Nintendo to re-release the NES

Nintendo to re-release the NES

Postby dutchman » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:58 pm

Say hello to the Nintendo Classic Mini

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The Japanese gaming giant has just announced its intention to recreate the classic Nintendo Entertainment System for the modern era. Say hello to the Nintendo Classic Mini.

Well, that came out of nowhere! The NCM appears to small enough to be held one-handed and comes with a selection of 30 games built-in. Though a glimpse at the front of the console shows what is presumably a cartridge slot for putting your original games to use.

Further details on the Nintendo website reveal that the NCM is fully HDMI capable and is powered via a single USB port. Both cables will ship with the product along with a single controller.

Nintendo has clearly been following some of the insanely popular emulator projects on Kickstarter and decided to go the whole hog with its own entry into the market. No emulator can compete with a high-fidelity recreation of the original hardware.

There are no details on whether the NCM will improve on the original console's functionality, but presumably Nintendo will be following up with further details.

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The full list of games you can get your mucky paws on are as follows:
Spoiler:
  • 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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Re: Nintendo to re-release the NES

Postby dutchman » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:14 pm

No internet acccess and no cartridges for new NES

Nintendo has revealed that the upcoming Nintendo Classic Mini will not have online functionality and won't be able to use cartridges.

The remake of the classic NES console was announced yesterday, sending the internet into a frenzy of nostalgia. The new NES is small enough to be held in a single hand will ship with 30 built-in games.

It was hoped that Nintendo would add a slew of modern ingredients to the console's innards beyond an HDMI output and USB power, but it seems that the Nintendo Classic Mini NES is to remain relatively low-fi.

A spokesperson from Nintendo affirmed that the console will be offline-only and unable to utilise any NES games that aren't built-in.

"The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices," said a Nintendo spokesperson to Kotaku.

Images of the new NES released yesterday aroused suspicions that the front section would open up to allow for the insertion of cartridges , but according to Nintendo "the Chamber Lid does not open."

It looks like the selection of 30 games built-in to the hardware are the full sum of the NCM's capability. Thankfully the selection is impressive. "The game lineup was chosen to provide a diverse mix of popular and recognisable NES games that appeal to a wide variety of players. Everyone should be able to find multiple games to enjoy."

When asked whether the company was planning a mini-SNES or mini-N64, Nintendo responded that "we have nothing to announce at this time.


How about a mini Master System from Sega?
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