Nintendo Classic Mini

Jason Golling

Nintendo is no stranger to using nostalgia to get gamers to buy their games, however this is a slightly more extreme case than normal. Nintendo has announced a new console that is a mini version of the original NES with 30 games downloaded on it. This newish console is called the Nintendo Classic Mini and is intended to appeal to both Nintendo veterans and to newcomers as well.

The Nintendo Classic Mini is a shrunk down version of the original and comes with the iconic Nintendo controller that has been around longer than the word ergonomic. This new console has many similarities with the original, namely the much smaller size and the HDMI compatibility.

Another difference that is good to know is that if you either don’t want to use the old style controller, or if you just don’t want to buy a second one to play two player you can use compatible controllers from other generations such as the Wii U. As far as games go there are 30 games that come preinstalled on the system, and there will most likely be more available as time goes on. (For a full list of games see below)

While some may look at this and see it as Nintendo milking its fans for money, it appears to be more of a throwback to the games that helped make Nintendo the way it is now and to also show younger gamers a look at what gaming used to be and how far it has come. With a release date in this November and a fairly low price of 60 USD you should expect to see many of these being given for Christmas.


  • 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




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