The new Nintendo NES system is nearly upon us, 11th November 2016 to be exact, but there might be quite a few changes to the console from what you are used to. We are going to break down some of the main features to expect this November…so let’s go!
1. Pre-loaded Games
Yes you heard it right – this NES will come with 30 pre-installed games for your enjoyment. I’m sure we all know the main benefit of this….yep….no more blowing into the bottoms of the cartridges! Here’s a complete list of the games to expect.
- 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
Personally I think that Nintendo have absolutely got the mix right here. There’s some true classics here (I’m looking at you Mario and Link) along with some other games that aren’t as famous but add a level of balance to the variety on offer. Good job Nintendo!
2. The Controller
Unsurprisingly, very little about the controller has changed – and for good reason. This little bit of kit might not look like much compared to the later Nintendo controllers that pushed the boundaries of what bizarre shape they could market the best, but it got the job done. D-pad, 2 action buttons, start & select. Simple, effective, timeless. Yes, you’ll find very little need to strafe or crouch in these games.
One new development to note is that the connection at the end of the controller cable allows it to not only plug into your new NES system but also your WiiU. What do you mean, you don’t own a WiiU?? Take a long hard think about what you’re doing with your life…
Yes you read this right, the NES will have HDMI output. No, I don’t know why. I’m sure there’s a good reason (perhaps along the lines of ‘its what most TVs use nowadays’) but I can’t see how I’m going to be blown away by Link’s facial expressions or the realistic fur on Donkey Kong’s back. That being said, don’t we want the best picture possible? Of course we do!
4. NO. MORE. PASSWORD. SAVE-POINTS!!
This might be the best news I’ve heard about the NES Mini. Nintendo have, in their infinite wisdom, kindly added ‘multiple suspend-points’ to all of their games. This is one of the main features that brings this console into the 21st century. I really don’t think that kids today understand how painfully complex it could be to get back to that particularly tough multiple amputation in Dr Mario (disclaimer: I have never played Dr Mario, I assume he cures cancer and shit) having to remember only a stupidly long password.
So there it is – the all new NES Mini. And you can pick it up for only £49.99 (or £129.99 if buying from John Lewis…probably). So are you going to get one? What other consoles would you love to see an HD re-release of? Let us know in the comments.
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