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NES Classic Edition proves how important the television set really is

The NES Classic Edition is nearly impossible to find. Overwhelming demand from a generation of people who want to go back the video games of their childhood (and scalpers) has ensured that Nintendo’s limited supply sells out the instant it goes on sale anywhere.

But why is a throwback console with 30 baked-in NES games (our review) generating so much excitement? After all, it’s easy to find most of these games on a 3DS — hell, you can even play them on your smartphone using emulators that are readily available on Android’s Google Play store.

The NES Classic Edition is working for Nintendo because it’s an ideal excuse to put these classic games back where they belong: on the television.