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Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

It was a strange time in video game history when Contra first hit NES. International rules forbade content of too violent a nature - if it contained humans - and all blood was highly, highly pixelated (no matter where you lived). Now, here in 2019, for the first (official) time ever, Konami's prepared the entire history of one of the most classic running and gunning games of all time.

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Nintendo Switch Online gets three new NES games next week

Nintendo Switch Online gets three new NES games next week

Today, Nintendo revealed the next batch of NES games heading to Switch Online. We're getting three this month, while some recent months have only added two. Once these three games join the service, Nintendo says there will be more than 40 NES games available to play with a Switch Online subscription.

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Mario, Kirby NES games joining Switch Online this month

Mario, Kirby NES games joining Switch Online this month

The next batch of NES games heading to Nintendo Switch Online have been revealed. We've grown used to receiving at least three new NES games per month since Switch Online launched back in September, but for February, we're only getting two. With that said, both titles for February can certainly be counted among the biggest games released for the NES.

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SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

The fast-paced game development process today means that many prototypes are made and discarded but that has actually been true even in ages past. While most prototypes never make it outside NDA’d halls, some do make a pubic appearance. So when something as high-profile as Simcity for the Nintendo Entertainment System, a.k.a. Famicom in Japan, vanishes without a trace, gaming historians are naturally intrigued. After 27 years, their sleuthing has finally paid off and SimCity for the NES has reemerged and is now available for everyone to learn from.

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Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had an interview this week where he made clear the fate the NES Classic and SNES Classic. Both of these systems come with a pre-set number of games, and at first appeared to be limited to those games alone. This week, Fils-Aime put to bed rumors that either one of the consoles would have a path to attaining additional games at any point in the future. And there's more sorta bad news, too.

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Switch Online NES games for December are here with surprise extras

Switch Online NES games for December are here with surprise extras

The three December NES games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have gone live, and they've brought a couple of surprises along with them. Nintendo has launched two Special saves (referred to simply as SP) for Metroid and Dr. Mario. These SP versions give players a chance to see the end of each game, something that was considerably more difficult back in the late 1980s.

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Switch Online NES games for December include a challenging favorite

Switch Online NES games for December include a challenging favorite

Now that we're in the midst of December, Nintendo has detailed a new batch of NES games that are going live for Switch Online subscribers soon. The trio for December includes arguably one of the most famous (and difficult) games of all time, so it looks like Nintendo's holiday gift to subscribers this year is frustration.

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Nintendo Switch Online serves up a new take on NES Zelda

Nintendo Switch Online serves up a new take on NES Zelda

Nintendo Switch Online received an update today, adding a few new games to the NES library available through the service. We knew that most of these were coming already, as Nintendo has detailed the monthly additions for the rest of the year. However, one of Switch Online's new arrivals was more of a surprise, and fans of the original Legend of Zelda might want to check it out.

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Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away. Or in this case, it just didn’t make things painfully clear before “encouraging” Nintendo fans to put their hard-earned monies into this nod to the past. At its Nintendo Direct stream last week, the gaming giant revealed, much to the glee of NES fans, Joy-con replicas of the classic controller. But while it’s not completely useless, the fine print that Nintendo didn’t mention makes these accessories a lot less useful than you might have presumed.

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Nintendo Switch wireless NES controller preorders start next week

Nintendo Switch wireless NES controller preorders start next week

Nintendo has announced the upcoming launch of a wireless controller for the Nintendo Switch, one that is designed to look like the original controller included with the NES. These rectangular wireless controllers will support Nintendo's newest console, including connecting to it when it's time to recharge their internal batteries.

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Nintendo reveals how to pronounce “NES” the right way

Nintendo reveals how to pronounce “NES” the right way

It's an old but passionate debate: how does one properly pronounce Nintendo's original "NES" console? Some have guessed "nezz," while others go with the softer "ness" pronunciation. Others avoid the topic altogether by simply calling it "The N.E.S," but Nintendo has weighed in on the topic. Turns out two of those three things are wrong, at least from the company's point of view.

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What was the first video game you ever played?

What was the first video game you ever played?

Around the world, there are millions of us who count gaming as our favorite pastime. Many of us have played hundreds or thousands of games over the years, but few are quite as important as the game that started it all; the game that introduced us to this wonderful, expensive hobby. I want to know: What was that introductory title for you? What was the first video game you ever played?

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