Fellow '90s kids, rejoice! We are getting another awesome blast to the past: Nintendo is releasing a retro, miniature NES. That's right — the classic Nintendo Entertainment System of your childhood is back in action, and in a much more portable form, at that. I'm willing to bet your first question is, of course: When can I get the miniature NES? Don't worry, everybody, because it looks like we won't have to wait too long. Reportedly, Nintendo is set to release the miniature NES on Nov. 11, 2016, so it's only a few months away!.I know, I know; waiting can feel like a huge bummer, but at least this gives us time to brush up on our retro gaming skills, right?
Ah, yes. The glorious Nintendo games of our youth. Have you met a kid who grew up in the '90s who didn't play Donkey Kong or Mario Bros at least a couple of times? Even if you didn't have a Nintendo at your home, I'm willing to bet you had at least one friend, neighbor, or relative who did — and as a result, we're all deeply familiar with the little pixelated characters and jumping platformers that today's kids view as old fashioned.
The games available on the console will certainly press your nostalgia buttons, too; there about 30 of them total. Personally, the ones I'm most excited about include Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda, so if I get my hands on one of these, you can expect me to basically turn into a hermit. What's more, they're all built into the console. That means you can easily jump between games without running out to track them down individually. What a win!
At this point you're probably wondering how much the mini NES costs. And I have information for you: The NES is expected to retail at $59.99, including an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, and one NES Classic Controller. (As a note, you can purchase an additional NES Classic Controller for $9.99 each).
As another cool note, a press release explains that "when connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system." Which, in my opinion, is an awesome way to combine retro classics with the technology we love today. Personally, I can't wait to get my hands on the mini NES. Between the return of the NES and everyone talking about catching Pokemon again, I'm feeling like my life is more '90s than ever before.
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