Tuesday, November 8, 2016


We’ve already covered an initial report on the introduction of Nintendo’s ultimate send-up to their old long-time devotees to the oldie but goodie Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Now, with everything about the NES Classic retro console laid out on the table, it’s time to go over the specifics of what to expect if you should ever decide to indulge your childhood self. Already a solid number of professional reviewers are giving it two thumbs up, and it’s easy to figure out the reasons why when we check out its capabilities in action, courtesy of several gaming and tech sites.

Now a lot has been said and gushed about just how darn cute the Classic Mini NES is, able to fit in the palm of your hand. Its small size is of course the fruit of decades of technological advancement, as evidenced by the connectors used for its TV hookup, power source and controllers. According to The Verge, its video output is HDMI only, so you’ll really need to have a nice flat-screen for this. The Classic Mini NES also uses a micro-USB AC adaptor for power, which you can either plug on a wall or remove the socket and use the USB connection on your TV port as well.

Once powered up for the first time, you get a language choice and enter a Netflix-like main menu with system options at top and the 30 available games in the middle. What you’re looking at is an official Nintendo emulation engine courtesy of Nintendo Europe Research & Development (yes, NERD), which enables you to choose between three video modes for your games. Thanks to CNN, we know the display choices are 4:3 (original aspect ratio), CRT (same as 4:3 but with deliberate scan-lines to copy the retro TV graphics), and “Pixel Perfect” (best resolution). So you get complete flexibility on whether you want the games to look just like old times or more polished. The game save feature is also fleshed out: you can suspend gameplay for up to four save-states PER game, plenty if you ask me.

Now the package isn’t exactly perfect; one point of contention by critics is that the Classic Mini NES controller packaged with the console has a ridiculously short cable length, even shorter than the original NES controller. There’s a reason for this however: as Polygon tells it, in order to change games you need to hit the Reset button on the console itself to return to the main menu, so the short cable length is understandable. Still, a third party developer has brought out a wireless controller option for the Classic Mini NES, so there’s that.

At only $60 total, with $10 for an additional Nintendo controller (or $20 for the 3 rd -party wireless), it’s a total steal compared to downloading these same 30 games on the Wii virtual console. Nintendo can keep you busy outside with “Pokémon Go”, but when it’s time to go home you’ll have the Classic Mini NES to relive the old days with until the Nintendo NX comes out.

Photo Credit to www.theverge.com