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You thought we were only going as far back as the 80s with Pokémon GO to satisfy our gaming itch? Let's go back even further and not even include any fancy AR tech in the process. Out of seemingly nowhere, Nintendo has formally announced the NES Classic Edition, a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The kicker is that it comes with 30 pre-installed games to boot.

And before you assume you need to whip out an old CRT boob tube to use an ugly coaxial connection, know that the NES Classic Edition connects to your modern TV using HDMI. Nintendo is even throwing in an HDMI cable in the package, along with a microUSB power cable. Oddly, there is no AC wall adapter for that power cable, but at least you don't have to deal with an unsightly power brick.

We've seen unofficial third party devices like the RetroDuo Portable 2.0 and the AtGames Sega Genesis Classic Game Console. To see an official product from Nintendo itself is another matter altogether.

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The full list of games includes:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Curiously, they've included a number of sequels here and not the originals. You get Super C, but not Contra. You get the second Mega Man and Double Dragon, but not the first. But hey, all three Marios are there. You could just buy these games through the Wii Shop or you could load them up from an emulator onto your Android device, but nostalgia! But it looks like a mini NES! But it's official and it's got HDMI!

The NES Classic Edition ships this November with an MSRP of $59.99, including one NES Mini controller. Captain Lou Albano-hosted cartoon series sold separately.

Update: And before you get any bright ideas about adding more games to this micro console, Nintendo has squashed that possibility. Those 30 games are all you get. The NES Classic Edition neither connects to the Internet nor boasts any external storage capabilities.

Via TechRadar