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Take out your old NES deck and blow the dust off it. Plug it in, possibly using an adapter because your new TV only has HDMI and maybe component inputs. Insert the cartridge. Power the unit on, and be treated to pure bliss in the form of... a blinking screen.
Sometimes, retro gaming can suck. It's worth the trouble, absolutely, but sometimes it really can suck. Fortunately, there are solutions. Nintendo has made Virtual Console available on the Wii and Wii U, for instance, opening up a library of great games from yesteryear without the need to blow out dusty contacts (which actually can damage your precious cartridges, over time) and browse sketchy pawn shops. And now, Nintendo has taken things one convenient step further with the introduction of the Mini Collector's Edition NES.
You can see it in the picture at the top of this post, and I'll be honest: the first time I saw the photo on social media, I thought it was modded hardware that some dedicated fan created. This isn't something like Nintendo has done before: a plug-and-play system.
The way it works is that you plug the system into your TV, using an available HDMI slot, and you plug it into the wall. You also hook up the included NES Classic Controller, which connects (not by coincidence) to a slot that looks like one end of the Wii Remote controller. Then you pick one of 30 games and start playing. And if you have to quit in the middle of your session, you can take advantage of multiple save state slots for each included title. The library of included software is surprisingly good, I think. Here it is:
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|pickhut - July 14, 2016 (01:17 PM)
That's pretty neat, especially for the price. I'm actually surprised by the third-party inclusions, which really helps round out the selection. I'm just glad Nintendo didn't decide to include Urban Champion.
|joseph_valencia - July 14, 2016 (11:54 PM)
Like with Pokémon Go, I'm really not the audience for this. I think the 3DS is a much better option for playing old NES games because it's portable. This mini-NES might be interesting if you could buy and download new games for it.
Personally, I think a classic Game Boy reproduction would be more novel, especially if it could read actual carts. Still got my GB Pocket, but the poor thing has screen cancer.
|joseph_valencia - July 14, 2016 (11:55 PM)
To clarify, I mean downloading VC games beyond what's included with the machine, not literal new NES games. That's just crazy.
|StarryPS - July 15, 2016 (04:41 AM)
This is something I'm definitely interested in buying! Like you said, buying this is waaay cheaper than buying every game off the VC, and I believe you can even use the Classic Controller Pro for playing the games (which is cool for those who aren't fans of the NES controller.), so unless you're really serious about getting some MyNintendo points, there's almost no reason to not get the NES Mini. Here's hoping they release one for the SNES, as well!
|hastypixels - October 02, 2016 (06:18 PM)
Popular classic NES games in an HDMI capable piece of hardware with loads of nostalgia AND compatible with the controllers I'm not using?
SOLD. My K101+ will be so jealous!