Nintendo Announces Release Of Classic NES Mini

Play The Original NES Once Again

mini NES

After the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was discontinued from production on August 14, 1995, who would have thought you’d see the day of its eventual comeback?

After 21 years of waiting, the announcement has finally been made. Yes, Nintendo will be releasing a tinier model of the classic 8-bit video game console with a few changes from the original.

As mentioned, it’s definitely a lot smaller and more modern.

Even though the picture shows a flip tray for game insertion, it is not used with traditional cartridges.

Features & Available NES Games

This new version plays like the old but with some modern features including:

  • Play all 30 of their most popular titles. All of the games have been installed and are stored on the system, so there’s no need to blow the dust from the cartridge or the inside of the machine like the old days. Easily navigate to any of your favorites and begin playing.
  • Instead of using standard NES controller ports, their peripheral slots have been modernized to fit the existing Wii Classic Controller Pro along with the controller included with the system.
  • Not to mention the upgraded connectivity to modern devices including an HDMI for easy connection to wide widescreen T.V.
  • Note that it is powered thru a USB cable rather than a standard power adapter.

As you would expect, the controller stays true to the shape and design of the original NES. You can purchase a second controller for two player games or choose to use your Wii Classic Remote or Classic Controller Pro.

Don’t expect extra things like an internet connection or the option to use your old cartridges with this newer model. For only $59.00 U.S. it’s still pretty low-tech.

In total, there are 30 classic titles to choose from including:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr
  • Dr. Mario
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Metroid
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Kid Icarus
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • StarTropics
  • Excitebike
      • Mario Bros


Final Thoughts

One notable improvement found in the newer edition is the multiple suspend points within each game. This means that there is no need for passwords. Consistent with today’s expectations.

The NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on either Wii U or Wii, when connected to a Wii Remote controller.

The palm-sized version of the original is set to be released on November 11th of this year.

For more information or to check to see if it’s available on Amazon .