If you wanted to play a game today on your old Nintendo system, you'd have to dust it off, blow on the cartridge and pray for the game to load.
Come November, that will all change.
Nintendo's latest gaming system is actually a version of one of its oldest -- the company is releasing the mini NES Classic Edition, which comes pre-loaded with 30 iconic games.
The NES is coming back to stores! Pick up the new mini NES Classic Edition on 11/11 w/ 30 included games! pic.twitter.com/wFDw7lHWb7— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 14, 2016
The first question most sports fans will ask: "Can I play 'Tecmo Bowl?'"
The answer is yes.
The second question: "Can I play 'Punch Out!!?'"
The answer is yes, too ... but with one caveat. The game that comes pre-loaded is "Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream" ... not Mike Tyson.
Tyson's contract with Nintendo apparently expired just before he lost to James "Buster" Douglas, so the company chose not to negotiate a new contract. Instead, they elected to go with Mr. Dream as the final opponent in the 1990 re-release.
Fortunately, you can still take shots at Glass Joe, Don Flamenco and Soda Popinski to your heart's delight.
Here is a full list of games that come with the system:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts'N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby's Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link