NES Classic Edition Guide: Details, Game Cheats, Tips, and More

NES Classic Edition Guide: Details, Game Cheats, Tips, and More

Everything you need to know about the NES Classic Edition and its games.

The NES Classic Edition is a handsome plug-and-play console designed to hit you hard in your nostalgia zone. It comes pre-loaded with 30 games, and plugs into your television via HDMI.

If you're curious about which games are on the NES Classic and what features are included, we have an extensive NES Classic Edition FAQ for you to thumb through. We also have hands-on impressions, which should help you decide whether you should buy one of these fellows (spoilers: yes).

This guide is to help you find cheats and walkthroughs for the games included on the NES Classic Edition. After all, many of these titles are trotted out when we talk about old games being "Nintendo Hard." Contrary to popular belief, however, we didn't always love the pain these games dished out. We still used cheats, hints, and tips.

This guide offers some gentle nudges on where to find power-ups, lives, etc. After all, there's a chance it's been decades since you've played these games. There are also some out-and-out cheats if you choose to use them.

However you decide to play the NES Classic Edition's games, just make sure Play with Power!

Cheats, Hints, and Tips for the NES Classic Edition's Games

Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, and Mario Bros: Tips and Hints for High Scores
The NES ports of Nintendo's earliest arcade hits are very straight forward, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for strategy. These tips will help you survive the onslaught of enemies (and barrels), plus there are some hints for achieving a high score.

Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3: Tips, Hints, and Warp Locations
The Super Mario Bros games shaped the platforming genre, and the games are still very highly regarded amongst action fans. These titles still offer a stiff challenge, so you might want to consult our guide for hints as well as warp locations.

The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda II NES Classic Edition: Dungeon Locations, Heart Container Locations, and How to Find Lots of Rupees
The Legend of Zelda series has long been a favorite for many action-RPG fans. The NES Classic Edition lets you go back to the very beginning and experience Link's very first adventures. Neither The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link give up their secrets easily, so this guide will help you find dungeon entrances, heart containers, magic containers, and plenty of rupees.

Balloon Fight: Hints and Tips
Balloon Fight is a Joust-style arcade game by late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Your survival depends on your dexterity and mastering the game's floaty physics. Some important things to keep in mind: Navigating becomes far harder if you lose one of your balloons, foes will re-inflate their balloons and fly at you with a vengeance unless you knock them off the platforms they land on, and flying too close to the water is risky thanks to the man-eating fish that lives there. Balloon Trip challenges you to stay alive for as long as possible. Touching a spark ends the trip, as does getting eaten up by the aforementioned fish (yes, it's there).

Ghosts 'n Goblins: Cheats and Tips
This notoriously hard arcade-platforming game from Capcom is one of the more infamous offerings in the NES Classic Edition's library. If you don't have the stomach to go up against one Red Arremer after another, here's a level select code for you. At the title screen, hold down the right button on the d-pad and press B three times. Let go of the right button and press up, then press B three more imes, left once, B three more times, then down, B three more times, and start.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge: Cheats and Tips
Double Dragon II is one of the best side-scrolling beat-em-up games on the NES, and the NES Classic Edition lets you re-experience all those punchin' good times from your childhood. Fair warning, though: You're probably going to die. If the idea of starting from scratch every time you bite it doesn't appeal to you, here's how to continue on a particular stage after losing all your lives. If you die on Stage 2 or 3, press up, right, down, left, A and B on the Game Over screen. If you die on Stages 4 through 6, press up, down, left, right, B, A, and A at the Game Over screen. And if you die on Stages 7 through 9, press A, A, B, B, down, Up, Right, and Left on controller 2 at the Game Over screen (if you have an extra controller – the NES Classic Edition is only packed with one).

Everything Else You Need to Know About the NES Classic Edition

Besides hints and tips, we have tons of essays and op-eds about Nintendo's little plug-and-play hero. Give them a look.

This Fan-Made Mini-NES With Cartridges is Cool, but it's Not What the NES Mini Should Be -- A Nintendo fan made an amazing tiny NES with swappable cartridges, but there's a good reason why the NES Classic Edition doesn't have swappable cartridges itself.

Begun, the Clone Wars Have: SEGA Fires Back at Classic Mini NES With a Mini Genesis -- Jeremy looks at SEGA's answer to the NES Classic Edition. It's like the '90s never ended.

Retro-Bit's Generations Console: A 70-Game Leap Beyond the NES Mini -- Jeremy looks at another plug-and-play system, one loaded with 70 games.

Hallelujah! Wisdom Tree Gives the NES Classic a Holy (and Wholly Unlicensed) Counterpart -- Read about Wisdom Tree's own plug-and-play console, which comes loaded with the company's Biblical games.

Nintendo Reveals the Mini Famicom for Japan -- Japan gets a plug-and-play counterpart to the West's NES Classic Edition.

Let's Spend an Afternoon With the NES Classic Edition -- Watched archived video of Jeremy playing some of the games available on the NES Classic Edition.

NES Classic Edition: Big on Fun, Light on Features -- Bob Mackey offers his opinions on the NES Classic Edition and bemoans some of its flaws.

We Rank the Games of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition -- The USgamer crew ranks the games included on the NES Classic Edition. Most of them are great … but not everyone's a winner.

NES Classic Edition Review: A Great Little Package (if You Can Find It) -- Jeremy offers his final review of the NES Classic Edition.

NES Classic Edition FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo's NES Mini -- Whatever you need to know about the NES Classic Edition, whatever questions you have, Jeremy has the answers.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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