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NOSTALGIA ALERT: Nintendo To Release Mini NES With 30 Games Built In

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Craig Boudreau Vice Reporter
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Nintendo will be releasing a miniature version of their classic video game system, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), with 30 pre-loaded games in November.

The mini-NES is slated to be released on November 11, come with 30 games and will cost nostalgic gamers $59.99. Some of the games included are classic titles like Castlevania, Excitebike, Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda and even Punch Out.

Nintendo is also probably looking to increase its stock value following the release of their highly successful augmented reality app Pokemon Go. The app sent Nintendo’s stock value up 25 percent, according to Variety.

The NES was released nationwide in the U.S. in 1986 and was discontinued globally in 1995, but not before the gaming system had sold more than 60 million consoles worldwide, according to Nintendo’s own data.

The system proved so popular that when Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. 3 in 1988 — which comes in the mini NES — the game sold 18 million copies, generated $500 million in revenue and even has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling video game not sold with the system, according to Foo Yuk.

Escapist Magazine reported The Mario Bros. franchise was so successful that it holds the title of best-selling video game franchise of all time, with more than 200 million sold. There is even better news for NES fans: the mini NES will allow you to save your progress. Which means no more leaving the system running all night to save your hard-earned gains.

“Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time,” reports Hot Hardware.

PC Mag put together a list of the 10 best video game consoles of all time, the NES came in second place behind Sega’s Dreamcast.

Speaking of Sega, if your NES-laden nostalgia can’t wait the four months until Nintendo releases the mini system, there is already a mini Sega Genesis for sale on Amazon, The Verge reports.

The system, made by AtGames, comes with 80 built-in games to satiate your classic gaming desires. Although, The Verge notes that since Sega isn’t the one who made the system, some of the games are “cheap clones.”

Nintendo’s move comes amid a huge 80’s nostalgia movement sweeping the country. A movement CNN has even picked up on and is currently airing a series of shows about the decade aptly titled ‘The Eighties‘. Rehashes of 80’s movies are popular now too. A reboot of the Ghostbusters was recently released, along with The Karate Kid, Footloose and Friday the 13th.

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