Nintendo's amazing new console is a mini NES with 30 games

The Classic Mini is official, packed with games and an absolute bargain. That’s Christmas sorted

Wait… what?

You read that headline right, pal: Nintendo is bringing back the NES. Only, it's a lot smaller.

It’s a replica Nintendo Entertainment System?

Yes, a tiny one, and it’s designed to hook up to your HDTV via an HDMI cable. It’s powered by USB, comes with a classic controller and – here’s the best bit – there are 30 games pre-installed.

Which games?!

Here’s the full list, and as you can see, it includes some truly legendary titles:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts ’n Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • 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

Some of these are two-player games…

Yep, but don’t worry: you can buy a second controller or use the Wii’s Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro if you have them.

I want it. Now. What’s the price and when’s it out?

Sadly, you’re going to have to hold your horses. Given Nintendo's track record, there's little hope the console will be launched in India, but it goes on sale on 11 November in the U.S. for $59.99, which converts to about ₹4,000. So if you're lucky enough to have someone visiting from the land of the free around Christmas, have fun immersing yourself in several weeks’ worth of retro gaming delight.