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Some Good News And Bad News About The Mini-NES

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Most NES games do not hold up very well, but that won’t stop me from getting excited over the Mini-NES, a palm-sized device from Nintendo that gives you 30 classic games for $60. Today’s news: It’ll come with save states, digital manuals, and a selection of graphical settings.


In a press release (and new trailer) this morning, Nintendo said that the sleek new system will let you maintain up to four different suspend points for each game. You’ll also be able to see the original NES manuals by scanning QR codes that appear on your screen. And each game will be playable in three display modes: CRT filter (which adds a scan-line effect), 4:3 (which maintains the original aspect ratio), and Pixel Perfect (which turns every pixel into a perfect square).

The bad news? Bob Mackey over at USGamer got hands-on time with the system, and he has two nitpicks that will likely be very, very annoying: 1) the controllers are wired, and the wires are very short; and 2) in order to use save states or switch games, you have to hit the Reset button on the console. There’s no “home” button functionality on the controller.


Here’s the new trailer:

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Good. Now all the youngin’s will see how it was like to play with corded controllers. Back in my day...