We tested the Nintendo NES Mini and almost do not want a PS4 or Xbox One Pro
While most users discuss whether to buy a Xbox One S or PS4 Pro , we propose a clear contender to become the star of this Christmas: Nintendo NES Mini.
Although goes on sale next November 11 for 60 euros/dollars , we have been able to prove it.Aside from being a great exercise in nostalgia, these are the main things that caught our attention in our Touchdown:
The first thing that draws attention to see is that it is aesthetically identical to the original NES in 1985 , with two distinct differences: this NES mini is so small it fits in the palm of a hand (and really weighs little) and the part they should go cartridges can not open (remember that games come pre installed, but that is something we will discuss in another section).
If we begin to look at details, then we see that they have changed the connectors of the controls, are now the same as using Wii Remote (USB appear, but they are not). On the front panel itself, to the left, we find the same two buttons of the original NES: Power (to turn on or off) and Reset (to exit to the main menu once we’re playing). To the left of Power we find the red light which comes on when you’re playing.
On the back, NES Mini includes an HDMI output for connecting to your screen or TV (HDMI cable comes in the pack) and one USB for power. This section clarifies that Nintendo USB output can only be used for the charger that comes in the pack, so for now rule can plug a regular charger smartphones.
The command is as large as the console itself (we said that the NES Mini is very small) and maintains the essence of the original: the cross head to move up, down or sideways, the Select, Start and buttons B and A. on the back there is nothing beyond the serial number of the command.
What about the feeling in your hand? I was afraid that the material be too plastic, very toy like, but it is not. In fact, it is very similar to the original command. Even the cross head will leave the famous mark or slit in the thumb of your left hand. The A and B buttons are comfortable and responsive to the action of our fingers.
The only catch? The control cable is too short.We do not have the exact distance in centimeters, but force us to be very close to the console to play, something that did not convince me too, but it is what it is.
In the pack of the NES Mini is a control included. If we want a second to take advantage of the multiplayer mode, we can buy a separate one for 9.99 euros/dollars.
Although Nintendo has not revealed what’s inside the NES Mini (some say that would be the technology of a Wii adapted for the occasion), the user experience is quite good. Turns fast and menu navigation is quite fluid.
When we choose any title and click on play, the time until the game start time is minimal.There’s just load times.
And what about the graphics? We can choose three different resolutions for each of the games: Old TV (to remember exactly what “good” that was seen in the 80 s), 4: 3 (a stretched sideways to fit screens version today ) and the original resolution.Although we have started a game in a game, we can change the resolution as many times as you want. The best looking is 4: 3, very sharp and current.
Besides choosing from 30 games, what else is there in the navigation menu ?:Options (from here we can enable or disable the automatic demo games or reset factory console), language (to choose between English, Italian, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian), Legal and Manuals (although here redirected to the Nintendo website ).
One of the options we liked most is the ability to save the game at any time .Although most games occasionally saved automatically if you end up killing (and not have to re-start from scratch), it is a real advantage that can record at all times.Saved games are easily accessible from the main menu in a section called”Ellipsis” and, as a curiosity, we can change the resolution even though we started the game with another.
The gaming experience
Nintendo’s intention when selecting the 30 classics that come preinstalled on the NES Mini was to offer a variety of styles. This explains why we find from Mario orDonkey Kong going through a Pac-Man or Zelda until a Double Dragon . The full list of titles is at the end of this article. Do you miss some games? Yes, titles like Contra, Castlevania III or Duck Hunt would have been fine but, as we say, is a fairly complete and varied selection.
As there is little load times, the gaming experience is very fluid . If we know the introductions of games, we can pass them without problems until the main menu and to start our departure. What most will hit you (especially if you’ve never played a NES) is that the movements of the characters are not as immediate as a PlayStation or Xbox . Le Thou shalt blame command, but is a matter of getting used to and do not forget that come from a time when the movements were more limited.
We have time to try Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Double Dragon II and, besides being a wonderful nostalgic exercise, still very funny.We could not try the multiplayer, but seeing how well it moves this NES Mini all games, we assume that there will be no problem and that the experience will be as good as in single player .
A lack of test it more in depth, the first contact is really good. Not only is nostalgia pure state, it is a good game experience, simple, smooth, without having to wait for updates gigas and gigas or to connect to the server. In addition, games, even 30 years later, still very funny. For 60 euros / dollars points as gift this Christmas.
Does it connect to the Internet? No.
What comes in the initial pack? The Mini NES console, a controller, charger and an HDMI cable.
Can I use other controls? Apart from the official, you can use a classic NES controller or Wii Classic Controller Pro. However, if you use two controllers at once, Nintendo warns that one of them will have to be the official NES Mini.
What games are included? 30 classic Nintendo. Specific:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts’ n Goblins
- Ice Climbers
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mega Man 2
- Mario Bros.
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out !! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Star Tropics
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Can I add more games? No, you will have to make do with the 30 classics already included.
Does cartridges? No, 30 games are pre-installed and the slot in the cartridge can not be opened.