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Nintendo Announce New Console… And It’s Not What You Were Expecting

Forget about the NX, Nintendo’s new console that’s set to be launching in March, for just a moment. Nintendo have just announced another console coming this year. Well, kind of. It came from the 1980s, and now it’s getting reborn: The Nintendo Classic Mini.

We’ve seen lots of junky retro consoles with built-in games over the years; plastic tat that lets you revisit those old 8-bit games that probably don’t see use outside of Christmas Day when you’ve bought it as a stocking filler for your kids. But rarely are they official, first party. The Nintendo Classic Mini is a reimagining of Nintendo’s NES, their first home console. Bundled with an HDMI cable, it’s a simple case of hooking it up to your TV and having instant access to 30 of the best and most regarded Nintendo classic games out there, including The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

The Nintendo Classic Mini features the original design of the NES in a smaller, portable size – and of course, minus the top slot for inserting game cartridges.
Nintendo Classic Mini

Here’s the full list of games that will be included on the device:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • Star Tropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The Nintendo Classic Mini comes bundled with a classic controller, and another can be purchased separately to allow you to play the games in co-op. You can also use Wii Classic Controllers.

Alongside the 30 pre-installed games you can also play Virtual Console NES games from your Wii or Wii U on the Nintendo Classic Mini, by connecting a Wiimote up to the device.


However, in true Nintendo style, the device requires an AC adapter, which isn’t included in the package. Why, Nintendo, why?

The Nintendo Classic Mini is to be released on 11 November this year. So far no price details are given.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.