Nintendo Classic Mini review: Tiny NES Mini has a BIG problem


Nintendo Classic Mini review: Tiny NES Mini has a BIG problem : Nintendo Classic Mini is currently sold out in the UK, as Mini NES stock shortages hit the likes of Tesco, Argos, Smyths, Amazon, Toys R Us and more. You could post insane bids on eBay, or pay over the odds at Amazon and CEX, but I’m not entirely sure the Nintendo Classic Mini is really worth buying at all.

NES fans from yesteryear will certainly get a kick out of revisiting a few of their old favourites, and there’s no denying the pint-sized console is pleasing on the eye. But in reality, it’s only just worth the £50 recommended retail price, and certainly not worth the silly prices that have been quoted online.

Read on for Express Online’s Nintendo Classic Mini review, a tiny console that’s got a big problem. But before we get to everything that’s wrong with the Nintendo Classic Mini, let’s talk about the things that it gets right. First of all, the Nintendo Classic Mini looks absolutely adorable. The console easily fits into the palm of your hands and is considerably smaller than the original NES from the 1980s.

In fact, it’s actually smaller than an original NES cartridge, and weighs roughly the same amount. The controller, meanwhile, is a perfect replica of the old one, which probably explains why the wire is so ridiculously short. Nintendo obviously wants you to sit cross legged and up close to the TV, which was fine when you were playing on a 20-inch TV as a child, but not ideal on the 50-inch 4K TV you bought for the PS4 Pro. It’s a massive flaw, and one that future models should try to address. That and the lack of power adaptor in the box.

Assuming the tiny cable hasn’t put you off, it’s now time to check out the games, the full list of which can be found below:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga™
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN™ 2
  • Metroid
  • 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

While that may look like a tasty collection of classics, some of your favourites really haven’t aged that well.