The– aka NES Mini – returns from the dead on Friday, June 29th.
The miniaturized version of the game console of the 1980s was released on November 11th. 2016 and immediately became the impossible gift of this year's holiday season. Nintendo actually discontinued it the following April, though it drummed the anticipation of its sequelwhich arrived in November 2017.
But a good retro console can not be kept: Nintendo announced in September 2017 that. The date of arrival was confirmed again as the 29th of June.
What about the resurrected NES Classic? How about his sibling, the SNES Classic? And can you get any games on the counter?
Glad you asked! Here's what you need to know.
Which stores get the NES Classic?
According to our colleagues at GameSpot, you can find the NES Classic at GameStop (unrelated), ThinkGeek and Best Buy, among other stores. It should be available online and at the sites.
As always, stocks are expected to be limited – GameStop will apparently only have about 10 units per store to get started. Online quotas are likely to sell out immediately, and Best Buy plans to use a ticket queue at its physical points of sale.
Was the SNES Classic ever really gone?
The SNES Classic never really went away. But it was never easy to find. It occasionally pops up and sells on Amazon and elsewhere. At the time of writing this article, it is out of stock on Amazon (but available from some third-party vendors for a small premium) and it seems to be in stock at GameStops in Greater New York.
According to Nintendo, both consoles will "be available by the end of the year".
Are there any changes to the NES Mini and SNES Mini?
No! This is the same exact hardware, the same built-in games – and the same short cable on the NES Mini Controller. So if you already have the "old" versions, there is no FOMO here – they are the same.
Both units include a HDMI cable and a microUSB AC adapter. They are really plug and play: the games are built in and there is no online connection.
The included games are faithful reproductions of the originals. They are not widescreen, but you can manipulate the aspect ratios from the settings menu.
The big addition to the experience is safe play areas for each title, so you can save your progress at each point and return later. This is an important addition as these old games are relentlessly difficult compared to today's titles.
What is the difference between them?
The NES Mini contains a single controller, and these 30 titles for $ 60:
- Balloon Battle
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon's Search
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghost Goblins
- Ice climber
- Child Icarus
- Kirby's Adventures
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mario Bros.
- 19659027] Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
The SNES Mini contains 2 controllers and these 21 titles for $ 80:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III known as Final Fantasy VI in Japan and by many fans)
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby's Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana  Star Fox
- Star Fox 2 (an unprecedented SNES game)
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls & Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- 19659027] Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out !!
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi Island  Do I need accessories?
All you need is a TV with a free HDMI port.
If you get the NES Classic, you should consider a set of controller extension cords (third-party models are fine) and a second controller, but pay no more than $ 10 for both.
That too a replacement Wii Classic controller works with both models. And the SNES Classic controllers also work with the NES Classic.
Third-party wireless controllers are available for both devices, but we recommend them only for hardened players.
Will these games ever come out? On Switch
Indeed, many of the NES games come through the Switch Online service, which launches in September 2018, to the Nintendo Switch ($ 299 at Amazon.com) [$ $ 20 a year. This service – such as Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus – enables online games for switch titles such as the upcoming . You can also download a selection of classic NES games for free.
The initial list of NES games includes 20 tracks, of which Nintendo has already announced half:
- Balloon Fight *
- Dr. Mario *
- Donkey Kong *
- Ice climber *
- The legend of Zelda *
- Mario Bros.
 Super Mario Bros. *
- Super Mario Bros. 3 *
Those marked with an asterisk are also available on the NES Classic.
Nintendo says these games will be "added online for the first time". That sounds good when it comes to Mario Bros. or tennis head-to-head, but it's unclear what, if anything, that means for single-player games like The Legend of Zelda.
Nintendo says more NES games will eventually reach Switch's online service. So the quick answer is yes, a good portion of the 30 NES Classic games could beat the switch this year or later, and they'll be available for $ 20 a year.
But unlike the ($ 450 on Amazon.com) ) and PlayStation Plus (PS3, ), they disappear when and when you stop yours Paying Moneyof the past Nintendo boxes, you can not buy these games à la carte for $ 5 a pop. Just like the "free" games with Gold (Xbox One
On the other hand, $ 20 a year is a pretty good price, and if you put them on the switch, you can play them on the go or on the big-screen TV, while the mini consoles are just TV affairs
It is also unclear whether or when one of the SNES games would hit the switch – making the SNES Mini a "safer" buy for switch owners.
How about the 2DS / 3DS?
Many (but not all) of these games are available on the 2DS / 3DS platform, but would cost you much more than $ 60 or $ 80 if you buy them separately. For example,to receive the 26 of 30 games on NES Classic for the in 2016.
Be honest: Will I play? this wears off after the novelty?
OK, #realtalk: For many of the CNET editors who bought one or both, the NES and SNES classics have gone to a bookshelf, more of a nostalgic trophy than an active game system. And for some of you – those who buy Ultimate Editions of games and who can not wait to get this helmed by Fallout 76 – that may be part of it.
To be honest, some of these games have not aged well – playing 10 minutes F-Zero or Super C is probably all you need. But Super Metroid, Yoshi's Island and Mega Man 2 – just to name a few – are still enjoying themselves, and these game-saving slots are lifesavers on other titles you could take your time with.
Parents will also appreciate kid-friendly games in a plug-and-play box that does not require downloading patches or ongoing membership fees.
Conclusion: There is a lot of value in both boxes. Just fine – make sure you're actually playing the games in question.
If I have to choose, which should I get?
CNET gave both products good marks – read theand the . But we have given the latter model higher scores because its 16-bit games have generally gotten better, and the included second controller means it's ready for head-to-head games. His games are also unable to crack the switch any time soon. That said, if you love one of the original NES games, you can buy them in a handy package at the same price as for a single title on a current game console.
Should I hold out for the N64 Classic?
That, my friend, is nothing but a rumor right now – though one. But yes, we agree that – assuming that the rights to can somehow be worked out.