While the western world gets treated to a mini Nintendo NES console, Japanese gamers get the original Nintendo Family Computer.
Nintendo is set to release the new mini version of the 80s Nintendo NES in the United States and Europe on November 11. The $59.99 Nintendo NES fits in the palm of your hand and comes with 30 retro games pre-installed including Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Kirby's Adventures. In CRT mode a scan-line effect is added to the screen to give everything that oh-so-retro look and feel on your HD TV.
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The Nintendo NES came to America in 1985 and launched in Europe a year later. The predecessor of the NES was called Family Computer and was released already in 1983 in Japan. The Famicom came standard with two controller and looks even more retro than the NES With its red and beige housing.
The new mini Famicom comes with almost the same game line-up with some Japanese only releases. Nintendo release the video below introducing the new Famicom going on sale on November 10 in Japan only. Hard-core Nintendo fans in the US and Europe need to rely on direct imports. The first listings of the new Nintendo Family computer have already surfaced on eBay.com with $150 price-tags.
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The Nintendo NES will be a red hot Holiday tech gift and might be a hard to find Holiday item. We strongly recommend to by it on November 11 unless you have already pre-ordered it. Nintendo and its retail partners will have new Nintendo NES stock on launch day.