Nintendo has always held its game library close to its chest. For years fans have been forced to buy new Nintendo consoles to play both the newest entries the company’s beloved franchises, and the classic games of its past. Nintendo has finally loosened its grip a little bit, offering Nintendo fans a more affordable way to access its some of its NES canon without buying a Wii U or 3DS. The NES Classic Edition is a small machine that lets you play 30 NES games on modern TVs.


I say “machine” and not “computer,” because, for many, the word computer carries certain expectations: The NES Classic Edition does not connect to the internet. There is no authorized way to upgrade its hardware, buy games through it, or in any way alter it.

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