In July, we were pleased to report on Nintendo’s announcement of the Mini-NES, a $59.99 miniaturized version of the NES which comes with one controller, 30 games, an HDMI cable, and a USB cable (second controller and USB-to-AC adapter sold separately). Nintendo recently announced a similarly-priced mini version of the Famicom. The Mini-NES won’t arrive until Nov. 11, but Nintendo released a new promo video over the weekend touting some of the features of this awesome gift in the offing.
As seen in the video, you can save your progress in up to four different locations for each of the 30 games by hitting the “reset” button on the console. (Unfortunately, you have to get up and walk to the console like it’s the damn ’80s or something.) You can also pick different display modes depending on if you want the game to be crisp (Pixel Perfect), have the original aspect ratio (4:3), or look like it’s being played on an 800-pound TV at your meemaw’s house (CRT filter).
Perhaps the most unexpected feature is that Nintendo figured out a use for QR codes. You can access copies of the original instruction books for each game by scanning a QR code on the screen. That almost makes up for the fact that the controller is reportedly on a very short cord. It’s not as easy to sit on the floor in front of the TV as it used to be. Maybe they’ll bundle these with some back pills for the best holiday ever.
Here’s the list of games it’ll come with: