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Take a photo tour of Nintendo’s rarest hardware stash

Take a photo tour of Nintendo’s rarest hardware stash

In case you may have missed it, Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda this year. While Pokemon is turning 20 and celebrating with new cards, games, and legendary Pokemon events, Nintendo is celebrating Zelda's birthday a little differently. One way it's doing this is by cracking open its gaming vault and giving us a look at some vintage hardware.

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Five ways Nintendo can win back old-school NES players

Five ways Nintendo can win back old-school NES players

There's no question that Nintendo is in a bad spot as far as the platform wars are concerned. While the 3DS may be selling well, the Wii U is a failure in nearly every regard – the games may be great, but that's a small consolation if no one is buying consoles to play them. With the Nintendo NX seemingly around the corner, Nintendo has an opportunity to redefine itself and show why this console is a must-buy even if you have a more powerful system or PC. There's no way around it: Nintendo needs to win back some of the players that made the company a household name, so with that in mind, here are five things Nintendo can do with NX to win back old-school NES fans.

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NES Classic Edition features previewed in new trailer

NES Classic Edition features previewed in new trailer

We're closing in on the launch date of the NES Classic Edition, and today Nintendo is giving us a look at some of the plug and play console's features. When the NES Classic Edition was originally announced, there was some question of how players would save their progress, with Nintendo later announcing that the console would feature suspend points. Now we're finding out how suspend points will work in each of the console's 30 games.

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Famicom Mini is Japan’s NES Classic version

Famicom Mini is Japan’s NES Classic version

To those unfamiliar with gaming history, Nintendo actually had two very different versions of its “Nintendo Entertainment System”, depending on which side of the globe you lived in. In Japan and nearby territories, the company’s hit console was called the “Family Computer”, lovingly referred to as the “Famicom”. In the West, it went by the now standard “NES”. So when Nintendo announced the coming arrival of the miniaturized NES Classic, it was only fitting that it would launch a throwback exclusive to its roots. And thus, the Famicom mini was born.

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Analogue Nt mini won’t limit you to 30 classic NES titles

Analogue Nt mini won’t limit you to 30 classic NES titles

In about three months, Nintendo will be unleashing the NES Classic, a smaller, and more limited, throwback to a console fan favorite. Naturally, NES “remakers” Analogue is following suit. But unlike Nintendo’s official mini, the Analogue Nt mini won’t be as limited, offering all the amenities of modern technology while still promising compatibility with the cartridges and accessories of old. That said, it won’t be as small or as cheap as the NES Classic either. You do, however, really get what you pay for.

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NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

When Nintendo confirmed and revealed the teeny weeny NES Classic Edition, some might have seen it as an obvious money grab that appealed to the nostalgia factor alone, desperately trying to mask the company's inability to innovate in the gaming console market. While the nostalgia part may be true, the NES Classic Edition will apparently also have some modern amenities, aside from HDMI output, only seen in emulators. Apparently, the mini console will feature different display modes and, perhaps best of all, save points any time.

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“Playing with Power” book to keep NES Classic company

“Playing with Power” book to keep NES Classic company

Last week, Nintendo made the rather odd but nonetheless well-received announcement of a new-old console, the NES Classic. A smaller rendition of gaming history's most iconic console, the NES Classic pays homage to at least old school 30 games built into the console itself. And now to make that trip down memory lane even more complete, the gaming giant has revealed a "Playing with Power" Prima Games book that will explore the history and rich content that surrounded some of those games.

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

The newest gaming console from Nintendo is also the cutest - the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. This device looks very, very similar to the original NES, and indeed has many of the same features, but this time it's a whole lot smaller, and comes with games built-in. Not crappy games - good games. The games you remember playing. And the controllers are the same - it's basically everything you want and nothing you don't. You don't have to blow on any cartridges to make them work - unless you want to!

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NES Classic Mini announced for November release

NES Classic Mini announced for November release

Nintendo's console woes have dominated talk of the Japanese company lately, with proclamations that the Wii U has failed popping up left and right. When the going gets tough, the tough apparently fall back on something that's worked before, with Nintendo today introducing the NES Classic Mini. The Classic Mini is a tiny NES that comes pre-loaded with 30 games from the 8-bit era, including the first three titles in the Super Mario Bros. series.

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Your original NES goes wireless with the Retro Receiver

Your original NES goes wireless with the Retro Receiver

The original Nintendo Entertainment System made its debut in the US back in 1985. That was more than 30 years ago, and yet somehow we're still seeing new accessories for the beloved console. One company decided that the cables for the controllers were too short, and decided to remove them altogether.

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New Mike Tyson Punch-Out secret discovered after nearly 30 years

New Mike Tyson Punch-Out secret discovered after nearly 30 years

29 years is a long time for a video game Easter egg to remain hidden, but that's exactly what's happened with one of the titles almost every Nintendo NES owner spent time playing at some point: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! It's been known that there's a point when players can strike to knock out the opponents Piston Honda and Bald Bull with one hit, but the exacting timing has always been a guess. As Reddit user "midwesternhousewives" has discovered, the tell comes from a bearded guy in the crowd.

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Analogue celebrates 30 years of Zelda with 24k gold NES

Analogue celebrates 30 years of Zelda with 24k gold NES

This year marks Zelda (and Link's) 30th birthday. You might have already celebrated with Google's Maps tribute or the not so official 3D rendition of the game right in your web browser. But if you're still aching for more and have money to burn, why not try Analogue's suggestion. The popular "re-maker" of NES/Famicom consoles is offering a very special limited edition of its "Analogue Nt" console, all plated in 24k carat gold. Of course, the console also comes with an copy of the original copy of the first Legend of Zelda game, in gold painting, not plating.

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