As has become standard procedure for Nintendo’s hardware systems, the NES Classic is very hard to buy. If you want one, you’re going to have to work for it.
Most NES games have not aged very well. The Nintendo Entertainment System relied too much on antiquated principles from coin-operated arcades—timers, limited lives, inflated difficulty—that just don’t make for good video games in 2016.
In honor of next week’s Mini-NES (which is officially called the NES Classic but I’ll keep calling the Mini-NES ‘cause that’s a way better name), Nintendo is going full nostalgia, pulling out the big guns in hopes of blasting your brain with thoughts of the 80s and 90s. Get ready for the return of the Power Line.
If you’re in the United States, you still can’t pre-order Nintendo’s upcoming Mini-NES, due to be released on November 11. But you can look at its emulation capabilities compared to the Wii U virtual console thanks to a new video by GameXplain.
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.
Despite reports circulating to the contrary, the Nintendo/Sega console rivalry isn’t flaring back up in miniature form. Nintendo’s upcoming mini-NES is a brand new device. AtGames’ Sega-branded mini-Mega Drive is a shoddy emulation box that’s been around for years.
Nintendo is going full nostalgia with their new NES Classic, aka the mini-NES, which fits into your palm and will play 30 pre-installed Nintendo games. (The whole thing costs $60.)
Looks like we might be playing Zelda this holiday after all—just not the one we expected.