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.

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.

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.