NES Classic Mini Review
November 14, 2016

Play it old school.

I never owned a NES, I would usually go to my friend’s place where we’d play Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. for hours. Nintendo redefined 8-bit gaming with simply yet lovable and often challenging levels that would go on as one of the most recognized games in history.

Which is why it was such a delight to see that the company will be bringing back the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) – well sort of. This new incarnation of the NES, called the NES Classic Mini, features the same familiar design but in a smaller and compact frame.  It’s pretty lightweight too, which makes it look like more than a toy than a console.

Then again, it’s technically not a console nor a platform. But it doesn’t matter, Nintendo gave us a way to play all the games we grew up with in a simpler way, not including the plethora of emulators you can find online.

The NES Classic Mini has two ports at the back: HDMI for displays and a micro USB port for supplying power. The front panel houses two ports for connecting the wired controllers. One controller is included in the package and extra ones are sold separately.

Note that the European versions (like this one we have for review) does not include a power while the US is luckier since all units will come shipped with a USB power adapter (though quantities are limited). If your TV has a USB port, that is sufficient enough to power the device – else you can use a standard 5W power adapter (like the ones used for smartphones) to power it up.

The only problem we had is that the NES Classic Mini’s controller is only about 30 inches long – meaning that you would have to sit closer to the TV to play it. I can’t stand being that close to the TV, so I just used a longer HDMI and USB cable so I can move farther away.

Once connected you are then presented with a cool menu that showcases the 30 games that are built into the NES Classic Mini. Each of these 30 games allow you to have four save points so you can go back to them any time that you want. It’s too bad that Nintendo didn’t give the option to be able to have more games in the future, but for its price ($59.99), I wouldn’t complain.

Here are the list of included games on the NES Classic Mini:

  • 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

Each game played out the way I remembered them – and you even have the option to play the game in a standard 4:3 ratio that makes it look like you were playing on an old TV, a pixel perfect option that will render the game in square pixels to make it even sharper or even use a CRT filter that would make it look like you were playing the game in those old CRT screens.

Holding the controller again definitely brings back the memories – and definitely made me miss my childhood. This makes the NES Classic Mini not just a toy, but a part of your childhood that you get to experience again.

The NES Classic Mini brings back the awe and wonder that came with the original NES. A must have not just for gamers, but for everyone.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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