Magazine article USA TODAY

Put the NES Classic Edition under the Tree

Magazine article USA TODAY

Put the NES Classic Edition under the Tree

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The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition figures to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. The system includes 30 classic NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda, plus a replica of the original NES controller that also can be used with NES Virtual Console games on the Wii or Wii U systems--and the games look sharper than ever using the included HDMI cable.

The system can be played in three different display modes, and games can be saved at any time using Suspend Points--plus the games' original manuals can be viewed by scanning an on-screen QR Code with a smart device. As they said in the 1980s, 'Tubular!"

Whether you have fond NES memories or want to introduce yourself and your kids to the video games that made Nintendo a household name, you are sure to enjoy the compact and attractive console. The hub of the NES Classic Edition is the HOME Menu, which can be used to access all 30 of the classic NES games. From here, you can adjust various settings or just dive into a game and start playing. To help locate games quickly and easily, you can press the Select button to sort by title, two-player games, recently played games, number of times played, release date, and publisher.

To make sure every Goomba stomp looks as authentic as possible, all games can be played in three display modes. With the CRT filter, a scan-line effect is added to the screen to give everything that oh-so-retro look and feel; 4:3 is a sharp, clean look that adheres to the original aspect ratio used by the NES; and when playing in Pixel Perfeet mode, every pixel is shown as a perfect square, providing the most accurate representation of the games as they originally were designed. …

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