NES Classic System impressionsGameSpot's Peter Brown got his hands on Nintendo's NES Classic Edition and details the value of the classic console.
[MUSIC] Peter, we've heard a lot about the NES classic, but you finally got to try it out. Yeah, Nintendo has sort of, given us a chance to play this yesterday. And as someone who grew up in NES. That was born, same year as release. I've always, sort of, had an affinity, for it. And so, when they announced this, I was super excited. Granted, I collect Nintendo games, now. So it was sort of a weird thing, for me. Do I want the real thing? Or do I want this? Where does it fall, for me? And I found that it's sort of somewhere in the middle. So in the NES classic, of course it's not this. No. [LAUGH] It does not play cartridges, it comes with them pre-installed. Yes, and also. And a bit smaller. Super small. I mean it is less wide than this controller, or maybe just as wide. I mean, it is tiny, like super super small. So does that mean the build quality isn't that great? Do you feel like it holds up, is there something that you'd wanna Display. I mean, that's just it, right? It looks like a nice little model of an NES, and you know what? Yes, it does feel good in practice, the controller especially that's one of the thing's that's the most important for these games. Is responsiveness and sort of giving you that feeling that you had playing an original SNES and having done that recently just on my own. The controller that I used yesterday felt great. Feels very much like the same build quality and I was trying to get them to talk to me about how they matched the two. They didn't really have all that info, but I can say just from my experience, it feels really good. I'm very pleased about that. [MUSIC] But the way that the games look and play is probably the most important. If someone, Especially for you. You bought TV specifically to play classic games on classic systems. Yeah. Does the emulation hold on? What do you think about the way the games look and play? The games look good. They look as best as you'd expect on a 720P TV and, yes, it's upscaled but I think it's upscaled natively. So it's actually rendered at 720P. And that's important because then you don't have the problems of, like input lag and delay. There is this sort of flickering you would get from an old NES, and they're really trying to emulate these games as true as they can to what they used to be. So they'll be some slow down when there are too many sprites on the screen, which doesn't make sense Mature. Yes a little bit here and there but that is what they are and they're going to be true to that. There are a few modes where you can play the game traditionally TVs were four by threes so images would be stretched sometimes depending on your TV. You can also play a pixel perfect mode which is a perfect square so every pixel is a square rather than like slightly stretched. Or you can apply scan lines to the image as well to give you that CRT like feeling where you had Every other line was darker and you had some of that going on, but it's not the same as playing on a real CRT. It's definitely a different feeling. And depending on your HDTV, as well, you might want to have to worry about things like game mode or all the digital processing that goes into your image, just to make sure that the timing is correct because these games are really hard. And if you're off even by a couple frames, it can cause a lot of problems. [MUSIC] For the box itself, it's streamlined a lot, and just uses a regular HDMI to plug into your TV. And I think it has a USB for power? Yes, it's powered by USB. Nintendo wasn't The people I was speaking with didn't know if you could actually power if from a USB port versus like an AC adapter for USB cable. If it does let you charge through something like a USB 2.0 port, which I believe carries 5 volts, you should be able to plug it just into your TVs service port. So then you don't actually need to have any sort of power connection and that's great. [SOUND] But yes, there's no analog out. It's just HDMI. And the controller connects using the same adapter that the nunchuck used on the Wii remote. And what's great about that is these controllers which are $10 on their own You can actually use those to play virtual console games, on your Wii U, or the Wii as well. And I think something interesting you mentioned is that they've replaced the power end, and reset buttons with a start and select, and that's kind of how you get into the quick save options for games. Yes. So everything runs in an operating system, and it's essentially you're provided with a stream of covers for the 30 games that are included. So you press what is the reset button on this to get back to that screen. And so when you're back at that screen, you can choose a new game or you can make save states. So you can save at any point in any game that you want. You have four slots for each game. You can lock saves as well so you don't overwrite them by accident. It's a bit disappointing that I can't, say Hit certain select on the controller. To initiate a save state, I actually have to physically touch the console itself. That said, the controller keyboard is a little bit short. It's only a few feet, maybe three feet. So you're not gonna be too far from this thing at any given time. I guess the most important question, is there are a lot of options for emulating classic games these days, from standalone systems that run all of these old games, to just finding an old NES somewhere. And now the NES Classic. Is this something you wanna buy as a collector, or as someone who loves playing these old games? Or, who is this for? As someone who loves the NES, I want one of these because it is a really nice sort of monument, almost, to the NES. But that said, I was playing these games yesterday, and I'm glad to see them all there. There's a lot of excellent games But I've played a lot of these in recent years. I own a lot of them already. So as a collector, I don't feel like I'm going to be missing out if I don't buy this right away. But that said, I would like to have one, and I can definitely imagine, you know, for someone who doesn't play these games today. This is gonna be an excellent little package. And it's like te perfect gift for anyone, Late twenties, early thirties, I am really curious to see how the younger generation is going to pick it up as well. I wish that it had internet connectivity. I wish that you could download other games that would tie somehow into your virtual consult library. Because I have a lot of these games already. Yes, that would be nice, but it's sixty bucks. It's pretty cheap and you get thirty games for that. And yeah, unfortunately there's no way to expand it. Nintendo's not gonna be releasing carts that give you more games. And like you said, there's no Internet, and no tying into your eShop account. But when does it come out? November. All right. And I think that they're sold out already. [LAUGH] Preorders, the next wave that opens, you're gonna be able to preorder it. You should get it before Christmas. This is a classic system launch now. This thing is filling out. It's interesting. A nice Christmas gift would be to buy one of these, the original one, and put the NES classic inside of it. So you'd open up the NES classic. It's not a bad idea. That's a good gift idea. [LAUGH] [MUSIC]