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Forget Waiting for the Wii, Go Retro with an NES

The Nintendo Wii has captivated gamers for the last two years. However, continued production issues on Nintendo’s behalf have prevented many players from being able to even find a system. While you could continue to wait and hope for the best, you could always try another route for a fraction of the cost; The Nintendo Entertainment System.

Originally released in North America in 1985, the NES resurrected the American video game industry from its Atari-induced oblivion and revolutionized gaming as we know it. Without the NES, none of today’s systems would have ever existed. To this day, there is still a large group of dedicated gamers who enjoy reliving past quests and triumphs and keep the history of the NES alive. Do you want to get in on the action? Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

First off, you’ll need to find the system. While you may be able to find a used system at your local video game stores, like GameStop or EB Games, you’ll have to do so in-store, as they no longer carry any of the units online. You can expect to pay roughly $35.00 to $50.00 for a working system at one of these outlets. However, as is the way these days, you’ll find your best deals online, specifically through eBay. It is here where you will probably pay about the same rate, but you’ll probably end up getting a bundle of games and an extra controller with your purchase. However, you may get lucky and find a great deal on an unopened system that will ensure your unit will be in prime working condition.

Now, this is the fun part. Finding the right games is always a preference of the buyers. However, these are the titles, and their average prices, that I recommend to get you off the ground:

Minecraft – 27$
One of the most popular and interesting games that are loved around the globe. With Minecraft, you are going on a long adventure. With its latest update minecraft 1.14 shaders you can now expect more adventure and better graphics in this game. 

Super Mario Brothers – $5.00-$10.00

You can never go wrong with the classic among classics. Originally a ride-along title with the system, Mario has become Nintendo’s flagship. The original side-scroller offers lots of fun for the family and gives you a ton of gameplay for your buck.

The Legend Of Zelda – $10.00-$15.00

There are few games ever released that can stand toe-to-toe with the original Legend Of Zelda. Still one of Nintendo’s greatest franchises, the first edition offered tough gameplay, an intriguing story, and lots of hidden features.

Metroid – $15.00-$20.00

Before Nintendo experimented and made this title a first-person shooter, it was the earmark for action games. This is the must-own title for the series retro gamer!

Tecmo Super Bowl – $15.00-$20.00

Allowing full season play with multiple players, this particular title always conjures memories of my friends and me in heated battles on the virtual gridiron. If you ask any serious gamer or sports fan what is the greatest sports video game of all-time, I’ll guarantee you the Tecmo Super Bowl ranks within the top three on every list.

Baseball Stars – $10.00-$15.00

Like Tecmo Super Bowl, Baseball Stars was loads of fun. What it lacked in realism, it made up for in functionality. This was the first sports game I can remember where you were allowed to customize your players. For example, my friends and I would create players with the highest amount of speed possible, then leg out home runs on bunts. This game never got old, only we did.

Mega Man – $15.00-$20.00

Like Metroid, Mega Man ushered in a generation of action games, not to mention countless sequels and cartoons. It offered action sequences coupled with puzzle solving. Mega Man to this day is a huge enterprise in Japan and was just as addicting here in the States.

Tetris – $5.00-$10.00

Perhaps the easiest way to justify purchasing a twenty plus-year-old game system to a spouse is to buy this game too. Everybody was swept into Tetris fever and its addicting, yet simple game. To this day I still see those blocks lining up in my sleep.

Aside from the console and games, there are just two other items you need to pick up. The first is a second controller, as you don’t want to leave anyone out, not to mention you’ll need one to play Tecmo and Baseball Stars. You can find a second controller for around $5.00 to $10.00. The other item you can’t live without is the cleaner kit. The system, even in its heyday, was susceptible to dust and caused many to have to blow on their cartridges or shift them in the bay. You can find one of these for about $5.00. The price is nothing compared with the headache of not having it.

David Scott is the head writer at TRI PR. He better part of his college life as a journalist for the college magazine. He still writes and he loves it.