Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition Will Feature Multiple Display Modes, Saving Throughout Gameplay


Last month, Nintendo announced a $80 CAD version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System that comes preloaded with 30 classic games. The NES Classic Edition aims to generate a whole lot of nostalgia, not only for the games it contains, but for the ways they used to be played.

The company already revealed that the NES would work on modern TVs thanks to an HDMI port, however a new report from Business Insider uncovers a few more cool features about the device.

The new console will allow you to save at any point in the game. While this may be a bummer for true enthusiasts, it is definitely a feature that most people will love to have. In addition, the console will come with a variety of display options, including a 4:3 aspect ratio option and a “pixel perfect” option.

The 4:3 aspect ration option will allow you to play the classic games as they originally looked, as if you were playing them on your old TV. The “pixel perfect” option will render each pixel as one square, which means that the picture will not look stretched or distorted in anyway.


The list of new features come from an interview with Nintendo of Canada’s communication manager Julie Gagnon, which was hosted by a French-language radio show and translated to English by Nintendo Everything. Here is the transcription of the interview, which is not a word-for-word translation due to the nature of the interview:

“Everyone who has played before, who maybe today wants to play with their children; everyone who wants to beat the bad guy, but they couldn’t back then; all of the new generations who love Mario today and want to understand how he was at the beginning, I really think this can bring everyone together.

It’s also in the spirit where retro is very present, and finally Nintendo offers it in a formula that I think is very accessible for everyone.

What is interesting is that we can play through HDMI, but there will be different modes of how we will see the screen – a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens, there will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this too.

Yes, there will be permanent save points and instant temporary saves to be able to resume and that’s for every single of the 30 games, so we don’t have to worry if we don’t have a password, or restart right at the beginning…”

The NES Classic Edition will launch on November 11th as a standalone console. Who’s going to get one?

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