The holidays makes most of us feel nostalgic and visiting family and old stomping grounds makes it easy for us to think back to the time when we were kids and opened what would end up being our favorite toy.  For most of us born in the 80’s that toy was the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short. Its cartridge based games and A, B buttons were the gateway to an amazing world of exciting adventures through our TV.

Fast Forward to today, and you have multiple next-gen gaming consoles, games on our phones and PC gaming that all set the standard for the current generation of game players.  The graphics have become the primary part of the race in many ways when it comes to gaming in the modern age. The more real your game and environment look and feel the better the game play is suppose to be. The only issue with that thought is that there is a growing sentiment that the focus on graphics has created a lack of attention on gameplay and thus the gameplay has suffered.

Last year Nintendo released a new but old option for what is likely to be the best affordable gift you can get someone.  The NES Classic Edition is a mini version of the old NES that comes with 1 remote (2 max) and preloaded with 30 classic NES games.  The games that are preloaded are some of the best and most successful games in the systems history; Super Mario Bros, Metroid, Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and more!  The system connects to any modern TV via hdmi and is completely plug-n-play ready right out of the box. In the past you always had to worry about cartridges and loading failures, anyone who had one knows the action by heart, grabbing the cartridge and blowing in the bottom to try to clear the dust and help the points connect with the System. Ultimately this worked on occasion but the modern ability for these games to be loaded on the system make this experience far more complete.

The Unit only costs $59 dollars and comes with one remote, you can purchase two extra from amazon for $17 dollars, or direct from Nintendo for almost $30.  At this price it should be a prime stocking stuffer for anyone looking to bring back the memories and have some fun while you’re at it.