A Quick Look at the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System

By Az Elias 14.11.2016 10

A Quick Look at the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Nintendo is clearly onto a winner with its Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, with hardware tough to come by for many customers on release. Some of the Cubed3 staff, however, have been lucky enough to get hold of one, stepping back in time to play a few rounds of some of the golden oldies found on that bulky grey box.

A more in-depth review of this smaller iteration console that comes pre-installed with 30 classic games is due very soon from Cubed3, but in the meantime, here are some snapshots we took of the system as it was being unboxed, along with some comparison images to give an idea of its size.

Some box shots...

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It fits snugly into your hand!

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It's basically the same size as its bundled controller.

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...And the controller itself is an exact replica of the original! (top: Mini NES; bottom: Original NES)

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How big is the system compared to its original version? Answer: About a quarter of the size!

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...But is the Mini NES' controller cord really as short as people make out?
Sadly, yes. Just look at the comparison to the original NES pad's cord length!

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...And a comparison next to the Wii Classic Controller Pro (left) and the Wii Super NES Classic Controller (middle).

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Not forgetting to hook it up, though, this is the screen you are greeted with when selecting a game.

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With three different display options available.

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Expect a review of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System very soon, as Cubed3 spends a little more time sitting (closely) to the TV screen and reveling in nostalgia (and games we missed out on!).

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Having now got my hands on this, the controller cord is disgustingly short. Like, almost unplayable short. The comparison shot to the Wii Classic and Wii SNES Classic controllers above makes it look better, but you have to remember those others actually plug into the wireless Wii Remote, whereas the NES Mini one plugs directly into the console. I have to stretch the cables hooking into the TV and plug socket as far as possible to bring the console to me as close as I can in order to play this thing. It's unbelievable.

I've started to look online for controller extensions, but not seen anything yet. If anyone finds anything, please let me know.

the controller cable is offensively short.

they shouldnt have sold it like that. its practically unsuable.

This might be the perfect solution:

http://www.3djuegos.com/noticias-ver/165543/miniboss-el-primer-mando-inalambrico-para-nes-classic/

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Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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That would be a workaround, but I'd have to find impressions on how the buttons are. Seems out of stock on the Nyko site.

I don't like the offset A and B buttons at that angle either... Not comfortable for running and jumping.

Seems Nyko does an extension cable that is also out of stock, but I found a different brand on Amazon. £10 for an extension, but at least there is no worry of dodgy buttons or input lag with it!

For extension cables, I've ordered a couple of these;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311738787747?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

The location makes them sound kinda dodgy as does the low price, but since the latter is low enough I figured I'd give them a shot. I'll let you guys know how they are when they eventually arrive. Smilie 

trip241 (guest) 15.11.2016#6

I have ordered many items from China with no problem so far. Just br prepared for a LOOONG wait

I just received my NES Classic. Have to agree, the cord is ridiculously short. Although, I guess I can sort-of see why Nintendo did it, because the NES has to be close enough to easily reach. The reset button is used for accessing the menu, switching games, creating save-states, and so on. It's still a nuisance, but oh well.

Everything else about it is pretty great though. The games look excellent, the emulation seems really accurate, and I didn't notice any lag issues. It probably helps that every now and then, I'm a sucker for nostalgia. It's hard to describe, but when I held the NES Classic pad in my hands, I immediately had this "Wow" feeling. It's probably been close to 25 years since I last held one. 

The cord length hasn't been an issue for me, since I've got it hooked up to my large PC monitor's HDMI port, powered up by an external battery pack, so it sits nicely on my computer desk where I work. Fancying a bit of retro goodness? Easy. The Classic is but an arm's length away to turn it on, and the controller cable stretches beyond where my keyboard is, so I can comfortably sit back in my chair and play away with ease.

Happy days!

Now...who's up for reviewing some of these classics? Smilie

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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Adam Riley said:
The cord length hasn't been an issue for me, since I've got it hooked up to my large PC monitor's HDMI port, powered up by an external battery pack, so it sits nicely on my computer desk where I work. Fancying a bit of retro goodness? Easy. The Classic is but an arm's length away to turn it on, and the controller cable stretches beyond where my keyboard is, so I can comfortably sit back in my chair and play away with ease.

Happy days!

Now...who's up for reviewing some of these classics? Smilie

i can do ninja gaiden.

I was thinking about taking on a few retro reviews myself.

Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest
Bubble Bobble
Super Mario Bros. 2
 

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