Nintendo is Releasing a Plug-and-Play Mini NES Console


Nintendo has announced they’re re-releasing the classic console Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in a smaller format this November.

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System will be a Plug and Play console with HDMI cable connection and with 30 games built in. It will be sold together with a Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller.

This mini-controller can be used with Wii or Wii U system to play virtual console NES games. The Mini NES will also allow Wii Classic Controllers and original NES controllers to be plugged instead of the mini-controllers and allow 2 player games.


The Nintendo Classic Mini NES will be sold for $60 and be officially released on 11 November. You can read more information about the console in the official website.

The games built-in are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr. ™
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • Galaga™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros. ™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™


A gamer since a young age, starting with oldies such as the IBM 386, Atari, and Commodore 64. A Portuguese guy with a tendency for snappy and witty remarks. Also harbors an obsession for adventure games.

  1. NeoSkyte
    July 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I’d get this. It would look great in my collection.

  2. Robert___T
    July 14, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I guess my only question is: Why didn’t they do this sooner? Seems like the “Plug&Play retro console” phase peaked about 3-4 years ago.

    Won’t keep me from buying one though. Should sit nicely next to my P&P INTV.

  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I never understood the appeal of these things. Especially not at $60, you can go to any flea market and buy a chinese bootleg that’ll do the same thing with more games for like $20.

  4. SiliconNooB
    July 14, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Is this emulation or hardware based?

    I’m interested, but not sold.

  5. ScarredBushido
    July 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Will it run games at 1080p and 60fps?

  6. Ozzie Arcane
    Ozzie Arcane
    July 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I’d rather just buy the Retron 5 for more money and play actual cartridges rather then be limited to what’s on the system.

  7. Offendatron_5000
    July 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Holy shot that is awesome. For a parent like me that wants to give their kid exposure to the classics but a) doesn’t want to worry about game carts or b) doesn’t want to pay the $$$ required for this full library, this is perfect.

  8. deadeye
    July 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Pretty interesting.

    I bet it won’t take long for someone to hack it to make it play roms.

    July 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    >input lag
    >desaturated colors
    >bilinear filter stretch
    >incorrect aspect ratio
    >frame around the game with no way to turn it off

    Calling it. They did a terrible job with the Gameboy Player and the Virtual Console, if it goes the same route no thank you. If you’re tech illiterate I could understand if you just want to play your old games again on a neat looking plug and play machine, but if you know how to set up an emulator and connect it to your TV, really why bother, it’s exactly the same thing but you’ll get better options in today’s emulators.
    I have absolutely no trust in modern mainstream companies to handle a 240p signal and output it properly through HDMI, you just know it’s going to look like ass. At worst it’s going to be bilinear stretch, which is what they already do with the virtual console and the gameboy player, at best it’s going to be those awful looking HQ4X filters and the like. Begging for something as simple as nearest neighbor stretch seems ridiculous that they usually don’t implement it, but they don’t, much less scanlines or more advanced CRT filters.
    Highly skeptical of this, no thank you.

  10. Robert
    July 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Emulation man, just look up retroarch it’s a really good emulator.

  11. Offendatron_5000
    July 14, 2016 at 10:32 am

    If you don’t have kids, you won’t get it. Kids are curious, they like to press buttons and surf thru menus. Setting up an emulation machine for a 3-5 year old is a big temptation to also get into a menu and pooch the drive accidently, among many other possibilities.

    This is a nice safe library you can let kids have in the family room know you they can’t really break anything.

    July 14, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Again if you still like this it’s your choice, but you can still easily get one of those bootleg chinese “250-in-1” consoles. Not only it’s cheaper but your kids can also beat it with a hammer and you’ll just lose probably $10.

    Here you’re just buying the brand.

  13. Mr0303
    July 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I bet it will outsell the Wii U.

  14. Matz
    July 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I’m only interested on the controller since it can be used on a Wii U, the console itself it’s not that appealing since you can get a chinese bootleg with triple the games and half the price from almost anywhere

  15. Ubrokemygrill?
    July 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    And a pc has more buttons and menus than any console. You can also set an account on your pc just for your kid so they can’t break any files. Have you ever used a PC?

  16. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    July 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Not to mention there already mods out there to get the video and audio signals through HDMI on a NES complete with options to upscale the image quality.

  17. Shattno
    July 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Ok, Mr. glass-is-half-empty, you must be so fun at parties.

    July 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Bet your ass all them bitches at the party would be clinging to my retroarch frontend with the fceumm_libretro core and the crt-royale filter.
    Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

  19. alterku
    July 14, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I don’t see anything about playing actual NES carts. If it doesn’t that’s definitely a pass for me before we even find out how well the device performs.

  20. Shattno
    July 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Yeah, i have all that emu shit as well. You can make those old games look really nice, but at the end of the day some people just want to play some NES without any hassle, and this is perfect for them. Personally I’m just going to buy it for my collection, probably never going to open the box, i rarely do. And its only $60, so it can be a great gift if you’re going to a party, nostalgia is a great ice breaker.

    July 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I understand that, and I did add that caveat to my comment, if you really don’t know how to set up an emulator or deal with computers in general it doesn’t seem like a bad product (obviously we’ll have to wait and see). Not everything has to be perfect and I understand that the casual consumer doesn’t really care for most of my complaints.
    Just like I don’t really care much about wine, I’m not going out of my way to taste the best wines in the world, and wine snobs would probably snear at my shit tier wine tastes. (or insert similar analogy)
    The thing here is the target audience, and I’m not one of them, and I don’t understand how viddie gam nerds that are way into the hobbie as much as I am are thinking this will be good, if Nintendo’s previous efforts were anything to go by. Hype is one hell of a drug.

    But still with that all said and done I could overlook some of my grievances, but bilinear filter scaling is still pretty unacceptable for a 240p signal, I don’t understand why they keep doing that, and I hope they come to their senses. Options Nintendo, give people options.

  22. dogmentation
    July 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

    It’s cute, but for that price you could easily build a Raspberry Pi based device that would play EVERYTHING.

  23. British_Otaku
    July 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Interested in the controller out of novelty on the off chance I spot an NES title on the Wii/U’s VC which is worthwhile (ideally not on 3DS VC) and uncut, but I’ll wait till I see that first.

    The Nintendo Classic Mini NES? Cute, but too limited for my tastes.

  24. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I guess that’s cool? No interest personally.

  25. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Wouldn’t be hard.

  26. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    You could just teach the kid on how to use a software (emulator) too

    I used to do that shit when I was little and it wasnt that hard tbh.

  27. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    ” without any hassle”
    Emulators arent even remotely that hard to use holy shit

  28. Frisky☆Jester
    July 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Nintendo is just gonna shit out whatever the hell they want now that they have Pokemon Go blood money, hold up, it got Tecmo Bowl? I like Tecmo Bowl.

  29. heroyaldog
    July 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    …a Chinese bootleg is unreliable to say the least….

  30. heroyaldog
    July 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    if you’re willing to trust the build quality of a chinese bootleg…..not exactly known for reliability or refunds

  31. shuvamg007
    July 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Wait a minute!!!
    Did Nintendo just do something cool???

  32. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    July 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm


  33. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    “that will put the kid entirely out of touch with her generation”
    Not necessarily a bad thing tbh

  34. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    July 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Hopefully that “blood money” used towards development of actual good first party titles. If they’re just trying to amass cash through mobile shit for that purpose, I’m all for that. Won’t get my hopes though.

  35. heroyaldog
    July 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I mean…i’d rather not have a piece of shit Chinese knockoff that will break in my hands after a couple uses or that is dead on arrival and you have no recourse to return it.

    also that article looks idiotic. The idea you should only consume media targeted to your generation is fucking stupid…People herald authors/artists/philosophers..etc and consume their media from hundreds of years ago. It’s called an education.

  36. TheMaverickGamer
    July 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I can see the potential for something like this, but considering I already own a lot of these games in one form or another, it’s not worth it to me personally.

    Besides, the less money I give Nintendo, the better.

    July 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Sorry should’ve clarified, it’s just an Onion article, not meant to be taken seriously.

    I just find it funny that my generation tries to cram the shit they like down their kid’s throats while they roll their eyes at it.

  38. Minuteworld92
    July 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    probably not so good emulation either. probably some mid level shit

  39. Minuteworld92
    July 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    you ever hear of launchbox’s bigbox?

  40. larverto365
    July 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    So it’s just like that Sega Genesis thing they have at Family Dollar where it has a couple games pre-installed too, right?

    Still, this looks interesting though a lot of the games on here are on Virtual Console already.

  41. DrearierSpider
    July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Nintendo thinking they shit gold bricks once again.

  42. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Waiting for all the negative comments.

    This is going to be awesome!

  43. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    All you faggots are so damn whiney on this site. Go play on your gay little emulator, I’ll play on my REAL NES plugged into MY FUCKING CRT TV.

    And this, when it comes out.

  44. NukeA6
    July 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Assuming this works no problem, pretty cool. It’s missing Castlevania 3 though.

  45. TheManWithPants
    July 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Apparently a few clicks with a mouse is too hard for some people.

  46. TheManWithPants
    July 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I mean, it looks alright, but for $60, you’d expect it to have more games. I wouldn’t spend money on it. The controller features seem pretty neat, though. Pretty sure there are SEGA Genesis equivalents of this thing that have more games and cost less.

  47. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    July 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Amen my nigga.

    July 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    >why are you so entitled, just buy my shitty emulator box with less features than zsnes in 1997, Nintendo can’t do no wrong

    With that said I’m just speculating, it could be good, nobody knows. But if you’re one to be clinging to faith I’ll leave you with a screenshot of how it looks like in Virtual Console and tell me how neat this bilinear filter + darker and desaturated colors looks like:


    Keep in mind they’ve been doing emulation like this since the GameBoy Player in the Gamecube.
    You are right about one thing though, I’ll continue to enjoy it on my console / CRT combo.

  49. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    >cant play japanese games on the western model of the famicom

  50. C4
    July 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    It will, I mean they made Xenoblade X and Zelda with the Wii money which are two of their most expensive games so far plus they paid some companies like Atlus, Namco, Platinum and Omega Force to make some games.

  51. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    July 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    “All you faggots are so damn whiney on this site”
    If you don’t like what people post move on and stop whining about it.

    July 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    For quick expensive cash grab? You betcha!

    Seriously, I find cheap bootleg consoles that costs less and has more games. Granted, it didn’t live for too long but it is expected.

  53. C4
    July 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    It’s a bargain compared to VC or the GBA NES series they did back then. I just wish it would be able to play more games… these are probably the most played NES games by everyone who ever owned or played a NES.

  54. Ubrokemygrill?
    July 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    “Everyone should eat shit like me”

  55. Bitterbear
    July 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    It’s great to know they’re finding new and creative ways to get rid of the excess Wii motherboard inventory.

  56. RPGEndBoss
    July 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    No Dragon Warrior? No Faxanadu? No Crystalis?

    Speaking just for me here, I have no use for it. Now, fill it with all the wonderful JRPGs the NES had and then I’d be interested.

  57. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    You eat shit?

  58. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Ditto, faggot.

  59. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    July 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    You can on a modded one, douche.

    You new or something?

  60. Guin
    July 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Action 52: console edition

  61. DizzyGear
    July 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Or instead of dropping 60 bucks on this crap you can emulate the entire NES library for free on just about any device with a CPU and a screen.

  62. DizzyGear
    July 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Typical Nintendo though. Instead of releasing that controller with a USB connector and rake in the cash from people buying them out of nostalgia they come up with…. this.

  63. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Famicom is technically superior than the NES though.

  64. No_Good_Names_Ever
    July 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    No super Dodgeball?

  65. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    July 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    If the build quality is nice, this is cool. Not something I’d buy unless I could get it for cheaper, but it’d be great for people who want to relive their childhood, or have an easy way to introduce their kids to old games.

  66. ElKonsolero
    July 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    If the quality is well i think it´s a nice compromise for having the feeling of playing on a NES and not spending a ton of money for a proper games library. 60 Bucks is a little bit overpriced imo but if they know it down 10 or 20$ it would be a good deal.

  67. Smug
    July 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    “*Note that an AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging.”

    Jewtendo at work

  68. Edmund Black
    Edmund Black
    July 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Also no Battletoads.

  69. Gin Tosh
    Gin Tosh
    July 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    You’re right in that a custom Hyperspin setup is a pain in the ass, but it’s so rewarding.

  70. Gin Tosh
    Gin Tosh
    July 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Let’s call this what it is: a decent Xmas gift idea for someone over 35.

    A better gift idea would be a custom arcade cab though. hint hint, Santa-chan.

  71. DizzyGear
    July 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    That’ actually some EU law you that you cant include chargers anymore.

    So fucking jealous of the UK they get to leave the 3rd reich the EU.

  72. DizzyGear
    July 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    You’d be amazed how tech illiterate the average person is.
    Why do you think almost idiot proof devices like tablets running iOS/Andoid have taken over the good ole PC in recent years.

  73. Zombie_Barioth
    July 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Aren’t a lot of those games still $5 a pop on the e-shop?

    Now arguably they could be cheaper, but it still amounts to around twice the cost of this entire system if you were to buy them all from there.

  74. DizzyGear
    July 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Could have fooled me…
    Ive seen some parents accusing a father of child abuse because he wont allow his kids to play on their computer all day and instead sends them to play outside without smartphone.

    I really feel old hearing that sort of shit. In my youth it was normal your parents kicked you out on the street to get some fresh air and play outside instead being glued to the TV all day long.

  75. InkBrush
    July 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    No Battletoads, no buy.

  76. sanic
    July 14, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Cut the price in half and add a 2nd controller and I might give it a chance.

  77. Joe
    July 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    It looks neat and cute but the library is rather unimpressive. I’d recommend people hold off buying this until the inevitable 2nd or 3rd year edition. That’s what happened with the similar Sega Genesis and Atari consoles – more games were added in later years.

  78. CRES
    July 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I’d only consider it if Nintendo releases a series of cartridges that contain 10 or so games for the “system.”

  79. DariusQ
    July 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Not really interested since I’ve still got my NES but I am impressed by the games roster. The select 3rd party gems in particular are a nice touch.

  80. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    July 14, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    The fuck? That library is unimpressive to you?

  81. David Curry
    David Curry
    July 15, 2016 at 6:32 am

    It’s irritating because you’d think Nintendo would pride themselves to make real NES architecture in a smaller shell with pre-loaded roms, instead of giving an emulator box Nintendo license and distribution. I’d be all over this if it was the former.

    July 15, 2016 at 6:36 am

    The easiest answer is: It’s cheaper and/or they don’t care.

    The idealistic answer would be: You can connect the console to your Wii / Wii U / NX and upload the NES games you already have in the Virtual Console. But that shit ain’t gonna happen is it.

  83. David Curry
    David Curry
    July 15, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Nothing wrong with teaching your kid to detect a no-talent (game, music, movie etc) artist re-packaging an older production to other kids, whose parents planted them in the corner while they went out to the club

  84. Isa
    July 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    If you’re going to use that analogy, you would call it the sixth reich. Because the third reich was Nazi Germany, no one knows what the fourth Reich was, and the fifth Reich is Las Vegas according to Hunter S Thompson. That leaves the EU as the sixth reich.

  85. Isa
    July 15, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I was more disturbed by the addition of Super C but the omission of Contra.

  86. Jon Snow
    Jon Snow
    July 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’m tempted to get one and put a pi inside.

  87. dogmentation
    July 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    That’s actually not a TERRIBLE idea considering the prohibitive cost of retropi/piNES custom cases.