Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

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Nintendo fans will want to be on the lookout for the company’s new console this holiday season. No, not that one. Nintendo has unveiled the Mini NES Classic Edition console, a palm-sized replica of the groundbreaking entertainment device that includes 30 built-in NES games, support for two controllers, and HDMI output. Some of the built-in games include the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, The Legend of ZeldaCastlevaniaStarTropics, and Tecmo Bowl. The Mini NES includes one new “classic controller” and will hit store shelves on November 11th for $59.99. Additional controllers can be picked up for $10 each, and are compatible with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U.

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Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

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  1. leeeoooooo

    This just might be the unit to get me into video games after all these years. I was never serious about video games after the heyday of the video arcades of the early 80s. Home units were never capable enough to even compare with the arcades, and once they were, I had found better thing to do with my time.
    I’ve been curious to give them another try and this little gem is priced right to say, aw what the heck…

    Kinda reminds me of the unit Atari sold a couple of years back, an Atari joystick with half a dozen classic games installed right in the joystick. No console to buy at all.

  2. archimedes

    Yeah, this is like the old Atari joystick with games built in. The larger original Atari Flashback console was actually a much better device than the compact unit (and later Flashbacks) since it replicated the original hardware, looked great on a CRT television, accepted the original paddle controllers, and could be modified to accept cartridges. It was clearly a labor of love and is still sought after by retrogaming enthusiasts.

    I’ll probably get one of these for fun, but it looks like a disappointment waiting to happen since a) it doesn’t accept real NES or Famicom cartridges and b) it doesn’t seem to support CRT emulation (without scan lines and raster emulation, old games look much worse – everything is too bright and too blocky, the illusion of double resolution is destroyed, and often-desirable artifacts like additional colors, bloom, and trails vanish) It appears to be an emulated platform, but Nintendo won’t confirm or deny the internal hardware or software design. You obviously can’t add games to it either. As a result, if you really want to play Super Mario Bros. in its original form, you’re probably better off buying a real NES on eBay, fixing the connectors as needed, and connecting it to a real Trinitron. If you have an LCD TV, you’re better off with a high-quality emulator that does CRT emulation.

    As some people have pointed out, it looks like the game list is the same as the 3DS/2DS virtual console, so quite possibly this is a variant of the 2DS hardware and virtual console software..

  3. archimedes

    Perhaps one nice thing about this console is that $60 buys 30 classic NES games, officially, from Nintendo itself. If you look at the regular Virtual Console pricing for NES games, particularly for popular games like Zelda/Metroid/Mario, it’s usually not cheap. On the other hand, Virtual Console also has the SNES and N64 games… 😉

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