More Reflections on the NES Classic

Well, you may have heard our podcast on the NES Classic. It's still a little ways away in the US (it releases 11/11/16), but the details have already made their way to the internet. We're probably getting one and would be glad to help any newer gamers with these classics (as we're all old and played these games on an original NES).

In case you missed it, it comes with the following games:

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Ghosts' N Ghoblins
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby's Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It's also going to plug into your TV using an HDMI cable and comes with a classic controller (a 2nd controller retails for $9.99). The most important thing, however, is the fact that as of right now, there's no way to change the games that come with the system (and no word on if there will be more titles downloadable).

We covered on Podcast 3 some games we would have loved to see on the system. After the podcast published, we did have a few more game wishes.

We mentioned Tetris not being included. The Nintendo version of course. Of course the Mega Man series has a lone representative in Mega Man 2, which is awesome but Mega Man 3 was a glaring omission. Likewise, no Castlevania 3. Ray mentioned Earthbound: Beginnings as a rare title that would sell systems to hardcore gamers (I assume Nintendo thought Star Tropics would cover that niche). And the inclusion of Super C (Contra 2) but not the original Contra? A few other glaring omissions:

Bionic Commando- Capcom's platform adventure game is a hardcore classic among gamers and reissued for the Game Boy Advance before being remade for PS3 and XBOX (see Podcast 4). Seriously, one of the best games released in the pre 16-bit era.

Metal Gear- Everybody is aware of this franchise thanks to Metal Gear: Solid and all it's sequels But the original holds up as one of the more unique games for the NES. The laughable translations might turn some newer gamers off of this game, but it's extremely solid, and extremely hard to master.

Rescue: The Embassy Mission- I may be one of the few people that loved this game enough to consider it an omission, but it is a blast. Basically it's a commando assault team simulation that includes a sniper part and probably the first ever first person shooter (this and Golgo 13: Mafat Conspiracy). Track the game down even if Nintendo forgot about it.

Super Dodge Ball- Classic sports title using the Technos character sprites (see River City Ransom and the first Double Dragon). It's another pretty obscure title, but in fairly high demand among collectors these days.

Baseball Stars- By far the best baseball game on the system, Baseball Stars had a pretty unique "Make My Own Team" feature for it's time as well as a battery backup and a league option. Unfortunately, like most NES games, if you lose your saves, it can be maddening to have to rebuild your team again.

Rad Racer- An early Square title, Rad Racer was one of the original racing titles released for the system and holds up pretty well these days. A Nintendo Classic for sure, but Excitebike does an adequate job for a racing title inclusion requisite in it's stead.

There could be hundreds more titles that could have been included, but these are some glaring omissions that for sure would warrant an expansion disc at least for the system. However, the pack in titles are awesome enough to sell this system well, and Nintendo could possibly be saving some of these for a sequel. Or maybe we'll see an SNES version in 2017? Could be. 

-Metallic Joe-

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