Nintendo releases a new..old..console? This is the Nintendo Classic Mini for your retro needs!
If you want to relive your childhood playing those classic Nintendo games, you have two options. The first is via emulation. There are various Nintendo Entertainment System emulators for possibly every major operating system out there, be it Windows, Android, iOS and Linux to name but a few!
If you still have the original games, you could purchase a console like the Retron5, which emulates several consoles both 8 and 16bit with all of the relevant interfaces for the different sized cartridges.
The second more expensive option is to obtain an original Nintendo Entertainment System console and have it modified to output via HDMI for modern televisions.
But now Nintendo are offering a new option, the Nintendo Classic Mini.
Recreating the original Nintendo Entertainment System in a smaller form, the new console contains thirty classic games from that era including Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda.
To play the games, the console comes with one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller, if you need any more for some two player action, they will also be available separately.
As you may notice from the packing picture, the Classic Mini Controllers also have the same connection type as the original Wii Classic Controllers. This means they can be swapped for use on either system with the Classic Mini Controllers being used on the Wii’s Virtual Console mode to play classic Nintendo titles.
Finally, the console will come bundled with an HDMI cable to connect it to your flat screen television and a USB cable to supply the power. However, it does not come with a USB plug, that you will need to provide yourself, but who doesn’t have a draw full of USB plugs and chargers from old mobile phones these days!
It’s also worth noting that you cannot add any more games to this system via an SD card for example. It will come with the following thirty classic games:
- Balloon Fight
- BUBBLE BOBBLE
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
- Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr.
- DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
- Dr. Mario Excitebike
- 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
The system will be released on November the 11th with a US price of $60. No pricing has been revealed for other territories.