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Podcast: NES Classic Edition Games, Ranked

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You ask, we oblige.  Fred and Jam tackle the 30 games that come included in the US and European version of the NES Classic Edition and rank them.  Yep, all 30, in order.  Of course you’ll probably and although we promise we aren’t trying to mess with you, but this list is definitively how we feel about the lineup.

To view the ranking in written form, simply click here.

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Written by Fred Rojas

January 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

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  1. Great too 30! I always dig the way you guys go about ranking these and hearing the thoughts behind them. I had a little comment to make about the last two games on your list though, perhaps it’ll help ease your conscious on the ratings of the two.

    For SMB3, there is a more interesting version available to owners of the Wii U console, the GBA title Super Mario Advance 4. The reason the Wii U version is interesting is because it comes unlocked with all 38 bonus E-reader levels right from the get go, providing content that most players of the GBA original never got to experience, and some levels that were even exclusive to Japan. Content-wise, it’s hard to argue the original NES version is the best when this is available for $8

    For Zelda, you mentioned that it can be difficult for today’s gamer to understand some of the puzzles. However, Nintendo did release a title that teaches you the ins and outs of Zelda, called NES Remix. While most of the games on the collection had you performing difficult challenges like setting high scores, the Zelda levels would walk you through some of the more obscure puzzles in the game and teach you what you need to do. I played Zelda for the first time in December, and was able to complete it with minimal guides because I had played NES Remix a few months back. You’ll learn the Dungeon 8 entrance, how to get the white sword, and other things that might not be apparent otherwise. So for the modern gamer wanting to play Zelda with minimal guide use, NES Remix will teach you what you need to know to successfully complete your adventure.

    Thought the extra background could be interesting, and should help make the placement extremely solid. Anyway, thanks always for the fantastic content


    January 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

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