Nintendo have released a miniature version of their classic NES console.
The adorable retro classic is packed full of 30 choice games from the original console, including Castlevania, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. It’s a quality selection with some real retro gems, but unfortunately you will be limited to these titles indefinitely as the library isn’t expandable.
The release follows Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro launch yesterday, but at just £49.99 the Classic Mini NES is less of a console investment and more of a novelty gadget, particularly since you can play many of its classic games on virtual consoles.
That’s not to say it isn’t worth the money – this is a really stylish little machine with dimensions a fraction of the size of the original (126 x 99 x 43mm), easily small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They’ve managed to really capture everything we love about retro style whilst also updating the design where necessary, including its size and the lack of cartridge slot.
To really cement that retro feel, the mini NES gives you a choice of three playing modes, allowing you to choose between pixel perfect display or artificially fuzzy CRT modes to take you back to 1983.
You’ll also get an obligatory retro poster, perfect for your 80s bedroom wall.
The only real issue with the mini NES is its controller cable. The game pad itself is a full sized model of the original, and incidentally can be used on your WiiU, but its cable is a mere 75cm, one third the length of the original. This means you’ll either have to invest in extension cables for the console and power supply, or sit in front of your TV. Neither is ideal, and it is surprising Nintendo didn’t think this was an issue.
Regardless of that hang up, the mini NES is a must for Nintendo fans and retro game enthusiasts, and with just six weeks to Christmas, Nintendo have released it just in time to make the perfect gift for nostalgic gamers. The console will look stylish in any entertainment centre, and its games run so flawlessly it will make you nostalgic for the era free of day one patches.
Here are all the classic games included with the Classic Mini NES:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link