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Mini-NES helps Nintendo Pull off Nostalgia and It’s Super Effective

After the domination of the Pocket Monsters on that mobile AR tip, Nintendo does another one. You thought this was about just the Pokemonz. Nope. Not a chance. It’s about the other pocket monster.

The Mini-NES helps Nintendo pull off nostalgia and it’s super effective! The company just unveiled the Mini-NES, backed by an HDMI cable jack, a controller, AC cables, the 30 titles pre-loaded and stuck in, and the official 90s-inspired box to round it all off. Nintendo is no stranger to double dipping their old school titles, so it’s no surprise to see the company take a step to release the mini from their own backyard instead of the many other clones that seem to resurrect their classics. The near baseball team roster shows these first and third party gems off from Namco, Capcom, Konami, Squaresoft, Taito, and Tecmo’s libraries:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr. ™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros. ™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • 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™

The mini retails at about 59.99 MSRP and is slated for the November 11th release. Wow, right on Remembrance Day. As for the new Mini controller, according to Nintendo, these bad-boys aren’t restricted to just the Mini-NES, but also work on the Wii-U. At $10 a pop, there’s no ignoring the many flutes you’d need to World 8 before GOT comes on. MIA seems to be Tetris, that usually came with the Game Boy and some packages of NES. A surprise to say the least, but the list seems to compensate with Bust-A-Move’s starter, Bubble Bobble, and Dr Mario for that Puzzle fix.  Download that Nintendo Power magazine, and you’re all set for the 80s!

There’s a price for everything nice as Nintendo released a statement outlining the various drawbacks to the Mini-NES. In a brief FAQ with Polygon, the company has thwarted the notion of having the ability download/upload or even play old cartridges, stating that the games chosen will satisfy the long playthroughs.

No. The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences.

Looking at the list above, they have a point. The 30 games will remain the 30. As for the cartridge blowing… that seems to be something we can’t borrow a Delorean to attain that pain in this set. Thank God.

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