NES Classic Mini Review


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.

We Like
  • Excellent selection of classic games
  • Includes save points for each game
We hate
  • Controller cable is too short
  • European version doesn’t include a power adapter
We Say

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.

Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming. Follow him on Twitter at @vp_ortiz17