The Mini-NES Makes Classic Games Look Better Than Virtual Console

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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.

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The head-to-head match-up compares video capture from three games: Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Kirby Adventure. Based on the evidence presented by GameXplain, the Mini-NES seems to render the games at higher quality as well as more accurately, with options to output the game in 4:3 ratio or Pixel Perfect, a mode that shows the games as they would have appeared on PCs while in development.

Illustration for article titled The Mini-NES Makes Classic Games Look Better Than Virtual Console

As you can see, the Mini-NES output (left) is much sharper and more vibrant than the Wii U virtual console version (right). The Mini-NES also appears to have much better sound quality as well.

This comes on-top of news yesterday, both good and bad, about some of the Mini-NES’s other features, including the terribly short cords that the controllers come with. You can watch the full video comparison below.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

DISCUSSION

desperateamateur
DesperateAmateur

The NES mini is cool but why would anyone want to view an unfiltered NES output on HDMI? That’s literally the same thing as staring at your own butthole with a magnifying glass. CRT simulation plus NTSC signal modulation is where it’s at.