object).