When I heard the news that Nintendo announced a NES Classic Edition I was very excited to say the least. It releases 6 days after my birthday and I couldn't be happier. My NES stopped working long ago, I've searched around in hopes of finding one that was not too overpriced, the cheapest one I found was $80. I'm glad I passed on that deal as the NES Classic Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 games for only $59.99, additional controllers will only have a $9.99 price tag. The NES console was the first console I ever played. I can safely say I'm excited to play all of the games, but here is a list of a few games I'm most excited to play.
All of the Mario games
I could write a full article about all of the Mario games on the list, but I'll keep it short. There are a total of seven games pre-loaded including, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. It's absolutely no surprise to anyone that the majority of the games pre-loaded feature Mario, they are sure to bring back memories for many and create new ones for others.
I was never a big fan of the Kirby games until a bit later in life, I played Kirby and the Crystal Shards and became a fan. While the majority of the Kirby games are pretty easy, they are still relaxing games to play, plus the levels are not too long and are great to pass the time. Though Kirby's Adventure is not a very long game, it is a great addition to what was already a solid pre-load.
Metroid is one of the games I am most excited to play. I love the series, they are challenging but very rewarding -- and the music when picking up new upgrades is awesome -- I know for a fact I'll be spending many hours playing this game. Metroid was probably the first game I got frustrated with, but it taught me to keep playing and keep going regardless of defeat.
The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Like many others the Zelda games on the NES were the first true adventure game for them. You have to explore to find what you need to advance. There were no waypoint markers or any hand holding tutorials, they required true exploration and are the reason I love adventure games. Having two Zelda games pre-loaded was another great move by Nintendo.
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
I am not going to lie, I got very excited when I saw Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream was one of the additions. Trying to figure out each fighters patterns and moves made it so challenging, but landing that knockout on a fighter you've been stuck on was so rewarding. I've played this game with family and friends, we've done many competitions of who could get the furthest and I have a feeling that is going to happen again.
I have to admit, I've never played the first Final Fantasy which makes me all the more excited to play it. I like the Final Fantasy series, I've spent many hours on the games, so to be able to play the very first game in the series is exciting to me and I'm sure many others as well.
Castlevania and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Castlevania is another series with challenging, but rewarding gameplay. It was made more challenging by the fact that the enemies respawn, but once you gather upgrades you can make quick work of enemies. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest I remember more than the first one, I especially remember the awesome 8-bit music.
Bonus Game: Battletoads
I was surprised by the omission of Battletoads with so many loving -- and hating -- the game. This game came out in an era where side-scrollers had to be really challenging or the gamer would beat the game far too quick. The game offered up a great challenge to anyone who tried to complete the game, though many gave up because of the difficulty. They could have added this game to the pre-loaded collection with a difficulty setting, but the list is good enough as is.
What games are you excited to play on the NES Classic? What games do you think should have made Nintendo's list? Let me know in the comments section.