Nintendo Classic Mini: NES


This has caused a little bit of a stir, some people are excited for it but others hate the thought of it, it's a love hate kind of console. The new version of the Nes is an official Nintendo product that has up to 30 games on the system. It is so small that it can fit in the palm of your hand which makes it handy for when you want to take it places with you, it comes with a HDMI port so you can hook it up to an up to date tv and a brand new style gamepad. The price tag of this cute little console is £40, to me, that is a fantastic price for a console if you want to get something for your kids to play on without breaking the bank.

There are a lot of differences in the new NES which is what has stirred things up, some people think you should be able to use the original cartridges in it but let's face it, it's a tiny console there is no way the original ones are going to fit in the mini. All 30 of the games are stored on an internal memory card inside the mini and you won't be able to download to it. As I mentioned before the gamepad is different as is the controller port so you won't be able to use the old style gamepads with the mini either. The new port on the mini is essentially the same one as a Wii u controller has, you can use the Wii controller on the Mini NES so it would basically be like playing the Wii on an old skool console.





The mini comes with the console, one gamepad, a HDMI cable and an AC adapter, if you want to play two player, however ,you will need to purchase a second gamepad for around £8 which isn't a bad price. You may find yourself asking how is this like the classic NES in anyway except the exterior of the console well the answer is the mini has 3 display modes, each one will make you feel as if you're playing the original NES (or so they say) these modes are the old-school CRT effect which shows scan lines, the pixel perfect mode which will make everything look pixelated then the 4:3 mode which will give it the original NES feel.

The games that come with the NES mini are:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climbers
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Mario Bros.
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • Star Tropics
  • Super Contra
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Given the chance I would most likely play the mini if someone I knew had it but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it not when It wouldn't get used, I think kids would get a lot of enjoyment out of the mini and it would make the perfect Christmas presents for them if you can't afford anything pricier. It's a great concept but in all honestly its more of an emulator than an NES, I would rather get hold of a classic NES and an old TV and play it than purchase then mini.

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