Nintendo bringing back classic NES -- with updates

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The original 1985 Nintendo video game console is coming back in a big way.  Just smaller.

The video game giant today announced plans to sell a smaller, updated version of the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, known affectionately to many children of the '80s as the NES. The system looks like the iconic red and gray box, and will come with modern cables compatible with today's high-def TVs, but that's not all. 

The NES Classic Edition will be boxed with a traditional square controller and come pre-loaded with 30 games -- so no more blowing into the game cartridges.  The list includes everything from the iconic Super Mario series to favorites like Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man 2.

For years, the only way to play these old classics was to use an adaptor to hook up an original console -- provided, of course, that your old unit and controllers still work decades later.  Many of the games have been unofficially available online using computer programs called emulators, but some of those adaptations are glitchy and can be tough to play with a keyboard.

Now, you'll be able to sit in your living room and enjoy the 8-bit graphics and sounds once again.  And don't worry if you've forgotten the cheat codes -- Nintendo says the games will come with "multiple suspend points," so you can take a break and come back later without having to start all over.

Nintendo's new 'old' system will be available November 11 and is expected to cost $60.  A second controller will be available for $10.

The full list of games includes:

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.  2
Super Mario Bros.  3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link