Technology Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be?

08:25  21 april  2017
08:25  21 april  2017 Source:   T3

Nintendo reportedly discontinues the NES Classic

  Nintendo reportedly discontinues the NES Classic Good-bye, little console. The teeny-tiny NES Classic is sending out its last shipments to retailers in April.The $60 (£50 or AU$100) all-in-one system has 30 built-in NES games and became one of 2016's hottest holiday gifts. Nevertheless, Nintendo of America on Thursday provided a statement to IGN saying the NES Classic is being discontinued in North America.

Open up the Nintendo Classic Mini ’ s box and you are presented with a number of sub-compartments, in of which you will find the micro Nintendo Entertainment System itself, as well as a NES controller, a HDMI cable and a USB power cable.

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Courtesy of T3: T3 image © Courtesy of T3 T3 image Funny really how history has a habit of repeating itself isn’t it? Just under three decades ago T3 remembers enjoying playing the heck out of this wondrous device called the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which allowed you to cram portly Italian plumbers down pipes, obliterate flying fowl in a hail of virtual buckshot and, errr, go on a quest with some dude called Simon.

I know, arousing right?

Fast-forward 30 years and the NES is back, however this time it is a fraction of the size, comes with 30 games pre-installed on it and, crucially for many no doubt, retails for a under £50.

We received one of these new pint-sized NES a week ago in T3 Towers and since then have been putting it through its paces. Read on for our official verdict.

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  Nintendo Just Killed This Very Popular Console <p>Nintendo will stop making its NES Classic Edition console, a retro gaming device introduced in November that reprised older games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.</p>Nintendo will stop making its NES Classic Edition console, a retro gaming device introduced in November that reprised older games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

Nintendo only created the NES Mini as a bit of fun for Christmas stocking fillers in 2016. Selling out and going way beyond demand was a surprise. Nintendo Classic Mini review : Is this micro NES all it ’ s cracked up to be ?

Nintendo Classic Mini : Nintendo Entertainment System review . NES Classic Mini review – Is it any good? The announcement of the NES Mini console was my highlight of 2016. I tried setting up the NES Mini with TVs in multiple spots around my home and it proved impossible.

What's in the box?

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Open up the Nintendo Classic Mini’s box and you are presented with a number of sub-compartments, in of which you will find the micro Nintendo Entertainment System itself, as well as a NES controller, a HDMI cable and a USB power cable. A manual and raft of NES pamphlets complete the package.

So, how easy is it to set up?

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Very. You plug in the USB power cable at the back of the system and connect it up any power source, you then plug in the included HDMI cable and hook it up to your screen of choice and then, after plugging in a least one controller, you hit the power button and you are away.

The controllers look like the real thing - are they?

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Yes, they are. Everything about the controller looks and feels spot on and using them really do take you back. However, it is very important to note that for some reason Nintendo decided to make their cable length incredibly short. How short you say? 31 inches! That is roughly one third of the length of the original NES controller cable.

Here's Why Nintendo Canceled The NES Classic

  Here's Why Nintendo Canceled The NES Classic Nintendo's plans to place the NES Classic Edition on hold were a surprise, but they make sense when you evaluate the company's current hardware strategy.When Nintendo last year released the NES Classic — the $60 reissue of its original Nintendo Entertainment System console —  the retro reboot immediately became a must-have holiday item. Stores were regularly out of stock, and consoles that got purchased often made it to the third-party seller market at substantial markups.

The rear panel of the Nintendo Classic Mini features HDMI output and a micro -USB port for power. Here' s how the classic mini stacks up against an original NES console outputting composite video via a Framemeister.

Nintendo Classic Mini : NES – Design. As anyone who had the original NES knows, it certainly never used to fit in the palm of your hand. The combined cable length of the micro USB and HDMI means that this is nearly impossible.

As such, if you thought you were going to plug this in under your 55-inch 4K TV and then recline three metres back on your sofa then think again. No, you have to sit VERY close to the system as standard, which works fine if the system is connected to a desk monitor, however not well at all with massive flatscreens.

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Which raises the issue of who the Nintendo Classic Mini is for and where Nintendo intended it to be used. Because if it was in the aforementioned comfy sofa scenario then the big N has dropped the ball somewhat. 

Technically could you use extra long HDMI and USB cables and simply place the Nintendo Classic Mini closer to you when on the sofa? Yes, yes you could - however we don't know about you but at T3 Towers we like to hide as many cables as possible, not actively flaunt them.

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Equally, while there are 3rd party accessories already available that address this issue, those are solutions that come at extra expense for the consumer. So, in short (get it?), the Nintendo Classic Mini's controller is great, however its lead, out of the box, is not.

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  Indie charmer 'TumbleSeed' will arrive on Nintendo Switch May 2nd Okay, so you've had your Nintendo Switch for awhile. Ganon's corpse is but a speck in the proverbial rearview mirror and hunting for the last remaining shrines in Breath of the Wild isn't all that interesting.&nbsp;As a refresher, you're controlling the titular TumbleSeed (the pink eye-looking thing above) on its way up a mountain and battling its possessed inhabitants along the way. If you're defeated before reaching the summit, you have to start over from basecamp. Every time. It comes to us from the team behind the simple yet addictive Threes and Ridiculous Fishing, and its aesthetics and play style could be a perfect fit for the Switch.

However, the Nintendo effect should never be underestimated, and the fact that the NES Classic Mini has been given the gravitas of a fully-blown hardware release speaks volumes about how Deals: The Best Nintendo Switch Micro SD Cards. Mon 3rd Apr 2017. Nintendo Download: 13th April (Europe).

Nintendo Classic Mini review : Design and ports. The Classic Mini is a more or less exact replica of the original NES console, with a few important differences. Around the back you have an HDMI port, plus a micro USB port for power.

Seriously, enough talk about cables. Gaming?

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Yes, there is gaming a plenty on the Nintendo Classic Mini, with 30 top titles pre-installed and ready to rock. These titles include: 

Balloon Fight, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Galaga, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kirby's Adventure, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man, Super C, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Donkey Kong Jr., Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics and Tecmo Bowl.

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd.

And how easy is it to access and play those games?

Incredibly easy. The UI on the Nintendo Classic Mini is very slick, with a scrollable library-style menu system allowing you to scan through the various games, each title neatly presented with its box art.

Select one of the games and it starts immediately. Back out of a title and it suspends in a mini window overlaid on the menu screen. From here you can scan other titles, tweak menu settings or save your progress in one of multiple save slots. 

Nintendo might follow up the mini NES with a mini SNES

  Nintendo might follow up the mini NES with a mini SNES Nintendo might not be entirely done feeding into the nostalgia of its loyal customers after all. The legendary gamemaker is purportedly planning to follow up its smash-hit mini NES console with a tiny reincarnation of the classic SNES, Eurogamer reports. Citing industry insiders, the publication suggests the re-launch is expected to take place in time for Christmas, with development already underway.The SNES resurrection could also be the reason why last week Nintendo opted to discontinue its NES miniconsole worldwide, despite its stunning popularity.

Nintendo Classic Mini design: Tiny console, tiny leads. At less than half the size of the original NES , you can Nintendo Classic Mini setup: Easy does it . Setting up the Classic Mini is a total doddle. There' s no lengthy installation process to be found here and, since the Classic Mini doesn't connect

Setting up an NES Classic is as simple as plugging in the power and connecting to your TV’s HDMI port. Perhaps the most important thing Nintendo did with the NES Classic is curate the experience. There were hundreds of titles released for the NES , so it ’ s impossible to capture the entire breadth of

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. And, speaking of the menu options, the most important for some no doubt will be the display screen. In here you can select to output the Nintendo Classic Mini's video in one of three different settings, 4:3, Pixel Perfect and - for the purists - CRT filter.

CRT filter is a really nice inclusion as it dulls the crispness of the image and colours, as well as adding in scanlines, thereby helping to replicate the feel of playing on the original hardware three decades ago.

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd.

So in summation...

The Nintendo Mini Classic is a tidy little package. If you were to try and replicate what it offers right now by buying original hardware and games, then you would have to spend a small fortune to get the same experience.

A slick, small-scale system and 30 top games ready to play within minutes of you opening the box is really attractive and, when you throw in the fact that it is so light and compact that you could easily take it anywhere, that £50 seems money well spent.

  Nintendo Classic Mini review: Is this micro NES all it's cracked up to be? © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. However, there are some things that you need to take into account before pulling the trigger. First up is where the Nintendo Classic Mini is going to reside in your setup. That tiny controller lead demands forward thought. Secondly, the system only comes with one controller, so if you intend to play multiplayer then you'll have to lay down some more cash for a second controller. And, thirdly, this system is very much a standalone product - do not expect additional games to be released for it in the future.

These queries aside though, we think you'd have to be mad to unwrap the Nintendo Classic Mini and not be super, duper excited.

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