Nintendo’s Mini NES Classic is throwing us back to childhood


    We all love a good throwback. And if you were dreaming about getting your hands back on one of those boxy plastic game consoles harking back to happy childhood days playing 8-bit video games in your living room, then Nintendo has your back.

    The company wants to take you on a retro ride straight into the 80s this November when it launches the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s a smaller and updated version of the classic NES and comes installed with 30 of the most iconic titles that used to consume our after school hours.

    Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure are just a few of the heavyweight games it comes with. You can find the full list of 30 games on Nintendo’s site. Or get a taste of the gameplay to come in this commercial by Nintendo complete with 80s era graphics.

    The console will sell for $59.99 and comes with 30 preloaded games, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and one stylish NES Classic Controller. It won’t support physical cartridges like the original console and the 30 games are the only games you’ll be able to play. But at $2 per game, it still works out to a fairly decent deal. Many of the titles are already available on existing Nintendo Wii U and 3DS consoles through the company’s Virtual Console app store but you’ll pay $4.99 per game on these ecosystems.

    The launch of this throwback console shows us Nintendo is making a bet on our need to satisfy a little bit of nostalgia. And all indications seem to show it’s working. The console is currently sitting at first place on Amazon UK’s preorder charts under the PC and video games category. Australian retailer, EB Games, has already sold out of their first shipment of the console as are some other retailers.


    So if you’ve got some unfinished business in the Kingdom of Hyrule or want to take another stab at saving Princess Toadstool from Bowser, you’ve got a chance to do this all over again with the original gray plastic controller you used the first time around.

    Kelly Paik
    Kelly Paik writes about science and technology for Fanvive. When she's not catching up on the latest innovations, she uses her free-time painting and roaming to places with languages she can't speak. Because she rather enjoys fumbling through cities and picking things on the menu through a process of eeny meeny miny moe.