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Nintendo Classic Mini NES with 30-built-in games is launched

by Mark Tyson on 15 July 2016, 11:01

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Nintendo has launched the “ultimate retro gaming experience”. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System has just been announced and will become available starting from 11th November this year. As you might guess from the name, this is a concentrated chunk of NES retro gaming updated for the HDMI TV age, with 30 NES games built-in.

Nintendo has styled the Classic Mini for maximum retro gaming nostalgia. The shrunken NES design is however fully updated for modern times. An HDMI cable is provided to connect the console to your TV. Power is via a USB cable (AC adapter not supplied).

On the front of the console you will find twin classic mini NES controller ports. These ports are compatible with Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro pads for the Wii. Likewise, you can use the Classic Mini controller with your Wii U or Wii console to add authenticity to playing Virtual Console NES games. One Classic Mini controller is included with this console but you can add another for multiplayer on screen fun.

Important to the appeal of this device are the 30 included classic NES games. Please check out the table below to see if your favourites are included. Games can be resumed from multiple suspend points. If it wasn’t obvious already: you won’t be able to use old NES cartridges or original console accessories with this mini console.

Balloon Fight



Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.


Dr. Mario






Ice Climber

Kid Icarus

Kirby’s Adventure

Mario Bros.





Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream



Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Tecmo Bowl™

The Legend of Zelda

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


Pricing for the Nintendo Classis Mini NES has been set at $59.99, additional controllers are $9.99. I am a retro gaming fan but think Nintendo could have pushed the boat out a bit more and introduced a mini console that replicated the SNES or N64 instead.

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Loving this as I am into the 8Bit era big time and never really experienced the NES with being a C64 owner.

This is launching on 30th November this year and from what I have read they have done a $-£ so we will be looking at £60 at launch, still pretty cool though as it works out at a mere £2 per game which is a lot cheaper than buying all those on the Virtual Console on WiiU & 3DS

My wife has already said that I can have one for Christmas this year with the extra controller :)
I've got one pre-ordered :) Its £60 at Amazon right now but fully expect that to drop to £50 which is what other retailers are selling it at in time for the launch.

Yes all of these can be played on an emulator, or on a wii, or whatever..but I still want one of these. Fully expect them to launch a Snes version in the future - maybe even an N64 one too.

By “launched” do you really mean “announced”? As its not available yet…
Would love an N64 one as long as you could use the original controllers with it (IMHO still the best console controller ever made, was so comfy to use), hooking up my N64 that i still use to a HDTV via RF or scart looks god aweful but still love the gameplay of Super Smash, Mario Kart 64 and Micro Machines 64.
Yeah I just wish they'd done this for the 16 bit / 32 bit era as well….maybe they will if it's a success. Games are little too basic for me in 8 bit…get to the SNES and you have things like Mario Kart / F-Zero / Street Fighter 2 / Starfox…need this to happen so I can hook it up to my 110“ projector for some sofa 4 player mario kart action - 55” screen each :D
More than Happy with this!!!
Never had the NES just the SNES.