Riding the Pokemon Go wave, Nintendo unveils the NES Classic Mini, a console for reliving the 1980s


It what's likely to be a move designed to capitalize on its momentary popularity, Nintendo has launched a 2016 rehash of the classic NES console that was so popular in the 1980s. The new product is called the NES Classic Mini and is the perfect device if you want to relive the experience of playing titles such as Mario and Donkey Kong.

Before introducing the NES Classic Mini, it's worth pointing out that Nintendo's current situation. It looks like Nintendo has a new insanely popular title to add to its impressive list of mania-causing games. According to some reports, Pokémon Go is one of the most popular apps in the US after just a few weeks of availability. In fact, some stats show that Pokémon Go could soon become more popular than apps such as Google Maps, and is already more popular than dating social network Tinder.

Riding on this popularity wave, Nintendo came up with what looks like a smart trick to boost its failing profitability: the company launched a Mini version of the classic NES console complete with a compatible NES controller.


Nintendo's Mini console is not a next - generation console that can be compared to the likes of the modern PS 4 and Xbox One. Instead, the 2016 version of the NES is aimed at those who want to relive the classic Nintendo games of old. The mini NES controller that the company has announced alongside the NES Classic Mini is also compatible with the Nintendo Wii and Wii U.

There are no cartridge slots on the new Nintendo Mini NES. The console comes with 30 preloaded titles, and that's all the variety that Nintendo is going to offer. Here is a list of all the games that come preloaded on the console:

  • 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 NES Classic Mini will be launched on November 11th in various parts of the world. In the US, the console will be priced at $60.

source: Nintendo

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26 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Saw this at the Verge for only $60. going to relive the Nintendo classic dream.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

That's so cool.

3. FrequencyBender

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I'm in!

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Nice!

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not going to lie, it's a pretty awesome device and I'm thinking that a lot of those games would be fun to revisit.... that being said, $60 seems a bit steep for 30 games made 30 years ago. Especially when you can get a Raspberry Pi and accessories for roughly the same price and load emulation station to play thousands of titles across multiple platforms, from the NES to the N64. https://www.amazon.com/Vilros-Raspberry-Complete-Starter-Kit-Black/dp/B00MV6TAJI?ie=UTF8&keywords=raspberry%20pi%202&qid=1425404553&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I picked up a similar product last Xmas. It's basically the same thing, but for Atari games. It's called the Atari Flashback 6 and comes preloaded with 100 games. Paid around $20 for it.

21. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

considering that Nintendo still have to pay those third party games in which do not owned by Nintendo. I believe the price is acceptable if you want to support a company. Steep pricing comes from Square-enix, not Nintendo I believe.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There is truth to your statement... Interesting little fact about Square, Final Fantasy was their very last effort after numerous attempts at game development. They pooled all their resources into the development of that title (hence the name "FINAL Fantasy"... and it paid off, it was a critical and commercial hit. It sold like mad and saved their company. They're now one of the biggest developers in the world. One might think that it might be more beneficial for them to waver any licencing fees for something they stopped making money on a decade ago to help fuel more excitement for future titles. Just my opinion is all as I still see $60 for a 30 year old game collection as rather steep, though maybe the novelty might prompt people to buy it simply for the sake of nostalgia.

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

IThe 30 games are also way cheaper than buying them on the wii And also you get the new auto save system for the wii included with the games, so no passwords needed There are also many games in the list that will take months to play unlike many games of today

27. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Square-Enix sells retro games at a very steep price. My "suspicion" is on SE charged Nintendo on a pretty hefty amount, considering SE's mobile game for a remake is very pricey.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

For $60....... I might just bite.

7. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I love this but why no Mario Kart?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... Umm, because the first Mario Kart was released on the Super Nintendo in 1992, it was not a NES game.

12. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Oh! Thank you for informing me about this.

14. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

The SNES version will also be sick. Imagine a Mini GameCube version. What size would those be........

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The heck with the SNES or GC versions, I NEED a N64 version. Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wave Race, Pilot Wings, Turok, Golderneye, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Banjo Kazooie... though I don't think Microsoft will allow those last four titles to be used by Nintendo as they now own Rare... ....sigh... Lenovo has done to Motorola what Microsoft has done to Rare... It's so sad.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sea of Thieves looks awesome IMO But yea, their talents were wasted on all those Kinect games BTW Perfect Dark and GoldenEye were published by Nintendo, so Nintendo own the rights Banjo-Kazooi was published by THQ, which has been bought by Nordic Games, who probably wouldnt mind licensing it out Conker's Bad Fur Day was published by Rare, so Microsoft does probably own the rights But Nintendo did allow Microsoft to publish Rare Replay, which includes many of Rare's N64 games which Nintendo published. So Microsoft probably would allow Nintendo to license Conker's Bad Fur Day

8. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Very cool I'm in also, my older brother found his old Atari lol yes Atari and it still works lol now that's vintage

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Ill buy one, but it would be nice if you could add NES games somehow. I wanted TMNT and Simpsons.

16. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Somehow people will mod this console to add additional games as soon the product hit the market. I hope that too, I want to play Battletoads and the other megaman games, nevertheless, it's a nice selection of games.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not to be a buzzkill, but is the only way this news is phone-related is that it is made by the same company as Pokemon Go? (Because if that's the case, more Mac news please!)

15. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Megaman 2! No. I'm not crying.

18. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

My birthday present. Good for the man cave on my outdated ass TV

19. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Good timing for ya, maybe you get this and a new tv for your birthday!!!

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that game list just like best 30 NES game of all time :D but nope, I dont have time to play those, and I guess I still have half of that title somewhere inside garage on my parent's house (but I still wonder, how NES game wiould look in 4k TV, lol)

25. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

$60!? Oh hell no!

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