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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

At $60, the NES Classic Edition offers an incredible nostalgic value: Two dollars a game for many of Nintendo's most iconic titles. The games all play great too -- but short controller cables mean you’ll be sitting a lot closer to the TV than you'd probably like.

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Pros
  • Looks and feels just like the original NES
  • Great selection of games with something for everyone
  • Can be powered by your TV's USB port
  • Excellent NES emulation
Cons
  • Short controller cables
  • No way to buy new games
  • Won't support your original accessories
  • It's already out of stock everywhere
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

100
Tolga
Pros: Good console. The console has lots of games. 30 games. Including Super...read more
70
Sindee
Love it!!! Bought wireless controllers and I'm GOLDEN!
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average Critic Score
 
90
Polygon
While purists may balk at the input lag, and fans might object to the absence of some key games (METAL GEAR!?) and just about everyone can shake their head in disbelief at the comically short controller cable, Nintendo has also introduced the best retro console-in-a-box on the market.
 
80
CNET
Nintendo's little self-contained mini console plays 30 of the best NES games ever made, making it a fun nostalgia trip for Nintendo fans and a no-brainer stocking stuffer.
 
80
Digital Trends
The NES Classic Edition is not perfect. It has some design flaws inside and out. Despite those flaws, the small emulator box offers a high-quality experience for a very low price, just $60.
 
80
IGN
Nintendo’s tiny console is wonderfully made, but its painfully short controller limits how you enjoy these games.
 
90
Tech Advisor
Although the NES Classic has some flaws - namely the ridiculously short controller cable - we can’t help but recommend getting one if you can find it in stock.
 
80
The Telegraph
There are issues, not least those daft cables, and I certainly wouldn't recommend paying over the odds. But, for the asking price of £49.99, this is retro gaming done right – if you can find one, of course.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
In a holiday season when isolating smartphones and virtual reality headsets figure prominently on year’s-best-gadgets lists, the NES is more than just nostalgia. It’s a reminder of the time we first fell in love with technology.
 
70
Forbes
The NES Classic Edition is a fun little console that could have been much better with wireless gamepads and expandable storage.
 
90
TechCrunch
Yes, buy it. I think this is a fantastic value. You’re paying $2 per game, plus the well-made hardware and convenience of the save state system. It’s a bargain in a lot of ways.
 
90
Wired
NES Classic does exactly what it promises: Pixel-perfect renditions of classic 8-bit games with a no-fuss interface on your HDTV, at a price that comes to about two bucks a game. That’s it. I’m confident in thinking Nintendo has a huge hit on its hands, and I look forward to more. Somebody had better be working on what I really want: a tiny Super Nintendo loaded with 1000 hours’ worth of RPGs.