On the Pokémon Go release date in the UK, Nintendo has news of a new console but it's not the NX. Instead, the gaming giant has announced a new version of very old games console which will no doubt be popular this Christmas. Here's what you need to know about the Nintendo Classic Mini NES release date, price, specs, games and features. Also see: NES Classic review
As Nintendo itself puts it: "The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo's original home console. Relive past glories, defeat the boss that you could never beat, or simply enjoy the classic titles of yesteryear anew."
You may also see it called the 'Nintendo NES Classic Edition'. Read: Nintendo NX UK release date, features, pricing and spec rumours.
Nintendo Classic Mini NES release date and price UK: Where to buy
Just in time to fill home around the world with joy at Christmas, the Nintendo Classic Mini release date is 11 November.
Our colleagues in the US at Macworld report that the console will be just $60 and an extra controller will cost $10. In the UK, the new NES is just £49 with a second controller costing £7.99. It's now on sale technically but good luck finding stock as all of the below retailers are sold out or state 'pre-order' still. Amazon marketplace resellers are offering it for premium prices starting at £124 at the time of writing.
Nintendo Classic Mini NES specs and features
Update 8 Aug: In an interview on French-language radio Julie Gagnon, communications manager at Nintendo of Canada, revealed some more details about the Classic Mini NES. She said it will feature different display modes such as 'pixel perfect' which will display pixels as squares and one which will give you a 4:3 aspect ratio but in the resolution of a modern display.
On save points, Gagnon said that all of the 30 games will have permanent save points and instant temporary saves so you don't need to worry about being faced with starting at the beginning each time you power on the NES.
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Although it's NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), the new console features modern specs including HDMI so you won't need to be searching the web for SCART adapters or such like. It's also powered with a USB cable, although the AC adapter for the USB cable isn't supplied in the box.
It's been confirmed that the console is pretty low-tech so can't access the internet for things like the eShop, nor can it take any existing cartridges you might have.
What is in the box is a single Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller which has the same shape and style as the original NES controller. You can play two player by getting a second or using a Wii Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro.
A cool feature of the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller is that it can be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii or Wii U console – you simply plug it into the bottom of the Wii Remote.
Nintendo said players needn't worry about losing any hard-earned progress either because each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off easily.
Nintendo Classic Mini NES games
Included with the Nintendo Classic Mini is a total of 30 games including classics such as Kirby's Adventure, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. See below for the full list.
• Balloon Fight
• BUBBLE BOBBLE
• Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
• Donkey Kong
• Donkey Kong Jr.
• DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
• Dr. Mario
• FINAL FANTASY
• GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS
• Ice Climber
• Kid Icarus
• Kirby’s Adventure
• Mario Bros.
• MEGA MAN 2
• NINJA GAIDEN
• Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
• SUPER C
• Super Mario Bros.
• Super Mario Bros. 2
• Super Mario Bros. 3
• Tecmo Bowl
• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda II: The Adventure of Link