Mini-Nintendo console available in November.
Nintendo’s corporate identity has long been tied to its consoles and handheld devices. Nevertheless, recent developments, including the colossal success of mobile gaming Pokemon Go— suggest that the company might be willing to adopt other technology platforms and infrastructure. It’s clear, however, that he hasn’t ditched the more traditional consoles just yet, and he doesn’t think his longtime fans have either.
On Thursday, Nintendo announced via Twitter that it would be releasing a new miniature version of the original classic Nintendo Entertainment System. Small enough to fit in one hand, the system comes preloaded with 30 games. According to reports elaborating on the ad, it’s designed to connect to modern HDTVs via HDMI cables. The complete system will sell for just under $60 and will be available for sale on November 11.
As pc world note in a news article, this device will not be entirely revealing to gamers involved in the emulation scene. Describing the ease of simulating old games on newer computers, pc worldit’s Ian Paul writes, “In half an hour you can go from scratch to a full NES gaming setup on a Raspberry Pi.” Likewise, the Edge writes that similar systems are already widely available online for fans of vintage games. Plus, classic games have long been available for purchase on Nintendo’s newer consoles.
To understand what Nintendo is up to here, however, you don’t need to look much further than this mid-November release date. This is an item designed to be unboxed and put to work immediately on Christmas morning, a toy for millennial parents desperate to remember when the holidays were happy for them too. With that in mind, this whole new device has to be a legal plug-and-play option that ticks some nostalgic boxes.
That said, the mini-NES isn’t going to appeal to everyone. The full list of games includes some classics (Super Mario Bros. and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link are noteworthy) as well as some obligatory quirks (the weird Super Mario Bros. 2, for example). But many of the classic titles will likely just remind casual gamers how frustrating old-school gaming could be. If you can navigate through Castlevania II or the original Gaiden ninjayou are much more gifted than me, at least, I never have been.
But most disappointing of all? The system apparently won’t ship with duck huntingthe only classic game that still feels like it would be worth huddling around the family TV.