Nintendo Bringing Back NES Classic In 2018

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Japanese video game console maker Nintendo is bringing back the NES Classic Edition console next year, after earlier saying that the retro gaming system will be discontinued this spring. The company said it will announce more details about the timing of the return in the future.

Nintendo had launched the NES Classic for $60 in late 2016 and it turned out to be a hit. Although it did not have high-end graphics games like its rivals the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it was welcomed by avid gamers due to it being the original 1985 console that could be plugged into modern TVs using a HDMI port.

The NES Classic Edition console came with a retro controller, 8-bit graphics and features 30 pre-installed classic games such as the original Super Mario Bros., the Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong.

Nintendo also said that the Super NES Classic Edition, the standalone mini console that was slated to end shipment by the end of this year, will continue to be shipped through 2018.

"Due to incredible demand for the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo plans to ship the retro-inspired product into 2018. Originally, shipments were announced to cease at the end of this calendar year," Nintendo said.

The company noted that more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its September 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition last year.

The Super NES Classic Edition system features 21 Super NES games such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid.

Launching on September 29 at a suggested retail price of $79.99, Super NES Classic Edition plugs directly into the TV using the provided HDMI cable, and comes with two wired controllers.

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