In a recent interview, a Nintendo spokesperson confirms that the recently revealed Mini NES console cannot connect to the internet and will not be seeing additional games add over time.
Following the recent Pokemon Go craze that has seemingly gripped players across the world, Nintendo again surprised a lot of people by introducing a Mini NES console earlier this week. The mini console that is due out in November comes pre-loaded with 30 classic NES games such as Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 1-3 and a ton more. Since the reveal, many fans have had lingering questions about what else the console might be able to do, which Nintendo has recently come out to clarify a number of things.
Arguably the biggest question surrounding the reveal was whether or not the device would see additional games added over time and unfortunately, Nintendo has confirmed that won't be happening. The Mini NES is intended to be a standalone device, unable to connect to the internet – unlike the 3DS version of classic NES games. The 30 games that were revealed were chosen to represent popular and recognizable NES games that should appeal to a wide range of players.
When asked if other Nintendo consoles such as the Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64 would eventually be getting the same treatment, the spokesperson wouldn't commit either way. It stands to reason that if the Mini NES sells well, Nintendo could be more inclined to look into the matter.
"The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences."
Lastly, Nintendo also confirmed that the Mini NES chamber lid does not open so it won't be able to play physical media, such as old school NES cartridges. With that in mind, it stands to reason that the device is much smaller than the original console, so it's safe to say that the old cartridges would likely be too big to fit anyway. Thankfully, a modern touch has been added to the console allowing players to save their progress for each title included, instead of wiping player progress when the system is shut down.
The miniature Nintendo Entertainment System is set to launch later this year on November 11, 2016 at the suggested retail price of $59.99 USD ($79.99 CAD). The device utilizes an HDMI port allowing players to plug into modern televisions, unlike the original console – which makes sense when considering that it launched over 30 years ago. The package also includes a retro style controller (if a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro isn't laying around), and a second one can be purchased for $9.99 USD ($12.99 CAD).
Are you looking forward to the nostalgic trip the Mini NES promises? Are you disappointed that Nintendo isn't planning to add additional NES games over time? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
The Mini NES is set to arrive on November 11, 2016.