Nintendo has been a beloved video games company for almost as long as there have been video games, but perhaps their most beloved era of all was the NES/Famicom era. In almost every country around the world, Nintendo’s 8-bit powerhouse could be found in millions of homes, games for it constantly topping the sales charts, and in the US specifically it is often credited with saving their games industry from total collapse after the American Video Game Crash of 1983.
Whilst the Big N have never been particularly shy when it comes to re-releasing, remaking, and otherwise making their own content from this period available in some form, the NES Classic Mini could be considered one of their most ambitious, and dare we say, direct. Heh. (we’ll see ourselves out)
The NES Classic Mini will reportedly take the form of a dedicated console, not entirely dissimilar to Plug ‘N Play consoles you may already be familiar with, and comes loaded with 30 of the games released for the NES. Surprisingly, this includes a number of games not developed by Nintendo themselves.
A selection of the games that will be found on the NES Classic Mini are: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Balloon Fight, Excite Bike, Kirby’s Adventure, Castlevania, Galaga, Ninja Gaiden, Mega Man 2, and Tecmo Bowl.
All games are set to be playable with the use of Save States (a godsend, given some of the notoriously difficult games included), will be output at a solid 60 fps via HDMI cable, and feature vastly improved console emulation compared to the Wii U virtual console. All this being developed in-house by Nintendo European Research & Development, hopefully ensuring a top quality product just in time for the holiday season.
What do you think about the NES Classic Mini? Are the emulated games worth the price, or will you be sticking with your original hardware?
One thing is for certain; we’ll be grabbing one for the office immediately upon release!