Nintendo surprised everyone this morning with the announcement that they're releasing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, with a release date of November 10, 2016, and will be priced at $99.95 AUD, according to the Nintendo AU/NZ twitter feed - no official New Zealand price has been given at this time. On top of that, Nintendo also promised that the new miniature system will come bundled with thirty classic titles to fulfill many gamer's retro gaming desires.
The "familiar-yet-new form" of the NES mini replica will plug directly into high-definition TVs using an included HDMI cable, and comes with a a single Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. The system also comes with a USB cable for powering the system, but does not include an AC adapter for the USB cable in the packaging.
Two-player support has also been confirmed, and while it only comes with one controller, additional controllers will be purchasable for $9.99 USD (no NZD price at this time). Players with a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro will be able to use those as well.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii console. Simply connect it to a Wii Remote controller to make the experience that much more authentic. Players needn’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress either as each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed.
In talking with Polygon about the new device, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, made mention that there will be some limitations. According to him it doesn't appear as though players will be able to connect the 30 included games to their Nintendo accounts, and there won't be any online connectivity.
The full list of bundled titles include:
Due to the size of the device it appears as though original cartridges will not be compatible, and it is unknown at this stage as to whether Nintendo intends to release additional titles beyond the 30 pre-loaded games.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System releases on November 10, 2016 in New Zealand. No official NZ price has been given at this time - it will be priced at $99.95 AUD in Australia.