Nintendo Classic Mini Isn’t The Hardware Announcement We’re Waiting For

Nintendo just announced a new console, but it’s not the one that many of us are wanting to see. It’s called the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, which while it’s descriptive, keeps up Nintendo’s trend of poorly named hardware. It’s out on November 11th, though no price has been announced.



It’s pretty obvious what it does, from the name and hardware design, with 30 classic NES titles built into the box, styled like a miniaturised NES. It features a HDMI port for your TV and USB for power – you need your own AC adapter though, as one isn’t included – and there’s one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller included. You can buy a second separately, but the ports are the same as those on the Wii Remote, meaning you can also use a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro.

And those 30 games? Well they’re a lot of the usual suspects.

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • 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

Source: press release

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  1. First question… Is there a way to play any other NES games?

    • If Nintendo don’t include some kind of digital storage to allow you to buy more NES games from their digital store, I’ll be upset!

      I want to play Nintendo World Cup again!

      • I agree but I think Nintendo is scared of becoming the new Sega.

      • Oops replied to the wrong person!

      • On that basis I’m just going to assume you loved Nintendo World Cup too.

    • There’s plenty of ways to play other NES games, but the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is not one of them.

      • So it’ll only ever have those 30 games? Still cool, but less appealing.

      • Yeah. You know you can get those joysticks with 30/50/100/1000 Atari 2600 games built into them? It’s like that but Nintendo.

      • Yeah, just thought (read: hoped) Nintendo might have done one better.

  2. Nintendo, just do us all a favour and release these for the Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV platforms. You’d probably make quite a lot of money out of that. More than this will…

    • I agree but I think Nintendo is scared of becoming the new Sega.

  3. Any idea of the price?

    • $60 according to Kotaku.

      • Oh that’s tempting.

        I might just snap this up.

      • But at current value of the pound and usual dodgy US = UK price conversions it will probably be about £999.99 when it hits these shores.

  4. Erm…. is it me or does that sound like a smart phone device?

    Anyway, if it doesn’t allow additional NES games, this will fail hard. The PSPGo showed the world what happened if it went digital only. Sure, PC tends to be more digitial then physical but it’s cheap and lots of options.

    Nintendo, they may have created the Nintendo version of PSPGO.

    Also, it can’t be handheld size. It surely can’t. I mean, NESes were the original bulky consoles. Should be at least, as big as a small dvd player. And no AC adapter. Still not learning from the 3DS and how many folks got real annoyed about it?

    • There’s no reason at all it would need to be that big, your average smartphone is about twenty bajillion times more powerful than a NES, and this doesn’t even need to pack a fraction of that hardware.

  5. Want the Turtles game too, that was brutally difficult!

  6. I’d much rather they did a mini SNES with Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
    I wonder if they have one planned considering the naming convention they have chosen.

    • Lets hope R1M!

      A Link to the Past is my favourite Zelda, after Link’s Awakening.

  7. If that’s below £50, then that might be the first Nintendo I ever buy.

  8. Simon’s quest? Seriously? Come on Nintendo FFS

  9. Top points for SMB1-3

  10. Ooh, want! But it could be way smaller, like the size of that Numskull mini PS4, that’d be uber cute.

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