Retro gamers rejoice: A mini-NES is on its way to the market!


I’ve recently hooked back up my homebrew retro gaming console and been enjoying some classics with my kids (their favorites: Super Mario Bros., TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, and The Lion King). These games are still so much fun, which is why I’m overjoyed to see that there’s an NES Classic Edition on the way.

Similar to how the Genesis and Atari 2600 have repackaged their games/platform, this machine is basically an NES emulator that contains 30 games without the need for cartridges. Looks like they’ll include one controller and you can buy others separately. The price point is being set at $60.

Even though I have most of these games on my Raspberry Pi, I might pick up this (or put it on my Christmas list). I love classic consoles but hate having to fiddle with cartridges and dealing with failing hardware.

The game list here is very solid, although it’s a shame that there aren’t more (there are over 700 NES games in the wild). Highlights include Super Mario Bros. 1-3, Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, Double Dragon II, Final Fantasy, Ninja Gaiden, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out, and Star Tropics. Weird that they included Super C but not Contra.

There are some duds here. Pac-Man? Balloon Fight? Ice Climber? Nobody asked for those, not on the NES.

Of course, even with 30 games there are probably many that any of us old time gamers would have rather seen. Maybe this is the first of several such classic consoles (the Atari Flashback had a few generations with different games). I don’t know if this thing is modular, but it’d be cool if you could buy flash drives to plug in with even more games.

If they did a second generation of this console, here are my nominations for the next 30 games:

  1. Contra
  2. Castlevania III
  3. Double Dragon
  4. Commando
  5. Battletoads
  6. The Goonies II
  7. Bionic Commando
  8. Journey to Silius
  9. Mega Man 2 Mega Man 3
  10. Ninja Gaiden 2
  11. Metal Gear
  12. Life Force
  13. Adventure Island II
  14. Dragon Warrior III
  15. Rygar
  16. River City Ransom
  17. RC Pro-Am
  18. Arkanoid
  19. Skate or Die
  20. Strider
  21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
  22. Tetris
  23. Ultima IV
  24. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  25. Final Fantasy II
  26. Dr. Mario Duck Tales
  27. Batman
  28. Ikari Warriors II
  29. Batman: Return of the Joker
  30. Blaster Master

I’m excited! Now if they’ll only release a SNES version, I’d be in heaven…

Update: Didn’t realized I doubled up on two titles there, so I replaced them with alternate suggestions!


3 thoughts on “Retro gamers rejoice: A mini-NES is on its way to the market!

  1. Azuriel July 15, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Dr Mario and Mega Man 2 are already on the list. 😮

    Blaster Master though… how did I forget about that one? One of the best NES soundtracks ever, and the gameplay felt pretty revolutionary at the time, with both the side-scrolling vehicle bits plus the 3/4 view inside the dungeons bit.

  2. Syp July 15, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Whoops, thanks Azuriel! Replaced those mentions with two other games — Mega Man 3 and Duck Tales.

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