Nintendo’s re-releasing its very first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, in pint-sized form. The NES Classic Edition hits retail Nov. 11 for $59.99, packing in 30 retro favorites — some of which aren’t currently available on Wii U, Nintendo’s most current system.
Wii U Virtual Console NES games typically cost $4.99 each. If you were to buy all the games included in the NES Classic Edition, it would cost you almost $150, so the NES Classic Edition could save you up to $89.71.
We’ve got a rundown of the NES games you can replay on your HD television exclusively with the help of the adorable Classic Edition; none of them are currently sold on Wii U Virtual Console. Some of these may be offered on Wii or Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, however; we’ll note that if so. While Wii Virtual Console games can be bought on Wii U, they're typically slower, less crisp and only accessible through the system's Wii menu.
- Bubble Bobble (available on Wii)
- Double Dragon 2: The Revenge (available on Wii and 3DS)
- Final Fantasy (available on Wii)
- Ice Climber (available on Wii and 3DS)
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (available on Wii and 3DS)
- Tecmo Bowl (available on Wii and 3DS)
The Nintendo eShop updates weekly, meaning many of these games may come to Wii U Virtual Console before the NES Classic Edition's November launch. For now, though, the tiny console sounds like a good deal.
Clarification: These games aren't currently available on the Wii U Virtual Console stateside, but may be sold on that of other regions.