Friday, July 15, 2016

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something μ

There's no play like home! There's no play like home!
(image from Nintendo)
I guess I wouldn't be much of a nerd if I didn't mention this! Nintendo is making a bold first step into the TV Games market with a miniature version of its first console, featuring over two dozen of the best NES titles... and Ghosts 'n Goblins. Nobody knows for sure what hardware it uses or the quality of the emulation, but here's what we do know: it has an HDMI video port in the back, you can plug Wiimote peripherals into the front, and it'll cost sixty dollars.

There's one other thing... you can't add games, or remove them in the case of Ghosts 'n Goblins. But that's pretty much par for the course for a TV Games unit, isn't it? When those games include Kirby's Adventure, the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, and a wealth of third party hits including Final Fantasy, it's hard to complain about what you're not getting. Not that it will stop the internet, mind. The NES Classic Edition will be available in November, just in time for the holiday season.

In other left field Nintendo news, you can purchase Turbografx-16 games for your Wii U right now, should you be so inclined. Right now, R-Type, Bonk's Adventure, and New Adventure Island are available, and more should arrive in the near future. Galaga '88 would be nice, Nintendo! Or heck, even a port of Pac-Land that doesn't look like it was beaten half to death with an ugly stick.


  1. I agree with pretty much everything you said here, Jess. Except for the Ghosts 'n Goblins hate, I mean. Hey, I kinda like the NES port of this game! Sure, it's hair-pullingly frustrating at times (OK, all of the time), but I still like it. Kind of. To a point. Anyway, I'm getting one of these suckers (the NES minis) ASAP. I'm guessing the same is true of you?

    1. If I've got the cash and can't think of anything better to do with it, sure. Maybe I'll ask for it for my birthday or Christmas.

      It's not JUST that Ghosts 'n Goblins is frustrating; it's that the translation is lackluster. I think it was made by Micronics, which polluted the NES with over a dozen craptastic video games. Having said that, I guess it just wouldn't be the NES experience without at least one of their craptastic video games. At least it wasn't Super Pitfall...