Nintendo's upcoming mini-console based around the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System will come with a few neat features designed to capitalize on some of the more nostalgic elements that made the original NES so fun and memorable.
According to IGN, a translation of an interview that took place on a French media website called la Terrasse Energie was provided by Nintendo Everything, which described some of what you can expect from the NES Classic Edition. Nintendo of Canada's communications manager Julie Gagnon revealed that not only will the system offer gamers a pixel-to-pixel representation of the classic games that helped put the NES on the map, but there will also be filters available so that those of you with HDTVs will be able to make full use of the visual options of the TV for clarity purposes. It's equivalent to if you play old console games on emulators on your high-end PC rig.
But what's more, is that Nintendo is having a bit of fun with the NES Classic Edition. For instance, there will be a CRT television mode available to simulate the rounded corners of the old tube-TVs from back in the day with a 4:3 aspect ratio. I do wonder if they will allow for aspect correction while using it in 4:3 so it's not a tiny block in the middle of your wide-screen TV?
And in case you didn't know before, the reports state that Julie Gagnon has reiterated that manual saves and permanent save points will be available for all of the 30 included games in the NES Classic Edition. Again, if you're unfamiliar with emulators, they allow you to save what's called "states". These states are memory save addresses that can be loaded at any time. Think of it as a quick-save feature for older games.
Back in the day, passwords were generally used to save games on 8-bit and 16-bit systems. On rare occasions, RPGs on the Genesis, NES or SNES like Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star, Final Fantasy or Breath of Fire would allow you to save the games directly to the cartridge. Eventually, things evolved to make use of memory cards and hard drives. So Nintendo is granting today's gamers a bit of leeway by allowing them to make use of perma-saves instead of relying wholly on passwords.
For a lot of games back then, you just had to tough it out and beat the whole thing in one sitting. It was a painstaking exercise in entertainment because, on one hand, you had a lot of fun with the game, but on the other hand, you had to deal with the fact that you couldn't save the game a lot of times and would just have to leave the game paused. Well, with the NES Classic you won't have to leave the game paused while you take a nap or go out for dinner, or do important things... like work.
The NES Classic mini-console will be available starting November 11th. The console will only cost $60, which is not that bad a deal. Sega also has a Classic Game Console as well that comes with 80 games bundled in and two controllers, so it's like rekindling the 16-bit wars all over again just for a newer generation.