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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nintendo rebooting 80s childhoods with the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES

News by Lindsay M.

Call it a money-grabber all you want, I’m happy to hand Nintendo over my hard-earned cash for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System.

Instead of launching anything substantial for this year’s holiday season, this is what Nintendo is putting forth. Due for release in Australia on November 10, the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES will only set you back $100. The console is, true to name, a miniature replica of the NES console that many of us had sitting on our living room floors several decades ago. It also comes with a Nintendo Classic Mini: NES controller that attaches to the system using the same port (there are two on the front) as the Wii, meaning Classic Controllers and Classic Controller Pros for the Wii can also be used. The mini console attaches to televisions using the included (for once!) HDMI cable, and is powered via USB — but while the USB cable is included, an AC adapter is not.

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Games are slightly different from what you’ll remember, emphasis on the slight: each game will now have multiple suspend points so you won’t be stuck writing down passwords on the back of your homework before losing them to your teacher the next day.

Here’s the full list of games included (although you’ll note a devastating lack of Paperboy):
  • 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 fact the tiny console is named “Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System” makes me hope that means a Nintendo Classic Mini: N64 may be in our future. A girl can dream, can’t she?

- Lindsay M.
News Editor

Nintendo rebooting 80s childhoods with the Nintendo Classic Mini: NES
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