It's not April Fool's Day. You're not dreaming. This is real.
Nintendo has announced the upcoming launch of the Classic Mini, a new (and much smaller) version of its beloved Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console.
"The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo's original home console," the company said today. In a modern twist on the old-school design, the Classic Mini not only features a more compact design, but it will also connect to your TV via a HDMI cable.
The HDMI cable will be included in the box along with one classic controller too, which will also be sold separately for $9.99, and can be connected to a Wii or Wii U, if you want. But more importantly, the Classic Mini console will also come with 30 pre-installed games, including some legendary titles:
- 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 Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby's Adventure
- Mario Bros
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- 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
And the price of all this nostalgic gaming goodness? The Nintendo Classic Mini will launch on November 11 for $59.99.
There is one downer in all this for UK buyers, though: while Nintendo says that it will include "a USB cable for powering the system" in the box, it also adds that "an AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging." It's not yet clear how much that will cost.
The good news is that those in the US will get the AC adapter included in the box.
Update: Neowin member JayZJay kindly got in touch with us to point out that the UK press release is slightly different from the version issued in the US. The difference clarifies that US buyers will get an AC adapter included in the box, while those in the UK will not, and the article above has since been updated to make this clearer.