Mini Famicom

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You’ve seen the recently announced Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom, right? This video does a great job of showing it off, and although I’d sure like to get one, I’m still quite looking forward to getting the NES Classic Edition when it comes out.

The best thing about this announcement though is that Nintendo re-released GameCenter-CX segments that were produced for them, covering some of the games that will be included with the Mini Famicom. The easiest way to watch them is through this YouTube Playlist, which contains all of them, as well as a few more (like the recent Pokémon series). Thanks to my fellow GameCenter-CX addict and Arino Kacho fanclub member Kyle for the heads-up.

Shovel Knight

Imagine an NES game, but done if the NES had kept evolving a few more years. I’m having a blast playing this, and I’m doing so mostly playing it on the Wii U controller – there’s also a 3DS version, but since I play even my 3DS games at home, I figured the Wii U version was the way to go, since it gives the option to play on the big screen as well. I’ve only played a couple of hours so far, and I have a feeling it’s going to get challenging – especially the boss battles – but there’s just so much to love here in terms of presentation, music, and gameplay that I think I’m going to have a lot more fun playing this. Oh, and you gotta love the fact that it constantly taunts you with the life of the next boss you’ll be facing in the upper right hand corner of the screen.