Nintendo's announcement last week that they are releasing a miniature version of their iconic Nintendo Entertainment System and the fact that it will come pre-downloaded with 30 of the greatest games to ever grace the console, has gamers across the world losing their minds and excited about the possibility of jumping back into the games of their youth.
For me though, its special for a separate reason. I was born in January of 1992, by that time the NES era was already coming to an end and the SNES had launched across much of the world. By the time I was able to play games of any kind, the days of the NES were long gone.
Thus the ability to go back and experience one of the greatest consoles ever made, with its actual controller, look, and legendary games as they were meant to be played, has me overjoyed to jump back into these brutally hard, yet endlessly fun games.
When the Mega Man Legacy Collection came out last fall I was blown away by how incredible and timeless those games truly are. The fact that my favorite game out of the bunch, Mega Man 2 will be included in the 30 games on the console, has me amped for this November. From the first two Castlevania games, to Donkey Kong and Double Dragon, to Ice Climbers, Kid Icarus, and Metroid and Ninja Gaiden, the Mini NES and all the games included on it, is offering me something I have always wanted but feared I'd never be able to get. A real, tangible way to experience and play through some of the most consequential and important games from arguably the most iconic game console. As an admirer and lover of history, few things could be a better more fulfilling reward then that. Come this November, in the midst of this generations giants and titans, I will crave out some time to play 30 timeless games and truth be told, I can't wait.