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Getting Up-Close With NES Classic Edition

by Kyle Hilliard on Nov 02, 2016 at 08:30 AM

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We got our NES Classic Edition console in today, and in response we carefully ripped open the package and took a bunch of photos.

The box is suprisingly small. It's a little bigger than a stack of about five DVD cases.

You know it's retro because the word 'retro' is written in pixelated text on the back.

The instruction manual unfolds to double as a classic poster, showing off a number of things that are not included in the box, like R.O.B. the robot, an extra controller, or an NES Zapper.

Here's the actual system.

Here's the back of the system with its HDMI and USB ports.

Here's a close-up look at the power and reset buttons. The power button stays recessed when you press it, just as it did on the original console.

The cables come in bags which can later be used to store a sandwich, some baby carrots, and single pringle potato chip, from left to right. It's worth noting that the power brick is your standard USB power device. It is not proprietary.

A nice touch – the HDMI cable is branded with the Nintendo logo. The Wii U also includes a cable like this.

Here's the controller.

Here's the back of the controller.

For more images of the NES Classic Edition, including pictures of the controller's surprisingly short length, head to page two.

Here it is next to an original NES controller. The new one is on the left. The old one is on the right.

Here's the controller next to an Xbox One controller.

The cable is very short. Here it is next to an Xbox 360 game and the most recent issue of our magazine.

This is the cable length compared to an original NES controller. When we asked representatives from Nintendo about the short controller length back in September, they said they expected players would use the slack from the HDMI cable to make up the distance.

Here is the controller plugged into the system.

Here's the system placed next to the original NES console, and the redesigned top-loader console.

Here's the NES Classic getting a piggy-back ride from original console.

I just know you guys are going to comment it like crazy, so I will just go ahead and say it – don't talk to me or my son ever again. There, we did it. No one needs to comment it. We're all set.

Don't talk to me or my... cousin, I guess?

And finally, here's what all the trash looks like stuffed hastily into a corner so you can go ahead and start playing.

For more on the NES Classic Edition, head here. And look out for video coverage and a full review soon. The NES Classic Edition releases November 11. You will also find larger versions of the images above in the gallery below.