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What's inside the NES Classic Edition

We open it up so you don't have to

Sure, you can't find an NES Classic Edition anywhere on Planet Earth, but we think we can satisfy one of your primary reasons for waiting in line this morning with this collection of pictures. You, naturally, wanted to open it up and see what was inside.

Don't worry, it's natural! What's in there? Why is it so small? Is the controller identical to the original? We can't answer all of your questions, but this is a start.

The Nintendo subreddit has already been hard at work identifying the guts of the new NES Classic Edition. Here are the specs:

SoC: Allwinner R16 (4x Cortex A7, Mali400MP2 GPU)
RAM: SKHynix (256MB DDR3)
Flash: Spansion 512MB SLC NAND flash, TSOP48

If you're not fluent in the world of ARM-powered systems on a chip — isn't everyone, though? — that's a lot more powerful than an NES (duh) and it's even more powerful than a 3DS. While it surely doesn't have to be this powerful, the market-based realities assure that buying a new chip at volume will be cheaper than designing a custom chip or something with less of a market.

Also, if you remained unconvinced that the NES Classic wouldn't be upgradeable, well ... it's not upgradeable. Not without some clever hacking and soldering skills which, yes, someone will probably figure out and it will be very cool.

But enough about this, let's get to the pictures!

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