What’s New on the Nintendo Entertainment System? [ ARTICLE ]

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) had a pretty good run. It was originally released on July 15, 1983 in Japan and was discontinued in September of 2003. I can’t think of any other console that has had that kind of lifespan.

For most people that’s good enough. It ran a good course and they’ve moved on to the next consoles (or in most cases the next, next, next, next console). But for some classic gamers, it wasn’t enough. For those we discuss what’s new on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

First off is Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril which was released in February 22, 2010. It’s a homebrewed classic platformer and has been in high demand for a while now. So high that in fact, that every time new copies of it are up for sale on RetroZone they sell out in record time. Sounds like a good game to me.

Next, we have not so much a game but a new peripheral for the NES. Retrozone (same people that publish Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril ) are creating an adapter that allows you to play GameBoy games on your NES. Better late than never, right? The device is called RetroVision and will retail for $130. Definitely not a cheap option so you can play one discontinued handheld on another discontinued console, but definitely worth it for the time that went into developing it and the nostalgia that comes with it own it.

And lastly, we have hacks/mods. These aren’t just cheap palette switches, these are full-blown games. And all of which are included in the video below.

Donkey Kong 2: a successor to the original that incorporates some of the feel of the Super Mario Bros. series.
Luigi vs. Mario: which as far as I can tell I can tell is Mario jumping on Luigi’s head for as long as he can.
Funny Princess: a Super Princess Peach style game on the NES.
Castlevania: Chorus of Mysteries: a new Castlevania game for the NES.
Rockman no Constancy: a new Mega Man game for the NES.
Magical Rockman: Okay, this one just looks like a sprite mod.
Vs. Airman: Imagine playing the Air Man level of Mega Man 2 as Mario. Whelp, this is it.

It’s been almost 7 years since a new official Nintendo Entertainment System has been produced, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. The NES may be down, but don’t count it out just yet.